Stamptember blog hop [and Simon Says Stamp give-away!]

Congrats to Karen Letchworth – the winner of the $25 to Simon Says Stamp!!


Happy Stamptember – and welcome to my contribution to the Stamp & Show blog hop!! I *love* stamping. I love September. I ADORE Simon Says Stamp for making it a month-long celebration of all things stamping on their blog!!! I’m excited to kick off this crafty month with a new project, and so much more…

The Simon Says Stamp and Show team is posting their projects for this week’s Stamp & Show challenge, giving away gift certificates to Simon Says Stamp, AND hopping along in celebration of it being Stamptember – so this is quite the Monday here!! Let me dive right into my project – I’ll talk more about the hop and the give-away at the end:

For the “read all about it” challenge this week I went with using book paper, text stamp, and a text paper as well. Oh, and a sentiment stamp too. Can you tell I loved the challenge?

Here are links to the supplies I used:

Steps to create:

1.  Cover the front of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card with the text side of one of the pages from a Heidi Swapp memory file fotostack album. Stamp (with gold paint) the postmark stamp 2-3x across the card front.

2. Stamp the newspaper background stamp with clear embossing ink + powder and heat set.

3. Take a piece of book paper, stamp several daisies on it and color them. Then cut the flowers out.

4. On the card front, use a flower stencil, foam tool, and distress ink to stencil flowers onto the card background. You can see how the embossing really shows up! Adds a fun texture and detail to the card I think.

Note: I cut a hole in a piece of cardstock just barely smaller than my stencil and mounted it onto that with washi tape. That is what you see around my stencil in the photo below. This makes it much easier to color the flowers and not have ink go over the edge – and I can always remove it if I ever want to.

5. Add brown ink around the edge of your card, then wipe away any excess ink and prepare to assemble!

6. Make a flower pot from a starbucks coffee holder (or just a piece of cardstock would be fine!) and edge with brown ink, then stamp with sentiment stamp. Wrap and tie off some twine around the base.

7. Assemble the card by attaching the flowers with foam adhesive (just under the flower part), and the “pot” as well. I added a few extra stamped leaves to fill the pot a bit more.

I hope you like my project this week! I had a lot of fun with this one – and I love how it all came together. That flower stencil is one of my most favorite recent purchases for sure!!

Now let’s get to the really FUN STUFF!! You’re going to want to watch ALL MONTH for special guests, and Stamptember fun like you wouldn’t believe!! If you want to start at the beginning of this hop – this is where it all begins. For now though – be sure to go check out Sandra Mouwen’s blog next (she’s the next stop!). I love her project this week!

Before you hop off though, let us talk prizes. You’re going to want to hop along to each team member’s blog because we are all giving away a $25 gift certificate today – how cool is that of Simon Says Stamp to be giving all that away? Oh wait, there’s more. At the end of this hop you’ll find the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog, and this week’s challenge which is “Read All About It”. If you enter that challenge (which you SHOULD! Come join us!) you’ll be entered to win a GRAND PRIZE $100 Simon Shopping Spree! Check out the Stamp & Show blog for more about that – or heck just follow the blog hop and you’ll get there. 🙂

If you’d like to be entered for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp – well you can do that right here and now too! Just leave me a comment and I will draw a winner on Sunday September 9th.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to go check out Sandra Mouwen’s blog next (she’s the next stop!). I love her project this week!

Here’s a list of everyone participating in the hop today:



Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. Over the past 10 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember” ™ event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

258 thoughts on “Stamptember blog hop [and Simon Says Stamp give-away!]”

  1. my gosh, I soooooooo love this! I re-purpose my coffee sleeves all of the time, but had never thought of turning one into a flower pot! pure genius! gonna have to CASE that idea! 🙂

  2. what a wonderful fun project and I like that it is a card – since I am basically a card maker. thanks for sharing

    Barb Housner

  3. Wow May you are rocking the cards lately! love all the use of text and the Starbucks holder plus twine. Totally cool look!

  4. I loved the two different ways you used the text paper and the flowers. Your card is so creative! Thanks for sharing your process with so much detail!

  5. Oh my word!!! how fabulous!! I love this beautiful creation. Thank you for the fab idea of stamping on pages and using different colour mediums.
    Suzi x

  6. At first I had to giggle when I saw your card because I was wondering if your sentiment was for your Starbucks or for your card recipient! I love the stenciled background on the card. I have stencils, but I forget to use them. Thanks for the reminder.

  7. I love making cards and i love this one so much. All the layersyou used from stamping, to embossing, to
    stencilling just makes a fabulous card! Thanks for the great how-to!!!!

  8. Sooo much texture and depth. I love seeing that Starbucks cup snuggle being re-purposes. Great card. Now I’m hopping along the way.

  9. I really like the flower pot ‘pocket’. It’s a wonderful place to ‘grow’ your flowers. Nice depth, texture, and text.

  10. Such a clever idea. Really impacting with all the depth you created. Love the Starbucks coffee holder.

  11. Hi May, love your use of text paper in the background on this piece and I love the texture from the embossing. Love the plant pot and the stencilled flowers too. Lovely. Have an enjoyable week. Tracy x x

  12. I love using book paper on projects, and yours is lovely. Thanks very much for sharing your process.

  13. Love your cleverness, May. That gives me an idea for coffee gift cards! Thanks and also thanks for the chance to win.

  14. May, May, May, I love this little daisy coffee cup holder card. Your work is very inspiring. I wish I had more stamps to work with and so would love to win the $25.00 cert. to use to add to my supplies. Thanks for the chance!

