Friday, June 4, 2010

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge - For Tiffany

Hey there stamping friends - I want to begin this post with a shout out to my BFF Tiffany Bauer and her daughter Jordan. Jordan was seriously injured in an ATV accident over the Memorial Day holiday and was airlifted to the nearest children's hospital for surgery and treatment.
God is so good and brought little Jordan (she is 8) through the surgery with flying colors and she has been improving daily! She is looking at a long recovery period, but thankfully, WILL recover! We have been praying hard for Jordan, Tiffany and the rest of their family and will continue to do so. Please join me and the rest of the Stamping 411 team in wishing Jordan a speedy recovery and her family the strength and rest they need.
Tiffany, we love you guys!

Now, how about some stampin'?!
Here is this week's awesome sketch:

And as you can see, I had to turn it MY way again! :)
I had so much fun making this card! I used a great combination of old and new products. You know, just because stamps and things retire doesn't mean they aren't cool anymore. There are some stamp sets that I will NEVER part with - they are just timeless, easy to work with and are very, very dear to me. Kind of like old friends, ya know?!
Kind of like Tiffany, who I made this for.

I started with a card base of Kraft cardstock (soon to be called Crumb Cake) and cut an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock lengthwise at 4 1/4" x 11". This was folded in half to make an A2 size card - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Next, I ran the card front only through my Big Shot with one of the Texturz Plates, creating this lovely vintage background. I then pulled out one of the new colors - Marina Mist - it is so yummy! Using a Stamping Sponge, I rubbed the ink on all four edges and across the card front to bring out the dry embossing.

Then, I cut a piece of the new Cajun Craze cardstock at 2 1/4" x 4 1/4" and layered it with a piece of the gorgeous new Designer Series Paper called Greenhouse Gala. This dsp is just da' bomb! I love every piece in it and that's saying something! You are going to just drool when you get your very own package, trust me!
Anyway, that piece was cut at 2" x 4 1/4" and they both were layered on the card front with SNAIL adhesive.

Now, check out the photo below. At the left, you see a little slit in the folded card edge. That was made by using the Horizontal Slit Punch and just barely nipping a piece out of the fold with it. It's the perfect way to run a length of ribbon around a card front without messing up the card. Now folks, this punch is on the retiring list and I can't tell you how often I use it for just this purpose, so contact your local demonstrator and get one if you don't already own one - it's a bargain and you WILL use it, I promise!

So, after I punched out the slit, I ran a piece of Kraft Taffeta (also retiring - a BIG BOOHOO about that!) about 19" long and knotted it off on the right hand side. The ends were trimmed with Paper and Craft Scissors, also known around here as the "ribbon" scissors. Nothing works better for ribbon than those!

For my focal image, I turned to an old stamping friend that is on the retiring list as well - True Friend. I have used the dickens out of this set and it was perfect for what I had in mind for this card. I first stamped the large medallion image on Whisper White cardstock using Marina Mist ink. Then I took a Sponge Dauber and added Cajun Craze to the center and used another dauber to add Marina Mist around the outside. This was stamped on a white scrap and trimmed out with my Paper Snips. I added a Vintage Brad to the center and popped it up Stampin' Dimesionals. After stamping just the stem from the flower image in Old Olive ink, I adhered it to the Whisper White panel, turning it slightly so the background flower would show.
The White panel was sponged lightly with my new Crumb Cake ink pad and then adhered to pieces of Marina Mist and Cajun Craze cardstock.

Finally the greeting comes from the Hard to Say stamp set and was stamped in Cajun Craze ink on Whisper White. I added some more Crumb Cake sponging to this banner too before curling it with my Bone Folder and trimming the ends into flags. The banner was adhered to the main panel with Mini Glue Dots.

So, that's pretty much it for this week's card - I sure hope you like it and I really hope Tiffany will like it too - It's on it's way to you gf, with lots of love inside!

Be sure to visit the Stamping 411 blog and see what the other operators created this week too and while you're there, we've set up a special Well Wishes place on the right hand side bar so you can send your greetings along to Jordan and her family!

Stamped Blessings,


  1. Love the colors you used. I never bought that set, but you ACED this card!

  2. Wow! Tiffany is going to love this card. That sentiment is perfect for what Tiff is experiencing with Jordan. Thank goodness she is doing so well.

    I have such a hard time with this stamp set. You've given me some inspiration to pull it out one more time.


  3. Oh I love the way you colored that flower!! That is one rich color it!!

  4. How sweet are you?? I LOVE this card and am so thankful for friends like you especially during hard times like this!! Thank you for all your kind words and prayers!! Love ya!!

  5. great job, Robin -- love how the red pops against the blues! So pretty! Another set that will be missed! Thanks for sharing -- blessings, Gretchen

  6. I haven't used True Friend in ages, so thanks for inspiring me to dust that off and use it again! Your card is just lovely and I'm really enjoying the colors!


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