#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap

In January I got to attend my first upline monthly meeting, which included a card swap, in Boise, Idaho.  In February I’ll be virtually attending the meeting and the theme is #Simplestamping for our downline swap.  I’m mailing mine to Boise tomorrow.

Simple Stamping is a theme that Stampin’ Up! is focusing on this year, reverting to the days of ………… simpler stamping and the days when so many of us were just getting started on our stamping fun-journey.  Layers and embellishments and the Big Shot do add lots of fun to so many cards but all of those features absolutely overwhelm the new stamper.  It’s kind of hard to not add just one more element but that was our instruction for this swap: #simplestamping

  • You can ONLY use stamps, ink, punches and paper!  That’s it!
  • Yes, you can use Designer Series Paper.
  • Yes, you can color in an image.

My card:

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap
It’s not bad at all. Just clean and SIMPLE.


I made good use of scraps from the fun Gingham Gala 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (aka DSP) that you can find in Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalog.


Here are the products I used for my card: 

Below is the guide I used for spacing my 3/4″ x 4″ strips of gingham DSP.  I placed the corner of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White Thick card stock in the bottom left corner of a well used piece of Grid Paper.  I also marked guide lines where I wanted to position my gingham strips.  They’re 1/4″ apart, starting 1/4″ from the top of the card stock.  After attaching the gingham strips to the Whisper White layer I turned the paper over and snipped off the hanging ends of the gingham DSP.

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap


Here’s version 1 of my card:

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap

I really had to add two more itty bitty butterflies for balance.  All of the butterflies were punched, using the Butterfly Duet Punch, from the Botanical Butterflies DSP, fully colored and ready to attach.  So below is Version 2.

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap


I made this stepped up version of the same card for my upline, Debra.  The only change was an added layer of 5-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ Gorgeous Grapefruit card stock for accent.

#Simplestamping for our Downline Swap

My challenge to you is to make one or more #simplestamping cards and then post them either here, in the comment section, or somewhere on social media.  Just be sure to use the hashtag #simplestamping.  Send your card to me at blythe@stampingwithblythe.com.

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