Stamp-A-Holics Friday Challenge

I hope you are enjoying the Royal Blog Tour, we have all put so much work into it, and what I have seen so far is awesome. But here it is Friday, and we can’t skip our Stamp-A-Holics weekly 10 minute or less challenge. This week it is a color challenge as well.

Saying goodbye to some favorites:


This looks fun!  So let’s get started. 

I spent a couple hours yesterday playing with the colors and stamps and a layout, so don’t let the little timer fool you–we did get a head start.  I like to start off with him at 0 and let him just run–That way he doesn’t start screaming at me when the 10 minutes is up.  We like a more cooperative relationship than Sandi and Carole’Anne have with their timers.  He still doesn’t have a name yet, but the list of suggestions is growing.  I will compile a list after the Royal Blog Tour is over, and choose my favorite.  I have some leanings already.  If you haven’t entered the contest yet, go HERE
I ended up using a sketch from Pals  Paper Arts from 2 weeks ago.  I saw some cards made with this sketch and loved it.  Then I forgot about it.  When I finished my card, I realized I had used the sketch without being aware of it!  Just goes to show you what we do with all the images we see when cruising each others’ blogs!  They rattle around inside somewhere and show up when we least expect it!
The first thing I did was to stamp some images from Watercolor Trio on Barely Banana card stock.  This is one of my favorites from the new Summer Mini, which is available for ordering starting tomorrow, May 1st.  
Here I used Sage Shadow ink, but stamped off before stamping some of the images so this would be in the background.
Then I used my Sage Shadow and Cameo Coral markers to ink the foreground stamp:
So how is this going to fit in that sketch, you may be asking.  Well, I have a plan!  I learned this trick years ago when I was cropping photographs.  I have a couple of L-shaped pieces of card stock that I can use to isolate an area and choose the part of an image that I want to use.
I cut out three squares from this design.  Hey, little guy, how are we doing for time?
Oh no!  7 mintues already?  Are you sure you aren’t on speed or something?  I’m not even close to a whole card yet!
He says, “No worries.  It will be gorgeous no matter how long it takes!”
OK.  Moving right along . . .  Oops, this photo is sideways.  I stamped the same background image tone on tone with Sage Shadow on Textured card stock.  Then I sponged all the pieces with Sage Shadow.  Boy, I am really going to miss this color! 
And with the timer showing 10 minutes, this is how far I got.  Ta da . . .
Now I need something to put this on.  Out comes the Creamy Caramel on top of the Sage Shadow base:
Too plain, I will have to do something about that.  “No, NO,” says the timer.  “It will take too long!”  Ah, but creative artistry can’t be rushed.  So I forged ahead with some background anyway.  First came the Gold Smooch Spritz.  The photos don’t show it well, but it adds a great shimmery background.  After I spritzed the card stock, I used the heat tool to accelerate the drying time.  “Good idea, hurry hurry,” says the little guy.  Then I stamped on top of that with another image from the set, in Creamy Caramel.  Again, I stamped off first, so the images would be faint.
14 minutes.  OK, what’s next?  Gotta have a ribbon.  Sage Shadow 1/4″ Grosgrain.  Yum.
Well, now we’re cooking.  Starting to look like a card.  Gotta have a bow.
Next are some tags.  The greeting from Watercolor Trio fits in the Modern Label Punch nicely.  And I used the same punch on some of the leftover images.  I will have to figure out some way to fit in a Mini Vintage Tag from the Summer Mini.  They fit with the colors so nicely, so shimmery gold.
Something like this should work:
The little guy is getting nervous.  “Quit fussing and put the thing together!”  OK, OK, here it is.
 27 minutes.  Hey that is a lot better than the 42 minutes last week! We will get this down, I promise!  Well, at least I will keep trying.  I will have to celebrate somehow the first time I finish in 10 minutes.  What shall we do?  I know, BLOG CANDY the first time I do a 10 minute card.
Here is a photo that shows the shimmery background better.  If you can’t see the shimmers, just imagine sunlight hitting water. It is there, I promise.
Well, that is my 10 minute challenge for this week.  Let me know what you think, and if you are brave, try your hand at the challenge.  It is a good opportunity to join in on the fun, and play with some colors that are retiring in a couple months.  Be sure to go to Carole’Anne’s blog HERE to see what she has made, and find the links to other Stamp-a-Holics’ projects.  And add your own!

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13 Responses to Stamp-A-Holics Friday Challenge

  1. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway April 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    he he way too cute!first I love how you isolated your stamped areaVery very Smart Sage!and second well your cards speaks volume that is why you went over JUST A LITTLE HE HE :-)you know its hard and it seems that we all struggled this week!oh well better luck next weekFabulous job on your card Sage!

  2. Jen Timko April 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    What a wonderful card. Love your use of the new set and the new spray. Im going to miss Sage Shadow, too!

  3. Stéphanie Pézolet April 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Wow! A lot of beautiful details 😀

  4. Sandi MacIver April 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Wow Sage, this is an amazing card. Just stunning, I bet that background is just so pretty, Im going to have to try it, it sounds just lovely. Way to go on your time too,

  5. Mitzi Luttrull April 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    Your card is beautiful, Sage! With all your details, of course it took more than 10 min. I love the effect you got with Watercolor Trio. That is such a gorgeous set. Well done, my fellow Stamp-a-holic! Mitzi Luttrull

  6. Darla April 30, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Sage, This is a gorgeous card, and I love the way it turned out. Thank you for sharing your framing tip

  7. delysc April 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    totally gorgeous card Sage …its going in my inspiration folder!

  8. Nancy Dawson May 1, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Thank you for sharing your steps in making this beautiful card. The design is great and the colors just meld it all together!

  9. LZ Linda Z. May 1, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    oooohhhhhh love the color combination!! Terrific card. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) May 1, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Beautiful layout, colors, and end result. I think you should get extra time for stopping to take the photos during the process! Thank you for the tip with the L shaped pieces. This is another one of yours that I will be CASEing!

  11. A Touch of SOL May 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Beautiful. We will one day beat the timeMarisol Gutierrez

  12. LeAnne May 5, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Gorgeous! Your time is getting better!

  13. Mary Sue May 8, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Sage, as usual, you have outdone yourself. Your card is just beautiful. Makes me want to ignore all the other stuff I need to do and get to stamping.

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