Sunday, March 7, 2010

Olympics of Stamping Challenge

I disappeared for a bit longer then expected. I was knee deep in a paper frenzy. I decided to play along with the Stamping Olympics. It sounded like fun. I have paper all over the place. Will take me a while to clean up that nightmare.
I am still new to card making but I gave it my best shot.
Here are my entries. I have a total of 6 cards.

Butterfly- Thinking of you category 4.5 x 5.5

I used Bazzill card stick,Craft n Craftin - Best Creation Inc- GP-050, Butterflies white card stock from The Paper Company, Embossing on the butterflies- cuddlebug A2-37-115
Tim Holtz- grungeboard, crackle paint-antique linen, embossing powder-walnut ink, distress inks- antique linen, frayed burlap and walnut
Stazon-timber brown
Hampton Art Stamps gold embossing powder, Zig- embossing writer 0.5, Rangers Perfect Pearls- gold and a mini mister, Ek Success corner rounder, Spellbinders shapeabilities- butterflies 2, Darice 30 gauge cloth wire, Austrian Crystals 2mm
Stamps, Fiskars clear spring sentiments and Inkadinkado- spring assortment 60-30099

Here is the inside. This is my favorite of the lot. Took me hours to make this card, mainly cause I don't know what I am doing.

Birthday Category
This card was a fun but not how I drew it out originally. I wanted more squares. Even so, I love how it turned out. So bright and cheery.

I used Bazzill black card base. Printed paper- We R Memory keepers Frenzy collection-dither- orange, Euphoria-blue, Yellow-Joy, Red-Crazy, stripe- petticoat.
Stamps- Birthday wishes Paper trey ink- communique curves sentiments. Flourish squares- Inkadinkado
Spellbinders classic circles- small-S4-116
All night media popdots
Rangers Archival ink- jet black, Reflections- it's black and white epoxy stickers.

Hello/Thinking of you Category
This little card is cute. This was totally new for me too. I tried chalks for the first time with this little guy and I like how it all came together. It does make it easier if you can cut out the image though.;)

I used-Papertrey ink- vintage cream c.stock,Pattern paper my minds eye 29th street collection, Bazzill-cashmere brown
Stamps- Sandylion Sticker Designs-Girl clear( the bird and heart)
Flourish branch-Inkadinkado-garden words, Sentiments-Papertrey ink- Mega mixed sentiments.
Inks- Stazon-Timber brown, Rangers Distress ink- fired brick
Stampendous-clear embossing powder, Pebbles chalks-earth tones set, All Night Media's mini pop dots, Zig writer-chocolate brown fine tip 0.5,Plaid- FolkArt matte sealer

Thank you Category
Now this card was a challenge. I read recently where the Moxie Go to Girls were challenged to make a card not in their normal style. I decided to give it a try. I haven't tried the minimalistic look before so I thought I would give it a go. It just isn't the normal for me. I think it turned out nice really. I still want to add more stuff to it out of habit but I just keep telling myself it is done. A on going challenge I guess you could say. LOL

I used Bazzill card stocks in Capers, safari and witch hazel
Rangers distress ink in antique linen, Michael's 5/8 inch ribbon, Sizzix embossing plate-Tween Tile, Tombo adhesives, Tim Holtz blending tool and Papertrey inks Communique curves Sentiments- thank you.

Love Category
Can I say I LOVE this card? I love this card. My husband didn't get it. I hope you can see that tiny little word on the bottom of the heart. Another technique was tried in this one as well. Using Versamark ink and stamping in the backdrop. I thought it turned out pretty nice. First time adding chipboard to a card as well. I was worried it would be too heavy but works just fine. This card was truly the most fun to make out of all of them. You experts could probably whip this baby out in about 15 minutes and it took me 4 hours to figure it all out. Maybe I will get faster as I make more cards.

Here is a close up of that little tiny word on the bottom of the heart so it all make sense.

Here is what I used Bazzill Kraft card stock & heart, My minds eye- Confetti-party girl & Dot- bloom and grow-grow, Stripe- I.O.D.- caliope. Versamark ink and x's and o's and small lettering stamps by Heidi Swapp, Lg letters and ! by Inkadinkado-lg alpha, Tim Holtz swirls( on heart) French Market, and Rangers glossy accents. Maya road "key"word- home collection rub on.
Tools- making memories anywhere punch,x's and o's brads, sanding block. Provo craft Terrifically Tacky tape, K&Company wacky tac adhesive dots, Natural seam binding form Mattiecakes.etsy

Last but not least is
Christmas Category
You wouldn't think this would be the hardest of all the cards but it was. Why? I guess because of my limited supplies. I don't have a lot of stamps and most of what I do have are not the best quality. I didn't know there was a difference until now. I thought a stamp was a stamp. As I get further into this hobby I am finding that this truly is not the case. The old saying rings true- YOu get what you PAY for! You pay a buck expect a bucks worth. So lesson learned. Now these stamps are wonderful but the only Christmas set i have. I just didn't know really what to do with this set that hadn't been done. It is different and I am happy with the uniqueness of it.

A closeup of the detail in the snow.

Here is what it took to make this card.
Papertrey inks Vintage cream and now I am out:( drats.
red paper- Graphic45- Deck the halls, Brown embossed-A.C. Cardstock-chestnut damask.
Making memories Paper snowflake- bottom flake, one inside & snowflake brad, and distressing tool.
Stamps from Crafty secrets Vintag Christmas collection
Middle flake Spellbinders create a flake 1 S4-162
Rangers distress inks in antique linen, vintage photo, walnut ink,& glossy accents
Prismacolor pencils- olive, dk,green and crimson red
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist- dazzling diamonds( on flakes)
Stampendous pearl embossing powder- snow
3L, 3d foam squares, Tombo adhesives, K&Company wacky tac dots

WHEW! Boy I am worn out. This was a long post and lots of details. Sorry for any errors but I am not correcting them today. I am toast and heading to bed. I will fix them tomorrow.
Have a great day and if you entered this contest please leave me a comment so I can go peek at your cards. Good luck to you all!


  1. Wow! Your cards are fantastic!!! Olympics of Stamping Challenge sounds fun!! Hope you win gold:-)

  2. Beautiful !!!! I hope you win !!!
    Hugs, Angie

  3. Thank you Jamie,
    You should see me smiling.

  4. Thank you Angie,
    I doubt that I will get anything out it. There are some heavy hitters in there but ya know trying is all I can do and I gave it my best. Win or loose I win, cause I tried something new.

  5. Ummmmm WOW!!!!!! I am totally blown away by all this...AMAZING.
    Thanks for the comments on my blog!

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  7. Sarah,
    Thank you! How sweet.
    You are welcome! Anytime.

  8. Thank you Cath,
    I have enjoyed being busy. Ready to get busy again

  9. Boy, have you been a busy stamper!! All your cards put a smile on my face... and drawn to the butterflies!! Very springy! :)