Oct 15 2011

Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style – Silk/Hope You Can Cling To

Welcome to another Saturday of  Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style.  This week we are not only featuring SILK ribbon, but we are also playing along with the Hope You Can Cling To challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, a month long event to increase breast cancer awareness and to solicit cards for their card drive. There is a LOT going on — daily challenges, prizes galore, and the card drive.  You can read about it all here.

The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2011 Hope You Can Cling To month long event.  Please check it out, play along, donate some cards and in the process have a chance at winning some of the fabulous prizes being offered.


For my card today featuring non other than SILK ribbon (my true love when it comes to ribbon), I have chosen to play today’s challenge hosted by Patricia.  We were to use PINK items — here’s my list:

P – Paper, Pink Paper, Pretty Paper, Prima Flowers

I – Ink (subtle sponging)

N – Nestabilites – Square, Oval, Scalloped Oval

K – Kaisercraft Paper, Kaisercraft Pearls

I made a trio of cards. As these cards are being donated per the challenge, I decided to make them fairly simple and lacking sentiments so they can be used as all occasion cards for whoever gets them.  They are very well suited to any number of occasions – get well, thinking of you, birthday, Mother’s Day, thank you, etc.

These cards are all 6.5″ x 4.75″,  a favorite size of mine of late.  This size cards fits perfectly into an A6 Clear Box, which protects the card from the moment it is made and it is also a very impressive way to present a card.  Cards can also be mailed in the clear boxes.

All cards are made with the Chanteuse Collection pad by Kaisercraft.  It is one of their newer pads, meaning it is 6.5 x 6.5″, rather than the traditional 6×6. I LOVE the new larger size. It’s only 1/2″ larger, but it means I can entirely cover my card front when making this size card, and that makes me VERY happy!!!  Covering the entire card front rather than applying layers makes for MUCH quicker creations, plus I just like the look!

All the ribbon on these cards is 100% Silk Ribbon by May Arts in Taupe — 1.25″ and 1/4″.  It’s a great match to this pad with it’s lovely pinks, greens and taupy-type browns.

On the card above I just wrapped the ribbon around the card front and hand tied my bow, glued on my Prima Fairytale Roses (Orchid), and trimmed my tail ends.  I’m using Aleene’s Fast Drying Tacky Glue — I also use her Fast Grab Tacky Glue and Clear Gel Tacky Glue — they are all good and serve the same purpose — readily available at superstores and craft stores at very affordable prices.  When gluing down heavy or larger objects you will have to hold and press with your fingers for a bit, but once it catches and dries, it’s there for good!

This card uses a Cameo Silhouette by Webster’s Pages.  There are a large variety available and they are all so pretty.  This ballerina is available in a pack that is ALL ballerina images OR in the variety pack.  She is mounted with glue dots onto a double layer of Nestie cut squares and she has a little 1/4″ Silk bow glued beneath her.

To create this ribbon treatment I again wrapped the ribbon all the way around the card front and tied it into a really tight double knot under the focal image.  I then put a fair amount of glue on the knot and let it dry, THEN I cut the tail ends very short and using 3D Foam Squares I adhered the focal image over my knot. I also use a little Scor Tape under the ribbon just in spots so it doesn’t start to slip ever.

Another cameo image was used on this card.  This Pink Floral is from the Holiday Silhouettes line, available in a package of these Pink Florals only OR in the Holiday Silhouette Variety Pack.

I used both Classic Ovals and Beaded Oval Nestabilites  to mount this cameo image, and I finished it off with Kaisercraft Pearls.  The two bows are made on the Bow Easy and glued on.

The card insides were minimally decorated, leaving room for a handwritten message.  I really had the urge to stamp sentiments inside these cards, but in keeping true to my original intent of having these be all purpose cards, I left them blank.  There is a stamp with an Irish Proverb that goes SO well with the ballerina cameo, I really had to restrain myself  NOT to use it.  It is in the Blessings set by Verve and this is what it says:

Dance as if no one were watching,

Sing as if no one were listening, and

Live every day as if it were your last.

I WILL use that Irish Proverb with the ballerina cameo another time when I’m giving the card myself.  It’s such a perfect pairing!

All items used are available at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, as linked above.


To answer your questions:

I have been receiving an unusual number of questions of late that are all similar — you’d like to have me give you exact cutting  measurements for each card/project I post.  As much as I’d love to accomodate you in that way, I just don’t have the time — pure, simple and honestly.  I do try to include the card size, especially if it is not a standard size.

One thing I will offer is this link to an older post.  It’s a little embarrassing to point this out to you, but I will.  If you scan my creations, you will see that I use just about the same layout, or some inverted or sideways version of it, on almost all the cards I make.  What can I say?  It’s simple, easy and I like it — so why change — LOL!!!

This older post shows you layer by layer HOW I create the cards, so maybe that will be useful to some.  Hope so!


Store News:


Melissa Frances Deck the Halls

Prima Amore Hearts (soooo beautiful!)

