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New England Stamper: November 2011

November 28, 2011

Swedish Christmas


Do you have stamps that you buy and then they sit unused for months? I do and today I unearthed a stamp and some paper that I bought a year ago when I took a trip to Sweden to visit my brother and his family.

My sister-in-law, Helene, is a scrapbooker and she took me to a store called Panduro Hobby, which is similar to the Michaels or Hobby Craft. I can't believe I've had this stamp for a year and not used it - I have 2 others that I bought as well that I should blow the dust off!


The card base is a Fabriano watercolor card and the extras are from Stampin' Up! - a rhinestone and some cherry cobbler seam binding.

I made this card for today's Splitcoast CAS Challenge and Our Creative Corner's Christmas Tree Challenge.

Note: I have a Cyber Monday sale going on in my Etsy store today. And don't forget to check out my new Vintage Page Facebook page.

Happy Stamping!

Ali

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November 25, 2011

Final Fall Card

As November comes to a close, I'm sharing one last Fall card before it's Christmas all the way! I made it for the Gingersnaps Farm Fresh challenge.

The main image is from Artistic Outpost - the Home plate - and I stamped it on a sponged book page background. This is simply mounted on black c/stock and then onto a vintage dictionary page.

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Hope everyone in the States had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ali

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November 20, 2011

Rogue Book Mark Card


Creating a book mark card is a first for me. I'd been experimenting making some dictionary paper tags for my store and decided they might look good with images stamped on them. I reached for the new Rogue Redhead plate, Milliner Misses and liked how it looked.

I created a holder for the tag by stamping Congratulations (from Rogue's Bits & Pieces plate) on a strip of paper and attaching it on 3 sides to form a shallow pocket.

Hope you like it. I'm entering this into Simon Says Show Some Women Only challenge.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Ali

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November 14, 2011

Book Pages and Napkins

Angela from the Stamp Man blog showed a great project with napkins last week and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to get out some napkins and play!

But you know me, I had to use old book pages for my project - it's a sickness you understand! I did a quick step-by-step for this card and posted it on my Vintage Page blog, if you want to take a look.

Here's a close up:

I'm entering the card into the Stamp Man collage challenge and Our Creative Corner's Pumpkin challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Ali

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November 11, 2011

Farm Fresh Creations

Here are a pair of cards I made for Gingersnaps this month, where our theme is Farm Fresh.

The first uses an image from Artistic Outpost from their Home plate. I stamped the main image with black ink onto a sponged panel highlighted with white gel pen (they're meant to be stars!)

I can't for the life of me remember where I got this image of a barn from. If anyone knows, feel free to let me know in the comments. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and water colored the image with Distress inks. I do know that the sentiment is from the Artistic Outpost plate, Old Grist Mill.

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I've had a busy week at Vintage Page Designs this week getting out Thanksgiving favor orders. And launching the Vintage Page Designs blog. It's still pretty bare, but pop in and say hello!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ali

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November 7, 2011

First Xmas Card

I made my first Christmas card of the season today for the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge, which was a sketch this week.

You'll be amazed to read that this is actually a current SU stamp set called Beautiful Season - I know I usually use my trusted retired sets. I really needed some new holiday stamps, so I treated myself to this one and I love it!

The red c/stock and ribbon are Cherry Cobbler, but I didn't have the ink, so I substituted it with Ranger Distress ink in Barn Red and the match is pretty good. I popped up the little bird on dimensionals and gave the holly berries some pizzazz with Ranger's Rock Candy.


Have you started your Christmas or holiday cards yet? I'm sure you probably have, but at least I've made a start :)

Thanks for stopping by,

Ali

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November 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Rogue Redhead


Rogue Redhead Designs, run by good friend Shar, turned one year old this week. Happy Birthday Rogue! To celebrate, she has launched a brand new website, released two new stamp plate and is offering some awesome deals.

I was lucky enough to play with the new release Milliner Misses and made this 8" x 8" inchie hanging:

Here's the info on the plate:

"This mini plate packs a lot of style into just a few images. Capture distinctive fashion and panache of the twenties with these great elegant ladies and their fabulous hats. Perfect for gal pal cards and fashionable greetings of all kinds." It retails for $7.50, but is on sale for $6 until the end of the year.

I stamped images from the Milliner Misses and Relish Reading plates onto the edges of old book pages, inked the edges and mounted them onto pre-cut matboard inchies. I also cut out inchies from old dress patterns and embellished some of the squares with a hat pin, buttons, fabric and lace.

All sixteen inchies were mounted onto a piece of watercolor paper with a salted background. Tutorial here. I stitched it to a piece of dark brown card stock and hung it with some beautiful seam binding from Blue Bird Lane.


Check out the other awesome artwork by the DT on the Rogue blog and wish them a Happy Birthday!

I'm linking to the following challenges:

Three Muses
Anything Goes Challenge

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November 2, 2011

The storm passed...

Well, we've had a fun few days here in New England with an October snow storm. We were without power for three days and it wasn't much fun. But, the main thing is that we're all safe. There were so many trees and power lines down that it was pretty scary for a while. The power is now restored, we're finally warm and best of all, school is open!

Here's a picture of my girl with some of the fallen branches in our yard. Instead of trick or treating, she was playing in the snow.


One positive thing was that I had some time to stamp during daylight hours, so I have lots to post over the next few days. Come back tomorrow for a couple of farm fresh creations!

Ali