Wow! I’ve been in the studio since noon today and it’s now 9:00 p.m. What do I have to show for it – two cards! Of course, I’ve been monitoring my challenge thread in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast, trying to stamp, answer emails, take phone calls and make sure the pups get outside every whipstitch. I can’t believe that it has literally taken me all day and this is what I have to show for it. Actually one of the cards came together fairly easily, but the other dealt me fits all afternoon. It started out with one image, I colored it – didn’t like it, stamped and colored another. They both are sitting on my counter for future use. Hahahahaha that is the way the ink runs – is it not?

Anyhoo, the first card I made today was for Holly/Toy’s Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. I picked these images up at the Inky Antic booth at Stampfest Orlando, and today I went to check the website for the names – nope, can’t find them! So the lady reminds me of Norma Desmond (or Carol Burnett playing Norma Desmond) so I will call her Norma! The image was colored with Copic Markers and her shoe and the feather on her hat were made with Clear Stickles and red glitter sprinkled on. The background panel is the largest flair from Pollen Dust by Fancy Pants Designs that I picked up at eclectic Paperie some time ago. I stamped it in Black and then lightly sprinkled Disco Black embossing powder on it to give just a little sparkle (which I doubt you can see in the photo).

Havin’ It All

The second card I made today, and the one that took me all afternoon, is a double challenge card for Diane’s (cookiestamper) and Leslie’s (leslierich) Dare to Get Dirty challenges. I stamped the butterfly from au Naturale from Lizzie Anne Designs on a scrap piece of BasicGrey Stella Ruby and then colored with Tim Holtz distress inks. The sentiment and butterfly were both stamped in Walnut Stain and then distressed with the edges inked. Actually, all the edges of the paper were inked with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Birthday Butterfly

Stamps: au Natural by Lizzie Anne Designs

Ink: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick Dried Marigold Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Paper: Papaya Puree Dark by Prism; BasicGrey Stella Ruby

Accessories: Ranger Cut-n-Dry Pen Nibs, May Arts Ribbon, Making Memory Brads, Dimensionals

I’ve had a blast this week doing the Dare to Get Challenges and hope that you will join us tomorrow. Of course, I have one more challenge coming up tomorrow and I think you’ll get a kick out of it!

HEY CHECK IT OUT!!! My bloggin bud and friend, Lindsey, is hosting a Lizzie Anne Card Challenge over on her blog! Hop on over to Embellished by Jacksonbelle and see what exciting things she has planned!

11 Responses to “Challenges and More Challenges!”

  1. Wow, both cards are great, but I LOVE the lady card!

  2. HOLY BALCER BALLS… you blow me away!!! Seriously… I love every single thing you make. WOW woman!! I just finished up one for Leslie’s challenge too. SO much fun over at SCS right now!! 🙂

  3. Wowzers Sherry! Woman you are on a roll right now, keep it up. Both of these are just awesome!

  4. Beautiful butterfly. Love the natural tones.

  5. I was totally enabled by your post and went over and spent money on those Lizzie Anne flowers I have been wanting. Free Shipping and a contest to boot, c’mon!
    Sherry, your cards are wonderful and all the work you have put in over on SCS is amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent and enthusiasm.

  6. Hi Sherry, I have been away for a bit and finally got some time to check in. WOW…you have really been rocking the stamping world. Your work is just amazing. You can do sweet and simple and detailed and elaborate…all just stunning!

  7. Wowzers, lady!! You have been working hard and it shows. Each piece is precious.

  8. I really like the butterfly card, wow!

  9. Norma is a woman of inimitable style! Hey, if she can wear that outfit, why can’t I? I so love that Pollen Dust set–so much so that I just ordered it–can’t wait!! Your second card is a real beauty with all that distressing I love and, of course, the Stella Ruby. I really like the colors you used with this piece. Two fabulous cards, Sherry!

  10. OMGosh!! *LOVE* your Norma Desmond card!!! Sunset Boulevard is one of my top ten favorite movies…I was just stamping with it on in the background last week. This card is *TOTALLY* Norma Desmond!! *LOVE* it!! As always, such great stamping and great coloring and great glitter-feather. (Next one you make, how about the sentiment: “Mr. Demille…it’s time for my close-up!”)

    Thanks so much for sharing this – and all of your other! – awesome creation! ~ K

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