Wednesday, September 28, 2011

You'll Want To FALL Into This Challenge

Welcome back to another fun filled Dolce Stamps challenge!

Our first challenge went very well, so I'd like to thank all of you who played along with us in the distress challenge, you all made some beautiful cards!!

A winner from challenge no. 1 has been choosen using a random number generator and the winner of the $10.00 gift certificate to Dolce Stamps And Cards online store is.... DRUM ROLL PLEASE.....

CONGRATULATIONS WANDA!! Your card is just beautiful and distressed perfectly! Please email Sandra at to receive your $10.00 gift certificate.  You can also grab the I Won A Dolce Stamps And Cards Challenge badge for your blog.

Now onto this week's challenge.

This week your challenge has been brought to you by the talented and ever so sweet Ellen Taylor and she is challenging you to create a card using fall colors. This week's keywords are DSAC02 for your public galleries and/or blogs and don't forget, if you use an Impression Obsession image on your card you'll get a second entry into the prize drawing.

The winner of the challenge will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps And Cards online store which is full of all kinds of awesome stamping goodies.

In addition to the $10.00 gift certificate, the winner will receive an "I Won A Dolce Stamps And Cards Challenge" badge for the sidebar of their blog and their card will be featured during the announcement of the following challenge for all to see.

Please be sure to read the challenge rules on the left sidebar so that you can be sure you are eligible to win all of these fabulous prizes.

Now for some gorgeous eye candy inspiration from the talented Dolce Stamps design team:


Now let's see what you create using "fall colors"
This card was made by Charlene and wasn't is Dolce Stamps and Cards Store for more than an hour when a customer looked at it and said "I want to make that card".  This customer has a peacock at home and Charlene made this one look just like hers, she had to make one too.

Designed by:    Charlene Merrick
Stamps:    Peacock by Impression Obsession
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black , Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Stampin’
Up’s Rich Razzleberry
Paper:      Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Black
Embellishments:  Rich Razzleberry polkadotted ribbon,  royal blue micro gemstones
Tools:  Ranger Firefly and Xmas Red Stickles, Polka dotted embossing folder,
Tim Holtz Alerations On the Edge Die, dimensional, Copic markers ,
blendin tool

This beautiful  peacock cling  mount  image  is  all  one  piece of  deeply  etched  rubber.      I like  how Impression Obsession has sectioned it off as a part of the image.  I colored the entire image with
Copic  markers.    After  I  colored  the  spots  on  its  tail  feathers  with  Royal  Blue  and  Salad  Green markers,  I  added  Ranger  Firefly  stickles  over  the  Salad  Green  portion.    Oh,  how  those  pretty, iridescent  spots  sparkle  in  real  life!!    Can  you  see  the  teensy-weensy  royal  blue  gemstones  on the peacock’s head  crest?    I  colored  the  crackled  background  with  Pale  Aqua  and  Aqua  Blue markers and sponged Ranger’s Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the outer  edge of  the  cardstock.  The framed edges around the image were made with Tim Holtz’s Alerations On the Edge Die.  After  I  dry  embossed  the  Crumb  Cake  panel  with  the  polkadots,  I  ran  my  Rich Razzleberry  ink pad over it to color only the raised portion of the dots.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Are You Ready To Be Challenged?


Welcome to the first ever Dolce Stamps and Cards Thursday challenge, we're glad you could make it!

Every other Thursday Dolce Stamps and Cards will be holding a fun new challenge that will be chosen by the fabulous and talented Dolce Stamps Design Team, so get ready to have some stampin' fun and prizes!

Each month Dolce Stamps and Cards will also be featuring a different stamp company that the design team will be using for their challenge inspiration and this month we are featuring the awesome IMPRESSION OBSESSION stamp line.

The winner of the challenge will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to the Dolce Stamps And Cards online store which is full of all kinds of awesome stamping goodies.

In addition to the $10.00 gift certificate, the winner will receive an "I Won A Dolce Stamps And Cards Challenge" badge for the sidebar of their blog and their card will be featured during the announcement of the following challenge for all to see.

