Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Stampsmith Anything Goes Challenge --- August

Hi Dreamers!
Happy August!!  Wow , this hot, hot, summer is flying by!!  And, it is time for another Stampsmith Challenge!!!  I said it would be an easy theme and it is.  The challenge theme for the month of August is:


And, there is an extra special prize this month!!!  Here are all the details courtesy of Val:

This month we will be having a random draw for TWO winners - one from our faithful players and one from all of the kind comments left on the design team AND player blogs! 

Every wonderful comment you leave will enter your name in the draw for some mystery spoiling from the very appreciative Stampsmith Design Team!   Be sure to visit everyone and leave some love for added chances to win!

Every fabulous project linked up to this challenge be entered in the draw for a $21 gift certificate toward the purchase of their favorite stamps in the Stampsmith Store - yep, you can select as much as you want and save $21 on your order!!!

Thanks, Val!!  Wow!!  An additional  prize just for commenting.  How easy is that!!  Now on with my Design Team Card.

I stamped good old Will (Shakespeare) on glossy white paper.  I inked the stamp with Vintage Sepia (Versa Fine) first...don't stamp yet!  Then go around the edge of the stamp with a black ink you can stamp!   I tore the image out; distress it with Vintage Photo Distress ink (Ranger) and added a torn oval from black CS.

The background is made with  Crafter's Workshop Template:  Numbers Collage and spray inks.  (See my tutorial here.)

I added a great big bow from bronze satin ribbon that is befitting The Bard.   Don't for get to leave a comment here and with the other Design Team Members and participants  to be eligible for the extra prize!!!  Join in the fun and create an Anything Goes project and link it up on The Stampsmith Challenge Blog!!  Can't wait to see your project!

Some Challenges for The Bard:
City Crafters: use solids
Fashionable Stamping: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday : focus on the ribbon
Tuesday Taggers: anything goes
Twisted Tuesday: anything goes

Fun, fun, fun!!  Hope you are having a great day!!  Love ya.


  1. Fabulous card Karen! Love the vintage olde feel to it! Great design and technique! And the bow? You rock!


  2. what a ♥FABULOUS♥ and totally knock-out card! brilliant use of the background template and such a very verrrrrrrrry cool stamp!!! (the bow just makes it, as well!)

  3. Really great vintage William image and the bow...just beautifull done!

  4. Sheesh! how clever is this ... fabulous Will shakespeare card ... thanks for playing at CCCB!

  5. Awesome, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

  6. a very different card. great work. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  7. Fantastic image, its a great vintage looking card. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.

  8. What a great Shakespeare card - wonderful rich colours, and fab idea to 'frame' it before stamping! Thanks so much for joining up at Words and Pictures - I've followed you back after seeing what's here, making me your number 200!!
    Alison x

  9. I have that shakespeare image and love him. you did a wonderful job with him.
    stamping sue

  10. It is a stunning card Karen.
    Thank you for sharing your card with us at FSC.

  11. Wow Karen, this is such a simple design, but so effective and your huge bow is beautiful.

    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for Top Tip Tuesday.

  12. This is a fabulous card Karen.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT
    Avril x

  13. Simply beautiful, love your perfect bow too! Thanks for playing along at Twisted Tuesday Challenges this week!

  14. thank you so much for sharing this striking and unusal design with us, it really reminds me of hatfield hallgreat composition. thank you for joining us at TIOT.EE

  15. A wonderful card with fantastic details. Love the image. Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

  16. Gorgeous card, love the deep dramatic colours you've used. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Claire xx

  17. What a great vintage look, very special!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  18. Looks fabulous.. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CCCB!

  19. This is fabulous! I love how you've added the black ink around the edge of the image, and your background is stunning. Will check out your tutorial for this!

    Maria x

  20. well i feel a little like a comment stalker but having now gone through your whole month of august all i can say is your blog is beautiful, your art is truly inspiring and it has been a pleasure visiting! and also i joined the stampsmith challenge this month and am visiting all the DT blogs! :) xo

  21. Love the treatment around the edges of this image! It reminds me of an old framed photo my grandmother had in her home....
    Val :)


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