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Vintage Style

Vintage Style published on 12 Comments on Vintage Style

Have you seen the sketch challenge Try Stampin’ on Tuesday yet?  It has been a while since I could join them but I needed a layout for my Vintage Class and this seemed perfect!  Make sure you check them out because they have some fun layouts!

I love the vintage look but it isn’t something that comes naturally to me.  Thankfully Stampin’ Up has some beautiful images that lend themselves to this style.  Elements of Style is definitely one of them!!  I stamped the image in Soft Suede and colored in the image with my Blender Pen.  Now Soft Suede is not a water-resistant ink but that works in your favor for this.  I simply pulled some of the color for the leaves.  The flowers are colored with Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink.  Again, some of the Soft Suede pulls in but that adds to the sepia tones I wanted.  I embossed the back panel with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and brayered on some Crumb Cake ink.  All the edges were distressed and then sponged with Soft Suede except the image panel which was sponged with Crumb Cake.  I made a little rosette out of Very Vanilla Seam Binding.  Love these pretty things!  Then I needed to deviate a bit from the sketch.  The circle just didn’t work for me on the right for some reason.

I’m back on reserve (on call) today and for the next couple of days so not sure how much stamping will get done.  I do have a card ready for the SUO Challenge on Tuesday and you are going to LOVE the challenge!


Finally, the much anticipated Retirement List is here!!!  Oh, it is big and some old favorites are leaving.  If you are like me, some of them have been on your “must-have” list for a while.  They are only available until the end of May so make sure you get them before they are gone!  I am happy to help you with any of them or just click on the airplane logo in the upper right corner for my online store.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  See you again on Tuesday!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette; Accessories:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Brayer, Basic Pearls, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Sticky Sheet

Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop

Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop published on 23 Comments on Stampin’ Addicts Retiring Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to another blog hop courtesy of the stampers at Stampin’ Addicts!!  If you just came in from Kim Bolzenthal’s Stitchin’ and Stampin’ on Paper, I just know you are re-thinking your Last Chance order!  Her projects with Friends 24-7 are amazing!!

I am the last stop on today’s hop and my stamp set today is All Holidays.  It has been a favorite.  In fact, if you don’t have it I don’t know what you have done without it!  This has truly been a go-to set for me.  I have chosen three of my favorite stamps (well, really four but you can’t see one) to make my projects today.

My first card today uses the most wonderful focal image stamp!  I just love this sentiment and there are times when this one says it all.  I used the retiring Elegant Soiree DSP (one of my all time favorites) as a basis for the colors and accented the oval with flowers from Vintage Vogue.  I have some more details on the ribbon technique for you and will post more information about this card on Tuesday.  The sketch for this card is from a relatively new challenge, Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.

My next project uses the little “for you” phrase and this one has been a workhorse!  The beautiful font and the perfect size have insured heavy rotation since I first bought this set!  Today I have a Mini Milk Carton (cut with the Big Shot) decorated with the retiring Greenhouse Gala DSP.  I loved Daffodil Delight from the moment it was introduced in the 2010-11 Catalog and this paper features it prominently.  I love that I can stamp a little flower, pop on the sentiment and have a perfect tag ready to go!

Last, but certainly not least, is the “Peace Love Joy” stamp.  I have used the words together, I have used them separately (inked with a Stampin’ Write Marker)!  It isn’t the Christmas season unless this stamp has ink on it.  If you own little Dasher (and you should!), this font is a perfect combination.  I pulled out the last of my Deck the Halls DSP from last year’s Holiday Mini (retired) and some Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.  I also made a double bow using the retiring Early Espresso ribbon.  You probably heard the sobs at your house when I read that the ribbon was retiring.  Thank heavens there are more lovely choices on the way!!  But I ordered some extra “just in case” and I suggest you do the same.  *smile*  Inside the card, I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment because it, too, has been a staple.

It has been nice having you stop by today.  If you started in the middle or with me, you can go on to Tanya Boser at Tinkerin in Ink for a fond farewell to From the Crypt.  She is stop number one on the hop!  Just wait until you see her pop-up boxes!  Where ever you began, just follow the loop around until you have seen all the awesome projects!  Don’t forget to drop back in on Tuesday for more information on my projects or you can subscribe to make sure you don’t miss a post (just look at my sidebar for more information).  Have fun hopping!


