Wednesday, November 16, 2011

COLORS, COLORS, and COLORS...

with a great Die-Versions font thrown in for good measure!

Karen, one of the awesome Design Divas from Scrapy Land, took the new Fri-DARE-day Challenge and ran with it!

She opened her new Sizzix Framelits Fern Die & Stamps and was thrilled with the results. See for yourself...


She stamped the large fern with Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress Ink, the humming bird with Victorian Velvet and the dragonfly with Faded Jeans. I love the light colors of the ink, and how it almost appears dimensional because of the details in the Hero Arts stamps.

When using these new Framelits you will appreciate the perfectly cut outline each die provides. Stamp first, place your die, and die-cut. PERFECTION!

Karen placed her image on a die-cut Spellbinders Nestabilities and pop-dotted both the humming bird and the dragon fly. Love the look she got with this simple addition!

Her sentiment was die-cut with Die-Versions Tickled Pink. I think the light and airy font looks perfect with the die-cut, stamped image!

So Karen is done with her challenge - have you started on yours yet? You still have two full weekends to ink up some rubber and/or acrylic. Just make sure you leave the black ink in its spot. Colored ink is all you will be using this time!

If you have any questions for Miss Karen, please leave a comment below. And thank you Karen - I so appreciate you! 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MY APOLOGIES...

if you thought I was M.I.A. Well, I guess I was - but I wasn't buried under rubber stamps or anything like that. Just busy - getting things planned and schedules worked out. Between Stampy Land and Scrapy Land - we like to keep things hopping.

What that means for you, right now, is that I'm going to change up the Stampy Land DARE schedule just a bit. Starting this month, I will be posting the DARE on the first Thursday of the month. One DARE per month. I am getting feedback from stampers that they'd like more time to prepare. And I figured now that we are officially in the "holiday season" - time is pretty precious. So today - the NOVEMBER DARE goes live!


I figured that since time does get pretty scare this time of year - let's make it easy. No coloring of images, no cutting out stamped images. Break out those colored ink pads that are gathering dust in your drawers and put them to good use! No black ink allowed! No image coloring necessary. Just colored ink pads, stamped images or patterns and a die-cut or color ink stamped sentiment!

Here is what I did with DARE #8...



I kept this one really REALLY simple. I used the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frame 1  and then stamped a bunch of the small flowers from this American Crafts Enjoy set and this Sentiments set. I stamped everything with Ranger Distress Inks - all of which are available on our sister-site Scrapy Land. I love the light look that the Distress Inks create. The edge of my die-cut frame was inked with a coordinating Distress Ink. 

For my sentiment I die-cut one of Die-Versions NEW Micro fonts - this one being Mucho Micro. I love this font - very tiny but also chunky. The stamped frame was pop-dotted, and wrapped with bakers twine. 

Now for the news that everyone has been waiting for - the long overdue Golden Essie for DARE #7...


Congratulations to Miss Nancy! She just won a background stamp of her choice from the Stamp-Ede line...Love Definition, Love Background or Love Word Search. You can see Nancy's card by clicking here! Nancy if you'll email me {stampylandsusan@gmail.com} I'll get your shipping information and send you your Golden Essie...


Our two DARE Diva-ettes this time are...


Annette and Nikki. Both of these stampers did great coloring on their cards and made stunning Halloween card creations! You can see their cards HERE and HERE!

The link-up form is below. Upload your "colored ink only" stamped project to an online gallery {like Photobucket or Flickr} or post it on your personal blog. When you share the link with us you'll get fun feedback and warm fuzzies! If you have any questions about what to do, please leave a comment below or email me directly!





Saturday, October 15, 2011

WELCOME BACK...

to another Fri-DARE-day Challenge! We're already up to week SEVEN - wowzers - where does the time go?

A big-Essie-thank-you, to all of our DARE #6 participants. The winner of DARE #6 will be announced at the end of today's post. For now, let's talk DARE #7.

This week, I need everyone's help. It's time to ramp up the participation in the DAREs. We need more stampers, stamping more and sharing more. We had 7 participants this time around - I am challenging everyone to share the DARE with a friend, and get the participants doubled.

If we get 14 or more participants I'll give away two prizes...

an awesome Stamp-ede Background stamp of your choice
AND
a $10 StampyLand.com store credit

If we don't reach at least 14 participants, I'll give away one prize...

an awesome Stamp-ede Background stamp of your choice
{the LOVE definition is my personal fave,
but the Word Search is oh-so-much fun!}

Now, let's see what Essie has for the DARE itself...


I figure it's about time we talk holidays. I've put it off long enough. As soon as we mention Halloween you know it'll be New Year's Eve tomorrow. But I'm ready, I think I can handle it! In fact, bring it on!

So for the next 2 weeks show us anything Halloweenie. Orange, black, purple, lime green - whatever colors you love for this holiday. You get brownie points for using a stamp that we carry in our store. Some of my favorites include...
For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, here is a card I made for my favorite far-away college witch...


This 5.5"x 5.5" is decorated with Echo Park Apothecary papers from Scrapy Land. Cute Witch Marci was colored with Copics and then hand-cut and pop dotted on a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frame 1. I added a simple sentiment with Die-Versions "Saloon Door" font. I love this font!

I hope you're excited about a Halloween theme - and I hope you can recruit some friends to play along too! We need 'em all!

And now - for the Fri-DARE-day #6 winner! Receiving the $15.00 Stampy Land store credit is...


Miss Tina - - - THREE CHEERS for Tina! You can see Tina's card by clicking here! What a cute card, with a great fall theme. And she made her own background stamp by repeatedly stamping leaf stamps. Cute, cute, CUTE! Tina, please email me {stampylandsusan@gmail.com} and we'll get your shopping spree set up! I'll also send you the code for your Golden Essie...


Our two DARE Diva-ettes this time are...


Deena and Annette both used great background images on their cards that you can see here and here! Thanks ladies for stamping and sharing your work with us. I hope you'll join us again, for the next DARE!

The link-up form is below. Upload your stamped Halloween themed project to an online gallery or to your personal blog and share the link. If you have any questions about what to do, leave a comment or email me.