Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SOS177: NOT ready for xmas!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash has a pretty good twist to it, are you ready? we want you to break out those christmas stamp sets... BUT... (...wait foooooor itttttttttttttt...) we want you to use one or more of the stamps for a NON-christmas card or project! told ya, it's a little twisty* but once you start thinking about it, kind of fun! as it turns out, i only have ONE xmas stamp set** but luckily it contained a stamp i could use. first, here's my card:

banner stamp: my mind's eye (stamped multiple times using various colors of ranger archival ink and then cut apart and re-assembled as a multi-colored banner); patterened paper: american crafts dear lizzie and amy tangerine, studio calico, recollections, echo park, doodlebug; i ♥ sticker: love elsie; happy birthday sticker: crate paper; glossy white cardstock: ranger; chalk ink for edges: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

can you tell which element it is? well duh, lauren, of course they can, because there's only one stamped thing: the banner! here it is in its set, which was from my mind's eye "12 days of xmas " line:

i used the new (nov 7) sketch at stuck on u sketches for my layout, it's a good 'un, don't you think?

also, almost every single element on my card was a pre-cut "leftover" from something else, found in the baggie of miscellaneous cool stuff... in which i store things i've cut out but not used. i got the mini polaroid, the flowers, the square-w-rounded-corners clouds piece, and the strip of pink border-punched paper all from there, woohoo!

for additional examples of meritorious stash usage, not to mention some downright AWESOME cards, check out my lovely DT sisters' work at shopping our stash! ♥

*also, i think we'll be able to tell pretty quickly this week who really read the description and who saw just the "xmas stamps" part on a challenge aggregator site and linked up without even looking at the DT cards; so that will be fun, lol! :)

**yes, i am pitiful, what can i say?


  1. This card is absolutely WOW. All your stitching and the colors....love love love.

  2. Looooooooooove it, as always. And BONUS for using bits from your UFO baggie!!!

  3. Way to go using all that stash from the UFO baggie! This card is incredible! Love it!

  4. This is like a breath of fresh air after all the Halloween cards and now the Christmas cards hitting!
    Love the way you used the banner on here and your card is so beautiful! LOVE IT!

  5. Fantastic use of the holiday set! Love the colours and that banner! And the birthday cupcake - awesomesauce!!

  6. Great card! Love the fabulous colors and all the interesting elements. Nice interpretation of the challenge and sketch. Very nicely done, Indeed!

  7. HI this is brilliant, love that you used our sketch, good luck, from Caroleanne at SOUS.

    In LOVE with this!
    My fav (for now!)
    I LOVE that you are sharing so much with us!


  9. Super cute colors, layers and design Lauren.

    Hugs Diane

  10. A absolutely LOVE your take on the sketch! Your card is so creative, whimsical, and just adorable!

  11. Another great card with our sketch as the base Lauren. I love the flowers and the bunting. Such a pretty card. Thanks for joining us again at SOUS!

  12. HAHAHAHAHA at that first footnote....didn't we see that? lol!!! I love this genius bright cheery take on it :)

  13. Super cute project! Glad you entered at SOUS!


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