Kaisercraft Advent Calendars are back in stock

Quickie Glue Pens

Kaleidacolor Ink Pads

Mirrored Cardstock will be restocked on Monday, feel free to order now for Tuesday shipment

Halloween Items on Sale – Paper Pads are 40% OFF

Christmas Items can all be seen here.

All items with reduced pricing can be seen here.

Newly added items can be seen here.


Blog Candy

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Month, we went with all shades of pink for today’s Blog Candy.  And it is, of coure, 100% Silk Ribbon by May Arts.  The winner will receive a total of 36 yards of silk — 3 yards each of both 1.25″ and 1/4″ wide in all six colors shown – Burgundy, Pink, Ivory, Champagne, Mauve, Rose.  So, how do you try to win?

This is a Mystery Blog Candy, meaning the winner will be drawn from comments on one of todays participating blogs, so leaving a comment on each blog will greatly increase your chances of winning, but only one comment per blog, please.  The winner will be selected at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, October 18 and will be posted here on my blog on Tuesday night or Wednesday, so please check back to claim your prize if you are the lucky winner!  Good luck!


Finally, I’m getting to the link list for today’s HOP:

We are few in numbers today, but the projects are nonetheless STUNNING!  Please check them out:

Sharon Johnson  –  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store - you are here!

Michelle Woerner

Deb Saaranen


I have USED SU sets for sale — click the TAB above my Blog Header, or click here.

As of today, 10/15/11 — they are now 50% OFF prices listed.

They will remain there for just a few days, then they will be removed and donated.


Please join us next week, beginning Monday, 10/17, for some Christmas inspiration:

The 12 Days of a Clean and Simple Christmas (Stamp Simply Style, of course!)

Thanks for joining us today — see you soon!!! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

64 responses so far

64 Responses to “Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Style – Silk/Hope You Can Cling To”

  1. Susan Z says:

    Lovely cards, Sharon… gorgeous papers, yummy ribbon, and got-to-have trims!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Deb Saaranen says:

    Over the top beautiful and elegant! I love the mocha/silk…I have none of that! It’s absolutely perfect here!

  3. michelle b says:

    oh my goodness! absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to receive all three cards in the mail, along with the blog candy..ok ? :-)

  4. Sue D says:

    Gorgeous cards–I love pink and brown together!

  5. Wow, what beauties! I love the pink with the brown. Beautifulness, as always!

  6. Oh these are stunning! Love the papers, so beautiful. And that ribbon is gorgeous!

  7. Carla Suto says:

    Oh, Sharon! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! I love the papers and the stunning silk bows! The Silhouettes are the perfect accent for these elegant cards!

  8. Wow – I’m just in awe of this beautiful set with the fabulous color combo – your cameo’s are stunning! The silk ribbon is beyond words!

  9. Luanne Ford says:

    I love your silk ribbon. I can’t make a wedding card without it… Your card in the pink and brown is totally fabulous!

  10. Bev J. says:

    Gorgeous, love the taupe with the pinks and that ribbon is so classy looking.

  11. Marie Bingaman says:

    Well, no matter what your “system” is for making cards, it sure does work! :)

  12. Carol E Brooker says:

    Your cards are just amazing, love them, thank you so much for creating and sharing them.

  13. Bernice says:

    WOW… these are stunning!!!

  14. Faye says:

    Beaautiful color combination & design!

  15. Sharon, these cards are absolutely beautiful. Love the silk ribbon and cameos!

  16. yvonne says:

    Wow love those cameos! The cards are perfect.

  17. Sharon your cards are just stunning. I love the color combinations and those stunning ribbons. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful prize.

  18. Beth Greco says:

    Ohhhhh drooling here!! I just love the silk ribbon and would be so very excited to win this blog candy. Your trio of cards are stunning and beautiful while being fairly quick to make. Love that!

  19. Sandie Luck says:

    OOOOLALA!!! Such beautiful and creative ways in which to use that LOVELY ribbon!!! What gorgeous color combinations on your cards!! THANK YOU for sharing with us!

  20. Mary H says:

    Oh Sharon your cards are gorgeous!! I have been in a pink and brown mode myself. Love that ribbon!! :) Oh and those cute flowers too.

  21. Marisa says:

    That luscious, silk ribbon is to die for! Gorgeously displayed on all cards :)

  22. Linda M says:

    The detailing on these cards is just gorgeous….not to mention the lovely dp….who wouldn’t love to get one of these in the mail?!

  23. Kelly Sas says:

    Beautiful cards! I just love that Silk Ribbon by May Arts in Taupe.

  24. Peggy Allen says:

    Beautiful cards. Love the ribbon, paper, flowers and cameos. Love the colors.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

  25. Sharon, these are simply stunning and elegant!
    Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing with us.
    Just gorgeous!

    Blessings and Hugs,

  26. Darla says:

    Your cards are so fabulously lovely! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  27. Becky Johnson says:

    What can I say? The cards are beautiful. Just lovely and for a great cause. Thank you.
    Peace, Becky Johnson

  28. LynneZ says:

    Sharon – Such beautiful cards – thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  29. Corrine Ann says:

    Beautiful, beautiful cards! I love pink and all shades of pink! Your blog candy ribbon is beautiful too and I would love to be the lucky winner! Thanks for the chance!

  30. Diane J says:

    Oh I just love pink and brown together. The cards are really elegant and the cameos add a great dimension. Thanks for sharing.

  31. McStamper says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the browns with the pink. Thanks for the give-away.

  32. Nan G says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Love the taupe ribbon on pink. Very vintage feel without all the inking! Thanks for the chance to win some those gorgeous silk ribbons!

  33. Carolyn G says:

    So beautiful! Love the colors, and pink is my fav, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. debbie walker says:

    Stunning aptly describes your card as well as the silk ribbons in the giveaway. Thanks so much for a chance to win. Looking forward to the upcoming Christmas creations.

  35. bonnie weiss says:

    Your attention to detail always amazes me Sharon and this trio of cards is no exception. The premise for this challenge was very unique and you certainly hit one out of the park with your cards. Of course, the fact that pink was used, certainly wins points with me!

  36. Hi Sharon~

    These are stunning and so delicate! I love how you made these cards for the Hope You Can Cling To project…and thank you for being a sponsor. Your generosity seems to have no end.

    I love the paper you used for your cards. And, the cameos…Wow! They are so pretty. I really like your idea of keeping them without sentiment…that is what I usually do, until I need a card. The silk ribbon…ooh…that creamy mocha color is wonderful really looks perfect with the elegant paper and cameos. I love the treatment with the flowers and the bows…beautiful!

    I know that I would be thrilled if I were chosen to win this amazing give-away. Thank you for the opportunity…if I do receive it…it will be my first time, of many I am sure, to use silk on my cards!

    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather

  37. Rosemary D says:

    crackers!!! your cards are astonishingly gorgeous!!!

  38. Tina says:

    Very beautiful. Love the silky ribbons.


  39. Pati L says:

    Very pretty, I love the pink & brown colors together, love the florals and your silk bows!

  40. Linda E says:

    Gorgeous cards and love the theme very appropriate for the month. Loved how you used the Webster Cameos, I just love them. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent and offering such a wonderful give away.

  41. Barb(GrandmaUpNorth) says:

    Love your color combination. One of my favorites. Beautiful cards.

  42. WOW, silk ribbon paired with the rich papers and your elegant touches .. Card making heaven.. :LOVE: all of these so much, tfs!

  43. This silk ribbon is so pretty on all your cards! I really like the color of it too!

  44. Lizette says:

    WOW! The paper and the ribbon looks like it was made for each other! It is stunning! I love all the cards you make. Simple and elegant!
    Thank you for a chance to win that amazing ribbon!!!!! I am sure the person who wins this will be over the moon, I know I will be.

  45. Denise Bryant says:

    Lovely cards…. scrumptious colors! You add so many gorgeous details!
    I am a big fan of the silks too, so I am anxious to hop to the other gals blogs and see their yummy creations too!

  46. Toni Storie says:

    How absolutely gorgeous! I love that you made the trio without sentiments. Sometimes I wrack my poor brain trying to think which sentiment would be most appropriate. Clearly, a blank card is going to be my best bet! Love the gorgeous colors of the ribbons in th giveaway!!

  47. Marianne says:

    Love the pink and “chocolate”. Your card is beautiful–simple and elegant,

  48. Lety Kalmikov says:

    I love the color combinations of that paper pad! The cameos you added are the *perfect* touch to the elegance of the colors and patterns. Those silk ribbons are to die for! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  49. I’m in love! That cameo is amazing! And your bows are luscious!

  50. Stacie says:

    GORGEOUS!!!! Love all the silk and colors!

  51. judy rohr says:

    Beautiful Ribbon! Silk is an easy way to add beauti to a card, vintage is my style and a girl always loves pink.

  52. Dana Herin says:

    Wow! Such beautiful cards! You continue to inspire me. The colors and designs are so regal.

  53. Janet L. says:

    Gads, these are such beauties!! I love the things you do with ribbon, Sharon, along with the papers and stamps and other embellishments! I’m off to hop!

  54. Serena says:

    Your cards are always so beautiful! Love the colors and the papers you used!

  55. jean w. says:

    Your cards are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and giving us a chance to win your beautiful ribbons!

  56. Kathy W says:

    Wow, I love the color combo of these cards! The cards are beautiful as are the ribbons; I love working with silk. Thanks for the inspiration.

  57. Betty Goodson says:

    These are just soooooooo beautiful! The colors, that yummy ribbon, the flowers and the way they were used together is just perfecto!!

  58. JenMarie says:

    Absolutely STUNNING!!

  59. peggysue says:

    The cards are gorgeous, love the paper and the bows. I find I go to a vertical layout when I’m in a crunch, almost the SAME thing, every time!!! :) People get tired of it I’m sure! But your cards are always lovely!

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