Well, around HERE, we're waiting for our first order from the new Idea Book & Catalog to come in - so we did a Retired Stamps Quick Card Class yesterday. I'm going to share all four of them today, because they're great layouts, great cards, and I don't want to drag them out since you can't get the stamps anymore! :D
Here's the first one. Since all the stamps are retired, I'm not going to bother telling you which sets they were - if you see something you'd like more information about, just email me!
Colors are Pink Passion, Only Orange, and Green Galore. Whisper White card stock, too, of course. And see that white grosgrain ribbon? We used our Green Galore Stampin' Write marker to color just the edges of it. It helps bring in that lovely green color someplace else. :)
Oh, and the scallop on the bottom is the new Scallop Edge Punch - how fun is it?!?!? So simple to use, too! :) It's been a very popular item already!
On to the next card.....
This one was one of my all-time favorite stamp sets. :) We stamped him in Stazon and colored with Stampin' Write markers. Colors are Real Red, Basic Black, and Whisper White.
You'll notice that wonderful awesome Ticket Corner Punch. :D I just love that thing....:D
This one I LOVE. I loved ALL the SKETCHES-type stamp sets, and especially this stamp with the girl looking out to sea. It can be SO many different emotions!!!
The top layer is Pink Pirouette, one of the new IN COLORs. That's GOING GRAY, not BASIC GRAY, that she's stamped in. We embossed the saying over her, then highlighted it - or is it lowlighting with a darker color?? - with Pretty in Pink ink. Sponged with that ink, too, along the Pink Pirouette edges.
The smaller pic is the INSIDE of the card; we also embossed the white in there. I really like this card. It's very easy, but such a sweet look....
OK, on to the next!
This was one of the first Stampin' Up! sets I ever bought, and I still love it. I decided to highlight it as an heirloom look on this design.
It's stamped in Basic Brown, and colored with a blender pen and Stampin' Pastels (chalks, for those of you unfamiliar with that term. :D) on Very Vanilla. The edges of all card stock and front of card are sponged with Creamy Caramel.
We cut out the ovals - the other's in Mellow Moss - with the Coluzzle. There's a tiny butterfly stamped in Barely Banana on the Barely Banana card, then it's distressed with the Creamy Caramel. :)
And now the final one!
I REALLY like this one. The stamp set was from the COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE PROMO two years ago. HEADS UP: Keep your eyes and ears out for another wonderful promo this fall!!!!
Anyway. Anyone who knows me knows I love fall - it's just below Christmas on my favorites list! :D - and I love these leaves.
We stamped them in Versamark, then pounced on them with a cotton ball filled with Stampin' Pastels. The blessings stamp is from another set that was only in a mini catalog. The colors are Very Vanilla and Ruby Red. Then, we stamped the little leaf on vellum with Versamark, and CAREFULLY pounced on it with Ruby Red chalk, and cut them out. Crumpled a bit, they look like real leaves! :)
Now you've got LOTS of inspiration!! I'd LOVE to see what you're stampin'! Leave your blog address for me, and I'll come visit! Don't have a blog? Scan and email to me! :D Don't have that kind of capability? SEND it to me. :D Or bless SOMEONE with what you're working on!
Started your Christmas projects yet??? ;D Hope you're stampin' SOMETHING!!!!