Monday, February 05, 2018

February Challenge - Paint it Red

Hello STAMPlorations friends! Where did January go, eh? A big thank you to all of you who played along with us in our January challenges. Check back on the 15th to see if you are one of our winners.

(Note from Shery: I apologize to all of you who have been anxiously waiting for the December winners post. Things simply kept piling up the last few weeks (re: the latest is a toddler who came down with flu-like symptoms + a newborn who demands 25 hours from me every single day) that I just wasn't able to finish up that particular post. I'll combine the December and January winners in one post. Thank you for being patient and for your understanding!) 

And get ready for a whole lot of fabulous new products to be making their debut here in the next three months! But we also want to give you a heads' up that for the next few months things are going to be a bit different here on the blog.

You’ve probably heard that Ms STAMPlorations, Shery Russ, welcomed a daughter named “Winter” to the family in December. In order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after giving birth and to adjust to daily life with two little ones in addition to running the store, we are going to take a little “Winter” break!

Rather than all of our normal monthly challenges, there will be just one challenge for you to join each month. You'll find it announced here on the 5th of the month. The challenge will have a theme and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome! Then, we’ll return to our regular programming in May ;)

Our theme for the February challenge is Paint it Red! What's that bring to mind? Hearts? How about coffee/tea and sweets? We'd love to see your creations using the color red or having a theme of love. Take a look at what some of the DT gals created.





(Clustered Heart Die, Sentiment Builders - Love (retired))

(Zen Hearts stencil, Love Word die, Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle die, Trendy Feathers 2)

Challenge rules:
*Create any type of project -- cards (any style), mixed media, tags, layout, etc -- as long as it follows our theme
*STAMPlorations product is not required though we’d love to see it
*Enter as many times as you want – as long as each project has its own blog post
*Display the challenge graphic + link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
*Comment on the entry before yours in the gallery – let's spread the love. (If you're the first player, just comment on the entry after yours.)
*For an extra chance, comment on the challenge post and the designers’ blog posts throughout the month

*TWO (2) winners of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all entries
*ONE (1) winner of a $25 gift certificate - randomly drawn from all comments left on the designers' blogs throughout the month

Shery is offering a generous 10% off (no coupon code needed) all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store from Feb through April. Retiring products are excluded. We hope you'll find time to play with us and we look forward to seeing your project in the gallery.


  1. Fabulous examples from the DT! And congratulations to Shery on little Winter's birth.

  2. Gorgeous projects from the team. Love your bot Cornelia. I have some on the way! Take care of yourself Shery and hope Catherine is on the mend. Hugz

  3. Congratulations Shery on little princess birth named winter, so cute! Take care of your family first!
    Love the wonderful creations by DT's and great theme chosen!
    Sending love!

  4. Congratulations to Shery and family on your new baby, Winter! Such a pretty name!

    I like the idea of one challenge! It's a lot less confusing for me and I will plan to join in! Great theme, great colour, and beautiful cards by your team!

  5. It's good Shery is concentrating on her lovely family for a while! Hugs to them all! Fab challenge, I will do my best to join in! Fab DT inspiration as always. xxc

  6. Congratulations on the newborn Shery :) Happy parenting :)

  7. I guess I can't follow the 5th rule as it is :D
    So I would love to spread some love randomly when I see more entries in :)

    1. Just comment on the entry after yours, Karthikha. (I added that bit to the rules.) Thanks!

  8. Thanks for letting us know about the delay in announcing December and January challenge winners and congratulations to Shery and family on their brand new addition. I now how much time a new baby needs and hope that things settle down in the Russ family eventually. Taking care of herself and her family is top priority so we understand completely! Looking forward to this new challenge.

  9. Congratulations, Shery! Winter is a pretty cool name. Take care and enjoy your bonding time.
    Beautiful DT projects.

  10. Great to hear you are concentrating on your wonderful family and Winter is such a pretty name. Take care of yourselves and sending love and hugs. Great inspiration ....Thank you x

  11. What a great theme for your February Challenge and how wonderful that Shery can spend more time being a mommy:-) She has the most wonderful DT members to help her out too. LOVED all your awesome creative and Loving projects. TFS Can't wait to play. Hugs..

  12. Great idea about the challenge and I am so happy for the family Russ <3. And such a wonderful name :).
    I love your beautiful inspirations, you always amaze me!
    hugs xx

  13. Taking care of two little ones is a ton of work, Shery, so I'm glad you are taking some time off and have combined the challenges into one! Hope everyone is healthy again! Try to enjoy this time as much as you can, cause they grow up so fast (says the Mom of two teenagers)!

  14. wow of DT projects, take care Shery and time out with the little ones is important.xx

  15. Thank you DT for the lovely work and for the new challenge - I hope Shery, Winter and family are all doing well - have a blessed week!

  16. What lovely inspiration from DT and the linky is filled with great work. Let me visit the lovely crafters.


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