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Welcome to an exciting day at Stampin' Sentiments! Today the NEW Challenge blog Hand Stamped Sentiments is live. Erin Gonzales, Genevieve Valdes and I are celebrating a "birth" day of sorts and invite you to join with us in celebration. Our first challenge is under way and we cannot wait to see what you come up with.
I LOVED the inspiration image used in this first challenge but have to admit I went into it a bit overconfident. As I began my projects I realized this color combo was tricky-thus the challenge. I was amazed to see the results from each of the design team-they are truly gorgeous works of art.
For my first card I started with a Dusty Durango base. I wanted some sort of texture on it so I used a stamp from the Park Avenue Patterns set and stamped it repeatedly with Versa Mark ink onto the card stock. (HINT: My Stamp-A-Ma-Jig definitely came in handy with helping me to stamp in a straight line.) This was embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I cut a piece of our Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper and ran it through the Scallop Edge Punch. (HINT: Designer Series Paper is a great way to add a WOW factor to your project. This set spotlights our IN COLORS for the year.) This was adhered with SNAIL Adhesive.
The caterpillar is from the Love Bug set. (This set is a hostess only set and can only be obtained from a qualifying order-that is until now...more on that later in the post.) The image was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock and Tempting Turquoise card stock in Basic Gray ink. Using our IN COLOR Stampin' Write Markers I colored random parts of the caterpillar. The Tempting Turquoise was created using a Blender Pen and ink to soften its color. I cut out the remaining circles of the caterpillar from the Tempting Turquoise card stock with Paper Snips and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals. Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon hides the seam. The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and punched with our Word Window punch. A Tempting Turquoise brad from our Bold Brights Brads finishes it off. Stampin' Dimensionals allow it to stand as its own element off the card.
For card #2 I started with a 3" x 3" Textured Tempting Turquoise base. (HINT: Textured card stock adds an extra element to your projects without any work.) I then punched several circles from a sheet in the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper pack out with our 1" Circle punch and arranged them around the card. These were applied with the Two-Way Glue Pen.
The same paper was cut to form a base for my Whisper White layer. On the WW layer the image was stamped in Basic Gray ink. (This image is also from the exclusive Hostess set Love Bug.) The images were colored in with ink (Dusty Durango, Tempting Turquoise, and Rich Razzleberry) and a Blender Pen. This element was placed onto the card with Stampin' Dimensionals to add some height. A piece of 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Dusty Durango was placed across the bottom of the card and held in place with Mini Glue Dots. A Playground Designer Button tied with Linen Thread was adhered with Mini Glue Dots on top.
And for my final project... for my 3-D item I cut the Pillow Box die with my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine from a piece of Rich Razzleberry Textured card stock. I used my Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue to hold it in place. (HINT: Sticky Strip wasn't enough to hold the ends together. I needed something with a little give. Tombow is very strong and dries quickly.) The Full Heart punch made the perfect "window" on the front. I also used Tombow to glue a piece of a Window Sheet on the inside of the punched image to keep the contents in place.
A strip of Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper was adhered with SNAIL Adhesive along the side to create a belly band. I used two flowers and a half pearl from the Pretties Kit to accent the band. (HINT: Don't feel that you are limited to certain supplies due to color or lack of- in this case. The flowers were originally white, but changing them was a snap by taking a Sponge Dauber and applying Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry ink from the pad directly to them.) The pearl is fastened with a MIni Glue Dot. White Staz-On ink allowed me to stamp the "just for you" sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set onto the Window Sheet. The entire ensemble was pulled together with the addition of a White Taffeta Ribbon tied horizontally along the bottom.
I hope you enjoyed these projects for our 1st Challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with. And now without further delay...let's give some stuff AWAY!
For this giveaway you will have a week to leave a comment on my blog. If you are reading this from Facebook make sure you go to my blog (www.stampinsentiments.com) to leave your comment. Comments will close on Monday February 8th at 6 pm PST. I will post the winner that night by using the random number generator tool. Only one entry per person is allowed. Additional comments will be removed. I will ship this Domestically or Internationally-so what are you waiting for? Hurry up and leave those comments:).
Now for what to comment on...Please leave any comment telling me what you like about the new blog and/or a favorite Valentine memory/something someone has done for you that meant a lot. Here's what you could win...
For starters-the very set I used in my two cards. This is a BRAND STINKIN' NEW Love Bug Wood Mounted set. A partial roll of the retired Pink Gingham Ribbon and last years Valentine Designer Series Paper Collection (each piece is 6"x 6"). Each pattern has 4 sheets except the front pattern which has only 2. (Background patterned paper not included.) In addition the winner will also receive ALL the projects that I share this week-I know-how cool is that?! So GOOD LUCK and...