Friday, July 03, 2015

July Challenge: Stamps & Distressing

Howdy, STAMPlorations friends! Welcome to the July Challenge. This month, our theme is STAMPS & DISTRESSING. Easy enough! Just create a project (any type) using stamps and then add some distressing to it -- you can grunge up your projects, use Distress inks, use "distressed" elements, etc.


(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 September 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 September 2015 Challenge should they decide to 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.

We've done away with the Frequent Players Spotlight. Instead, those who play in either or both of the two (monthly and sketch) challenges we host this month AND use a STAMPlorations product (stamp or stencil) will be highlighted, as well as get an entry to the random prize drawing. So play in the Sketch Challenge or Monthly Challenge or both -- your choice! When you enter projects using our products, 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.

This month, four talented cardmakers are joining us: Sarah Gray, Lee Ann BarrettMelissa Lane, and Flo Zilligen. Sarah won the May Challenge, while Lee Ann, Melissa, and Flo were the top picks. Do check out their stamps-and-washi-inspired creations! We're thrilled to have them this month! Please stop by their blogs to say hello and leave them some love :o)

STAMPlorations products our guest designers used: Trendy Leaves, Grateful Beyond Words, Mixed Media Grunge, Hashtag Authentic, PartyGirl, Sentiment Builders: Thank You, SmallBirds, Seashell digi stamp

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

  • Create any paper craft that features STAMPS & DISTRESSING. 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. Pacific (GMT-7) on Friday, July 31.
  • 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 (instead of linking simply to the main blog) in your 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, August 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. Great challenge idea and lots of lovely inspiration!

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  3. Thanks for an awesome challenge ladies and as always wonderful DT inspirations Karen

  4. I am back with a second entry. Sat playing with my new stamps and your challenge dropped into my head so I went a bit further than I usually do - thanks for the inspiration and creative push Karen x

  5. Always great challenges here and inspiring DT creations.xx

  6. Whew, where has this month gone? I fully intended to play along more this month. Thanks for all the eye candy by the DT.....


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