Aug 12, 2015

Thanks a Bunch (and 40 "New" Sets)

This cute young lady is part of an older Penny Black set called Betsy Bluebell.  I gave away little Betsy, along with a bunch of other stamps, in 2012.  However,  my friend returned her, and about 39 other sets, to me earlier this month.  Yes, I have 40 "new" old sets.  It's Christmas in August and I intend to use most of these sets.  Yahoo!


  • Penny Black Betsy Bluebell
  • Memento Tuxedo ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Waltzingmouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die
  • Curve die (source unknown)
  • White and green cardstock
  • Copy paper (to mask)
  • Green and Blue pigment inks for sky and "grass"
  • Ranger Mini Ink blending tool
  • Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen
  • Sequins
  • Multi Matte Medium
  • dimensionals
  • Micron black pen 
  • Double sided post it note (for mask)
  • Detail scissors
  • Scor-pal
  • Paper trimmer
  • Big Shot
  • Stamp image on white cardstock with Memento ink and color with Copics.
  • Cut with scalloped rectangle die.
  • Stamp image on post it note and cut out with scissors to create mask.
  • Place curve die to align with the girl's feet  and draw "hill" with the Micron pen using the die as a guide.
  • Cut copy paper with curve die and create masks for both the sky and the grass.
  • Place mask of girl to cover that image.  Add paper mask to cover grass on bottom of rectangle.  Sponge aqua into onto top of image to create sky.  Hope for the best!
  • Remove mask on the bottom and replace with mask of the sky.  Sponge bottom with green ink.
  • Add Wink of Stella to daisy centers.
  • Adhere sequins.  Again, hope for the best.
  • Create green A2 card, score, and run through Big Shot (folded) to create flat card. 
  • Adhere image panel to card with dimensionals.



Susan said...

So cute Joan! I knew you'd make good use of these stamps. Hope you are re-enjoying them! :)

Joyce said...

So very adorable, and what fun to revisit some old friends.

Laura Norris said...

Oh how sweet is this little cutie? Must be fun to have some old stamps be new again!

I Card Everyone said...

Nearly as cute as Betsy McCall ... oops letting my 'old' slip again. Don't ever, ever, think of doing this quitting thing again, Joan.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Such a sweet card!

Anonymous said...

Joan, as a person who would like to get rid of more stuff but have hoarding tendencies, I wondered if you ever had regrets about stamps/stuff you'd given away/sold and wished you hadn't. Also, now that you have some of your culled stamps back if they will stay with you or if they will be reculled?

Nance in Reno who will be retiring soon and needs to go through and cull her hobby stuff

Unknown said...

Isn't it amazing how we 'see with different eyes' once we are released from the bondage of work? aka retired! I love that your images and techniques are so diverse. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent. Lu C

Joan B said...

I do not regret it at all. it is a long story!! but the bottom line is that I did the right thing for me at that time in my life. Now that I have all these stamps returned, I need to pare down again. It makes me nervous to have this much stuff! Good luck figuring out what to do once you retire. It is a lovely moment!

Joan B said...

I am Susan. Thanks!

Leslie Miller said...

You sound like me, going through all my old SU! sets. I will be paring those down, but I feel compelled to give them one last go before I say adieu. This is darling! I'm going to look forward to seeing your 40 new/old sets in use!

Diane McVey said...

She is just an adorable little girl! What a sweet and thoughtful friend. It "killed" me when you disposed of your stamping supplies, (I did understand your reasoning) and I'm so glad some were returned to you. That has to be FuN! Sounds like "Xmas" to me!!!