Make Way for Monograms

"K" is for  "kindness" and Kris (my adorable niece) and her delightful blog, Kween Bee Kreations.  When she joined Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator last fall, I  had the pleasure of being her upline and mentor.  I'm now beholding to her creativity and flair.  It's wonderful to trade ideas and suggestions with each other.

I recently received Stampin' Up!'s Stitched Background stamp and was itching to give it a ride.  It's both a beautiful design and crisp image.   I used a brayer to get an even image to the corners.  Click here for a brayer tutorial. TIP:  Using Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder, I heat embossed my way to a textured background.  Soft Sky card stock gives it so much polish.  I clipped the corners with a Ticket Corner Punch and layered it on Very Vanilla and a card base of Chocolate Chip.  The brads in the four corners are from the Hodgepodge Styled Silver Collection (Occasions Mini).

The main image was the "kindness" sentiment from Define Your Life stamp set (which includes a definition for every letter of the alphabet).  Chocolate Chip Craft Ink was again heat embossed.  Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, I was able to line up the "k" (inked in Creamy Caramel Classic Ink) from Schoolbook Serif Alphabet in the perfect spot. BRIGHT IDEA TIP: I learned a very cool thing.  Once the kindness definition was heat embossed, the "k" (stamped in classic/dye ink) layered beautifully . . . it even pooled neatly off of the embossed text so both images were clean.  Slick.

My trusty Nestabilities die cuts then joined the show.  I used the rectangles set to cut the Very Vanilla layer, emboss (love this feature) and created the scalloped Chocolate Chip mat.  A delectable piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon was the finishing touch.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

COMING UP:  This week's Splitcoast Color Challenge (Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery) and the winner of my Paper Potluck I giveaway. 

Stamp Set:  Define Your Life, Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Stitched Background
Paper:  Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Craft, Creamy Caramel Classic
Cool Tools:  Brayer, Ticket Corner Punch, Heat Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Nestabilities Rectangles and Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch:  Clear Embossing Powder, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain, Hodgepodge Hardware (Occasions Mini, Styled Silver Brads).


  1. Very pretty. I love checking out your stuff!
    Terri F

  2. Melissa D. (SCS honeybee7896)

    Love this card. the simplicity of it is beautiful. I really like the background stamp. I guess I am going to have to go back to the catalog and see about getting them.

  3. Love this stitched background! tfs!

  4. Gorgeous! You are really making me want the Stitched bg stamp! It looks so good- like pattern paper!

  5. Beautiful! That background stamp is on my list.

  6. I’m putting that stamp set on my wishlist. The colors look great. What a creative mind you have. Thanks for sharing.

  7. love this card, I may have to get one of these stitch stamps :). love the colors.

  8. I love this card, and the colors.

  9. Grace Lange-Way

    Oh Mary – I love your nieces site! Obviously she had a great teacher. I’ve added that site to my favorites also. Thanks so much for giving me yet another place for great ideas! You are a sweetie!

  10. colleen kramer

    Love it! Love it all…divine elegance.

  11. Oh, Wow, Awesome!!!! Joan

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