Friday, February 06, 2015

February Challenge: Stamps & Hearts

Welcome to the February challenge, crafty stampers! We’d love it if you’ll join us for the entire month! Each month we have a theme, and for February, our theme is STAMPS & HEARTS. You 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!


(voted by the design team)
Prize: 2 stamp sets (3" by 5" / $14 value) of her choice if her project has STAMPlorations stamps in it; 1 stamp set if her entry doesn't have STAMPlorations stamps
+ Guest Designer spot in the April 2015 Challenge
(Visit the shop to see the available stamp sets.)

Top Picks
(voted by the design team)
Prize: 3 digi stamps
+ Guest Designer Spot in the April 2015 Challenge if they will use STAMPlorations images (digis or clear stamps) in their projects.

Winner and top picks will receive a personalized STAMPlorations guest designer watermark and a personalized guest designer badge to display on their blogs.

Play in all 3 challenges we host this month (February Challenge, Sketch #27, and Sketch #28) and you'll be in the running to win a STAMPlorations stamp and stencil pack valued at $10. The winner can also opt for a $10 gift certificate to the shop if she prefers.

This month, we have 3 super-talented ladies joining us as guest designers: Kim Makortoff (December Challenge winner), Loll Thompson (December Challenge top pick), and Karen Dunbrook (December Challenge top pick). We're so glad they're here to inspire us with their jaw-dropping gorgeous cards! We hope you'll stop by their blogs and give them a two-thumbs up!

Guest Designer KIM MAKORTOFF

Guest Designer LOLL THOMPSON
using Distressed Floral Swirls and Rosebuds (sentiment)


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 Hashtag Authentic, ARTplorations stencil: Hearts All Over, and Boxed Blooms

using Single Rose digi stamp

  • Create any paper craft that features STAMPS & HEARTS. Any style is welcome. Link up your project from your blog (or Pinterest board, Flickr account, Splitcoast Stampers gallery) to our gallery by 11:55 p.m. PST on Saturday, February 28.
  • You must use stamps in your project(s) -- rubber, clear, or digi from any company. 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.
  • 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 to encourage other paper crafters to play too. Entries not linking back to our challenge will be deleted.
  • You can submit a maximum of 3 entries for this challenge, and link up to as many other challenges as you want.
  • Follow our blog.
  • And lastly, have a great time creating your project (s)!
We'll announce the winner and top picks on Thursday, March 5, 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. these are just stunning!
    note to sherry: i got my package. thank you so much. loved your little card!
    can't wait to play!

  2. Gorgeous stamps and hearts cards by your 3 GD and your DT. All so creative and inspiring. I can't wait to play. TFS

  3. Thus challenge should be very exciting?! Looking forward to playing along, see you in the link up soon!!

  4. All are amazing creations, love the different styles , beautiful inspirations!

  5. Gorgeous DT inspirations!! Thank you for this challenge!!
    Suchi xx

  6. Fabulous work by the DT and the Guest DT!! Thanks for the inspiration and a wonderful challenge! See you again soon, hugs :)

  7. Thank you for the fun challenge theme! I just linked my card (#36). I won some stamps from another company last month and my card is made with my prize. I do talk about their online store so I don't know if this meets your guidelines. I am not affiliated with this company at all, just excited about my prize. I will do the same if I win some of your stamps! Please let me know if there's any problem.

    1. Hi, Kitty!

      You're fine -- thank you for letting us know, though -- it's much appreciated. That particular guideline we have is more for crafters who are on the design teams of other stamp companies and are linking up to our challenges when their posts are solely promotional in nature (e.g., stamp release, blog hop, or any other event). They didn't really make their projects to enter to challenges (their project just happened to fit our current challenge so it's more of an afterthought) :o)

      Thanks so much for regularly playing in our challenges! Hope you have
      a wonderful weekend!


  8. Thank you for another fab challenge ladies - I haven't made a card but did use card on my creation - so I hope it is allowed. As always stunning inspiration here too Karen x


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