Friday, August 31, 2012

Christmas in August

For my card this week I have a Christmas card to share.
 I am usually really late getting started on my Christmas cards, and I struggle to get them done. So this year I promised myself to start making Christmas stuff as soon as the kids went back to school, and that is what I have been doing this week. Here is one of my cards that I made using some older papers, and a poinsettia that I made with some shapes I cut using a Cricut cartridge that I have had forever, but not used until now.

Unity "Christmas Bough" stamp
Kaisercraft "Be Merry" paper
Zva gems
Provo Craft "Accent Essentials" cartridge
Thank you for stopping by, and please come back next week!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Merry Christmas

Ok maybe not yet!  My kids started school today big first graders now, very exciting stuff.

I went into my stash of stamps and found this Tim Holtz Christmas image stamped a few times ready to be used but I don't think I ever used it yet.  This was from awhile ago for sure, probably last fall when Tim showed us how to use the felt pads to create an custom ink pad.

Here it is in very non traditional colors:

Of course now I don't know where I put that custom stamp pad to use again but oh well, I guess I'll have to make a new one.

There you have it Merry Christmas in August!

Till later!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Proud to Be...

Hi everyone!

It's Kim here today....

This past weekend, I attended my very first Operation Write Home event. 
One of my friend's daughter is in the Navy, and her sister got her involved in the cause. She, in return, asked me to attend...and the rest is history! If you aren't familiar with it, Operation Write Home (OWH) is a charity where cardmakers create cards to send to the troops so that they have cards to send home to their families. 

For more info, you can check out the link, here

Above is one of the cards I created for the event. The background and main image are all from the same $1 stamp set that I got YEARS ago at Michael's Crafts. 

Our event was a success. Over 700 cards were donated!! 
I can't wait to attend another one!

Don't forget to check back tomorrow...
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Unknown 
Ink: Red, Navy
Paper: Red, Navy, White
Other: punches (SU!), white gel pen, red stitched ribbon

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blowing Around

I'm really sad seeing all the damage going on with hurricane Isaac. So, first, let me (Ky) say how much I am praying for you all and how much my heart hurts for what you all are going through.

When I created this project, my mind was on minimal supplies, maximum message. Most of you know I'm living with just a few shoe boxes of supplies - simplicity is important! I cranked out several sets of these cards with my older supplies.

I wanted something masculine, but with impact. The center circle and wave punch are popped up on foam over some very old Basic Grey paper. The stamp is from Gina K Designs, Holiday Greetings Stamp TV kit from 2009.

A lot of people think guy cards can't have girlie touches. Well, don't tell them but this card has a little bit of bling, and a piece of punched cardstock that takes the place of ribbon. I'm so glad that you stopped by to see what we're up to this week. Come on back tomorrow for another great card from Kim! And special thanks to Jimmi for playing along with us!

Ta for now!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Back to School Time!

Hi, this is Sherry!  Today I am sharing a Thank You card I made inspired by everyone going back to school.  I don't have anyone going back to school this year, but I know quite a few of you do.  When I was growing up, it was always an exciting time for me.  It was one of the few times a year I got brand new clothes (yes, apparently I loved clothes shopping even as a kid) and I loved shopping for school supplies.  Yes, that's right- school supplies!  My favorite item was picking out a new Trapper Keeper.  Once upon a time you could get them with cool designs and photos- not just the plain colored ones they have today.  I was also excited to see my friends from school again.  Yes, they were better and simpler times- now back to reality.  :)
As I was organizing my 12x12 designer paper I came across the Elementary Collection from Studio Calico.  I used that as my jumping off point and also added some cork to simulate an bulletin board.  I pulled out some old Stampin' Up stamps to create the message.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Headline Alphabet and Small Script
Paper: SU Old Olive; PTI Lemon Tart; Studio Calico Elementary Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Nestabilities, Corner Rounder Punch, Oval Punch, MS Border Punch, Old Olive Ribbon, Silver Brad

I would love to know what you think- did I capture the Back To School feeling using my old goodies?  Last week we inspired our friend Jimmi Mayo to pull out one of her oldest tools, the crimper to create.  To see what she did with her crimper, go HERE.

