“Always” Stamping

I’m back in the swing of taking on a couple Splitcoast Challenges, Color Challenge 150 and Sketch Challenge 160 combined.   Having some color choices and a layout to work from makes it easy to get started (and eliminates the dreaded threat of "Stamper’s Block").  I try to do one or two challenges a week to keep the stamp mania juices flowing.

The "Always" "branch" was inked in Blue Bayou and stamped on a Blue Bayou card base.  I then stamped and layered 3 panels of soft sky on 3 panels of Blue Bayou.  All 3 were adhered to Soft Sky Textured card stock that I had "scalloped" using a corner rounder punch.  A strip of Blue Bayou stitched ribbon wraps it all up neatly. 

The bird (the epitome of groovy) took a dip in Versamark and is stamped on Real Red.  I used white embossing powder with a heat tool, which really makes my birdie friend pop against the red.  The image is matted on white and one corner is sculpted using a ticket corner punch.  I stamped the "One of a Kind" triple flower in various colors and with a quick squeeze of the wrist, punched a shower of charming little flowers.  The flowers were assembled on two corners (the Soft Sky with a dimensional for some texture) and two red stick-on rhinestones were added for bling.

The sentiment was a snap using the Scalloped (Blue Bayou), 1 3/8 (Real Red), 1 1/4 (Real Red ink on Whisper White) and 1/2" (Whisper White) Circle Punches.  The smallest circle is stamped in Blue Bayou and gets a lift from a dimensional smack dab in the center of the "a."  I then attached the entire sentiment to the card with dimensionals.

Hugs and Pretties,    M

Stamp Sets:  Always (111141), One of a Kind (111101)
Paper:  Blue Bayou (108642), Soft Sky Textured (108694)and Smooth (108639), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Blue Bayou (109013), Soft Sky (109009), Real Red (103133), Versamark (102283)
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool (100005), Stampin’ Up! Punches:  Boho Flowers (110711), Scalloped Circle (1009043), 1 3/8" (104401), 1 1/4" (104403) and 1/2" (104390) Circles, Corner Rounder (109047)
Perfect Touches:  Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon (109060), White Embossing Powder (109132), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Non-SU Stick-On Red Rhinestones

Inspiration:  Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge 150 and Sketch Challenge 160


  1. This is beautiful! Just stunning!

  2. This is so pretty. I love this bird. It really stands out beautifully stamped on the Real Red cardstock. Gorgeous!

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