Do you know how hard it is to make something with the letter "Q"?  Well actually it’s not, only if you have a temporary mojo block like I did.  Okay, I’ll explain.  I’m hosting the Tuesday challenge over at CreatedByHand.  The best part of the challenge was that the challenge was assigned to me – I like it that way because it makes me stretch my artistic muscle and use my noggin’.  The hard part of the challenge was to create something that would hopefully inspire people like me – who lurk – to go over and take a look and be inspired enough to come up with something to contribute.  Since it is my week, I’m thowing down the gauntlet . . . I dare you to s-t-r-e-t-c-h :-)

If you’ll look closely, my card spells the word "Quote".  The "Q" is obscured just a little bit, it couldn’t be helped, I just had to use ribbon (*wink*).   The stamps used here are from Quietfire Design.   Each letter is overstamped  using the same stamp used on my card yesterday (When You Get to the End).   Next I stamped the sentiment called Fill Your Paper, on my suggested letter "o" , which is the layered Spellbinders Labels Four.  Everything is smudged with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks. 

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Quietfire Design – Fill Your Paper, When You Get to the End
Paper:  The Paper Company – Khaki, Bazzill, K & Co – Tim Coffee Autumn
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Accessories:  Spellbinders Labels Four, Ribbon, Bling

As you know, I like all genres of stamps and challenge myself to use them.  I’m left handed and tried my hand at calligraphy years ago and somehow patience was not on my side.  I say that to say that I adore the stamps I’m working with, Suzanne hand letters each one of these designs – gosh, I only wish I could do that.    Well to use them is a little bit of living vicariously.  As you stamp and create, remember to go where your heart goes . . . 

Okay, well that’s my story today and I’m sticking to it – big wink*

  • JanineSeptember 14, 2009 - 11:16 am

    WOW Becca this is beautiful!! I just love it!! Hope you are well and that you have a fabulous week!!ReplyCancel

  • SuzanneSeptember 14, 2009 - 11:21 am

    Lol! Becca! I’d stay you stepped up to the plate and took it over!! Beautiful and unexpected – both elements make my heart sing! Thank you so much for your beautiful Challenge piece!ReplyCancel

  • RitaSeptember 14, 2009 - 11:27 am

    Becca – that is awesome!!! And believe me, I KNOW how hard it is to create using the letter Q.

    Keep up the great work!

    Rita QUALTERReplyCancel

  • Melissa D.September 14, 2009 - 12:10 pm

    This is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. I think ti would work out great as a sign to put on your wall as well. Great job!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa D.September 14, 2009 - 12:14 pm

    This is absolutely great. I love it. I think this would be great to make into a wall hanging as well. TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • sandyhSeptember 14, 2009 - 12:28 pm

    as a fellow “leftie”, i know how hard calligraphy is for us! i gave up trying. that’s what makes suzanne’s stamp so wonderful!
    tfs, sandyh

  • LouiseSeptember 14, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    It’s gorgeous Becca
    Louise xReplyCancel

  • MrsHSeptember 14, 2009 - 1:34 pm

    Good evening, Becca- this is a rather superb challenge. Your finished project is so unusual and so unique- it’s actually superb and the colours are delightful.ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KaySeptember 14, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    You’re absolutely brilliant! Love your challenge and your design! Guess what . . . I’m left handed too . . . I’m going to use mental telepathy to swipe some of your mojo . . . .LOL!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisSeptember 14, 2009 - 1:48 pm

    You did a wonderful job Becca even if you did go out of your comfort zone just a tad. Beautiful colors chosen. TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeSeptember 14, 2009 - 1:58 pm

    GREAT JOB!!!!!!
    I love it.


  • CharmaineSeptember 14, 2009 - 2:02 pm

    Gorgeous card…I love the quote.


  • Elaine AllenSeptember 14, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    Becca –

    This is really outside the box! Wonderful, you always amaze me with your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing.

    Elaine AllenReplyCancel

  • BaukjeSeptember 14, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Becca, you are amazing.


  • mary puskarSeptember 14, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Has to be one of your best efforts ever! You have talent oooooozing out of your pores! Just beautiful! Where did you get the big letters???


