Nov 26 2009

Stamp Simply #115 – Mass Production

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!  Tonight’s Challenge comes a bit earlier than usual because I wanted to extend my Thanksgiving Wishes to you all before the day is over.  I am so VERY THANKFUL to each and every one of you who frequents these blog pages to check out what I’m up to or to see what may be on the store pages.  Your visits, comments and emails are what make it all worth-while.  I only hope that I can give back to you a portion of what you give to me — THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

And on a larger scale, we in this country are so very blessed — let us not forget those blessings or take them for granted — let us pray for God’s continued blessings on this nation, as well as on all nations, as we trust in Him.

“…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Mass Production — We’ve done something similar before, but at this time of year when many of us mass produce Christmas cards (that should be mailed out real soon!), I thought it was appropriate to do this again.  Create a card that is SUPER easy to mass produce — like once designed you could realistically sit down and do 6 or 8 or more within an hours time.  Super simple, easy to reproduce cards for Christmas or any occasion that suits your fancy — that is our today’s challenge!  Have fun and can’t wait to see!!!

Keyword ssnotime114 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/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.

Check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these fabulous designers:

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night.  Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And here’s my mass production cards for this week:

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MC = Merry Christmas.  My card insides will contain a simple *Merry Christmas* to tie the monogram in with the sentiment.  Papers used are SU Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Belle DP by Kaiser.  3/4″ Velvet Ribbon by May Arts, Kaiser Pearls in Champagne and Cuttlebug Corner Dies add accents.  And my monogram is done with the NEW JustRite product that I’m so in love with — the 2″ Square Stamper and the 2″ Square Frames.  I used Times New Roman Font that I borrowed from my Customer Design Cardmaking Kit,but you may use any of the JustRite font you have — it’s all interchangeable!  And the 2″ Square Stamper and 2″ Square Frames are available for purchase either separately or as part of the 2″ Square Monogram Kit.  That kit comes with the Special Occasions Font which is especially lovely in these ornate frames.

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I designed this trio of cards so as to use up every inch of one sheet of 6 x 6 designer paper.  Two quick cuts and you have 3 pieces of DP for the 3 cards shown today.  Make your first cut at 4 1/4″.  That leaves you with one long narrow strip for the card shown on top (you will have a small bit to cut off this strip once adhered to card, about 1/2″).  Then cut the remaining 6″ piece in half at 3″, giving you the 2 pieces for the 2 other cards.  2 easy cuts and NO waste — so that’s always good.

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This vertically oriented card is a top fold, my favorite kind!  I used the Cuttlebug Corner Die as what would appear to be a picture hanger.  Love this use of that die!  I run the die cut pieces through my Xyron X for easy adhesion.  The 3/4″ Velvet Ribbon is wrapped entirely around the card front, being adhered under the monogram.

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This is horizontally oriented with a side fold, another fun fold I enjoy.  The ink used on these cards is my favorite, no fail ink — VersaFine Onyx Black.  Always gives good clear and crisp coverage and is especially great for fine lined detail, and it lasts almost forever.

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Another horizontally oriented with a top fold.  Mass producing is most definitely the way to go when a lot of cards are needed, but I do find it tends to get a bit boring doing the same card over and over.  Using these cuts for your 6 x 6 DP still allows you to mass produce very quickly, but adds a little interest and variety as you produce! 

I realize my Christmas trio today is rather non-traditional for Christmas, but non-traditional cards at Christmas always seem to be my favorites!  However, this sampling of cards also works great for a monogrammed gift set — simple, classy and easy to make up!

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And I can’t end this post without telling you about the HUGE SALE JustRite Stampers is having this week, now through Monday, 11/30.  JustRite is offering 20% off their entire product line, WITH THE EXCEPTION of the NEW November releases.  So be sure to check out JustRite Stampers and the JustRite Blog for loads of inspiration!

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store offers the following items used on today’s project:

2″ Square Monogram Kit (or the 2″ Square Stamper and 2″ Frames separetly) and the Times New Roman Font I borrowed from the Custom Design Cardmaking Kit all by JustRite

3/4″ Velvet Ribbon by May Arts; VersaFine Onyx Black Ink, Kaiser Pearls, Belle Christmas DP by Kaiser

You may read this post to see the full line-up of items at sales prices in The Stamp  Simply Ribbon store.

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Thank you all for stopping in.  Wishing you all a super wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend, wherever you may be.  It’s always an appropriate time to stop, reflect and give thanks!  See you all real soon!!!

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Stamp Simply #115 – Mass Production”

  1. jeanette Vance says:

    Simply perfect. Cant wait to use the idea.

  2. Colleen Horner says:

    I love them.

    Colleen H

  3. Charlene says:

    Thanks so much for your inspiration, especially at this busy time of year.

    I actually posted these a few days ago but they fit your challenge so thought they might be of some use to someone wanting to mass produce..

    http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/2009/11/clean-and-simple-christmas-joy.html

    http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/2009/11/christmas-wishes.html

  4. Kathie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you also Sharon! Great trio of cards. I especially like how you used the Cuttlebug die! Now that I have a Cuttlebug I am always looking at the ways the dies are used. TFS

  5. Leslie says:

    Love your monogrammed cards.

  6. Barbara says:

    Happy Thanksgiving !!
    I love all three cards! They don’t look like quick cards they are elegant
    Thanks also for showing us how you cut the 6″ x 6″ paper to get three cards.

  7. Beautiful designs, Sharon! LOVE that KaiserCraft paper, and what a wonderful way to get the most out of a 6″ piece!

  8. Deb Saaranen says:

    Very pretty mass produced designs Sharon! The black velvet is so rich and decadent!

  9. Michelle R says:

    Awesome challenge!! Mine isn’t diferent, it is just one, but it can be easily mass porduced!!
    Here is mine

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!
    Michelle

  10. Sheila says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I love how you used up every inch of the 6 x 6 dp! It’s a great idea that I will use often to make pretty cards. TFS! Sheila

  11. Angela says:

    Hi Sharon, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I certainly did. I have been Black Friday shopping all day today but did have time to play along today. Thanks for the challenge

    http://snippetsofpaper.blogspot.com/2009/11/mass-produced-christmas-tags.html

    Angela

  12. Rose Ann says:

    Your cards are classic and elegant, Sharon!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  13. Gorgeous, Sharon! Super idea for getting the most out of a 6 x 6 piece of paper!

  14. Oh, these are so elegant and beautiful, Sharon! What a great challenge idea! I have a few more Christmas cards to make; this may be just the motivation I needed.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Jerri Kay says:

    Stunning Sharon, absolutely stunning!

  16. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – your cards are absolutely beautiful!!! Love the DP and the striking colors!!! You gave me an idea for mass production….and here are my cards!!!

    http://silkeledlow.blogspot.com/2009/12/odbd-december-blog-hop.html

    Thank you for inspiring me again!!! Hugs ~S~

  17. I really like to mass produce Monogram cards as gifts – I LOVE your idea of using the 6″x6″ papers – TFS!!

  18. Lori M says:

    I love how you used up all of your 6×6 paper!
    Where did you find that stand in your first picture, it is beautiful and perfect for displaying card? Love to have one. Merry Christmas

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