Jun 26, 2013

Use What You Have Chellange #7

Hello Lovelies!

Ready for a new challenge this week? We didn't get too many participants last week but, I'm thinking that it had a lot to do with all the new release fuss - as well as the fact it's SUMMER! So, I don't blame you in the least being outside having fun - we'll keep on doing the challenges - and I'm sure they'll catch on! If you can, take a moment and 'share' our challenge with your friends - if you've played along you know, it really is a FUN and easy challenge (and you feel really good about yourself after b/c you've used OLD supplies - and that always puts a smile on my face!)

Ok are you ready for the winning card from last week?! It was so hard to make the choice - but, the winner is....

Samantha! Take a moment to go to her blog and check out the card in all its glory! She did an amazing job! HERE

Samantha - email us with your address and we'll get something sweet out to you! (info@sweetstampshop.com)

Also, if you participated in last weeks challenge - THANK YOU! We'd love to send you a happy COUPON for the shop if you'd like! Email us at info@sweetstampshop.com for a 35% off coupon! WHOA!


Here are a reminder of the rules - 

NEW PRIZE RULE - In order for us to have TWO winners we must have AT LEAST 15 entries in the challenge! If not, then we'll just award the one person who used their stash the best. SO, SHARE the challenge and get your friends on board!

Read through the directions carefully - we've changed just a couple things... (well, not really changed - just made more clear) 

You'll have until next tuesday to add your link below - your link needs to be to the direct post not to your general blog - and it needs to include -

1. A link back to our challenge (and optional - our challenge badge - see above)

2. A picture of your stash

3. A picture of your project

Some Extra Details -

1. You do not *have to* use SSS in your card or project - although, we'd love it! (and we can't feature your project in our marketing without you using SWEET! - so keep that in mind!)

2. You have until Tuesday at 10pm pst to add your link below

3. There will be ONE winner based upon most creative use of 'old stuff' .... and ONE winner drawn from all the participants. Winners will be announced the day of the new challenge - so, in this case... next Wednesday. Prize will be something sweet - lol. REMINDER - NEW RULE - In order for us to have TWO winners we must have AT LEAST 15 entries in the challenge! If not, then we'll just award the one person who used their stash the best. SO, SHARE the challenge and get your friends on board!

MOST IMPORTANT!!! Create whatever strikes your fancy - scrapbook page, project life - cards - altered art - home decor.... anything! Just be sure to use that old stuff in it!

(also, we had a question about multiple entries - YES, you can make as many cards as you like! BUT, it doesn't increase your odds of winning - your name will go into the hat 'once')


One of my most favorite 'sweet' ladies - Jessica P. is going to be creating along with us for the next couple months for 'Use What You Have Challenge' - So, we'll have lots of inspiration for you! 

Here's Jessica - 

I love this kind of challenge! I tend to forget about my stash items! (I store them in a different room!) Needless to say, I was excited to hear that I would be joining you all for the Wednesday challenge! I have come across a number products that I forgot I even had!

As I was digging through my stash boxes, I came across some Valentine Day flair buttons that matched wonderfully with Sweet Stamp Shop's Happy Bugs! The ideas were rolling, so I go to gather my supplies!

To start of the card, I planned on using the ladybug from the Sweet Stamp Shop's Happy Bugs and coloring the image with the same colors as the flair button. The ladybug image is stamped 3 times on a strip of cardstock that I planned on running down the left side of the card.

My original plan was to have a card with allot of empty white space. Once I started to lay it out, I thought the card needed more color. So off I went to look at my papers. Once I found the perfect papers, I attached the layers.

The final steps included making the simple sentiment banner and adding the flair button to the card.

 Wow, she did a great job didn't she?! Love that color combo! Head over to Jessica's blog to say hello (she's got a GREAT blog!) HERE


Ready to see my stash - yikes. (one of these days I'll actually make a dent on it! - fingers crossed!)

I have a TON of washi tape - ok, maybe not a 'ton' - but, it kinda feels that way when I like (NEVER) use it. I love it for masking (see yesterdays post with the video) but, I rarely use it as it's intended (and it sits right on my desk! - so I should use it!)

Then, chipboard - it's really another topic all together. I'm not even showing you my actual raw chipboard stash (maybe next week!) - this is just parts and pieces of colored chipboard from different paper lines. I don't think I have the matching paper anymore, if I ever did.

But, gosh-darn-it-all ... I'm going to use it!

See what I made....

Sigh, I love how this card turned out! It's pretty simple (and it might have only taken me 5-10 minutes to make) But, I just LOVE it.

I used the 'Baby Love' set

It was perfect for this happy card. (I esp. like the 'breaking news' !)

Anyway, are you ready to throw your hat in the ring this week? We hope so!

Add your link below and we can't wait to see all your amazing creations with your old stash!

Happy Stamping!

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  1. Great jobs ladies!! I love this challenge and can't wait to play along this week!!

  2. nicole - your card is UNBELIEVEABLE!!! how do you layer so amazingly?! i totally struggle with that! i LOVE your card!! i've been staring at it for probably 15 minutes! lol! thank you again for picking my card!! i totally LOVE this challenge!! can you tell?! and the lady bug card is so sweet!!!! it pairs seemlessly with the lady bug stash!! what an amazing card!

  3. Going to give this challenge a try if I can get some crafty time this weekend. Love the idea of using our stash!

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