Oct 07 2010

Stamp Simply #160 – Back to Nature

Back to Nature –  Autumn is truly beautiful here in Upper Michigan – the changing of leaves from green to a rainbow of rich yellows, oranges and reds, the crunching of the fallen leaves underfoot, the sight and sounds of birds migrating south and the smell of applesauce cooking!   I love this time of year!  Today let us be inspired by Mother Nature in our creations – let’s create something with a natural, earthy feel reflective of ANY season YOU enjoy – it’s the natural/earthy element we are going for here, not necessarily autumn.

Anyone is welcome and invited to play!  SCS Keyword is ssnotime160 for those who upload at SCS.  There is no time limit. You can play this challenge anytime at all.  The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!!

And if YOU play along, be sure to link to Mr. Linky below so we can easily find you.  Please link the direct post, not your blog, for ease in finding the proper creation!

Check out the fab samples for today’s challenge on the blogs of the Stamp Simply Challenge DT:

Jerri Kay Jimenez:  A Touch of Grace – October Guest Designer

Deb Neerman:  Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps  (taking tonight off)

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits 

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat 

Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty 

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden

Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color 

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover 

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 natural and earthy card for today:

Oh, I had fun doing this!!!  I used the lovely natural looking paper from Conservatory by 7 Gypsies — I used the 8×8 pad on this project.  My card is 6 x 4.5″, which is just about A6 sized.  This is just one of those fun cards where I fiddled around with pretty things!

I started by making my tag first.  I used a purchased manila shipping tag, covering it with DP.  My twig is a real twig I picked off our Mountain Ash tree.  I sewed it onto the tag with Burlap String.  I placed it where I wanted it, then punched holes with my Mat Pack and Piercer which allowed me to easily sew through those holes with my Burlap String on a large-eyed needle. I then made my Burlap String tassel  for the top and I made my bow on the Bow Easy using tea-dyed Ivory 1/2″ Wrinkled RibbonHere’s a little how-to and comparisons on tea-dying various ribbons I did a few months back.  I glued the bow to my twig.  When the tag was done, I adhered it to my card with Dimensionals.

Amber Hight has been having fun with the 1/2″ Wrinkled Ribbon and she has prepared a Utube Video showing her method of tying a bow with it, and I think you might find it interesting — I did!  Click here to see Amber’s video.  Thanks, Amber!  LOVE your bows!!!

My sentiment is from Nature’s Nested Sentiments by JustRite — perfect here!  It’s stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink and just cut on the paper cutter.  Nothing fancy.  The little bird is hand cut from one of the sheets in the Conservatory Pad.

And here’s a little peek at the inside — just decorated a little with more paper from the Conservatory Pad.

And I know what many of you are thinking – YES, I do read your emails and comments — LOL!!  HOW will you mail that card???  Well, I’ll put it in one of my favorite Clear Boxes.  Then I can insert the box into a bubble wrap bag OR I can just make an address label for the box and mail it as is!!!  And YES, I FINALLY have my Clear Boxes coming.  They will arrive late in the day on Monday.  I’ll try to get them posted and up for you on Monday night, or Tuesday during my post.  I’ll have plenty available, in 2 sizes — A2 and A6.  So watch for them if you are interested!

All items used on today’s project are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Email me at ssj@up.net to order, giving me your list and your state/zip OR country and I’ll get back to you with an invoice. 

The Ribbons can be seen here.

The JustRite Stamps, Paper and Ink can be seen here.

Other papers in KIT form can be seen here.

The Bow Easy and Score Boards can be seen here.

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store has all product in stock by Spellbinders  on sale at 15% OFF for the entire week.  Sale ends at 8 a.m. EST Monday, 10/11/10.

All Spellbinders products in stock can be seen here.  Prices shown are FULL prices.  Your discount will be reflected on your invoice, but here’s the pricing for the most common items:

Full priced at $79.99  – On sale now for $67.99

Full priced at $24.99 – On sale now for $21.24

Full priced at $19.99 – On sale now for $16.99

To place orders, just email me at ssj@up.net with your list, your state/zip OR country, and I’ll get back to you.  Thanks!

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Many thanks, as usual, for stopping in today to see what we are up to here at Stamp Simply.  Hope you can find some time to play our challenge!  I’ll be back on the weekend with some Halloween Fun (ribbons galore) and on Tuesday we have our monthly Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Blog Hop.  Wishing you all a wonderful fall weekend — see you soon!

