Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SOS Challenge #26 - Uninked/Neutrals/Dilly Beans

This week's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is Never Been Inked OR Neutrals. We ask you to use a stamp that hasn't been inked (or printed, for digi stamps) and/or a neutral color theme - think kraft, black, whites, crumb cake, beige, sand, ivory, etc. And since we are being sponsored by Dilly Beans this week, you can alternatively use a Dilly Beans image.

Well, that's quite a few options for you! Personally, I was pretty excited about the un-inked part, since I have boxes and bags of new and un-used stamps scattered about The Captain's Quarters. But I started with this Dilly Beans snowman image called Disturbed Snowman. How perfect is that?! :) Here's my first card with Mr. Disturbed:

That's some of my new Basic Grey picadilly paper, and it's quite yummy! The pearls, button and twine are all stash. The sentiment had never seen ink.

This next card also uses the snowman, and is closer to being all neutrals, but not quite:

I looooooove that SU brought back River Rock, because River Rock+ black, er ROCK! There's a few things I'd like to point out here. First, I broke out my newly arrived Dymo label-maker to make that sentiment. I think I'm in love with this label maker.

Second, see that spot of yellow on Mr Distressed? THAT is why he's distressed! The neighbor's dog came to visit! :)

All papers are remnants - even the card base, SU satin ribbon and neutrals buttons, SU Melon Mambo remnant for the heart (only not-neutral element here), Copic marker for the puppy pee.

Next I went all crazy and broke out another un-inked stamp - the Hero Arts' Branch Background to make this:

I stamped it in Versamark on the top half of an A Muse card stock base (from the Heaplet) and embossed it with white EP. Taffeta ribbon, a simple Thank You (Paper Smooches), and I was done. I'm very happy I remembered I could stamp on patterned paper. This has promise.

Moving on (just this one more), I used two un-inked stamps AND all neutrals to make this:

Yeah, it could also be called "You don't know when to stop". First I stamped the Impression Obsession Wavy Lines cover-a-card stamp (these things are ha-uuuge) in black onto a piece of Basic Grey Kraft paper. I then stamped the HA Branch stamp over that in Versamark and embossed it with white EP. Then I stepped away for a while to let it settle, like a big meal. It was very, very busy.

So I added more. I punched that black border with my new MS punch that SmilynStef enabled me to need here, then filled in three of the holes with white SU brads from my stash.

This was so. stinkin. busy. I needed to cut it, so I made a plain layered rectangle for the sentiment, and it hides a lot of the "busy".

There, that should give you a few ideas of what YOU can do for this challenge. Got some never-seen-ink stamps? USE one or more of them! Or try an all-neutral card. Or use a Dilly Beans image. Or mix it up and combine a few of the options. WE DON'T CARE as long as you come play. So go make something and link it up over at Shopping Our Stash so we can see what you've made!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love those distressed snowman cards! He is just so lovable!

  2. hehe what a fabulous assortment of cards! You are so clever AND talented!

  3. Wow, you've been busy!! OMG I must say I love your sense of humor as these are the kind of cards I would always buy in the store (in my pre-cardmaking days). I laughed out loud at the snowman with the pee spot. My son though that was the coolest thing :)


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