Friday, January 27, 2012

Look Beyond


Rafiki: Whoo! Hoo hoo hoo! Life without worry. You seek Hakuna Matata.
Timon: Harpoon a tomato?
Rafiki: Hakuna Matata, it means "No Worries."...To find it, you must look beyond what you see.
Timon: What the heck is that supposed to mean?
Rafiki: It means, look beyond what you see!
~Exert from The Lion King 11/2


Do you ever pick up a stamp set and study it, just stare and think before inking it up? Do strive to think beyond the normal use of the set? Look beyond what you see? Stamp It! 3 Ways from Paper Crafts is all about ways to use a single stamp set in multiple applications, and what inspiration it holds within its pages!

I'm so excited to be part of today's Paper Crafts Magazine's blog hop featuring more applications of stamp sets that are featured in Stamp It! 3 Ways. I had a card published in this issue using Grunge from Skipping Stones Design. My intent was to showcase how a typical masculine set, and a great one at that, could be used in a feminine application as well. Soft colors, frilly details, lots of textures... And I brought that same idea here today to show you!


This card features the scallop background stamp in the set. I stamped it with watermark ink, coated it liberally with clear embossing powder and then sprinkled a little bit of gold embossing powder on top of that. After heat setting the stamped design, I inked the edges, added a patterned paper panel, some burlap string and a sentiment tag.


Please hop on over to the other fabulous designers! We each have a copy of Stamp It! 3 Ways to give away, you can win by just leaving a comment on each of our posts!

·         Jaclyn Miller
·         Julie Masse
·         Laura Williams
·         Heidi Van Laar
·         Emily Leiphart
·         Mariana Grigsby
·         Julia Stainton
·         Sarah Moerman
·         Karen Baker
·         Laura O’Donnell
·         Kelley Eubanks
·         Kimberly Crawford

And for icing on the cake, stop by the Paper Crafts Connection Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win this...


I'm also super excited to see a stamp set that I designed grace the cover of this fabulous issue too (Carved Love from Practicing Creativity Designs)!

Thank you so much for your visit today, your next stop is Laura O’Donnell.

The comment deadline for chances to win on each blog is Sunday, January 29th at midnight MST.

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Laura Williams said...

oh my gosh, you designed Carved Love!? i was excited to play with it and even more excited to have my chalkboard card with it on the cover! congratulations to you! :) it's such a clever set!

Levana Sunandar said...

it is such a clever set, thanks for sharing this karen..

Jen W. said...

Congrats on the pub and being part of the blog hop! :)

Such an awesome idea! That pattern looks so gorgeous with this treatment and paired with that beautiful paper makes such a sweet, feminine card. :)

Carole W. said...

Beautiful card!

Jacklyn-Jessa said...

Wow, that looks great! You can't even tell that you stamped it... looks like store bought paper! Very nice card!

Connie said...

Looks just like bought DSP!! Love the embossing detail.

lynn said...

congrats on your stamp cover feature, karen!! so excited for your! and your bkgd on the card today is simply amazing!

Lynn said...

I drooled over your cards in this issue and I'm still drooling. I love your card. The embossing on the background is beautiful. You definitely know how to stretch your stamps and look beyond what you see!

Amrita said...

Very pretty card! Love the embossed background.

Yvette said...

Wow such a beautiful card!

Lynnda Hosni said...

You're unbelievable .. Karen!! I love your stamped design... Totally awesome!!!... I'd never have thought you stamped and embossed the background pp!! Beautiful card !!! You are such a great inspiration !! Hugs xoxo

Judith said...

Woohoo, look at the gorgeous embossed background!

Isha said...

I have this set in my wishlist. love the card you created Karen. TFS

Emily Todd said...

Beautiful card and I really enjoyed the Lion King reference!

DawnC said...

I love how you used the background stamp!

Rox-Ann said...

Awesome job love your card!

debb said...

I am in love with this!

Marie / Legojenta said...

Such a pretty card! TFS =)

Laurel said...

This is just so pretty!

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Gorgeous!

Sarah J. Moerman said...

Gorgeous!

Lee said...

So wonderful! thanks!

Liz (wifelady) said...

Wow - you really showed how versatile a stamp set can be - using a masculine stamp set for a feminine card - LOVE it!!

Die Cut Lady said...

I would never had known you stamped the back ground, I will have to try this.

Cristina said...

Now that's versatility! Really beautiful, with that classic Karen B. look. :)

barbie_love said...

Wow what a lovely card!

Terri E. said...

I love the heat embossed element.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Marcie S. said...

Awesome card- I just love the embossing.

Mary-Anne V said...

Very classic and beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

beautiful card Karen! congrats on being published and on having your stamp set make the cover!!! i'm not surprised...you do everything so well :)

Indy said...

