Stamping With A Retro Twist

I love the look of clean, simple cards and have decided to commit to doing more of them.  Today’s card is a good example of quick and clean.  It also demonstrates that it is OK to mix stamp sets and, heaven forbid, mix different stamps from different companies . . . you get a very custom look that way.  I love Stampin’ Up!’s stamps and beautifully coordinated inks, papers and accessories.   Makes my life so much easier.  However, a little diversion is fun and creative.  Lightening hasn’t struck me down for doing it yet . . . but if I don’t post tomorrow . . . .

The Chocolate Chip card base is dotted with a wonderful little round guy from Papertrey’s Beautiful Blooms set.   Instant polka dot magic!  I then stamped Very Vanilla with one of the limbs from Stampin’ Up!’s Stem Silhouettes (retired but a limb from any set will work) in Chocolate Chip.  Another, larger solid circle stamp in River Rock came out to play (Papertrey Butterfly Kisses) and was stamped as a "flower" on each of the 3 stems.  I then layered the little guy I used for the background on top in Old Olive.  Finally, I added the dotted leaf image (2 large and 1 small) in Chocolate Chip (also from Beautiful Blooms).  This stem typically has a more rustic feel . . . but the few extra touches really bring out some retro razzmatazz.

The edges of the Very Vanilla layer were pierced and adhered to an Old Olive mat.  I added Stampin’ Up!’s Old Olive 5/8"  grosgrain ribbon.  The sentiment is simply "delightful" in Old Olive from SU’s "It’s All Good" set.    "Delightful" got a punch with the 1" Circle Punch and is layered on a Very Vanilla 1 1/4" circle.  Both are attached by a few dimensionals to a Scalloped Circle in River Rock.  I added a little Chocolate Chip dot to each scallop because, I felt like it 🙂

Hugs and Pretties . . . .  M

Stamp Sets:  Stem Silhouettes (retired), It’s All Good (109308), Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms and Butterfly Kisses
Paper:  Chocolate Chip (102128), Old Olive (100702), Very Vanilla (101650), River Rock (10864)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip Ink Pad (100908)and Marker (100071), Old Olive (102277), River Rock (109010)
Cool Tools:  Scalloped Circle Punch (109043), 1" (109046)and 1 1/4" (104403)Circle Punches, Paper Piercer and Template (104310, Crafter’s Tool Kit)
Perfect Touches:  Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (109054), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  1. This card is awesome! i can’t explain it any other way! I had to case it, I linked to your original card so I hope that is ok! See my version here…


  2. This is an absolutely gorgeous card, Mary! It really caught my attention! I love the colors and the way that you layered the images. Really classy.

  3. LOVE it! So clever and very creative. Great colors!

  4. This is so lovely, Mary! What wonderful things can happen when mixing up the sets!

  5. This is so pretty. I love Chocolate Chip and Old Olive. This is a nice simple layout, but is very stunning.

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