Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm a Challenge MACHINE!

ETA: We have a winner!! See this post for details!!

Ok. I just have to tell you that I LOVE this set. Seriously. Really. I don't think I can explain it. But I really love it.

This is the card I made for this week's color challenge. I'm so proud that I did it within 24 hours...this is such a big deal! And I'm totally LOVIN this combo...I think I will use it again & again.

I didn't have Basic Gray ink, but I did have Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Charcoal, which I think was a pretty good match!

But I'm thinkin the bottom right corner of the flower panel needs something. Piercing? Photo corner? I put a LOT of stuff on this card, and I'm always afraid of white space. lol Whatcha think?

I still like the way this turned out, and I hope you like it too!

Ok, so on to the good stuff. Blog candy.

Tell me what you'd like to see in the next fresh new stamp set. Anything goes. The weirder the better. lol

Comment on this post, and continue until I reach 25,000 posts. I will then use Random.org to choose a winner... and the winner will recieve one of Verve Visual's upcoming November stamp set releases. Trust me, you will love what's coming!!


Stamps: French Script, True Friend
Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Charcoal Fluid Chalk Ink, Soft Sky
Accessories: White Taffetta Ribbon, Double Stitched Pom Ribbon, Button (foof-la-la), Dimensionals, Old Olive Marker, Stampamajig, Medium Corner Rounder, White Brads

120 comments:

Julie Brooks said...

Cute!!! Hey, did you hear that Recollections is closing early 2008?? What is up with that?

babyboxermom said...

Don't fear the white space.

Joan B said...

this is stunning. you rock girl!!

Amanda said...

I think I would like to see some ovals, tags with various sayings you can put inside. And of course, a big ol' flourish to stamp behind it.
Thanks for sharing..

Heather's Haven said...

I believe with all my heart that if there were no SCS challenges, that my stamping life would shrivel up and die! :) I need someone to jump start me and I can thrive from there. I would LOVE to see more masculine sorts of stamps, for both men and boys. I have no ideas of what to use, but there must be some genious that does. :) I love the Bronc Buster now, but there's not a whole lot for men who aren't into hunting and fishing. KWIM? Thanks for the blog candy chance. You're card turned out gorgeous!

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Okay, now I'm starting to see why you love this set so much! You work wonders with it. :) I think it has the perfect amount of white space and is beautiful as is!

kc_froglady said...

I think your card is wonderful! I love the use of the 3 ribbon bows at the top but then at the bottom the 2 mini brads! How cool - Think I will have to give that a try! I also like the color choices - just got a Charcoal ink pad also and am enjoying playing with it. Anyway I don't think you have any "neked" space issues on the card but if you are looking for something then why not have the new stamps be corner flourishes or doodads to fill that "neked" space?

Lisa said...

I love your blog and visit you daily.. :)

Sandra L-M said...

Very nice card! I don't mind the white space. Overall it looks balanced, but that's my opinion. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. Sandra

Christina Fischer said...

WOW!! I can see why you love this set -- this card is fantastic!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. I would love to see more realistic elegant flowers.

Kacey Elliott said...

I love it just the way it is! Great card!

Donna said...

love your card - all your creations are great!! I'm with Melody, I love to see realistic outline flowers that can be colored in - not solid images.

Tessa (shastess on SCS) said...

Love this card! I think it's just right the way it is. I definitely LOVE SCS challenges, they get my mojo going when I need it. I would love to see some baroque sets with the western flair like this set and others for Verve Visual. I love what they have so far and can't wait for Winter Wonderland to come back in stock!

Tami said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I love this set too! And, if you don't like- well, send it to me- I'll take good care of it-haha :)

Anyway, I would love to see a versatile set- something for man and woman and girl and boy with LOTS of sentiments

Flossie's Follies said...

This card is fantastic, love it, I would not add anything to it. It depends on how you see things, I am an asymetrical person. Beautiful card, love everything about it.

Mendi M said...

Great card! I would like to see more sentiments. The first VV set intrigued me because I loved the fonts--they need to make more!

jodene said...

This card is perfect the way it is. So lovely!!

Dawn K. said...

I am getting married in May 2008 so I would love to see some wedding type stamps. btw your card ROCKS!

AJ said...

