Feb 05 2009

Stamp Simply #73 – Let’s Get Negative!

Published by at 10 46 pm under Baby Cards,Challenges,Scor-It,Valentines

Keyword ssnotime73 -There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!)can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

LET’S GET NEGATIVE – with negative images that is!!! You can do this challenge by using negative images of punches or die cuts OR by using a negative image, or reversed out, stamp. (When punching out a shape, the negative image is the sheet left over with the hole in it, rather than the object punched. A negative image stamp is one where the main image or words are left unstamped, but all the surrounding area is stamped – just the opposite of a normal stamp) To clarify, you MAY use the punched or die cut shape ALONG WITH your negative image if you desire, as long as the negative image is used as well. Same with stamps — you may use a regular stamp, as long as a negative image stampis used. As long as there is one negative image on your card it’s OK, you need not incorporate both stamps and punches, but you have the option to use either, or both. So, today it’s totally OK to be Negative!!! Let’s go for it — can’t wait to see what you all do!!!

I’dlike to offer aHUGE THANKS to Deb Saaranen (Dream in Color) for being our Guest Designer for the month of January. Deb graced us with many beautiful samples — thank you so much, Deb!!! Be sure to check in at Deb’s Blog often so you won’t miss her wonderful creations!!!!

And with a new month beginning, I’d like to extend a WARM WELCOME to Heather Telford (bits and pieces) who will serve as our February Guest Designer! You will all remember Heather from our Stamp Simply Celebrates! event when she graced us with so many beautiful creations. So happy to have you back this month, Heather – thank you so much!!!

Some great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today can be seen on the blogs of these designers:Heather, Dee, Tammy, Janine, AJ,Julie and Jennifer. Becky is taking the week off, but she’ll be back next week! Please bear with us as we are all uploading and linking on Thursday night.

You can see all Gallery Submissions here.

What wonderful samples!!! Thank you girls!!! Much appreciated!!!

I went super simple with my card today — SUPER SIMPLE — LOL!!! Here it is:


My negative image die cut Nestie heart is the card front. I just opened up my card, placed the heart Nestie where I wanted it, ran it through my Cuttlebug to cut and once again to emboss. I had a beautiful heart shaped opening in seconds flat!!! Fun!!! Then, using my Scor-It, I embossed (or scored) 1/2″ from all 4 edges of the card — really finished it off nicely!!! I then cut a smaller heart from pink, embossed it, and adhered to my card inside. I added a single pearl (I love the pure white pearls by Kaiser — they are called Snow), a little satin bow and I’m good!!! Quick, simple, FUN, and I think pretty!!! What more can you ask!!!


Here’s the card standing and open so you can see the negative heart cutout. This card is 5.5″ high x 5″ wide. My bow is adhered with a mini glue dot.


Here’s the opened view of the inside. When signing the card one must be careful where you write as you don’t want your writing to show through the card front. I know this looks like a Valentine, and it certainly could be, but I have a baby shower on Saturday and I do believe they know it’s a girl, so I may just use this for a baby shower card!

Stamps: None

Paper: PTI White, SU Pink Pirouette

Ink: None

Accessories: Heart Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Scor-It, Snow White Kaiser Pearls, Offray 1/4″ Satin Ribbon, Glue Glider, SU Mini Glue Dots.

Note: The Heart Nestabilities by Spellbinders, the Scor-It, Kaiser Pearls and Glue Glider are available at Joan’s Garden.

Thanks much for checking in again today. This is a fun challenge and I hope you have time to give it a try!!! I think you’ll enjoy it!!! Be sure to check out the designers linked above for a lot more creative ways to use negatives. Hope you can find time to enjoy your weekend ahead!!! See you all soon!!!

66 responses so far

66 Responses to “Stamp Simply #73 – Let’s Get Negative!”

  1. Super simple turned out simply lovely.

  2. Elena says:

    It is simple, but very elegant!!!

  3. Velta says:

    This may be super simple…but, my goodness is it beautiful…Sharon, you have such talent…all of your art is just beautiful :)

  4. Marsha says:

    I made a card earler today with the negative cuts from a previous card. So fun to see it as a challenge.
    Love your card, Sharon. It is sooo beautiful.

  5. Dealbaida says:

    Absolutely beautiful. It’s hard to believe something as lovely could be as simple. There again, the simplest things are often are hardest to achieve!


