Wednesday, May 9, 2012

{Step It Up} Thank You Notes Three Ways

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Stampin' Up provides demonstrators with the wonderful Stampin' Success Magazine every month.  It's a publication that is chock full of hot trends, tips, encouragement, samples, news, and advice.  I've been intrigued by a monthly column called STEP IT UP, where they show you how you can take one card layout and make it three ways:
(1) Clean and Simple
(2) Dressed up a bit, or
(3) All out with details!
Here's a set of Thank You notes I prepared for my customers.  I had a little fun STEPPING IT UP!

The first sample is done with a simple scalloped edge, Very Vanilla ribbon, and a touch of Stampin' Pastels. Pretty, and easy to do. Perfect for the beginner or to do a batch quickly.

Below is #2. I Stepped It Up by adding a double layer of pink ribbon, knotted in the front. It picks up the pink from the floral stamp and the bling on the tower.

And the third card...
This one took a little longer!  Besides all of the steps in #2, I added the following:
- Stamped the scalloped edge with a border stamp from Creative Elements.
- Background stamped the front with a flourish from Creative Elements and Versamark.
- Sponged the edges with Pretty In Pink,
- Added a third ribbon (Certainly Celery), and cinched it together with an Antique Brad topped with another Basic Rhinestone colored with a Sharpie Marker.

I liked the first two cards just fine, but when I finished with the sponging on the third, I was really satisfied :) My inner perfectionist said, "There, that's better"!
Here's a little detail on the ribbon treatment...

STAMPS: Artistic Etchings, Creative Elements, Established Elegance
INK:  Basic Grey, Versamark
PAPER:  Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES:  Stampin' Pastels, Basic Rhinestones, AntiqueBrads, Sponge
RIBBON:  1/8" Taffeta Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon

PRIZE ALERT!!! Want one of these sweet little glass knob card holders, and a Thank You note? I made 'em myself!  Leave a comment below telling me which version of this card you'd like to have and why.  I'll draw a winner on Mother's Day and mail your prize Monday 5/14/12. 

Have a blessed & creative day! Erika.


  1. These are terrific. I love how you shared three different versions. That is really helpful to someone who is starting out AND helpful for someone who has experience. I love all three.

  2. That was my comment about loving all

  3. Number three for sure, love the pretty in pink accent for the distressed feel. But all three are nice. Thanks for sharing and I did notice the door knobs, classic.

  4. I think all three cards are quite elegant! But...I'm a "more is more" kinda girl, lol! That last card is my favorite!!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win one of these beauties AND the glass knob holder too! I was going to ask you about them as they're gorgeous!

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  6. They are all so lovely (I too love the Stepping it Up Challenge). While all are adorable and I'd be excited to receive any of them my pick is the most detailed one. Reminds me of vintage French postcards-- the detailed scallops really step it up. TFS!

  7. When I make a card, I always set it out and look at it for a few days. It's amazing how different things come to mind to step it up the more you look at the card. I liked your first card the best...then when you added the double ribbon, I liked the second card the best...but low and behold, when I saw what you did with the third card...well, I feel in love.

  8. I love the third one in the series the best because I love to add as much bling to my scrapbooking and cards as I can! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. My Favorite is the 3rd one. It was hard to decide-but I love all the detail of this card! :) Thanks for sharing and the chance to win a fab prize!

  10. Definitely the third! The sponging just pulls together the vintage feel. Love your work! Thanks for a chance to win!