Sunday, September 28, 2014

My Cards and Tags: Thanks
Apparently I have another addiction besides Ferrero Rocher chocolates.  I knew about the Ferrero Rocher problem, but I didn't know I was addicted to polka dots until a friend perused my blog and said, "Wow.  You really like polka dots, huh."  It was one of those statements that could be taken either way (kind of like when someone says to you, "That's a really bright dress," or "That's a really short haircut,"), but I'm choosing to take it as a compliment and embrace the fact that I'm a polka-dot-aholic.

So when this week's theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog was "finishing touch stamping," I knew that polka dots would fill the bill since I always seem to end up stamping them on my projects somewhere.  Here's a Thank You card which I finished with polka dots:

This card was pretty easy to make because I took advantage of some fabulous patterned paper from Prima (their new Cigar Box Secrets line).  I then cut out a snowflake panel using Memory Box's Mod Snowflake background die.  I cut the snowflake circle shapes apart and adhered them to the edges of my card.

I dabbed on various Distress and Colorbox inks to color my circles and my background a bit, then I added my polka dots!  Lest you think I'm totally predictable, these polka dots were added with a polka dot brayer this time, which was a cool new tool I hadn't tried before.  I rolled it across my ink pad, then rolled it across my paper.  The tool comes with two rollers: one with polka dots and one with stripes and it was a lot of fun to use.

I added a "thanks" made by a Simon Says Stamp die, inked around the edges with brown and black ink and called it a day.

Here are the supplies I used, available at Simon Says Stamp:

So what is one of your favorite "finishing" techniques for stamping?  Can't wait to see what you share on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog.  Upload your creation for a chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.  That could buy a lot of polka dots!


  1. Every time I come over and see your use of colors, design and other materials I vow to go off and try to play with my materials and colors like Andrea... Of course I get distracted by my messy desk and can't dig out my fabric pieces... SO inspirational and beautiful!

  2. I agree with Suzz!! Your work inspires us to want to create. You have such an eye for color, design and texture. I looked at this card and thought "Wow! If I got this card in the mail from Andrea, I would know I was someone special. Look at the time and effort she took to put it together." I'm in love with the Cigar Box paper. What a fantastic way you arranged the snowflakes. And I agree ... it just wouldn't be finished without the polka dots. I can only imagine your delight when you found that polka dot brayer!!! Awesome tool to go a little dotty on any project :)

    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog this week. You will never know how much your note meant to me Andrea. Thank you for your support and friendship. Hugs to you! Mary Elizabeth

  3. Very pretty! Love how you incorporated the brayer in there :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. Wow Andrea! What a beautiful project! I love the pretty color palette and all the stamped detail! Pure eye candy!

  5. Finally found time today to visit you again and as always enjoy your creations.

  6. I always love the beautiful color scheme on your projects, Andrea. The texture and all the details are so fabulous! :)

  7. This is so pretty, Andrea! Love the use of color! And the dots are such a nice touch! Hugs, Sandra

  8. I love your colors and you know this!!!! Wonderful card! Barbarayaya

  9. Another beautiful project and another very clever use of colour and texture! This is such a joy to look at and each time I do, I see another wonderful detail ~ it's fabulous Andrea! :)

  10. I love polka dots too! This piece is gorgeous Andrea! Love the colours, patterns and of course the dots. I always look forward to seeing what you create every week.