This week anything goes with the Stamping with the Oldies girls so check out Maria's post tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 24, 2012

My First Tool

Hello, and happy Friday to all!
At the very first stamping demo I went to the demonstrator used a crimper, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever and bought one that day. I did use it a lot at first when it was one of the only cool gadgets I owned, but since the arrival of so many new and exciting tools and gadgets like Xyron, Grand Calibur, Nestabilities, embossing folders, Cricut and Cameo, it has been in the back of a drawer for a long time now along with several other old friends like shaped scissors. This week however, Sherry challenged us to use our oldest tool, so I got out the crimper and had a lot of fun using it again, and here is a card that I made using my old crimper.
Fiskars crimper
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Unity "to the moon and back" stamp
CTMH ink
I had a lot of fun playing with my old crimper again, and hope that you too will get out some of your old tools and use them to make something fun and new, and stop by next week to see more new projects created with oldies but goodies.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Crimping My Style!

Happy Thursday! This is Sherry-I hope you have enjoyed seeing everyone else's creations this week.  We are using our first "cool" or "had to have" tool.  For me, it was the paper crimper.  We used it at the very first stamping demonstration I attended and all my friends bought one (if not that day, shortly after).  Well I just had to be one of the "cool kids" and have one too.

Here is the card I made for today's post.  The stamps are from Unity Stamp Company.  It's the December KOM Delightful Moments- but I am not sure what year it is from, lol.  I am not sure where the designer paper came from- it was in a big box of paper someone gave me awhile back.  I really like it, though!

Stamps: Unity KOM Delightful Moments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Pretty Ink Pink, Certainly Celery and Baja Breeze
Paper: Mark's Finest Papers: Pensacola Sand; SU Pretty in Pink. Patterned Paper- unknown
Accessories: Paper Crimper! Nestabilities, Satin Ribbon
I was going to load a picture of one of my early cards using the crimper, but I couldn't find one!  Apparently my infatuation with the paper crimper fizzled out pretty quickly.  I actually enjoyed using it for this card, so maybe our romance will be rekindled.
Stop by tomorrow to see what Cool Tool Eva uses!  Have a great day and weekend!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Hi again - it's me, Ky. I'm letting you peek into my warped world today. They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. But what if you *like* your problem? Love your problem?? You FEED it, that's what you do.

I started papercrafting out of necessity - I had a need to chronicle my life in scrapbooks. My needs changed, and I found card making, a wonderful way to use my extra papers, and feed my inner demon. I love gadgets. Transitioning from scrapbooks to cards wasn't easy. In fact, some of us scrapbookers considered ourselves purist, and cardmakers were just hacks that couldn't focus long enough to make bigger scenes with journaling and all that stuff. Trust me - cardmakers are not slouches in any sense of the word.

I had the hardest time making that change from my 12 x12 world to half-sheet projects with no title, no journaling, nothing. But... there were all these fun TOYS! Gadgets galore! I was bringing my paycheck home in bags with no idea what to do with the things I found, but I had TOYS!

I found this thing called a Cuttlebug. Then there were embossing folders, and next were Spellbinder's Nestabilities! I learned how to paper piece, fussy cut images, and heat emboss to seal in glitter!

I was hooked. I still am! There's hardly a week that goes by that I don't find something new to do with my older gadgets. People are coming up with new gadgets, but the cool thing? We keep learning new ways to use our same old things!

So, join us. Come out and play with your older gadgets or techniques. Dust off that heat gun, pull out your old adhesive letters, get in there and find your mojo! Check us out tomorrow. Sherry will have something cute and newly old!

Ta for now,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's Crimp

Hey there!

This week we are pulling out our old tools and putting them to work.

Remember this oldie but goody:

Yes that is a crimper!  And one that I purchased many years ago, I couldn't tell you when.  I haven't used this thing in years.  Ok I admit my kids found it one day and loved it but I haven't used it for a project in some time.  Today I used it on parts of my tag that I made.

Not sure how well you can tell but I promise you I did crimp.  The middle portion with the house (Webster Pages Journal cards, something else that has been sitting for some time) is crimped on the right hand side.  The butterfly (from Webster's Pages) is also crimped!  The pieces on the bottom under the button they are also crimped.

More photos:

So there you have it!  Now go check your stash I'll bet many if not all of you have one of these bad boys!  Go play it's fun, just let's not bring back the crimped hair look ok?

Till later!


