Sunday, March 14, 2010

Celebrate at Artistic Outpost

Gingersnap Creations is celebrating their first birthday this month (and it's also the birthday of one of their founding femmes, Sharon Briss)!  And, to help in the celebration, along with celebrating lots of birthdays of their own design team members, Artistic Outpost is having a special March Referral contest.  Use only your Artistic Outpost stamps to make a card with a Party and/or Celebration theme, and link up your post HERE.  They are giving away a very generous prize to one lucky participant.

Now, I don't have any AO stamp sets that specifically relate to celebrations, but that's okay... use your creativity and anything goes.  I used this adorable little boy from the Bluebird stamp set... doesn't he look like he's delivering a special birthday bouquet?  I stamped him in three different purple inks, then mounted the images on vellum, backed with white cardstock.  I added a label holder with the definition of "celebrate" cut out of a $1 dictionary I found at Target (no guilt cutting this one up, for sure!).  The lovely crinkled seam binding is from Bluebird Lane's shop on Etsy (no relation, LOL!!), and the vintage sheet music is from my stash.

So here's the weird thing, and maybe someone can help me with this.  See the text image used on the green card base?  What a devil of a time I had with THAT.... you see, I first stamped it using Milled Lavender Distress Ink.  I assembled my card, left for a bit to get my camera and fiddle around, and when I came back, the text images were GONE.  Vanished.  UGH.  So I took the darned thing apart, and stamped again using Memento dye ink.  What the heck?  The cardstock is from Stampin' Up!.  Can one of you lovely inky-expert ladies/gents shed some light?  Is there a way to prevent this, or at least to have a clue as to when it's going to happen (to save the trouble of disassembling cards)?  Perhaps the base cardstock needs a little tiny bit of coating/gloss to it, and SU!'s doesn't.  Mystery of the day, LOL!

I'm off to try to make a Tag Tuesday tag before the next Tuesday rolls around.... gotta find some more crafty time.  Take care, all!

12 comments:

Yvonne said...

Love the card and the stamps that you used!

Shar said...

Stunning, Jean! I have never thought of doing a triplet with that stamp and it's my favorite image from AO.

joy said...

You are always able to come up with wonderful creations for any theme! I like this so much!

2amscrapper said...

SO creative. Interesting about the ink....I hope someone has the answer.

cards4u said...

Wow this is great!! So creative! Thanks for sharing the details - sorry I have no help for you about your disappearing ink : (

MrsETaylor said...

Absolutely beautiful Jean. I love when you use color that way. Just breathtaking.

Jacqueline said...

This is gorgeous! I have this stamp too - just love it!

Suzanne C said...

Lovely! I don't really like that milled lavender that much as it is too light. You probably saw the image stronger because it was wet and then it dried out and vanished on you! :)

Dazzled Nance said...

I love this card. Very inspiring. Nice vintage look. I have to get going on my PDCC card. Have been sick in bed for 3 days. My creative flow is a little clogged up! LOL

stampdiva said...

Such a clever way to use the stamp. Must keep that idea in mind. