A NEW CHALLENGE!!! Hand Stamped Sentiments

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I am SUPER excited to announce the start of a NEW CHALLENGE BLOG, Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSS). Myself, my cousin Shannon and my newest down-line Genevieve all contribute to this new venture. I am so excited to show you my projects for this fun COLOR SPLASH challenge. You can come play along with us, so here we go…

My first project for this weeks Color Splash Challenge is a gift item. I did this entire project using mostly the My Digital Software, man I love this stuff!! I will give further details on techniques and steps later in the post. Now for my next project…

For my second project I created a cool geometric inspired card. I was going for a more masculine Birthday card. I rarely have these on hand for when I need them and thought that would be a great jumping off point for this card.

So back to my first project, this by far was my favorite card to make!! So I started out with the printed MDS (My Digital Software) image on Whisper White card stock and I cut down the piece of card stock to a 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece, then I sewed the side and bottom with my sewing machine. Then I gathered different sizes of Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, and Tempting Turquoise card stock and attached them all together in a random way. Then I gathered and sewed my Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon along the other side of my image.

Yes, I did use MDS to create this candle as well- it was EASY!!! So first step- wrap a piece of white tissue paper (roughly 8-1/2″ x 12″) around a piece of card stock and tape the ends onto the back, then run through your printer like normal. Then cut excess tissue paper away from your image area and place gently onto your candle. Then wrap a piece of wax paper around the entire candle and using your Heat Tool, heat the wax paper just enough to fuse the tissue paper onto the candle. The wax paper will release enough wax to seal the tissue image onto the candle. (note that after I took this photo I added a rhinestone brad into the middle of one of the flowers simply by making a hole with my paper piercer and pushing in the brad into the candle).

Once I sewed the ribbon onto the layered papers then I placed Dimensionals onto the entire piece and attached it to the 5″x5″ card base. I ruffled the Basic Gray ribbon as well to get some lift and dimension from it.

I had a small piece of excess Taffeta Ribbon left after sewing and wrapped it and glued it to the back side of the layered pieces, just a simple touch of Pizazz!! I do just LOVE the sewing on the cards- My next new purchase will be to get a plethora of thread colors for my future cards!

I just loved this project, and I am going to make 2 more of these for my sisters that I visit teach…hopefully they wont see this until after they get them. :)

Now onto my next project for this Challenge- I thought this would be a great masculine Birthday Card. I am always left empty handed when it comes to guys and cards, since most of my creations are a bit FEM. So i thought a bit geometric would be a great start…

I took all my different circle punches ( 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″, 1-3/4″) and started punching away with the different colors, then placed them all to the side. I then took my card base of Basic Gray and ran it through my BIG SHOT using my Backgrounds 1 texture plate which gave me the dry embossed Polk-a-dot background. I found one of my circles that had a fairly large surface area and stamped my tiny sentiment there from the Vintage Labels Sale-A-Bration set, it is simple-understated-manly.

The hard thing about this card is that on some of the thinner circle the dimensionals, that POP some of these shapes up, are visible from the side- which is not an effect that I am fond of. So the rule for the person that receives this card is that you can ONLY look at it straight on, don;t even think about looking at it from the side! :)

I interlaced the different circles by cutting a small slit on many of them and then placing them where I wanted and adhering them in such a way that the slit is hidden behind another circle.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and come take part in this FUN challenge, the MORE the MERRIER!!! We hope you become a FAN and get MESSY with HSS!!!


STAMPS: Vintage Labels {118392}
PAPER: Dusty Durango {115321}, Tempting Turquoise {102067}, Rich Razzleberry {115316}, Basic Gray {108692}, Whisper White {100730}
INK: Taken with Teal {103257}, Dusty Durango {115654}, Tempting Turquoise {100814}, Rich Razzleberry {115658}, Basic Gray {109120}, White Craft Ink {101731}


  1. Love both of these projects! I’m sure your Ladies will love the cards! I do the cards for all RS ladies & YW in our ward so I need lots of card ideas. I would definately simplify on the sewing one.
    Thanks for the ideas!
    Kristi in Vegas :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your candle idea is AMAZING! Love this, Erin!

  3. Just wanted to let you know my hubby liked your birthday card. Very creative. Kuddos on using MDS for candle decorating. I’ve been meaning to do this.


  4. I LOVE that ruffled bow! I am going to try that soon.

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