Monday, February 23, 2009

I've been a stampin' fool!

This weekend was one where I had a few hours to stamp and was pretty darn ambitious about it! Where did I go first?? Well, Splitcoast of course! It was their Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) and they had more than a dozen challenges every hour on the hour. You had 45 minutes to finish, clean up, grab a snack and go back in for another! It's pretty hard core! LOL!

So, I got to make a handful of cards and had a blast doing it!

This first challenge was called celebrity crush! You had to take your crush and make a card inspired by him! Well, my crush is Jason O'Mara. You might say -- who?? The star of Life On Mars -- serious eye candy! So, when I told hubby I was making a card inspired by my celebrity crush - I didn't even have to tell him WHO! He just said -- "So, do you have a spaceship?" I cracked up. Because the star gets hit by a car and is thrust back to 1973, I decided to be inspired by the 70s! I have the bias cut paper that reminds me of the skirts they used to wear way back then. I have a remnant of flower power and I have some bling to remind me of all the bedazzling that went on in that decade! Pretty groovy huh??

This challenge at the heart of this next card was "man card." You had to use kraft, navy and vanilla, no primas, no ribbon and three brads! Basically, no fluff - just like a man would make! Hey, I know some pretty awesome man stampers -- so, just know -I didn't write the challenge! :-) Anywho, this is what I came up with.....
I ended up using a stamp set that I haven't picked up for a while! Nature's Beauty from SU. After I stamped my butterfly with denim ink, I took a damp waterbrush over it to color my butterfly that way. My mom will be the first to tell you -- using navy is not my strength!
This card above was a part of a color challenge! You had to pick your favorite chocolate and then use the colors tied to it! Well, mine was dark chocolate! That color challenge was pink, brown and apricot. The only apricot I actually have on this card was in the flower and button. It was hard to fit in! I do have something fun to share! The paper I used was from Gina K. Designs free digi paper that she has a link to on her blog HERE. TOOOOO cute! I might need to buy a new printer cartridge! ;-)
And, last but not least -- an inchies challenge! I've never created an inchie -- so again -- fun! I stamped my images from Flourishes Peony set all over watercolor paper and then cut out pieces of it. I accented my flowers and my bee with markers....
Then, as a finishing touch, add some sheer ribbon, some bling and some Angel Wings Shimmez on the wings! I tried to get a close up but my camera battery was dying --- :-( Maybe I can get one and insert it tomorrow!
So... it was a fun stamping weekend! Hope you got just as crafty in your neck of the woods! Until tomorrow!

19 comments:

Norine said...

wow you have been busy all the cards are great
Hugs
Norine

Tracey said...

Gorgeous cards!!

Velta said...

Julie ~ You are just amazing...All of the cards are beautiful and your designs, well...I envy you :)

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

All three are awesome ... sounds like a busy (but fun) weekend!! Great inspiration for the rest of us!!

jpmayo said...

Gorgeous, fun cards!
Thanks so much for joining us over the VSN weekend!

The Rubber Maid said...

Looks like you had a fun time on SCS with all the product you put out. Love the butterfly one especially. Very nice work my DD.
MOM

Nancy said...

Wow! Those are all great cards! Don't know how you did these in such a short amount of time. You rock! :)

Jan Castle said...

Yes, and I see you posted this at 12am...busy, busy, busy as a bee! All 3 cards are wonderful...glad you had a fun weekend stampin'!!!
Jan

WhimsicalThoughts said...

Cute cards

Katie Skiff said...

Great job!! This was so fun!! Glad to see some others cards too!

Janine said...

Absolutely wonderful art Julie!! YOu look like you had a great time and you were so productive!!
Hope all is well and I will be updating you soon.

Kimberly Crawford said...

LOVE them all! The zig zag patterned paper really is my favorite! Gorgeous design with it!!

Gina K. said...

Julie, All of your projects are just beautiful as usual!

Elena said...

You did an amazing job with this challenge!

Linda Crowder formerly of A Stroke Above) said...

I loved all the cards. Glad I didn't have to pick a fav, but it would be the butterfly one, of course.. Lovely! Thanks for sharing. Looks like Spring, are you wishing?

Bev said...

All are really neat cards. I especially like the 'man' card and the inchie one. Great! tfs

Leslie Miller said...

I don't know about a fool, but you sure have been stamping! They're all great cards, too! I'm waaaaaaaaay too slow for VSN. Oh, how I wish I could make such great cards so quickly!

Diane said...

You are amazing Julie! I would of had a hard to make one card let alone 4!!! They are all so gorgeous!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What a fabulous bunch of VSN cards -- truly gorgeous, each one of them -- gosh, you HAVE been busy!!!