Friday, July 29, 2011

A FRIDAY REMINDER...

one week from today we'll be announcing our first Stampy Land Challenge winner. The first ever Golden Essie will be handed out. I'm so excited!

In case you missed last Friday's post, the "Fri-DARE-day Challenge" is...


Anything that you think constitutes a "day at the beach". For me that might be a turtleneck and SPF 99, for you it might be something completely different! But the theme is wide-open, so have some fun with it.

To enter your card in the Fri-DARE-day you'll need to scroll back to last Friday's post and add your project with the linky button provided.

And just in case you're on the fence, I thought I'd give you a tiny nudge. How about a Stampy Land Pinkprint {blueprints are so boring...}


Maybe it'll provide a bit of inspiration. Maybe it'll make entering the DARE a bit easier. Maybe it'll make you crave a raspberry martini? Regardless, feel free to use this "Pinkprint" if it helps you get your stamp on!

I just HAD to make a card with it - sure it's my job, but I just love scallops...


I used the cute sandcastle from the Penny Black "Beach Day" set. I love it when one large stamp comes with lots of supporting pieces. I also used some brand-spankin'-new Spellbinders that showed up yesterday. Wow this NEW release of nesting shapes from Spellbinders is amazing. I used the NEW Picot Edge Circles to frame my stamped image. The image itself and the orange Kaiser Craft paper behind it were all cut with Spellbinders Large Nesting Circles.

All of the patterned paper for this card are from the exact same 6"x 6" Kaiser Craft pad. I love working from these pads - everything matches, and everything is sized to work perfectly on cards. If you've never tried them out - our sister site Scrapy Land has a wide variety of 6"x 6" pads available. You can see them all BY CLICKING HERE.

If you have any questions about entering the DARE, please leave a comment below. I'll respond with a comment-answer. If you've decided to play along in the DARE - hooray! We'd love to have you.

If you are thinking about sunscreen, sandy toes and raspberries - hee hee - my stampy apologies!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

OUR FIRST EVER...

"Tute-Tuesday". Which is our slang for "tutorial Tuesday".

This is a quick video answer a stamping question I get a lot. The steps necessary to mask an image, and turn two separate images into one.



I am in the process of uploading this to our own YouTube video channel. Soon all Stampy Land tutorials will be in one location, and searchable. Let's hear it for technology!

The stamp I used in the video can be seen here, sweet "Spring Emma" by C.C. Designs. And while the swing I used is a golden-oldie from my stash, there are several new images that Emma can sit on. I love this Park Bench, and the Fence is handy because figures can stand next to it, in front of it, behind it or on it! And this stone bench is my next C.C.Designs purchase - love this one!

Experiment with mixing and matching stamp lines, combine figures and elements, flowers and scenery. Once you get the hang of it some of your stamps can take on a brand new life!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment-question in the comment space below! I'll respond with a comment-answer as soon as I can!

Friday, July 22, 2011

WHEW!...

what a big week this has been.

Stampy Land opens, blog rolls out, fans flock and positive responses are everywhere! THANK YOU! Thank you for commenting, thank you for LIKING, thank you for sharing, thank you for shopping and thank you for sending congratulations. We couldn't be more excited!

I'm still tweaking and scheduling, deciding and creating - but I promised you today would be our first  Fri-DARE-day and I stick to my promises.

First up, the prize...
winner of Fri-DARE-day #1 will receive
a $15.00 gift certificate to StampyLand!
Spendable any way you see fit, for any in stock item!
WOO HOO!
Second up, the DARE...


easy enough? Anything beachy, watery, sandy, tropical, breezy or fishy. If you can find it at the beach - you can use it. My only request is that at least one item on your card has to be from a manufacturer carried by Stampy Land {sentiment stamp, image stamp, die}. The exact item doesn't have to be in stock, but the manufacturer needs to be represented in our line-up!

For a little inspiration, I worked on the dare today...


I used a stamp from Pink Cat Studios called "Lily at the Beach". {She's out of stock right now, but I'll add a link when she's available again.} She's colored with Copics and mounted on a shaped card base that I cut with the NEW Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Lace Rectangles.

With the sweltering heat that it seems like we're all enduring, I thought "beach" was an appropriate theme. I hope you're inspired to create something, and then I hope you send it to someone special. This little lime green mermaid is going to my girlfriend across town. She'll know it's from me as soon as she sees it - who but me would make a lime green sky on a beach scene?!

For more details, specifics, instructions and the nitty-gritty-rules, please click over in the right hand side-bar on the RULES FOR DARES page.

This is easy, it's fun, it's addictive, and there are prizes! {Wait until you see Essie all dolled up in solid gold! Trust me - you want a Golden Essie badge.}

If you have any questions about what to do or how to do it, feel free to leave a comment-question below. I'll respond with a comment-answer as soon as I can. 

Fri-DARE-day #1 starts right now - hope you have fun with it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

WELCOME, WELCOME, WELCOME...

to what we'd like to think of as your new stampy home!

Around here we stamp, we create, we learn and we share. But most of all - we have fun!

This is a challenge blog. Meaning - we'll challenge each other. But we like to be a little more exciting, so we call 'em dares! We will issue two dares a month, usually the first and third Fridays of the month. We call these days "Fri-dare-days".

There will be prizes for winners and goodies for all participants. You'll also want to tune in on Tuesday, or "Tute-days" as we like to say. Watch a tutorial, see a demonstration, learn a crazy trick. You never know exactly what you'll see on Tute-day, so come prepared for anything!

Inspiration, encouragement, challenges, demonstrations, explanations and dares - all combined with a fair amount of enabling. You'll find it all at the Stampy Land Challenge blog.

There's a little grey mouse running around the blog. She likes to be called Stamper-Extraordinaire but we just call her Essie. She'll pop in from time to time - I'm sure she'll have an opinion when it comes to handing out prizes!

As for what's coming up - all I can say is LOTS! I'm working on getting things tweaked around here. Links are being updated, rules are being posted, guidelines are being figured out. However Friday morning the first Stampy Land Dare will be posted. You won't want to miss it!

If you happen to Facebook, over in the right hand side-bar is our Facebook link. You can LIKE us directly from here. It's fun to see who our friends are and where you're from. We'll be doing giveaways and contest directly on Facebook from time-to-time, so we'd love it if you'd LIKE us! As soon as we reach 50 LIKES we'll do a $10 gift certificate giveaway. When we reach 100 LIKES we'll do two more!

I leave you with this, a little beachy scene I colored-up today...


This is an adorable Penny Black stamp from the NEW Beach Day set. {If you click on the picture it'll enlarge!} She's been colored with Copics, cut out freehand, and placed on a shaped card that was cut with a brand-spankin' new Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Shape

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this blog post. I tend to answer comment-questions with comment-answers. So check back often.