A Take It Or Leave It Stamp Off Challenge

Yay!  It is Friday and time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy.  Oh wait.  This is a Take It or Leave It Challenge.  Hmmmm.  Well, you will see why I say this.  Here is the challenge.

Twine or Ribbon?  I can do that.  Framelit or Thinlit?  I can do that too.  Food?  Huh?  Doilies?  I can even do that!  Food?  Hmmmm .  So I began to look through my stamp sets to see what had food.  Fiesta Birthday has a llama.  Can you eat that?  No.  I would not.  Pop of Paradise has a flamingo.  No way.  Baby Bear?  I don’t think so!  Sitting There has a cat.  Naw.  I don’t live in one of those countries that eat cats.  So here is the best I could do.

Fish!  I can use the fish in Seaside Shore.  So here is my card.  Please notice I used every element on the list.  Oh and by the way, Seaside Shore is being carried over into the new Annual Catalog!  I am happy about that!

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie eat.  Let’s hope it is not a dog!


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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

This week Buffy, Jackie and I have a sketch off challenge.  It was a collaboration between Jackie and me.  She found a design and I tweaked it.

Here is my card:

I am still on my quest to use my Designer Series Paper.  I’ve told you before.  I am a hoarder.  It just seems so hard to cut that first piece.  I don’t know why but this year I vowed to use it more often.  So far I am doing better than previous years but not as well as I would like.

I used the stamp set called Wild About Flowers.  You would love this set.  It reminds me of a country meadow filled with wild flowers.  The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes.  This set has been a very popular one with my customers.  The font is great and it has a lot of sentiments in it.  There is a sister stamp set called Endless Thanks which uses the same font and also has a lot of different sentiments.  Sadly both of these sentiment stamp sets are being retired on May 31st.  I will miss them!  Don’t forget to check what else is retiring by clicking on the button to the right of this post.

The Designer Series Paper is called A Little Foxy.  It uses some of the most popular colors (Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral and Pool Party).

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy created.  I am sure they will be awesome!


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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is a color challenge.  I think I did it but I am not too sure.  Sometimes we do these things way ahead of time because of travel or just being busy so it is hard to remember (age doesn’t help either!).

As I was thinking about making a card using these colors, I realized they are the color in the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Carried Away.  I am not sure if I saw a card with these colors somewhere and liked them or I am just an amazing genius and Stampin’ Up! cooperated.  Chances are it is the first reason but I am going with the second!

I used the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits to make the cute ribbons on these “gifts”.  This set of Thinlits is so much more than it looks.  Other than the awesome Pop Up card it makes, there are also a couple of different tags, a slot for a gift card and balloons.  The sentiment is from Confetti Celebration.

By the way, today is the last day you can get this great Designer Series Paper for free.  Sale-a-bration ends today (so sad).  Better hurry before it is too late.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  Do you want to bet they used the same Designer Series Paper?

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A Masculine Stamp Off Challenge

TGIF!  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge.  This time Jackie gave us a challenge to make a masculine card.  These are probably the hardest to do (for me).

Here is my card:

I decided to use the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  This set is in the Occasions Catalog.  I am really hoping it will make it into the 2017/2018 Annual Catalog.  I guess we will find that out on June 1st!.  If I had my way, most of the sets in the Occasions Catalog will carry over but I don’t always have my way.  I can only hope!

I used Designer Series Paper from two different packages.  The gray piece is from the Sale-a-bration pack called Carried Away.  You can get this package of Designer Series Paper for free with a qualifying order until the end of March.  Then it will disappear forever.  The Night of Navy DSP is from a pack in the Annual Catalog called Floral Boutique.  One of the things about DSP in the Annual Catalog is that it rarely carries over to the next catalog.  So if you like it, you need to get it soon.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  I am sure we will all be pleasantly surprised.  They are two awesome stampers and I am honored to be included in this group with them.

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Happy Green St. Patrick’s Day Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge was a challenge for me.  I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and I don’t even have any stamp sets that could be used.  Luckily the challenge also said “green” so I went with that.  Whew!  It might have been another rebel day! I

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Here is my card.

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As you can tell, I went with the green theme.  I was trying to figure out how to make a totally green card but none of the greens go well with each other (in my opinion) so I added some Tempting Turquoise.  I used the stamp set called Balloon Adventures.  As you can tell, it is really my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog.  Well, today it is anyway.  I love so much from that catalog it is hard to pick a favorite.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for the green St. Patrick’s Day challenge.

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Something For Baby Stamp Off Challenge

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Today’s Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie and Buffy is to make a baby card (well it doesn’t have to be a card as you will soon see!).

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The timing of this theme could not be better!  Right now I am in Alabama visiting my brand new granddaughter, Emory Jade.  Let me tell you.  She is just beautiful. She is only a couple of hours old here.

img_20170227_204058 Mary and Zachary (Emory’s Mom & Dad) came to our house at Christmas.  Mary had been here before and had seen a wreath I had made using paper flowers.  She asked if I would cover a giant “E” with flowers to put over Emory’s crib.  The E was probably 2 – 2 1/2 feet in length.  I decided it would be more fun for Emory and Mary if she helped.  We spent a lot of hours cutting out flowers, glueing them together and then glueing them on the E.  We used a variety of new and retired Stampin’ Up! dies.

Here is a picture of the E on Emory’s wall.  I think it came out pretty.

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Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made for their baby themed project.

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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

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This week our Stamp Off Challenge is a sketch challenge.  Sketch challenges are always my favorite because I find them the easiest.  I know I need to get out of my comfort zone but Jackie and Buffy make me do that all the time so it is nice to have an easier challenge for me once in a while.  Of course, sometimes I can’t get out of my comfort zone which is when I usually cheat a bit on the challenge.

This is the sketch we needed to follow:

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Here is my card:

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(Please note that I did follow the sketch challenge!)

 I decided to use the stamp set called Beautiful You.  Jackie and Buffy use it a lot but I tend to forget about this set.  I do love it but I love so many sets that it is hard to choose which one to use.  This really is a beautiful set with nice images and sentiments.  I used Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out the image and sentiment.  This set of Framelits is great because it has circles, ovals and squares all in one set.  They aren’t in the catalog but you can still order them (look below for the order number).

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made with this challenge.  Do you think they followed the rules?  I bet they did!

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