Sunday 4 August 2013

Project 93: Stamping like mad double challenge

This week we had some sad news and it's really made me retreat into the craft world to be distracted. It's really been therapeutic though I'm not sure I'm quite ready to face the real world and work again. To really put my mind to work, I decided to double up challenges again.

I liked the inspiration at Designed to Color and I had a second opportunity to enter the Kenny K Steampunk challenge so I used the combination to create the headline card, a birthday card for my friend. We often joke that we'd be better suited for Victorian times so I thought the steampunk vibe would be perfect for him.

I used Captain Locke from KennyK as the feature. I used Chronology paper for the cogs and then patterned my own paper for the green die-cut on the left using two different key stamps. I textured the flower with two different green inks and cut out a cog for the center. I used green glitter drop decals for the top right corner. Candies felt a bit out of place.

I thought I'd show a few more of the stamping bonanza output here as it is the result of an epic session but only the top headline card is in the challenge. 

I used the same color inspiration for a baby card for my colleague who just celebrated the 12-week-scan of their first baby. They don't know if it is a boy or a girl so I thought the yellow, green and grey worked well. He's a cool graphic designer so I used bold papers and simple layout that I thought he'd appreciate. I cut the baby-grow free-hand and then stamped the greeting. I got the idea from Pinterest and then used a card magazine for the layout idea. 
Changing things up a bit, I got a great set of stamps with Get Stamping magazine. All three of the stamps on this card are from the summer adventure theme. I used my old friend the Latte stack for the papers and added the chevron paper to keep it modern. I added glitter to the images to make it a bit more blingy.

 Back to Kenny K for the last two. This card is for my brother in law. I colored the Wise Guy stamp to look like my BIL and found a paper (also Latte stack) that worked perfectly. I used brad-style candies along the bottom to give it a bit of hardware.

I won this mermaid stamp from a challenge I entered with Ginger Gem and this is her first outing for me. I made her purple and blue and colored the gradient to give her depth. The purple paper is ancient (I think Claire gave it to me 2 years ago) and I thought it had an ethereal, under-water feel. I stamped hibsicus flowers on the blue card using the travel stamps I mentioned above. I topped her off with a lot of glitter glue and some punched and pressed flowers with purple bling.

I'm grateful I have crafting as a distracting and coping mechanism; I don't hope for bad news again but at least the output is fairly productive!


  1. OOoh love these - especially the baby card. Yes I did give you the paper :) Like the use of the new stamps and the card for your BIL is a great use of the KennyK stamp..but most of all I love your second steampunk card - superb use of colour. Crafting is great for distracting us from ourselves..Cx

  2. Love your card. Thanks for joining us at KennyK's for our challenge
    hugs Louise

  3. you have been BUSY! love that you've used up a ton of pieces of paper on these, and that each one is so different than the last! thanks so much for playing along at Designed to Color! :)

  4. thanks everyone! It was a busy day, that's for sure. Loved the challenge inspirations Louise and Leah!

  5. Fabulous creations! Love the layering, thanks for linking up with DTC!

  6. Wow! You are a super busy crafter! Gorgeous and fun cards! Thanks for joining the Kraft Krew and good luck!

  7. WOW! Great cards all! Love the way you used the color inspiration~ who knew steampunk was so perfect for lemon-lime but it is! :) thanks for joining us at designed to color this go around!

  8. Fantastic line up of cards! Thanks for joining us at Designed To Color! :D

  9. All of your cards are very cute. Really love your use of hte yellow and green colors! Thank you for joining us at Designed to Color.


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