Today we’re “cooking” up a challenge for you in the form of a recipe, and we have special guest Laura Bassen here to share a gorgeous, new card that she made and a challenge to use some of its ingredients to create yourself! Let’s take a look!


Hello, SCT friends! It’s Laura Bassen, and I am so excited to join you here on the blog today! I am hoping to bring some festive rainbowness to you today in the form of a colorful card. Whenever I can, I love to add a spectrum of color to my projects. One of my favorite ways to do this is by adhering strips of solid colored cardstock in rainbow order. My project today features products by Honey Bee Stamps.

Supplies | Die: Honey Bee Stamps, Simon Says Stamp; Stamps: Honey Bee Stamps; Cardstock: Neenah; The Stamp Market, Simon Says Stamp, Tonic; Ink: Versamark, Ranger; Embossing Powder: Simon Says Stamp; Blending tool: Ranger; Adhesive: Gina K Designs, Scotch; Die cutting machine: Spellbinders; Other: Heat gun

I’ve been calling this the “Christmas rainbow” lately. To me, it feels somehow festive when you start your rainbow with reds and pinks and end it with a few shades of green. Putting the strips on an angle really gives it a fresh, modern feel, but you can never go wrong with colorful strips no matter which direction you decide to adhere them on a project.

For my project, I used the Lovely Layers Pinecone Honey Cuts by Honey Bee Stamps. I die cut the pinecone pieces out of khaki cardstock. Adding a bit of Vintage Photo distress ink to the pine cone pieces really brings them to life. One of the most important and under-appreciated things you can do to any project is to “zhuzh it up.” If you have some leaves to lift, bows to fluff, or pine cone pieces that you can manipulate or as I like to call it “zhuzh.” It makes all the difference to give air and dimension.

For the sentiment, I embossed the “Thankful for You” from the Blessed stamp set by Honey Bee Stamps using white embossing powder on black cardstock. I love to do a white on black sentiment whenever I have a colorful card. It really makes the sentiment pop against the colors.

I would love to challenge you to create a project using some of the key features that I included in my card. Most of all, have fun and don’t be afraid to use what you have to give new life to the products that you already own!

Here’s your recipe:

  • Adhere strips of colorful cardstock.
  • Use ink blending of some kind, whether on the background or on die cut pieces, as I did one the pinecone for added interest.
  • “Zhuzh” any elements to give them life using dimensional adhesive for lift.]
  • Add a white on black embossed sentiment to pop against the colors.

Hi there! Laura Bassen here and I am a wife and mother to five currently living in Southern Germany, but central Illinois is where I call home. I studied graphic design in college, but have been so blessed to be able to work from home making cards for several companies for several years. I currently design and create monthly videos for Simon Says Stamp, My Favorite Things, Honey Bee Stamps & Pinkfresh Studio. You can follow me on Instagram to see my latest designs.


Wow, we just love Laura’s work and this amazing card! Create using Laura’s recipe above, and submit based on the guidelines below to be entered to win a $50 surprise box, filled with products from our partners from SCT headquarters!

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Create a project based on this recipe challenge;
  • Submit an image to us (must be under 2mb!) at
  • Put “Winter Issue Recipe Challenge” in your reference line;
  • Submit your entry by Thursday, December 17th, 2020, at midnight ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on the 19th of December.

Have fun mixing up something beautiful with our recipe challenge, and be sure to join us here on the blog tomorrow as we announce the release of our winter 2020 issue and SCT Delivered kit and a little something fun for next year too!