So here we go...

This week your challenge has been brought to you by Heather and she is challenging you to create a distressed card. This week's keywords are DSAC01 for your public galleries and/or blogs.

To be eligible to win these amazing prizes you must first become a follower of the Dolce Stamps and Cards blog and if posting to your blog, be sure to mention that your card is for the Dolce Stamps and Cards Thursday Challenge. If posting to a public forum (such as Splitcoast Stampers or Paper Craft Planet) please be sure to use the challenge keywords in your post (listed above) and if posting to a blog, you must place a direct link back to the Dolce Stamps and Cards blog and must post only the link to your entry, not your entire blog in the linky widget. Your challenge entry must also be a new creation, no back links to an older card, links that do not follow these rules will, unfortunately be deleted and not eligible for any prizes that might be offered. Entry deadline is Monday, September 26th at 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

But wait, we are even going to sweeten the pot and give you an additional chance to win this weeks prizes, all you have to do is use an IMPRESSION OBSESSION image on your challenge entry card.

Now for some amazing eye candy inspiration to get you started:

Tara Williams

Now let's see what you can create, we'd love to have you play along with us:

Title: Up, up & away!
Artist: Tara Williams
Stamps: Local King 'Hot Air'
Paper: Festive Variety, Orange Fizz, Marigold Felt & Cosmo Cricket 'SaltAir' printed paper
Accessories: Black mini brads, Diamond Glaze, green copper wire for balloon 'strings', Sakura Stardust Pen
Tools: Corner punch, scallop punch, oval punch, 1/16 hole punch for brads andfaux sun

Description: I tried challenging myself for this card. In order to create the rolled corners, I took a ballpoint pen and curled the paper around it and marked the spot for the brad. I then punched the holes (only through the printed paper and not cardstock) and placed the brads. I've only used Diamond Glaze a couple of times and wanted to brighten the faux sun I created with that. I then took a hole punch around the scallop punch for a different sunny look. The most difficult part of the card that took the majority of the time was lining up the tiny, very bendable wires for the strings to the hot air balloon. They bend easily. I would probably use a different product next time :-)

Edna - Putt Putt Bang Bang

Card Tag: EM829
Title: Putt Putt Bang Bang
Designer: Edna Morrisedie (Edna15)
Date Posted: September 14, 2001
Keywords: DOLCE, Local King Rubber Stamps
Category: Birthday
Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamps: Antique Auto
Ink: SU: Early Espresso, Ridinghood Red
Embellishments: Mark Richards: Nail Heads; Prima: Fabric Alphabet Chipboard
Tools: 3D Dots; Jumbo Pinking Shears; Paper Piercing Kit
Paper: Basic Grey: Oxford; SU: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Ridinghood Red

You know they are the sounds of a vintage car, and how much fun would it be to have one of these, especially if it was red.... I think these stamps are great in that they have a front and back view, and you can mix up the different images on the one card, like I have done here.... and perfect for the older gents in your life, easy in one colour or two... and the dash of gold from the nailheads adds a bit of vintage to the card as well!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ellen - Running Free

Designer: Ellen Taylor
Date Posted: September 10, 2011
Keywords: DOLCE, Local Rubber King Stamp
Category: Animals, Masculine
Stamps: Local Rubber King Stamps: Mustangs & Tree 1
Ink: Ranger's Distress Inks: Black Soot & Antique Linen, Memento Rich Cocoa, Versafine Sepia, Black Marker, Versamark and a Versamarker
Embellishments: Mark Richards Black 5 MM Nail Heads Metal Stickers, String
Tools: inkssentials Blending Tool, Blender Pen, Piercing Tool, Spellbinders-Labels Fifteen, Spellbinders-Stars, Spellbinders-Ovals, EK 3D Dots
Paper: White, Brown, and Black

