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Hi Friends!

If it’s Saturday, then it must be time for another Ribbon Inspiration post!  This week we’re focusing on Spring.  If you’ve arrived here from Deb Saaranen’s blog, then you’re in the right spot.  If not, I suggest you start back on Sharon Johnson’s blog in order to find out how you can be eligible for today’s blog prize.

This week we’re focusing on checks/gingham.   Gingham can be very casual or it can be super formal.   Gingham also reminds me of my childhood.   My mom use to make me these little shift dresses out of plain colors and then make a gingham apron to go over it.   I loved those dresses!

Here’s my offering today:

I really had a difficult time getting the colors on this to represent themselves properly in a photo.   The check background is actually a mossy green, but looks a bit blue here.   And… I actually sewed zig zags!!  That’s a first for me!  I’m slowly but surely becoming less intimidated by my sewing machine.

Here are my details:

Stamps:  JustRite Stampers’ Topsy Turvy Cakes

Paper: Vanilla, Shimmer Vanilla (base), My Mind’s Eye – Be Happy (checks), My Mind’s Eye – Paris & Co. (solid mossy green), Kaisercraft Utopia (green dot)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics

Accessories: 7/8″ gingham (green/ivory), oval nestabilities, stardust stickles, sewing machine, Kaisercraft split pea rhinestones, dimensionals

*****  Items highlighted are provided by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store *****


Here are a list of all the blogs in today’s Inspiration Challenge:

Sharon Johnson – The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Deb Saaranen

Holly McMillen

Jerri Jimenez

Linda Duke


Now it’s time to hop on over to Jerri Jimenez‘ blog to see what fabulousness she has cooked up!


Thanks so much for stopping by!


57 Responses to “~Ribbon Inspiration/Stamp Simply Store – Checks~”

  1. on 17 Mar 2012 at 06:43Sue D

    Cute card. I like all the patterns of paper with the gingham ribbon. Great stitching too!

  2. on 17 Mar 2012 at 06:45Charlene

    Now THAT’S what I call a PERFECT bow. Awesome, Holly!

  3. on 17 Mar 2012 at 06:47Jan D.

    I love how you mixed dots, checks, etc. I love that look.
    Thanks for the chance to win ribbons, too….perfect for springtime.

  4. on 17 Mar 2012 at 06:55Carla Suto

    Beautiful card, Holly! I love the color combo and the pretty green gingham ribbon!

  5. on 17 Mar 2012 at 07:16Carol R

    What a beautiful card! I did think the background was blue but it looks great with the green gingham ribbon and that fun looking cake image!

  6. on 17 Mar 2012 at 07:16Jerri Kay

    Totally adorable Holly! Love your “sweet” card!!! Hugs!!!

  7. on 17 Mar 2012 at 07:52Mary R.

    LOL! Your card made me laugh out loud! It is funky and too stinkin’ cute!

  8. on 17 Mar 2012 at 07:54Bobbie Duran

    A sweet card and I like the different patterned papers you used on the card. Adds beautiful interest and the ribbon as the finishing touch. I like the stitching you did also. I need to do more of that on my cards.

  9. on 17 Mar 2012 at 08:06Nancy

    just like your sentiment says, your card is sweet and sassy too. Love the different patterns and colors.

  10. on 17 Mar 2012 at 08:41BettyB

    Your card is great. I love how you used the larger dotted paper and the gingham ribbon. It really goes together nicely.

  11. on 17 Mar 2012 at 08:43Lynda

    Great ‘happy’ card! Love the whimsical image with the combo of patterns.

  12. on 17 Mar 2012 at 08:47Denise Carilli

    This is soooooo sweet

  13. on 17 Mar 2012 at 09:11Charlotte

    Tooooo cute! Your sentiment and image are perfect together! Love the color and patterned paper combo.

  14. on 17 Mar 2012 at 09:50Barbara A.

    Love the green gingham bow!! It really pops out with your sweet and sassy birthday card! Thanks for sharing!

  15. on 17 Mar 2012 at 10:06Laraine R

    Beautiful card! Love the ribbon!

  16. on 17 Mar 2012 at 10:07Rosemary D

    oh what a sweet card!! love that little cake!

  17. on 17 Mar 2012 at 10:12Tina

    Such a pretty and cheery card. Great work.

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  18. on 17 Mar 2012 at 10:24Lynn

    What a cute card – even if the true colors aren’t shown. TFS

  19. on 17 Mar 2012 at 10:51Darlene G

    Great St. Patty’s Day card. Fun.

  20. on 17 Mar 2012 at 11:30Cheryl Lea

    Great card…even in blue, which looks lovely!

  21. on 17 Mar 2012 at 12:16Mary Davis

    I love the green gingham ribbon. Beautiful card.

