Sunday, November 4, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday Sketch Challenge

This week’s challenge is going to be so much fun!  We can’t wait to see what you create!
This week's challenge is a…
“SKETCH Challenge!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card or project using the above sketch as your inspiration!  Feel free to flip it, flop it, twist it, turn it and add any embellishments your heart desires as long as we can still see the original sketch in your final results!  Oh…and don’t forget to stamp!  After all, we don’t call this STAMPtacular for nothing! 
You will have from now until midnight (EST) November 10th, 2012 to complete this challenge and post a DIRECT LINK to your submission into our InLinkz in order to be entered into the drawing for this week's fabulous prize donated by:

It has been a busy two days since I last posted. I have finished a DT card to be posted at a later date, and I am working on a DT card that was due yesterday, but I just couldn't quite finish it. (Well, at the moment, I am actually typing. But, if I wasn't typing, I would be working on the DT card.) For one thing, I had to go out to dinner with Gary and some friends of ours last night. For another, it got dark and I cannot photograph my cards after dark. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! But I shall have that card done this a.m. and apologize to my teammates for its late appearance. 

Another reason (I can come up with lots of excuses, but, this one is real) that I couldn't quite finish my card yesterday (which is actually going "live" tomorrow--and is that confusing enough for you?), was because my sister, Barbara, and I had a date with the Rubber Stamping Convention in Mesa. We were among the crazolas that arrived before 9:00 a.m. with tickets in hand, ready to storm the booths. And Barbara is doing really well walking; you would never know that she just had knee replacement surgery! Anyway, I spent the better part of Saturday shopping and having lunch with her. It was great fun, but oh, how my feet hurt.

I am not the brightest bulb on the planet. (I freely admit that. You may spread that around, if you are so inclined.) I wore some comfy shoes, meaning they feel good on my feet when I am sitting down, not that they feel good to wear for walking about and/or standing for hours on end. They have very thin soles. Which translates to aching feet after wearing said shoes for 3 hours at a stamping convention. Sigh....I should have worn my thick-soled tennies. But did I think of that? NOOOOOOO! Oh, sorry, didn't mean to shout at you. 

And then last night, when we went out to dinner, I wore my lovely boots with 4" heels. What the devil was I thinking? Well, let's put it this way. My size 7-1/2 feet are now approximately size 9 from all the swelling. Luckily I have zippers in those boots, or I never could have gotten them off my feet. Which now look like Bigfoot feet. Only not so hairy. Thank heavens for small favors.

BTW, do you think I spent money at the convention? Really? Moi? Ding, ding, ding! You're right! I did spend money. Tons of it. We are now broke for the next 10 years, give or take a week or two. Gary blew a gasket when I came home and told him how much I spent. He stomped around the house for at least 15 minutes, yelling his head off. Just kidding. He wasn't even home when I got here. He has no idea how much I spent--he didn't even ask. And I was actually really good and spent less than I ever have at a convention. Why? Because most of my images and sentiments are digital now, so I don't "do" rubber much anymore. (Oh, that actually sounds a little kinky, but, sadly, it's not.) I mostly got a few dies and an item for my upcoming blog candy. 

Oh, here's an update for you. An unofficial one at that. But remember when I told you that an urgent-care doctor diagnosed granddaughter Kelsey with pneumonia? Maybe not so much. Her sister has been coughing like crazy, too, so Angela took Brynn to their pediatrician. The preliminary diagnosis: whooping cough. OMGosh! How is that possible when they both were immunized as babies? Well, apparently, the vaccine can wear off before it is time for their booster shots at age 11. (Kelsey is 10-1/2 and Brynn is almost 9.) We will know for sure this week when the tests come back. Meanwhile, the girls have to stay home and the whole family was put on antibiotics. Oh, my....

I think the girls will get their Halloween cards in time for Christmas. I am not hand-delivering them yet, as I don't want to end up with the whoops, too! My sister, Merrilyn, had it when she was in third grade. (Yes, I know, that was back before there was dirt, as she is even older than I am.) But she was very sick with it--no antibiotics in those days--and she missed two months of school and coughed for almost 3 months total. Poor baby. It hurts everywhere to cough that much. Let's hope the girls get over theirs quickly!!!

Changing gears here. I need to finish describing this card in order to get to my other one. So, without further ado, (gosh, does anybody really talk like that anymore?), here goes my description. I really loved this sketch! I thought it was a great starting point for another Christmas card. Slowly, but surely, step by step, inch by inch, I am getting a few cards done for the holidays.

