I’m happy to share that sister Sherry and I have again done the Degree family proud and been honored to have our handstamped artwork appear in The Stampers’ Sampler magazine, this time for the Ladybug Template Challenge.
The Autumn 2016 Stampers’ Sampler is a beautiful issue; highly recommended!
We worked on our cards last spring; the production schedule is such that we must send our cards for any particular challenge or holiday well in advance of the issue in which they will appear. Sherry and I both have jobs outside the home so when we produce cards for consideration, it varies as to how many we can send in, depending on how much time we have to devote to the task. For the Ladybug Challenge, Sherry sent in one card and I sent in three, and we were very happy to see that all four of our cards were published in this issue – that would be considered a “home run” in our family!
Here is an original photo of Sherry’s card, a charming bee and honeycomb creation. You can almost hear the hum of activity in this scene! The sparkly honeycomb cells on the ladybug’s back were enhanced with Black Wink of Stella, a nice tactile touch. And here is her card as it appears on page 41 of the magazine:
Here is the original photo of my Cherry Blossom ladybug card:
The three-dimensional cherry blossoms were inspired by the flowers on the vine that I used from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set (127805.) The Asian stamps are retired but I couldn’t part with them; I knew they would come in handy for just such a project as this! The cardstock color scheme is Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry.
Here is my card as it appears on page 46 of the magazine:
My next card is Lovesick Ladybug and it is kind of a companion piece to Cherry Blossom. Here is the original photo:
I used So Saffron cardstock for the inside of the ladybug and stamp images in Soft Suede ink from the First Sight stamp set (140688.) On the outside I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock with tone-on-tone background stamping from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set (139950.) The die cuts in Blackberry Bliss (retired) and Old Olive cardstock are from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits set (140621.)
My third card was different; I made a play on the word beetle, constructing a bright card with four small ladybugs, each illustrating a Beatles song title. The 60’s retro images were from a retired set called Groovy – another keeper!
Both of these cards appeared on page 47 of the magazine:
All of this was very exciting for Sherry and me, but there was one extra surprise at the end:
At the end of the magazine there is a section called “A Closer Look – our favorite details up close and personal.” Certain cards are chosen from each issue to highlight specific details and techniques that are of interest, and Sherry and I both had cards that were shown here:
This is a particular compliment, and on behalf of Sherry and myself, I would like to say “thank you” to the staff of Stampington & Company for including our Ladybug Template Cards in this beautiful issue of The Stampers’ Sampler!