Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Paper Players #104, Christmas Stampin All Year Long #19 and Addicted to Stamps
Hello friends - so happy you've stopped by to visit me! This card above represents a real challenge for me as you will see when you read more. I used a stamp that I have had for quite a lonnnggg time and never - that's right NEVER - used. In fact - I have only used the sentiment from this set and none of the other beautiful stamps. I really liked this set as soon as I saw it, and I saw so many gorgeous creations that people made with it that I just had to have it. Then when I got it I felt completely intimidated with what to actually do with with it! Does that ever happen to any of you? I think part of it is that this is a very elegant set and most of my cards are not in the "elegant" venue.
In any event... along comes this perfect challenge to help me - Christmas Stampin All Year Long #19 - No Inky Yet! This challenges asks us to use a stamp that has never been used (or rarely been used) and get it inky to make a creation. How perfect is that? I knew immediately what stamp set I would use. But...I sat and stared at it for the longest time, struggling with what to do with it. Walked away from it for a day and then decided that I wanted to keep this as clean and simple as I could so I wouldn't be overwhelmed with what to combine with it (paper, embellishments, layout, etc.). Clean and Simple does not come naturally to me either - but it seemed like a good choice. A couple days later... Still looking at it and still creatively blocked!!
So today I looked to see if there were some other challenges that I could combine to help inspire me in using this set. And...lucky for me I did find two other challenges: The Paper Players #104 - CAS using words as the focal point of your card (a sentiment, poem or verse as the main element)
Addicted to Stamps - Clean & Simple (CAS) Challenge #1. Suddenly the light bulb came on and I got an idea (LOVE when inspiration strikes!). What you see above is the finished product - Whew!!
If you are still with me, here's a close up of my sentiment and main element:
Supplies (all from Stampin Up! except the Spellbinders): Cardstock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Riding Hood Red. Stamp - Bells and Boughs (holly), colored with SU markers in Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler, and More Merry Messages (sentiment - new!) inked up with Cherry Cobbler.