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It's a Challenge

I want to be  a more creative and  productive stamper.  I have been soliciting advice from other stampers and one piece of advice I have heard a few times is to do challenges.  There are all kinds of challenges from sketch to color, to stamp set and the list continues.   I found  a sketch challenge  by Technostamper.  


Next I had to decide on the stamp and chose the Strength and Hope stamp set.   I have not used this set as much as I had planned, so you will be seeing this a lot more on my blog  in the coming month. Why?  This is an important stamp set because when you purchase it Stampin'Up! will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.   The set can be found on the last page (27)  of the  Summer Mini catalog.  You only have until the end of August to purchase this set so don't delay.

006Strength and Hope challenge card
Stamps:  Strength and Hope, Delicate Doilies, Hello, Doily
Ink:  Early Espresso, Whisper White Craft pad
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cardstock Vellum
Punches:  Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1- 1/4" Circle
Extras: Basic Pearls

Are you wondering where I stamped the Delicate Doilies? 

009closeup medallion strength and hope

I am definitely going to do more challenges.   It is so interesting to see what others create starting from the same sketch. 

Thank you for the input on listing stamp set names under the categories.  I will start doing that.  I will go back and categorize the older posts as time permits.  I appreciate your input!  Have a fantastic day and let me know what your favorite challenge site is. 




Great job on your challenge! I need to take your advice and do some too, and get back to blogging. I am really a slacker. I don't mind blogging, it is getting the photos uploaded I am bad about. I follow your blog on my reader and I need to follow your lead!

sharon burkert

Hi Amy,
I challenge you to blog! I had to laugh because I don't mind the picture taking part of blogging but am not as comfortable with the writing part! Thanks for reading my blog and I am going to check your blog to see if you have taken me up on my challenge to blog! Keep in touch.

Mary Jo Price-Williams

I love this, just beautiful! The color combo is really wonderful. You rocked my sketch challenge thanks so much for playing along.


Beautiful Card!!!!! you sure met this challenge head-on! Great job!

Sandy M

Sharon, this is such a beautiful card! What a great interpretation of the sketch. Love your combination of elements.

Fleur de Lo

I love your vellum butterfly! The soft colors of your card are lovely.

Definitely play along with more challenges! It's all sorts of fun to bump into other crafters.

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