Stamp-A-Holics Challenge 125

From the Garden:  Missouri Evening Primrose

It's Friday morning and my challenge card is all finished.  It is an inspiration challenge today, provided by Nancy Dawson.

Now why is it that the inspiration challenges always make me feel like taking a nap?
Here is my finished card, with envelope:
And here is the story:
I set out my palette, using colors I chose from the photo.
Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Rose Red, and Naturals Ivory.

As usual, Lil T started at 0:00 with lots of hope that
maybe this time things will be different.
Isn't that the definition of insanity?

I noticed the artwork on the back wall of the bedroom photo,
a poster or something with hearts and squares,
and decided to make that the basis for my design.
If you click on the inspiration photo, you can see the hearts better.

Here's what I had after using the Full Heart Punch,

the Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and
Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit.

Sage, Sage, you said this would be another fast one!
What is the matter with you?
Don't you listen when I tell you what to do?

Chill, T.  It's all good.
Check out my other helper.
Why can't you be a little more like Sammy Jane? 

Next I glued the little embossed squares
to the card base.
I like to use glue because the squares aren't flat and the glue fills in the spaces and holds better.

AAAACK!  9 1/2 minutes!  
You will never make it.
Mr. Nasty going to think I am no good at my job!
How will I ever show my face in the neighborhood!

Lil T, you are sounding more and more like 
the mother in a bad dream every day.

Just hurry up and make the card!

Since I used glue
I put the card under a heavy book so it would dry flat.

Then I glued the heart layers together.

 Yes, T, I do see the time, thank you very much.
Now for the ribbon.

   First I put some Sticky Strip on the inside of the card to hold the ribbon,
and burnished it (fancy word for rubbed) with the bone folder to help it adhere better.
Then I laid some Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon
on the Sticky Strip,

turned the card over and tied a knot.
I would rather use a bow, but the card is getting too crowded.

12 minutes, not terrible.
Not wonderful, either.  

Now we need a tag.
The stamp is from Kind and Caring Thoughts
with Rose Red Ink, and punched with the Scalloped Oval Punch.
I punched a couple more out of Regal Rose for layering.

Then came some sponging, a flower, (Trio Flower Punch), a brad,

and Voila!
a tag.

Well at least you didn't CUT anything.
Or distress it or emboss it, and you didn't sponge every piece.
I guess that's progress.

That almost sounds like a compliment, Lil T.
Better be careful, you never know how that will affect me!

Yeah, you might get excited and move a little faster!

Ahh, T, I think you like me under all that attitude!
And now with a little help from my friends,
The Stampin' Dimensionals,
All the layers come together.
(Doobie Doo Wah)

The card is 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" and fits in Stampin' Up!'s Open End Envelopes.
The stamp on the envelope is from the Sweetheart set
(carried over from the Occasions Mini Catalog).

Wouldn't this be a perfect birthday card for a 10 or 12 year old girl?
Can't you imagine her in the bedroom in the photo as well?
And 16 1/2 minute, that is 3 minutes off of my last time.

 It is still 6 1/2 minutes too long.
I'm not doing cartwheels yet, Sage.
But I'm also not thinking about a new job, either.

Lucky me. 

I decided to try a larger version of this card "off the clock."
This one is 5" x 7,"
big enough for a bow and a mat behind the squares.

Well, that's it for today's challenge.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.  And drop by Carole'Anne's blog HERE to see her creation and links to all the other samples.  After that, go sit down and make a sample for yourself.  It is fun.  Don't tell Lil T, but you don't have to get it finished in 10 minutes, really.  And you don't have to count your design time! 
(How am I doing, Mr. Nasty?)

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7 Responses to Stamp-A-Holics Challenge 125

  1. CaroleAnne AKA Stampin Stressaway June 4, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    howdy mam!hey you still beat my time so you did fabulous!those embosslit hearts are so cute!I really love the colours you chose to go with this inpsirational challengeyou hit it on the nail SageWonderfully done

  2. sandi amp; Mr. Nasty June 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    yoh, Little T, I dont know about these stampers of ours, they just keep going over the time. your stamper did a very nice job on her card though, I like all the embossing and the layers, My stamper likes it too.See you next week Dude!

  3. Steph June 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    I love this card. I have a little girl that just turned 11 and she would go CRAZY over this one. Great card:)

  4. Mitzi Luttrull June 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    Sage, how clever to use hearts. I forget that there are more times than Valentines Day where you can send hearts. Lil T won this week, but I bet you put her in her place next week. ­čÖé

  5. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) June 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Beautiful card. I love the colors and the embossing, and Sammy Jane is adorable curled up in her basket. TFS!

  6. Cynthia June 6, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Love this card. The colours are a great choice and the embossing is great! Sure hope Lil T appreciates your work!Cynthia

  7. delysc June 8, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    Love this card Sage!

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