Okay~ you know me.....I like a little white space on my cards. ;)
It's just right, the flower leaning towards the left balances the space on the bottom. Step away from the card!!

Andrea M said...

don't fear the white space! it's perfect the way it is.
Thx for sharing

camorgan@telusplanet.net

Jen del Muro (iheart2stamp.com) said...

looks awesome!! you rock girlfriend!!

Colleen said...

I love your card the way it is...but if you think something is needed in the lower right corner, what about taking away the two white brads from the left and adding two colored brads to the white on the right? Just a thought...

What would I like to see...some animals...I love the doodle/flourishy stuff and would love to see it translated into animals...

Dana said...

I was sooo going to offer blog candy this week of a new VV release! You beat me to it!

Fantastic card though...there is so much to look at! I like the white space personally, but maybe, MAYBE a few pierced holes would be ok. *wink*

As for what I want in a stamp set: kids things. Like for kid's BD and get well when they are sick. Both for boys and girls. No cutesy, just maybe some vintage toys or something?

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

GORGEOUS card! I love this set too, but you make AWESOME things with it! :)

Anonymous said...

Love,Love this card . It is beautiful.Visit your blog daily- Just received your new stamp sets -So much fun! Karen Naber (hpnaber@msn.com)

MANDEE said...

i LOVE YOUR WORK! I visit you daily!
mandabeth55@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

Wow, such a pretty card! I love all the ribbon!!

Mercy said...

beautifully done, kiddo! i love this color combo. i haven't been able to upload anything due to some camera woes, but hope to post again soon.

thanks for a shot at the new Verve stuff...went to the website, and they are gorgeous!

thanks again!

primitiveseasons said...

I think I'd like it without the bows and I'd like to see more and more seasonal things, especially spring, in future stamps.
Mary Puskar

Suzy said...

I would like to see a bar set with pink elephants and lampshades that fit over people's heads and one martini two martini three martini floor, and something about regretting last night sentiments

Hey you said it could be weird.
Suzy
http://blog.papermonkey.org

Anonymous said...

I would like to see more stamps with sayings and more masculine stamps!! I love this card ,dont let the white bother you its beautiful!!! Judy R

Debbie Olson said...

Wow! Love the ribbons, scallops, colors, and layers, Shannan!

Scrapbook Mama said...

I was ohhh and ahhing even before reading the post I love that card!.. As for a new stamp.. hmm I am feeling ivy swirls with funky flowers. I really can see it in my head it would be some cool stamps...
Ellie

Lori said...

I would like to see words...lots of words!!! Maybe mingled in with flowers and then some on the masculine side too!
Nice card...looks great just the way it is!!!
Lori

Lori said...

Would like to see word stamps...lots of word stamps in all sizes!

Your card is very nice....

Lori

azkimbo said...

I always think I have white space.. but, as most will tell you, it's not really noticeable. you do such fab work!!! Maybe some small background stamps for those of us who think we need them.. LOL

Teresa Lin said...

Hi Shannan, This is my first visit to your blog. What a treat it's been! Your cards are absolultely stunning. I'm a scrapbooker who is making a jump into stamping/cards. Being involved in a stamp club enables me to get my feet wet. I have yet to make a card at home by myself. Seeing your work gives me inspiration. You truly have a gift. Thanks for sharing.

paperfrenzy said...

The card doesn't need anything more! The white space is great!!! Stunning card, BTW!

As far as "new" stuff... I would like to see some more "Jacobean"-style images! Those fantastical flowers intrigue me -- and what FUN to color!!!

Thanks for the chance to share (and, possibly, win! LOL!!!)

M.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

I think your card rocks! It's totally georgous! New stuff? Well, some great masculine stuff would be good! I hope they have some nice surprises in store for us too~

Jackie (strappystamper) said...

This card is beautiful. I wouldn't change or add a thing!!

Lindsey said...

WOW!!!! This really is incredible! I Love the colors, scallops, fantastic job!

Allison said...

Super card...love all the layering! As for stamps? I hate to be redundant but something masculine that isn't cutesy or stereotypical (fishing, golfing, etc.). TFS!

Donna said...

This card is wonderful. I love the color combo. Hoping I can win the set.

Melissas said...

