Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Congratulations on your Engagement

My son is asking his lady to marry him.  I hope she says, "Yes!"  She has a small collection of snails -- not real ones - garden ornaments mostly.  She and my son also have a fist bump, that turns into a snail of sorts.
This is for them.

I recently took an online card class, Stretch your Stamps 2.  The teachers of this class offer amazing ways to really use the products you already have (at least I have -- as I am a bit obsessive about collecting products)  :)

One of the techniques is using your sentiment stamps with a stencil.  I used that technique here.  Now, I don't have a stencil of a hill or clouds.  But I do have cloud dies, so I used one to cut a cloud out a piece of hard plastic packaging.  And I free hand cut the hill out of the same material.  Then I use these as my mask; to stamp the sentiment and sponge around the cut-outs to give more definition to the shape.

The hearts stencil is from Heidi Swapp.  The snails are from Outlines stamps; a company that is now, sadly, out of business.  The sentiment is from a Paper Trey Ink set.

I watercolored the snails with distress inks, then used Wink of Stella for some sparkle.  I used crystal effects on top of both shells to give them a smooth shell-like feel.  I think you can see it in this close-up.

I am putting this into the following challenges:

1. Less is More - the theme is "Animal"
2. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Anything Goes"

4. Clear it out Challenge - Anything Goes, Just use your Stash.  Since the snail stamps are quite old, I think this qualifies! I didn't buy anything extra for this card (I do have a lot of "stash".  
5. Try it on Tuesday - Use your Stash!  I also found the heart-shaped crystal floating around . . . and only one!  Perfect!
6. Crazy Challenge - Cute Little Animals.  Don't you just love the eyelashes on the girl snail.  I drew them on, they are not on the stamp.
7. All Sorts Challenge - use Masking and/or Stenciling.  In addition to the hand-made stencils, I also masked the snails, so they would be place better on the hills.
Thanks so much for looking and taking your time to leave a comment.  I love reading them.

Have a great day!


  1. What a cute card! Thaks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge!
    Ina /DT

  2. This is such an appropriate card for your son... and it's great to see you exploiting what you have learned in your class, but sadly at Less is More we have a maximum of 5 challenges which may be combined!
    Thanks so much and do join us again!
    "Less is More"

  3. Such imaginative and effective masking and stamping Carol, absolutely perfect for this weeks theme.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  4. This is really sweet. Perfect for the newly engaged couple.

  5. So nice you made it with her collection in mind, very sweet. Great take on the challenge and thanks for playing with us at TIOT.
    Hugz, Z

  6. Super cute card! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  7. Thanks for joining us at allsorts Tracy x

  8. Hey, oh this is so cute! Saw it in the gallery!

  9. Wonderful project...TF joining us @ CIO hope you stop by again real soon.

  10. Carol, this is so special for this special occasion! Your future DIL will be really touched that you personalized it for her with the snails! And awesome job on making your own cloud stencil, superb masking, and whoohoo on making it work for all those challenges!! Hugs, Darnell

  11. What a super cute card Carol. Love how you stamped words inside the clouds and hill... great idea. Darling snail images. Thank you for playing along with us at The Color Throwdown this week.

  12. Gorgeous card, great idea! thanks for playing along at TIOT! Valerie

  13. Beautiful card, wonderful colour combo. Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka