Saturday, 2 August 2014

Anything Goes at Stamping Sensations!

Summer certainly arrived last month at Stamping Sensations  and it was an absolute treat looking through all the beautiful entries full of gorgeous summer blooms! But now to this month, and we have an open theme for our August Challenge. It's

*****  ANYTHING GOES  *****

You can enter any project on a theme of your choice. The only stipulations is that as we are a stamping challenge it must contain some rubber (or polymer!) stamping done by hand. Any project which uses only digital "stamps" (which are of course not stamps but clipart) will unfortunately not be eligible for the prize. And it would be such a shame for you to miss out on the prize opportunity, because this month it's a stunner!

Our wonderful sponsors are Tonic Studios, and just look what they are offering the lucky winner! Absolutely gorgeous and newly released!

For my card I've gone with a Scottish theme. I took my inspiration from the thistles which have now replaced the spring bluebells on the bank across the road from my craftroom window, and also from this month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
I'm still loving my Brusho paints, and have used them to make the background. I'm also trying to challenge myself to go outside my comfort zone a bit with my colour choices. Not too sure about this one but I *think* it works ok.....! I'd got in my head that the official Games tartan had orange in it, but when I checked later it's more pink! Oh well, never mind! The thistle silhouette (Chocolate Baroque) was stamped on to the background and surrounded with the Tonic Studios Celtic Circle die (from which I cut out the middle with a Spellbinders circle die to make it into a frame). The border at the side was made with the Tonic Studios Celtic Border Strip punch. The final touch was the tag with the sentiment (Chocolate Baroque) which I thought was quite appropriate to the ethos of the Commonwealth Games as the "friendly games".  I sponged around the edges of the tag with pigment ink, trying to match the Brusho colours as closely as I could.
I love open themes, as there are always some lovely surprises among the entries! I look forward to seeing yours!



Maxine D said...

What a great card Lynne - love the brusho and the vibrancy of the colours, contrasted with the celtic motifs makes for a fabulous card.

Joan said...

love your card, great combination of thistles and celtic dies, love the brusho background ( I'm just starting to experiment with them)

Tracy said...

This is beautiful Lynne, love the colours.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Stella said...

Your card is gorgeous; I really love the Scottish theme you used!

Diane said...

Very pretty colors and design.

Hugs Diane

Desire Fourie said...

This is beautiful Lynne. Just love how you did the sentiment on the tag and the silhouette image.
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pinky said...

Very beautiful card Lynne and the layout is perfect. Love the circle, very celtic.

Sally H said...

A Stunning card, Lynne! Absolutely gorgeous! Love the Celtic theme and the fab background x

Monique said...

Hello Lynne, I saw your amazing cards on pinterest. So I went to your blog. I love your cards. I'm also working with bister on a different way.

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