Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SOS#199: Opposite Day...And Boy, Howdy!

My friend Leslie and I had lunch together yesterday, and she told me about the Shopping-Our-Stash Challenge this week. The theme is opposites, so you do the opposite of what you normally do. Leslie says on the blog that if you do CAS, try lots of layers and embellishments.

Now that's just crazy talk, so I decided to see how opposite I could be while still being CAS. Boy, howdy! Thanks to Susan R. Opal, I NAILED this challenge.

First, my card.

Here's the list of things I did that are the opposite of what I normally do.
  1. Colored card base...only a tiny slip of white card stock (you have no idea how hard that was!)
  2. Masking (it's not hard, but I'm lazy)
  3. Cutting and piecing the popped envelope together (trickier than I supposed)
  4. Ribbon
  5. Big bow (on those rare occasions I use ribbon, I don't make bows!)
  6. No bling or shimmer or shine of any kind--Eeeek!
  7. Whimsy (to pun or not to pun...visually)
  8. Purple (definitely not a go-to color for me)
  9. Music (y'all have never heard me sing...for a reason)
  10. A challenge other than One-Layer Simplicity!
Now, I could not have achieved this level of oppositeness without inspiration, and it came in the form of a card by Susan R. Opal:

Isn't her card so sweet? I just love that sentiment. I stole the bow and the layout, which may be too much, all things considered, to enter my card in the SOS Challenge. Just not sure it's "original" enough. But really, I had so much fun making my version of her card!

In keeping with the challenge, I used all old supplies: the SU card stock, Hero Arts clear stamp set, and ribbon are all at least 4-5 years old. Even Susan's card comes from an old issue of Stamp-It Challenges.

So that was lots of fun! And now I can't wait to make a white-based, one-layer card and get back to normal.


"She thinks she's normal. That's so cute."

stamps: Hero Arts, Papertrey (musical notes)
ink: Memento black
paper: SU almost amethyst, PTI white
accessories: dimensionals, glue, ribbon


  1. HAHAHAHA! You played!!!! This makes me so happy. :D You really did go way beyond your comfort zone here.

    And Normal is a setting on the washing machine.

    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!!!!

  2. Your list amused me! I am soooo bow challenged that,when I do attempt them, I have been known to spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out how to tie a decent bow (yet another reason God gave me boys).
    I am impressed how many "opposites" you fit in on one card!

  3. well look at you! I love those envelopes!!! I didn't know there was a shop your stash challenge. Hmm

  4. Cute! You go with all your "opposites" - totally get the lazy comment :) That would be me too. Great inspired card~

  5. Love, love your card. How fun to see your list!


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