31 responses so far

31 Responses to “Stamp Simply #160 – Back to Nature”

  1. Susan Z says:

    SHaron… you have done it again!!! This card is beautiful and the craftsmanship is exceptional.

  2. Deb Neerman says:

    Omigosh, this is simply stunning. Sharon! You’ve outdone yourself … fabulous, beautiful, LOVE at first sight!

    PS: I’m here tonight … at least physically, lolol!

  3. Jennie says:

    What a gorgeous card, Sharon, you are such an inspiration.

  4. lynn says:

    i just love your card… and would love to see it in my mailbox..you truly captured nature in all its beauty :)
    big ladybug hugs
    lynn

  5. Amber Hight says:

    This is SO beautiful, Sharon! LOVE your tea-stained ribbon, I’m so excited to try this tonite! Thanks for linking up my toot, your ribbon is the BEST!

  6. Glenda says:

    I love your card! You totally inspire me!

  7. Susan says:

    Thanks very much, Sharon for the inspiration. I love Autumn and here’s my take on your Back to Nature challenge.

    Love your card, the twig was a great touch.

  8. Deb Saaranen says:

    Gorgeous design Sharon! I really love this paper!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Your card ‘Back to Nature’ is lovely; however, the “it’s” on the JustRite stamp should be “its”. “It’s” means “it is”.

  10. jan m says:

    Pretty beautiful!

  11. Jerri Kay says:

    After reading your comment on Deb’s post, I couldn’t wait to see your card. I love the different takes both of you have on the same paper. Both cards are extraordinarily beautiful! The design paper used is totally stunning on your cards! Your tag with the twig is gorgeous. I had pulled twigs from my trees, but they wouldn’t cooperate so I used artificial ones on my design.

  12. Carole says:

    Sharon, your card is absolutely stunning. You captured the heart of Autumn and I love that you used a piece of nature to complete the scene.

  13. Deborah says:

    FABULOUS card, really love how you did the inside!

  14. Joan Fricker says:

    Sharon, your card with the tag is fantastic. Love that twig!!!

  15. nancy littrell says:

    Wow…..so stunning and gorgeous! I love the earthy natural look and your beautiful embellishments, colors, tag……..just everything. TFS…..I hope to play next week after much fall catch up outside and in :-)

  16. This is one seriously elegant and gorgeous card. Even the inside is exquisite! WOW!!

  17. Susan says:

    Sharon, this card is a stunner I love it, the colours are super,

    I don’t really have a favourite season I love them all, I guess after our hot Aussie summer autumn is a refreshing change but seeing we are now into spring and a top of 30 degrees forcast for today I will go ahead and make a spring card to show everyone,

    thanks for the inspiration and the sharing.

  18. Sandy O says:

    WOW!!! Just WOW…that is one stunning card!

  19. Chupa says:

    Amazing card, Sharon!! Thanks for the challenge :)

  20. The cards are all stunning ! Thank you for a fun challenge!

    I’m off to check out the ribbon sale next!!!
    Happy Crafting,
    Lisa

  21. Joanne says:

    Beautiful card. Being a graduate of Michigan Tech I know what you mean by the beauty of upper Michigan. I now live as a “troll” (below the bridge) and am a few weeks behind you in color … can’t wait to see the gorgeous shades of fall! Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us!

  22. Zusje says:

    Lovely card!Thanks for the challenge!

  23. Oh, my, this is beyond gorgeous, Sharon. Most definitely earthy, but also so vintage, which I love!

  24. Margie says:

    I so love your card! It’s so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your card and having this awesome challenge this week!

  25. Your creations are always jaw-dropping! I’m so happy to be able to play in your challenge this week! Thanks for sharing your fantastic blog with us! Blessings! Angie

  26. Jenny Gropp says:

    Super gorgeous! AS always the beautiful bow and string complete your project perfectly!!!!

  27. nancy littrell says:

    Sharon, the perfect challenge for this time of year. Here is my “Organic” card using a leaf for the main image. Enjoy…..http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1815619?&cat=500&ppuser=18672

  28. Maria Matter says:

    oh this is truly gorgeous Sharon!!! love this paper & your design!
    hugs & blessings!

  29. Michelle VP says:

    Beautiful card! I love the use of the twig and that big fluffy bow! :)

  30. Audrey E. says:

    I need to buy some of the items you have in the shop!! Thanks for another fabulous challenge and amazing inspiration:)

  31. Betty says:

    Sharon, this is gorgeous! Beautiful warm tones and the detailing is wonderful! The tea dyed wrinkle ribbon looks scrumptious! Gorgeous card!

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