Great card. I think the white space is fine! Thanks for sharing.

Pegg S said...

Gorgeous card!! This True Friend set will not be available soon right??? Hmmm...

I would love to see Indian related style of stamps. I haven't come across any. I collect miniatures too -- would love to see a stamp set for antiquers/collecters!!

Julie Campbell said...

Oooh! Love your card! (hey, and your watermark adds just the perfect touch to that corner!) LOL!

I would like to see a masculine FUNKY set. NO hunting, NO boring ties, NO tool belts allowed! Just something really great for a guy who's kind of hip!

Nancy said...

This is beautiful!!

What would I like to see? I'd love a set of really fun and silly sayings...

Cindy Vernon said...

I would also love to see a masculine set. Not all men, hunt or fish, my husband's handy but how many cards does he really want with tools on it? Thanks for offering such cool candy.

scfranson said...

You have a great blog! I'd also like to see some stamps to be able to make masculine cards.
Claudia

Cathy said...

Great blog and love your creative artwork. Count me in on this new mystery stamp set. I would love to see more manly man stuff.
Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Splashryan said...

I love your stamping style! Way to go! Keep the ideas coming. Thanks also for letting us play for such great candy!

Tara (splashry@telus.net)

beate said...

Oh my goodness. That is one gorgeous card! I love the layered flower, the scallops and the ribbon!!!

Pat S. said...

WOW, Shannan! What an awesome give-away prize!!! Thank you so much for a chance to win :)

I just love the dimension you got with the flower on your color challenge card...it really POPS!

What I would like to see in a stamp set is anything that coordinates with a DP pattern. Like that great Figgy paper! I think cards look so pulled together when the main element coordinates with the background.

Beth said...

Your card is *stunning* - don't change a thing!
As for new stamps - I'd love to see some mountainscapes or seascapes for watercoloring. Heck, I'm not fussy - ANY new stamps are always fun!

Laura W said...

I think your card looks great! Don't do anything else! :) lol Very cute. I usually get stuck making a bunch of bday cards, so I love to see inspiration for them. :)

Angel Wilde said...

I love the card. A photo corner may be good. I'd have to see it. But the white is fine!
I'd love to see some fun quotes. I love quotes!! You can tell by my blog. lol Can't wait to see the new VV stamps!

canben said...

Well, I just posted this on Dana's blog, but I'd like to see some nice camper stamps! DH and I camp, but not in a tent in the woods! No one seems to make a stamp set that has a travel trailer (maybe a pop-up too!), maybe a trail, bath house, picnic table, hayride, things like that!

I also just noticed someone here said a good masculine set that has nothing to do with fishing or hunting.... I AGREE!

Shelby said...

Can I say the same as I posted on Dana's blog?? :)

I want to see books in a stamp set! They're really hard to find...

Debbie Yates said...

Your cards and blog are wonderful! I love your style....keep it up!
New stuff- more sentiment phrases - that is my biggest challenge!

garydeb@knology.net
God bless-

Momsnack said...

I'd like to see some collage style stamps. I liked your card just the way it is.
NancyS (momsnack)

Rita said...

Love your card! I luv this stamp set also. I would like to see some stamps for when someone buys a new home...like furnishings to fill the home, there is nothing out there for new couples who buy their first home & need to fill it with furniture, etc. Thanks so much for a chance at some awesome new stamp sets, I can't wait to see them!!!

Tejal said...

I'd love anything with swirls...love them...
Fabulous card...

Kristina said...

Modern "sympathy set", masculine set that doesn't include sports, hunting or cars.

ruok72@gmail.com

Thanks for the chance at blog candy!

di said...

Love your card - I would like more quote stamps - I know I can print them off the computer - but would rather have a stamp. Can't wait to see the new sets.

InspiredByInk said...

Hi Shannon,
Ummm... I think I'd like to see some dog stamps that I like... which I guess is pretty hard!

YOu can never have too many flowers either!

Thanksf or the offerings!

Bobbie :)

Rosella said...

Love how you used this set. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy W said...

Great card; I have this set on my stamp table now ready to do something with it and the Apple Cider DP. Love the button in the middle of your flower. I would like to see more folk art stamps: dance, music, quilting, woodcarving. Thanks for the chance to win...and I like white space in a card; IMO, I wouldn't add anything more to yours. It looks wonderful.