Goodness this is so beautiful! Love how you created your background! Gorgeous!

Casey said...

Love background stamps, great job!

Cristy Butzen said...

Wow! Congrats on the cover! Your card is so pretty - I thought that was paper! TFS

Luanne said...

very beautiful card! love the embossing and the patterned paper.

judy said...

Lovely!

cassie d'ambrosio said...

gorgeous card - I love the mix of clear and gold embossing powders!

Auntie Em said...

What a great card! I love the embossed and inked background.
Thank you for sharing your great design. :)

Sherry Eckblad said...

beautiful card Karen! I love when you use patterned papers.

The Paper Parade said...

You sure know how to mix and match patterns! Your card is definitely sophisticated.

Rochelle said...

You're simply amazing. Never would have thought to mix embossing powders. Wonderful card Karen!

Nicole said...

Truly beautiful! Love the embossing! Thanks for sharing!

CheckerBeads said...

super elegant card! thanks for sharing!

Anne

Carol E said...

What a wonderful card love the background. I would never have though of mixing embossing powders. Thank you so much for sharing it and the chance to win.

Lisa said...

Very pretty Karen! I thought the background was PP until I saw the close up!

Colleen said...

What a beautiful way to do the background...so elegant looking.

Angie said...

Super Elegant!!!! Wow...I am just looking and looking at it even as I write this comment! I love how the right DP can be such an amazing focal point. Gorgeous stamped background!!!

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

Your card is really beautiful. I love how you heat embossed it. Congrats on your stamp set being on the cover.

Mallika said...

i have always been in love with everything you make !
karen ! following your blog is the best thing

Virginia L. said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL!! Love the clear embossing and subtle colors! Very feminine indeed!! Way to go on the hop today, Karen!

Country Mouse said...

Love that clear embossing!! Awesome set!!!
audrey

Purple said...

What a sweet card. Love the pp as I have never seen it before! :)

Beastybunny said...

What a lovely and elegant card! So charming.

Moi said...

Such a lovely card, and so awesome how you made something so elegant from a set called "grunge" =)

Miriam Prantner said...

This is really beautiful, love how you created the background!

Kelley Eubanks said...

This is beautiful Karen!! :)

BethD488 said...

Very cool card!! I love that you showed how to use that particular set.

Annheidel said...

Ooo, I love the look of the clear embossing!

Caryn S said...

This is so simple and pretty. I like your technique of combining embossing powders.

DonnaSue said...

Love the background and the color scheme! Very nice!

Lin said...

Love the shimmer the gold embossing powder gives your card! And Congrats on your stamp set being featured on the cover - I didn't know that! This issue is a great idea, and I'd love a copy of it...thanks for the chance.

Jingle said...

This is fabulous! I love it, Karen!

JessicaK said...

Wow, that is genius! The background was heat embossed stamping? If you hadn't said, I'd never have known. It looks perfect!

marilyn said...

WOW--LOVE THIS CARD. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Kukudoodledoos said...

Thanks for sharing, I like your card

Riette said...

This is a stunning card. I love the colors and fantastic stamping

diana said...

Lovely card! Thanks for sharing your design thoughts & process with us. It's very helpful. ;-)

Sandi said...

never would have thought to use 2 embossing powders. what a great job!

Jenny said...

Cards like this want to make me learn how to use embossing powders.

jen said...

Beautiful card!! Tfs
Hugs,jen

Sally Watkins said...

The layered embossing powders makes a wonderful finished product! Great card!

Cindy said...

I thought it was pre-designed paper. Great job! Who needs fancy paper when you can make that?? (Well, we buy it anyway, but kudos for encouraging us to make our own!)

VikkiCH said...

your card is so elegant - thanks for the embossing tips!

Joanne said...

Very nice card.

calamity jane said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful!!! The background give it such an elegant look & feel (if I could tough it I'm sure it does, anyway!)!! Thanks for sharing!

Tigerberry said...

Karen, I love how you used the block stamp. You did make it look like a "girl" card.

Sonia said...

Super idea to combine clear embossing powder with a touch of gold!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

veronica said...

love, love your clear embossed background. looks very snazzy!

jusaweecatnap said...

wow. Beautiful card, and a great way to get double duty from stamps. Thanks for the how to.

connie said...

beautiful cards love the embossing.

NinaN said...

Beautiful!

Laura said...

What an elegant card, I love it.

Cheryl said...

Very elegant. Thanks for sharing your card and thanks for a chance to win.

wendy said...

very beautiful card!

Sue McRae said...

Love the shiny embossing on the background, it really adds elegance to the card!

Becky Sorensen said...