  22. on 17 Mar 2012 at 12:53Tina DeLong AKA GardenDiva

    Oh Holly what a fun colorful card. Great for the many folks born on this day !!!

  23. on 17 Mar 2012 at 14:02Carol E Brooker

    Very pretty card love the ribbon, thank you so much for sharing it.

  24. on 17 Mar 2012 at 14:37Shona

    Great sewing !! It’s the perfect touch. This card is adorable.

  25. on 17 Mar 2012 at 14:41Sonia

    A cute card- even with the background looking blue it is great!

  26. on 17 Mar 2012 at 14:48Dottie Davis

    This card is so honkin’ cute. Gingham is the ribbon of the day!

  27. on 17 Mar 2012 at 14:56Rebecca W

    Love your coloring and the way the bling you choose brings out the dots in the background more.

  28. on 17 Mar 2012 at 15:19Ellen

    Love the funky stamped cake!

  29. on 17 Mar 2012 at 15:32Sheila - UK

    Such a cute image and a gorgeous card all pulled together with such lovely ribbon.

    Love Sheila xx

  30. on 17 Mar 2012 at 15:40Janet L.

    Polka dots and checks–perfect!! You made a wonderful, happy card, Holly!

  31. on 17 Mar 2012 at 15:50jean w.

    Great card and I love the green ribbon!

  32. on 17 Mar 2012 at 16:18Marilyn

    Pretty card love the gingham ribbon . Thanks for a chance to win

  33. on 17 Mar 2012 at 16:33Kristine Vencel

    The mixture of patterns turned out so well in your design. I love the sassy green checks! Thank you for giving us the idea to mix it up more!

  34. on 17 Mar 2012 at 16:41Kathy S

    What a cute card- love the wonky cake especially with the sparkle- thanks for sharing and the chance to win some yummy ribbon

  35. on 17 Mar 2012 at 16:43Cec

    What a fun and happy card. Love the blues and greens together.

  36. on 17 Mar 2012 at 20:27LynneZ

    Hi Holly – Really love your card. So very spring looking! Thanks for sharing.

  37. on 17 Mar 2012 at 20:52Linda Carlson

    Lovely green for St. Patty’s day!

  38. on 17 Mar 2012 at 22:00MaryBeth

    What a sweet card. Love the colors and the polka dots and checks go together perfectly!

  39. on 18 Mar 2012 at 06:22Kathy P

    love the check circle mix. thank you

  40. on 18 Mar 2012 at 06:59Maureen Chandler

    What a wonderful card – I love all the colors and details. Gingham ribbon is perfect with your design. Thanks so much for the chance to win some of that lovely ribbon!

  41. on 18 Mar 2012 at 07:34Glenda Dopking

    Everything is coming back! Isn’t funny how we all remember having gingham something when we were younger. Your cake is retro to me and the dots and gingham checks I think go perfectly with it. Love the dark green gingham ribbon, makes the other colors pop!


  42. on 18 Mar 2012 at 09:14Alicia

    What a cute card. Love the dots and the gingham 🙂

  43. on 18 Mar 2012 at 09:28Toni Storie

    This is darling! Gingham makes me think of childhood too!

  44. on 18 Mar 2012 at 12:14Caryn S.

    You’re right the green does look a bit more blue! Thanks for the clarification. Great choice of DPs and the bling and image are great too! Plus, that stitching looks great, don’t be afraid of sewing, you did a great job!

  45. on 18 Mar 2012 at 15:39Stacie

    Great card! Your bow looks perfect!

  46. on 18 Mar 2012 at 20:23Diana Newman

    Wonderful whimsy birthday card!

  47. on 19 Mar 2012 at 06:57Becki Jo

    Oh yes, that is such a sassy card….very pretty.

  48. on 19 Mar 2012 at 10:30Charlette

    Just a wonderful card. Always loved checks and dots together. Great choice!

  49. on 19 Mar 2012 at 12:29Charlotte H.

    Cute card – love those crazy cakes!

  50. on 19 Mar 2012 at 12:43Marie Bingaman

    Great card! I love the shimmery cake! 🙂

  51. on 19 Mar 2012 at 14:08Shirley Lee

    What a cute card! That green ribbon just pops on the page. Wish I could make mine look like yours. Who wouldn’t love getting a card such as yours. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Shirley L.
    Roseville, CA

  52. on 19 Mar 2012 at 14:57Carol Burnette

    My childhood “gingham memories ” are of ribbons on my pigtails! This is a cute card!

  53. on 19 Mar 2012 at 21:51Denise Bryant

    Love the card! Very fun with the dots and checks!

  54. on 20 Mar 2012 at 01:29Linda Carson

    Quite delightful artwork! You’ll brighten someone’s special day w/this beauty!

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  56. on 24 Mar 2012 at 19:57Mary gutierrez

    Love the green checkered ribbon and blues together

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