"Rockin' and rollin' and whatnot" - a technique challenge

First up, name that movie!

Here's the final - for now - challenge that's currently happening over at the Helping Hudson blog.  It's a technique challenge, the technique being Rock and Roll.

It's a fun and simple technique that is achieved by choosing two colours and first inking your stamp in the lighter one.  Then before stamping, you "rock and roll" (mostly roll!) your stamp around in the darker colour so that just the edges of the stamp get the second colour on them.

Here's what I did with this challenge, a much brighter and funkier challenge card than the previous two...

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Can you see what I mean about the graduation of colour on the outside of the dandelion-ish bits?

This retiring stamp set is Good Friend, which has only been around for this last catalogue year.  I went nutty with it when I first got it and love that it's such a versatile set.

In the background you will also notice Polka Dot - a delightful background stamp that is also taking its final bow this month...

So there you have three posts in a very quick row featuring some fantastic challenges from the Helping Hudson blog!

I hope you can join in the challenge fun too!

"Helping Hudson Technique Challenge #1" Stamps: Good Friend, Polka Dot Paper: Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip Accessories: Pacific Point Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Round Tab Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

A few cards...

It feels as though I haven't blogged about anything creative for eons, which is very likely due to the fact that I haven't blogged about anything creative for eons.  I recently created a folder on my computer called "to blog", where I store photos that I have edited until such time as I can find a moment to post them here.  So rest assured, there be some stampin' a comin'.  Sometime soon.... In fact here comes some now!

As demonstrators, we had the opportunity to pre-order a select few stamp sets in March, prior to the catalogue being released to customers in April.  It's one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator - you can read some more such benefits here, and after you're done there, you might be interested to know that YOU could become a demonstrator this month for the bargain price of $150.

But I digress...

One of the stamp sets that I pre-ordered was Good Friend, and the very day it arrived, I busted it open and set about putting it through its paces along with the brand new and delightful range of In-Colors.  I have posted a couple of these previously here and here.

And here are some more quite varied examples of the use of this very versatile stamp set!

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Additional Stamp Set: Short & Sweet Paper: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White Ink: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze Accessories: Large & Small Oval Punches, Certainly Celery wide grosgrain, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Additional Stamp Set: Occasional Greetings Paper: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White Ink: Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss Accessories: 1-3/8"  Square Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Paper: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper, Good Morning Sunshine DSP Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red Accessories: Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals This card was inspired by one by Shanan Hambrick that I saw on Splitcoast Stampers. The use of the bird leg as flower stem was ingenious I thought!

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Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper Ink: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hoof Red, Summer Sun Accessories: Whisper White grosgrain, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals

This next one is my favourite of the bunch and I used it as one of the designs for my Convention swaps.  It was one of those "came to me in the middle of the night" ideas - to use white ink for the 'puffy' stamp and thereby make them into dandelions.  The last one has been blown away, hence the 'wish' greeting.  Geddit?!!

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Additional Stamp Set: Life Definitions Paper: Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, Kraft Ink: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White Craft, Baja Breeze Accessories: Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

So there you have it - a quite varied variety (is there any other kind of variety?) of cards made with a single stamp set.

Which one is your favourite....?

Welcome the 2009/10 Idea Book & Catalogue!

09-10-catalogue-cover Tadaaaaaa!  It's the new Idea Book & Catalogue!  Isn't it YUMMY?!  You should see the INSIDE!  In fact you can, whenever you want!  Just click on it and away you go!

But WAIT!  Before you do and I lose you for HOURS, first make sure to sign up for my newsletter over there on the right --------------------->  I will be sending out my April newsletter tomorrow and it's got some great offers that my subscribers will be the VERY first to hear about, so go on, sign up and THEN visit the catalogue :)

Oh, hang on, just before you go, I want to share a card with you.  The first (of 8 in a single sitting!) that I made with the brand new Good Friend stamp set when it arrived as part of a pre-order that I got a couple of weeks back.

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I am just LOVING this stamp set!  It's amazingly versatile in that it has a great range of images that can achieve all sorts of different looks.  Yep, this one is going to get a good going over this year, I can tell!

"New Catalogue Friend!" Stamps: Good Friend Paper: Baja Breeze (NEW!), Kiwi Kiss (NEW!), Good Morning Sunshine DSP (NEW!), Whisper White (N....just kidding ;-)) Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point (NEW!), Chocolate Chip Accessories: Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimenionals