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Thursday, February 27, 2020

{Throwback Thursday} Carol Does Clean and Funky Cards

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! Welcome to another Throwback Thursday post. On the last Thursday of the month, the STAMPgirls will be sharing new projects inspired by a previous STAMPlorations project...either one they made themselves or made by another STAMPgirl. And every month, we'll draw one lucky crafter to win a $15 gift code -- randomly drawn from all comments left on the Throwback Thursday post for the month, as well as from the featured designer's blog.

Today STAMPgirl Carol shares her creative takes inspired by a past project and using various STAMPlorations products.


Have a look at Carol's projects:

Hello, Carol here, warmly welcoming you to my second, of three, Throwback Thursday posts, where we select a previous card/project - one of our own or a teammate's - and 're-vision' it in three ways.

Call me daring (or perhaps, crazy) for deciding to draw inspiration from super talented, uber-cool, always something unique STAMP designer, Tenia Nelson! Her clean, funky style is pure delight soooo...I thought I'd try channeling my 'inner Tenia' to see if I could create cards as sensational as hers. The specific card I've selected - featuring a sticker, stencil, washi tape and her 'signature touch heart' - is the one she created for Sticker Monday:

The Throwback Card

Delightful, right! My three cards follow Tenia's design/sketch, as well as stickers, stencils and snippets of washi (which is something I rarely use).

Ready to see how Tenia inspired me? Let's go....

Card #1 
This 'warm up' card follows Tenia's closely...

Such fun to make and, in true Tenia 'to-the-point' style, here's what I did:
  • Create panel from white card base.
  • Ink up Shutters stencil.
  • Add Good Things sentiment sticker onto a piece of paper; die cute. Add washi tape under sentiment edges; add Tenia's signature heart (same ink as stencil, colour with Nuvo sparkle pen)
  • Adhere sentiment onto image panel using foam to create dimension.
  • Adhere the image panel onto card base.

Card #2
For this card, I continued with the same elements and sketch, but used the sticker in a different fashion:

  • Create panel from white card base.
  • Ink up Shutters stencil.
  • Add one of the Mixed Media #1 stickers onto a piece of paper; die cut Coffee Cup Silhouette. Die cut two more coffee cups and stack for dimension.
  • Keep one set of inside pieces to inlay, creating the illusion of a panel.
  • Add signature heart (same ink as stencil, colour with Nuvo sparkle pen)
  • Adhere stacked coffee cup onto image panel; inlay white pieces.
  • Adhere the image panel onto card base.

Card #3
For my final card, I used two sets of stickers...

  • Create panel from white card base.
  • Adhere two stickers from Artsy Geometric Backgrounds onto a piece of cardstock. Die cut using Basic A2 Nesting Panels (I used Panel 3).
  • Add Good Things sentiment sticker onto a piece of paper; die cut. Add washi tape on sentiment corners; add signature heart. Adhere sentiment panel to panel, using foam for dimension.
  • Adhere the image panel onto card base.

I learned so much from 'copying' Tenia's style and trying to add a few different touches of my own. A huge THANK YOU to Tenia for being so incredibly inspiring.

There you have it: Throwback Thursday #2 is a wrap! I'll be back in March!


I think Carol did an incredible job with her cards inspired by Tenia's card. For a chance to win a $15 gift code to the STAMPlorations store, leave a comment here and on Carol's blog by March 8. We'll announce the winner in the February winners post on March 10.

Did you enjoy today's featured post? Check back next month for another set of Throwback Thursday projects from Carol.


  1. Great cards made following Tenia's inspiration.

  2. What a great idea for an inspiration post! I feel like I must have missed the other throwback posts; I'll have to make sure I don't miss any more!

  3. Great cards, so sweet and simple. I love card number two. Great idea.

  4. These are such beautiful creations. I adore the soft backgrounds and big sentiments.
    Valerija xx

  5. Carol, I love how you just taught me about how to use stickers in card making! Your second card is my favorite because it has your die cutting flair to it!

  6. Oh what fun and happy card designs! Love the playful compositions and lovely designs.

  7. Pretty cards! Love your take on the throwback card!

  8. Well done Carol, your re-visits of Tenia's fabulous card...are wonderful - love the use of stenciling, stickers and washi tape - I don't use these often either but all three cards look great - the use of stickers with the mug die cut is genius...Robyn

  9. So fun, I'm sharing Carol's caffeinated design in the Coffee Loving Papercrafters fb group!

  10. I shy away from these more CAS type projects but yours and Tenia's makes have totally inspired me! Beautiful cards both revisited and present!

  11. Beautiful cards Carol👌👌👌
    Perfect stenciling background😍

  12. You did a fabulous job being inspired by Tenia’s card. Hers and your three are all awesome!

  13. I am liking Carols coffee cut card - I will have to give that a try - all are fabulous!

  14. These are gorgeous. I especially like the coffee die cut with the bookpaper. So pretty. Hugz