2.01.2010

A "Birth" day Celebration and GIVEAWAY!

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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...

38 comments:

Shyla said...

Love that cute set! My favorite part of the blog is all the ideas you put up! I can't wait to use some of them.

Melissa said...

What a great giveaway! I love that you're posting on Facebook when you update the blog, great idea. And I love your banner, very cute! By the way, the comment before was deleted by me, I accidentally signed in as James...oops!

Nicole & Greg Fabian said...

Shannon your stuff is too cute. I have been coming to your blog for a while since Erin referenced it all the time and always love what u have. II can't wait to se what y'all come up with for challenges and I need to get playing and submit scrapbook pages.

Chrissy said...

How fun!! I love giveaways! I am really liking the lovebug set the more I see it used. It is so cute and fun. I will be following your blog..I love the stuff you have up!

Chrissy said...

I forgot to tell you my favorite Valentine memory! Mine has to be from last year! My husband didn't tell me where we were going. I am from Minnesota and I love art. Anyways, there is a wonderful Art Gallery in Minneapolis called the Walker Art Museum. He had reserved seats there overlooking the city where we could a meal by Wolf Gang Puck. It was magnificent!! I will never forget that wonderful Valentines!!!

Jmwills21758 said...

Nice website and cute cards! Love the bugs! Janine

nanny23 said...

Hi Shannon

Love the set and love the two cards you made with this set!
Lynn SB

Kym said...

Hello! I love that little bird throughout your blog! Your cards are inspiring. This is a wonderful giveaway!

Stephanie said...

These creations are just so dang cute!! This is an awesome giveaway too!! Thanks for the chance to win. Hugs, Stephanie

Jacqui said...

Your creations are beautiful!! And, how nice of you to offer such a generous giveaway!!

Stampmomx2sc said...

I would SO love to win your give a way! I have actually debated on buying that set several times! Keeping my fingers crossed that this could be the one I win!!!

Jaime said...

These are great cards!

Karen said...

I don't have this set; would love to have it! Pick me, please? :-) Seriously though, I love your cards and the pillow box. What neat ideas. Thank you for sharing your artwork and the giveaway.

Celeste said...

I love that your blog is clean and easy to read, not to cluttered. I also love the pillow box with heart cutout. I bought this die and at first did not like it because of the size, but that project helps me like it just a little more!

Kris said...

My favorite Valentine memory is my wedding! It will be twelve years this year :) I love your projects.
ksobolik@hotmail.com

Sandy said...

I love this card. It's such a cute set! I love all your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

Sandy

Carolyn Sharkas said...

these are great projects, thank you so much for sharing them. thanks also for the inspiration.

ceashark at aol dot com

A Touch of SOL said...

What an AWESOME giveaway..and I dont have this SUPER CUTE set...I love how clean your blog looks. Its very inviting, bright and its not cluttered...My favorite valentine thus far is my daughter asked me what I would like to have for valentines day while at the store so i was giving her some ideas and then she picked up things on the way while we were at the store put them on the counter and said mommy can you pay for your stuff and I will pay you back when i get a job...She was 4 and I just had to laugh...She tried to do the same thing this year but yeah thats not happening...and she still owes me from last year...Wishing you Success!

Janet Swofford said...

Sharon,
I just found your site via LNS and I love your cute projects. They are very sweet! I think I joined your site but I'm not sure if I did it correctly or not. I'm not very computer savvy at all! Thanks for the chance to win your cool give away!
Inky hugs,
Janet

Elaine said...

The card are so great. Do love that stamp st.

Stamping Aweigh with Norma said...

Found your site on LNS. Great blog, nice cards...now you are making me want that stamp set!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it...and if not, guess I'll have to have a party to get it!!

JensTreats.com said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas- would love the cute stamp set. Love the color combos you use!!
-jen
jenstreats@gmail.com

LuAnn said...

My Mom always had something small for me for Valentine's day as I grew up. Sadly, it wasn't a tradition that I carried on with my own kids. too many years crafting goodies for the kids to pass out at school!!! LOL thanks for the chance to win! love the window in the pillow box!

Stampindragon said...

Love the set and items with it. Love all of your projects - so cute! My favorite memory is the year that my husband hired a quartet to come to the house and sing old love songs to me and give me a single rose and then we went out to dinner. He had never done anything like that before (or since - LOL!), but I loved that he did it at least once. We go out every year and he buys me flowers, but that was the first time he did something extra that was a total surprise. (Helped that he worked with the guy that did this with his dad and some friends) I got the group with the dad and they were great!

Cindy Ferenz
stampindragon@verizon.net
Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

gmeguia said...

I love your site. I especially appreciate the way you provide all the details on your projects down to the type of adhesive used. That is helpful to a newbie like me.

Thanks for the opportunity to win. The stamp set is adorable

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Fab new challenge site Shannon - it's off to a great start! Special Valentine was the last one my husband gave me on Valentines a few months before he died of Kidney Cancer. He found a card with a sketch image of an angel writing a letter and inside left me a short but meaningful note as a forever valentine to last me in the years to come. It surely has! I turn to that card whenever I need a reminder of love that goes on and on and on. The love that went into it blows my mind away. He thought only of how I would be missing him and he wanted me to know that his love was eternal. Romantic, heartbreaking and everything in between all wrapped into one card. The strength it took at age 42 to face his own impending death and still be thinking of me and planning for my future years takes my breath away. Thanks for giving me the chance to share this and to remember it as Valentines 12 years later once again approaches.

Hugs and blessings and thanks for sharing such gorgeous loot! - Jean

Carey said...

What a great giveaway. I love the clean look of your blog. It has lots of projects but isn't crowded looking and I am able to see everything without it being too crowded or my eyes having a hard time deciding where to go. Where in Southern CA are you? I moved from Riverside/Corona area about 4 years ago.

Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Lori Watson said...

I love the fact tht you used the love bugs as I have not but now I'm inspired and that is the reason I enjoyed your blog. Hugs and happy stamping Lori

sherryd said...

Great projects! I love the cute as a bug set and you have showcased it so nicely!

Anonymous said...

Brenda Said:
Love, LOVE love it!!! In my next life I want to be as creative as you!! If I had 1/4 of you creativity I would be happy!!!!

Teri said...

such cute stuff! Love your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carri said...

What a great blog! I have added you to my favorites, you are such a talented lady. Thank you for the chance for blog candy.

Anonymous said...

Very cute projects! Thanks for sharing them with us. Lisa at stampgirl@embarmail.com

Jodie said...

Cute Shan! You're so talented.

Denise Kay Foor said...

Such a cute set especially the way you used it! With all this snow, "cute" could brighten up my week. grin.

denise_in_pa at embarqmail dot com

Jeannie Bushman said...

I have never entered a drawing like this. This is a nice blog. I like how you have described how you put together the cards and all. Everything looks good. Good luck with it.

KymKreates said...

First off all I think your blog is wonderful. So clean and fresh. I think the way you present your projects and tell how, where to get and everything would also be helpful for beginners. I am going to tell my daughter. She is just starting out. Also on top your projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing on late night stampers. Have become your follower!
Kym
hope you did not get this twice having puter problems.

Sue said...

I love all the gift ideas -- especially thought the recipe for pretzel hugs looked good (and easy). You also have very nice projects. Thanks for the chance to win the blog candy. I also became a follower after looking through your blog.