Friday, June 27, 2014

Green Dahlias for As You See It Challenges

It's been a stressful week this week.  I've planned an entry in our local festival parade and I've been working 24/7 to get packets of info and cards ready to hand out.  And there has been no end of interruptions in that process, to the point where I'm about ready to tear out my hair!  (I don't know what good that would do, either!)  Then I looked at our As You See It Challenge this week and the theme is Shades of Green, with a little stopwatch in the top left-hand corner.

I knew what that meant - Speed Stamping!  If ever anything was going to drive me over the edge that would do it!  10 minutes to make a card start to finish!  I did a trial run two days ago and I wasn't anywhere near 10 minutes so I took my time and entered it in The Paper Player's Challenge.  I also realized that since I'd used the layout from the Paper Player's Challenge, if I had to wait until today to enter it would be too late. So I decided I would do a second card for As You See It Challenges.

  • If I had had more planning time, I would have realized that having to fussy cut two dahlias, from the stamp set Regarding Dahlias, would take up most of the ten minutes I had, but I went for it anyway because it was too late to change my mind. They were stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive!  
  • I found the DSP before I started timing and it's from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series.  It was perfect for this challenge with its two shades of green.
  • The sentiment is also from Regarding Dahlias and it's stamped in Always Artichoke ink which matches the colour of the cardstock base.  I used the Artisan Label punch to punch it out.
  • I also used some Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon for some embellishment.
So, in regards to time, everything was ready to glue at the 10 minute mark, but I hadn't gone over yet.  Then the phone rang and it was my hubby.  Poor guy!  He got me at the height of the stress.  Took him awhile to make it home.  Can't say as I blamed him!  By the time it was all glued down it was 13 minutes, but that includes the telephone call which was at least a minute, so I estimate I finished in 12 minutes.  Kind of a fail, but... !

Afterwards, I decided to add some coloured pearls for a finishing touch and so I got out the Old Olive Blendabilities and colour up some pearls to add to it.  It really made a difference!

So there is my sad tale of woe!  Hope your experience is much better as you attempt your speed stamping challenge!  Have a great weekend and wave to me in the parade!

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