A Challenge and a Contest

Happy Friday!  Time for another Stamp-A-Holic 10 minute or less challenge.  Carole’Anne has given us a sketch challenge this week:

Oh, boy, I love sketch challenges, and this looks like a fun one!  Let me show you the card I came up with, and then I will show you step by step how I got there.
First off, I have to admit, I did NOT finish this card in 10 minutes!  Far from it, as you will see in the last photo.  Quick cards are not my strength, as I mentioned last week.  With this challenge I decided the only way I would get even close was to play with the stamps and layout before I ever sat down with all the supplies and the timer.  Which I did.  So I felt really, really prepared.  Piece of cake, right?  WRONG!  Maybe, just maybe, I could have gotten close to 10 minutes, if I had done something with a little less detail–but the detail is what I like about my designs.  Such a dilemma–beat the timer? or do the detail.  Guess which won!  Anyway, here we go:
First I chose my colors:
Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
You can see the timer is at 0:00.
Only one way to go from here.  🙂
Next came my images:
I was eager to use Elements of Style
which just arrived this week.
But the sketch didn’t have a big enough space for it.
So I decided to use only part of the image.
I masked the edges of the Cameo Coral piece with post-its
so the image would have a nice margin.
Then stamped it with VersaMark
and embossed with White Embossing Powder:
Yes, I like the white on Cameo Coral.
Next is the greeting:
Well, the Late Night Stampers challenge this week is for a Mother’s Day card
so that was easy.
OMG!  Look at the timer, it has been 10 minutes already
and this is how far I got.
This does not bode well!
  Nothing to do but forge ahead, however.
I can’t seem to live without my distressing tool lately:
Now the Rich Razzleberry mats:
And Rose Red background with White Satin Ribbon:
That will work.  But it is too plain.
And what is the timer doing?
Oh, dear.  I left it out of the photos.
Well, we won’t worry about that little detail, will we?
I am sure I still have plenty of time.  tee hee.
(Ever heard of a Stamp-A-Holic in denial?)
So what’s next?
The hummingbird from the Elements of Style stamp set
embossed with White Embossing Powder
on Rose Red card stock:
Looking good!
But the Rose Red needs something.
I know, I’ll emboss it, too.
(That won’t take long!)
The Clear Embossing Powder
gives a nice background image without detracting from the main images.
Well, you may not be able to see the timer, but I could see it.
Since I had come this far
and was hopelessly long past 10 minutes,
I decided to do more distressing.
And I wanted to try the effect of another layer showing under the Rose Red:
This will work.
Now to mangle it:
Yes, I really like it.
Almost done.
Let’s see it with all the pieces:
OK.  I can put it together now.
Drum roll, please . . .
Ta Da!
Only 41 (almost 42) minutes!
Hope I don’t get kicked off the Stamp-A-Holics
Design Team
for being such a slowpoke! LOL
I promise I will do better next time, I promise I will make it simpler next time, I promise, I promise! Anyone taking bets on it?  No?  Geez, such little faith!
All joking aside, in case any of you haven’t joined these 10 Minute challenges because you can’t imagine getting a card done in that time, I thought I would show you how challenging it is for me.  And how fun it is to just go ahead and do it anyway.
Now you better go to Carole’Anne’s blog to see her creation.  Then hop over to see Sandi’s and the other designers’ samples.  There are links to everyone’s samples at Carole’Anne’s.  Hope you get inspired enough to try it yourself!
Oh, and one more thing.  You will see on Sandi’s and Carole’Anne’s blogs that they have named their timers:  Mr. Nasty and Madame Vilaine.  Soooo, I am holding a contest:
Leave a comment with your suggestion for a name for my pesky little companion, and I will choose my favorite.  If it is your suggestion, I will send you BLOG CANDY!  And keep in mind that the little guy has feelings.  Maybe he doesn’t want to have a nasty name!  What do you think?

