Feb 15 2008

Stamp Simply Challenge #22, Leslie Sketch

Before I begin, I have a Blog Candy post still active — please signup here if you haven’t already.

Challenge #22 – Keyword ssnotime22-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 a sketch — something I don’t usually do as I don’t know how to draw up those nice gray sketches for you – LOL!!! But I saw this card a few weeks ago by Leslie Miller and it really grabbed my attention. Her card was gorgeous, as always, but her sketch was a PERFECT sketch for aquick and simple card, so I asked her if we could use it and she graciously agreed. So I have to link it here, so please click to see it and then come back here to read the rest. Here’s her card.

OK, now wasn’t that gorgeous!!! What I love about that sketch is the simplicity of the layers, but yet the main image holds such prominence and importance. I love that!!! So try to keep the layers simple, as Leslie has, and try to keep that regal and important feel to your main image. I think this is a perfect layout for one larger stamp, but you are not restricted — you can do/use whatever you like for the main image — I just want you to stick to the simple layers/layout with the main image bearing such importance!!! What I love about this, too, is that you can get away with stamping one image and you are DONE!!!

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.


You’ll notice on my sample I have all the same layers as on Leslie’s sketch card, but mine are in different proportions. The new potted plant from SU that I just really wanted to use was quite a bit larger than Leslie’s tree, so it didn’t allow me room to have the wide DP mat around it, so I just narrowly bordered mine in cardstock — but still — the same layout, just tweaked a bit to fit my image — and that’s OK. I think you all know by now, I am NOT a stickler for rules — not one bit — the idea is to have fun and maybe get a few new ideas or try something new — nothing more!!!

Another unique thing about Leslie’s card that I loved is the way the ribbon is run — over the DP, but under the main image — love that look — so I did it the same way on my card! I used mounting tape then to adhere my floral image to the card (over the ribbon), and I’m sure that’s what Leslie did as well.

  • Stamps: Bloomin’ Beautiful
  • Paper: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Watercolor, Spring Silhouettes DP
  • Ink: Black Stazon, various reinkers in blues, greens and browns to color
  • Accessories: Ribbon, Aquapainter, White Gel Pen, Mounting Tape

OK, now go ahead and make a statement with this simple layout and one important focal point! Can’t wait to see what all of you do!!! This is such a super, simple layout!! It’ll be so much fun!!!! As always, thanks for stopping in!!! Have a great weekend!!!

64 responses so far

64 Responses to “Stamp Simply Challenge #22, Leslie Sketch”

  1. Susan says:

    So beautiful! Your coloring is gorgeous and I love how you layered the card!

  2. Mothermark says:

    Hi Sharon!

    As usual your card is to die for! Beautifully done! Thank you…….

    Here is my card….


    Have a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!


  3. Susie says:

    my style, short and sweet. very pretty card. I can almost smell the flowers..

  4. Jerri Jimenez says:

    Sharon, this is so gorgeous! You’ve done a wonderful job with the watercoloring and I love how you popped up the image on dimensionals.

  5. Kelly says:

    That’s very pretty! I like the sketch and your card! And your inspiration card!!

  6. Lois (clownmom) says:

    That’s a wonderful card, Sharon. You can make the simplest design look very powerful! Here’s my card for your challenge — http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/813658?cat=7226

  7. Jen says:

    This is stunning!!!

  8. Debbie (DeborahLynneS) says:

    Very fresh and pretty!

  9. This is perfect! I need to make a thinking of you card this afternoon and you just made it a whole lot easier. It’s clear the ESP wasn’t working for me this week! 🙂 I actually have to work to participate in your challenge. UUUGGH, sigh, can you believe it?

  10. Sharon, your card is beautiful as usual. I have this set and I am dying
    to use it. The sketch looks really easy. I love that silhouettes paper
    and all the colors on your card. Hope to play soon. Barb

  11. Kathyc on SCS says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I loved that sketch when I saw it too and had to make a card with (giving Leslie all due credit of course!); I’ll try to do another for your challenge; love it!

  12. Pam says:

    This is gorgeous!!!

  13. Sara (hiinaz) says:

    Thanks Sharon. Fun as always. Here’s mine: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814013

  14. Stacy Twinshappy says:

    Beautiful Sharon. I like the simplicity also. Can’t wait to play!

  15. rainy says:

    Okay Sharon. This card is colored BEAUTIFULLY!!! Weren’t you trying to say a while back that coloring isn’t your thing? Well… I beg to differ. THIS IS GORGEOUS!!

  16. Here’s mine.


    I really don’t care for it, but I may try again later. The original card and yours are simply gorgeous!


  17. Belinda says:

    Hey Sharon, Thanks for hosting the challenge. And thanks to Leslie for a great sketch!

    Here’s my first attempt – it was nice and quick. :o)

  18. Kim says:

    I just love this card, and the layout is perfect for the image! Your colouring is awesome too!

  19. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Your sample is so pretty. I don’t think you should ever say anything about not being able to color again. This image is beautifully colored. Here’s mine, kind of drab colors, but I wanted to use this polka dot paper: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814191?cat=500&ppuser=89981

  20. Darlene (SCS: akronstamperdpk) says:

    Happy Friday Sharon,
    Thanks for another great challenge and your card is gorgeous as always. Here is my attempt: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814214?cat=500&ppuser=95678 Hope you like it! I do . . . it was a little ‘out of the ordinary’ for me and I like that!!! Thanks again. Happy weekend!

  21. Vicky Gould says:

    Good challenge as always Sharon. Here’s mine:


  22. leslierich says:

    It’s so beautiful, Sharon! The Wasabi looks very soft and pretty in your hands and your coloring is absolutely wonderful! Love that blue hydrangea and your subtle touch of shading under the vase. Just gorgeous!

