Friday, October 03, 2014

October Challenge: Stamps & Embossing

Welcome to the October challenge! We’d love it if you’ll join us for the entire month! Each month we have a theme, and for October, our theme is STAMPS & EMBOSSINGYou can use stamps by other companies to create projects that you enter to our challenges but please do not use our challenges for the sole purpose of promoting another stamp company. If you have our stamps in your stash, we'd be tickled if you use them -- and we've tweaked the prize a bit to encourage you to use our stamps if you have them!

Put your own spin on this month's theme -- as long as you use stamps in your projects (as opposed to projects without stamping whatsoever) and you have some kind of embossing (dry embossing, wet embossing, embossing paste, emboss resist, or any other embossing technique), we'd love to see them!

The winner (as voted by the design team) receives 2 stamp sets of her choice if her project has STAMPlorations stamps in it. If there is no STAMPlorations stamp in the winning entry, the winner receives 1 stamp set of her choice. The other stamp set will go to a participant who used STAMPlorations stamps in her project. The winner also gets to be a guest designer in our next monthly challenge. (Visit the shop to see the available stamp sets.)

Participate in all 3 challenges we host this month and you'll be in the running to win a pack of 12 assorted rub-on transfers courtesy of All About Scrapping.

Pack of 12 Rubons Transfers Rub-ons Assorted - Cardmaking Mixed Media Scrapbooking - New without packaging

Our guest designer this month is the incredibly talented Virginia Lu! Virginia won the August Challenge. We are so happy to have Virginia sharing her talents here on the blog! Check out the beautiful card she made featuring the Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set!

Guest Designer
"I am Virginia Lu from Ontario, Canada. I could not be more thrilled to be the October guest designer! I have been an avid card maker since 2008 and have enjoyed my paper crafting journey since. My favourite style is Clean and Simple. I like to add a “wow” factor to my cards as it gives the receivers a lasting impression and a sense of delight and charm. Other than being on a few design teams, I also run a challenge blog called Virginia's View Challenge. I am pleased to spread the love of STAMPlorations and hope that you will join the fun!"

And here are the projects that the STAMPlorations girls created. Clicking on our names will take you to our personal blogs where you can read more about how we created our projects. We hope they’ll inspire you and we're excited to see what you create!

using Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower and Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells

Christmas Magic

  • Create a card, tag, mini album/scrapbook cover, layout, home decor item, or any paper craft that features STAMPS & EMBOSSING. Any style is welcome — CAS, shabby chic, vintage, grunge, and so on. Post your creation on your blog and submit it by 11:55 p.m. PDT on Friday, October 31. Don’t have a blog? You can post a photo of your project on your Pinterest page, Flickr, or any public online gallery. (Please note: If the theme isn't obvious in your submission, we reserve the right to remove your entry.)
  • You must use stamps (rubber, cling, clear, digi — from any company) in your creation(s).You do not need to use STAMPlorations stamps to enter this challenge, but please keep this one important rule in mind: if you are on the design team of another stamp company, please don't use our challenges to link up projects that you make for the sole purpose of promoting or advertising your company. You are welcome to play as long as your project/post is not solely promotional in nature. If you are on the DT of a regular challenge blog (not affiliated with a stamp company), please feel free to link up your projects, including those where you use images provided by whoever is sponsoring your current challenge, if they fit our challenge.
  • Copy the link of your blog entry where you have your project posted and enter it to the linky found at the end of this post. Remember to link directly to your blog post, not just your blog URL. (This will make it easy for us to find your submission and leave a comment. Please turn off word verification as well.)
  • Include a text link back to this challenge post in your blog post and encourage other paper crafters to participate. Entries not linking back to our challenge will be deleted.
  • You can submit a maximum of 3 entries for this challenge.
  • You can submit your creation(s) to other challenges — as many as you want.
  • Be a follower of our blog to qualify for the prize.
  • And lastly, have a great time creating your project!
We'll announce the winner and top picks on Thursday, November 6, here on the STAMPlorations™ blog and on the All About Scrapping page on Facebook. That’s it…we look forward to seeing what you create! 
~ The STAMPlorations™ girls


  1. stunning cards Ladies and great challenge x

  2. OMG.... Ladies These are such great inspirations --- TFS
    CU hellerlittle

  3. Oh my, oh my. oh my...another round of beyond amazing inspiration! Gorgeous!!

  4. Thanks so much for having me as the guest designer! It has been SO fun to play with STAMPorations Stamps! The DT totally rock with this challenge!

  5. I am your newest follower and this is the first time I am playing along with you! Great challenge and I love your DT samples!

  6. Thank you for your great inspiration. I expect to be back to play soon.

  7. I am going to get out my embossing powders and play along - I cannot wait to see what I will come up with - the inspiration here has been AMAZING!!

  8. Thank you for the fabulous challenge - I have used dry embossing on my first entry - hope that is allowed? And I hope to be back with another entry before the end of the month next time using embossing powder Karen x

    1. Yes, dry embossing is allowed -- it sure fits the challenge! Thanks so much for playing, Karen! :o)

  9. Found your wonderful blog from Becca Cruger Of Damsel of Distressed Cards blog. Entered 3 creations that are from Oct 3-31.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"


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