I took a break from my Christmas cards today to play in the SCS Limited Supply Challenge.  I have always been intrigued by this challenge as it always takes me back to when I was a new stamper and didn’t have many of the supplies, accessories, or lots of fancy stuff.  Jennifer Javorsky has been hosting this challenge for a couple of years and works hard each week to bring us a challenge that will take us back to stamping basics. I thoroughly enjoy working to be creative within the limits.  Many time I find that what I have created is better than when I try too hard on a project and end up going over the top. See the list of today’s challenge rules below:

A) Use 2-3 stamps – one should be a heart image or sentiment.
B) Choose one designer paper pattern OR one embellishment.
C) Choose one specialty tool. (Optional)
D) Limit the layers.
E) Use any coloring tools.

Since we were to limit our layers I decided to do a faux layer on my watercolor paper.  I cut a mask and attached it with mono removable adhesive. I stamped my little truck and hearts with black Stazon.  I stamped a second truck on scrap paper to cut out to pop over the original to add just a touch of dimension to the scene. Well….in all honesty…I messed up the first truck and had to stamp another one to cover up the boo-boo. I call that a happy mistake. Lesson….never give up unless you really have to.  Some of my happy mistakes have been the most creative things I have ever made.  I used a craft knife to cut out the car window to allow the greenery on the other side of the car to show through and then cut the remaining image out with my snips.  I cut the wheels off to allow the bottom image wheels show and to add dimension. I really did that on purpose. I painted the car with Ballet Blue re inker and watercolor brushes and the wheels with Going Gray.  The hearts were done with bright Real Red. I brushed a dry brush directly over the Caramel and Artichoke pads to gather ink and brushed on the paper to create the little dirt road and grassy area.  I used the wonderful little leaf image from My Favorite Things– It’s a Jungle Out There and Artichoke ink to create the greenery for the scene. I sponged the sky with Bashful Blue using a little handmade cloud template made of Post-It paper and cut with my scalloped scissors. Cindy Motherway-Mothermark shared that little hint with me and it is a nice change from the larger scallops on my SU cloud template (retired). I added a hint of Banana along the border of the greenery to high light and then added a touch of Ballet Blue to the sky to create enough contrast to allow the faux layer to show well on the top of the scene.  I stamped the sentiment with Craft Ballet Blue and embossed with clear embossing power. It’s been quite a while since I have played with my little truck set and yet it still remains one of my all time favorites.

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Stamps: Load of love, MFT It’s a Jungle Out There, Canvas, Itty Bitty Background

Paper:  Ballet Blue, Watercolor

Ink:  Ballet Blue, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Caramel, Banana, Bashful Blue, Black Stazon

Accessories: Grosgrain, Craft Knife, Watercolor Brushes, Sponges