    Marion, UK

  6. Dealbaida says:

    Sorry – that should read “the simplest things are often the hardest to achieve!”.


  7. Deb Saaranen says:

    And what it honor it was to be guest designer! Thanks so much Sharon and Stamp Simply crew! I had loads of fun! Welcome Heather– I’ll be watching for your lovely creations!

    Gorgeous card here Sharon. I love the simplicity of it, yet the sheer elegance! The soft pink is just perfect here, and the scored frame wonderful!

  8. Angela B says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Your card is beautiful!!

    I finally had a chance to play in one of your challenges.

    Here is my submission http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1223986?cat=500&ppuser=148742

    Thanks for the challenge


  9. Sharon, this is so sweet, simple and GORGEOUS!! I must give something like this a try!

  10. Janine says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  11. […] Julie, Janine, Jennifer, Tammy, Dee,  AJ, and of course Sharon. […]

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    Gorgeous! Simply stated elegance! Thanks for the challenge!

  13. WOW WEE … this card is SIMPLY gorgeous!!!! Why can’t I come up with something like this, LOL!!

    You can find my attempt at this challenge here: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/02/stamp-simply-challenge-lets-get.html

    Thanks for another fun challenge Sharon!!

  14. StampinCathy says:

    This is just stunning. I love the colors and love this technique.

  15. Joan Fricker says:

    Wow Sharon, this is stunning! I love the simplicity and the elegance. Great card as usual!


  16. Ali says:

    I love the simplicity of this card – it’s so beautiful! Ali

  17. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    Goodness, how beautiful did this simply negative card come out?!?!
    I really, really love the simplicity of your card. It makes such a big statement. Thanks for this challenge, I’ll try to squeeze in a few minutes to give it a try with just about everybody getting sick in this house.


  18. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Sharon! I LOVE this! Thanks for the fun challenge! :)

  19. Pat Adam says:

    I could only find a few negative type stamps but hope I followed the game plan. Very simple type card to do and TFS your awesome card. Love playing this Friday challenge. Pat

  20. Pat (mspfd) says:

    What a fresh, clean, elegant , modern Valentine! Sharon, this could not be more perfect.

  21. Norine says:

    wow this is so pretty yet simple

  22. Karen says:

    Sharon, I absolutely LOVE your simple heart card! The simplicity is what makes it so beautiful.

    Here is mine:


  23. Jerri Kay says:

    So beautiful Sharon, soft and sweet, I adore the little pink bow!

  24. Connie Watson says:

    Good morning Sharon,
    I made a card for the “negative” challenge. My goodness, how hard to make a “masculine” card. I used suede paper to make it a little different, but NO BOW or ribbon!! Thanks for your site. I visit every day!! Connie

  25. Darlene says:

    Sharon what an adorable card. I love how you can make simple cards so elegant. Love the way you scored this card.

  26. marisa (whiterockmama) says:

    I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this card!! Simplicity and elegance to perfection!!

  27. Shirley Lee says:

    Stunning yet simple card. Adorable! Love what you did with the Nestabilities..
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  28. Heidi Brawley says:

    OMG! This card is amazing looking!! Simple but amazing!!!!

  29. Starla(star) says:

    OM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I ABSOLUTELY love this card!!! It is just WOW!!!

  30. Sandy K says:

    Beautiful card!

  31. Goodness Sharon, you never cease to amaze me with your work. This is so incredibly simple, and just as gorgeous!!!

  32. nancy littrell says:

    Such an easy and eye catching technique. Love your card. TFS another wonderful challenge.

  33. Lisa Putnam says:

    This is gorgeous!

  34. Sabrina aka okimom2girlz says:

    It did it!!!! I stole away a few minutes to give your challenge a try. I got to use my Cricut and use my favorite cartridge Home Accents. The card is very simple, I wanted to stay within your motto ;). I cut the label out and used the frame that it cuts out as well on the inside of the card. I used some dark brown chalk ink on it to make it stand out a little more.
    Thanks for this one, Sharon. You know you can only do quick cards when the kiddos are sick ;).



  35. Carol says:

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now Sharon, and today’s card is incredibly beautiful! I love the scored sides and single pearl and ribbon. It’s just beautifully done as always!
    I loved this challenge and found it was easy to create a card using a negative from a punch! Thanks for the challenge – I enjoy playing along when I can :)
    Here’s my card:


  36. Rose Ann says:

    Simply beautiful, Sharon!! Your ribbon, pearl, and scoring look perfect with your design!!

