Fast and Fabulous–Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge

Hi Stampers. 

Before I show you my challenge for this week, I need to let you know about a decision I made.  I am going to take a break from the Friday challenges for a while.  Life has gotten too full, and something has to give.  I am working hard running two businesses, and I have to be very careful about setting priorities.  So from here on out I will be doing the challenges occasionally, and skip the detailed tutorial.

This week is a color challenge from Delys Cram:
As you can see, Lil T is back from his two week break,
and has decided he definitely likes working in the stamping studio
better than kitchen duty.
In fact he is rather subdued today.
Here is my finished card:
I have to say I had trouble with this color combination
and made a few false starts before I decided to
downplay one of the colors.
You know how I love to do flowers,
so I chose this great Level 2 Hostess Set,
Fast and Fabulous.

I wanted the image to look like a bouquet, 
so I decided to try the masking technique.
I stamped the flower images on some white paper and cut them out.
Lil T is already groaning–he thinks this will take far longer than 10 minutes.

This is an interesting technique in that I had to stamp the foreground images first.
If this were a real bouquet,
I would have started with the tall, central flowers first, and arrange the rest around them.  
It took me a couple tries to get the hang of working from front to back.
I started with one of the small flowers first
with the outline in Old Olive and the petals in Real Red.
This is a 2-step stamp set, so the Stamp-a-ma-Jig got a good workout.
Once I completed one flower,
I covered it with the mask I cut out from the same image
while I stamped the next flower.
(Lil T is getting nervous, this took 8 of my allotted 10 minutes.)
The result is that each subsequent flower looks like it is behind the ones that were masked.
I sponged the image with a little Old Olive
then layered it with Baja Breeze and Real Red mats.
Oops, I forgot the picture of this step.
Then I embossed the front of the card base 
with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.
If you haven't tried this folder yet, and you love embossing,
then this is a must for your stamping supplies.
Stampin' Up!'s Embossing Folders give very deep and crisp raised images
and create a very elegant effect.
So here I am at 10 minutes.  Oops.
Well, this is going to come together quickly now, 
so I forge ahead and add my image piece, ribbon,  and a tag.
13 1/2 minutes.  Pretty good for me, don't you agree, T?
He just shrugs.
I don't know what's wrong with him today,
he seems a little depressed.
Maybe he missed Mr. Nasty and Madame Vilaine while they were at Convention!
Now it is time to check out the samples from the rest of the design team, and try your hand at one as well.  You will find the links on Carole'Anne's blog HERE.  Have a great weekend, and get your fingers inky!


Sage Kimble

 Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time!

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4 Responses to Fast and Fabulous–Stamp-a-Holics Friday Challenge

  1. A Touch of SOL July 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Babe this is GORGEOUS…I just love Baja Breeze and Real Red together…Like I told Debbie Creative Minds Think Alike..we used the Vintage Wallpaper EF…Your Bouquet is AMAZING…You Go CHICA!Marisol Gutierrez

  2. Mary (aka Muffins Mama) July 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Ah Sage, Im sure gonna miss your Friday challenge cards, but youre going out with a bang. Todays card is gorgeous. Lil T lost his bow tie in the kitchen. Maybe hes feeling shy cause hes naked, or maybe hes afraid hes going to be shelved now that he wont have a Friday challenge to proctor! TFS!

  3. Becky Jensen July 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Lovely card Sage!

  4. Mitzi Luttrull July 31, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    SAge, your work is always beautiful. Id still love to see it even if it is every so often. Good luck with your business.

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