Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January Stampsmith Challenge

Update January 3, 2013:The Stampsmith Challenge is looking for a few Guest Designers!!!  Please add TSCGD after your name when you link up!!

Hi Dreamers!
I am back after a little holiday break.  Happy New Year.  I hope this new year brings you lots of joy.  And, plenty of time to craft!  It is time for a new challenge on the Stampsmith Challenge Blog.  This month were are challenging you to:

 use one recycled item and at least one Stampsmith Stamp on your project.  

I used the lovely Ophelia (Large, Facing Right) stamp on my project.  My recycled item is a White CD/DVD Sleeve ( made by Memorex).  


  • Distress the edges of the CD Sleeve with Shabby Shutters and Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Cut two pieces of Certainly Celery CS (Stampin' up) 4 3/4 inches square
  • Stamp Ophelia on one with Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Slip inside the CD Sleeve.

  •  Flip the CD Sleeve over and Distress the back

  • Gather lengths of Hem Tape (Wrights Trims) by stitching long hand stitches down the middle
  • Pull the gathers tight and secure thread with a knot
  • Glue to front and add a Prima Flower

  •  Tie a bow in another long length of the Hem Tape and leave long tails
  • Gather the tails of the Hem Tape bow as above and glue to front of Sleeve
  • Add pearls

Isn't this a fun transformation!!??  I am going to make a bunch of these!  Don't even need an envelope!

And how about a few other really cool Challenges for my Recycled Sleeve!
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
Fat Pages with Attitude: anything goes
Charisma Cards: anything goes
In the pink: pink and pearly
365 Cards: tuck it in your pocket
Card Crafters Circle: anything goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show: anything goes
Fashionable Stampers: Surprise Us (anything goes)
OOzak.com: anything goes + pink and bling

Would love to see what items you recycle!  Join in the fun and link your project up at The Stampsmith Challenge blog. Hope you have a great day this first day of a new year!  Love ya.


  1. A beautiful project Karen! How clever to have used a cd pocket. Happy New Year!

  2. Loving your beautiful project Karen.
    Happy New Year, Annette x

  3. So beautiful! What a creative use of the cd wrapper! I love the image you used and how you incorporated the ribbon and pearls.. Just so soft and feminine.

  4. A fabulous creation with wonderful details. Love the image and the colors. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight and a happy New Year.

  5. I love this idea Karen! Hopefully we haven't thrown any of those out! Ophelia looks so beautiful and of course your bow!

    Happy New Year's to you and your family, Karen!

    Live long and prosper...

    Wishes From A Broad

  6. Hi Karen,

    This is stunning! I love how you re-purposed the CD sleeve and the ribbon is so pretty - I absolutely love it!

    Happy New Year! :)


  7. Wow! Beautiful!! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at 365 Cards!!

  8. What gorgeous work with the ribbons girl! Beautiful!

  9. Beautiful - wonderful colors - I love the Victorian feel to this card.

  10. Happy New Year Karen
    Well I never tire of seeing Ophelia as she always shines as we see here.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful creation with us at FSC.

  11. What a beautiful card Karen,
    Love the idea of the recycled CD sleeve.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  12. Thanks so much for joining us at charisma!
    this is so pretty!

  13. Thank you for sharing your talent at Card Crafter's Circle this week!

  14. Your card is stunning Karen... a fabulous vintage image and your use of the hem tape is perfect.

    Thanks for sharing with us at In The Pink... hope to see you again soon!

    Christine x

  15. Wow this is fabulous!l Love how you recycled the cd sleeve! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  16. A beautiful creation Karen - the image is exquisite. What an inventive way of recycling the CD sleeve - it displays the image perfectly.
    Thank you for joining us at ITP - I hope we will see you again soon!
    Sylvia x

  17. Very nice and how clever to use a CD sleeve! Thanks for the detailed instructions too - I might just have to copy this idea.

  18. Wow Karen, this looks soooo very soft and feminine. I love this image and the ribbon is the perfect way to set it all off. Love it!
    Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
    Dot x


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