Well, the day is finally here.... COLOR THROWDOWN #100! I can't believe we've been doing this challenge for over two years now, and have reached our 100th one! It's been very exciting making all the preparations for this event and anticipating how much all our players are going to enjoy the fun, and the PRIZES! That's right... PRIZES! We have almost $1700 worth of prizes to give away from some of the most awesome companies around to those that participate in the challenge! I've got 3 cards to show you today, and a total of 12 prizes to give away just here on my blog so I won't bore you or take up space with all the challenge details. Instead I refer you to the Color Throwdown blog to get the low-down!
The first prize(s) I have the privilege of offering is from a company that I am so proud to design for, Rubbernecker Stamps! Dave has graciously given me FIVE $50 gift certificates to give away today!!! Rubbernecker has so many fabulous stamps in their online store... you'll have a blast spending $50 there!
For my card, I decided to use a technique from Tim Holtz that we demonstrate in the RN booth at stamp conventions, the Distress Ink technique (but I didn't go to any extremes with mine like crumpling my cardstock or applying a lot of dark ink.) I used Broken China and Shabby Shutters ink for my background, then stamped my Silhouette Weeds from Rubbnecker using Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks. The sentiment is from the Fall Trilogy stamp set, and I overstamped the whole piece then with the Victorian Diamond Panel background stamp. The Baja Breeze background is stamped with the French Script background stamp in Antique Linen ink. I used the Mojo Monday sketch #146 for this week for my layout, choosing to use a hand-made paper "poofy" flower for embellishment. The paper I used is Olivia from Basic Grey.
The second set of prizes I have to offer you today is a $100 Gift Certificate from JustRite Stampers, AND five copies of their new and FABULOUS 2010 Catalog and Idea Book. The folks at JustRite just keep coming out with new and more outstanding products all the time, and some lucky person is going to get to spend $100 there! Plus five more lucky people will get these catalogs that are so full of great ideas! What could be better?
I discovered over the weekend that the gals over at the JUGS Challenge are being sponsored by JustRite this week, and they're having a sketch challenge to go with it, so I decided to play along with my JustRite card for the Color Throwdown today. My beautiful poppy comes from the Plant a Little Love 3 1/4" stamp set and it's colored with Copic markers. This one is maybe just a little stretch from the colors for today, but I decided to go with it just to show you how much flexibility you can have in the colors.... we always stress to just use whatever you have that is similar! :) I distressed the white lace I laid across the middle with some Tea Dye ink and also added some distress inks around all the edges of my papers to give it a more Vintage appearance. I even left the little corner turned up on the bottom right for a more aged look. The sentiment I used here is Simple Sentiments from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
And finally, I have to award one lucky person their choice of any five stamps from Great Impressions Rubber Stamps! Great Impressions is a company whose stamps I carry at Toyrifix and they have got some super-cute images! They are very well-known for their Stamp of the Month program that is in stores, but they don't have a very big online presence. When they contacted me recently for some advice on getting more exposure online, I suggested maybe they'd like to contribute to our celebration today and they quickly jumped on board! So I'm thrilled to get to offer a little shopping spree to one lucky participant in the challenge!
For my final card using Great Impressions stamps, I decided to use this sweet Framed Garden Bicycle stamp, coloring it with my Copic markers. I kept a pretty simple layout on this one, using Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch #76 for inspiration. I again used paper from the Olivia 6x6 pad (what awesome foresight Kristin had when she picked these colors 2 months ago... the Olivia papers go perfectly!) That giant ric-rac is the Die-Namics die from My Favorite Things.
You will want to visit ALL of these blogs for some great inspiration! And these are the blogs where you will want to be leaving comments in order to be eligible for the prizes offered on each one!
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy (you're already here!)Broni Holcombe - Splashes of WatercolorBarbara Anders - Paper PursuitsDanielle Kennedy - Wild Dragonfly DesignsLeAnne Pugliese - Wee InklingsLaura Pryor - Lil' InkerKisa Peters - Kisa's Paper CutsCarol Longacre - Our Little InspirationsDeb Horst - Sendable SentimentsDebi Southard - Debi's Crazy LifeElise Durenberger - MamaCow CreationsJuliana Swanson - Stampin With Inky FingersLisa Kind - Kind CreationsMakiko Jones - Makink StudiosMaria Gurnsey - Scraps By MPam Speidel - Stamping With SerendipitySylvia Nelson - Sylvia's Stamp CornerTeresa Kline - Enjoy the VA SunshineWanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations
So, there you have it.... COLOR THROWDOWN #100! Let the festivites begin! Again, I refer you to the Throwdown blog for all the challenge details and rules, and there also you find the Inklinz widget to use to upload your creation!
Thanks for stopping by today! Good luck and happy stamping!