September 2, 2011

OCC: Stamp Happy

So this week is my very first week hosting the challenge blog at Our Creative Corner and I couldn't be more excited! Getting to be a part of a group that is looking for new ways to challenge papercrafters is a real treat. I'm a firm believer that a challenge is the best way to improve your skills. The OCC blog has certainly has its fair share of challenges in the past that have forced some real creativity. All I can say is hang on! Looking ahead to the next few months, there won't be any shortage of thought-pushing challenges in the near future.

I actually struggled a bit coming up with a card after I chose this week's theme - stamping on printed or designer paper -  but I am thrilled with the outcome. It took some thinking. It took some practice. It took some time. But in the end, I'm happy to share with you my card.

I started with a new set of papers from Echo Park that I just love. The Dots and Stripes pads are perfect for a project like this. They offer two pads in different colors, Metropolitan (using more manly colors like black, blue, grey) and the one I've used here - Candy Shoppe (using more girly colors like pink, yellow and orange)
With the same patterns on all the colors, it makes it really easy to mix and match.

I cut the strips to the size I wanted. and adhered them to a piece of cardstock. Then with Post-it notes, I masked all three strips separately and stamped my image (I put the stamps together on one single large acrylic block so I could stamp each color once.) Then I peeled away each Post-it, inking my stamps with the appropriate color, stamping then covering it back up and moving onto the next color. It took a few tries but I think the effort was worth the outcome. I added a stitch, distressed the edges and smiled.

I inked the twine a little to keep it from being pure white and raspberry. I added the tag with my sentiment and a cute little flower resin brad. I'm de-fin-ately doing this again. This is a perfect handmade card template to start a new set with!

So challenge yourself this week. Do something to stretch your creativity. Play along with us this week at Our Creative Corner and use this week's challenge as your inspiration and don't forget to check out the other DT blogs to see how they've stamped on patterned paper for their projects!

Linda Coughlin
Lori Rider
Wendy Janson
Vicki Burdick
Sharon Wheet
Jen Rzasa
Kristen Tierney
Anne Marie Hile
Marjie Kemper
Tui Nathan

Have a great weekend!


  1. Beautiful card, Holly! I love the way you stretched the largest butterfly across the three panels. Your masking is fantastic!

  2. I OH so love this card! The butterfly is gorgeous and the papers are too lovely, I need to get some for myself. Great challenge this week Holly, you've done a great job!

  3. A beautifully created card Holly ... I think what you have done here is ingenuity and patience at its best ... I love these papers and they suit these gorgeous butterflies ever so nicely!
    Thanks for the great challenge this week Holly and Congratulations, you have done fabulously!!!

  4. This is so beautiful Holly! The way you used those DPs & butterflies are super fabulous!! Thank you for the wonderful challenge.

  5. Holly, I love the butterflies you selected! how simply gorgeous! You provided our followers with a great inspiration card! thank you for the great challenge. I stamp on pattern paper quite often. And I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  6. Such a bright, happy card, Holly. It literally brought a smile to my face. I love the way you stamped on stamp across three colors of DP - that really makes a "wow" impact! Wonderful work with the tag too! I really enjoyed this challenge and the push it gave me to stamp on DP! Great job for your first time to host!


  7. Dear Holly,
    I Just arrived at you blog. Oh my, do I love your art and creative mind! I'll be watching this blog closely, thank you for giving us so much of your time and mind. You make so wonderful and lovely works! I enjoyed the visit on your site. Many thanks for your beautiful inspirations!!
    Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
    I invited you gently to visit my creative Website:

  8. Oh, Holly! This is INCREDIBLE! I love the colors and how you did the stamping. Gorgeous!