Saturday, May 14, 2016

My favorite retiring stamps!

Last time I posted I mentioned that I am now doing "Facebook Friday" - a live stream presentation about 30 minutes long.

I am using this new social media venue to reach all of my stamp customers/friends, both near and far. 

So far, it's been wonderful! Not only is it giving my business a much-needed boost, but I've been hearing from people I haven't heard from in a long time, and maybe even exposing some new people to stamping. I love that!

For the month of May, I am focusing on a few of my favorite retiring stamp sets.

Last week, it was a set called "Bordering Blooms". As promised, those who ordered this featured set will be receiving three cards that I have made with that set:

This week, I featured one of many retiring nature-themed sets, "An Open Heart".
An Open Heart Clear-Mount Stamp Set135002

An Open Heart Wood-Mount Stamp Set134999

These are the cards I showed:

The background was made with an Aqua Painter dipped in Marina Mist ink refill and applied to watercolor paper.

For this card, The bird was stamped twice – once on the main card and then again on a piece of scrap paper. I cut out all of this body except for his legs/feet. I glued him on the main piece, that is how his tail feathers are able to hang off the paper.
 Next, I used my stamping blocks as stamps! I simply inked up block C, "stamped off" onto some scrap paper (to get rid of some ink) and pressed down on the white square.

The colors on this card are: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, and Basic Grey The ribbon is Early Espresso. 

Easy-peasy with no coloring on those last two cards!

...But the images in this set look terrific when they are colored in!
Look at these two that I copied from Pinterest:

When I saw this card, I fell in love with just about everything!

The card, made with a piece of Bordering Blue card stock (retired), is embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder for the Big Shot.

The greenery image was stamped directly onto a white paper doily, colored in with a blender pen and various green inks, and then finished off with some Cherry Cobbler candy dots for the berries.

The bird was stamped, colored, cut out and glued on. The sentiment was stamped and cut out, using the word window punch, before being glued. 

The final touch was adding some linen thread to the piece.

And, this card is a exact copy of a card made by LeeAnn Johnson (also found on Pinterest):
The In Colors Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe, as well as some good old Real Red were used in creating this Christmas card. Also featured is my favorite retiring greeting set (which I mentioned last week) Sassy Salutations!

I showed one other card made with the retiring stamp Swallowtail just to show that images/sentiments from stamp sets are interchangeable! 

I colored the butterfly image by swiping it with sponge daubers in various yellow/orange tones:

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Swallowtail Wood-Mount Background Stamp Set131943

I also showed a couple more of my favorite retiring nature-themed stamp set, but I did not show any cards:

World Of Dreams Clear-Mount Stamp Set134186

World Of Dreams Wood-Mount Stamp Set134183

And also this gem:
Serene Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set127324

Wood-Mount Stamp Set132073

You can find loads of samples 
to help inspire you made with all of these wonderful stamp sets from sites like and Pinterest.

Don't forget my free giveaways!

* place an order of $50 or more and receive some free bakers twine!

* purchase "An Open Heart" in your order and I will provide you with three card samples made with the set!

Please visit my website for 24/7 ordering:

If your order is $150 or less, please  use the following hostess code: 
This hostess code will be in use until Friday, May 20.

See you on Facebook next Friday at 8 PM!

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