Saturday 26 May 2012

Simply Stampin Challenge Sketch Week

Good morning stampers, 

Welcome to another week and a brand new challenge plus the introduction of a brand new feature, 
but before I share that with you we have this weeks amazing 
Top 3 

Well done ladies you all did a fantastic job, 
please take the Top 3 banner to display on your blogs with pride.

Now onto the new feature, we thought that as you seem to like the guest designer weeks so much you may like to also know a little more about our Design Team, so every over month we are asking one of our fab team to answer the same questions we ask all our guests.

This month we are getting to know
she is one of the longest running members of the design team, and has been with the challenge since the start so we thought it was fitting to start things off with her.

Why did you join Stampin' Up! & what do you love about it?
After graduating from university with Fine Art degree I just knew I had to do something creative and sitting in some sort of boring dead-end office job day in and out just did not appeal. Unfortunately with a recession on making and selling art for a living is very difficult! Not to mention I don't currently have access to a printing press... So I decided to give being a SU! demo a go to earn some money, make new friends (I was going nuts being home alone so much!) and share my love of crafting with other people. I love it when someone says that papercrafting isn't for them and gradually over time you see them open up and begin to find fun and enjoyment in stamping!

How long have you been crafting for?
 Ever since I can remember! My dad and his mum are both artists so I was encouraged to make things, paint, draw, and so on. My Grandma (mum's mum) is absolutely amazing at sewing and through her I got into sewing, beading and so on. So I have had my hand in A LOT of pies growing up! As for paper crafting in particular, I first heard about SU! when we were in the States visiting my mum's family about 10 years ago and my aunt hosted a SU! party. We were hooked! So every time we went over we'd stock up on stamps, ink, paper...oh my goodness there was just so much lovely stuff that we just HAD to have!!! So I've been making cards for about 10 years now.

What are your 3 desert island SU! items? (things you just can't craft without)
Oh my goodness only 3?! Hmm, I'm obsessed with punches! There's so much you can do with a punch its definitely on the list! Uh probably my markers because you can do so much with them - stamp, colour and write/doodle! Finally I'd probably go with stamps - if I had to choose one set, I'd go with Teeny Tiny Wishes - totally addicted - its got a sentiment for EVERY occasion under the sun!!
(I'm assuming cardstock is a given - can't stamp or punch without cardstock!!!!)

What is your favourite SU! colour?
I'm really fickle! I just love them all and I'll pretty happily use whatever I'm given! At the moment I'm on a major Lucky Limeade buzz - when it first came out I didn't think I'd ever say that - it was super bright and garish! I was not in love but now I can't get enough of it! Who knows what will be my next love, love, love colour! I think if I did have to give one colour I'd say Crumb Cake - it's totally my go to colour! It goes with everything! Yes, Crumb Cake is my favourite! 

Which is your most reached for stamp set?

Teeny Tiny Wishes - its got a sentiment for everything under the sun! 

Send us a picture of your favourite SU! projects you've made.

With fabulous samples like these it's easy to see why Amanda's part of our design team, wouldn't you agree?!

What inspires your crafting creativity?
 Oh uh this is difficult! Life? I can find inspiration in anything really! 
I love Splitcoast Stampers and Pinterest - both are fantastic sources of inspiration. I could easily spend HOURS browsing! Oh and blogs...I have a growing list of blogs I enjoy reading. 
I am also going to sound incredibly sad now but I stamp and craft in my sleep!! Seriously! And I have some pretty good ideas in my dreams so I guess dreams (both sleep and day dreams) inspire me. I'm always daydreaming and "doodling" ideas in my head! 

What's your favourite crafting technique?
Wow I'm fickle again! Its just whatever takes my fancy - I like rock and roll but haven't done it in ages. I also love sponging but haven't done much of that in a while either. At the moment I'm loving the score board but its new isn't it?! Hmm I'd probably have to say stamping - its just a nice steady constant, I've never really gone off stamping! 

I hope you've enjoyed to getting to know more about one of the team, please check out her fabulous blog for more of her gorgeous creations!

Now onto this weeks sketch challenge

Little Reminder
Don't forget that in order to be considered for the Top 3 you must use one Stampin' Up! image or sentiment and we reserve the right to remove submissions that do not represent the challenge,  link to non-SU promotions, or do not use at least one Stampin' Up! stamp, designer paper, punch or die.

Here is some inspiration using this sketch from the Design Team






If you like what you see and you'd like to leave our DT some love, please click on their photo in the sidebar to be taken to their own blog, where you can leave them a comment.

How to enter
Post your project to your blog (if you don't have a blog you can still enter the challenge by sending your entry to our email address) and link back to us.  Then come back to us and link to your project using Mister Linky below but remember to link to the direct post rather than your general blog. No back-linking please.

 Thanks for joining in xxx


  1. I'm so happy! Thanks!

    hugs Regina

  2. Great start to the weekend to find out I had made the Top 3. I love the sketch challenge this week and all the great work and inspiration by the DT.

  3. Thanks so much. I'm really pleased to make the Top 3 again. Love the challenges and the inspiration.

  4. Some great inspiration from the DT - love sketches

  5. Tricky sketch this week, thanks guys for keeping my brain box ticking!

  6. I loved this challenge. It really got the creative juices flowing!!

  7. Love the DT cards, and they really inspired me to have a go as this is the first sketch challenge I've attempted. Thanks Ladies

  8. Another great sketch and DT inspirations Ladies. I enjoy your challenges as they are not always as easy as you first think. Thank You