Aug 27 2009

Stamp Simply #102 – Let’s Leave our Comfort Zone

Let’s Leave our Comfort Zone — OK, we all know we have one and most of us don’t like to leave it, at least not for very long.  But today, that is just what we are going to do – we are going to leave our stamping style comfort zone and do a card or project in a style TOTALLY unlike what we normally do.  For example, if you always are drawn to doing cutesy things — go elegant, or masculine, or anything OTHER than cutesy.  Get the drift?  Do something that does NOT come natural to you.  THEN in your post, make sure you tell us what your usual style is and WHY this is different.  This will be fun!!!!

Keyword ssnotime102 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime at all. You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!) can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these fabulous designers:

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night.  Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

And here’s what I created for today:


This is my attempt at creating a cutesy card!  Cutesy I am NOT!  So I used this adorably CUTE ladybug image from a set by Our Craft Lounge called Just Bugz! Is she cute, or what!!!  I really do love this clean and simple card, and what a FUN set to play with (more on that in a minute), but I do feel I rather failed at meeting the requirements of this challenge — so sorry.  I tried very hard to make this cutesy and *different* than my norm, but I think it looks pretty much like what I always do — LOL!!!!  I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?   But I tried, and I had fun, so that’s what counts!

And how did I get my hands on this set?  Well, I had a visitor — an online friend all the way from Florida, and she brought a few fun sets with her for us to play with — how SWEET!!!  So WHO was here — a current SCS Dirty Girl, DebDeb, Deb Felts!  We had so much fun!  It was just a short visit one afternoon earlier this week, with a couple others,  No time to dig in and stamp, but we did Copic color for a bit and that was fun!   So glad you came, Deb!!!  Thanks!!!


Image is Copic colored, cut and matted with Classic Rectangle Nesties.  And doesn’t she look like she’s just looking at you saying “What’s New?” — LOL!!!  That sentiment is included in the Tiny Words Set by JustRite.  Again, just because the stamp is round and used on a round stamper, doesn’t mean you are tied to a round sentiment – oval suited me better today — so oval it was!  Cut with my Petite Oval Nesties.  And the 1.5″ wide Gingham Ribbon is simply knotted.  I wanted to use wide ribbon, but a bow would have overpowered this card, so a simple knot did the trick! 


The following items used to make this card are available at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:

Tiny Words Set used on the 1 3/16 Round Stamper, both by JustRite

Versa Fine Onyx Black Ink for sentiment

1.5″ Gingham Ribbon by May Arts

Petite Oval Nestabilities by Spellbinders 



Thanks so much for stopping in — hope you get time to try to leave your comfort zone, too!  Would love to see where you head!  And I do have another post popping up in the morning where I’m allowed to do my normal thing — so normal it will be, early tomorrow morning!  Hope you can stop back in and see what I have to share then!  Thanks everyone!  See you soon!

26 responses so far

26 Responses to “Stamp Simply #102 – Let’s Leave our Comfort Zone”

  1. Deb says:

    Hi Sharon! Wavin’ from rainy Florida! We made it home just a little while ago, and I’m sitting here trying to recover! What a fun, whirlwind trip!

    Getting to visit with you and Deb and Trish was certainly one of the highlights! The afternoon was so much fun, and I’m so glad that we got to spend some time talkin’ shop and coloring! Wish we could have had longer!

    I know everyone is gonna agree with me that this is the most elegant cutesie card they’ve ever seen! Gorgeous! I just LOVE what you did with this darlin’ little ladybug! {{hugs}}

  2. Barbara says:

    Sharon you do elegant cards even when you are trying to be cutesy LOL
    Love it!!

  3. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    Very cute Sharon! I agree with Barbara, lol! I hope to play in the morning. I think CAS is my style, so I am going to try layers (which always send me way out of my comfort zone!) Wish me luck, lol!!

