I’ve found a new (to me, anyway) stash-crashing style challenge blog. It’s called the Retro Rubber Challenge, and the challenge is to use your old stamps — stamps that are older than one year. You can read the rules here.
They rotate between Sketch, Color, and Theme challenges, and you have two weeks to play along.
This is a good challenge because many of us get so hung up on buying new, new, new stamps and sets that we forget all about the older ones that we used to be just as enamored of. We buy a stamp thinking, well, I’ll be able to use it forever, but we seldom do. We move on to new acquisitions. Craft hoarding and acquisitiveness is a real problem among crafters, I think, why is why I started my blog in the first place, to combat that tendency in myself. I hope it has helped some of you as well.
Here is my entry in their current challenge, which is a sketch challenge:
The focal piece in the sketch is a circle, but I thought, why not a hexagon? I love hexagons, such a balanced, pleasing shape. Once I had that idea the card came together pretty quickly. I’ve enjoyed doing the ATCs, so I’m continuing with that.
The stamp for the challenge is the background, the Hero Arts Hexagon Background. And the first time I posted about it was in May 2014, so it is definitely more than a year old. I used Deco Foil for the embellishments. I love Deco Foil! And a Tim Holtz sentiment sticker. An appropriate sentiment, because I love papercrafting, and right now I love ATCs.
Wish me luck! In the challenge, I mean.
Crescent Cardboard Mixed Media ATC blank, silver
Hero Arts Hexagon Background stamp
Staz-On Teal Ink
hexagon chipboard, unknown (Maya Road?)
Recollections double-sided adhesive sheets
Glossy Accents (adhesive)
Green and Blue Deco Foil
Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment stickers