Friday, April 21, 2017

A Year Of Card Techniques–Stamp Set Showdown


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Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.

The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps!

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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month.

Since I’m the first stop in this hop, let’s get to hopping!




This challenge gave me a run for my money.  I had such a difficult time choosing a stamp set I wanted to use.  I finally decided on this one by Stampin’ Up called “Tea Shoppe”. 


Tea Shoppe Stampin Up Set


I also wanted to mention that, aside from my card bases and the stamped pieces, I have used digital papers that I printed myself on white cardstock for ALL of my cards today.  These papers are from various free sites on the internet.   There are tons of designers who create digital papers and offer them for free so I encourage you to give this a try sometime.  Now onto my projects…



Card #1 is fairly simple.  I used my Cameo to cut out a paper doily, a pink circle, a white circle, and a tall flag.  I stamp one tea cup in the centre of the white circle with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and adhered it to the larger pink circle.  I then popped that up on top of the blue scalloped doily.  I cut a piece of white cardstock, adhered the tall flag to one side and stamp the bottom with the sentiment “A Cup Of Thanks” from the stamp set.  I adhered the pre-assembled tea cup to the card front.  Then I adhered the white cardstock to a pink cardstock mat and adhered that to the card base to finish it off.







Card #2 is made up of a bunch of different sized rectangular card pieces cut from various printed papers.  On a white piece of cardstock, I stamped each tea cup in a different color of Tim Holtz Distress inks – Squeezed Lemon, Evergreen Bough, and Tattered Rose – tilting them slightly as I stacked them up.  I added the “Just For You” sentiment from the set to the card to finish it of.






Card #3 uses the “Tea For Two” sentiment from the set which I stamped in the middle of an off-white piece of cardstock and adhered to a teal green mat.  I printed and cut a long rectangular piece of rose designer cardstock and adhered that to a darker rose mat. Then I adhered everything to a piece of printed designer cardstock that I applied to the front of a card base. I added a few blue pearl beads to finish it off.






Card #4 was a little trickier than the rest because I had to try and line the stamps up so they were spaced evenly.  I messed up a little but I did my best.  I cut 3 strips of white cardstock and stamped two tea cups to each piece in Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemon, and Evergreen Bough distress ink by Tim Holtz.  I stamped the “You Suit Me To A Tea” sentiment from the set in between the two cups on each piece of stamped cardstock. I adhered the 3 pieces to a square piece of printed pink cardstock and applied that to a piece of printed designer cardstock along with a black grosgrain ribbon with white stitching.  I attached all of that to a card base to finish it off.




FriendshipVocab_onecraftymrsCard #5 was my most detailed card.  I cut each piece with my Cameo.  I adhered the largest piece of teal printed cardstock to the front of my card base and then adhered the coral piece to the front of that.  The border across the middle has a piece of cream ribbon threaded through it. I adhered the border to a dark burgundy piece of printed cardstock and adhered that onto the square coral piece.  I stamped the “Stay” sentiment from the set onto the flag with an arched top and added the small flower from the set above the sentiment.  I used Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink and sponged around the edges of the flag.  I used some pop dots and adhered it to the middle of the card.  I added some off-white pearls to the front of the card to finish it off.



That’s it for me.  I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you today.  Now you’re off to visit with the amazing and talented Claudia. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog in the hop to increase your chances of winning!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

See you next month with another great technique!


  1. Now this is some great inspiration! Look at all the mileage you got out of one set. And I love every one of your cards! As always, I love hopping with you!

  2. What a good idea to use your self-printed patterned paper. I'm so glad you included that little tip. I love your soft colors - they go so well with that stamp set. Thanks!

  3. Wonderful ideas Sharon and I like how you used all these different stamps. Sometimes we are so focused on one thing we like to do and forget about all the other possibilities. Love your ideas and cards. Thank you for sharing them and keeping this blog hop going. Looking forward to hopping along with you in months to come :-)

  4. Great set of cards. I love the tea theme and printing your own patterned paper is an adventure I have yet to do.

  5. These are beautiful! I love them all, but 4 & 5 are definitely my favorites!

  6. I love all your cards, the colors are so pretty. You did a great job putting them all together! Love the tea cups!

  7. Nice use of teacups. Very friendly

  8. Wow! I love all of the cards! everytime i saw a different one i thought, oh this is the best, not i can't decide which i love more! Great job!

  9. What a beautiful stamp set! Gorgeous cards, I love the colors you used.

  10. Such a dainty look.. Love it!

  11. Beautiful cards! Your last card is my favorite and caught my eye more than the others. It was great hopping with you again!

  12. Awesome cards! My absolute favorite is the "Stay" card. Thanks so very much for the inspiration!

  13. Your cards are so cute and such fun. I absolutely adore tea themed cards. I drink tea - never coffee. And I collect tea pots.

  14. I love your cards and the colors you used. I love using tea and coffee stamps myself. It has been wonderful hopping with you.

  15. Beautiful set of cards! Love the Tea Shoppe set you used!

  16. those cards are beautiful i have dies of cups ets and have been having a hard time making cards with them thanks. sheila

  17. Cards are beautiful. Can you tell me what colors of blue were used in the first photo?

  18. Susan, I'm not sure if you will see this but it's my only way of responding since there is no email address in the comment. If you are referring to the picture with the "A Year Of Card Techniques" overlay on it (right under the post title), those cards were made by Heather Van Looy from as shown in the photo credit. You can message her from her facebook page (which you can link to from her blog) and she does answer, but it might take some time before you hear anything back. Hope that helps and thank you for your kind comment!

  19. Oh WOW!!! So many cards! And such greatness. Wonderful job!!!

  20. Love this set. Beautiful creations!

  21. Your cards were all really nice. you sure used your stamps wisely.


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