NOTE: I am so dumb, and I apologize for those of you that actually check my blog for updates and current project releases (if there are any, hehe) but I scheduled this post to release on Aug. 17th but instead of doing it for Aug. I scheduled it for Sept. I have been messing with this thing almost the entire day trying to figure out what the deal is. It is operator error- :)
Good Mornin’ Stampers!!! I have to admit when I first saw the sketch for this weeks challenge I was stumped… I looked at the sample that was provided in the Stampin’ Success Magazine and I wrestled with my design for some time before I nailed down my final layout. But I have to admit that I think I enjoy the challenging ones a bit more than those I can breeze right through. So for this weeks HSS sketch challenge, this is what I created-

I know it is pretty simple but I prefer those kinds of cards over the millions of layers and embellishments and such. Now, don’t get me wrong- I make PLENTY of those cards but I have found that people are astonished just the same with the simple cards as they are with the over the top WOW cards.
I have not used this stamp set in SO long that I actually forgot that I had it. I was looking through some old IB&C’s for some inspiration for my stamp set and came across this LOVELY set called FRESH CUTS just gathering dust on my shelf. I thought it was perfect for this project and challenge. I added a few embellishments, because like I said I know that I can’t simply turn my back on my instinct to weigh down a project with lots of little extras. The flower is from my retired PRETTIES KIT as is the square rhinestone brad.

I love my adorable oval punches of all sizes, I used the sentiment from the same set and finished it off with two silver brads. Simple but complete, then I added some coordinating 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon around the bottom because the sentiment just wasn’t enough for me. :)

I think the thing I like the most about this card is the added texture and interest to the top of the card. I used to tear and distress everything that I made and then somehow got out of that, which I guess is good. Too much of something is NEVER a good thing. But I love that this challenge has reminded me of this technique for future cards.

Well I hope that you enjoyed this weeks project. Just think in 3 weeks days the kids are officially BACK IN SCHOOL and I will have much more time to add more projects and it is my goal to be more vigilant with my posting. I have really slacked off this summer- but goals are good to have right? Please come and visit us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and take part in this weeks challenge- we would LOVE to see your creativity!!! Well until next time~ TTFN


  1. Following you from SC, beautiful card!!

We Love to Hear From You