Friday 16 June 2023

Season of Chic for AYSI 301

Love it or hate, after each theme challenge we have our SPEED STAMPING challenge. For those who think stamping is a calm, relaxing hobby - almost akin to meditation or yoga - then clearly, they haven't ever participated in the speed challenge. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to create a project from scratch on the theme of 'seashells' in ten minutes or less! 

Before you panic, your ten minutes does not include mental planning, setting up of equipment or clean up time. It's just the physical crafting of the item. So you can have your idea in your head, you can have your stamp sets blocked up, your dies on the bench, your embellishments ready to hand etc. BUT the moment you actually begin - you cut the card stock, you ink the stamp, you run a folder through the machine - THEN the timer starts. It's amazing how that ticking timer gets the heart rate moving!

If you regularly participate in the speed challenge, then you'll have developed some tricks to get maximum impact from the least time. Pretty paper and big die cuts are two of mine and both are on show here. 

When buying stamps and bundles there are some I get knowing they're only in my collection for a while. Others are keepers and are part of the permanent collection. The Seashells dies and embossing folder are in this category.  I just love the dies, especially when embossed on Pearlescent paper. It's sadly retired now but I'm sure most of us stocked up on it before it went. So pretty!

Another item from the retired collection was this lovely DSP from the Waves of the Ocean collection as it made a perfect backdrop for the seashells. It's another keeper in my book too. 

Not everything was retired. That's the fun of a permanent collection - you can mix and match it with new things. So the sentiment is from Season of Chic, the label from Something Fancy dies and the gorgeous Natural Wavy Trim  is from the 2023-4 Annual Catalogue. The embellishments are Iridescent Rhinestones. 

How long did this take?

Be sure to pop over the the As You See It Challenge page so you can see what the rest of the team have done with their ten minutes and to link up your own entry. 

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. 

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Items from my Permanent Collection (retired): Seashells dies and embossing folder, Waves of the Ocean DSP, Pearlescent paper.


  1. Ah, brilliant and beautiful, Jan, I was hoping one of us would pull this set of shells out! Gorgeous combined with that Wave paper - you better believe I stocked up on all those items before they went away, lol. Love the pearl paper with this EF SO MUCH! I hadn't tried it over the Waves DSP, though - looks stunning! Great job sneaking in some current items, too - I love doing that as well!

  2. This EF/die combo is a definite keeper Jan, I agree - it makes for a fantastic card, even when creating at speed! I love the new additions of that sentiment and that gorgeous trim too - they add a great, fresh touch to a fabulous set.

  3. You're so right - crafting against the clock is anything but relaxing! I love this die cut - perfect for the challenge, and it looks so good against the pink toned DSP. fab job!

  4. Beautiful and effortless Jan! I only wish I would follow your tricks - but no - I have to push the envelope! That die cut is amazing and with the paper and colors really lend itself to a gorgeous birthday card!!