Monday, August 20, 2012

Something Old, To Have and To Hold

Hi everyone! 
It's Kim.
This week, Sherry challenged us to use our oldest tool.
The oldest thing I have is my heating tool.
I got it about 17 years ago, right after I made 250 embossed thank you cards, seating cards, shower invites....
It's bright purple and it still works perfectly!
(I only wish my blow dryers would last as long).

Above is the card I made.
The silver medallion and center image were inked with Encore Silver Metallic ink and then embossed with clear powder. It is the only way I can get that ink to stay dry and not smudge. But, it sure look pretty, so it's worth the extra work.
The card is a gatefold card. The band slips off easily. 

Below is the inside of the card:

Stamps: Wedding Day & Out on a Limb (PTI), hugs & wishes (SU)
Paper: Silver, White
Ink: Palette Noir, Encore Silver Metallic
Other: half pearl, glue dots, silver & white ribbon, cuttlebug damask folder, scallop edge punch, clear embossing powder, dimensionals

Since it's for a 50th Anniversary, I used the sentiment and then a basic Happy Anniversary stamp. 

That scallop panel isn't just a decoration. It's actually a pocket for me to put a gift card in. 

(I'm including a gift card to a restaurant that they enjoy)

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow and see what other old tools are being used.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Hello again! Eva here with a new card made with some of my old stamps.

This week I used stamps from two different Stampin' Up sets (one of the sets had never been inked), and I found the black glossy paper in a drawer. I am sure that I never used black glossy paper for anything before, but I probably had planned to when I bought it ages ago.

Stampin' Up "Bunch O' Bugs"
Stampin' Up "Kanji"
Black glossy paper
Maya Road stick pin
CTMH white ink
white embossing powder

I embossed the dragon flies with white embossing powder and added the big aqua bow for a pop of color.

I hope that everyone is inspired to look through their stash of stuff and pull out some older supplies and make something new this weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Flowers are forever

Hello again - it's me, Ky. How many times have you gotten or seen a great bouquet of flowers and immediately wanted to preserve them forever? Drying flowers can be a pain, so naturally, I thought putting flowers on a card would be an easy way to celebrate a birthday!

This card uses Gina K Design's Eclectic Summer and Eclectic Summer Sayings.

The twine, ribbon and button are from my stash. I couldn't resist tearing the paper a little... Dragging out my Copic markers to color the image to match the papers...

Or rolling an edge, and I just *had* to use Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. Then I needed to distress it, and throw in some brads. Oh and use an old button... Tee hee! I get quite carried away!

I hope you are creating along with us. Share how you've breathed new life into your old images and supplies. We can't wait to check your projects out - so be sure to link us up!

Eva will have more tomorrow to whet your appetite!

Ta for now,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Miss You, but Anything Goes

Hi everyone!
It's Kim here, today.

This week is anything goes, so that is what my card is. 

I have so many punches, embellies, OLD patterned paper scraps, and sentiment stamps just sitting around. That's what I used.

The white panel was run through my cuttlebug, using the dots folder. I don't know why, but polka dots always make me HAPPY!
The butterfly is from a Martha Stewart punch. I added a brad to the middle and paper pierced the edges of the blue square. The ribbon scrap was added and popped up with a pop dot.

The sentiment is from a LONG forgotten, never inked MFT sentiment set. I don't even know the name of it. 
The polka dots are from a PTI set. 

Hope you all are having a FANTASTIC day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Make sure to come back and see what Ky has in store, tomorrow. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Is it Wine O'Clock?

Hey there!  It's Maria here today with a new creation.  I pulled out an old unstamped Unity Kit I had in my stash to make this card:

The paper and ribbon where in my assorted stash of stuff so I'm not sure who they are by.  I think the ribbon is a basic spool from Michael's.

I actually don't know if this is still a part of the Unity inventory because I can't remember what the name is and I've tried to search for it.  Anyhow, it is indeed one of my first Unity kits a few years ago and these stamps were seriously unlinked!

I hope you enjoyed this simple wine themed card.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for another great creation with Stamping With The Oldies!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Blast From the Past!

Hi, this is Sherry! This week we don't have a theme or challenge, we are just playing with our old goodies.  :)  If you know me at all, you know I love Unity Stamps and I have a ton (well not literally a ton, but it's A LOT)!  I was a Kit of the Month member for a year or two. Sometimes I really miss getting that kit every month but I have not even come close to inking up all the images of my previous purchases.
I am in the process of making Thank You cards for some friends who did some nice things for me.  They probably forgot all about it since it's been awhile, but I haven't.  I am just slow at getting cards made, and while I could send them something from my stash, I think they deserve a card made especially for them.  So this card is one of those.

