Friday 8 September 2023

Fun on Wheels for AYSI 307

 This time around at As You See It, it's the challenge you either love or loathe - the speed stamping challenge. If you've never done this before, all  you have to do is create a project on the given theme IN TEN MINUTES OR LESS! Before you have a total meltdown at the impossibility of doing that, here's what you should know. The ten minutes is from the moment you physically begin crafting. So thinking about what you're going to do, gathering and setting out your supplies do not count. So you can block up your stamps, get the dies out and put them by the machine, make sure there's glue in the container, come up with a genius idea, get the paper out before the clock starts. However, the moment you cut the cardstock into a base, ink up a stamp or crank the handle of your machine then the clock is ticking!

The theme for this challenge is hobbies, so I went straight to Fun on Wheels. I don't quite know what I was thinking but I thought I'd use the eclipse technique for this card - cutting out the die cut from the base and putting it back in but raised up. 

For a speed challenge, it would have been far quicker to have stamped up the road maps, stamped the bike on a separate piece of paper, die cut it and adhere it! Instead, I stamped the bike onto the card front, die cut it out then stamped the road maps, then put the bike back in on dimensionals. Along the way, I'd forgotten about the pieces around the bar and handlebars that came out of the die - so had to hunt the bin, find them, stamp them separately and add them in!

The really nerve-wracking part was that then I had to back myself to stamp the sentiment straight! Note to self - next time, stamp the sentiment first! 😀

Then it was a mad dash for the piece for the inner and a quick addition of a bicycle before adhering it.

I'm not sure how, but somehow, time was still on my side. So I added in some Tinsel gems in dark blue.

And then it was time to stop the clock....

Having got to the end and berated myself for bothering to eclipse the bike, I'm actually glad I did because in real life, there is a pleasing little show of Tahitian Tide showing around the cycle that would be missing if I'd just attached the die cut to a stamped map. 

Anyway, we'd love for you to join in our speed challenge and show us what you can do in under ten minutes! Pop over to the As You See It site to see what the rest of the team have done and to link up your entry. You can play along with us until Wednesday September 20, 11.59 PST.

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  1. I think this is gorgeous, Jan! I started laughing as I was reading your speed adventure, gosh, how many times have I kicked myself, thinking, WHY did I do it this way?? I love your result, though - that touch of Tahitian Tide is huge! Great use of the tinsel gems, too - loving those things!

  2. Time really was on your side! I must remind myself to make friends with him! I had to chuckle as I felt that familiar feeling of panic as the timer seems to progress much faster than I think possible! This really looks good, Jan. I had to look up the eclipse technique, but then I learned something new! Thanks!

  3. Your post made me chuckle Jan - so often I get over-ambitious when against the clock; it's surprising how something that seems straightforward enough can trip you up (I had a priceless vision of you rifling through the bin for those missing pieces lol!!) A fabulous card though - I love the two tone blues and the hint of colour beneath the bike makes the technique worth it!

  4. Considering you were dumpster diving to find your bike bits - you had a great time for this card! I love this technique and it really works well with the bike and road maps. It gives a nice 3-D feel. As I read your blog - my panic set it because I thought for sure your time was going to hit 10 minutes! Fantastic!