Monday, February 16, 2015

Celebrating STAMPlorations February Sketch 2



First of all, I feel the need to proudly brag for one moment. I have defeated the Blogger. That's right, I can't tell you how many times I've attempted to schedule a post for a later date, only to be thwarted by Blogger's irksomeness. Ok, ok, more like thwarted by my own technological ineptitude... but today! Today! I have defeated the Blogger by using the magical weapon of olde - the Google. Apparently you have to set a schedule time AND THEN also click "Publish". ahhhhh* Lightbulb moment! So fingers crossed that this posts at the right time and I'm not just hyping myself for no reason (that'd be the Embarrasing).

Anywho... I suppose I should actually post something about what I'm supposed to be posting, right? I have come harkening to the Internets with good news and glad tidings: There is another sketch challenge going on over at STAMPlorations

Here it is: 

I love the sketches over at STAMPlorations. They're always so versatile and great for putting your own spin on the sketch - which is what I happened to do. 

I got these fabulously textured little embellishments from Michael's during their after-Christmas bonanza and have been waiting for the perfect idea to bust them out. 


They're chevron printed, round, and have buttons. I know right? The absolute PERFECT embellishment, it my book. 

As you can see, I flipped the sketch. I created the background panel by using the STAMPlorations Sentiment Builders: Celebrate. I paired my embellies with a cool turquoise and vibrant crimson. I think it gives it a little southwest flair, no?


It is pretty much the perfect non-sex... no not right... nondescript.... na.... what the h is the word?! The Google wins again - unisex! Thank you. It is pretty much the perfect unisex card because it can be used for a boy or a girl. And it's just plain fun! 

Come play along with me at STAMPlorations and check out our fabulously talented Guest Designer - Carol Dunham of CMDesign. You can use any kind of stamp you want - bonus! And you can win prizes - double bonus!

Winner
prize: 3 digi stamps
guest designer spot in Sketch #31

2 Top picks
the option to be a guest designer in the Sketch #31 Challenge if they'll use a STAMPlorations digi stamp (to be provided to them)
or clear stamp (if they already have them)

I'm also sending my card over to the following challenges:
Seize the Birthday  ATG with option of heart or arrows
Design Team Showcase - Anything for a DT

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Just as an aside - I have two sweet things I have to share with you: 
Look at these adorable Valentines I made for my coworkers:


I made the tag using STAMPlorations Sugar Rush set. 
The glass jars are actually from the dollar bin at Target! 
Who would have thunk the $1 bin was so classy?

The second thing I have to share is a little bit of a brag, too... 
And pretty much the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me:


On Valentine's Day, I came home to my boyfriend all dressed up and even wearing a tie! (I don't think I've ever seen him in a tie in the 2 1/2 years we've been dating!) He had bought me a dress and a set of pearls and had them laid out for me to put on. Then he cooked me a steak dinner and he'd bought my favorite wine. The sweetest thing, though, was that he had gotten a hold of one of my Grandma's old valentines to give to me. She passed away in November and this is the first year I didn't spend at weekend at her house to stamp valentines since I was 12. It meant so much to me to have that card, and there were more than a few sniffles. I am a lucky girl.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! Leave me a comment or follow my blog and I will certainly try to return the favor! I hope you all had wonderful V-days (and if so, you should tell me all about them!)

46 comments:

  1. A wonderful embellishment and a cute, cute and pretty card! Love the way you used the embellishment on this. VERY nice!
    Sounds like you had a perfect Valentine's Day too! Fantastic!
    Lynn

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  2. Great card and what a lovely way to celebrate Valentine's day... way to go Becca's boyfriend! Jo x

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  3. Beautiful card and love that background....its fabulous! Love the colours and the pinwheel too! Sounds like you had a fabulous Valentine's....which is really so super and special....seems like you have a keeper!!!!! ;-)

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  4. oh Becca, I have cold chills reading the thoughtfulness of your man...WOW....he is a keeper girl! What a Valentine's Day to remember...{{{{hugs}}} your card is pretty special too, I adore the folded flower, very sweet! Hope you have a super week.

    add a little glimmer to your life....sparkle & shine *~*

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  5. Ah, love the colours on your card and how you flip the sketch, also love reading your blog, you always make me smile, lightbulb moment - indeed, lol

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  6. Your boyfriend sounds like a keeper to me! Mind you who am I to judge as my old man has only ever sent 1 Valentine, but then again is an old softie, just not into Valentines as he says why just have one day what about the other 364?
    Great take on the sketch, and well done getting the post scheduled, I had a few mishaps in the beginning.
    If you alter your post after your scheduled, don't forget to re publish or it doesn't work. I know cos it happened to me on more than one occasion! :)

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    1. PS Thanks for linking up at ATSM as well! x

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  7. lucky you to have such a great guy in your life!! such cute little treats for your fellow workers!!

