When you're stamping in a hotel room, every card you make is a limited supplies challenge. But this one was created in accord with today's LSC on Splitcoaststampers as dictated by Jen70: create a 3" x 3" Quickie, using quick tools, limiting the layers and using only one embellishment. My quick tools: a paper piercer, Nestabilities, markers and a white pen. My embellishment: ribbon. Fairly straightforward, but kinda cute, too, don't you think? I'm a sucker for smiley-faced peas. And I I love this striped Christmas-y digipaper from My Favorite Things. Lastly, there's the most versatile ribbon ever: red gingham. Seriously -- if I had to be stranded on the proverbial desert island with only one choice of ribbon, red gingham would be it. Hopefully, this hotel room will be as close as I get to that scenario...
Please note the faux eyelets pierced around the scalloped oval and the card itself. Are you familiar with this technique? If not, you may want to pick up the Dec/Jan 2008 copy of Take Ten and read the article titled "Faking It" by my friend and stamping rock star Jen del Muro. The article is illustrated with nearly a dozen adorable cards by the author. While your browsing through the issue, you'll probably stop to ooh and aah over a few cards by some of my other stampin' pals, Kendra Giles and Christina Fischer (one of Kendra's is also the sample for this issue's readers' challenge). I feel famous by association when I see my buddies' work in print -- congratulations, girlfriends!!
And be sure to come by first thing in a.m. to see a sample for Jen's weekly Sketch For You To Try. I've already got my card made for it, and I have to say, I think it's quite the cutie! I'm anxious to see if you agree.
Hey, since I've got your ear... er... your eyes at the moment, I'd like your input. A couple of my civilian (iow non-stamper) friends have seen my blog and expressed a genuine interest in stamping, but are having a hard time figuring out where to start. I started stamping in earnest about a little over a year ago, and I almost immediately became an SU! Demo. Most of the stamps I bought at first were SU, naturally, and I built up my supplies from the demo shipment up. I learned to stamp from doing the challenges on Splitcoast and through the influence of all of the stampers there. I've never been to a stamping class in my life, unless you count tutorials on SCS or on other stamping blogs. Of course, I buy magazines like PaperCrafts, Take Ten, and Stamp It! (when available), but I don't think I learn that much from them. Anyway, I don't have any great advice to give, and I don't think my methods are necessarily best for the dabbler as I tend to be an extremist when it comes to hobbies. (Have you noticed?!) I'd love to hear what advice you think would be helpful. Thanks!!
Supplies used -- Stamps: Peas on Earth by Penny Black; Paper: Real Red, Georgia Pacific White, digipaper by My Favorite Things; Ink: Brilliance Archival Graphite Black; Accessories: Copic Sketch Markers, Nestabilities, ribbon, 3-D Dots, paper piercer, white pen.