A Stamp Off Color Challenge

Hello everyone!  Thanks for joining us again on our bi-weekly Stamp Off Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.

Now, I am not sure if Buffy or Jackie gave us these colors but I do have to admit I had a hard time using them.  They are definitely outside of my comfort zone but after a lot of trial and error, I managed to make this card.

I used the stamp set called Bike Ride.  This set has matching Framelits called Build a Bike and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. The thing I love about this set is  there is a matching Framelit for every piece of the bike.  Plus, the stamp set is a two-step stamp set which means it takes two or more stamps to make an image.  For example, the flower outline is one stamp, the flowers are another and the leaves are a third.  When I was making this card, I tried a bunch of different color combinations for the bike.  This one seemed to work the best.

Then I needed to work on the background.  I tried it with just plain cardstock but it looked too boring.  Then I tried using an Embossing Folder but it didn’t quite look right so I decided to use the Embossing Paste with the brick Decorative Mask.  I like how that turned out much better.

The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty.

Now let’s go see how Buffy and Jackie did with this color combination.

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A Sketch Stamp Off Challenge

Today is our day to have a Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  I love our challenges!  We used to do it weekly but then life got in the way so we decided to go every other week.  This week we have a sketch challenge.

I decided to use a new stamp set and our Stampin’ Blends to make my card.

Have you tried the new Stampin’ Up! alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends?  They are amazing.  They are sooo amazing that even I can color with them and you all know I am not a very good colorer!  They come in 12 Stampin’ Up! colors as well as Ivory, Bronze and a Color Lifter.  Each color has a light and dark shade that you use to make shadows.  They blend together so easily.

I also used a new stamp set called Color Me Happy which is available while supplies last.    There is a kit to go with this stamp set and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The background was made using one of the new 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders called Ruffled.  These Embossing Folders make a deeper impression (I know it is hard to tell from the picture).

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie did with this sketch challenge.  I am sure you will be amazed.  They are both so talented!


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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonflies are one of those bugs that no one seems to mind if they are around.  As I was beginning to write this blog post, I realized that I haven’t seen any dragonflies at our cottage.  That is kind of weird since they like to hang out around water.  I’ll have to do a little research and find out why.

Edited:  Well, Dragonflies do live near the water.  They actually start their lives in the water.  Adult dragonflies usually only live a month but some species live up to six months.  They eat mosquitoes (which is why we all love them).  If you want to find out more about them you can click HERE.  I still don’t know why there aren’t any around here but that is research for another day!

I made this card using the stamp set called Dragonfly Dreams.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Detailed Dragonfly.  Unfortunately, this set was released in a prior year so there is no Bundle Bonus.  In case you were wondering, Stampin’ Up! offers Bundles on matching stamp sets and dies the first year they are out.  After that, they are only sold separately.  If you like a Bundle, buy it before you are not able to.

One of my favorite this about this set is the cute little Dragonfly die I used above.  All those dragonflies are attached together with one die.   They are adorable, aren’t they?  I cut these out using Silver Foil Paper. I thought it added a nice little sparkle to the card.

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Eastern Palace Circles

It is time for another BS & J Productions Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to use circles.

Here is my card:

I was going to use the Bike Ride stamp set but then I thought that was too obvious (although who really cares if any of us are obvious!) so I went with the Eastern Palace Suite.  This Suite consists of the stamp set called Eastern Beauty and its matching Thinlits called Eastern Medallions.  Both the stamp set and dies are full of different circles so I thought it would be perfect for this challenge.  I noticed for the first time the “spray” stamp and tried to figure out how it worked.  It almost looks like one of those spinning fireworks where the fire spray comes out as it turns.  Ok, maybe not but I liked how it looked anyway.

The card also fulfills my promise to use more ribbon this year.  As you know I am on a quest to use more ribbon, Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape.  I guess one out of three isn’t too bad.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I’mm so excited I am running around in circles!  Haha!


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Let’s Party

It is Friday once again and time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time our challenge is about parties or party words or any words.  I decided to take it as all of those things.  That way I would be safe!

Here is the card I made.  I decided I needed to step it up after the amazing projects Jackie and Buffy made last week.

At first glance it looks pretty boring, although it is a boring card with nice colors!  This is what happens when you open it.

Pretty cool, huh!  It is called a Wiper Card.  I actually got the idea from a video I saw on Pinterest that Barb Mullikan made.  I just changed the design she made.

This is what it looks like open.

I used a couple of different stamp sets to make this card.  The first is called Celebration Time.  The sentiment, cake and party hat are all from that set.  It has matching Thinlits called Celebration and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The ‘Happy Birthday” sentiment is from Vertical Greetings.

Now, let’s go see what amazing projects Jackie and Buffy made.  As always, I am sure they will be awesome!

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Beautiful Bouquet Sketch Challenge

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge by Buffy, Jackie and me is a sketch challenge.  These are my favorite challenges because, frankly, I find them the easiest.  All you have to do is look at the sketch and then pick out some products that would go with it.  Here is the sketch.

I decided to use Beautiful Bouquet to make a card using this sketch.

This is such a fun set.  It has matching Framelits called Bouquet Bunch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  There are 37 stamps in this set and 21 dies!  That is an amazing amount.  There are 15 sentiments included and some of them are for the inside of a card.

The Designer Series Paper is called Delightful Daisy.  The thing I love the most about Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper is it is two sided so if you don’t like one side you can use the other. The only problem I run into is most of the time I like both sides and can’t make up my mind which to use!

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made using this card sketch.  I am sure we will love both of them!

Don’t forget there is a little more than a week left for Bonus Days and The Christmas in July Starter Kit Offer.  Hurry before these great events are gone!

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Hello Friend Sketch Challenge

Today I decided to participate in the Craft Project Central July Card Sketch #73.  Here is the sketch:

As usual I took a couple of liberties with the sketch.

I used the stamp set called Hello Friend.  This stamp set goes with the card kit called Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit, although I didn’t use the kit.  You can buy the stamp set separately if you wish.  It is an adorable set.  I love the wreath and the bold sentiment.

I stamped the wreath in Lemon Lime Twist and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Dapper Denim over the wreath.

The Designer Series Paper is called Eastern Palace Specialty and I used the Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon.

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