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  8. Oh, Becca--What a romantic boyfriend you have!! That is one of the nicest, sweetest Valentine's stories I've heard!! No pictures of you in the dress? I wanna see!! :) :)
    Love this 'unisex' card!! The colors are happy, LOVE that rosette and it is just plain FUN!! :)
    XOXO-Shari

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  9. Oh gosh I remember that schedule and post issue too, felt like such a ninny!! What a great card Becca, love the colors and festive components. Sounds like a fabulous Valentine's Day ;)

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  10. Love the card and your fun rosette bauble!! Cool papers too! :) Glad you had a special Valentine's Day! HUGS

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  11. Sounds like your guy is a keeper...such sweet thoughtfulness II'm sure he was suitably rewarded). Love romance and romantic. As for the card...yes, unisex definitely and pretty darn terrific.Not being as imaginative as you, I never know what to do with embellies of this type, but I do now.

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  12. you are a lucky girl!!! sounds like a great guy and really went all out for you!!! BTW cute card and love the big flower!!!

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  13. Great card Becca, has a touch of retro about it. Beautiful flowers as well.

    B x

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  14. You have a true romantic there Becca...so thoughtful of him.
    Love your card...the rosette looks fabulous on your super background. Great colour choices too.
    Your little valentine gifts look wonderful...not something we do over here in the UK. Carol x

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  15. Awww, such a sweet and thoughtful thing for your boyfriend to do. Glad you have such a great guy in your life. Your unisex card is fab!

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  16. I like this sketch! I think I might have to join in for this one! Your card looks great and you're right - great for a guy or a gal! I've not made one of these rosettes yet.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and I think your BF is a keeper! A very romantic and thoughtful way to celebrate!

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  17. Such a gorgeous card Becca, I love the mix of colours and patterns.
    Awwww your boyfriend sounds so kind, romantic and very thoughtful.
    Sue xx

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  18. I love your beautiful card, Becca!!! Such great colours and patterns!!!
    And how sweet of your boyfriend to make your Valentine's day so special!!!

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  19. A fabulous card and take on the sketch, Becca! Sounds like you had a lovely valentines day - so sweet :) It took me ages to get the hang of scheduling posts too!

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  20. Beautiful card and sweet little jars, how cute are they??!!!! :) The schedule thing took me me awhile to figure out too, it's scary pressing 'publish', even to this day I have to double check it didn't fire it straight out :) x

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  21. Ok. LOVE this card! I just saw it on the Stamplorations blog and it JUMPED OUT AT ME!! Love it I tell ya! Now, on to your boyfriend - He. Is. A Keeper!!!! OMG! He showed up in a tie, and bought you a dress and pearls, gave you a beautiful bouquet of flowers and made you a steak dinner WITH your favorite wine, AND the clincher was the Valentines from your Grandmother. Wow, he sure got the "romance" thing down packed!! Wow-chica-bow-bow!!!!

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  22. Congratulations on defeating Blogger!! Your card is gorgeous!! I love your take on the sketch!! It is perfect for either a girl or guy!! And wow, your BF is definitely a keeper!! What a sweet Valentine's Day!! Have a great evening :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  23. Wow, you really are a lucky girl, what a lovely treat from your man :) And this card is fantastic, perfectly unisex and it has so much movement in that design. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week, Anita x

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  24. I love your take on the sketch and the treats you made for your co-workers are fabulous, Becca! You sure are a lucky girl to have such a great guy in your life...way to go!
    And...Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM ~ We always enjoy seeing your cards and projects in the gallery!

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  25. Gotta start by saying, how romantic! He's definitely a keeper! Those little treats for your coworkers are adorable, and that embellie is perfect, but mostly because of how you coordinated it with your beautiful design!

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  26. Crafty girl! I'm still crushing on those mini treat jars. I never see them at the Targets around here. Super sweet boyfriend; it was really sweet and thoughtful of him to grab one of your grandma's V-day card. Love your card -- the colors and the vintage/retro feel draw me!

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  27. I love the southwest colors you used on your card. When I saw your card on STAMPlorations it just popped off the page! Great valentines for your coworkers. Bet they loved them...CANDY...get you everytime!!

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  28. Lucky you to have such a great guy! And your card is so gorgeous !