ColorLab 37

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I got to pull out my Rose colored inks this week for the ColorLab Challenge!  Aren’t these colors pretty?  Artichoke has been one of my favorite greens since I started stamping so it was nice to pull it out this week too.  I definitely went Clean & Simple (CAS) for the challenge because I was still cutting and preparing for my class.  I might be the slowest designer around when it comes to classes…I am always changing things right up until the last minute!

My project today highlights hostess sets, old and new.  The flower comes from last year’s set Of the Earth and it remains a favorite of mine.  The sentiment is from this year’s hostess set Apple Blossoms.  Hostess sets really are little gift that keep on giving!!  I sponged an oval using a mask cut out by my Big Shot with the Ovals die and simply stamped the flower on top.  The ribbon is that beautiful Always Artichoke Seam Binding.  Pictures never seem to capture how pretty that style of ribbon is on a card.  The layout is based on the Try Stampin’ On Tuesday sketch this week.  I changed it a little but it is mostly true to the sketch concept. 

Make sure you go see the lovely work of the other Color Chemists this week and I can’t wait to see what you make with this set of colors!  I’ll be back tomorrow with one of the projects from my “Those Wonderful Women” class.  See you then!

Stamps:  Of the Earth (Hostess, retired), Apple Blossoms; Paper:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White; Ink:  Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke; Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Die, Sponges, Artichoke Seam Binding

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ColorLab 36

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Oh, how I love the colors for this week!  Crumb Cake and Espresso together with just about anything are my kind of colors.  The Poppy Parade with them works beautifully.  Something about the orange-ish tint of this red is fantastic with browns.  It was kind of a nice change from some of the pastels we have been doing lately at the ColorLab.

I was stamping with a dear friend last week and she was using one of last year’s hostess sets called Kind & Caring Thoughts.  When I saw the flower from the set, I asked her to borrow it for this.  I really LOVE it with the Poppy Parade!!  I stamped it onto Crumb Cake card stock along with a sentiment from Say It Simply.  This is still available in the Occasions Mini but not for long so make sure you get this useful little word set before it is gone.  I distressed the image panel and added some Log Cabin Smooch Spritz.  Just remember with the Smooch Spritz that you have to accept the variations in the droplet sizes.  For this, it works perfectly.  The paper behind the image is from the retired Deck the Halls DSP.  I am on my last pieces but it is nice to find a non-holiday use to finish it up.

The layout comes from a fun site called Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.  I love their layouts and this one came at the perfect time.

Today is the last day of my nephew’s visit and we have had such fun.  I’ll be back to more stamping next week…promise!!  Until then, I hope you have a great time with this color challenge.  Make sure you check out the fantastic projects from the other Color Chemists too.  Have a great rest of your week!

Stamps:  Say It Simply (Occasions Mini), Kind & Caring Thoughts (retired); Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP (retired), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake; Ink:  Poppy Parade, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

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Zoo Friends

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The Friday Mashup team was kind enough to choose me as a Mashup Maven last week so I was able to get a preview of this week’s challenge:

It is an inspiration challenge!  How fun!  Somehow, when I see the animals together I think of Fox & Friends so that was where I started.  I also found a new challenge called Try Stampin’ On Tuesday and they have a fun sketch this week.  I pulled out the animals in the set to figure out who I wanted to use and kept thinking about some cute wagons and arks I have been seeing with this set.  It was also fun to pull out some colors I haven’t used in a while, specifically Tangerine Tango.  This orange was really perfect for the giraffe and I love the paper choices with it in the Brights Designer Paper Pack.

I created the wagon out of 1/4″ strips of Early Espresso and added a little piercing to mimic the hardware on a wagon.  A piece of Old Olive was cut to fit behind and I snipped it to look like grass.  The handle is simply a narrow strip of card stock with a single scallop from the Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Buttons for the wheels were the final touch.  I added a little more piercing to the Tangerine Tango panel and to the corner of the image for texture.  Finally I punched the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes with the 1 3/8″ x 5/8″ Oval Punch and created a layer behind using the same punch.

Hope you get to play along with this fun challenge.  Thanks, again, to the design team for choosing me as a Maven!!

This has been a busy week of posting.  I love that I have had the opportunity to show you some different styles!  Thanks for joining me again today and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Stamps:  Fox & Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Play Date DSP, Brights Designer Paper Pack, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, So Saffron; Accessories:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Oval Punch

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