  15. Love how you’ve put this card all together! Love how you’ve repurposed the bookpages and the Starbucks thingie.

  16. I’ve been loving the trend of using newprint everywhere, so this project is right up my alley, too. Love it! This is going to be a fun month.

  17. This post really caught my eye! I always end up just stamping on solid paper and never thought to stamp on a piece of paper from a book. Love it!

  18. This is beautiful, I love how the flowers are stamped onto writing 🙂 Very nice effect! I love the colours and details too 🙂

    Tanya xx

  19. Hah! I like how the quasi-vintage look of the Starbucks logo goes so well with the rest of the piece. Ripping a book page out and stamping on it does rather make me cringe, but it certainly makes a nice effect.

  20. Whew, I thought I’d never get to the bottom here!

    Did you make that card just for me? LOL. Being a coffee-holic I am loving the use of the cup holder not to mention every single detail of your card. It is just fabulous and I will be keeping my cup holders now for a new purpose. Just got a cute flowered one the other day that I saved. Perfect!

  21. Great idea to stamp images on text paper before coloring and fussy cutting. Thanks for a great project.

  22. Love the reuse idea…and its so stinkin’ cute – or it might be if you sprayed it with a scent!! Anyway – love it.
    I would have never thought of it, and now I can think of lots of ways to make the flower pot card. Thanks May!

  23. I love this technique but I’m such a wimp when it comes to tearing out a page from a book lol even when the spine is broken and the pages could just fall out so easy TFS this 🙂

  24. That is so cool!! A few of those sleeves lying around, and now I just wanna use them! lol..

  25. I must stamp something this month….I must stamp something this month….. Thanks for the inspiration, May. and thanks for the chance to win a gift certificate 🙂 Oh how I could use it!

  26. Great card! I need to dig out some of my old books and use the pages more in my art. Thanks for reminding me and inspiring me!

  27. Love your project especially it’s depth with the raised flowers and pot. Love how you stamped the flowers on the newspaper then cut them out. Really love your project.

  28. I love how happy this project is! And text on top of text inside of text…I love it!

  29. I love the whole project, but I have to say, using the Starbucks cardboard cup holder as a flowerpot – GENIUS!!

    Thanks for the chance to win as well.

  30. OMG! that card is super cute! using that Starbucks cup snuggie is so creative! I’m going to try that!

  31. I love your project in so many different ways! The stenciling, the stamping on book pages and especially using a Starbucks sleeve for the pot! WOW!

  32. Your card is great. I love the idea of stamping on a book page and the doubling up of flowers in the background too. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win a SSS voucher.

  33. What a fun and fabulous card! Love all your layers and the recycled sleeve. This is a real inspiration…I think a gift card could sit inside the flowerpot.

  34. What a great card! I love all the steps and the recycling too – very clever. Using book pages or stamping words in the background is a favorite of mine – your card is just wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  35. Your card is very cute, I love the multiple layers that you have created and the flowers stamped on the book pages are a great idea.

  36. Never thought of using a book page to start a card. Love that idea and I really like the look of your finished project. Thank you for sharing with us.

  37. Ohhhh, I just love your card! I love the stamping on text print paper, so cute! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. 🙂

  38. Loved your card, thanks for the step x step.
    I’m am definately going to experimant with yor process. TFS

  39. Stunning piece! Love all the text on the background! What a fabulous idea to make the Starbucks coffee holder into a flower pot! Hugs, Sandra

  40. May,

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork, love all the texture! The Starbucks coffee holder is such a great
    touch, love it!!
    Take care,

  41. Wow, this card is just spectacular! I adore the layers of different text, the use of stamps and the repurposing of the Starbucks holder. Thanks for sharing this awesomely creative project as well as the chance to win. 🙂

  42. i love your card…thanks for posting step by step how you created it…i also snooped around your blog and am now a follower… 🙂

  43. I love this card! The colours and flowers are so colourful and cheery, but what a unique way to recycle
    a Starbucks cup holder, pure genius!

  44. Wow! You truely are an artist! You’re work is so special! It’s unique and playful!
    Love the Starbucks coffee sleeve as a flower pot! So creative!

  45. Love your card! The techniques are awesome and you presented the steps in an easy to understand way. Thanks so much!

  46. Beautiful card! I love the drink cup holder and the flowers from the book page. I love the way you recycled these items. Blessings!

  47. WOW! Love how you incorporated the Starbucks holder for your pot! The flowers are beautiful and the background is so cool!

  48. Love this! love love love! Thank you for the instructions. I love that newspaper embossing step. I can’t wait to go play! (I have to finish hopping first!) 🙂

  49. Your project gave me the idea to use those little trinkets that really serves no use to keep, but too sentimental to throw away. I can’t wait to incorporate them into my next project! Thanks for the idea!!

  50. Oh, I adore this! Text always appeals to me on a project and this hop is wonderful to see all of your ideas! Thanks!

  51. Woow, this is a very nice card !!! Love your flowers and your pot using coffe holder ! And thank you so much for all the step-to-sep details, an artwork is so interesting by this way !!! Coco

  52. How lovely – has inspired me to use a few of those labels I keep stashing away trying to come up with ideas for and never using. Thanks, Wens

  53. Love this May. I already spotted the yellow flowers on inspiration picture on the Simon Says blog. Thanks for the inspiration and detailed description. I think I could actually manage a project like this LOL.

  54. I really love what you did here, and am especially appreciative that you gave such detailed instructions. I am not naturally artistic, and would never figure out how to do something like your card here. (If it’s not really a card, I apologize. I was a bit confused as to what you applied everything to.) So, I love when someone gives such easy-to-understand instructions because I learn so much from them. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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