Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Not Just An Ordinary Card!

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…
“Not Just An ORDINARY Card!”

For this weeks challenge you will create a card that is out of the ordinary and not traditional!  No FLAT cards allowed!  This week's card should pop-up, stand up, turn into a box, slide, twist, etc...!  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 3rd, 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:
PRIZE:  Winner’s Choice of 3 Digis!  

Wow, I am just astonished at how many entries we have had this past week! I guess when you have no rules, it helps everyone be more creative--less restrictive, huh? Well, you certainly kept my fingers busy with commenting! They are now blistered and broken. Black and blue. Swollen and crooked. Oh, just kidding. They're fine, and I really did enjoy seeing so many wonderful creations. So keep 'em coming again this week, OK?

I am so excited! I got to do an entire laundry in just two days this week! Isn't that mahvelous, Dahlings! Hey, it really is--I know it sounds ridiculous, but we cannot wash clothes during the day here in the summer. The water is just too hot. So, my summer laundry routine is to put in one load each night, set the timer on the washer to 5:30 a.m., when our water is the coolest, and go to bed. It gets old after a while. That's why it was so much fun (?) to do all my loads over a two-day period. And, just fyi, I have 10 loads of clothes a week--for two people! That's because Gary wears at least two outfits every day, and I do four loads each week for just him. Then the two (sheets and towels) for the household, which leaves three loads for our joint clothing, and one load of my "hand-washables". Thank heavens I don't have to scrub them on a washboard. My fingers would be worn to the bones. That's a lovely thought--very Halloweeny, don't you think?

Ah, yes, Halloween is this week! All the neighborhood gremlins will be out begging for candy. And Gary says we are going out to dinner and not handing out treats. What? I don't think that's fair--oh, I am not worried about the kids. They will get enough candy to rot their teeth. No, I don't think it's fair to Donovan--you know, my dog who draws the stick figures. He gets so upset when the doorbell rings, and I know that the trick-or-treaters will ring it even if our light isn't on. So Don will fuss and bark and have a dog fit. And I won't be here to calm him down. What's a mother to do? If I figure that out before Halloween, I'll let you know. I would hate for the commotion to hamper my dog's creativity. Perish the thought!

I did not do another Halloween card for this challenge. I have one more to show you on Tuesday, but that's it. No, for this challenge I made an anniversary card for our daughter and SIL. Jon and Angela celebrated their 14th anniversary,  (I can't believe it's been that long!), on October 17. Of course, we gave them the card already, and they did like it. But I couldn't show it to you until today--well, you know how blogdom works, right?

Anyway, this was the perfect time to do a card out of the ordinary. So I did an easel card, which I thought the kids would get a kick out of, or some such thing. And they did. Or some such thing.

I had a cute little stamp to use: A Kiss for Chloe by Sarah Kay. I wanted to use my La-La Land Crafts Hot Air Balloon die, because I think it is so cute, so I found some DP that would work with it: Prima Romance Novel Collection. That even sounds right for an anniversary card, doesn't it? I combined the DP with card stock from Stampin' Up. I printed the image on Cryogen CS with Memento ink and then colored with my Copics: R20, R81, R83, R85, YR20, BG70, BG72, BG75, E000, E00, E11, E21, E25, E29, E31, E35, E37, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44.

You know, I know that you don't really give a hoot what colors I used. And that's OK. The only reason I put it in my blog posts is for my record. So I can remember what works with what papers, etc. So you have my permission--nay, my blessing--to just ignore that bit of my posts. (I am cackling now, like a right old witch. Must be something to do with this week.) Forgive me, I just had to digress for a moment.

Now, where was I? Somewhere on a little green planet in the Milky Way galaxy, far, far away.....

Oh, yeah, the image. Well, after I colored it, I gave it a spit-shine, howdy-do, and then Elmered it down. I what??????????????? OMG, I did not. (There goes my evil twin again. Dangnabbit. Stop that!)

