Friday, February 13, 2009

IHP February Challenge (and a sale!)

This month Kate, of i {heart} papers fame, challenged us, her devoted and talented design team, to use holiday paper or stamps in another way. I admit, I struggled over this, since the only holiday paper I had consisted of snowmen and trees. And then inspiration hit — I could get PUNNY with it! So I kinda decided on a concept, a Valentine's Day card, and then thought to myself, "Self, where are we gonna get a sentiment stamp that works for this?" And like a bolt of lightning, it struck me: use the JustRite stamper — you can make any sentiment you want!!!

Now I have to say, this card tickles the heck out of me. Not only did I manage to think outside of the proverbial box, but I stepped, no leaped, out of my comfort zone. If you've seen much of my stamping, you will know that my style doesn't lean toward shabby or distressed. But because of the nature of the paper design (OK, and because I kinda smeared the white ink when I was trying to highlight the embossed buttons) I went and dragged that white ink pad around the edges of everything. Instant shabby. I'd like to think it adds to the snow concept. But perhaps I flatter myself too much...

Go check out what Kate and the rest of the design team did with this challenge:

Oh yeah, about the sale: In addition to her usual free shipping with orders over $40, Kate already has lots of things reduced in her store, but i {heart} papers is running some banner ads on Splitcoast Stampers, and to celebrate she's offering an additional 10% off on everything in the store — the code is in the banner ad, so go check it out!

What I used:
Stamps: JustRite stamps (Small Letters and Times New Roman arranged on round wood block)
Ink: Palette Noir and New Canvas,
Paper: Jolly Little Snowmen, SU Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Other: Cuttlebug strip embossing folder, Nestabilities hearts


Cathleen said...

Carolyn, This is cute, cute, cute! You are so clever and creative! What a fun card!

i {heart} papers said...

So cute!!! You've just been so clever this week!

DeeJackosn said...

This is too cute!! I love the sentiment:)

whoistracy said...

This is great! I would have never thought of using the little snowmen. Perfect idea!

Kendra said...

How cute is that?!? I love the little snowman heart.

Amber said...

Very clever!!!