Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend whether spending it with family or stamping. I had a nice quiet weekend in the studio playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on Splitcoast. There are only two days left, and I’m really excited about the upcoming challenges. If you follow the link above, you will be able to view the awesome cards that have been uploaded for the challenges.

Just a quick reminder before I start into the stamping babble, Lindsey Botkin is hosting a Lizzie Anne contest on her blog, Embellished. Hop on over there and check it out – you might just win a fabulous prize!

Yesterday I had time enough to participate in one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. It literally took me all day, but I was very pleased with the results and learned something new while I was working. What you ask? Well let me show you the card first and then I’ll go into the details.

Stamps: Wanted and Bronc Buster

Ink: Tim Holtz Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Inks

Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Outlaw DP

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Making Memory Brads, Sponge Dauber, Alcohol Blending Solution, Felt Pad, Scissors for distressing, Dimensionals, Hemp Twine

This card was made for Lindsey’s (Jacksonbelle) Dare to Get Dirty Challenge. The minute I saw the challenge I knew what stamps, etc., I wanted to use, but got a little sidetracked along the way. The background and sentiment panel are Very Vanilla cardstock with a slight twist to the background. I just recently purchased all the Tim Holtz Distress Inks that I did not already have. I’ve used the alcohol inks for a few years now but have never incorporated them together. I was looking for a way yesterday to move the distress inks across the paper to blend in and give me more dimension. All of a sudden I thought of my alcohol inks and the blending solution that are used with them. I grabbed my case, pulling out the alcohol blending solution and one of the felt pads used to blend the alcohol inks. I soaked the felt with the blending solution and picked up some distress ink from the stamp pad with the felt. The ink moved across the page easily, I could highlight or shade where I needed, and achieved a look that I don’t get with sponging. I am just overjoyed with my ingenuity – little happy dance here – I have new toys and I didn’t even have to buy them!

As a further test, I had stamped a rooster earlier in the day and colored it with the distress inks and really was not pleased with the results – way to dark. Using the same piece of felt and more blending solution, I was able to remove some of the ink from the rooster, highlight the image where needed and was more pleased with the results. I think you will be seeing more of this technique!

I know this post is getting rather long, but I have another card for you today. This card is my sample card for Jeanne’s Dare to Get Dirty Challenge today. I dug out Priceless once again for this challenge, I don’t know if it’s because it’s new or that I just simply adore all the stamps in this set. I love using the little flair with the butterfly as a flight pattern but even better than that, the flair makes a fabulous background and you can go absolutely crazy stamping it. All the edges of the white panels are sponged with Soft Sky and there are stickles outlining the flowers and the flair of the butterfly. Rhinestones decorate the flower centers and the butterfly’s wings.


Stamps: Priceless

Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou

Accessories: Crystal Stickles, Doodlebug Lily White Jewels, Mounting Tape, Blue Bayou Stitched Ribbon

I hope you join us in the Challenges today and look forward to seeing what you create!

11 Responses to “I Do Love a Challenge!”

  1. I love your western card Sherry…and that says a lot because I’m really not into the whole cowboy thing…but your layout is fabulous and I love the little noose you made. It’s just the right touch.

  2. LOVE the cowboy card! I immediately wanted to CASE it, but I’ve only bought Wanted so far, not Bronc Buster… and now you are tempting me to spend more money! (as usual!)

  3. Love both of those cards, but especially the butterfly one. Beautifully done. Are we going to see a card with the rooster image some time? I’d love to see it.

  4. Hi, Sherry. I am a stalker on your blog and I just had to leave a comment about your “Wanted” card. It’s FABULOUS! I love that stamp set and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Your blog is a total inspiration to me. I check everyday and I get so many wonderful ideas. Thanks for letting the world see the works of art you make…oh and keep up the good work! Hugs, Angie 🙂

  5. Wonderful cards, Sherry! I love the rugged look of the Bronc card, and your Priceless card is so pretty with all the Stickles and jewels! Awesome!

  6. Both of your cards are absolutely stunning! I will have to try your technique as I have all the things needed but just don’t use them. Thanks for pre-testing and sharing your secret!!

  7. Girl, you crack me up with your noose….Love your cards! They are both just beautiful!

  8. I LOVE this card..so pretty!

  9. Love that Bronc bustin CARD!!!!! It’s the cats pajamas!!!!!

  10. There really is such a beauty to these Western sets and Outlaw paper and you did such a fine job of showing it off in all its glory! Your distressed main image panel looks like an old, torn piece of muslin. An amazing card and wonderful work with the alcohol inks. Thanks so much for sharing all the inspiring information about your discoveries. The Priceless card is a complete about face from the first card–so feminine and delicate. You make me all confused about what I want to stamp next!

  11. Sherry I am ever so crazy about this card, I really need to make this!! Awesome and thanks for the inspiration (AGAIN)

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