OK, let's try that again: after I colored my image, I added a bit of white gel pen for accents. Then I popped it onto my card, which, as you can see--well, at least I hope you can see, otherwise, what is the point of showing this to you--oh, sorry, I am digressing again. And I am much too tired for that. I guess I should tell you what I popped the image on top of  on top of what I popped the image.

I began with the SU CS, (yeah, I know what that spells, and I doubt that Stampin' Up would be too happy about it, but since I don't work for them, I don't really care. So there.). I layered the following: my DP, tulle from my stash, die cuts from these dies: Memory Box Madeira Corner, Memory Box Distressed Tag, (stamped with the Memory Box Distressed Tag stamp), Memory Box Hot Air Balloon dies, the aforementioned La-La Land Hot Air Balloon, and Whimsy Postage Stamp, (stamped with a Whimsy Love Postage stamp). Also in the mix are two Tim Holtz Adage Tickets, a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket, a Wild Orchid Crafts flower, and a couple of Queen & Company pearls.Well, you'd think that'd be enough for one card, but, nooooooo, somebody had to do an easel card and add a bunch of stuff to the bottom of it. So......

More SU CS, more DP, more Memory Box Madeira Corners, more Queen & Company pearls, another Whimsy Postage Stamp, more MB Hot Air Balloons, the word "happy" from the Memory Box Typewriter Lower Alpha die, a Magnolia/Doohickey Lace Tag, (from that die), some ribbon and laces from my stash, seam binding given to me by Jennifer Scull--hey, Kiddo!--and, a 14th anniversary image from Paulette at Create with TLC.

Yes, it's a bit over-the-top. Why do you ask? You should know me by now.

OK, Peeps, let's see what you got! Hit me with it. Well, not literally. Really. Some people. And their kids. (Who will be here in three short days, hounding us for candy. Poor Donovan.)


  1. Penny, I'm lovin all those details on your fabulous card! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is so amazing, Penny! You outdo yourself with every creation (and story)! I so enjoy both! Gorgeous design and details and wonderful coloring of the sweet image!

  3. This is sooooooo cute! I love the image, one of my favorites of hers, beautiful coloring and great design. I love that die, great use of it too. Love your card. You do such great things with paper and copics.

  4. I love reading your posts, you cheer me up no end.
    Card is beautiful and the design is fab.
    Chris x

  5. Hey sweetie, this is just gorgeous I love your creation, huggles Pops x x x

  6. Best oldest sister BarbaraOctober 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Wow, Penny! This is so beautiful!! I agree with Carla, you outdo yourself with every card!

  7. Well, I'm lost for words - I need some time to digest all the loveliness on this fabulous creation, awesome die cuts, love the tickets (a fave of mine!)- just too gorgeous :)

    I would disconnect the doorbell, set off a stink bomb and cover the front door with slime - that should deter most of them!

  8. fabulous Penny, love the combo and papers

  9. Such a fabulous image and love all of the 'love' themed accents- perfect card for an Anniversary, and how touching that it is just for the 14th Anniv- cannot buy one of those in the store!!! Awww your poor poochie- hope you figure that out. Our dog is petrified of storms- he hides in the basement- I feel so bad when we are out/gone and know it is storming at home!

  10. This is precious, Penny! Lovely coloring and amazing details.

  11. Hi Penny , glad to see all is well , I have to sit with a cuppa to read your posts ( novels ) but its worth it because you are so much fun. I did like you adding the colours of the copics I am new to these and keep experimenting , its great to see what other Crafters use I have just bought a limited edition set of promarkers too and some spectrum noirs I am pen mad at the moment. Those hot air balloon dies are fab .... Take care enjoy halloween, I hope Donovan has an easy night and there are not too many callers Hugs Elaine

  12. I don't think it's over-the-top. I think it's beautiful. And fabulous. Wonderful coloring of that sweet image. Great use of die cuts. I love that lace. It's gorgeous and the perfect embellishement.

  13. You already know how much I adore this card, right? :) From the color scheme to that sweet stamped image to the coloring to the attention to detail ... It's fabulous! I'm so honored to have it in my home. :) Thank you again!!!


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