Retro Beauty

I found a new challenge site that matches my Throwback Thursday theme. Retro Rubber Challenge Blog encourages crafters to pull out that seasoned stamp set and remember why you fell in love in the first place. Their current challenge is a Tic-Tac-Toe board. I found lots of inspiration on the board. Let me show you.

For my card, I used the diagonal row: Neutrals, Flowers, and Birds. It just so happens the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin incorporated these nature-inspired elements, so I used the kit as my jumping off point along with one of the first stamp sets I purchased from Stampin’ Up back in 2005, Beautiful Beach. The Van Gogh quote that came in the set spoke to me then and, fourteen years later, still does.

My nature/beach themed card uses a base of Pretty Peacock which coordinates with the Paper Pumpkin kit. Over that I used a layer of a long retired DSP, Going Global in Lost Lagoon. This is also a retired color, but wow does it work with Pretty Peacock. Over that, I layered a card front from the kit stamped with one of the bird images in Gray Granite. I added a piece of retiring Wood Texture DSP to represent driftwood.

Next, I worked on the sentiment. Because this stamp is so old, at the time, it had to be trimmed by hand and mounted to the wood block. Well, I was a new stamper and I mounted the sentiment one way and the image sticker upside down. It’s always a challenge to get it right. But I managed to get it stamped correctly in Early Espresso. I added some “watery” texture with the Paper Pumpkin stamp using the second generation stamping technique and Pretty Peacock ink.

My embellishments are the die cuts from the kit, two feathers, and a flower as well as some twine. Then I added the seashell from another seasoned stamp set, By the Tide. I used Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla for the image and fussy cut it. For a final touch, I added some hard to see in a photograph raindrop shaped crystal drops.

One card, lots of nature and I had a ton of fun digging through my stash for inspiration. Thanks the Retro Rubber Challenge team for a wonderful board.

Update: I was a top pick for this challenge!

Magical Baby Shower Invitation – TBT

I’m always honored when I’m asked to do a card for someone. In this case, it was a Mermaid themed baby shower invitation. Thankfully, my friend was able to loan me the retired Magical Day stamp set. I thought it was super cute when it came out, but I didn’t have any kiddos in my life at the time. All that is about to change. This invitation was a work of love for my son’s partner who is due to have my granddaughter soon. I can’t wait!

The card is on a base of Coastal Cabana. I used Shimmer paper with a variety of inks including Daffodil Delight and Soft Sea Foam to create that background. You just dab on the color using a baby wipe. I use a different wipe for each color so it doesn’t get muddy. Once the background was done and dried for about 3-4 hours, I splattered Gold Shimmer paint over the background, just a hint, not too much. Finally, I used an old stencil and some of the Shimmery White embossing paste with one drop of Call Me Clover ink to make the seaweed strands. Whew, background done.

The Celebrate is actually two layers, one in Gorgeous Grape and one in Gold foil. I cut the mini-dimensionals in half and adhered that to the bottom of the card. The mermaid medallion uses three stamps from the Magical Day set. Then I colored in the images with Stampin’ Blends. On the mermaid’s body, I added Champagne shimmer paint. I used the Stitched Shape and Layering Circles dies to complete the medallion.

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Fusion Christmas Card – TBT

I’m so excited. I found a new challenge site to participate in.  Fusion provides a picture and a sketch. http://fusioncardchallenge.blogspot.com/The submission can use either of these to inspire a card or both – the “fusion”.  I attempted a Fusion card based on this image and sketch combination.

The image is what initially caught my eye.  The pop of red against an almost monochromatic background with lots of textures.  I decided to use the striped part of the chair, and the pillow as my primary elements for my fusion card.

Stampin Up Corrugated ChristmasI started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  On top of that I used a layer of Gray Granite that I embossed with the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder in the Holiday catalog.  I used Real Red with some ribbon from my stash to create the pillow element.

The three elements in the sketch on the right gave me the opportunity to add a small sentiment and include some greenery like the pillow had.  I used the retired Trim Your Stocking dies to cut the leaves. The sentiment is from the retired Merry Cafe set.  I used a 1-3/8″ circle punch and the 1-1/2″ circle punch to cut out the sentiment layers.

I added some Wink of Stella to the holly leaves because I have to have some sparkle, especially for a Christmas Card.

I look forward to playing with the Fusion chalenges again in the near future.

 

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