I love to make masculine cards and this Local Rubber King Stamp Mustang set is perfect for masculine cards and projects! I started by stamping the Mustang in Black Soot and embossind it with clear embossing powder. Next I colored it with a blender pen and for a nice shiny finish look I colored over the entire image with a versamarker pen and clear embossed over it. I sponged some Antique Linen framing the horse, leaving some white space for a little pop.
I created my background paper by stamping the leaves from Tree 1 with Versamark for a subtle look. I did some faux stitching and added some Nail Heads in the corners. Finishing it off with a homemade lasso.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Charlene - Embossed Koi

Designer: Charlene Merrick (Lilluvsstampin)
Date Posted: September 9, 2011
Keywords: DOLCE, Local King Rubber Stamp
Category: All Occasion
Stamps: KOI FISH by Local King Rubber Stamp
Ink: Brocade Blue, Versamark
Embellishments: Mark Richards Nailheads Metal Stickers, crystal flowers
Tools: Stampendous Winter Wonderland and PEARLustre Sapphire embossing powders, Lacey Circles Nestabilities, Martha Stewart border punch, dimensionals
Paper: Whisper White, Bo Bunny Ocean Dots and Back to Backs dp

After I heat embossed the koi fish (one with Winter Wonderland white and one in Sapphire
embossing powders), I sponged Brocade Blue ink over the fish. I hand cut the fish and popped
them up on dimensional.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ellen - Sunflowers

Designer: Ellen Taylor
Date Posted: September 7, 2011
Keywords: DOLCE, Local Rubber King Stamp
Category: All Occasion
Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamp Sunflower Group
Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black, Rangers Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade, Copic Markers
Embellishments: Kaiser Self adhesive Pearls, Lace, Ribbon, Pins
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 8 and Parisian Accents, Sugar and Starry Night Sizzex Embossing Folder set, Ek Success 3D Dots
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Salt Air, Brown and White

Who doesn't love a bright and cheery sunflower! I stamped the image twice and cut out the main sunflower and popped it up. My coloring is with Copics. The Salt Air paper edges are sponged with Spiced Marmalade. The colors in the paper are a perfect match for these sunflowers!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Judy - Friendship Sails

Designer: Judy Kreucher " jaydekay"
Date Posted: September 4, 2011
Keywords: DOLCE, Local King Stamps
Category: nature
Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamps “Friendship” (6)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Embellishments: green twine
Tools: Spellbinders label #17, black Zig artist pen, Sizzix embossing folder
3-D Dots, Prisma Colored Pencils, blending stumps
Paper: dp, white, black

First I stamped the two smallest snails to make my own background paper.
I wanted to have lots of little friends for the big guy in the front, so the
theme would match the sentiment. I think it works!
I ran the leaf through a sizzix embossing folder. Any design will work, this adds great
texture and makes the leaves look more real, I also crumpled the ends a bit.
The coloring on the snail is prisma pencils, blended with odorless turpentine, using paper
blending stumps.
I love to finish the edges of the card with either sponging, or a black outline.
This draws your eye to the main focal area of your card.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cindy - Birthday Rose

Designer: Cindy Tschider/ylm
Date Posted: September 2, 2011
Keywords: DOLCE, Local King Rubber Stamp
Category: Birthday
Stamps: Local King Rubber Stamp Bloomin (4) Rose, Computer generated verse
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Markers, SU Cherry Cobbler
Embellishments: Mark Richards Nail Heads, Clear Embossing Powder, Stickles Glitter (Diamond), ribbon
Tools: Spellbinders Label 9, Spellbinders Ribbon Tags
Paper: Bazzill red card Base, black, DP

I stamped my image and embossed it then I cut it out. I then sponged around it with SU Cherry Cobbler ink. I also sponged around the ribbon tag while it was still in the die to give it the crisp vanilla edge. I also gave the DP layer a dusting of Cherry cobbler.
I then colored the image with copic markers and add stickles glitter glue for extra sparkle.
I taped all the layers down with Double sided tape and popped up the tag on foam squares. Last I added nail heads to add more pop. I love these nail heads as they are flat for mailing.