Saturday, 19 November 2011

Friday Night Challenges

There were two challenges set last night for those of us who did not go to the European Stampin' Up! Convention at Disneyland Paris.  For some reason (madness I think), I decided to do both of them.

The first challenge set by Rozelle, came in two parts. The first part was to include a repeated stamp image and the second part was to keep the colour theme monochrome. This means that you can only use one colour but in different shades or hues of that colour. White was also allowed, but I deviated a little and used Very Vanilla instead (hope this is ok).

The second challenge was set by Laura and this was to make four or more ATCs using our Stampin' Up' stash.  I've never made ATCs before but luckily Laura posted details of what they are. For those of you who are not sure, an ATC (Artist Trading Card) is a small, original piece of art created with the intention of trading or swapping it with another artist. The main rule is that the ATC should be no more than 2.5"x 3.5" in size.

I decided to combine the challenges and use the same basic idea for both. I opted to use the Ornate Flowers stamp set and to use Rich Razzleberry as my colour. I love anything which has an Art Nouveau feel and the Ornate Flowers stamp set is one of my favourite sets as a result.

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the background, which is Rich Razzelberry on a piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock. I'm glad I opted for a larger stamp for the background, I can be patient but there is a limit to how many times you stamp the same image. The main image and the message are also stamped using Rich Razzelberry but the main image was stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then re-stamped but without re-inking the stamp. It is the second image that was cut out and then matted onto a piece of Rich Razzelberry.  The ribbon is a piece of 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry (no longer available) that has been bunched up by pulling some of the threads.

The message from the Perfect Punches set was stamped (but the oval was not coloured) and punched out using the Scallop Oval punch and them matted onto a piece of Rich Razzelberry that had been punched out using the Decorative Label punch. I added a small butterfly made using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die.

Rather than making four ATCs the same, I decided to make four different ones. Actually, I have to admit that it never occurred to me to make four the same, doh! Will someone please remind me next time not to make things so difficult for myself. I did however, stick to the monochrome theme (Rich Razzelberry) and same stamp set (Ornate Flowers) that I had used for the other Friday challenge, so all was not lost.

Other than the Ornate Flower stamp set, I did use a few different punches.  Namely, the Scallop Circle punch, the Scallop Trim Border punch, the Word Window punch, the Modern Label punch and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.

I hope you like my efforts from last night and please check back tomorrow to see what exciting things today's challenges (yes there is more than one) brings.


  1. Lovely striking cards. Another set i wished id got!

  2. WOW!! Striking combination.... I just so love that ribbon scrunched up.... you may seen that idea CASED very soon.....

  3. Stunning entries! That dotted scallop ribbon border punch goes so well with the word window punch. I think it might have just sneaked onto my wish list ;)

    I love the Rich Razzleberry colour scheme - and yes, Very Vanilla is fine! :)


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