Stamp-A-Holics Friday Challenge

Happy Friday!  Time for another 10 minute or less card.  This week is a color challenge, brought to us by Lesley Croghan:

 What a yummy combination.  I looked around for a sketch challenge I liked, and found this one from Mary Jo Price-Williams' Technostampers website.  It is from way back in January.  I never know when a sketch will jump out onto the stamping table and say, "My turn."
I have been wanting to design something vintage with Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip, so this was a great chance to sit down and do it!  Here is what I came up with:


 If you want to see the tutorial and commentary, read on:

Here's my handy helper, all gussied up for the occasion.  He wanted a bow tie so he could look sophisticated:


 But its supposed to go under my chin!  
Sorry, Lil T.  I hate to tell you this, but you don't have a chin. 
I saw a card someone did quite a while ago
with the Very Vintage Wheel in Chocolate Chip on Pretty in Pink.
I loved it, and started there.
I noticed that the butterfly on the wheel
is just like the All A Flutter image, 
and thought it would be fun to combine them.
I also wanted to try making my own "Presto Patterns-like" paper,
so used the Very Vintage wheel with Versamkark on Whisper White card stock
and embossed with White Embossing Powder.
The Very Vintage Wheel is one of the carryover items from
the Occasions Mini Catalog that is still available.
Sage, Sage.  I thought I told you NEVER to do a vintage card
on a 10 minute challenge.
Now look, your time is almost half gone, and you have hardly done a thing!
What am I going to do with you?!!
It's all good, Lil T.  Don't get your knickers it a twist.
Now for some sponging.
Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, and Chocolate Chip
bring out the embossing on the Whisper White piece.
Then Soft Suede on the Pretty in Pink Pieces.  I am liking this already.
Then some distressing
I'm distressed already, you're over 13 minutes and no card in sight!
and more sponging,
and the layers are ready.  Now for embellishments.
I cut a 2 1/2" circle from the Pretty in Pink stamped with the Very Vintage image,
and distressed and sponged as usual.
No, stop with the sponges already. 

But T, that is how I make things look old.
I used some Bitty Buttons on top of punched pieces of the leftover Pretty in Pink
(stamped with Very Vintage Wheel).  
I used Crystal Effects to adhere buttons to card stock, then Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the card.
Now for a tag:
The greeting is from Elements of Style, my favorite set from the Summer Mini Catalog.
I stamped it in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White, 
and used one of the flowers from Watercolor Trio 
in Pretty in Pink, stamped off first so the image would make a soft background.
Then some sponging with Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip to make the colors softer, more subtle.
She did listen to me this time.  She wanted to emboss the greeting
and I reminded her that she has used enough moments already.
What would I do without you, T?
Aw, shucks.  I thought you would never ask.
I used Crystal Effects to adhere the tag (punched with the Designer Label Punch)
to the back of the Hodge Podge Hardware.
I don't know how anyone else does it, but I haven't found anything else that really holds
the card stock to the hardware very well at all.
Then I started on the butterflies.
Tick, tock, 16 minutes and counting.
Don't tell me you are going to emboss them.
You are hopeless!  What am I going to do with you?
I am going to go back to the agency and ask for another assignment!

Yep, I embossed them.  Versamark and White Embossing Powder,
Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and Clear embossing powder.
Close your eyes, T, now I am going to cut them out.
17 minutes and you are going to cut butterflies? Are you crazy?
Don't you WANT to even try to cut down your time?

I have all the pieces finished, now I can put them together.
24 MINUTES and counting.
You know, Lil T.  It isn't good for you to get so anxious.
You could blow a second hand if you aren't careful.
Just breathe. 

And there it is.  Finished.  And worth the time, I think.
But you are right, Lil T.
If the goal of these challenges is to finish a card in 10 minutes,
I am going to have to make cards that don't have so many time-consuming steps.
I better save the vintage designs for other posts.
Now you agree with me.  When it is too late.  Aaaack!

Here is a detail shot for you.

So now, dear viewers, leave a comment to let me know what you think.  Then why don't you play along?  Don't tell Lil T, but it is OK if it takes longer than 10 minutes for you to finish a card.  And I don't pretend to include all my design time in that 10 minutes!  If you go to Carole'Anne's blog HERE,
you will find links to the other Stamp-A-Holics' samples and a place to link up your own projects. 
Have a stampingly great weekend.

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9 Responses to Stamp-A-Holics Friday Challenge

  1. Pine Bird Knitter May 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm #

    Well worth the time…. really pretty. Thanks.

  2. Darla May 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    Beautiful card, Sage!!! I love how it turned out. Thank you for pointing out the butterfly – I had never noticed it before. And as my mom would say, Lil T, dont get your panties in a wad! Have a great weekend!

  3. Lesley May 22, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Sage this is SO beautiful! Well worth the extra time! I love your stamping and creating your own presto paper…so clever!Smiles,Lesley

  4. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) May 22, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Another beautiful card from Sage and Lil T. Thank you for the ideas on how to make your presto paper.

  5. Martha Lucia Gomez May 22, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Sage, the most beautiful card in a record time!!. I love your creation y really want to case. Thank you for sharing with us…your readers and followers!!!Big Hug, Martha Lucia Gomez

  6. LZ Linda Z. May 22, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    I love the card and absolutely love the clock that you show.

  7. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway May 24, 2010 at 2:41 am #

    whow Sagethis vintage card is just fabulous I love love love it!just fabulous!Little T looks just beautiful with the cute little bowwe got some nice looking timers dont wethank you so much for being such a wonderful part our team!

  8. Hands On May 27, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous card Sage! Nicely done.

  9. Michelle May 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Sage,I saved a card of yours in my CASE file, and I have just posted my version on my blog at I came in here to grab your URL for the link and found even more yummy cards! Your whole BLOG is going on my CASE file now! I love your style of writing, and I think your cards are worth every minute you spend on them! I hope you pause your timer to take pics, that must take a few minutes at least!?thanks for the inspiration, Ill be back!

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