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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Aaaaargh!

Hello crafting friends!

Under these lock down conditions, you could be forgiven for thinking that all the excitement has gone out of life. Well if that sounds like you, my recommendation is to go and get your trainers on and limber up for a spot of speed stamping, courtesy of the As You See It Challenge! Come and see:


I'm quite a fan of speed stamping and love challenging myself to make a card in 10 minutes or less as requested by the site. I started my card by sponging a quick background across one corner of a card panel, green on the bottom bit and blue fading upwards. That was when the first thing went wrong! I used a sponge that I'd obviously accidentally used for green ink previously! But hey - a greenish blue sky is okay isn't it?!


All the stamps are from Concorde & 9th's Enjoy It All, except the small yellow flower; that one is from Be Merry, a Christmas set by WPlus9 that was out on my desk from yesterday. I stamped the flowers and leaves over the green part of the sponging, adding the detail stamps over the top of the larger flowers in the same ink, and not trying to be too perfect about anything. That's when the second thing went wrong! The pink ink showed up okay in the same colour, the red didn't. So I had to scramble about looking for a darker red to go over the roses... the seconds ticked by at a millions miles per hour and sweat began to bead my forehead!


I used my stamping platform to position the sentiment - and there was a bit of time wasted here too! The 'your day' part was added in red ink but got mixed up with the descenders of the 'enjoy' part, so I had to stamp it again on a scrap of card stock and snip it out. The clock was really racing at this point and I just had time to trim the card panel and attach it to a card base with seconds to spare. PHEW!


CHALLENGES
As I mentioned, this speed stamping challenge is the brainchild of the As You See It challenge and I think they do one every 5th challenge. Do try it - it's fun and certainly gets your heart pumping! I was also inspired by the brightest, happiest photo at Just Us Girls - isn't it gorgeous?!

AND IN OTHER NEWS
With all this beautiful weather we've been having in the heart of England, Eva has become used to the French doors to the garden being open and has enjoyed wandering in and out as she pleases. When she finds it closed now she looks at me reproachfully with her enormous soft brown eyes.


"Mum, a sad thing has happened. Someone has accidentally closed the door and I don't seem to be able to walk into the garden!"

How have you been spending your weekend?

Hugs,

26 comments:

  1. WOW! a card with all it's little problems done in under 10 minutes. AND it's beautiful too.
    Keep safe and well.
    Faith x

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  2. LOL...yes, speed stamping can be a tad stressful, LOL! I think your time was about a second under mine! You managed to create a perfectly lovely card, I am truly amazed at what you achieved! BeautifuL! And sweet Eva is always fun to see, even with sad eyes!

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    1. It is definitely a challenge, that's for sure!!

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  3. Congrats on making such a splendid card in under 10 mins. Top work!

    Adorable photo of Eva . . . hope you opened the door as she requested!

    Hug xxx

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    1. Of course I did - she has me perfectly trained! xxx

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  4. Well Vicky, you frightened me to death, thought you were going to tell me to go jogging.
    A really super card, great colours and images, and another super CAS card.

    Kath x

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    1. Speed stamping is much better than jogging for getting your heart pumping Kath! Also, what even IS jogging (as my daughter would say!)

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  5. This is beautiful! I love all those fabulous flowers in the corner in those wonderful bright colors! Thank you so much for playing along with Just Us Girls this week.

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  6. My girls and Alex's boy put on the same face when this happens, anyone would think they have been severely deprived.

    You create such beautiful CAS cards and this one has such lovely vivid colours.

    B x

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    1. LOL, they are so funny aren't they!
      Thank you Brenda, that's a lovely thing to say :)
      x

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  7. Wow! that does sound like a challenge ~ your card turned out beautiful and bright too, great job! I might have to try it too ~

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    1. Highly recommended Karen - it's great fun!

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  8. Yes speed stamping is guaranteed to raise the heart rate Vicky, that's for sure! This card is fabulous though, slip ups and all - clearly nothing fazes you!! Love the bright florals (I have one inspired by the JUGS photo for later in the week too!) and as for Eva - glad she has been enjoying her garden time, like me she's making the most of it whilst it lasts! Thanks for playing along with us over at As You See It - I'm off to jet wash some more of the garden path lol!

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    1. It really IS a challenge, no doubt about it! Glad you've been enjoying your garden!

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  9. I am not sure I could even make a card in under ten minutes! This is lovely for sure and I love the layout too. Your pup is so cute Vicky and I am sure you can't resist that face! Thanks for playing along at Just Us Girls this week!

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    1. You do get to plan it and assemble all the things you need first, so it is actually quite do-able. It's fun - try it Nancy!

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  10. Phew! You made it. Your tale of the creation had my heart pumping along with you. The speed stamping challenge sure gets you thinking! I love what you've done with the sponged background and cheery stamps. The sentiment is fabulous. Thanks for playing along with us at As You See It. And yes - every 5th challenge is a speed one.

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    1. It was fun but I needed a little sit down afterwards Jan! I love that sentiment too :)

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  11. Gorgeous card, Vicky. And yep, the weather has taken a soggy turn up here now too. Ick. xoxo

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    1. We were spoilt with such holiday sunshine weren't we?! At least there's no-one about when I walk Eva now! xx

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  12. My goodness how did you manage to do this in under 10 minutes. It is so pretty and actually not that straightforward. You must have lightening fast fingers..lol. x

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    1. The rules are that you get to plan and assemble everything beforehand, so it's not such a task. It is quite a lot of fun - but it's not for the perfectionist! x

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  13. Oh, Vicky, I do love your blow by blow descriptions! I get the added benefit of a second speed challenge in terms of elevated heart rate just reading it! But the results are mind blowing and only you would know that "errors were made"! Thanks for getting your adrenaline racing with our speed challenge at As You See It Challenges!

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    1. Lol Heather! Not sure if it's good for my health but it's great fun anyway!

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Come and have a chat with me! I'd love to hear what you think :) Vicky x


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