Jan Scholl said...

I love greys when used so nicely. I have a whole pack of grey paper I should get out because I think they will be a good cool neutral this winter.

I need something goofy to work with as far as stamps. HOw about some silly cats? Or even sillier people?

Chris said...

This would be a great basic card to save and stamp the sentiment as needed. This is a color combination I would not have tried on my own. Thanks!

Kendra Giles said...

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Shan! this is just stunning! I would love to see some more sentiment stamps! :)

Shannon Erskine said...

I love what you did with the color challenge! I wanted to use this set too but I just kept staring at the colors and the set and finally gave up!LOL!

Ginny said...

I think it looks great just as it is...

Jen said...

Love what you did with the color challenge! Great card.

denise said...

Awesome card- the corner is fine! relax! :D

Beth M (scs ematson) said...

Love your card! And the chance for blog candy. I would love to see a masculine set. Thanks for asking!

Lori said...

Pretty card! I don't think it needs anything else. As far as new stamps, I'd love to see some great images for masculine cards--that's something I'm always looking for.

olse0231 said...

You are rocking this set - love this card!!

Leah said...

cute! thanks for sharing! (and great blog candy!)

Jennifer Ofiana said...

I would love to see a Build your Own Reindeer set or a Family Snowman set (like the ones you see on the back of cars with the father, mother, kids, baby, dogs, cats). Too cute!!

Marlou said...

fabulous card you have made, love those stamps!!! :) thanks for a chance to win :) xx

~Carla~ www.moralia.wordpress.com said...

The card is absolutely stunning! Don't mess with perfection!!! :)

Amy said...

How about stamps about reading for making bookmarks?

kerianne said...

I would love to see a set of funny, off the wall quotes good for cards to cheer people up! I am like you and I fear blank spaces, but your cards looks great and I say embrace the white space!!

Michelle said...

I'm looking for a great, fun masculine set to add to my collecton. They are so hard to find!
Lovely, card, btw.

CAKVD said...

Ok, you want something weird?? I would seriously like a stamp of a real looking man with lots of muscles. (a hot hunk) It could be PG-13 with the guy only wearing underwear...That way I can make cards for my girlfriends that I normally have to buy in stores!! I can only imagine the sentiments!
Thanks!
Cheryl KVD

Jannette said...

I'd like to see more stamps for my men in my life, working on cars, fixing up something.
Love your card!! I'm still to afraid of too much white.

Jannette D.

Elaine said...

Shannan, if I could make a card like that, I would love this set too!! LOL Best card yet that I've seen with the set! WOW!! I think the piercing would balance it and add a nice textural element~ Go for it! ;-)

Melanie aka Batgirl said...

I love this card!
I would love to see some board game stamps!

dini said...

birds! I love birds! Thanks for the fun offer - pick me, pick me!

*wink*
Dina

Jill said...

Gorgeous card! Leave it as is!! Now I just need to go pick up my SU order so I can play with my very own.

Wanda. said...

I'm right there with you. I just LOVE that set too. You did a fabulous job with the card. TFS

Linda SS said...

I love your card & the style of your flower. I'd like to see more stamps with the whimsical flair of that flower.

Tejal said...

25K doesn't look too far away now..Congrats on the fab hits...

Candace said...

Hmmm. I would absolutely love to see a stamp set that is devoted to grandparents. But not a goofy, cartoony stamp set, a really nice artist sketch type set, with say a grandma picking flowers with a grandchild, grandpa digging in the dirt, etc. That's on my wishlist of stamps that I wish someone would design!!
Oh, and I really think this card is awesome. In fact, I didn't want this set until I saw your card.

Candace
crazyforpapercrafts@gmail.com

Jana Weaver said...

Beautiful card...it's obvious this set loves you too! :-) Can't wait to see what Verve Visual has coming out next!!

janice said...

{sigh} your cards are a feast for these tired old teller eyes. i love seeing crisp and innovative ideas, now if only my mojo matched my awe!
janice

sandie c said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I love it as it is but we are our own worst critics so don't fret about it needing something else. I am sure that whatever you feel it needs will jump out at you after you leave it sitting for a while.

