Oct 23, 2013

Guest Designer Penny - UWYH #20

Hey Sweets! I'm so excited to be back on the blog today (it's Nicole :) --- feels like it's been a while and I miss you!

Anyway, we have a really fun guest designer spotlight today and then we'll dive right into the challenge. Sound good?! Ok, let's get started...

I'd like to introduce Penny

Here's a little something about Penny in her own words...

Hi everyone...My name is Penny Ward (and my little dog Snowy).

As a Guest Designer today, I would like to thank everyone at Sweet Stamp Shop for the invitation. I have had so much fun playing with your stamps and getting inky.

I have been card making for about three years after retiring from a Fortune 500 company. I was hooked when I saw all the pretty papers and tools. When you get a spare moment, click over for a visit to my blog Penny Ward Ink.

Visit Penny on her blog - HERE

Let's check out what Penny had up her sleeve using the new 'Whats For Dinner' and 'Made By'

Ohh- look she even used some of the 'City Scape' ... isn't that cute?! Thanks so much to Penny for playing along with some sweet! Make sure to stop and give a **sweet** hello to Penny at her blog - HERE.

So are we ready for the new challenge! Yes PLEASE!!

It's time to announce the winner from the challenge #19 -

Congrats to Michelle Duffy and her single layer card... it's really genius and a great use of her stamp stash --- funny enough, we're using our stamp stash for this weeks challenge - so stay tuned! If you want to see the card in all it's glory visit Michelle - HERE

Michelle - email us your address and we'll get something right out to you!


Let's just take a moment to go over the rules...

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 (by 15 different people - multiple entries don't count towards the 15) 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! 

4. Entries limited to 3 per person. Thanks! 

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!

INTERNATIONAL participation is welcome - but, prizes will be shipped at the expense of the participant. 


This week we're all about using our stamp stash! --- Yep, we have yet to do a challenge where we spotlighted STAMPS (how weird is that... lol)

As you can imagine - I stamp A LOT. lol --- And, when I sit down to stamp I really try to use the stamps in ways that people might not consider. Like using a Christmas themed set for a birthday card... or grabbing our baby set for a holiday card.... Do you know why I do that? (yes, it does have a little something to do with the fact that I want to show the versatility of stamping) BUT, in art school you're taught that the more comfortable you get with thinking 'outside the box' the better you'll be 'in the box' ... so the more I use stamps for themes that perhaps they're not 'made for' --- the better I can think of cards that the stamp set WAS made for.... SO, this challenge I really want you to think outside the box ... from stamps - to ribbon - or ink - or anything... use it in a way that doesn't seem obvious!

My tip for making your stamps more versatile is to CUT them... YEP! Cut off the parts that make it 'specific' ... for example - in the new Speedy Greetings set.... (check out the car)

See the 'Special Delivery' in the middle of the car?! This set would be so much more versatile if I cut off that portion of the stamp. (you'll see) --- So, grab your Exacto Knife and start making one clean cut. (you'll want to do this carefully - not because you'll break or rip the stamp - but, because you want the two pieces to easily fit back together - so you can use the stamp either with the element or without)

So, now that's out of the way --- look what I can make ...

A 16th birthday card - featuring the Car - and some cute embellishments - like, the flair .. 'this just got real' ... lol

Or - what about a Super Hero style birthday card - with Super 'speedy' Birthday Wishes --- :) I used the 'Super Mom' set with this card - and it went PERFECT!

***** Please advert your eyes now if you're easily offended at 'hunting' type cards (I think this card is hilarious - but, I know not everyone has my sense of humor.) Don't worry NO DEER was hurt in the making of this card******

This is my personal favorite card --- thinking outside the box...

How funny is this?! My Dad would LOVE this card. It's perfect for the 'hunting' men in your life - or just for someone who likes a good giggle. Don't worry, no deer was hurt in the making of this card :)

I used the 'target' and the sentiment from our 'Wheely Like You' stamp set...

Ok - so now are you inspired to look again at that stash of yours and use it in a way that you might not have thought of?!

I can't wait to see what you'll make! --- Please feel free to add your link below!

Happy Stamping,


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  1. Wow, Nicole, you've shared a splendid series of cards here, showcasing really clever ways to use stamps after performing some 'stamp surgery'! Brilliant and inspiring!! Thanks for sharing. I've added "do the SSS challenge" to my "must do" list!!

  2. Fab GDT and I love the use of the buildings as banners!

    Love your cards too Nicole, I got my new sets in the mail and tomorrow is the day that I am going to get inky!!!!!

  3. Awesome cards Penny!! And i love the new ways to use these sets Nicole!!

    1. Thanks Miss Dana, you can never get enough kudos!

  4. Love these ideas! I'm definitely inspired to take on this challenge this week! (And thanks very much for the challenge win!)

  5. What fantastic inspiration! I LOVE to see ways to "think outside the box!" True creativity, through and through! Now to see if I can muster up some creative energy/mojo to escape that box in time to link something up! :)

  6. Penny's cards are so fun and colorful and clever! Wonderful to have you guest designing today, Penny!
    Congrats to Michelle, I loved your card (it is the bomb!) as soon as i saw it!
    Nicole, fun cards today...now I'm thinking about my stash and how to get creative!

  7. The target card was so cute and funny.. Loved the car cards - both so fun and cute and modern!

  8. Penny's cards are fabulous, especially the tower of animals! I've added my link - I forgot to take a photo of my stash but I used a couple of product images instead, I hope that's okay! x