Friday, October 6, 2017

The World's Biggest Klutz Tries to Speed Stamp!

It's As You See It Challenge Friday today, and we have an unusual challenge for you this week! It's a Speed Stamping Challenge. Now, there are two things you need to know about me - 1) I'm the World's Biggest Klutz [well, maybe not, but close!] and 2) anytime I have to be timed to do something, my stress level skyrockets! So you can image my trepidation when I had to make my Design Team sample card for this week's As You See It Challenge #160!

Take a look at the challenge banner first and then I'll tell you the rest of my sorry tale:

So for this challenge, you can conceptualize your card ahead of time (in your head or in a sketch on paper) and you can gather your materials ahead of time, but once you start working on it, you have 10 minutes only to complete your project! You also must use only shades of orange and neutrals in your card.

I had my ideas all ready. I decided to go with Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #307 sketch for my layout:

I had a premade element from another project - some pumpkins stamped in Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie and hand cut - that I decided to use for this one! I had decided on my sentiment, my banner in the back, my ring and what the card base and front panel would look like! I was set....or so I thought! Take a look at the final result before I tell you the rest of the epic story:

  • My premade element, left over from another project, the pumpkins, are from the Gourd Goodness stamp set and 2 step stamped in Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie! The stems are Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. If I had had to 2 step stamp and fussy cut them today I probably wouldn't have finished in time.
  • The front Very Vanilla panel is embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder.
  • What took the longest was the sentiment and the ring. I stamped the sentiment from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Tangerine Tango, then I had to die cut the flag twice, once in Very Vanilla with the sentiment and once in Peekaboo Peach so I could get the border to go around it. I held the two pieces together with mini dimensionals, which was all I could find in my panic. Regular dimensionals would have been better.

  • The ring is made by using the largest Layering Circles die to cut out a circle and then putting in the next largest die and centering it within the larger circle to die cut the narrow frame.
  • A piece of Burlap Ribbon forms the banner behind the pumpkins. I wasted some time stamping one using the long texture stamp from Timeless Textures, but I cut myself on the Stamping Trimmer (first time ever) trying to whittle it down to size, and with no time to get a band-aid, I then also had the worry of getting shades of red on my project!
Also during this ten minute time period, my phone, which had remained silent for most of the day, rang twice. I ignored it the first time, but it was insistent the second time, and it turned out to be my hubby, who didn't get the response he was quite expecting!!

So all in all, it was a highly stressful experience, and when I get stressed I get extra-klutzy - hence the cut finger, and all thumbs as I tried to assemble my project. That being said, it turned out not half bad for a 10 min project that I completed, I think, in just under 10 minutes at 9m56s, when all the interruptions were accounted for! 

So why not put yourself through the wringer, and see if you can do a card in 10 minutes. I would recommend keeping it simpler than mine though with fewer layers perhaps!

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  1. Oh Wow .... I believe you nailed it and ended up with a very lovely card! I’m not to sure how I would fair with this challenge. Great job Heather!

  2. Well you did a great job Speed Stamper! I can't stamp fast at all! This is a lovely fall card! Glad you joined us at FMS!

  3. Great card! Love those pumpkins and the embossed background! I think you did a great job speed stamping! And don’t worry, I take the biggest Klutz prize every time! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!


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