Stretching my Stamps!

Hey Everyone!
I've had an incredibly productive day today and figured I'd share what I've made.  So there are 2 cards in this post again :)

Lately I've been in a little bit of a crafty rut and I've been trying to figure out why.  One of the things that keeps popping into my mind is the fact that I've used all the stamps that I have so many times that the creative ideas for them seem to be all I have been trying to challenge myself to see if I can come up with new ways to use them until I can get some money together to buy new stuff :)

This is a super cute card that worked out so perfectly for this "stretching" of my stamps:
How cute is that!  I combined 2 stamp sets to make this little sweetie:  In My Heart from Mama Elephant and Critters in Costume from Lawn Fawn

I first stamped the pumpkin from the Lawn Fawn set, masking off the little rabbit inside.  Then masked the pumpkin and stamped this cute little girl so she's popping up out of the pumpkin!  I love it!!  The little witches hat is from the cat in the Lawn Fawn set.

The circle around her is all one layer, but I cut out part of the circle up to where the banner is and put some dimension tape on the back so it stamps up.  Then I did some inking with my distress inks.  I silver embossed a few stars in the sky from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon set and added the fun Boo sentiment on vellum from the Lawn Fawn set.  I love how this turned out and really got me excited to use my stamps in more creative ways.

I'd like to enter this pumpkin cutie into the following challenges:
    2 Cute Ink #116-Halloween
    A Blog Named Hero #53-Stretch Your Stamps
    Delightful Challenge-Delightfully Frightful
    Mama Elephant & Me-Anything Goes
    The Challenge #16

This next card was a little frustrating but so worth all the fuss:
For this card, I used a Simon Says Stamp set called Flower Friend.  It's a great set full of adorable little flower stamps, but I've used those flower stamps so many times...I needed a change.  So I took the cute little scallop border in the set and bent it around into a circle...several times because it kept popping back off my block.. The stamp was actually a little too short for the size flower I wanted, so I just stamped a few of the scallops by themselves to finish the circle.

So awesome!  I used some outline and solid circles from the Lots of Dots set to fill in the centers.
Then stamped and white heat embossed my sentiment onto vellum.  The sentiment is from the Winnie & Walter set The Big The Bold & The Happy.  I love this set because even though it doesn't always have the words I want to use, I can always find ways to piece them together to work.  Like the word "you're"...that isn't in the set, but I was able to mask off around an "r" and an "e" to get the word.  I love that!

I'd like to enter this flower card into the following challenges:
    Fusion Card Challenge

    MilkCoffee-Lots of Layers
    Winnie & Walter-Unexpected Stamping

While I was taking these pics, I turned to my desk and snapped a pic for the Winnie & Walter Craftie challenge.  This is how I left it...there are about 4 projects in the works on that desk and it's quite messy...
This is just my work desk.  To the left I have my ribbon shelf and a huge cabinet that holds a lot of my supplies, and to the right is my computer, paper, and Silhouette.

So thanks for sticking around to read this whole post!  A bit long but I really wanted to share these :) <3


  1. This is great, Emily! What a great way to use your scallop border around the circle for a sunflower-like bloom. I'm not sure how you got such a perfect circle though, that's hard to do when curving stamps! Both great cards here. So glad you joined the Winnie & Walter Challenge!!

  2. Super adorable Halloween card, Emily! Great masking! That's something I need practice on, masking. I thought that was one image as is! Love the banner sentiment too! Thanks for playing with The Challenge this week! Come back soon! Nance, DT

  3. Well done for stretching those stamps just a little further, both your cards are gorgeous! So glad you could join us at Mama Elephant & Me! ps I don't think your desk looks messy at all, considering you say there are 4 cards in progress...

  4. Absolutely adorable! So sweet and so clever how you have revived your love of your existing stamps by almost reinventing them! The possibilities for new images could be endless!!!
    Thank you for joining us at Delightful Challenges. Jane xx

  5. What great designs! You did a fabulous job with your masking to create that sweet scene. Thanks for joining us at The Challenge!

  6. What a creative way to use your stamps! Love both of your cards. That Halloween card is so cute!

  7. What fun ltitle flowers ... love the vellum sentiment ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

  8. Wow, Emily! Your card is super cute and fun! I love that wee witch! So happy you played with us at The Challenge! Your sponged sky is fantastic!

  9. Goodness girl! You did have a productive day. Love the idea of the making to stretch your stamps! It turned out adorable. Also love the second card! Thanks so much for joining us over at the 2 Cute Ink "Halloween" challenge. Good luck and I hope you will join us again!
    Hugs, Sarah T

  10. SUPER adorable, love that coloring!! I shudder if someone would take a snap at my work area tonight, I have playing "catch Up" as I am recovering from stomach flu, and paper is flying like mad I tell you!!! Thanks for joining us at The Challenge, so glad that you did!!!

  11. so gorgeous emily.fab design and i love your cute spooky image ;D

    xx coops xx

  12. I am so impressed with how you combined sets on your Halloween card; so masking! I had to read carefully to figure out where one stamp ended and another started. Wonderful!

  13. Great projects - I love the Halloween witch popping out of the pumpkin and the beautiful coloring. Your vellum sentiment on the second is a real stand out. Thanks for sharing your craft space too! I love getting a peek at ways to clean up my act!