Very pretty card. I love the background.

Jessica Strider said...

Gorgeous card. Love the embossing and patterned paper. :)

Trisha said...

Beautiful. Really love the embossed background. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

candi said...

Very pretty! And so very girly!

Carol Mc said...

The card is so elegant looking. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Beautiful card.

Theresa said...

great technique. thanks for sharing.

cropqueen said...

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed looking at some of your other posts as well. Great ideas.

Lya L. said...

Simply fabulous card!!Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

marylouh said...

A very pretty card. I like to emboss and your idea is great. Very versatile card.
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Emily Keaton said...

Karen, this is absolutely fabulous! And congrats for having one of the stamp sets you designed featured in a cover card. Woo hoo for you!

Wendy said...

Love your card, just have to say that I have had my eye on that Carved Love stamp set for a while. it too seems like it cam be to versatile. Congrats!

Jeannie said...

What a beautiful card. TY for the opportunity to win a copy of this issue of the mag.

Carmen said...

This so feminie; love that you embossed with clear powder, just lovely!

Carmen

Chris said...

Really love that card!The stamp set is perfect!

Nathalie said...

Very nice. I love how simple it looks. :)

JaniceA said...

So cool love the embossing. Beautiful card!
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Elena said...

really, very beautiful card. love it!

Cyndie said...

Wow, I LOVE the way you created that background! It's gorgeous!

Jill W. said...

I love the way you "hinted" the gold on your background, very subtle but very nice. thank you for the opportunity to win the magazine, after all this hopping I'm extremely intrigued with "what-else" am I missing??
~Jill

Julie S. said...

Stunning !!! Congrats on making the cover. How exciting. TFS and a chance to win.

mb said...

Beautiful card!

Benwah said...

I love the embossing. One of my favorite techniques. Thanks for the idea.

psucolleen said...

looks beautiful!

Tiffani said...

What a sophisticated card!

Linda said...

what a beautiful card! I agree with some of the other comments that the stamped background looks like specialty paper you purchsed that way-well done!

Cheryl S said...

I've always thought Hakuna Matata would be a great name for a boat. Your card is just perfect-love the embossed background

Isabel Z said...

What a lovely card. I love your attention to detail.

Rea said...

Awesome job on this card. Love how you used the background stamp.

Lorraine said...

I love the added texture on your card. So pretty. TFS

Sara Westhead said...

Exquisite card!

marymac said...

Beautiful background to show case specialty paper you have.

www.heritagekrafts.com said...

Wow! I never know you could do that with stamps!

Cassie said...

Gorgeous card, Karen! I love that background :)

Kim said...

beautiful card! thank you for the inspiration. :)

Agata said...

Gorgeous use of this stamp set! Love that delicate card!

Scrapcollectr said...

Love the shiny texture on the card! *smile*

Lillian Child said...

Seriously amazing creativity! I would not have thought to use that set as a background effect.

jengd said...

Gorgeous card Karen- definitely lacking in a masculine feel! :) Many congrats on joining in on a PC Hop!

Cora Ford said...

Wow...very very nice!!!!!

reddbudd said...

That background pattern is lovely.

Irene said...

Stunning card....sometimes simple is so effective. Thanks for the inspiration!

Chunyuan said...

love the famine card you made from the masculine stamp set. embossed background matches so well with the patterned paper. Congrats on your stamp on the cover page.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Beautifully done. Thank you for sharing.

gRiSeL™ said...

Nice card! Wow, I'm impressed that you designed a stamp set! That must be such an amazing feeling to see something you design turned into a stamp! (:

Molossus said...

A very elegant card!

Stampin_melissa said...

No joke or exaggerating, I gasped when I saw this card! Breathtaking! I was looking at this set earlier, but didn't go any further than that because I could think of much to do with it. OMGoodness, I'll have to rethink that!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

How cool that you designed a stamp set! I just love your gorgeous card!

Carol from La Crosse said...

This is a Beautiful card. Love the embossing! Thanks for the inspiration and the Terrific Blog Hop!

Nellie said...

Love your card Karen. Hugs, Nellie.

Kemma said...

neat technique!

Thanks
kemma
mykemma at gmail dot com

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Your card is truly sophisticated. The embossed scallop background just elevates the whole card.

Stacy B said...

Very elegant card. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sheetal Ahlawat said...

You certainly looked beyond what you saw Karen and the result is simply elegant!

Jay Gee said...

You are a girl with many talents Karen! Congratulations on being published in this issue - both your card and the set you designed :) Love your gorgeous card.

Jessica Taylor said...

Love how you embossed the background with clear and gold powder. I have to try that!

Tona said...

Beautiful card! Love what you did with your stamps.

sharon g said...

