I might have Forgotten to Stamp Today

So do you ever find that you have pigeon hold yourself into a corner?  Lately, I feel like I have done that to myself.  I sort of have gone down the coloring path for so long, I have forgotten to play…to fail…to mess totally up.  I am sort of going to give my permission to try again, like I did in the beginning, to see what I like doing.

With this decision made, it was sort of the perfect week for it.  Challenges all over the place seem to be searching for something different than what I normally do.  Without further ado, the good, the bad, and the play.  (and yes, I may have forgotten to stamp something and color it.)

213 I'll Text YouUp first is the challenge where this play choice came from.  Over at Art Impressions the challenge this week is a ‘text only’ challenge.  Needless to say as a colorist, this sent me down a spiral…but then I pulled it together and figured it out.  I pulled out a couple of EK Gorman AI 213sentiment heavy stamp sets, and decided to fill a bottle of wine with wine themed sentiments.

I sketched out a wine bottle, and then carefully stamped out sentiments from Wine DivasLove Birds, and Hop, Hop Set.  I die cut out a piece of white card stock from a Craftin Desert Diva die and matted it with some black cardstock.  I (yes, I did some coloring) pulled out my copics and colored in the wine bottle.  Do you know how hard it is to color white wine?  The combination I finally came up with was E40, Y00, and G00.  I think it worked.  I fussy cut out the bottle and added it to the card.  There…a card made up of text!.

EK Gorman Muse 227This week over at Muse there was a really fun dark card with lots of bright colors and a die cut sentiment.

For my card, I pulled out some watercolor paper, and smooched some distress inks onto it.  I used black soot, mustard seed, salty ocean and picked raspberry.  I then splashed some Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the card.  I matted the watercolor paper with some black card stock and then, using a Ellen Hutson Essentials die, I die cut a sentiment adhered it.  Everything got added to a white A2 card frame and called it done.  I forgot how much I like distress ink smooched backgrounds.

6a01bb07e17ff4970d01b7c8f4a436970b-450wiOver at Ellen Hutson’s The Classroom Pin-Sights Challenge, I whipped up a die cut heavy card inspired by the colors on the pin challenge.

I pulled out my Ellen Hutson Essentials Bold Blossom Stand alone diesEK Gorman EH July Pin and cut out three large floral in blue, pink and teal textured papers and a small flower in yellow.  I then die cut a sentiment from the white cardstock using Brushstroke Hello.  I put some red textured card stock under everything and added some crystals.  I am struggling with this one a little since it really is out of my comfort zone, but never the less I think it works.

PP354Finally, the team over at The Paper Players has a sketch challenge going on.  There are times where I find sketch challenges so hard, and for some reason, this incredibly open ended one was exceptionally difficult.

In the end, I pulled out a (new to me, but I think now retired) Some EK Gorman PP354Odd Girl stamps, and stamped out a kitty and mouse onto a piece of white card stock that I die cut into a funky shape using a CDD die.  Then, pulling out a piece of grey card stock I stamped out a mouse and fish repeatedly creating my own paper.  I colored the kitty in simply on the white paper, and adhered it onto the grey paper.  I grabbed a strip of paper cut into the same funky line of the cut out, and adhered it above the image to give the card a bit more interest.  I think I strayed a little too far from the sketch, but you all are just going to have to except that this is where I landed.

That’s it for tonight.  I am off to bed, having stayed up too late once again.


  1. What a nice touch, to interpret the sketch with a swooping curve! Nice idea. Thank you so much for joining us at The Paper Players this week.

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  2. So glad you got a chance to just play. And so glad you that joined us at the Paper Players and shared this wonderful cat and mouse card. I love the shaped edges, too.

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  3. Super cute kitty card! Love the adorable sentiment and your creative take on the sketch. So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players!

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  4. Love what you’ve ‘allowed’ yourself to achieve here! I sometimes feel the same way when I look back at my old cards and remember how I worked differently back then. It’s a good reminder and your results are fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Muse this week!

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  5. The background is fantastic. I like how the yellows, blues, pinks show through the sooty color, Great interpretation of Marci’s card.

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