Tuesday, 4 March 2008

March Sketch Challenge

Hi and welcome to the sketch challenge for March:

Yes, it's a pretty basic sketch - but simple is often beautiful and I bet the cards you'll make will be wonderful!

Previous rules apply - you can use anything you like as long as it includes at least one stamp from the current (and only) UK Stampin' Up! Catalogue (and it must not use any other make of stamp.)

To take part all you need to do is post your creations on your blog, stating which SU Sets your stamp(s) comes from, link back to this challenge post AND post a comment here to let everyone know about it (or if you aren't able to do that, email me instead, add your comment and I'll then upload them onto my other blog, linking your entry back to here.)

Then at the end of the month, I'll choose 3 to publish on this blog.

I'll also do a post with a link to everyone's blog/card, logging each Stamp Set as a label, so that in time people will be able to look you up via the stamp set you used.

Here is a Sample Card I have done using this sketch:
I used the Office Accoutrement set, with the Spiral and Round Tab punches, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac and Tempting Torqiouse Cardstock, Versamark, Black, Green Galore, & Brilliant Blue inks along with some eyelets and 1/4" whisper white grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for joining in!

I am so looking forward to seeing your creations!



Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Monthly Challenge

Hi - well I didn't have any takers this week and so I guess you are pretty much as busy as I am - plus of course there are tons of other challenges out there.

So I think I am going to make this a monthly challenge - that way it might be more do-able - what do you think? I can also then concentrate on it and you a bit more, and get a few more other challenges done myself!

So thank you for looking, and especailly if you took part - and I hope to see you again soon after the first Tuesday of next month - March 4th, when I'll be posting my next Card Sketch Challenge, using a Stamp or other product from the UK Stampin' Up! Catalogue. Sign up now for automatic feed notification of this next challenge sketch, or put it in your diary - as there will be some blog candy up for grabs!

And in the meantime - do check up on me at http://SuStampinStudio.blogspot.com/, and see also the UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' Showcase site at http://stampingforreal.blogspot.com/.


Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Another Valentine Challenge?

Hi again - we might as well make the most of it - after all it's only once a year! I'll go back to a sketch challenge next week.

So for now....

.... this week's challenge is to make a Card using pink (or red) in it somewhere (or everywhere) but definately no hearts at all this time! Can't wait to see which SU stamps you choose to use.

Here's my no-heart Valentine:

I stamped the large background SU French Flair stamp on red card with Versamark ink.
Added an small All My Love greeting (SU) in black to the top left of the red card, then wrapped black grosgrain ribbon around. The swallow from the SU Carte Postale set was stamped onto white card using black ink.
I love the way these 2 stamp sets work together.

Last week's features Cards:

Thanks to all of you who entered last week's alternative Valentine challenge - great cards - especially for the guys.

Here are the 3 that I've picked, although you can see them all via the links below:
Firstly a real cool card from Anita:
with SU UK Stamp Set - Short Order Alphabet and I think there's plenty of other stamps in our cattie to get a similar effect with the hearts and things.

You can see Anita's blog at: http://www.anitastamps.com/

The 2nd & 3rd cards are by Kathy - both really gorgeous but very different cards:

This one uses Unfrogrettable Set and the last one uses SU Summer by the Sea Set. You can get the details for both these cards at Kathy's blog at http://kraftinwithkathy.blogspot.com/ (dated 30 Jan.)

Thursday, 31 January 2008

My Non-Pink/Red Valentines


It's fantastic to see some gorgeous cards already online for this week's challenge! Thank you!

Here are my 2 offereings for this week:

For this first card I used the heart stamp from Year After Year along with the Alphabits set - used tempting turquois card and ink.

My second card uses the same colours and heart stamp as before but also with the Wild About You Stamps - I hid the lion under the fold out heart and stamped some R's on the front of the heart (corny I know!)

I'll post more info. about how they were made on my other blog tomorrow.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Valentines Day Challenge #1

Welcome again!

I went to the SU Open Night in Bristol tonight with Helen from our church crafters club - we had a fab time (more on my blog tomorrow!)

Well, this week's challenge is unusually not a layout (I do plan to mainly do sketch layouts.)

Seeing as we are all probably focusing on Valentines Day which is just around the corner, I thought we could have a challenge for Valentines Cards.

Your mission - should you choose to accept it - it to make a card that contains at least one heart (it doesn't have to be stamped) but should not contain any red or pink, anywhere on the card! Naturally, it needs to contain at least one SU Stamp from the current Stampin' Up! UK catalogue.

I am really looking forward to these! As it's been a late night out, I will have to post mine tomorrow for you!


First Challenge Treasures #2


Thanks for 2 more entries to last week's challenge, again both really lovely and here they are:

From Debbie is a lovely Pink Card:

Debby used the SU Be happy set and chalk pad for stamping, the large flower was cut out with the cricut.

Check out Debby's great blog at: http://debby4000.blogspot.com/

The second late entry is from Ali and also is a lovely card:
Ali used SU's office accoutrement's set: 'I have used brush markers to colour them and stamped off on scrap card to get a subtler effect. I then added glamour dust glitter for a bit of sparkle around the edges of the big flower and the centres of the little ones.'
And from now on I'm gonna have to get tough - so I'll be posting just 3 cards from those submitted between now and next Monday (GMT!)