Sunday, May 01, 2011

Stamping with Nichol at Two Peas

Yep. I said it - STAMPING!

Can you believe it? I'm finally starting to stamp more and more thanks to talented (and persuasive) friends like Jen McGuire and Nichol Magouirk. These girls rock stamping like nobody's business. Seriously.

So I have to admit I chuckled a little bit to myself when Nichol asked if I'd contribute a layout to her awesome stamping class over at Two Peas in a Bucket. I mean really. We all know that stamping is not something I'm particularly skilled at, but I'm always up to a challenge and so I went for it!

Nichol's class this month (she has a different stamping class EACH month all for FREE - so amazing) is about border stamps. Since I'm not normally a stamper, I tend to do things a bit differently. So I used *my* border stamps by Hero Arts to create my embellishments for this page rather than make a traditional border. The large branch stamp you see here is actually a 12" stamp that I repeated several times and cut at different lengths to create the look I was going for. And that, my friends, is my biggest stamping tip:
I'm too scared to stamp directly on my layout most times so I stamp, then color and cut out to use how I see fit. This way I can arrange them just like any other embellishment. That takes the fear out of it for me AND reminds me of exactly how many times I can use a stamp over and over again (for FREE :)).

So there you have it!

And this was the result:
Source List: BoBunny (Ad Lib) paper; Bazzill cardstock; Hero Arts Stamps; American Crafts Thickers, embossing powder, ink; BasicGrey alpha stickers and stitched brad. This layout was also based on an old sketch by Becky Fleck that I adore and have used over and over in one form or another! :)

And a little detail shot:

I hope you hop over and play along with Nichol this month (and the rest of the year, too)! You'll be so glad you did!

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!


laura vegas said...

gorgeous layout kelly! i love the flowers, and bold colors! i'm with you. i can't stamp directly on my layout. i mess up too much to try that. lol!

Anonymous said...

oh go on stamp directly onto the page, i had done it many of times!fab page x

Blessed so much said...

Wow...this is fabulous, Kelly! Fantastic use of the stamps.


Marisa said...

This page is amazing, it inspires me more than any other layout I've seen in months!

judy said...

You are way too modest-- this is an
awesome layout!!

katsky said...

Fantastic! I really like it.

Anonymous said...

Love it! You are such a good mom! Amazing memories for your boys!!