  4. What a CUTE card, Sharon!!!! It sure does not matter what kind of card you make, they are all GORGEOUS!!! :D. I’ll try to play tomorrow as well, let’s see if I can think of something. Oh, love the black it makes that cute bug just pop. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  5. Pat Adam says:

    Hey Sharon who said you weren’t cutesy…I met you and I think you are mighty cute. Just an adorable card and of course the ribbon is super great. Pat

  6. Silke Ledlow says:

    Oh – this is an awesome challenge!!!! Not sure if I want to leave my comfort zone – LOL!!! I’m gonna have to put my thinking cap on!!!!

    I’m with you Sharon….. I’m not much into *cutesy*, but what ever you make is still gorgeous – this card is super cute on top of it!!! Hugs ~S~

  7. How cute is this!! And what a nice visitor surprise!! This is a tough challenge … let me see what I can come up with.

  8. Jerri Kay says:

    Totally adorable Sharon! Like you, I don’t do cutesy, but I’m going to have to reconsider . . . this is so adorable!

  9. You can do anything, Sharon! I so LOVE this one! It is absolutely ADORABLE! The ribbon is wondeful on the top. Simply perfect! 🙂 Hope you are doing well and that you have a great weekend! 🙂

  10. Janine says:

    Sharon… Just perfect!! You did a great job!!
    Have a relaxing weekend!!

  11. Okay Sharon … you have certainly made me put my “thinking cap” on today … thanks!! Here is what I’ve come up with … please let me know what you think!

  12. Colleen Horner says:

    What a day brightener!

    I would love to receive your card and so will anyone else.


  13. No matter what you do it’s perfect, and this one’s no exception!! So cute!!! Love the way you tied that ribbon!

  14. Cute Miss Sharon!!!! Way cute! I see what you mean about not being able to get out of your comfort zone! I was the SAME way! It’s fun every now and then though to realize that we all have our styles and maybe mixing it up isn’t that bad of a thing! Thanks for the fun challenge!!!

  15. Lori says:

    What a great challenge…it’s so hard to move from your comfort zone it’s nice to have a little push now and then. Here is my card:

  16. VERY CUTE CARD!! I think you did great out of your “ZONE” AND you got to me Deb, too!! I just bet she is as sweet IRL as she is on line and the phone!!!

    I took a stab at going outside of my “zone” Lot’s of layers and patterns. I tried anyway!

    Thanks for the challenge, Sharon!

  17. anat s says:

    great challenge and great card

    my Comfort Zone is to do album pages and using acrilic paints so today I made a card and used a new Technique

    here is my entry

  18. LadyDawn says:

    What a great idea leaving your comfort zone! I aven’t made anything in a while so I am going to give this a try for sure

  19. I have been wanting to play with your challenges for a long time, and I finally did it!! This was a great thing for me to do… and I got to use my new toys from your store!! Thanks Sharon!!

  20. teresa kline says:

    wow Sharon, was this ever a stretch, I almost gave up….lol….I did not and have you to thank….thank you much!

    here is mine

  21. Jenny Gropp says:

    Miss Ladybug is adorably cute! This was a tough challenge!!! Fun to see all the samples!!!

  22. LOL I was wondering how you scored such a cute stamp set when you don’t do cutesy! How fun to have had Deb come to visit!

    I think this is great, Sharon! The gingham is perfectly placed, and that little bug is adorable! Thanks for another great challenge week!

  23. Rose Ann says:

    Great job leaving your comfort zone, Sharon! Your ladybug is indeed super cute, and perfectly colored as well!! Love your wide gingham ribbon too!!

  24. Terry says:

    What a fun challenge! And wonderful card from the DT! You can see my card on my blog:

  25. cards4u says:

    Thanks for the challenge! I went out on a limb and hand drew elements : )

    Thanks For Taking A Look!

  26. Donna Baker says:

    I finally shared my card on my blog today – I TRIED to do vintage but because of the coloring & lack of distressing, I’m afraid I’m not completely satisfied with it! But I do like how clean & simple the card turned out! I’m determined to do vintage better!

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