Saturday, January 14, 2012

Paper & Such Challenge

My stamper friend, Julie Smith owns an online store, Paper and Such.  I have been a follower of her clean and gorgeous work for years. (I found her gallery 4 years ago when I joined SCS).  Anyway, Julie graciously sent me a few of her images to play with.  OH HEAVEN -- lovely stamps!  I have been having fun creating with her images.

This is called a Basketful of Flowers. I did a little spotlighting to accent the flower basket.  I made this for my son in law -- do you think it is masculine enough?

While perusing Julie's store, I came across her Paper and Such Blog -- it has challenges!  [The stuff you find in cyber space, so fun!]  Well, when I saw the inspiration photo, I had to join in the fun!

I used another one of her fabulous images - Poppies.  These are so gorgeous -- this is only 1/3 of the image -- the entire image is big and gorgeous!  I had every intention of using sage green, but well, aqua kind of won. :)  I am thrilled with my coloring (ya all know I am color challenged) - but this image was so easy to color!!
Unknown to me, both of these sets are currently on SALE!  Pop on over to Paper and Such and get them before they are gone!

On a side note,an interesting thing happened to one of my Tim Holtz dies -- actually, it p.o.'d me off!
Do you see this!! (These are not sitting on top of the plate, they are CUT INTO the plate!) I cut with this die (on the card above) and [gee, thanks Tim] the ridiculous sturdiness of these dies (ha!) cut so far into my plate that it TOTALLY came out of the frame!  The die is destroyed!  DH had to get pilers to get it out of the C plate! ARE YOU KIDDING!  This is the same die that I used 2 days ago over 30 times for labeling my stamps -- I had no problem at all........then.  I am not sure WHAT I did, but I am so bummed I ruined this die!  Naturally, I got it at summer CHA and can't get it replaced (w/o buying another one) -- damn.

Did you want to see my project made with this die?


See why I am bummed? I wasn't done labeling my stamps! On for goodness sake!

On that note, really, I am done for today...... Thanks for stopping by~


Julie said...

Gorgeous stuff Vicki!!! You did those images justice!!! That sucks about the die though!

Marisa said...

So sorry to hear about your die woes! NOT fun!! On a brighter note, love the spotlighting and diamond BG on the first card and lovely poppies on the second.

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Totally cute cards! I agree, Julie is a sweet talented friend.

Regarding your die, contact Ranger. I got a defective ink pad, contacted them and they sent me a replacement NO questions asked! Worth a try. Let me see if I can find the email address I sent it to...

Auntie Em said...

What pretty cards! Great colouring on both. I like the twine tied at the bottom of the bike one and the aqua looks so pretty with the poppy.
I had problems with a Ranger Heat Gun and although I had to chase them for months to get it replaced, after being in touch with about three or four different was Mr TH was sent out. Not until after a little round trip to England!
Little hint. I found the best way to get in contact with them was a comment on their blog. Letters were ignored but a complaint on Ranger's blog brought fast action!
Good luck! :)

Nancy said...

Totally love your cards today! The heart one is my favorite! Love the way you organized your stamps! Big Bummer abut the die! Hope you can get it replaced.
Thanks for always inspiring to do more!

dee marie said...

Hey Vicki! I just love the cards you created with the images - they are beautiful! So sorry that happened to your Tim die... that's crappy! Your organization system looks awesome though - thanks for sharing your idea!

Sheila in Cyprus said...

Some more of your stunning creations. Love your colouring of the flowers - awesome.
I am in awe of your collection of stamps, you are so lucky.What a great way to store them, the labels look super.
Now you know you need that die so go get it replaced. I would agree that the blog is a good way of highlighting your problem.
Hope you manage to get it changed, and maybe a new plate!
Love Sheila x

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I am confident you will end up getting your die replaced. I agree with whoever wrote about complaining on their blog, and you might also want to try a FB mention as well. Your labels and organization-well, very cool!

Elise said...

OMG! What an inspiring post for SO many reasons, Vicki! First off - your cards - da BOMB! So beautiful! Secondly - OMG those files are SUCH a great idea! But, finally, so sorry to hear about you dies. I can see why you are bummed! Have you thought of contacting Sizzix, directly? I'll bet they'd happily replace it! If not, I'd shoot an email to Tim! I'll be he'll make it right! I hope you can get it resolved - those dies are TOO beautiful not to be used in your talented hands! xo!

~ Kendra ~ said...

Beautiful cards!! Love what you did with each of the stamps, I love both of them! Thanks for joining us at Paper and Such! Sorry to hear about the die. Great job organizing though!


Payne Holler Cards said...

what a serious bummer! now that could kill the mojo for awhile!!!
your cards are gorgeous (and your coloring is rocking too!) love the colors and now on to your organization!!! THUD...what's in the folders...this looks so wonderful - would love to be this organized!!!

Peggy said...

Very pretty cards! Love them both!

MindyYoung said...

Your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the papers you used for the Basket of Flowers card and those Poppies are just lovely! Thanks for playing along with the Paper and Such challenge!

CraftyMomOf2 said...

Just beautiful Vicki!! Both cards are stunning. I love your spotlighting and your beautiful poppies are so inspiring!!

Thanks for joining us for our Paper and Such Challenge!!

Crafty Hugs!

Kim O'Connell said...

LOVE your card! What a donkey you are for bustin' that die! Snort! Thanks for playing along with is for the Paper and Such Challenge!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Vicki, if I were you, I'd TOTALLY write to the company about that die. Show these pix; it's proof of what happened.

It's a great die, and I love how you've used it to store your stamps.


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