Stamps: Unity March 2010 Kit of the Month Rockin' It Unity Style 
Ink: PTI; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Gina K kraft, PTI green; Echo Park Summer Days 6x6 pad
Accessories: Nestabilities, Ranger Glossy Accents, Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by today- tomorrow Maria will have something great for you using her old goodies!

Friday, August 10, 2012

August Snowflakes

This week Sherry challenged us to CASE our first upload.
Unfortunately this is the first upload I can find, it is from 2010 on SCS. I almost feel like I am cheating on this challenge, since I started stamping long before this, but unfortunately I am no longer able to access any earlier uploads that I may have had. 

This is the card that I made inspired by this card. I stuck with the snowflakes and the basic layout and colors, except no kraft this time.

Stamp, Unity Merry & Bright
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Paper, PTI
Ribbon, PTI
Spellbinders Labels Nine
Zva gems
CTMH ink in Dutch Blue

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend, and that you take some time to pull out your older stuff and have as much fun with it as we are having with ours.
See ya' next week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blast from the Past

Let's face it. Most of us go back and look at our early work and cringe. Some of us, ahem, go back and DELETE those awful projects! This week, we are celebrating our initial projects because they mark just how far we have come in honing our skills, techniques, supplies and most of all, our eyes. Yes, before you can create a project, you have to be able to visualize it.

This was one of my first creations that I shared with the public. It was a color challenge from Splitcoast Stampers, to use Certainly Celery, Pacific Point, and Going Grey. I used Basic Grey and Bazzill papers, and the Stampin' Up's Three Trees stamp set. I kept the layout, and the color combination to create this:

I changed the papers, using older Stampin' Up and Gina K Designs cardstock. I switched the image (Gina K's Tree Silhouettes) because the original image is currently in storage, then adjusted the embellishments for a more modern feel. Everything I used is more than a year old.

I hope you've enjoyed this little stroll down memory lane. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how Eva recreates her classic card! If you decide to play along, please leave us a link in the comments so we can see your fabulous transformation!

Ta for now,

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CASEing My First Upload

Hi all!
This week, Sherry challenged us to CASE our very first card that we shared online.
I uploaded my first card to Splitcoaststampers in January 2007. 
One of my stamping idols talked me into it, and I uploaded regularly after that.
Below is the card I made:
one of MANY Valentines made for my son to give out to his class.
It's kind of fun to see what I made that long ago. 

Here is the card I made, using the above layout.

I colored in a few of the same flower using my long forgotten
Koh-i-noor colored pencils and gamsol. 
The flowers were cut out so I could pop the three layers up using dimensionals

I hope you are inspired to pull out your old supplies and CASE 
YOUR first upload. 

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see what Kyra made.

Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs (image), MFT (sentiment)
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Citrus patterned paper (DCWV), black, pumpkin pie, white
Other: Cuttlebug dots folder, Koh-i-noor colored pencils, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

A walk back in time Penguin style

This week at Stamping With The Oldies we are taking our very first card we posted on Splitcoast Stampers or on our blog and making it again!  Yes we are case'ing ourselves this week!

Here is the very first card I posted on SCS back on October 9, 2007!  Wow that was awhile ago but I seriously thought it should have been earlier than that.  I started stamping in 2002 did I really wait that long to start posting?  Hum....  Anyhow, that's what is there when I went back to check.

Here is that card:

Here is my card I made for today case'ing the above card.  I went with the same layout, theme and colors.

Check it out go back in the gallery you post in or your blog and check it out see what your first card was.  I dare you to case it maybe you can combine it with the challenge we have going on:

Make a project using your first stamp set (or your oldest if you don't still have your first) and link it HERE by Wednesday August 8th MIDNIGHT EST for a chance to win a package of stamps, paper and goodies. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Till tomorrow!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Going Back In Time....

Going back in the first card I shared online.  This week some of us will be making cards inspired by the first cards we shared online ( or blogs, etc.) What a walk down memory lane!