I love this image "Stockings" by Saturated Canary. I printed it on Cryogen CS, which gives the image a nice shimmer. I also printed the sentiment from Create with TLC on Cryogen. I sponged Stampin' Up ink around the edges of both, but not before I colored the image with my Copics: BG53, BG57, YG61, YG63, YG67, R20, R81, R83, R85, E000, E00, E07, E08, E09, E11, E31, E53, YR20, YR21, C00, C0. I also accented this image with a white gel pen, added Glossy Accents to her eyes (with her permission), and put Copic Clear Spica on her lips and thumbnail. (She has shiny polish on her other nails, too, but you just can't see them from this view.)

My fun Christmas paper is from the Jillibean Soup Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup collection. My CS is from both Stampin' Up and DCWV. My die cuts were made with the following dies: Memory Box Eyelet Stocking, Poppystamps Simple Banner, and Spellbinders Classic Rectangles. My embossing was done with a Sizzix Stampin' Up Textured Impressions Snow Burst folder.  I added four SU mini clothespins, which I really do love. (Just in case you hadn't noticed. Because I seem to use them a lot.)

I am entering this into the following:

Crafty Ann's Christmas in October
Dilly Beans Anything Girl Challenge
Divas by Design Feeling Festive
Inky Impressions Lots of Layers
Love to Create Lots of Layers

Crafty Ann's Christmas in October ChallengeDilly Beans Anything Girl Challenge

Well, this has been real. Gotta get back to my other card. And now it is up to you peeps. Show us your takes on this fun sketch! I am looking forward to seeing what you create this week!


  1. Very sweet card Panny and I love all the stockings - too cute! Sounds like you had fun, even without being that into rubber anymore :)

  2. What a fabulous creation, Penny! Gorgeous coloring and amazing details and design! You started my day off with a great story, too! Glad you had fun at the stamp show!

  3. Penny - your card at Stamptacular this week is SOOOO cute - those stocking that you have hanging up are adorable!!

  4. Fabulous card Penny. The image is adorable and love all the added embellishments finish off the card beautifully.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  5. Fantastic Penny! I love all of the details and those beautiful colors. I hope that your Grandchildren get well soon. I have heard of other kids also getting Whooping cough, but let's hope that isn't the Case. You wouldn't believe the outbreak of Chicken Pox here in Indiana on Immunized kids. My daughter even had it a couple years ago after being Immunized in the past. Nothing is ever Definitive that you won't get it, i guess.

  6. Love your card, Penny! Great design and coloring, and that image is so cute. hugs, Frances.

  7. Adorable card Penny!!! I hope your nieces get better soon. Take care.

  8. This is Beautiful! Thank you so much for playing with us this week at Love to Create Challenge for our Lots of Layers Challenge! Can't wait to see what you'll create next week!

    Many Blessings,

  9. Great card! I love all stockings. Beautiful coloring. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions.


  10. so fun card Penny love the matching stocking ! fab colors for christmas; all is perfect

  11. This is absolutely fabulous Penny, I love the stockings!

  12. Penny, all of your stockings are just too adorable. I love Krista's images.

  13. Delightful and lovely. Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.

  14. gorgeous card Penny. All the stockings are stunning. Fabby layout and design
    Have a great day
    Big hugs
    Doreen xx

  15. Fab Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  16. Ahhh. I love this, Suc a fantastic job with the coloring and all the added elements. Thanks for shareing with us at Dilly Beans this week.

  17. wow...amazing card Penny...your so good at adding layers, I love the stocking die cut, I have to get my hands on one of those ;) and I love how you were able to mimic your image with your die cut pennants and stockings, awesome, totally love it! My snail mail addy is........... lmbo hugs

  18. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's this time. Carol x

  19. Best oldest sister BarbaraNovember 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Cute, cute, cute!!! I love the stockings! Sorry I am so late looking at this darling card.

  20. "(Oh, that actually sounds a little kinky, but, sadly, it's not.) "


    OK. Now that I'm done with that:
    a) I hope the girls are feeling better. Coughing can be rough on the throat and all those muscles.
    b) Great card. I LOVE that color combo, your coloring, and all those fabulous stockings!

  21. Fabulous creation, thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Ann's
    Ann x

  22. Oh my gosh, I adore that little girl and her PJs! I love how you colored everything here, but especially her PJs. Fun use of those stockings, too!

    I didn't realize you barely use your rubber stamps anymore, but I should have looking back on how many recent cards have used digital images. I'm thinking digital is much more cost-effective, yes? But do you miss the tactile part of rubber stamping?


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Hugs, Penny