HSS Romantic Colors Challenge #53 and New Design Team members

This week at HSS we have a color challenge featuring the romantic colors of Red (any shade of red or as many as you like - Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Real Red, Black and Whisper White with Very Vanilla. Create any project with these colors - scrapbook page, card, gift set, 3D items, etc...

Remember you can use any brand of products. Show us your romantic side. We'd love to see your creations.

Use the InLinkz Tool below to provide a DIRECT LINK to your NEW project.

Please note that incorrect links are not eligible for the contest or Artist Picks and will be deleted. TIP for creating a DIRECT LINK: after you have posted your project on your blog simply click on the post title, copy the URL info listed in your search bar and paste it into the InLinkz Tool below.

For this challenge please use KEYWORD HSSCT53 when uploading your project to public galleries. We would also greatly appreciate it if you would kindly note the HSS Challenge and provide a link back to the HSS site in your post.

InLinkz will close at NOON CST on Monday, February 7th. Inlinkz will not allow submissions to be added once the time frame has expired. Meet back here on Tuesday, February 8th for a NEW Challenge **AND** Artist Picks announcements for the prior week's challenge. So be sure to meet back here on Tuesday, the 8th to see if your project was selected as an Artists Pick!

~Now for some inspiration from our Design Team~

Drum roll please... We have added new Design Team members. Please welcome Kathy Braun of Luckystamper blog, Rosemarie Diehl of Rose's World blog, Ann Marie Hile of Stampin' Ann blog, Sherry Hostetter of Sherry's Ink'n Spot blog and Robbie Rubala of Inked X 2 blog. Please welcome them by being inspired by their projects and participating in this week's challenge. Here's a little information about each of our new designers and their projects for this week's challenge.

Kathy Braun
Hi! I've worked as a Corporate Travel Manager for a major Pharmaceutical Company for 27 years, and now I'm a SAHM. I have a daughter in 6th grade that helps out with the Lucky Stamper blog and a DS in college. I was born and raised in New England and moved to Texas a year and a half ago and loving it. I started making cards just shy of a year now and love it. I used to express my creativity by designing and making jewelry before discovering this fun craft of making cards. My other fun think to do is of course walking Lucky, the name sake of my blog, Lucky Stamper :)

Rosemarie Deihl
Hi! I've been stamping since 2000. I became a demonstrator right after I hosted my first workshop. I was hooked! I'm happy to say I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary with Stampin' Up! I always thought I would be a hobby demonstrator, as I work full-time. By day, I'm a marketing manager at an internet company and by night (or any free time I can spare!), I'm an avid crafting enthusiast. My crafting style has evolved over the years. While my cards are pretty simple and clean, I have now become quite enamored with embellishments, especially buttons and ribbon! I also must admit that I've become quite a Big Shot addict. Whether it be embossing folders or dies, I can't seem to get enough and I love to incorporate them in my projects. When I'm not stamping or working, I enjoy hanging out with my hubs and my kitty cat, Oliver. I also love to run, travel and shop! I am so excited to be part of the Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team and look forward to creating and sharing projects with you.

Anne Marie Hile
I am so very excited to be a part of the Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team! I live in the great state of Texas with my husband and our four fur-kids: Benjamin, Ozy, Tomas and Emmitt. I have been playing with paper and crafts of all soets since I was a small child. Oh, how I loved my stickers way back then! I inked up my first stamp in 2001 and became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in March of 2008. Along with stamping and scrapbooking, my other hobbies include cooking, traveling and a growing interest in photography. I really look forward to creating with with the amazing team here at HSS!

Sherry Hostetter
Hi y'all! I was born and raised in Texas. I've never lived anywhere else. I've been creating ever since I can remember. At about age 5, I painted the wooden ladders that hung on the side of my push-pedal fire truck. Now you'd have to be 60+ to remember such a toy. It came with plain ole wooden ladders and I thought painting each rung a different color was a grand idea. I had pained about half of the first ladder when my mom found me... yes I got in trouble but that didn't deter me. I've always loved to paint and color and never in all my days growing up did I think that I would still be coloring and remembering to say to myself "stay inside the lines". We'll I never became a real artist... I couldn't draw anything if my life depended on it. But I have enjoyed being creative since I was young. I have dabbled in every art and craft there is, as evidenced by my garage and craft studio. I just can't bear to throw anything away... even if I haven't opened the box in 9-10 year. I'm sure whatever is in there is still good for something. A little over 2 years ago I discovered card-making. So off on another journey I went and still love it. I can't wait to get to my studio everyday to try a new technique or create a card or other project. I'm not much of a scrap booker, well I have done one scrap book page, but I have a whole trunk full of memories that need attention... maybe someday. I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I love teach ing classes, doing workshops and meeting new people. It's one of the things that I love the most about card-makers and scrap booker... everyone is so friendly. So I hope you will take time to drop by and visit my blog and if I can ever help you with your creative endeavors, please let me know.

Robbie Rubala
I am so excited to be part of this team. I love creating cards and sharing them. I am retired from education and I have two grown beautiful daughters I will be a grandmother in April so I am working on my scrap booking skills as I know I will have lots of pictures. I hope you enjoy my creations and I can't wait to see what you do with our challenge.

~More inspiration from our other Design Team members~


  1. Awesome projects...awesome DT. Love these romantic projects and can't wait to see more in future!

  2. This is my first time participating in your challenge. Thanks for the great inspiration!!

  3. Beautiful projects by the DT. I'm super excited to try this challenge and off I go to create.

  4. New challenge blog for me! Faatastic designs. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. I loaded my card up and picked it from my blog, but it doesn't show and will not let me do it again. Hope my card can be considered.

  6. I missed getting my card posted and linked by 15 minutes. Oh well, I just wanted to let you know that you are featured in my blog post today: http://www.constantlystamping.com/constantly_stamping/2011/02/a-rose-just-for-you.html