Monday, July 27, 2009

Extreme-ly Awesome!!!

As promised, I've spent the weekend playing with my new stamp sets. I love them!! And I have lots of new cards to show you this week.

As many of you know, I have all boys and I'm always looking for the masculine stamps and papers. My boys are past the cute trains and teddy bears and zoo animals. And they love the graphic t-shirts that are so popular now-a-days. So, I naturally gravitated to the new Extreme Elements set in the SU! catalog. I asked both the boys to pick an extreme sport set...they both chose the Extreme Dirt Bike. Without further ado, here is the first card made with these two sets....

Do you like it? I do...extremely! I submitted this for Friday's Limited Supplies Challenge #230 on SCS. The challenge was to 'Get your motor running'. Use an image that you can rev up! Considering I was planning on using my new set anyway, this challenge was perfect and extremely easy! I think this set qualifies.

I started with the Very Vanilla panel. I randomly stamped the different elements in various craft inks, Old Olive, Bordering Blue, Pale Plum, Close to Cocoa, and Soft Suede classic ink. I started with the 'splash' in the center and worked around it. Surprisingly, it was extremely easy to stamp so randomly.

Jess told me that it is 'more extreme when it's upside down'. And that's just what I did. The bike is stamped in Basic Black craft and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I should make mention here that you should always use your embossing buddy over any area that you don't want embossing to adhere to. Especially when using craft inks which tend to stay wet and tacky longer (perfect for embossing powder to cling to). I added the pewter brads to the wheels for visual dimension. Adam said they made a 'cool axle'.

The rest is simple...layer the Very Vanilla panel onto Basic Black and then Old Olive. They are all mounted in dimensionals onto the Soft Suede card base. I added a few elements to the card base corners in Soft Suede first.

Here's a picture of my two goofy guys! I received two 'very cool' remarks! I extremely needed to hear that from them! Jess even said that it's about time I had some stamps for boys. I hope you like the masculine graphic elements. I'll be using these sets often. Of course, I can't wait to try the Extreme Elements with a feminine flair. Check back all week. I have lots to share. I'll also have the Deal of the Week posted as soon as Stampin' Up! has it announced later this morning.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs ~Leslee~

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