Earlier this month I joined a friend for an online stamping creative event and it was soooo much fun! The leaders of the event really did a fantastic job hosting an event that had provided lots of creative inspiration and was also very friendly and welcoming. The technology worked flawlessly (which is always amazing) and my friend and I had a blast! The organizers also created pre-retreat challenges for the participants. There was one challenge each week for the 4 weeks leading up to the event. One of the challenges was to create “Four cards at One Time” which I’ve previously heard called Split 4. The author of the challenge did hers a little differently by stamping in the corners rather than along the horizontal and vertical center line as I did. The final gist is the same tho – stamp a bunch of images in the four quadrants of a sheet of paper and then cut up and use on four cards. The organizers also set up a Facebook Group for the event and provided posts for each of the pre-event challenges so we could share our creations with each other. It was really amazing seeing the variety of designs that the participants created. So many different colors and stamps – lots of inspiration for each of us to draw on.

You may be having a sense of déjà vu when you see these images. I used this technique in the summer to create a batch of 4 cards using the same stamps. You can see my earlier post here. I did use a different stamp set for the greetings on these cards so I could show off the gorgeous script of the Go To Greetings stamp set. I referred to the Winter Meadow DSP for the color inspiration for my Split 4 stamping. This paper is so gorgeous and it’s been very popular. I’m happy to report that it’s currently available, so if you have it on your wish list I encourage you to get some now. Many of the various DSP’s from the mini catalog have been selling out quickly when inventory comes back in. Stampin’ Up! clearly had a pulse on what people want with this catalog.

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