Monday, September 29, 2008

Shhh.... Stamptoberfest Challenge...

Stamptoberfest is an event hosted on Two Peas by some of the stampers. Here is the link to the master thread on the event:

All the different stampers over there host different challenges and provide RAKs.
I had so much fun at their last event that I decided to host a challenge myself for Stamptoberfest.

The challenges start Friday and stay open all week. My challenge is Unique Embellishments. You need to create a card, layout, ATC, Moo, arch with a unique embellishment. I was working on my sample this weekend and I am going to share it right now.
Shh... This will be posted on Two Peas on Friday but you get to see it today. :)

My unique embellishment is this beautiful brooch. I don't even remember when or where I purchased it.

I think I bought it because it was on clearance and I thought wouldn't it be wonderful to put this on a card to someone...

Well someone special is going to get this for their birthday.. (My sister Jodie has a birthday coming up) She is an artist and always dressing in vintage clothing. I hope she likes the card and the brooch.

The other thing about this card is that it opens differently. I think it is fun and different but my ever so logical husband asked... But you have to untie the ribbon and where are the words... Here is what the inside looks like:


  1. Cut a 11" x 5" green cardstock rectangle. Score at 2" and 9" on the length of the card.
  2. Using the threading water punch border punch the sides of the card.
  3. Cut a 5" x 4 1/2" ivory cardstock. Emboss using the Cuttlebug Embossing folder. Ink the embossing with light green dye ink.
  4. Cut a brown cardstock 5 " x 4 1/2" and mount on the center of the inside of the card.
  5. Attach the embossed ivory rectangle on top of the brown cardstock.
  6. Cut slits in the front flaps on the card. Measure 1" in from the outside of the card and 2" down from the top of the card. Cut a 1" slit for ribbon. Pull the ribbon around the outside of the card in through the slits into the card.
  7. Cut 2 2"x5" brown cardstock and stamp the birds and swirls with Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with green embossing powder. Accent with light green gems.
  8. Attach the brown pieces to the folds on the front of the card over the ribbon.
  9. Stamp the sentiment on ivory cardstock using green ink. Cut to a rectangle. Cut a slightly larger rectangle from brown cardstock. Attach the sentiment to the brown cardstock. Center the sentiment behind the ribbon and attach to the embossed background.
  10. Tie the ribbon in a bow and attach the brooch.


  • Hero Arts DesignBlock - Poinsettas and Birds
  • Hero Arts Clear Designs - Birthday Messages
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Birds and Swirls
  • K&Co Gemstones, Hero Arts Gemstones
  • Ribbon - Michael's
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • Ranger - Embossing Powder - Lettuce
  • Ranger - Distress Ink - Peeled Paint
  • Memento Dye Ink - New Sprout

We will all have to sign on the side of the card as to not ruin the look. But I think she will appreciate the layout of the card and how it is different. I also thought of making the embossed piece on the inside a card that opened up. But I like the secret message under the bow and brooch.

Please come on over to 2 Peas and play along on any of the challenges! If nothing else come and check out the gallery with all the great stamping projects people will post for the challenges.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Oh goody goody gum drops! I LOVE sneak peaks!!!! Yahoo!

    I won't be able to play until Sunday.. but I am so there!

    Super awesome card!!!

  2. this is a gorgous card,and I love how it opens,so different,I also love old and vintage jewelery,your sister will just love the broch.Thanks too for the "reciepe"

  3. Don't you just love Andi's comments!
    This is one gorgeous card and the colour combo is so rich with the added jewel!

  4. Suzanne! This is a lovely card. I think your sister is going to adore the brooch and the card! What fun!

    And what a unique challenge idea! We're going to have lots of fun during Stamptoberfest! :-)

  5. Absolutely incredible! I love the colours and that broach is incredibly beautiful! :O)

  6. Hi, Suzanne! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a nice message about my photos being on jewelry soon! :-) You're sweet!

  7. This is lovely - Jodie will love it!!! Very nice to be able to lay about a bit this evening and go blog-hopping - I've missed being able to just wander aimlessly about. Don't know if I'll be able to steal away tomorrow and see your event at 2Peas, but I'll see if I can lose the fam long enough to peek in! Have fun tomorrow! (And thanks for visiting my blog - it makes all the difference.)

    Deborah aka Gigi 001

  8. Hi, Suzanne - This is just gorgeous. Love it. I have a question for you. How do you ink the CB folder with dye ink. I try to use Q-tip but the color is not too evenly coated. If I use the ink pad, it makes a really big mess. It just doesn't turn out like yours. Thanks for taking your time.


  9. Teresa... I embossed the paper plain and afterwards I used a smaller ink pad and try to gently buff the embossing with the ink pad. I have the greatest sucess with the chalk inks and the cats eye / tear drop sized ones. They tend to not dip into the valleys and smudge too much. I hope that helps. If not email me on my link and I will try explain better. :)

  10. Thank you so much, Suzanne! I'll try to do as you said. The chalk might be easier for me.


  11. If your sister doesn't like this, tell her it's okay and you know someone else you can send it to. LOLOL What is not to like. It is just so beautiful all the way.


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