Dec 21 2007

Stamp Simply Challenge #14 – In CASE of Emergency!


Challenge #14 – Keyword ssnotime14-There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload yourproject at Splitcoastand/or your Blog, anytime at all! You can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Todays challenge is to do a QUICK CASE.There are times when we are all rushed, need something quickly, so what do we do — scan the galleries at SCS. Sometimes we are just looking for inspiration, but sometimes we want to CASE, and that’s what we’re going to do today, with a little twist — it’ll be a QUICK CASE.

ETA: PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT have to do a set — one card is fine!!! I think I’m freaking some people out with my large sample!!! I needed a set, so that’s what I did, that’s all!!

Here’s what I mean — the gift set pictured above is entirely cased, very quickly. I needed a western themed set for another Christmas gift, with no time left to think, much less design. So here’s what I did, and what I mean by a QUICK CASE. I knew which sets I wanted to use (Wanted and Bronc Buster) so I went to those galleries. I knew I wanted cards I could do quickly, so I very quickly scanned the gallery pages in search of something simple and attractive. The first few things I ran across that were what I had in mind, I printed — no hours in the gallery here — I’m talking a couple minutes. I went down to my stamp room with my printed pictures. I planned to make 6 cards, so I had 3printed pictures — I was going to do 2 of each. I pulled outmy supplies, pretty much going with the colors in thepictures. Then I started, making doubles of each card as it doesn’t take much longerto make 2 than it takes to make 1. I also altered theCASES to make them easier and quicker, using the pictures as mybasic guide. Working like this it is amazing how much you can accomplish in a short time.

For today’s challenge I want you to chose a stamp set, run through that gallery very quickly, make your selection, print it out (if your computer isn’t right in your stamp room), and make your card based on your printed picture — bearing in mind you may make adjustments to make it even easier and quicker if you need to. If you’ll read the descriptions to each of my photos below, you’ll see what little things I did to make each of these CASES easierand quicker than the original.

When you upload your challenge card,REMEMBER to tell us who youCASED and link their card — NO.1) because when youCASE that is the right thing to do; and, NO 2) so we can compare your QUICK CASE to the original. If anyone has trouble linking, just PM or email me and I can help.

Remember when you upload to use the keyword above, followed by a comma.Please come back here to post (as a comment) that youve played, and provide a linkso I can check out your card right away. You can find all cards uploaded for this challenge by clicking Gallery Submissions Here.

Some wanting to play said they have never uploaded before. If thats you and you need help uploading, just go to my Challenge No. 1 here.


I did 2 of this card, which is a CASE of Laurie Schmidlin (Lauraly). Here isher SCS upload. This is pretty close to a direct case, but I used the Jumbo Brads rather than the punched circles and brads Laurie used, because it was quicker. Also, I did not want a sentiment on this as I wanted all these cards to be general purpose cards, so I omitted the sentiment but added the punched stars. Also, I omitted all sponging and distressing, as that takes time, which I did not have.Instead, I stamped the main image (on all these cards) with the Sandedbackground to lend some of that distressed feel. I used all the same colors Laurie used, and this really is Artichoke, though it is looking rather bright in this photo.


These cards started as a case of Shannan Teubner (steubner), but I ended up making some major changes for the sake of saving time, but you will certainly see the similarities. Here is her SCS upload that I printed. I went with the embossed DP as that is what drew me to her card, but I only used 1 piece for the sake of time, where she used 2. I kept a similiar main image panel and ribbon (on one), but simplified. And the card on top with the lasso — well, that was a mistake — I ran the DP through the Cuttlebug upside down, so Ijust used the other side ofthepaperand went with a super simple design, using the same main image panel. The brown ribbon didn’t show up on the brown DP, so that’s why I went with the lasso — always making adjustments — LOL!!!


These last 2 cards are cases of Vicki Garrett (summerthyme64). Here is her SCS upload. Vicki’s card used Versa Mark Resist and Heat Embossing, neither of which I fussed with. I used a sheet of DP instead. She also had a torn edge — I went straight. She had a lot of distressing and sponging — again, I omitted that — QUICK was my goal, so I had to cut corners. She had a cute dangling little star – I just stuck one on with a dimensional. I did add piercing to this one that I don’t believe was in the original.

A little hint: If you’re going to skimp on technique, add a little hardware instead. It’s amazing how a bit of hardware instantly dresses up a card — LOVE my Hodgepodge boxes!!!

OK, so can you see how quickly you can CASE a card, but still make it your own, to suit your purposes and time constraints? Admittedly, my cards don’t have the attention to detail that each of those I cased has — I omitted all that detail work which makes a card stand out — but, there are times we MUST omit some things, and that’s OK — even though we do things to simplify, we can still produce a nice product.

