Thanksgiving, and “Thanks” card. Stamps by Inque Boutique.

I hope everyone had a delightful Thanksgiving! I sure did. I spent some time visiting friends, and enjoyed having my sweetie home from work for a few days. I didn’t have time to do much scrapbooking or art or crafty stuff, but I did get one little greeting card made last night.

Thank you card by Amy Solovay. The stamps are from the Retro Shapes set by Inque Boutique. Papers by Basic Grey & 7 Gypsies.

Supplies used:

This card started out as an experiment. My scrapbooking stash has been getting out of control, and I wanted to see if I could find a way to use up some of the things that I have been accumulating. I love the 7 Gypsies papers, but they’ve been in my stash for quite awhile now. I’ve used them in lots of other projects, but since I only use small amounts of them at a time, I still have quite a few of the papers hanging around. I’ve had the orange ribbon for months and have barely used any of it. BUT, the yellow cardstock is really the kicker. I’ve had that stuff for a long time and hadn’t found any use for it until now. The cardstock I used was a shade of yellow that doesn’t look good with much of anything. It wasn’t something that I intentionally purchased in the first place; it was in with my package when I purchased a big lot of scrapbooking supplies on Ebay.

All things considered, this card came out looking much better than I expected! I think it was the stamps that really made the difference in this project. The papers are cute too, but the stamps create the focal point and pull the whole thing together.

How I Made the Thank You Card:

First I stamped one of the square stamps from the Retro Shapes stamp set 3 times onto yellow cardstock. Then I chalked overtop of it using the decorating chalks, and cut the shapes out. Stamping plus chalking is actually a fantastic way to use up an ugly or boring paper that you can’t really think of any other good use for. The chalks softened the yellow up, and make it look warm and lovely. It made a big difference!
Then I punched 3 little flowers out of yellow cardstock, and I inked them with blue ink. After that I glued them onto the stamped pieces.

Next I cut and folded the card, and collaged the 2 pieces of patterned paper with the ribbon. I then added the cut out retro shapes on top. I stamped the “Thanks!” in blue ink as a finishing touch.

I highly recommend this “Retro Shapes” stamp set by Inque Boutique. I think it is an amazingly versatile set, and in my opinion it is a good value for the money you spend. The set comes with a tag, a “To: From:” stamp, and a variety of different shapes. So far I’ve made more than half a dozen projects with this set, and each time I use it I keep thinking of new things to do with it. I’ll be posting more of them soon!

Crafts Listings ~ Fabrics & Antique Sewing Book For Sale

Updated to add: these items have been sold. Thanks to everyone who bid or purchased!!

Time to clean out my studio! I have been doing some etsy and ebay listings, and everything I am listing is priced to sell!

Luxurious Burgundy, Purple & Rust Fabrics

I just listed this gorgeous lot of burgundy, purple and rust fabrics for sale in my etsy shop. These fabrics are upholstery weight chenilles and velvets and damasks. They are all high quality fabrics, and quite a few of them sell at wholesale for more than $20 a yard. These are sample sized pieces. There is enough fabric in this lot to completely fill a priority mail flat rate box. Asking price is $7.00 US plus shipping. (I am also willing to accept cash in Euros at mutually agreeable exchange rate.)

Antique Sewing & Fashion Design Book:

This fabulous antique sewing manual is for sale on ebay. I started the auction at 99 cents and there is no reserve!

Thanks for taking a look.