I'm glad that you blew up the background, because I couldn't see the detail at all. NICE

Janet L. said...

So very beautiful!I love the way you did the background!

Ruby Craft said...

I just think this card is so beautiful.

FrancineB said...

Very subtle, but beautiful!

mtscrapgal said...

I like the double embossing on the background. I'll have to try that soon. Thanks

pcm said...

I think you definitely achieved your goal! beautiful!

coco said...

I really like the Grunge set, and thanks for showing us its "softer side. And Carved Love is brilliant!

Lisa Petrella said...

GORGEOUS vintage-style, Karen! The embossed background is so striking!!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, never thought of.that, love how versatile the set is.

Moosisk said...

Love your card! Your creative talents are amazing. :D

nancy davis said...

That is absolutely beautiful..... love the clear embossing with touch of gold....

Cindy said...

Beautiful!! I bet it is amazing in real life!

Sarah/WAstamper said...

What a beautiful background! So CASing that!:)

CCC said...

Thanks for sharing the texture technique details. I agree it looks great. Love the look.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I like the idea of using two different embossing powders to spice up the background. Great idea!

stlbarb said...

Yours is such a classy, elegant card.

Amanda said...

I love the end result! So pretty!

Tricia said...

Karen, your card is gorgeous - love that background!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

This is gorgeous, Karen!!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Great card! When I think of that stamp set, I always immediately think of you! You do great things with it

Susan said...

I love, love your card. So very pretty

Sherry said...

Very elegant card, I really like it. Simple but classy. Love the technique with the scallops.

CorinaT said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Karen HB (enderrud@xxxxxxxxxxxx.com) said...

From one Karen B. to another! Very creative! I have never done a blog hop! So many ideas out there!

Barb said...

Wow, Karen! Huge congrats! So exciting for you! This is one of the prettiest cards you've created! So beautiful with the soft colors - love it! :)

Kimberly S. said...

OMGosh....you're a GENIUS!!! I ALWAYS "see" my masculine stamps as being PURELY masculine. Thank you for "allowing" me to see them in a different light!! FYI....I LOVE your card!!!!

joybear said...

Love the card, beautiful background!

Gaby C said...

Beautiful embossing!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the softness that background stamp creates! THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

Denise Bryant said...

Lovely card! Love that texture!
DeniseB

Ange said...

Wow, that is amazing!

Lindsey said...

What a neat idea to add some gold ep on top of the clear! Made for a beautiful finished product.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous card...love the technique!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! Love the texture.

Scrapycandy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you!

Yolanda said...

Gorgeous card!

Cher said...

OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH this one is SOOOOOOOOOO PRETTY! had to stare a bit lol...luv that u told me how to do it...its very vyer nice! tysm
luv the magazine!

Karen K. said...

Your card is so pretty and i love the look of the stamp embossed like that, it looks elegant.

BabyBokChoy said...

!A fantastic share!!!

Susan said...

What a wonderful card -- that embossing is fabulous and I love the DP you've added.

artfuldelight said...

LOVE the embossing, beautiful card!! :-)

Beth Skipper said...

What a nice vintage feel

Mary B. said...

I think you totally accomplished your goal. The card is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your unique perspective!

Helen L said...

Love your card! that stamped and embossed background is amazing!! I doubt that I could have made it stay straight like you did!!

cheryl said...

That card is out-of-this-world awesome! Can you send it to me? lol

Katie said...

I love how the embossing came out and such a classy card.

Dana Nelson said...

Another subdued vintage feminine! Lovin' these!

Sue D said...

Lovely card--I like the embossing.
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Carolina Di said...

Karen your card is simply beautiful! Love the color scheme and the clear ink. Thank you for sharing with us!

Marie said...

Loved your card! Congrats on being on the cover. I'm looking forward to all the inspiration in this issue.

Emily H said...

I love your cards! Thanks for sharing.

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Oh my gosh, this is fabulous!!!

Gwen said...

Wow! Love the embossed background! Gorgeous...I have to remember to add some gold!

Bunnyfreak said...

Stunning; love the embossing.

janlm said...

Luv your card, and this patterned image. gotta have it! thanks.

ShersL84bed said...

I never dreamed of being able to stamp like the examples I have seen today. THis is a beautiful card. I hope to make one like this some day.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

~Tammy~ said...

I would be able to pick this card out as yours in any gallery! A signature for sure! Congrats on the pub!

Cathy Fongjoyo said...

gorgeous card! love the beautiful background! looks so feminine with the flowers
ah ya,thanks for the cute quote from Lion King.thats my fav movie ever !
congratulations on publications!

Rae | Family Photographer said...

Wonderful card and great idea for the background.

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