Sunday, July 6, 2008

A challenge like no other!

A couple of weeks ago, one of my stamping sisters with the SBS 5 - Sue Daly - put a challenge out on her blog. You sign up. She'll send you a bunch of goodies, and you need to come up with something - an altered project, a card, something with what she sent. Well folks.... this is what she sent! Cardstock, some embellishments, and a half finished card.

I have to say... this piece below- was my biggest challenge! While this piece of paper sparkles with a real mica flair and is really pretty- you know this isn't something I often use in my stamping room! Sue even admitted she stuffed this in just to see what I might come up with!! LOL!
This is the other piece that stretched my creativity a bit. This is the front....
And, this is the back! It's actually a pop can that she cut, painted and embossed! Isn't that the coolest thing? I am sure you won't look at a pop can the same way now!! If you want to see what else she did using this technique- click HERE.

I decided to tackle the piece of mica paper first! I actually had to email Sue to ask if I could make multiple creations with her package. She said, "yep!" So... I did!

I took out a stamp I haven't used in probably 5 or 6 years. It's a pear by A Stamp In The Hand that I stamped on a piece of black that Sue sent with Versamark ink and then I painted it with Polished Pigments by Luminarte. I chose a rust, a lime green and a gold. I used the mica paper as a mat and then matted my pear onto a piece of the green Sue sent and the rest of the black was run through the Wizard with my scalloped rectangle Nestabilities die. Add a base card, a strip of paper that was stamped with a "pear" background stamp and some luscious black sheer ribbon and.. DONE! While this is a card that I would probably never have created. I think it really turned out neat! Sue definitely stretched me beyond my typical creative limits!
If you want to see how she made this paper - click HERE. And, THIS is a card Sue created with this background!

Here's a closeup of the pear, showing how I "painted" it with the powders! The powder sticks to the Versamark and the ink acts as a binder so you don't have to seal your work. Pretty cool!
I actually felt kind of guilty about this next creation! This is the half finished card Sue sent. I thought it was such a neat layout that it needed something kind of simple for punch. I didn't want to take away from the paper, the layout and the ribbon! So, I grabbed my Spring Ephemerals set from Flourishes and the set Many Sentiments- also from Flourishes and a black in pad - and that's all I did!!!
Here's Sue's card before...

Here it is after....
The fold is really interesting. Right where the ribbons are, it opens. Very cool!
The last card I created was using the pop can embellishment, and a scroll like embellishment. I looks actually like an iron on. Sue did send a piece of navy cardstock that I used as my base for the card. I used a flourish style stamp (Autumn Leaves) and Versamark ink and stamped it down the side. I used some of the cream paper she sent to punch out a circle and matted this on a slightly larger cirlce that was punched out of pearl paper. Add some fun sheer seafoam ribbon and you're pretty much done! I actually made the navy card smaller and matted it on a tan piece of paper that Sue sent.
Here's a close up of the embellishment. I added a seafoam colored adhesive backed pearl to bling it up a bit!!
Finally, This last card is one that Sue sent with her package! It is really, really, sparkly!! There is such a beautiful range of color. It makes me want to drag out my whole set of Pure Mica powders and Polished Pigments to create! Check out how she did this card HERE.

Here's a close up so you can see this brilliant color!
Thanks Sue for the fun challenge!! It was a blast! Check Sue's blog out HERE. She's one talented stamper!!
Have a great rest of the weekend! I'll be back tomorrow to share a RAK and some news about the Paper Crafts Idol contest!! Stay tuned!
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