SDC10 – Freedom


I always try to check out the Stampotique Designers Challenge and usually have an idea of what I want to do pretty quickly after seeing it.  This week was no exception till I read that ALL the stamps had to be Stampotique. That scuppered my original idea, but I did have a favourite “freedom” quote that I thought would be good to use so I shifted gears and came up with this one:

I found the little waving flag image online then printed it forward and reverse and wrapped it around a toothpick  so my little American Girl could wave it.  I used her last time I did a card, but her sweet expression and strip-y outfit fit better than the rest of the images.  I’ll have to make a conscious effort to do a different one next time!

The quote is one I remind myself of (as the mother of a teenager) quite often but it is so hard to step back when you see your kids making what YOU think are the wrong choices (along the lines of A-level revision v shooting people in Call of Duty, not driving drunk or getting involved with drugs – at that point rational thought would go out the window.  The Wrath of Mom knows no limits when it’s not just poor judgement but actual danger on the table!)

And just because once an idea takes hold I usually have to carry it thru, I did make the other card, even if it isn’t a fit for the challenge.  It uses one of my favourite stamps, the little shish kebab skewer with a space – perfect for skewering all manner of things for comedic effect.  I skewered a little screaming head, to make a warning for a pot of especially HOT dip we put out at a BBQ once.  I’ve skewered nuns, a bald Hilary Clinton, other screaming people, a family of Edward Gorey dancers, and even once poor Dan99.  But I recently bought an unneeded set of Copics from someone who very kindly included a number of stamped images she had no use for.  They were all in the “cute” range, something she would have no idea was about as far away from my style as possible.  I was delighted, nonetheless as they were PERFECT for practice colouring in.  Having done the no-mouthed girl, and I think fairly well, it seemed a shame to just toss her aside.  She merged in my head with the challenge to give me this:

If she had a mouth it would be screaming, yes? Seems to me there is a gap in the market.  All those frankly creepy no-mouth kids crave a little six-sided stamp cube, each with an expression – screaming, smiling, an O of surprise, a stuck out tongue, an unhappy face and, oh I don’t know, maybe vampire teeth?  That might tempt me to buy one someday….

14 thoughts on “SDC10 – Freedom

  1. Just discovered your website from Stampotiques…I am lovin it! You really do make me laugh out loud!!! Love your quirky sense of humor! Wondered if you would mind sharing the name of the font you used for the awesome freedom card and where you got the font?! Just love d both cards…the skewer is hilarious! Thanks for making my day!

  2. pml nice job with the Tilda stamp…and a cute challenge card too! ;0)

  3. Both are so great! I love how you wrapped the flag around the toothpick and that saying is fabulous!!! Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge this week!

  4. lol! Your post made my day too! heehee, a skewer lol!!
    I love your card for the Stampotique challenge! Thanks for joining!

  5. Glad i’m not the only person who thinks children with no mouths are the freakiest things in the planet. Absolutely love the skewer!

  6. Tilda has finally found her place :0)

  7. That is fab MaryAnne love the Tilda 🙂

  8. Now seeing a Tilda skewared is something I’ve wanted to see for a looooong time :D:D

  9. Both are perfect, MaryAnne. Your American girl with flag is adorable. Love the quote on the first card. And thanks for the big smile on my face when I saw your second card. Thanks for joining us on SDC!

  10. MaryAnne… your challenge card is super adorable! I’m so glad I had just finished my drink when I saw the second card – what a scream!! The sentiments are perfect on both cards!! It’s great to see so many interpretations of this theme! Thank you for joining in the fun at Stampotique once again! Val 🙂

  11. Mary,
    You are such a great inspiration. I come & read your Blog every morning while I drink my coffee. Love your Stampotique Creations & Mini Albums.
    Questions: Did you use cardstock or watercolor paper to do you challenge? Where did you get the cool Skewer Stamp? What size did you print the folding flower?
    Have a wonderful day.

    • Oh dear! So many questions LOL! Let’s see – first thank you so much for stopping by every day. That puts a big smile on my face. The card are both on pre-made cards that came with the GoGo Greetings kit. I don’t know what card they use but it’s a lovely weight and texture. The Skewer stamp is VERY old – I’ve had it for about 10 years, I think. It’s from Stampabarbara. For the mini I just dragged the template into my drawing program and pulled the corner till it fit on an A3 canvas. I don’t really know the exact dimensions. If you don’t have a large format printer then you could print 1/2 twice and stick them together!

      Maybe I’ll try to contact the person who made the template and see if they would mind me posting it in a bigger size. watch this space!

      Mary Anne

  12. Now while I love your card for the challenge, which is great by the way, I have to say your skewered Tilda has made my day!

    Love the quote too. thanks for joining us at SDC xx

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