Sunday, July 15, 2012

How I Stretch My Stamps (Series 4)

We are into the 4th week of  "How I stretch My Stamps"! If you miss the previous serious, just click on the links under the blog banner and it will take you to all the series.
Tip #5: It's good/fun to alter the stamp image

Do all the stamped images have to look just the way they are supposed to? Not really. Here is one of my favorite stamps. 
 i hope you know how much i care
I used it as a tree stamp and I used it as part of the "frame". Unless you know about this stamp, otherwise, you would not have suspected that it is actually a tree stamp, would you!? 
You're in My Thoughts
Another good example is this stamp called Background Scallop Circle 
Isn't the stamp lovely?
sending smiles
It can be anything you want it to be. Here I turned it into an umbrella!
thinking of you
And a window
a happy hello!
So what do you think? When there is a will, there is a way, right!? There is still time to join the challenge. Thank you for your entries as I have been immensely inspired and I am sure we all have so much to learn from each other! A (by random) winner of the challenge will receive $25 US gift certificate from Want2 Scrap
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Edited: Please mention in your post that you are linking it to "How I Stretch My Stamps" and feel free to use the text bird logo.






30 comments:

Kara Lynne said...

These examples are fantastic! How you come up with your ideas like that frame flourish from the tree is amazing. Thanks for all the inspiration, I'm loving your series!!

Darnell J Knauss said...

It also helps to have your genius for seeing the possibilities of using the stamps in different ways! You're amazing. Thanks again for doing this great series!!

Vic Lau said...

Wow! These ideas are brilliant and the cards are lovely!

Laura B. said...

You just blew my mind how you turned that tree into a fancy frame! Amazing inspiration!

Lynn said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love all your cards (yet again) :) especially how you created the frame on the second one.

Dawn said...

Great ways to stretch your stamps Virginia. Your did some very cool cards, especially I like your window card

shirley-bee said...

Great cards, Virginia! I especially love that gorgeous umbrella. Thanks for giving us a great series.

lenny said...

Wow!! Beautiful cards!!
Love them all!!
Great "stretch your stamps" ideas!!
What you did with just these two stamps ... AWESOME!!
It makes me think and learn!
(and I love that!)
Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog!! = great motivation!!
:)

onecraftymama said...

I'm really loving this series too, Virginia! I'm coming to think that there are a lot more possibilities with some of my tired old stamps...hopefully I'll bring them out to play today!

Kathy Martin said...

You rock the stamps! So many clever ways to use them! :)

Robin K. said...

These are all perfect examples of why I admire your work Virginia! You always use stamps in the most creative ways!

Sheila H said...

Thank you for another great lesson, Virginia. Your creativity is amazing. And thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving comments. I appreciate that immensely!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

What a fabulous bunch of cards, Virginia - you are so creative! Love how you did the label with the scrolly tree - genius! And the scalloped circle (I love that one too) turned into a flower? Adorable! Thanks for the inspiration - it goes well with Jennifer's online class I'm taking :)

Karen B. said...

Your frame is genius, what a great idea!

Maureen Morton said...

You are sooo thinking outside the box! Can't believe the versatility you have demonstrated. Makes my brain spin.....what a way to start a Sunday. Thanks so much, Virginia!

Barb said...

See? I told ya you didn't need the actual class! Look at these fabulous cards! I wish there was a way you could teach me how to think outside the box! I love your first two cards, but then I saw the third one - goodness, those colors are so darn pretty! LOVE the way you used the frame for a big flower! Then I scrolled down again and saw that umbrella! GENIUS!! Absolutely adorable, V! Send me some of your talent, would ya please!? Hugs! :)

Judy1223 said...

Amazing examples of how to stretch your stamps, Virginia!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Your cards are all just wonderful, but my favorite is the last one. I just love the colors and the beautiful girls smiling in that frame. It definitely made me smile right back! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

How could I have missed so many posts from you!!?????? I am behind 25 posts!

Please know that I'm checking everything out--even if I don't leave comments;)

I loooove how you used that tree stamp as a frame!! FUN and clever:) YOU ROCK, Virginia:) HUGS!

sandie said...

you are just too clever! I kept having to re-look at the stamps to see how you had done this-gosh not sure I could manage to think quite so 'out of the box' Just fab!!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love today's cards, I think my favorite is how you used the tree as kind of brackets to frame the opening. So clever!

Monika Reeck said...

I like your window card tooo....really clever Idea and cuuuteeeee, the Regenschirm auch so suuuueeeees Virginia...love your idea....hugs

donna mikasa said...

Oh, Virginia! I DO remember that scallop circle stamp and the clever ways you used it! Even back then you stretched your stamps so creatively! Today, the possibilities are endless with your uber talented brain! it's always a treat visiting your blog!

cnelson said...

Wow..wow...WOWZERS! LOVE all of these!

Cindy C. said...

Amazing, so many beautiful cards in one post! I love the umbrella one, so cute!

Linda R said...

I just love these post. You are so creative and have so many great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Hugs~

Melissa Shea said...

You're an endless source of ideas! When you pick up a stamp, do you have to stare at it for a looonnngg time before you come up with something clever? Or do ideas just jump out of you???

Kelly Griglione said...

Brilliant! It's posts like this that really get me inspired. Thanks Virginia!

Vic Lau said...

Virginia, since you do a lot of stamping...just wondering...what do you use to clean your stamps?

Thanks!

Alice Wertz said...

you are a genius, girl! clever use of those stamps. love love them all!