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16 Responses to A Challenge and a Contest

  1. Always Playing with Paper April 23, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    Sage! Your post was hilarious! It is so hard to create a 10 minute Card! I am struggling with that too! Practice makes perfect as they say…Hmm…a name for the timer…I will think on that. Be back this afternoon, after work to share my thoughts!Smiles,Lesley 🙂

  2. sandi maciver April 23, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Good Morning Sage. Absolutely lovely card. I especially like your color choice and all the amazing details. You are so right, it is so very hard to create a card in 10 minutes – that is the challenge for sure, LOL.Name your timer, hmmmmm, will have to think on that one, is it a boy or a girl?

  3. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway April 23, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    oh my goodness I love it!oh my did I mention I love it??both the name on the timer and YOUR amazing cardYou did such an incredible job on this holly cow!way to go!Pretty proud right nowwe have such awesome team!We Rock!!! Especially YOUsuggestionsSenior Asqueroso (lol its spanish for Nasty)

  4. sharon April 23, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    What a fab card! Your steps are so easy to understand. Love the color choices and pbasdfj hwero; to that darn timer! Name, that darn timer aka TDTSharon L

  5. LeAnne April 23, 2010 at 11:29 am #

    Sage, this is a lovely card, and a funny post….maybe if we didnt have to photo each step, it would take less time? I gave up on that a long time ago!! And a name for your timer…Hmmm, that will take some thought. Since CaroleAnne has done French, (and now I see Spanish), how about some German: Herr Hasty; or Herr Hateful? Or no! I have it: Herr Hurry Up!!Hugs,LeAnne

  6. Becky Jensen April 23, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    Lovely! I cant wait to get my stamp set!

  7. Darla Benson April 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    Sage,I love your card and color choice. So beautiful! I have you beat on time, though. Shhhh…dont tell anyone… Mine was more than yours – almost 2 hours! Tee Hee. Glad I got to play today!

  8. Tory April 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Great card, Sage! I think your timer should be named Pokeys Pardner. Gives it that southwest flavor. Hahahaha. Or how about Smirky Querqe? I could go on, but as my DD says, I think Im funnier than anyone else does. LOL

  9. Cynthia April 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    I really enjoyed your post and your card is wonderful. Very well worth the time!

  10. Mitzi Luttrull April 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi Sage, Beautiful card! Mine took 31 min., so we both went way over 10 min. I dont know if Ill ever get that down. Oh, well. Next week is another challenge.

  11. Becky April 24, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    You were my first blog stop of the morning and a wonderful way to start my day! I laughed all the way through it because I would have been just as bad…that timer reminded me of my husband Dear…you have a goal…stay focused… Our family fondly refers to him as our D.R. – our Designated Realist…my suggestion is, of course, D.R.!!

  12. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) April 24, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Sage, the card is beautiful and worth every minute! My favorite part is the stamped layer peeking out from under the rose red. Yes, that timer deserves a name, and some very clever ones have been suggested. Since Im not that clever, Ill vote for one of the above — CarolAnnes Senior Asqueroso! Crack me up!

  13. Judi Sparks April 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    This is the first time I have been to your blog. It is so cute! I loved your 10 minute card today. LOL! As for naming the timer…I think it should be called…Pokey!

  14. Texas JennyWren April 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    I think your card is darling. I, too, take a long time to get mine done but I am fine with that for now.I have a suggestion for a name for your little guy timer: Rock the ClockI think that is cute for him, hope you do too. Cause I WANT CANDY!! (pulease) 😉

  15. Alita April 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    Hi there!I LOVE the idea of naming the timer!How about Timmy or Tammy timer. Did both s boy and girl name since you didnt specify what gender the timer is! lol

  16. A Touch of SOL April 28, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Hey Girl…This card is BEAUTIFUL…I SO HAVE to order this stamp set…I love my DT sisters but you guys cant be enablers…HE HE…I love Señor Asqueroso…why didnt I think of that…I might have to change my from Mr. Ticker if you dont choose that one…Marisol Gutierrez

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