  23. Rose Ann says:

    This is sooooo beautiful, Sharon!!! I love it! (And you told me you didn’t do very well with coloring…..HA!)

  24. Karen Wallace says:

    Beatufiul flowers, love the layout also. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!
    Karen W

  25. Well, well, well! You DO water color!!! What a lovely job you did, too!

  26. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Once again, your coloring is gorgeous. Here’s the one I uploaded last night and then took off: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814535?cat=10724

    and here’s a new one: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814540?cat=10365

  27. JoAnn (sarahzoe) says:

    Sorry, Sharon. I took the first one off again. It’s one I like IRL but on the screen it just looked blah!!!

  28. Karen says:

    Both cards are just wonderful Sharon. I really like this layout. Here is the link to my card:


  29. Lois (clownmom) says:

    I did another one. I love the simplicity of this layout. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/814205

  30. Janine says:

    Hey Sharon… Here is my card for your sketch challenge.. Have a great weekend…

  31. Karen Witter says:

    Here’s my entry! Love the idea! Thanks. So many awesome cards!!!

  32. Karen Witter says:

    Sorry – guess I didn’t include the link. Here it is:

  33. Donelda says:

    I love your flower card! Beautiful colorin! I got some time to play. You can see my card on my blog!


    Thanks for the great challenge!!

  34. Stacy SCS Twinshappy says:

    Sharon I did 3 for the challenge. EEK… I hope you don’t mind. I am trying to catch up on cards for DH and my own. hee hee Here they are:




  35. Deb Neerman says:

    Happy Saturday, Sharon!

    I’ve posted a card for your kewl challenge on my blog: http://debneerman.blogspot.com

    I’ll also post to SCS sometime later today. Thanks for another fun Friday challenge!!

    ~Hugs, Deb

  36. nancy littrell says:

    So Gorgeous. I love Leslie’s layout and your version with the larger main image, which is beautifully colored and shaded. Don’t you just love the Spring Silhouette DP and Hydrangea stamp set. I have the DP, but not the stamp set………yet 🙂 I will play after I do more gardening on our gorgeous 55 deg. sunny Southwestern Oregon day ! TFS
    P.S. I ordered my Scor-Pal this a.m. 🙂

  37. Julie says:

    Love your card! I just played with my stamp set today and had the hardest time getting my watercoloring to come out right. Yours seems so perfect! Any tips on how you did such an awesome job watercoloring?

  38. LeAnne says:

    Wow, Sharon, this is beautiful, as are all the other entries! My photography leaves a lot to be desired, I hope you can see this!
    Thanks for sharing this nice, easy, simple (my middle name) challenge!

  39. DeborahLynneS says:

    Fun sketch!!! Thanks, Sharon! Here’s mine:


    Thanks for looking!!!

  40. Laura says:

    Gorgeous! Your colouring is amazing, and this card is so beautiful! Love it…gonna do your sketch challenge for sure!

  41. Dee says:

    Gorgeous Card!!
    The coloring is so pretty!
    Makes the flowers look real.
    Thanks for sharing.

  42. Aura Battis says:

    Hey I am new to your challenges and had fun with this one. Thanks!! My card is on my blog. Cheers. Have a great Sunday!

  43. Jodi (Kharmagirl on SCS) says:

    What a fun challenge Sharon! Here is mine:

  44. Laura says:

    Hi Sharon, I did 2! I was working on cards for my class, and tried your sketch with 2 sets! You can see them here: http://www.scrapnextras.com/scrapnextras/2008/02/sketch-challeng.html I will be using the Merci card for the class! Thanks for the great sketch!!

  45. Michelle (sf9erfan on SCS) says:

    Sharon, this is a great sketch! I love your vase card, very simple and gorgeous! I decided to use the sketch for my friend’s baby card. I hope to do another this week.


    Hugs, michelle

  46. Great sketch, beautiful card, Sharon. It’s nice to do simple once in awhile! Here’s mine http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/816711?si=ssnotime22. Thanks for the challenge.

  47. Monika/Buzsy says:

    Lovely! The image is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous! TFS! Here is my card for that sketch: http://stampnmad.typepad.com/mad_stamper/2008/02/fluffles-take-t.html

  48. nancy littrell says:

    My ssnotime22 card. I really like the ribbon placement. I have never done that before. Such an easy layout and great with DP 🙂 Thanks again Sharon for your wonderful, yet easy challenges. Nancy


  49. Julia (Artystamper on SCS) says:

    Great challenge sketch Sharon – here is my card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/817659?cat=500&ppuser=93535

    can also be seen at http://www.createwithjulia.blogspot.com

    have a great stampin day!

  50. Here’s mine! Better late than never!!!!

    Thanks for another great challenge Sharon!

  51. Great sketch! I just realized this card I did today qualifies for your challenge!


  52. […] from No Time to Stamp posted a sketch challenge last week. I completed the card over the weekend but only managed to photograph it today. I like […]

  53. Thanks so much for this, Sharon. This was such a fun sketch! I’ve posted my card here…. http://thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/2008/02/bellatastic-for-sharons-challenge.html …Hope you are doing well! 🙂

  54. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    As per usual, I am more than fashionably late, lol! Great sketch Sharon and I really enjoyed making this card. It is sure to be a sketch that I use again and again! Here is my card:)

  55. Eileen M says:

    Well, I did make this card in Feb but it takes me a bit of time get it posted. This is a great sketch, and I really enjoyed making this.
    Love your blog! So much inspiration!

Leave a Reply