Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Thanks for all the great comments this past week on both the challenge itself (hosted by me) and, of course, my delightfully controversial nude!  If you missed that post, check it out here

Today's Stampotique Designers' Challenge is brought to us by the very creative Kristen Catalano.  Here's her challenge:
Hello there, Kristen here, and I am the host of this week’s Challenge. I am a huge fan of using Primary colors in my projects, with Red being my favorite, but since it is March, and this month is the month of the beginning of Spring and St. Paddy’s Day. I am challenging you to use GREEN as the main color in your project. I can’t wait to see what you create. Have fun and have a great week!
I must admit, my first thoughts turned to St. Patrick's Day, but then to a mushroom stamp that I recently bought and had not yet used.  From there, I immediately thought of another new stamp, this one a text stamp about a "magical place."  A smile crossed my face as I recollected the use of psychedelic mushrooms in years past to take one to a magical place!   I won't offer up a more detailed description of "trips" taken by some (not me!), but you can check any search engine for said mushrooms if you want more information.  

My project today is a card using green as my primary color.  

I used a white card base, added a piece of olive green card stock, then trimmed and added a quick and easy background by using a piece of designer scrapbook paper with some of the same green tones.  I stamped my mushroom using black Archival Ink and heat set it.  (I do this heat setting after using Archival Inks so that they are permanent and won't rub off onto my hands and transfer to unwanted areas of my project.)  I used a blending tool to add a bit of Wendy Vecchi's "Fern Green" Archival Ink (by Ranger) to the edges.

Next step is to stamp my dancer image directly onto my background paper.  Then, I stamped it again onto white card stock, where I colored it with a watercolor brush and a bit of ink pressed into the lid of my stamp pad.  Copic markers were used for the fleshtones.  I then cut out the image--minus the musical notes which will reappear when I  adhere it over the image on my card.  

I stamped the text stamp onto a scrap of background paper, then matted it with a scrap of the olive green card stock.  I popped it up on pop dots for a bit of dimension, and done! Here are the stamps I used:

This card is going to my daughter Michelle who a few months ago was brave enough to change jobs after more than 16 years with the same company.  She has joined a start-up company full of energy, enthusism and electricity--a magical place, if you will!  

I hope you will participate in this week's Stampotique Designers' Challenge.  You can read the rules and submit your work here.  At the end of the month, you will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win one of two $30 gift certificates from Stampotique Originals for any of their products.



  1. Kay a great card love the dancer image. Good luck to your daughter what an exciting opportunity for her.
    Amanda x

  2. This is gorgeous,love the image and great

  3. Kay... How kind you made this card for your daughter and how brave she was changing jobs after such a length of time... I am sure she will love this card... I do! That giant shroom is just fabulous!

  4. I still think this quote is the most beautiful I have... and it's fitting here perfectly! Love the little dreamworld you've created! One to step right in and enjoy... Enjoy your day, hugs, Gerrina

  5. Cute card! The little touches of green are just perfect!

  6. Great proportions here. The dancer, the shroom and the background fit together perfectly. Lovely quote. A beautiful piece. May have to add giant shrooms to the wish list.....

  7. Wonderful card. I really love how you colored the dancer.

    The quote is from one of the books that I loved as a child and then loved re-reading as an adult.

    Congratulations and good luck to your daughter. I hope she and her new company grow together!

  8. I am ready for a dance or two.....cute stamps. Lovely shroom too. xox

  9. This is a great card and I am sure your daughter will love it. You always make me think again about stamps that I think I don't really like because you use them so well ! Great project again, Kay !
    Mwah ! Corrie x

  10. I never think to use a piece of designer paper as a background, but you have chosen one that works perfectly. Dancing under a Shroom makes me think of fairies at the bottom of the garden!

  11. Fabulous use of the two images on this card.

  12. Oh Kay this is gorgeous. I love CAS...just my style and that image is perfect for St Paddy's day. Congrats to your DD I hope that she will be VERY happy in her new job... this is the perfect card for her <3

  13. Love your green-ness Kay, great fun!! Big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

  14. Love this card Kay. I hope all goes well for your daughter xx

  15. Such a fun card Kay!!! And very exiting times for your daughter, wish her good luck from me :-D XOXO

  16. Delicious - the Shroom is definitely near the top of my Stampotique list... and I so love how Giant you've made it by having her dancing underneath. The blended Fern Archival creates such a great shabby texture round the edges - love it! And congrats to your daughter on her magical transition...
    Alison xx
    Oh - and thank you so much for making me one of your top picks too!

  17. lo9ve your stamp and the mushroom. Great inspiration for future projects

  18. Brilliant! You can see its a happy trip!!
    Love the colours, textures and sketchy lines
    Such a cool stamp, haven't seen that one!
    another one for the shopping list

    Hope your daughters enjoying her new job

    Jools x


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