Saturday, January 21, 2017


Do you sometimes look at something you've purchased, shake your head and think, "Y did I buy that???" That is exactly what Edna and the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are looking at for our newest challenge. We want you to make use of something you likely purchased with great enthusiasm, and then couldn't figure out how to use. 
I am generally pretty frugal in my crafty purchases, but I do have a weakness for cat- and music-related items. Cat stuff is usually no problem. Music stuff? Quite often it... sits. Case in point, this stencil: 

It's music! It's old-style! What's not to love? Obviously that's what I was thinking when I bought it last year. I even got it out for our last challenge, with no joy. But on my FOURTH try with it, I found a way to use it that I could live with. Ta-da:

Can you see it? There in the background? A lightly sponged music stencil! Which in itself is an accomplishment, as I don't seem to have a knack for just partially inking through a stencil and fading it off at the edges. The main stamped image is not so much a Y did I buy that as a Wow, my design style has changed a lot over the years. This is the first stamp I ever bought from Stampin' Up, and it was back in the early days when I thought making a card was essentially stamp something, maybe colour it, add a sentiment and call it done. I don't do that quite so much any more. 😉 I do still appreciate a stamp that does some collage-style work for me, though. The sentiment is from yet another music set that I needed to have. And I have used it... once or twice.
And there you have my latest instalment of Y????! Now it's your turn. Grab that stamp, paper, mist, or whatever that you just had to have and now sits on a shelf, quietly mocking you. If you need more convincing that yes, it can be done, all you need to do is check the rest of the team's creations, as well as this week's guest, Stephanie! And think how much better you'll feel actually using that special something at last! 

Supplies: Stampin' Up very vanilla cardstock, Strathmore watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye Bohemia patterned paper, Stampin' Up Music Expressions & Technique Tuesday Glee stamps, MFT black licorice & Papertrey Ink fine linen inks, distress markers, The Crafters Workshop small sheet music stencil

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Barbara Godden said...

Lovely card, awesome write-up, made me want to go find something else to ask Y of. I have a few of those collage stamps, two of them say Thank-you but they were prizes. I have used one, once. lets face it I'm a collector.

Donna said...

Every stencil I have is a "why did I buy that"
Or perhaps more accurately - "what am I going to do with that" lol
I get what you are saying on the stencil...but come on...fourth time is the charm clearly, this is awesome possum!

Chris Dring said...

I still adore this card. Thant is all. ☺

SmilynStef said...

Fabulous card ... love how you incorporated your musical element

Dotty Jo said...

Looks great! Love the depth you've achieved with that stencil-work, Jo x

Jane Willis said...

Gorgeous card, it would really be lacking something without that subtle stencilling, which goes so perfectly with the image

Majo said...

It's beautiful, dear Sistah ♥

Lee aka Violent Kittie said...

You just needed the right inspiration for this card and you pulled your elements together very nicely