Friday, August 28, 2009

Stamp Simply #102

It's Stamp Simply time!!! This week's challenge was *really* a challenge for me, LOL. Let's see what Sharon says:

August 28 - ssnotime102 - Let's Leave our Comfort Zone -- OK, we all know we have one and most of us don't like to leave it, at least not for very long. But today, that is just what we are going to do - we are going to leave our stamping style comfort zone and do a card or project in a style TOTALLY unlike what we normally do. For example, if you always are drawn to doing cutesy things -- go elegant, or masculine, or anything OTHER than cutesy. Get the drift? Do something that does NOT come natural to you. THEN in your post, make sure you tell us what your usual style is and WHY this is different. This will be fun!!!!

So, I've left my comfort zone a few times lately but I'm not comfortable with it yet ;-) Maybe Sharon knew that, hence this challenge. Other than Flopsey, I don't do a lot of cutesy stuff--it's just not my thing. I tend more to elegant/shabby/vintage. But, as soon as I saw what this challenge was, I *knew* I had to use Michelle Monkey from DRS. My Color Throwdown team mate, Cathy, sent it to me as a sort of Color Throwdown insider joke so I'm glad to have this opportunity to use it. Thanks again, Cathy!

I'm also using My Favorite Things' sketch for this week again--I love it! It's a pretty simple card, really. The monkey was stamped on Pure Luxury Ivory 80 lb paper by Gina K. with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic markers. I then sponged around the edges with Distress Ink in Tea Dye and is popped up on 3M foam squares. The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says called Wise Owls.

So, now it's your turn. Come along and play with us and take the challenge--we'd love to see what you come up with. If you do, be sure to leave a comment on Sharon's blog telling her where you uploaded. Please use the keyword ssnotime102 if you upload to a public forum. Check out Sharon's fabulous sample and also the great designs from the Stamp Simply team, along with our August Guest Designer:

Pat Adam - August Guest Designer

Julie Koerber

Jennifer Buck

Janine Orchard

A J Otto

Tammy Hershberger

Deb Saarenen

Jenny Gropp

I'm so glad you stopped by today!

Michelle Monkey (DRS); Wise Owls (Simon Says)

Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke (SU!); Archaic 6 x 6 pad (Basic Grey); Ivory Pure Luxury 80 lb card stock (Gina K.)

Memento Rich Cocoa

3M foam squares, brads (craft store); Copic markers; 1" circle and Designer Label punches (SU!)


  1. Hi Barbara - I think this is tooo cute!!! I'm with ya...I'm not into cutesy...but I think you rocked it!!! Hugs ~S~

  2. Super cute little monkey and you did a great job leaving your comfort zone...I actually think you seem quite comforatable in this oh so cute card. Pat

  3. You do cute very well!!
    Have a great weekend.

  4. I TOTALLY understand not doing the "cutsey" thing ... me either!! But you did a wonderful job on this card! Love this adorable monkey and your coloring is perfect! Great job!!

  5. Very cute Barb! Cutesy was my downfall too -- and isn't it funny when we go there - we feel so out of our element. Good news though -- your card is darling! ;-)

  6. Barbara did a monkey. I'm gonna faint! (Seriously, it's so adorable! Maybe now you can overcome your fear!)

  7. So cute Barbara! Your sketch around this little fella is just perfect! Colors too!

  8. So hard to step away from the familar!!! This was a tough challenge for all I think!!! Your little monkey is adorable and the card is fantastic!!!

  9. The cats out of the bag now, you MONKEY LOVER!!! This is so sweet, Bar! You can do cutesy anytime!

  10. This is just darling -- I LOVE the cutsey coming out in you -- LOL!!! Fun to do a switcheroo every once in a while! GREAT job!!!


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