Wednesday, January 15, 2014

happy 50 (STAMPlorations)

Is it a CHA thang or what?  Challenges and stamp companies just disappear. But before you know it new ones have popped up to keep us engaged.

Well, there's a new kid on the block in the challenge AND product category and there are stamps to be won, folks.  Sound good?  Check out STAMPlorations shop here.  How would you describe Shery's designs? Kinda artsy, kinda graphic.  Kinda cool.  Can't wait for my first sets to arrive.

As for the challenges... there's a themed challenge every month (prize = 2 stamp sets) as well as sketch challenges every two weeks (prize = 3 digi products).  And if you participate in all three for the month you're in the running for a grand prize.  This is January's grand prize - did ya see those Luxe rub-ons - yum :)))

This month's challenge is about stamping and feathers.  How's that for trendy?!?  Shery R. has designed an artsy feather set, VIGNETTE: Trendy Feathers -

but you don't have to use STAMPlorations stamps to be eligible to win the challenges!  And here's a peek at the current sketch challenge -

Me likey.  You can keep it CAS or take it up a notch.  Banners.  Washi.  Masked stamping. Hmmm... probably doesn't surprise you that I went CAS with it...

Some heat embossing, masking, inking - using the "I've got your number" stamp set from The Craft's Meow (which is one of the companies disappearing this year)! Even some PP on the inside in a nod to my buddy, Kelly G.  You see it in the small photo up top.

This is the year of the big "five-oh".  For me and many friends.  So my card stash begins.

Join us in our STAMPlorations. Check out the deets for the Stamps and Feather challenge here. And for the current sketch challenge here.

Supplies happy 50.:
Paper: cardbase The Paper Studio, PP Scrapbook Werkstatt
Stamps:  TCM
Ink:  Distress Ink, Versafine
Tools: circle die MFT
Other: post-it for masking, clear embossing powder


  1. Oh YAY! More designing work coming up from you!! Can't wait to check it out. I did check out the stamp company, and appreciated that their stamps are very affordable. Sometimes you just want one or two key stamps, and don't need a set of 20 of them. Love how you went with circles instead of banners for the sketch. I noticed the patterned paper right away ; ) Awesome! Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. I love the idea of circles instead of the banners on the sketch, cool colors too :)

  3. I love the overlapping circles! Very nice card!

  4. Nice interpretation of the sketch! Love the peep of DP out the side.

  5. My gosh everywhere a go today, I see this new stamp company and I am very tempted to buy those amazing feathers right here and now! Postage is a bit of a problem, so I might have to find some friends who want some too!
    Now, for your card - I love the way interpret sketches - fabulous!

  6. This all looks VERY fun! Love the stamps and the sketch and ADORE your card! NOW...did you have to go and bring up the '50 thing'?????;)

  7. Oh...Maria this is a FUN terrific card! I am in love with the colors with the blues and yellow! Love it!!!

  8. I think I may have already congratulated you on the DT appointment, but if I didn't, congratulations!! This card is FABarino!! Do I have your exact birth mo/day? So I can send you a card for this milestone? I'm not by my birthday calendar to check and I'm too lazy to get off my bum and go see for myself! Thank you! Hugs, Darnell

  9. Such a fun take on the sketch! I love the white embossing.

  10. Great overlapping circles with that fun edging~ Congrats on being on the Team too!

  11. A great clean graphic design. Love the bright circles and the clean crisp white. TFS


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