  • Stamps: Wanted, Bronc Buster, Sanded
  • Paper: Natural Ivory, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Really Rust, River Rock, Outlaw DP
  • Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Creamy Caramel
  • Accessories: Jumbo Brads, Cropadile, Vintage Brads, Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Large and Small Star Punch, Crafter’s Tool Kit, Dimensionals, Ribbon, Hemp, Cuttlebug, Textile Embossing Folder

And all these cards will be put into the clear box shown in the top photo to make a quick little gift. If you are interested in those clear boxes, you can read more about them here and here.

Well, sorry this post was so long — if you need something quickly, hope you try out a Quick Case!!! Thanks much for stopping in — I still have more things I should do and get posted — I’m trying — LOL!!!

24 responses so far

24 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #14 – In CASE of Emergency!”

  1. Kathie says:

    I LOVE the lasso, all are cute but that is my favorite part! Thanks for an awesome website.

  2. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Gorgeous as always, Sharon. What a beautiful set to givea s a gift. My fav is the brown one out front. Here’s my first quick attempt:
    Plan to try some others later in the day.

  3. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    What a fun set!!! What a fun challenge– hope I can get up to do some stamping soon!!!

  4. flossie says:

    These are lovely, these sets are great and make such wonderful cards.

  5. Starla(star) says:

    I love all of these!! I was just thinking today that I needed to pull out these sets and have a ws on them….hmmmm….I may be casing your cases!! (With permission of course!!)

  6. lorettal says:

    How utterly brilliant!!!! Brilliant! The set and idea are, well, brilliant… You get the idea – LOL!!!! Can’t do this until after Christmas, but when I do and show people, they will think I’m brilliant for doing this brilliant challenge that I will tell them is your idea (because I DO believe is the right thing to do)!!!

  7. Stacy SCS Twinshappy says:

    Sharon I think you read my mind sometimes… I finished mine in about an hour. Here is a link:

    I think I might have to case your bronco set above after the first of the year. I love your cases of cases. LOL Thanks for another great challenge! Merry Christmas!!! Stacy

  8. Vicki says:

    Love your quick cards!! These are all just gorgeous and I am flattered that you used my card as an idea!!! I really love the large star on your card!!!!

  9. Joani says:

    Love them!!! I have this set and I just cant get it to “work”. You did a fab job!

  10. leslierich says:

    Outstanding! I’d never look at these and think you’d cut corners in any way! You’re a wealth of information, Sharon, and very inspiring!

  11. Rose Ann says:

    Wow…you are too good, Sharon! I just love coming here for the ideas and eye candy. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    I love these, by the way!! 😉

  12. Hazel says:

    Your cards are wonderful. Here is my card. It required a little extra time since I water colored the flowers, but for me coloring is very relaxing so the extra time was worth it. Thanks for another great challenge.

  13. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Sharon, these are all gorgeous! I’m going to case your case! Thanks for sharing. Jerri

  14. Wow! These are just fantastic!

  15. Lois (clownmom) says:

    Your cards are wonderful, Sharon. I did the challenge, and here’s my card

    It’s a CASE of a card by justbehappy —

    I hope that’s what I was supposed to do.

  16. Lynn says:

    Wowza, what a fantastic collection!

  17. Susan Daly says:

    Beautiful job!! I especially love the ones with the cuttlebug impression.

  18. Kelly says:

    I just found your blog and your cards are beautiful. You have similar styles that I like and you really added elegance to your cards. Thanks for posting them in easy to follow details. Looking forward to more of your artwork.

  19. nancy littrell says:

    Way, Way cool CASED cards and they do look quick. I need a quick baby card, so I am off to the gallery…..have already picked out my stamp set and DP. Wish me luck 🙂 TFS

  20. nancy littrell says:

    I Did It!!! Made a fun and quick for me card CASING ncmorgan’s Enjoy Every Moment card. The stamp set I borrowed from Nancy a few days ago, so it was perfect for this challenge. The REALLY cool news though is I got to take a dig. photo with my new Canon dig. camera, which was an early (3 days ago) Xmas present from Denny. He thought I should learn how to use it before Xmas……sounded like a GREAT idea to me 🙂

    My Card:

  21. Julia (Artystamper on SCS) says:

    Love your western cards Sharon!

    here are the cards I made based on a card by rohla at SCS which I link in my gallery :

    fun challenge! and I will use it again and again!

  22. MrsBoz says:

    It didn’t take long to make mine, and I made 12 of them!!! I linked to imastampin’s card in my gallery:

  23. Such wonderful cards Sharon!! I made time for myself today and got a card done — here it is:

    Thanks for these wonderful challenges, I really enjoy them.

    Merry Christmas to you as well!!

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