Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Focus: Frames To Fill

There are a number of stamp companies that have "frame" stamps with a small opening to add a sentiment or a small image.  I own a number of those stamps.  But they never seem to quite fit what I am trying to do.  So recently, the light bulb came on that I have a huge supply of "frames" that will fit most anything - my Spellbinders Nestabilies cutting dies are a perfect stencil!!


I simply stamped my sentiment, then found a Nestabilities rectangle that fit around it.  I used a marker to draw around the inside of the nestie, leaving a gap for my three pearls.

This one-layer card is for two challenges: Less Is More which is to focus on the sentiment and the color challenge from CR84FN:


Before I drew my line, I laid the sentiment stamp on the nestie so I knew exactly how big a gap to leave in the frame.

This card is for two challenges: Splitcoast Friday Free For All which is to use a furniture stamp (although I actually have failed this challenge because you were also supposed to dust off a tool or product that you haven't used recently - and I definitely have used my nesties!) and for the Inkspirations Color Challenge.


Something that I really like about these frames is how easy it is to make a very clean and simple card.  That little frame really sets off the simple sentiment and image.

This card is for the color throwdown challenge.

Happiness in Friendships:
  • Stamps: Inky Antics sentiment, Stampin' Up Bliss
  • Ink: Black, Pink Pirouette, SU Marker in Going Gray to draw the frame
  • Paper: Very Vanilla
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up pearls colored with copics to match Going Gray, Anna Griffin butterfly punch
Need a Couch Day?:
  • Stamps: Papertrey On the Couch and Additions
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, SU Marker in Black
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Regal Rose, Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Sizzix embossing folder, Stampin' Up Rose and Turqoise grosgrain, Papertrey dies to coordinate with On the Couch
The Best Cake Ever:
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Bitty Birthday, Hero Arts sentiment (coordinate inside sentiment is simply "...and many more!"
  • Ink: Black, copics to match Stampin' Up Celery, Taken with Teal and Summer Sun
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Taken with Teal
  • Accessories: Stampin' UP Celery grosgrain, Fiskars border punch, Stickles in Yellow and Lagoon


  1. Great light bulb moment Kim and fabulous cards too!
    I love those broken frames!
    I'll try it!
    Thanks a lot!
    "Less is More"

  2. Oh gosh Kim ... I love all of them. The first one is so gorgeous with the pink, butterfly and the stamp from Bliss. Love that set.

    Great idea to use the Nesties. Stupid me tried to do the broken frame around a small flower last night using a ruler; needless to say it ended up in the scrap bin. And there sat all my Spellbinders, right there in reach.

  3. Great things happen when you have a lightbulb moment. Wonderful cards - enjoy the Eureka moment! Lynn x

  4. Absolutely FAB Kim
    Love everything about it
    Thanks so much
    See you next week, well tomorrow!
    Less is More

  5. This is another one of those " Why didn`t I think of that" moments. Brilliant cards and even more brilliant idea.
    Lynne xxx

  6. Kim, your CR84FN card is so ELEGANt! LOVE the pink Damask stamp and how your butterfly actually looks like damask! Your sentiment is so LOVELY! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

  7. Lovely card-particularly like the first one.

  8. Pretty card Kim! The pink damask image adds a touch of elegance! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN :)

  9. Great idea! They are all so pretty. Thanks so much for joining us this week at CR84FN! :)

  10. Brilliant!!! I had the same issues with the frame stamps I have. Thanks for sharing your light bulb moment - I will SO be using this trick! :)

  11. Beautiful cards, Kim! Love your one layer card! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!

  12. What a fabulous tutorial, Kim!!! Love the different use for the nesties to create a border. And your cards are fabulous!!! I LOVE your CR84FN card!!! So CAS and gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN!!! Pretty interpretation of the challenge colors!

  13. How clever! TFS and your cards are very elegant using the technique too! I am going to same this post!

  14. Whoop whoop! Congrats on your JUGS win! :)

  15. Sorry - I mean your Inkspirations win!!

  16. Fabulous technique Kim - you certainly get great use from your tools making them do more than they were intended to. Love all your "framed" cards, but especially your Inkspirations entry. The textured "wallpaper" behind the cute couch looks fantastic! :)


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