Sunday, June 30, 2013

Squeezing In Play Time

Busy week is upon me, which means less time for play. (Or so I thought!) My stamp tramps (yes, I am making it official) have been busy creating their own works of art and sharing them with me. My daughter and I have been looking at them and these are our favorites from Anna:

....and from Ulrika:

I'm calling on my other Stamp Tramps to share with me their cards. I'd love to see what you have created and showcase them here. Send them to me by July 15 to enter into our Favorite Pool. Our lucky pick will win a cool prize and bragging rights!

What a great feeling to be surrounded by people who share the same passion as me as they have managed to inspire me to make cards amidst the busy schedule. Under normal circumstances, I would have every excuse in the world not to make the cards as I let the routines of life take over. Well, not this time!

I've been playing with old stamps using new cool products (new as in since I started stamping again). I don't know if I can get away from those cool embossing folders and punches. They make the best accents. For this card, I whipped out my Stamp-a-majig and used the cup from Patterned Occasions to make stacked cups. The original stamp already has a sentiment on it so I used SU! markers (Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose) to color the cup portion and stamp alternately. I then poked holes around the image using a piercing tool and a template from the Essential Piercing Pack and ran white gel pen around to create a faux-stitch look. I used a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes as part of the border. I then mounted it on a white layer embossed in Stripes. The work that went into it is quite a lot considering the end result. Simple and's for a friend, obviously.

The next card uses a stamp from a retired stamp set, Best of Cluck. I was a little stumped in the beginning as I saw so many possibilities with this stamp especially after I applied color. I was missing a punch or two to make what I really wanted to make. Instead of wishing for something I don't have (yet), I looked to what I have. I used my Honeycomb embossing folder and my Ribbon border punch to accent the card and then ran the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder halfway on the main card. It still feels like it's missing something, but perhaps less is more.

Well, there you have it ladies. I hope this is enough inspiration to get your creative juices going. If you got it, flaunt it!

Happy Stamping!

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