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Sunday, May 3, 2015

TGIF Challenge 01 - Love Who You Are!


It has been such a busy past week prepping for a nautical birthday party and finishing invites for another friend's party, that I almost forgot about the BRAND NEW Challenge that started on Friday!  James Weber (the Stampin' Stud) and his wife teamed up with some amazing talent and they have created the TGIF Challenge blog!!  I'm talking past and present Artisan Design Team members!!  This might just be my new favorite site to visit :)

But here's the problem I came across today... I know James has seen my cards before - he and I are on the same blog hop - but talk about some big pressure to impress the rest of this A-team! 

I remember when Stampin' Up! contacted me last November and asked if I would make some samples with the Banner Blessings set that I had designed for SU! - that was tough!  Not only did I have to come up with new cards with a new set, I had nothing to CASE and I knew that I wanted to make SU! proud...

I'm talking too much aren't I? haha! Point is.. the pressure is on! 
But let's get on with the challenge!  This week is a color challenge using their "team colors".


So this is the first card I came up with for the challenge.  I wanted to use stars because it's part of their logo.  I also wanted to use my embossing powders that are the challenge colors because they're retiring and I love them! 


I stamped the chevron background stamp (also retiring.. sniff sniff..) and then sprinkled all three powders on.  I did the same for the sentiment. 


Now, I'll be honest.  I LIKE this card, but I don't LOVE it...
I was trying too much at once.  Trying too hard.

So, just like I did last November, I took a breath and thought "just be yourself".  So I got out my go to stamp - Gorgeous Grunge and took off.  I chose to use the "love who you are" stamp to remind myself to have fun.  That's why I love stamping anyway - because it's fun!  And as a mom of three small boys - it's my escape.

I still used the embossing powders to bring in the colors. 


I embossed the splatter in Pool Party and added some typeset DSP to the inside of the card. 
Sweet and simple. :)

So I hope you like these and are inspired to be yourself!  To thine ownself be true, right?
Plus, if I don't win this challenge, or any challenge, I know what I love and that's stamping!  No need to impress anyone - just have fun!

Happy Sunday (again..)
-Holly
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14 comments:

  1. Holly, I LOVE both of your cards! :)

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  2. Holly, these turned out GREAT! I LOVE the colored embossing powder and I am also so sad they are retiring :( Seriously love these and I hope you'll keep stamping with us - oh, and moms to three boys seriously ROCK!!!!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Jeanna! And yes, it's a tough job but we are tough huh? :)

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  3. These cards a fabulous! The Chevron Background is one of my favorites too! So bummed that it is retiring. I hope you continue to join us at TGIF!

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    1. Thanks so much Kaitlyn! I'll definitely be back! ;)

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  4. Love both your cards Holly! But mixing the 3 embossing powders-seriously adorbs!

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    1. Thanks Mercedes! Might be something I do more often! :) thanks for starting a new blog challenge. Still can't get over the fact that ARTISANS are seeing my cards! :) ;)

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  5. SO SO SO SO AMAZING! The mix of embossing powder looks fabulous and I would never of thought of that. WOW

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    1. You would've eventually.. You ARE Teneale Williams :) but thanks Teneale! Means a lot!

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  6. okay - so much to say .... the embossed splatter, the multicolored chevron - BOOM! you blew my mind!

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  7. Love how you used the embossing powder. Awesome look.

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  8. Oh Holly your cards are so amazing! I'm going to miss those embossing powders too. Thanks for playing along with us at TGIF!

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  9. Awesome! I personally like the first one better...but I know what you mean about "not feelin' it"... I'm sure it happens to us all :-) p.s. Stampin' Up! Loves it too, so you must be on to something, right? Lol!

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