As for what I would like to see as far as new stamps goes -I am always stumped when it comes ot male and childrens cards. These are a real challenge to me so I would love to see some basic action figures for males/children Also more funky looking car stamps would be great too.

Of course matching sets of floral stamps - like someone said you can never have too many floral stamps.

Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy.

dragonflydreams@bigpond.com.au

Bluemoon said...

Gorgeous Card! It doesn't need anything, but only idea I could come up with is... an outline small gold flourish or floral corner sticker? or even a small stamped corner in the red again floral/flourish...?? Love it as it is though.

Besides my answer on Dana's site, I would also love to see funny, cute characateurs with different fun sayings - I find humour immitates life. Thanks for the chance. :)

Kerry J. said...

This is a gorgeous card! I don't think it needs anything!

Michelle said...

Congratulations on 25K!

Love your card, and I don't think it needs anything. It's absolutely gorgeous just as it is!

Susan Liles susiestampalot said...

oh oh oh, pick me pick me!! white space is our friend (talking you down from a ledge)!! seriously, no additions necessary!!! love ya!

Michelle Adams said...

I love your bog! Thanks for the inspiration! And for the chance to win! I would really love to see some stamps with a theme of disabled kids/adults, particularly people in wheelchairs. I am not aware of anything like that out there. Thanks again!
Michelle Adams
shellapoo@hotmail.com
imshellapoo@yahoo.com

charity c said...

love the card!!! i like this design...the ribbons on the side are so cute!
i would like to see things for little boys...trains, planes, cars, sports.

thanks for a chance to win!

Denise said...

fabulous card! love the colors! Hoping to win and check out this new company!

Jessica said...

i think i'm too late for the candy, but i had to tell you how much i love this card! WOW!! The colors rock, and what you've done with this set is awesome! Ok, now i have to add this set to my ever-growing list of must haves... Have a great day!:)

Holly said...

Thanks for the chance to win some great blog candy! What I'm looking for in stamps are things I could use to make some funny computer geek type cards. Both of my kids are always laughing at t-shirts they find that cater to computer geeks and it would be fun to make cards for them and their crowd.
usyungs@gmail.com

Becky Carafa said...

Gorgeous card!

I would love to see a sentiment set that has mix and match fonts.

Kathi said...

I'm so rocked by your cards! The color combos and textures you use all combine for wonderful eye candy!
New stamp ideas...I'd love to see some type of cartoon monsters. Cute ones with large eyes and comical expressions. Something useful for the boys and men in our lives.

Amy said...

Beautiful card. I'd like to see some more western/cowboy vingage images. I also really like funny stamps & sayings. Thanks!

Gina Wrona said...

What a beautiful card with the 3d look!

How 'bout Nascar?

Christi said...

Awesome card!! As far as new stamps...I would love to see something vintage...flowers...toys...

Amanda A. said...

Excellent blog candy!!! I would love to see more "line" images since I'm trying to practice my coloring :-)

LOVE your blog....I'm here all the time!

Carol said...

Beautiful card! I love this set too. As for new sets, I'd love to see a sentiment set with some fresh, new fonts.

Ila said...

This is Gorgeous...exactly the way it is.
I'd love to see more humerous types of stamps...in a birthday and masculine theme....with matching sentiments.

Karen O said...

I got here from Dana's blog.... Love this card! It is gorgeous!!!

Rhonda Maynard said...

This card is beautiful just the way it is!! :D

I just posted some stamp suggestions on Dana's blog, but how 'bout something SPA inspired, relaxation???

Thanks for the blog candy opportunity!!

Lilian said...

hmmm... in the next stamp set i would like to see a set with "things"... i have so many flowers and animals...

something like coffee cups, tea cups, houses, telephones, i dunno... things... :)

thanks for the chance to win!

Andrea Hays said...

I want to see quote sets. I can never figure out the right thing to put inside cards, so I would like a whole set of things to go on the inside. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Pat S. said...

Congratulations, Shannan! When I signed in you were well over 25,000!!!

What an awesome give-away prize!!! Thank you so much for a chance to win :)

You used on of my favorite color combos today...orange and turquoise...very cute card :)

What I would like to see in a stamp set is phrases that can be put together to form the sentiment inside the card.

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