I started halfway through the day, but I did it! I finally participated in one of Papertrey Ink's annual Stamp-A-Faire worldwide online day of crafting. It's like a national scrapbook day chock-full of fun, inspiring projects except in August, themed, online and free. Well, free, if you don't start shopping for every little stamp set, embellishment and tool you see others using. LOL.
If you are curious about what happens during stamp-a-faire, Nichole Heady outlines the schedule and rules of play here. And...even though it wasn't an official "favor or giveaway", I love that PTI created a soundtrack for the day and posted their playlist on Spotify. FIVE hours of great music to accompany your crafting experience. I am not great at watching TV and crafting but I can definitely sing along with my madz crafting skills. All others around me beware.
In this post, I list all my completed projects from five of the challenges I was able to get to on Saturday. I intend to finish up the whole event's list of challenges on my own.
I also doubled down on the challenge and used products within reach of my desk. Perhaps not exciting to you, but I found it thrilling to use up random pieces of things left behind from other projects.
Essentially...white on white with a touch of accent color.
The vanilla embossed figures are more subtle in real life.
Products Used: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (design name unknown), Wow Embossing Powders in Opaque Vanilla White (figures) and Metallic Plantinum (text), Papertrey Ink Stamp Sets - Simply Jane and Big & Bold Wishes.
Apologies for the quality of this picture. I was trying to show the subtlety of the figures in vanilla.
For the next challenge, I selected a card sketch by Heather Nichols. I turned my card vertical and spritzed water onto the stamp before pressing it to the paper for a watercolor affect.
Products Used: Papertrey Ink stamp set - Friends til the End, Papertrey Ink Scripted Die, Maya Roads washi tape, Lawn Fawn dye ink pad - Freshly Cut Grass, hemp twine,
I tried two of the threads challenge techniques shared by Laura and Danielle. I think sales of silver thread are going to go up in the next week thanks to Laura's video tutorial. I know I'm in for one!
Here is the card with my thread nest. I used a pop of pink that I had on hand.
Products Used: Papertrey Ink stamp set - Sending My Love, Wow Embossing Powder in opaque white, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy 6x6 pad, bling (from stash - used pieces of one that was cut up)
And here are my twine and yarn flowers. I love this technique. Super easy especially with full adhesive on the paper.
Products used: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy 6x6 pad, Papertrey Ink stamp set (sentiment) - Happy Hexagons, twine/yarn and bling from my stash.
The next challenge was right up my alley. It's the one style I can pull together in the morning. What? People don't typically mix prints in outfits? Oh.
Anyway....I made a pocket card. Even in a very small space, mixing prints can work.....and it's great for scraps.
Products Used: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy 6x6 pad, Papertrey Ink stamp set (sentiment) - Happy Hexagons, Papertrey Ink Scripted Die, sequins.
Finally, the last challenge I completed for the day. "Make it work" seems like my normal mode of craftiness given the scarcity of free time and lack of impulse imagination. I admit though, after a few hours of stamp-a-faire, I was just finding my stride.
As I as testing out different ideas, I did as suggested and put aside the pieces I was not using. In the end, a few came together for this card.
Products Used: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (design name unknown), Papertrey Ink stamp set - Friends til the End and Sending my Love (sentiment), Lawn Fawn dye ink pad - Freshly Cut Grass, hemp twine, Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pale Tomato and Butter Bar, Tim Holtz distress ink pad in Fired Brick.
I'd love to hear if you participated in stamp-a-faire. Drop me a line!