Friday, December 05, 2014

December Challenge: Stamps & Designer's Choice

Welcome to the December challenge! We’d love it if you’ll join us for the entire month! Each month we have a theme, and for December, our theme is STAMPS & DESIGNER'S CHOICEYou 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!

Take your pick from any of our past challenges to create your project this month. You will find our past monthly challenges here and our sketch challenges here. Mention which past challenge(s) you picked in your blog post so we know :o)

The winner (as voted by the design team) receives 2 stamp sets (3" by 5" / $14 value) 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 the February 2015 Challenge. (Visit the shop to see the available stamp sets.)

STAMPlorations News
We are saying goodbye to Kylie, as this is her last month in the design team. She has decided to step down to focus on building her new baby: Happy Little Stampers. I hope you all can check out HLS. Thank you, Kylie, for creating many beautiful cards using STAMPlorations stamps and for being a valued member of the STAMPlorations design team. I'll miss having you in the team, but our paths are still going to be crossing plenty! 

The STAMPlorations design team call is still underway and I have made some revisions. If you have already sent in your application, you do not need to re-apply. I have emailed all the applicants to date regarding the revised DT call and the revisions ought to be welcome news :o)

2015 is going to be an exciting year for STAMPlorations! We're gearing up for a few big changes, new products, more fun stamps, and more inspiration for you! We'll soon be revealing exciting news so keep your eyes peeled!

Our guest designer this month is LauraJane who won the October Challenge with her jaw-dropping country-inspired card featuring Bloom Sketches. She has created another gorgeous card, featuring 3 of our stamp sets. Please stop by her blog to give her some love!

Guest Designer
“Hello, My name is LauraJane:)  I'm living the DREAM with my husband of 22 years. We homeschool our 6 kiddos, ages 8 to 18, together. Art Therapy is my FAVORITE subject. I'm so excited to by guesting at STAMPlorations...and playing with some of their VIGNETTE sets and BLOOM SKETCHES today!”

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!

Designer's Choice: Sketch #19

using CityGirl

  • Create a card, tag, mini album/scrapbook cover, layout, home decor item, or any paper craft that features STAMPS & DESIGNER'S CHOICE. 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. PST on Wednesday, December 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. Such entries will be deleted. 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 Tuesday, January 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. All the creations are so elegant and delightful!

  2. thank you so much for the lovely farewell, Shery. I will certainly miss you and the team. Thanks so much for your wonderful support and amazing designs! xx

  3. Thanks for another great challenge and the fabulous DT inspirations too Karen x


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