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LucieG Wood Stamp Challenge

37 wood-mounted stamps

32 cards

30 days of colouring

10 brands

1 happy stamper

 

 

Hi everyone!

When Kathy Racoosin announced her latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge at the end of January, I decided that I would play along but added my own challenge – to only use my wood-mounted stamps.

I started crafting over 10 years ago and my two ‘local’ stores at the time had the most amazing stamp rooms full of all sorts of wood-mounted stamps. I would spend HOURS in those rooms. And I have a fine collection of wood-mounted stamps to show for it. Of course, so much has changed since then. Clear stamps have taken the place of wood-mounted stamps – and I can understand why – they’re cheaper, easier to use thanks to stamp positioners, and they are easier to store.

I haven’t been able to part with my wood-mounted stamps but I have rarely used them since I started sharing my cards on social media. I think this coincided with the arrival of the MISTI and the frequent releases of clear stamps that I just couldn’t resist!!

But in January I was determined to show some love to those wood-mounted stamps throughout February.

And I did!

What did I learn?

It’s actually really easy to use wood mounted stamps and get a great impression first time! I had got so used to my MISTI that I was really nervous about wasting card (and time) by having to stamp images again and again. But I got a great routine going where I would stamp a test image on a piece of paper to see whether the image was straight, where I might need to apply some extra pressure etc. Most of the time my first impression onto card was the only time I stamped the image after that test image. By the end of the 30 days I felt far more confident to use wood-mounted stamps again. In fact, when I came to create my latest card for the AAA Cards challenge, I immediately reached for my wood-mounted stamps!

Focussing on my own challenge using existing supplies made me very happy! I spent a LOT less on craft supplies this past month. I admired all the new releases but as I knew I wouldn’t have time to use them, I was far more restrained… in fact I can honestly say that there was no impulse buying! Well, it had to happen some time, right?

My storage system works really well. I store all my wood mounted stamps in shallow boxes. A few years ago, I photographed all of my boxes and then noted the location of each box. When I was choosing the stamp to use each day, I would flick through my photos, make my choice and quickly pull out the stamp. I was really grateful for all the time I had spent organising my stamps!

I missed die cutting! I love stamping but I also love die cutting just as much and by Day 21 I started to feel a little sad that I wasn’t creating much with them. As I work long hours and have a fairly long commute, I knew that I would not have enough time to create many cards in addition to my wood stamp challenge and DT commitments. If I ever do this challenge again, I would definitely build in ‘rest days’ where I could focus on my other supplies!

All in all, I totally enjoyed the challenge and the tips I learnt along with way. I used more wood-mounted stamps in 30 days than I have in the past three years combined and my self confidence in stamping without a stamp positioner has been restored.

You will definitely be seeing more of my wood-mounted stamps in future!

Thanks to everyone who followed along and shared kind comments with me – I really appreciate all of you!

Have a great day!

LucieG.

Swirly Hi

Hello again!

There’s a fabulous colour combo over at the Color Throwdown this week – navy, aqua and pink! So good, in fact, it took me a while to decide how I could best use it in my entry. In the end, I decided to use a Lil Inker Designs background die that I have had for some time now but for some reason I still haven’t used it! I did some inlaid die-cutting and then added a Lil Inker Designs word which I cut from white glitter paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Time to Sparkle

Happy Saturday!

There is a gorgeous colour combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge this week. In fact I have made quite a few cards with it! Anyway, this is the one that I decided to enter for the challenge. I used some new-to-me dies from Simply Graphic together with a stamp from Poppystamps.

As I was assembling the card, I felt it needed something a little extra to ground the image and so I stencilled a bit of Cosmic Shimmer glitter paste to the background. Love how this sparkles without detracting too much from those gorgeous dies!

I’m also entering this card into the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Wherever you go….

Hello Everyone!

The theme for the current Less is More Challenge is ‘your perfect holiday’… I was originally thinking of palm trees/beach scene – great fun, but actually not my idea of MY perfect holiday! I don’t mind a few beach days, but I do love exploring on holiday! I want to get on a plane and spend my vacation exploring a city or marvelling at some amazing landscape….. I couldn’t really find a stamp which summed up all that, so settled on the fabulous Concord & 9th globe greetings set. They stamp so well with the distress oxide ink and I just love that little plane!

I added a background that I created for a splatter challenge a few weeks ago and then a sentiment from a Fiskars that I’ve had for ages!

I’m also entering this into the current Where Creativity meets C9  challenge – ‘anything goes’.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

All together

Happy Saturday!

The theme for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is ‘add a sentiment’ with a focus on Impression Obsession products.

I love Impression Obsessions sentiment stamps – so many of them make me chuckle and this one seems very apt for me at time… hopefully you can relate!!!

Anyway, I added it to a background I had created ealier this week when trying out my new Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste with a Dylusions stencil. Love these pastes! Although the pink is a quite bright for me in real life!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Time Flies by….

Hi everyone!

The theme for this week’s Casology challenge is ‘fly’ and here is my quick take.

To add a bit of interest to the base, I embossed a piece of white cardstock with a Spellbinders embossing folder. The main image is from Hampton Art – I’ve had this stamp for AGES, but I’ve rarely used it…. It’s one of my frequently used sayings so it’s quite weird that I haven’t used this stamp very much!

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.