Sunday, 6 July 2008

Sometimes life's a circus

I thought I'd check out the Stamping Bella forum on splitcoast since I found out that's where they post the free shipping announcements, etc. When I was stalking there, I found a recent colour challenge. I wanted to do some stamping, but didn't know what I felt like doing. This was a real challenge (chocolate chip, only orange and soft sky) - I hate only orange and how on earth was I going to make something that didn't look like something in the wastepaper basket at the A&W ad campaign office???

I stamped the circus tent on shimmering white paper and found that my not-so-carefully scribbled-in-marker sky wouldn't blend. So I stamped it again on watercolour and coloured in with Tombows and it blended very nicely, if not a little too eagerly in spots (don't look too closely...) There's a very fine line between blending and bleeding, and that line is usually to be found on one of my cards :-)

I accented with some stickles and that was the tent. The sentiment is also Stamping Bella and I stamped it chocolate chip craft ink and embossed with iridescent ice.

I needed to work in some only orange, so I cuttlebugged a strip and mounted it on choc chip. The wide ribbon is supposed to be reminiscent of a pennant and the whole shebang is mounted on textured soft sky cardstock (5 1/4" square).

Thanks for looking! (Anyone craving a Teenburger now?) Ba dump ba dump ba dump ba dump dump. Da dump da dump da dump dump......

Supplies: Stamps: Stamping Bella; Ink: palette black noir, chocolate chip craft ink; Paper: watercolour, chocolate chip, only orange, textured soft sky; Other: Tombow markers, aged copper brads, wide chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, stickles, iridescent ice ep, swirly c'bug folder.

PS Sorry the scan is a bit off. It's hard to correct the colours. I guess my scanner hates only orange too. lol


  1. This is very cute. What an awesome image. Joan

  2. Hi, Karen! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! It allowed me to follow the link to yours (which I hadn't visited yet).

    This circus card is so very cute! Perfect sentiment, too! Could definitely work on many an occasion...

    It was great to see you too at Stampin' Girls! I had a really nice time chatting with you. I hope we'll see each other again at future events :)

    Have a good day!

  3. Karen your colouring is so beautiful! I love this card and it's fun sentiment.