Challenge Chewsday - Just Add Stamps!

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink seemed like a bit of a no-brainer at first glance....

Just add stamps.  Okay, so that's what I would have been doing anyway, where's the challenge in that..?!

Then of course once I took the time to read past the title of the post, I realised that the emphasis was on the just.  As in nothing but stamps.

No DSP, no ribbon, no buttons or brads, no punches or die cuts, no fancy schmancy techniques, just stamps and the cardstock they are placed upon.


Once I got going with my idea (and managed to bust it out in no more than three and a half  minutes) I realised that the JAI gals might be onto something...

While I love nothing more than getting a swag of new products and things to play with (got some just last week from the upcoming Autumn-Winter mini catalogue in fact - ssshhhhhhhh!!) there's something to be said for heading back to the bare basics of stamps, ink and cardstock.

And the time factor - or lack of time taken - is a definite bonus!  I'm heading off to make some more of this particular design to send out randomly in the next week or so.

Check back over the next couple of days, as I just realised how close we're coming to the end of March, and therefore the end of Sale-a-bration AND the Summer Mini!  I think this may just have been my favourite ever mini and I have some things to show you that I haven't managed to get up here yet, so tune in for a last minute flurry of Summer Mini activity in the coming days...

"Just Add Ink #61 - Just Add Stamps!" Stamps: Growing Green, Apple Blossoms Paper: Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Accessories: Stampin' Sponge (hope that's allowed!!)

Tardy Tuesday - CASEing two lovelies

So I'm a whole day - almost two - late with my Challenge Chewsday entries, and although I had them all stamped and photographed yesterday, falling asleep on the couch at 8pm won out over editing and uploading them.

I'm here now though, albeit after another busy day, but I'm determined to get these up (preferably before the opening bars of Farmer Wants a Wife) so let's get this show on the road...

This week's challenge over at Just Add Ink is to case the two gorgeous and talented stampers who started the site a year ago now and have just stepped down (handing the reins to two equally gorgeous and talented stampers, I will add).  The most challenging part of this challenge was deciding which of their amazing creations to case!

But decide I did, and here's what I came up with.  This card is based on this beauty from Danielle's blog...


And the next one is based on this little bit of delight from Amanda's blog...


If you want to play along, you'd better be quick as I'm pretty sure the challenge is only open for another hour or so, and if you live over here in the West, there's less than half an hour 15 minutes 'til Farmer, so you have even less time ;-)

Even if you don't play along, I'd encourage you to head on over to Danielle and Amanda's blogs to check out their wonderful talents and to say hi :-)

"CASEing Danielle" Stamps: Awash with Flowers, Woodgrain, Apple Blossoms Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Ink: Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride (Marker), So Saffron (Marker) Accessories: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Top Note Die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

"CASEing Amanda" Stamps: Sweet Summer (Sale-a-bration), Tiny Tags Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolour Paper Ink: StazOn Black, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist Accessories: Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Two Step Bird Punch (stem), Stampin' Dimensionals

New blog feature - Challenge Tuesday!

I've been thinking for a while that I ought to have more in the way of a plan in terms of what goes up on my blog and when.  Although flying by the seat of my pants is my usual MO of choice, it's not really working for me anymore, so I've decided it's time to get myself a bit organised.

So to get the ball rolling, I thought I would start simply, adding just one new thing to my blog schedule, or rather starting a blog schedule altogether, with a feature I'm going to call Challenge Tuesday.

For purposes of alliteration and perfectionism, I was half tempted to call it Challenge Chewsday but thought better of it.

The idea is that I will seek out some fun challenges to take part in, thereby possibly even alerting you, dear reader, to some challenge blogs and websites that you may previously have been unaware of.  Occasionally I may even throw in a home grown one, just for fun...

To kick things off, I have actually completed no less than FOUR challenges over the weekend, combining some sketch and colour challenges.

First up is the Pals Paper Arts PPA79 - Celebrity Colour Challenge...


...combined with the Clean and Simple Stamping Fall to Layout #126...


...for the following result:


It's not a combination of colours I would ever have thought to put together on my own,  and I've left this card on my desk so that I can keep sneaking peeks at it to decide whether or not I like it...

  • Use the Colour Spritzer to create a slight textured background on an otherwise plain cardstock base
  • Use part of a Big Shot die instead of the whole thing for a different look and greater product flexibility

"Pals Paper Arts PPA79 + Clean and Simple Stamping FTL126"
Stamps: Growing Green, Occasional Greetings
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, Watercolour Paper, Lover Letter DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery
Colour Spritzer, Rich Razzleberry Marker, Circle Scissors Plus, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals

For challenges three and four, I went with the combination of  Inkspirations Colour Challenge #56...


...and Sweet Sunday sketch Challenge 103...


and came up with this:


I rather like this one, although again, the colours are unlikely to have made it onto the same project of mine without the prompting of a challenge, which after all is the whole idea of challenges I guess.

I encourage you to give some a go if you need to step outside of your stampin' comfort zone a bit :-)

  • A fine border of white or black cardstock is great for breaking up solid colours and adding definition to your layout
  • Invest in one (or all!) of the packs of DSP  Patterns Stacks, that way you'll have a DSP in all of your favourite colours

"Inkspirations Colour Challenge #56 + Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 103"
Stamps: Apple Blossom (L2 hostess)
Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Patterns Stack, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze
Circle Scissors Plus, Stampin' Dimensionals

So there you have it, the first of what I hope will be many Challenge Tuesdays, although I should warn you right up front that they are unlikely to all feature more than one challenge at a time. I guess I got a bit carried away with the idea for this first one...