Stamp-a-Holics Friday Frolic

It is iris time in the garden, and here is one of my favorites:
The Stamp-a-Holics are at it again.  We have our Friday 10 minute challenge.  This week it is an inspiration challenge that Sandi MacIver provided.  Here is the photo she sent to us:
I can just imagine lazing away an afternoon in this scene, reading a good book and letting the spring breeze bring the garden air into the room.  So I set about to make a card that would portray this imaginary afternoon.  Here is how it unfolded:
First I gathered supplies.
You can see that my little timer is ready and eager
to help me watch the minutes.
I realize this all makes him a little nervous,
and the better I do at trying to finish in 10 minutes,
the happier he is.
I started out just with the colors in the scene that I wanted to use.
I love the splash of Tempting Turquoise, but wasn’t sure how I would incorporate it in my design.
I was thinking it would be fun to combine the inspiration challenge with this week’s 
Late Night Stampers challenge:  Pearls and Swirls.
So I started with my favorite piece of Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper.
This one has great swirls.
I hope you will indulge yourself and buy some of this paper 
now that the Summer Mini Catalog is available.
It is a great paper, and adds a beautiful touch to projects.
One of my favorite ways to use it is 
to sponge it with a blend of colors.
Here I used:
Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, and Tempting Turquoise.
Next I got out the stamp set A Rose is a Rose.
This is a 2-step set that I haven’t used much before now,
and I think it will fit right in with my lazy afternoon vision.
My timer (I will call him T for short, since he doesn’t have a name yet)
is saying:  “2-step stamps, oh no, you are never going to make it.
I thought you were going to keep it simple!”
I forge ahead anyway.
Uh oh.  4 1/2 minutes already.
The Stamp-a-Ma-Jig will make the images come out perfectly aligned.
That only took a minute.
Not bad, hey T?
Now to cut out the images.
T is hopping up and down, squawking:
“Why do you have to cut it by hand.  
Can’t you just use a punch or the Big Shot
or something quick and easy?”
Now, now.
Hold your horses.  It will all be OK.
8 1/2 minutes.
Could be worse.  
I better get cracking!
I will edge a piece of Barely Banana
with the Eyelet Border Punch.
Then stamp the flourish image from Elements of Style
in Barely Banana.
Uh oh!  10 minutes already?!
Hurry up, Sage.  
It’s all good, T.  I am almost there.
A little sponging with Regal Rose,
and we are ready for the ribbon.
Yesterday I posted a tutorial on using a block to tie a ribbon.
Here I am measuring to see how much ribbon I need.
First, the length to go around the block.
This is Block D, its girth is just right for a card 5 1/4″ across.
Then I add 11″ for the bow, and voila!
Since this bow is not going to be centered on my project,
I slip it off the block
and determine where to make the cut
based on where I want to position it.
And the cut is perfect.
How are we doing, T?
He’s not saying, maybe he’s had a little meltdown.
Well, we can’t stop now.
Time to put it all together.
We have the swirls,
 now the Pretties Kit will provide the pearls:
No squawking from T.
I wonder if he has given up on me.
Classy embellishment, don’t you think?
OK, now on to the card base.
T is still hiding.
Finish it off with the roses:
And T is back.  17:55.  FINALLY.
I don’t mean to ignore him,
I mean, how can you limit creativity by minutes and seconds?
He wants to know why I even bother to invite him
to these Friday sessions.
Sorry T, but look, this time is 10 minutes less than last week.
But it still needs something.
No, Sage, No.  Won’t you ever stop?!
It needs the butterfly:  All a Flutter,
from the Summer Mini.
I’ll just emboss it and cut it out.
Won’t take but a minute.
T groans.
And ta da!  Finis.
How did I do, T?
You should have stopped at 18 minutes.
Now look,
It is still better than last week.
And don’t you think it was worth it?
No comment.  I think he is sulking.
To see the other design team samples, just go to Carole’Anne’s blog HERE, scroll down to Mr. Linky, where there are links to everyone’s projects.  Better yet, create your own challenge project and link it so we can all see what you have done.
So that is it for this Friday challenge.  Let me know what you think–Your comments are great encouragement for me and are very appreciated.  T is tired of not having a name, so be sure to leave me your suggestion.  Maybe you are getting a bit of insight into his personality with this post.

Tomorrow I am going to post a list of all the suggestions for his name.  Then next Friday I will announce the winner of the blog candy for the Name the Timer contest.

May your Mothers Day be filled with love and flowers.  And inky fingers.


Sage Kimble

 Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time!

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12 Responses to Stamp-a-Holics Friday Frolic

  1. Bethany Keeney~ Stampin Up demonstrator May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    This card is so awesome! I love the colors! My name is Bethany Keeney and I am going to try to CASE this for place card holders for a tea we are serving next week.

  2. Cara May 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Beautiful card Sage! Love it!

  3. Cynthia May 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    I am speechless – it is drop dead gorgeous! Absolutely!How about calling him Mr. T it seems to fit LOL.Cynthia

  4. Always Playing with Paper May 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Love your card Sage! It is gorgeous!!! I love that Rose is a Rose set!!!Smiles,Lesley ­čÖé

  5. sandi maciver May 8, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Hi Sage, your card turned out just lovely, your right, the butterfly added the final touch, and thank you for the Iris picture, I just love Iris, I need to fill a garden full of them myself.P.S. Mr. Linky is up finally!

  6. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) May 8, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    BEAUTIFUL card and ONLY 23 minutes. Love the sponging on the Presto paper. Wow you must have worked like a whirlwind. Beutiful iris too; we have white and lavender. I just wish they lasted longer…

  7. Darla May 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Hi Sage,I agree with Cynthia. I think Mr.T would be the perfect name for your timer. Give him a mohawk haircut, a leather vest and a bulky chain around his neck and youve got it. LOVE this card BTW! You really did a great job!

  8. Martha Lucia Gomez May 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Sage, beautiful card…as always.Great tutorial…as always too!Thank you for sharing with us. I love you inspiration.Martha Lucia Gomez –

  9. Mitzi Luttrull May 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Very pretty, Sage. The extra time you spent was so worth it.

  10. delysc May 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm #

    Gorgeous card Sage and thanks for the ribbon tutorial ..awesome idea!

  11. Susan May 11, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    great card, love this new paper, but the tutorials tooooo long!!!

  12. Lianne Carper May 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    This is such a beautiful card! Im saving this one in my favorites!

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