It is no secret that I am a Concord and Ninth fan, but I seriously want everything in their February release. I continue to be amazed at how they build in extreme versatility into every set. I had to get the Birthday Stacks set. Who can resist a stamp set with images that can be a balloon or an ice cream cone, a banner or a party hat, a flat card or a 3 D card, an outline or a solid image. It is truly an outstanding stamp set.
I am making more cards with this set, but these two examples show how versatile it is.
Sometimes a collection comes along at just the right time. Heartfelt Creations recently brought out the Young at Heart collection. Usually, vintage does not really appeal to me, but when you are about to travel the Historic Route 66 highway, how can you not be drawn to the vintage cars and 1950’s ephemera of this collection.
I combined the collection with some dies and stamps from my Southwest stash and I was happy with the result.
I made this card this morning for Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday. The theme was to colour vellum. I actually really like the design of my card, but it is really only a first attempt. I have ideas in my head that would improve it greatly, but I have to go to work this morning so I have no time to start over. The next few days before Christmas are going to be a blur, so what is here will have to do.
I can’t believe that it is the last day of the bloghop. I feel like I am just starting to get some ideas flowing. I still have a new coffee stamp set that I haven’t used. Maybe, I will get a second card done later today. Meanwhile, this one uses some different images from the Gina Marie Designs stamp sets that I got last week.
I used the tea cup this time and combined it with one of the “for all audiences” sentiments in the other stamp set.
Today I used the 3D cable knit embossing folder from Stampin Up to make a card front. I absolutely love how deep and realistic looking the embossing is from this folder. Once again it was too pretty to cover up and put in the background, so I decided to make it the focal point and just add some cute coffee “buttons” so that the whole card front looks like a cable knit sweater. Indeed I have a sweater with buttons that looks much like this (minus the sentiment, of course).
I was sitting at my computer today when an email came in, informing me that my stamp sets from Gina Marie Designs had been delivered. I laughed out loud because 1) I just ordered them last week (I am in Canada and delivery is routinely two weeks) and 2) it was Sunday. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox and there was a shiny foil envelope from Gina Marie Designs. I have never received an emergency delivery of stamp sets ever before. It was really a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, I immediately started thinking about how I could use them for the bloghop. It was Amy who posted about these amazing stamp sets and did warn me that they were somewhat snarky and off beat. Some of the sentiments are a bit out there, but I love them. I picked out the more moderate stamp set and made this gatefold card.
I was going to add my own sentiment to the front of the card that would have said, “Morning grounds rules” but it was too late at night to pull out the gazillion tiny pieces alphabet stamp set that I would have needed to do so.
If you asked me where I got the idea for today’s card I could not tell you. I started out with another cable knit embossed card front, courtesy of a fabulous 3 D effect embossing folder from Stampin Up. Somehow I got distracted and ended up with this Superhero card. I really don’t know how it happened. I do know that the 3 D cable knit embossed card front deserves to end up as a card, so it may be my day 4 project, but meanwhile take a look at my superhero card.
Today was one of those days where time was at a premium. Luckily, I saw a cable sweater embossing folder (Richard Garay) that I wanted to use. I wanted the centered cable pattern to be visible, so that dictated that the focal image be small. I decided to make a mug of hot chocolate with a die set from Stamplorations (giveaway prize in a previous bloghop) I wanted to dress it up just a little so I made the sugar cubes from Doodlebug’s Latte Love Sprinkles into marshmallows. I added Nuvo Glaze to the steam, teaspoon and cheeks on the cup. The sentiment is from Stampin Up Christmas Bliss stamp set.