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SCS Featured Stamper Challenge

Featured Stamper this week is Sandie, a.k.a. sistersandie!

I was browsing through Sandie’s wonderful gallery bookmarking cards to make the hard choice later, but then I ran into this card and knew instantly it would be the card.

* I used the same theme, colors and image (although from a different company).
* I tweeked the layout to make everything fit.
* Instead of a border punch, I used die cuts. And I did repeated stamping instead of using designer paper.
* I put a sentiment where she had gems.
* I added a heart & bow… because I had stamping boo-boo.

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Stamps: unknown companies
Paper & Ink: black, ballet blue, wild wasabi & pretty in pink
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Creative Memories heart punch, Creative Memories Callipen
Accessories: ribbon

Techniques: The heart is actually 4 or 5 layers to make it thicker like a button. Before stamping the numbers on the main image, I stamped the footprints on scratch paper before stamping on the cardstock to get a shade lighter.

About the card: The reason why I knew I would CASE Sandie’s baby footprints card is because I bought this stamp for one reason… to make a scrapbook page for the March of Dimes ~ Walk for Babies 8 mile walk I did a few years ago. One in eight babies are born prematurely every year in our country. Many more are born with birth defects or are stillborn. March of Dimes helps families, doctors and researchers, etc. I can’t help them as much as I used to because I lost my job. But every little bit counts because it adds up. And because of that, more babies can be saved.

My story: My firstborn child was born 16 weeks too early and weighed 1 pound and 4 ounces and was 12 inches long. He is 18 years old now. He has cerebral palsy and high functioning autism, but he has a personality that makes it difficult for classmates, teachers and health professionals to forget. Two years before he graduated, Brian had major surgeries on his legs, knees, ankles and feet. It was a long recovery. He uses his wheelchair to go from room to room in schools, but he can walk short distances within a small room. He prefers his wheelchair. So it was a surprise when at graduation ceremonies, he chose to walk across the stage to receive his diploma (certificate of completion – special ed). His classmates gave him a standing ovation, followed by the teachers and then the whole auditorium full of families. It was unexpected and truly amazing. If Brian had been born 5 years earlier, there would’ve been no way to save him. But a new substance was made to mimic what our lungs have so the walls don’t stick together therefore allowing us to inhale air again. Without that chemical substance, a respirator wouldn’t be able to work. I’m positive there have been many more discoveries in the past 18 years that I’m unaware of but are so very important to many babies and families.

When Brian was 5 yrs old, I went into preterm labor again. Unfortunately, he died during delivery. There was no time for a c-section and 18 weeks early was too soon. He weighed one pound and was 11.5 inches long.

When I participate in a March of Dimes Walk for Babies, I have a special shirt that I had made. On the back it says, “Walking in honor of Brian and in memory of Blake.”

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VSN on Splitcoast

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It’s been many moons since I’ve participated in VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) which eventually evolved into a whole weekend event and I just found out I have a whole week to do the rest of the challenges this time. So maybe I’ll do more.

I was there for the very first VSN in May of 2005. It was a one night stampathon of fun and it was fast and furious! The challenges were listed every half hour! There weren’t really any rules; it was just a fun idea. A fun idea that stuck… and grew… and became a regular event that’s now a part of the SCS culture! I even hostessed a few times. Not sure I’d ever do that again, but it’s always fun to see the new ideas and cards that come from them.

My card was for this challenge…

Challenge Title: SNOW FUN
Hostess: KonaRose (Rosy)
Keyword: DEC13VSND
Date: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9 PM EST

This challenge is to make a paper creation depicting a snow SPORT.

Stamps: Stampin Up – retired set, sentiment – Gina K Designs
Paper: All Stampin’ Up
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU label punch, Martha Stewart snowflake punch
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Stickles (Ice – frosted lace & snowfake – waterfall), pop-up dots
Size: 4.25 square

Sketch Challenges with Impression Obsession

Today’s Sketch

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My card surprisingly didn’t intimidate me with all the layers.

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Stamps: Marshmallow Mug – Impression Obsession; marshmallows – DRS Designs; banners & sentiment – GKD Designs
Paper: Stampin Up dsp
Ink: SU chocolate chip, Memento black Copic markers
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Accessories: brads, pop-up dots

~Sketch Flashback~ย Using the same main image.

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This card was made in 2009.

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Stamps: Marshmallow Mug – Impression Obsession, In the Spotlight – SU
Paper: close to cocoa, creamy caramel, white, pretty in pink & bashful blue, DSP

Ink: creamy caramel, cose to cocoa, pretty in pink, Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: SU snow blossom punch & paper piercer

Accessories: eyelets, creamy caramel gingham ribbon, brads, dimensionals
Techniques: faux stitching

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A Double Challenge Tuesday

SCS Color Challenge: Wild Delightful Gold (Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight & Gold)

Mojo Monday #322

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My Card…

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I did it. I’ve been missing out on all the gold goodness this season, but tonight I went digging through odds and ends boxes of things I’ve accumulated through the years and I struck GOLD! And I didn’t even make too much of a mess ๐Ÿ˜€ They are Magenta outline stickers. I also used the Mojo Monday Sketch 322.

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes – Stampin Up
Paper: SU so saffron, wild wasabi dsp
Ink: daffodil delight
Tools: Cuttlebug EF
Accessories: eyelet, ribbon, Magenta outline stickers

The eyelet in the center of the far left flower is how I anchored the ribbon.

CAS Color Challenge & a Flashback

Clean & Simple Color Challenge: Red & White

I made one elegant and one cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stamps: Joy – The Angel Company, snowflake – DRS Designs
Paper & Ink: SU real red
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Accessories: taffeta ribbon

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Stamp: Snoopy – Stampabilities, sentiment – SU, decorative element – Gina K Designs (Bug me Anytime)
Paper: SU real red
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers, SU real red

~SNOOPY FLASHBACK~

I made this card for my nephew sometime between 2005 – 2008; back when I was jen70 instead of Miss Boo, back when using background stamps (the more the better LOL) was the fad, and back before designer paper and embossing folders entered the card making scene.

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Stamps: Snoopy – Stampabilities, It’s Your Birthday, Sporting Goods, Cheesecloth BG – SU

Paper: brocade blue, basic black, white

Ink: brocade blue, basic black

Tools: SU punch, eyelet setter, WW crayons

Accessories: eyelet, ribbon

Weekend Challenges

Saturday’s Inspiration Challenge: Horchow
I went straight to the holiday section ๐Ÿ™‚ It had 4 collections. I love elegant, vintage classic, etc. I love Christmas! This year I’m in the mood for making bright cards. And Horchow has a bright collection!!! So, this is what caught my attention: multicolored ball garland.

Then I had two choices: Did I want to use Fluffles surrounded by Christmas bulbs? Or did I want to use Fluffles caught up in Christmas lights. The strand of Christmas lights won because I had other stamps to go with it that I thought looked better in a card design. I hope you like the finished product ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stamps: Fluffles – Stampendous, Christmas lights – DRS Designs
Paper: SU real red, garden green dsp
Ink: Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Accessories: taffeta ribbon

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Sunday’s Featured Stamper: Linda aka Stickups!

* I used the same layout but used less layers.
* I used different colors and snowman images.
* I used ribbon instead of twine with a button and tags.
* I moved the sentiment.
* Instead of using windows for the snowmen, I popped them up.

Here’s Linda’s beautiful card.
And my card…ย 

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Stamps: Stampin’ Up
Paper: Stampin’ Up dsp
Ink: SU chocolate chip, Memento black, Copic markers
Tools: circle punch
Accessories: taffeta ribbon, pop-up dots
Size: 4.25 square