Friday, August 28, 2009

Stamp Simply #102 - Get Out of that Comfort Zone!


For today's Stamp Simply challenge, Sharon has really put us to the test! Today is the day you have to get out of your comfort zone! Burst the bubble, unzip that protective suit, step outside the box! If you usually do cutesy stuff, do something elegant, vintage, masculine. If you usually use ribbon on everything, NO ribbon for you! (Said in my best soup-Nazi voice!) If you normally despise glitter, get that stuff out and put it on everything (and yourself in the process, no doubt!) Get the picture?

Girlfriends, let me tell you... this was hard for me! I tried doing a one-layer card with glitter and no designer paper... definitely out of my zone, right? You all know I use designer paper on everything, and even though I use it sparingly on occasion, I really don't like glitter. But I hated that card so much, I just couldn't show it to you! I saw all my pretty Copic markers sitting in front of me and thought about how I use them for everything. So I decided that getting out of my comfort zone would mean no Copics! Instead I decided to watercolor! I haven't done that in ages... probably since I started using Copics. And to make this even more challenging, I had to use a plain old brush and a cup of water! *gasp* My aqua painter is at work! So here is my creation...
I used my good old, trusty Stampin' Up ink pads and watercolored my Twinkle Fairy and I must say... I miss watercoloring! Maybe my Copics need a break? (Oh my stars... did I really just say that?) Below is a little close-up of her "twinkles" and unfortunately you can't see it, but I added some Shimmerz to her wings, too. I also used some tea dye distress ink around the edges of my circle and scallops, and did some silly stitching around the edges.
The rest of my Stamp Simply Sisters will have some great inspiration for you today too, so be sure to check out their blogs! And don't miss stopping by Pat Adam's blog for her last week as our Guest Designer! And what an enjoyable addition to our team she has been... Pat is absolutely priceless!


Don't forget to leave a link to your creation on Sharon's blog, and if you upload to an online gallery, use ssnotime102 for your keyword!

Thanks for stopping by! I'm planning a wonderful day because... I got the day off! Woo hoo! I have some special design work that needs to get done, so I decided to treat myself to a day away from work! So, I hope your Friday is as fabulous as mine will be! Happy stamping!








Stamps: Twinkle Fairy, sentiment (Stamping Bella)
Cardstock: Kraft (Bazzill), Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!), watercolor paper (Bienfang), designer paper (Memory Box Fernbrae, available at Hope Stamps Eternal)
Inks: Staz-On Jet Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Real Red, Ruby Red, Marigold Morning, Garden Green, Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue (Stampin' Up!), Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Angel Wings Shimmerz (Shimmerz), Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), gemstones (Zva available at Hope Stamps Eternal), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (craft supply).

17 comments:

Silke said...

AWWWW - Tammy - this is soooo beautiful!!! Wonderful take on the challenge...I'm the opposite..I love sparkles!!! And your little bling looks awesome!!!

The Wired Angel said...

Uh-oh.. the comfort zone.. I know of which you speak Tammy!!! I think I'll have to jump in and play along. I think your card is absolutely stunning. Hugs, Peggy

pacools said...

You did a fabulous job with the watercolors!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

How funny ... my first thought for you stepping out of your comfort zone was ... being away from your beloved Copics ... do I know you or what, LOL!!!
You did an awesome job with "plain old" watercoloring!! And I love how you utilized your dp with your image. What an adorable creation!! Have a FUN day!!

The Rubber Maid said...

You are comfortable in any choice of coloring...she is adorable and your card is a standout. Don't try and take my Oscar from me cause I just won't have it. Wonderful card.
Pat

Janine said...

Oh Tammy!! this is so sweet!! I can just hear your soup Nazi voice!! LOL !!! I hope your Copics didn't miss you too much!
Have a great weekend!!

Bev J. said...

Cute image and your watercoloring is great. Neat card. tfs

Barbara said...

Well, you can step out of your comfort zone any old time you want, it's still all good! This is just too cute, Tammy! Your watercoloring is awesome--just like your Copic coloring!

Have a great--and creative--day!

Lavonne (tweetygirl) said...

your card is adorable Tammy! Would've loved to see the other one too but hey, guess not this time. Thanks for sharing this one.

Julie Koerber said...

Beautiful watercoloring Tammy... yep, I think you need to do this more often! :-)

Kim Burmeister said...

For you getting out of your comfort zone...you did a FABULOUS job! You sure can watercolor too! Awesome!

Deborah Saaranen said...

Gorgeous watercoloring Tammy! Isn't is difficult to give up the Copics?!? Love your design here!

Ida P. Krause said...

So sweet and dainty. Wonderfully watercolored.

Jaspere said...

This is wonderful. Great job with the stitching. It really adds a lot.

Debra said...

Getting out of your comfort zone really worked for you! This is a great card and love your watercoloring.

Jenny Gropp said...

Your watercoloring is beautiful!!! Tammy you did good... no copics... how could you even suggest it??? lol! You might give Pat a run for her money with the Oscar!

dpkennedy said...

She's beautiful! You're coloring is gorgeous! I use a brush and water too! Never tried the Aqua painter... Great shading!