  37. LeAnne says:

    Ahhh–sweet & simple, I love it. You are the queen.

  38. Jody M says:

    WOW, this is so perfect!

  39. LeAnne says:

    Okay, I finally have been able to play one of your challenges…it has been a loooong time! Here it is:

  40. Barb g says:

    Sharon, this is so very elegant! I love the softness of the colors and the simple addition of the single pearl….absolutely gorgeous.
    Barb g

  41. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, I have posted two cards at



    or you can see them at my blog http://www.atjoansgardens.com
    One of them won’t post until tomorrow night after 11 pm.

    Thanks for the great challenge. it was fun!


  42. Carla (cmsuto) says:

    Hi Sharon! Thanks for the fun challenge! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Simply elegant with the pretty bow and single pearl and the cut-out heart! Here is my card:
    Have a great weekend!

  43. Jenny Gropp says:

    Love this simple and elegant heart card you made as your sample. That sweet little bow is the perfect touch. Here’s my card for today…

  44. Lisa Brown says:

    Hi Sharon! Loved this challenge…here’s mine!


    … and thank you, thank you, thank you! You made my day! :) Lisa

  45. Tosh says:

    Simply STUNNING!! WOW!!

  46. Velta says:

    I wonder if you ever get to read all of your comments…you have so many…elegant card…and so simple…but beautiful because of it :)

  47. Sharon – I don’t know how you do it — this is just simple and gorgeous at the same time! It’s a keeper! 😉

  48. Martha says:

    This card is just beautiful. So simple but very elegant. I never thought I needed the heart shaped nesties, but now I think I may need to get them so I can do a card like this.

  49. Becki B aka queenoe says:

    Oh my goodness I can’t believe the challenge, I just made one today because I couldn’t bear to thro the scrap away it looked so cool on the piece of cardstock I had on my table. I will try to upload and link it tomorrow. Great minds think alike Sharon!!!

  50. Christine says:

    You are soooooooooooo TALENTED!!!

    Here’s my effort – not in the same league by a long way!!!!!


  51. Curt OBrien says:

    Hey Sharon! Great challenge, and I love your card! For the first time, I decided to play this time! Here is my card:


    Thanks for this challenge. . .it was a lot of fun!

    Best, Curt

  52. Ann says:

    Thanks for a fun challenge, Sharon! My card can be seen here:

  53. Sue (suen) says:

    Thanks for the fun challenge, Sharon! I love the idea and will definitely make some more! Here’s my card.


  54. Kathy T says:

    This is the most elegant card, I just love it.

  55. Jeanette says:

    That is a BEAUTIFUL card!!! This was a fun challenge too, thanks so much! I’m new to your challenges, but I will definitely be back.

    Here’s mine: http://jcfincher.blogspot.com/2009/02/using-negative-space.html

    Thanks again!

  56. Rose Ann says:

    I finally made a card for one of your challenges.
    Thanks, Sharon


  57. Well, here’s mine, but it’s not really simple! I forgot about that part! I did get negative, though! I hope it still counts! I haven’t played in a while and wanted to today, so I hope I’m not disqualified! Here’s a link to the card on my blog. TFL!



  58. Beautiful and simple!! I love it! I really hope I can play later!! It has been tooo long since i got to play your challenges! HUGS!

  59. Nancy says:

    Love the simple elegance of your card! I got negative, and it was on my weekly Christmas card. :)

    here’s my card

  60. Nancy says:

    Oops, sorry..the link didn’t work for some reason.

    Here it is: http://windstarcreations.blogspot.com/2009/02/two-christmas-cotw.html

  61. Your card is beautiful! Thanks for a fun challenge. My card is here:

  62. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    WOW! Your card may be super simple, but it is SUPER GORGEOUS!!!! I just love the simplicity! Beautiful CAS card!! Going over to SCS to put it in my faves!!!

  63. Fun challenge! And your card is gorgeous. You do simple so elegantly!!! Here’s my card:


  64. bluemoon says:

    This is too sweet! I love it. Just got my first nesties… and wondering if you placed your heart die facing down to get it centered perfectly or up? Thx. :)

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