Monday, April 14, 2008

Still Stamping

Do you ever just get in the mood to stamp, and nothing else matters? I have tons of things I could be doing, but instead I have spent half of the day at my stamp table. In my defense, my first card(my last post) took almost two hours. It had a lot going on, and a lot of embellishments, which meant a lot of decisions. The two that I am getting ready to show you were a result of my obsessive need to participate in lots of challenges. The first on is for Jen Del Muro's Sketch For You To Try. Every Saturday Jen posts a fabulous sketch and I always love blurfing around and checking out all of the fabulous samples. She has a fabulous sketch team and they come up with some of the most gorgeous cards. I loved this sketch when I initially saw it, but was completely sold when I saw Amy Sheffer's version. It was so beautiful and elegant, yet simple, I knew I wanted to try it out. I started with my favorite paper right now(I wish SU would sell it by the sheet, I would buy a ton of them)from the Afternoon Tea pack from SU. I cut it into strips, layered it on Chocolate Chip and sponged the edges. Now, you all know that I have a little obsession with brads, so I put one at the top and bottom of every strip and popped them up on my Whisper White CS. I then stamped the bench from Time for You and used my markers and ink pads to color it in. I layered it on Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, and Chocolate Chip and sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. I then stamped the sentiment from Small Script on WW with CC ink. I used my small oval punch to punch it out and some hardware from the stylized silver hardware from SU. As always, I thought it needed some ribbon, so I tied a bow around the card with chocolate taffeta.
stamps-Time for You and Small Script
paper-Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Afternoon Tea DSP
ink-Black Stazon, Groovy Guava, Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip
tools-stylized silver hardware, chocolate taffeta, blender pen, aquapainter, SU markers
The second card was made using the My Favorite Things sketch posted in the member forum over on SCS. It is hosted each week by Cindy Haffner and she really does an excellent job of coming up with a wonderful sketch and always has a gorgeous sample. I used the Punch a Bunch stamp set from MFT for this one. I started out by stamping the stems in Gable Green and the flowers in Rose Red. I colored the flowers in with my Regal Rose marker and then used my scalloped Nestibilities to cut it and the layers out. Then I stamped the flowers again and colored them in the same way. My white gel pen was used to color in the center of the flowers(and make the dots on the scallops) and the flowers were cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The ribbon is from American Crafts and the brads I got from Paper Pretties. The sentiment is from SU's Warm Words, and punched out with the oval punches. For the second layer, I cut out a big oval punch and trimmed around it til I got the size I wanted. These colors are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoy them together. On another note, MFT is having a special until Friday, read this post for details, it is for a good cause!!
stamps-Punch a Bunch by MFT and Small Script
paper-Rose Red, Gable Green, Whisper White and Rose Red DSP
ink-Rose Red and Gable Green
tools-oval punches, white brads, ribbon, SU markers, photo corners punch and white gel pen

This last card I received in the mail today from Laura(Lov'n Life n Vegas). She sent it to me to congratulate me on winning the guest designer challenge for MFT. Isn't it fabulous!! I am so honored to have a card made by her, I love her work!!! Thanks for looking and have a great day!!!


  1. Girl, YOU ARE ROCKIN'!!! How awesome to get that RAK, too!! hUGS-jD

  2. Beautiful card! I love the Afternoon Tea collection too!

  3. Jessie!!!!!! You are on FIYAHHHHH!!!!! Wow!!! I really want to go check out some of these sketches and try my hand........gotta get out of my little zone I'm in!!! Thanks for sharing so much inspiration my friend!!! These cards are just jaw-droppingly FABulous!!! I'm thinking after the fam is fed, I'm sending them all to bed early so I can have some FUN stampin' time!!!! LOL

  4. I am TRYING to resist buying that set with the bench, and you aren't helping, lol! Love it (and the others too)!

  5. Gorgeous cards Jessica! P.S. This is a little later but congrats on the Paper Pretties promotion. :)

  6. Your card is beautiful!!! I have this sketch printed out and actually working on it tonight...thanks so much for sharing such a lovely take on the are so amazingly talented!!!

    Beautiful RAK you received...lucky girl!

  7. You lucky lady to have so much time to stamp! Nice outcomes too! I must say it is nice to hear even the pros have some issues when making cards ;-)

  8. Dang quickdraw! Beautiful work as always! You are just pumping them out! What the heck is "BLURF"? LOL! Your own made up word? LOL! I love it and will use it in my next post! ;)

  9. I am the one that is behind blurfing, but I am glad your RAK arrived safely! I love your card btw.


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