Several months after we discovered stamping together, my best friend, Jimmi encouraged me to start sharing my cards online at SCS. So in May 2006 I uploaded my first card.  It is fun to look back at the beginnings of my stamping addiction to see how far I have come.  I like to think that even as out of practice as I am, my current projects are much more advanced than my first few months (or more, lol).  I will let you be the judge as I share a card inspired by the first card I uploaded to SCS.  :)

My First Upload:

My Current Card:
Stamps: Unity August 2010 KOM
Paper: Gina K Kraft, SU Green Galore; Pink Paislee House of 3 Collection
Accessories: Nestabilities labels; Ribbon (unknown from my stash) 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you are inspired to pull some goodies out of your stash. Don't forget that we have a little give away - Make a project using your first stamp set (or your oldest if you don't still have your first) and link it HERE by Wednesday August 8th MIDNIGHT EST for a chance to win a package of stamps, paper and goodies.  Trust me, it's GOOD STUFF! 

Stop by tomorrow- Maria is sure to have something fun!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Alphabet Love

Happy Friday crafters, and another welcome to Stamping With The Oldies!
My name is Eva Strong, and I have been stamping for a long time. I started out just using stamps for scrapbook layouts, but lately I am spending most of my craft time making cards, and other fun projects, and have not made any layouts for a long time.

For my card today, I used my very first stamp set that I got in 2000 at a Stampin' Up party. At the time I thought that this was a set that I would use always, but it has been sitting in a drawer for years without being used, and I am pretty sure, that it was used very little to begin with...

Stampin' Up Alphabet Antiques stamps
Martha Stewart heart gems
Ribbon from a box of candy

I found some heart gems in my stash and just added a black ribbon to this CAS card. It was lots of fun using my old stuff again.  I hope that you will be inspired by us "Oldie Chicks" and that you will dig out your old stamps and make something new with them. Link up your projects and share what you make with stuff from your stash.


We all hope you have enjoyed seeing our Oldies but Goodies this week.  Now it is YOUR turn to play along. Pull out your first or oldest stamp set and create something! Link it to this post (using Mr. Linky below) by Wednesday August 8th Midnight EST for a chance to win a little prize package with some stamps, paper and a few other goodies- all older (stamps are NIP) products that you can use to stamp with us! We can't wait to see your creations!!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Up Up and Away

Hello stamp fans! Thank you all so much for visiting our little blog! I'm still in the process of moving, so I don't have access to my oldest (circa 1992) stamps. This set, however, is one of my favorites. The focal image is from Gina K Design's Stamp TV kit, Eclectic Summer (STV-10003, 5/28/09).

The sentiment is from Gina's Eclectic Summer Sayings set, that same release date. That set was simple line art, but the images are truly universal in their appeal. Here in East Texas we celebrated with our annual hot air balloon race last weekend. I thought it was a perfect time to pull out this set.

The cardstock is from Gina K, but the patterned paper is SEI Dill Blossom pack from way back in 2008 (I think). I colored the balloons with Copic markers and popped one up on dimensional foam. This card (and 99% of all my cards) get shipped overseas for Soldiers to write in and send back to their families (Operation Write Home).

Thanks so much for dropping by - I hope you'll get a chance to pull out your older supplies and show us what you create! Don't forget to come back tomorrow and see what Eva has to inspire you. I think you'll LOVE it!

Ta for now!
~ky from the Bunny Nest

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's been awhile....

Hi all! Welcome to the 3rd day of our new adventure!
My name is Kim Muhl. 
I'm so happy to be sharing ways to use those forgotten supplies. 

This week we challenged each other to use our oldest stamps.

Well, I bought my stamps....ALMOST 18 YEARS AGO!!
Yes, you read that right. 
My very first stamps were bought when I was only 19 years old, because I wanted to "save money" by creating some of my own wedding stationery. You know how we all thought that by stamping and making cards we would save money and not have to buy any more. Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

Below is the card I created. I made a very simple, yet elegant card. 
The small flower stamp was used and colored in with a few copic markers. 
I have no idea what company made it, but I do know I bought it at this amazing stamp store that was in our local mall. I feel instantly in love with the store (and stamping).  I wish it was still around.

(Thanks, everyone, for letting me know)

Stamps: unknown
ink: Chocolate (palette)
paper: kraft, chocolate, old su patterned paper, ivory
other: ribbon, punches, dimentionals, cuttlebug embossing folder

I thought you might all like to see the other stamps I used for my wedding. 

See ya tomorrow....