Sunday, August 8, 2010

Stamps Only Sunday

Good Morning!  With the vast growing popularity of digi stamps (you know I love them) I thought it would be fun to have a day on my blog that I actually use my rubber stamps.  I find that since I am on a couple of design teams for digi-stamp companies, I use my rubber stamps less frequently.  So as not to neglect them, I'm dedicating a day to them.

My sister Theresa was very sweet to me with last month's new release over at There She Goes stamps.  She won the entire release but since Theresa has such a generous heart, she purchased the release and gave our other sister a stamp set and me the other two.  It was high time I played with them.  I had decided to play along with Just Us Girls challenge which was a great sketch and would allow me to use Art is the Window set.  This is such a fabulous set!  What do you think?

First of all, I created the brick wall by cutting 1/2" x 1" bricks and then sponging them with two colors of ink.  I layered them onto gray card stock to create the mortar.  Next I created the window scene.  I also paper pieced the curtains so that I can emboss them so that they looked like sheer curtains with velvet polka dots.  I also wanted to create a beautiful and ornate wrought iron & tile address plaque but instead of numbers, I put the sentiment.  Now I changed the sketch up a bit by putting the scallops upside down to create a wrought iron fence and instead of the ribbon, I added a flower garden.  I am pretty pleased with the overall look of my card.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest and Milled Ivory, Gray and Blck (Recollections), Garden Green,
  Certainly Celery
Stamps/Ink:  Art is the Window (TSG), Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk, Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics:  B000, BG01, BG05, BV02, G00, G02, G05, E33, E37, Y15, YG03
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Adornments die (QuicKutz), oval punches (SU), leaf
  punch (The Punch Bunch), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars)
Embellishments:  flowers (Prima & Making Memories), Aqua Stickles

So the challenges I'm entering this card into are:
Just Us Girls (sketch)
Our Creative Corner (embossing)
Cute Card Thursday (whateva)
Dutch Dare Challenge (anything goes)

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Your visits mean so much to me.  Happy Sunday!

16 Encouraging Thoughts:

Theresa said...

OMG - Melissa this is AMAZING!! I can't believe how much work went into this card. Cutting all those bricks. I love it!!

There's no other words, but WOW!! and you can send it to me!!

Karin said...

Melissa, this card is unbelievably amazing! Stunning and creative :)

TN Granny said...

Wow is about all I can say, this card is so full of wow stuff! You are such an amazing designer I wish I was as talented.
Stampin hugs,

Andrea M said...

Oh My Goodness!!! I'm totally smitten with your card! The brick wall is just amazing!!! I love the little scene you've created - it really appears as if I am staring at the side of a house, complete with a colorful flower bed! Wow! Wonderful work! Thanks so much for getting sketchy with Just Us Girls!

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow you are a superstar! To cut out all those bricks and to have them come to life like that just blows me away. I so love your curtains and the embossing. Your such a talented gal and so love looking at your work. Have a great day sweetie.

There She Goes Clear Stamps said...

Beautiful job Melissa, I love all of the detail that you put into this card! the embossed curtains are too cute :)

Sheri Gilson said...

Amazing card, Mel!! I love the dimension with all the beautiful flowers!!

Maria - Artsy Oils said...

OH crow! This is amazing!!! That brick wall is stunning as is everything else! Thanks so much for playing along with JUGS this week.

Micki said...

Wow, I'm speechless. It's awesome and I had to re-read how you did that brick wall. It's awesome!!!!


Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is wonderful - such a charming scene you have created. I especially like the flowers and wrought iron fence! The overall effect is just delightful! Great job on the embossing challenge. So happy you could join in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

Kathryn B said...

Oh Melissa!!! I just LOVE what you've done with the sketch! The bricks alone are perfectly inked. Lovin' that stamp set too! The way you layered your sentiment is so cool! Fab job girl!

Thanks for playing along with Just us Girls this week! ;0)

Anonymous said...

This is truly incredible! The sheer amount of work you put into just the bricks is simply amazing to me -- LOL! What a gorgeous scene you have created, Mel. How sweet of your sister to share her bounty, and how wonderful that you are taking some time to play with your rubber stamps and getting to create such fabulous things with them!!! Hugs, Deedee

Kylie Bertucci said...

What a fantastic idea! Love it. I could never sponge like that - I am truly impressed. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing card.

Lisa Kind said...

Oh Melissa, this is fabulous! I love the bricks and how some of them have a nick in them (I don't know if that was intentional or not, but I love it)! Such a lovely window scene...very clever work! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Cheryl said...

Congrats! This is beautiful. I love the bricks.

Elise said...

This is ONE of the most gorgeously paper-pieced, and heavenly created pieces of paper-craft I have seen! WONDERFUL work! Huge congratulations to you and your exciting CHIC of THE WEEK honor from the JUGS! Wahoooo!

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