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  29. Beautiful card Becca... and what a wonderful man you have in your life.

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  30. The card is great and perfect for a woman or man! Love the "flower" on the side-really cool. I was also unsure how to link things and to program ahead of time-my niece had to show me and I got help from fellow bloggers:) Your boyfriend did something so sweet. That was really romantic and you deserve it

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  31. That is such a GORGEOUS thing for your Boyfriend to do! Lucky girl you are:) And OOOPS! I could've TOLD you that re: blogger....never mind, you worked it out, so more power to you!!! And that card is PERFECT for either/or.....I'm extra partial to those whatsitname flowers.....accordion? LOVE 'em. So it floats my boat!!!

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  32. Wow Becca, sounds like your beau is a real keeper! How sweet of him! And he knows your dress size?? Amazing! Love the little bottles of candy to made for your coworkers, how thoughtful and your card is wonderful, I love the vintage colours and that amazing pinwheel flower! hugs :)

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  33. BECCA *waving wildly* My sweet friend, mega apologies for having fallen several posts behind in commenting *hanging head in shame*! I have, however, gazed at, admired and oohed and ahhed over each and every card as they appear in my Feedly! Again, your creative, innovative, thinking-out-side-the-box creations dazzle and delight! I'm going to stand myself in the corner for a bit, then hopefully, get my act together to stay on top of your creations (blaming my tardiness on new work duties, travel, more travel, more work and overall scatteredness, as I try to adjust to life with a piece missing...). Thank you for understanding and for being such an AMAZING friend! Your card here showcases your knack for working magic with STAMPlorations products! So pretty! And your 'date' with your guy (he bought you an outfit...oh myyyyyy) complete with a card made by your Grandma is heart-warming and touching, magical and romantic. He's definitely a keeper. WOW!
    Hugs~c

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  34. Wow your man is a keeper, how romantic ! and he went to so much effort, so lovely and thoughtful. I guess I am working from the bottom up, lovely valentines you made for your co workers ( we don't tend to do much for Valentines day, we went out to dinner at our local Italian restaurant , nothing to fancy) Your card looks fabulous, the colours look wonderful
    Mary

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  35. Oh and I haven't worked out how to schedule posts either, but will need to shortly as we are going to be away for 5 weeks, so I better have a practice soon
    Mary

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  36. WOW!! I LOVE your card that you made. The background is fabulous and that embellishment from Michael's is just perfect. I also think that your Valentine gifts are adorable. So creative. I didn't see these bottles but would have snatched them up to make little gifts if I had!! And your flowers from your boyfriend are stunning. Such a nice surprise for you. He sounds so thoughtful, finding an old valentine from your grandmother. He is a keeper!!

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  37. HI Becca, lol when I first started blogging I made the same mistake as you in trying to schedule...I think blogger sets us its own challenges! Your card is gorgeous, love the papers and the rosette. What a lucky girl you were at Valentines, yes definitely a keeper! After being married for a good long time, I still get a lovely bouquet, we don't tend to go out for a meal, but if it's weekend we have a nice day out and Tom always cooks....as for finding the old Valentine from your Grandmother, I think that is such a beautiful thought, sending hugs Carole Z X

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  38. Yes that "Publish" button gets me every time!! I Like the medallion on your card Becca!

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  39. What a sweet guy--gold star quality for sure! That is a great sketch & you used it perfectly for your festive card, Becca!

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  40. I am uber impressed with your great take on the Stamplorations sketch and Wow and clapping wildly for the awesome Valentines day you had!!!

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  41. Love the embellishments on your pretty card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Seize the Birthday.

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  42. Becca I love the antique look on your card
    the color really antique and that flower you made really caught my eyes
    FUNTASTIC made Becca
    love your creativity and great idea
    hugs, Monika

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  43. You've so got a keeper there :) That is the most precious Valentine celebration, Becca! I've been married (for too long) and my hubby has never been a mushy heart guy, but he outdid himself this year. He planned a day with the kids, and then proudly asked our oldest to tell me what was in the works - a motorcycle trade show, burgers, and the Spongebob movie. Yeah. All my least favourite things. And then two days after, said that my present was that I didn't have to go with them. Talk about setting a person up with low expectations, lol!
    And YAY for google-fu! You rock :) So does that awesome unisex southwesterny card!

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  44. Love the colors, layers, and shaped rosette.

    Thanks for entering Design Team Showcase.

    Kim
    Design Team Showcase
    {Craftisan Studios}

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  45. awesome card! wonderful Valentine :)

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