  • MarisaSeptember 14, 2009 - 4:24 pm

    Love the quote and the way you included it in the “QUOTE”. VERY creative and a lovely project!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeSeptember 14, 2009 - 5:38 pm

    So pretty, I love your signature ribbons! ~DianeReplyCancel

  • Linda CoughlinSeptember 14, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    Becca, this piece is really beautiful. You always do a fabulous job, but this is really special. Thanks for all you share with us. Question – I read your card recipe, but I don’t see where you got the large letters. Did you purchase them as chipboard or cut them yourself or what????

    Blessings & hugs,

    • Becca FeekenSeptember 14, 2009 - 9:32 pm

      Linda, I cut them out myself, I was desperate. Thank goodness it is mostly straight cuts.ReplyCancel

  • Sue KmentSeptember 14, 2009 - 6:12 pm

    Oh so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Barb gSeptember 14, 2009 - 6:35 pm

    Drop Dead GORGEOUS!

    Totally Awesome.


  • Michelle RSeptember 14, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    Beautiful work, Becca! I do so love the elegance you always exude from every single project!ReplyCancel

  • amySeptember 14, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    WOW..so amazing!!! I love all the inking and the ribbon. Very elegant card. Thanks for the “Q” inspirationReplyCancel

  • jami {sgtStamper}September 14, 2009 - 9:43 pm

    Love how this turned out – it looks like you cut those letters from antique book pages – what a fabulous look!! and the “implied O” is perfect!! Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • SandraSeptember 14, 2009 - 10:28 pm

    very nice!

  • MoniSeptember 15, 2009 - 1:54 am

    Ein fantastisches Werk!!ReplyCancel

  • TrudieSeptember 15, 2009 - 2:24 am

    The are brilliant, Becca.
    Great artwork.ReplyCancel

  • HeatherSeptember 15, 2009 - 3:48 am

    This is so clever Becca – I don’t think there is anything ‘out of your comfort zone’ whatever you make is inspirational. I love how you used the same stamp as yesterday in a totally different way. You certainly are ‘amazing’.
    HW (UK)

  • Dusty GallowaySeptember 15, 2009 - 4:15 am

    Oh Becca~
    This is beautiful….and the first thing I thought of was this could easily be done for a Christmas card..just change the word to Peace! Anyway…thanks for the great idea….again!

  • ConniecrafterSeptember 15, 2009 - 7:03 am

    so very cool, like the way you stamped the letters, great quote, the gems are a neat touch!ReplyCancel

  • Amy JohnsonSeptember 15, 2009 - 8:04 am

    This is brillant!ReplyCancel

  • Heather xSeptember 15, 2009 - 9:07 am

    So beautiful Becca! I love it when you stretch your mind lol :0)
    *hugs* Heather xReplyCancel

  • LauraSeptember 15, 2009 - 9:20 am

    THis card is really cool. Love the word quote with the O as a quote, very clever.ReplyCancel

  • ToshSeptember 15, 2009 - 10:13 am

    So creative and fabulous Becca! What a stunning beauty!!ReplyCancel

  • YogiSeptember 15, 2009 - 1:15 pm

    gorgeous piece. Love the layering. You definitely have a way with layers and ribbons… BIG GRINReplyCancel

  • Judy RozemaSeptember 15, 2009 - 5:09 pm

    Becca, this is totally over the top gorgeous and inventive!! Simply awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerSeptember 16, 2009 - 5:31 am

    Alll just so beautiful Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • RhondaSeptember 16, 2009 - 7:39 am

    This is absolutely fabulous!! Love how you have put the quotes onto the letters, this is just great. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Diana EvansSeptember 16, 2009 - 8:27 am

    oh wow!!! this is amazing and the details and shades used are perfect!!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowSeptember 16, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    It is so funny to hear you refer to yourself as a lurker….I thought that I was the only one……this is really a great card and love how you stretched.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon CaudleSeptember 16, 2009 - 6:27 pm

    Wow! This is amazing! Fantastic work as always! hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Linda CoughlinSeptember 16, 2009 - 8:26 pm

    Wow, amazing job of cutting the letters out yourself!! I’m so impressed (but then I am always impressed with your work). I really love this creation. Thanks for the response to my inquiry.

    Blessings & hugs,

  • niseSeptember 17, 2009 - 6:25 am

    Thanks! LOVE this, especially that quote, which I am using in my calligraphy guild’s newsletter that I am in the process of writing!ReplyCancel

  • Marion (Australia)September 18, 2009 - 2:04 pm

    Another beautiful creation. Love it.
    hugs MarionReplyCancel