Thursday, July 16, 2020

Blast from the Past

When putting this post together I discovered that all of the images I used on these three cards are from retired sets or companies that are no longer in business. I do have LOTS of old wood-mount stamps but have never posted so many at one time. I did a bit of research and found a few of them on EBay.  

I made this first card for the Monday Simon Says challenge named “Early Birds”. When organizing my craft room I found some pink feathers and decided that I needed to make a flamingo card. This fun retired digi, sentiment, and patterned paper from Imagine That! worked perfectly. I’m entering the card into several other challenges including Double D’s “Let’s Go To The Beach” (I wasn’t sure that flamingo’s liked beaches, so did some web research and discovered that all flamingo species like water and several prefer living near beaches especially in the Bahamas and Caribbean. So yes… they do fit this challenge!)            
·   Digi- Imagine That Flamingo Dress Up Digi Set (no longer available)  
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front sentiment- Desert Diva (Hello)
·   Inside sentiment- Imagine That Digi (no longer available)  
·   Flamingo background paper- Imagine That (no longer available)  
·   Assorted cardstock and pink feathers from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Early Birds                                  
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #124
Double D’s Challenge- Let’s Go To The Beach            
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                        
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

I made this card in honor of my father-in-law Gene Escher, who passed away in 2016 just a few days before his 99th birthday. He was an amazing man, who raised Arabian horses for many years before becoming a successful stockbroker. I loved going to rodeos with him, as he would explain all the intricacies of the riders' techniques as we watched roping, cutting, and barrel racing. He lived in cowboy boots most of his life and wore them up to his final days on this earth!  The cowboy boot stamp is one of the first wood mount stamps I bought from a now-defunct company named Comotion. It is the last of their stamps I still have in my collection.
·   Boot Image- Comotion Stamps (company is out of business)
·   Front Sentiment- Merry Christmas from Printworks Stamps (company is out of business)
·   Inside Sentiment- upcycled from a boxed Christmas card
·   Colored with Tombow watercolor markers and silver gel pen
·   Sparkly Christmas Greenery Stickers- Hobby Lobby
·   Cardstock, patterned paper, burlap square and fabric scrap from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Sunday Challenge- Songs and Rhymes- Boots Are Made for Walking
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #136 Christmas in July (Week 2)
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

A friend is having a baby in a few months. I offered to make their announcements. So am making an assortment of cards from which they can pick their favorite. This is the first! I hand sketched the word BABY to fit the size of the card front. After attaching it, I adding some shading with markers and adding stitches with a blue ballpoint pen. The stamped and colored bear plus stamped sentiment were attached and… it’s done! (I left the inside blank so that the baby announcement can be added after he or she joins their family!)
·   Teddy Bear image- Stampin' Up Wood Mount Stamp (retired)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- “It’s a Boy!” from Printworks Stamps (company is out of business)
·   Assorted cardstock, ribbon scrap, hand-sketched template for BABY Sentiment
Entered into:  
Incy Wincy Designs- Curvy/Curves
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Child                                            
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #643 Stitching
Bugaboo Stamps- Bear With Me    
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #448-449 Anything Goes                   


  1. Hi Kathy, a colourful collection of cards. The flamingo card looks great, no matter how old the stamps are. Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and good luck in the prize draw... Megan DT LPoCF

  2. All fabulous cards!! I am loving those fluffy feathers on your flamingo which looks like she is on her way to the beach right now! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  3. Once again, your cards are ALL just fabulous! How clever to turn your pink feathers into a Flamingo card! GREAT IDEA!! Well done! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Let’s Go To The Beach’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  4. Awesome cards. Loving the baby card and nice big letters. Thanks for sharing over at Catch the bug.

  5. Gorgeous Baby card! Thanks for joining our "Bear with Me" Bugaboo Stamps challenge this week; good luck in the draw!
    Our 10th Annual Christmas in July week-long event starts later today, and there are LOTS of prizes to be won so we hope to see you join in every day!
    Stay Safe
    Jen L
    Bugaboo Stamps DT

  6. Oh that Pink Flamingo! How FUN is that?!?! FAB U LOUS!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Double D, Let's Go To The Beach Challenge, Donna, DT Member.

  7. Great designs! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  8. Such a cute card, I love it! Thank you for entering in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge. Ginny M, DT

  9. Thanks for entering your gorgeous card into our challenge of Anything goes at Lemon Shortbread Challenges. Hope to see you next challenge.

    [aNNie Designer for Lemon shortbread Challenges

  10. Beautiful cards! I love the flamingo! You are the winner of our Early Birds challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog. Congratulations!! Please send an email to the challenge email address (you can find it in the sidebar of the blog) and make sure to include your full name, so that we can get your voucher to you. Thank you so much for joining us! / Anna-Karin

  11. Such a fun flamingo card and your other cards are amazing as well. Love that you sketched the Baby sentiment, wow! I saw your card on the winners page of Simon Says Stamp Monday, congrats!


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