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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Speedy Cards!!

This weekend there's a mini VSN on Splitcoaststampers - Virtual Stamp Night. For ages now I've been wanting to play along with one of these, and FINALLY I DID IT!! Woohoo!! What happens is they post several challenges - a different one each hour - and you are supposed to complete your challenge card within 45 minutes. You can play along as they go live, or you can do it when you can throughout the weekend. So first of all - 45 minutes??? I *never* make cards that fast. I am a major slowpoke stamper. So that in itself is a HUGE challenge for me!! To help speed things along, I set a few ground rules for myself. First, try to use similar supplies on all the cards. Second, use all Unity stamps (mostly because I have a ton and I don't use them nearly enough and they make me INSANELY HAPPY so I wanted to give them some VSN love!). In the end I made all the cards in LESS than 45 minutes - I made 5 cards on Friday night in 2.5 hours. WOW. And then I finished the 6th project - a luminary - in about 40 minutes this morning. I had a blast. And I stepped WAY outside of my comfort zone. If you've never tried one of these, I really highly recommend it. AND - this particular VSN is open until 8pm EST on Monday, so there's still tons of time to play along!

So here's my card for the first challenge - "Punch Your Heart Out" - it was a color challenge, a sketch challenge, and we were to make a flower out of punches or dies. I used my fabby MFT rolled flower die. Actually, I used some felt rolled flowers that I had already made a while back and happened to be sitting on my desk! Time was of the essence, you know! :-)

Next - "What SHAPE is your heart?" - yup, you guessed it, a heart shaped card was required! I had these heart-shaped doilies, so I used one to trace around and create the card. And I loooove this Unity stamp!

The 3rd challenge was "Light Up Your Life" and that was the luminary I made this morning. I followed this great tutorial from Beate, which made it a piece of cake. I guess I went with the songbird theme since she had quoted an entire song in her challenge post, hee hee.

Next was "Paper-Piece Your Heart Out" (hosted by my sweet friend Donna Baker!). I did some pink & blue paper-piecing on the soda bottle. And btw, being a Diet Coke fanatic (although, recovering - I'm trying hard to give it up!!) - I love love love this Fizzy Feelings set!!

The 5th challenge was "Two Hearts Beat As One" and we were supposed to have "entwined" images on the card. I went with entwined clouds raining down hearts. I hope that's entwined enough, LOL! I was inspired to pull out some rain clouds after catching a peek at my friend Lisa's AWESOME sketch book project!!

And finally, "Slimming Down" - the challenge was to make a "slimmed down card of encouragement". It was a limited supply challenge with only 2 layers of cardstock allowed, and she wanted it to include Kraft, which obviously was not a problem for me, LOL!! She also said to include something about motivation - well, she told a story about slimming down herself, which I found very motivating, which inspired me, hence the message I chose to use. :-)

Whew, that was a ton of stamping for one weekend! My desk is a WRECK, but it was so much fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card #1
  • Stamps: City of Love from Unity Stamp Co (message)
  • Paper: Hero Arts Brown Bag Kraft, SU green, American Crafts DP
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic multiliner, Copic Pale Olive marker
  • Accessories: MFT Die-namics Rolled Flower, pink felt, circle punch, SU Slit punch (to make scallops), American Crafts caramel twine
  • Stamps: ?? sentiment that I love from Unity Stamp Co
  • Paper: American Crafts DP
  • Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Accessories: Heart doily, pearls
  • Stamps: Could I Be Any Cuter? (bird), Nothing But Blue Skies (message) from Unity Stamp Co
  • Paper: Hero Arts Brown Bag Kraft, white, vellum
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, black Stazon
  • Accessories: Spellbinders die, SU scallop edge punch, Star Dust Stickles, hemp twine
Card #4
  • Stamps: Fizzy Feelings from Unity Stamp Co
  • Paper: Hero Arts Brown Bag Craft, SU Baja Breeze, BoBunny pink, white
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: SU Slit punch, machine stitching, hemp twine, heart sticker
Card #5
  • Stamps: a pocket full of... (clouds), Could I Be Any Cuter? (message) from Unity Stamp Co
  • Paper: Hero Arts Brown Bag Kraft, GP white
  • Ink: Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
  • Accessories: American Crafts caramel twine, heart stickers
Card #6
  • Stamps: a pocket full of... from Unity Stamp Co
  • Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Hero Arts Brown Bag Kraft
  • Ink: Barn Door, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
  • Accessories: Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, Spellbinders die, hemp twine


  1. WOW. you have been BUSY! What a productive day!! I ADORE your be mine card with the rolled flowers- they are all fabulous though!! :)

  2. Awesome work Libby - I don't think I could even come up with an idea in 45 minutes! - lol - you did a fabby job :)

  3. That IS a lot of stamping girl! I don't think I could create under the time frame pressure LOL!

  4. briliant and stunning each and every one! WTG Libby!

  5. These are fabulous! LOVE the felt flowers! Great idea!

  6. Libby, I'm a slowpoke stamper too, so I'll bet you are super proud of yourself for creating these DARLING creations in under 45 minutes! Does that one hour include time to photograph and post? PHew. Too tough of a challenge night for me. I'd have too much stress, and that's exactly NOT what my stamping is for!! LOL

  7. WOW!! I am really impressed! And they all turned out really cute, too! Good work, Libby!

  8. These are great cards Libby. I am inspired by the luminary and want to try one out today.

  9. Wow, SO much cuteness in one post! Love them all!

  10. Libby - your Speedy cards are so beautiful and eye-fetching that they don't look speedy at all to me. It would take me hours to come up with just one card as pretty as yours and even then it wouldn't pass muster. Your cards rock.

  11. A) I looooooove Unity and I love all these cards using these stamps!

    B) WOW! You rocked at speedy cards! BEAUTIFULLY done! Each one different and fabby!! LOVE IT:)

    C) Have I told you lately how AWESOME you are?? Well--you are pretty darn AMAZING! Ama-ZZZZZZZZZING!

  12. These are FANTASTIC!!! I love every single one more than the last - those rolled flowers are FABULOUS too!!

    Wow girl.

  13. Wow Libby, I find the 90 minute scrambles frantic so I can only imagine what it's like to complete a card in 45 minutes! These are all wonderful - brilliant job!


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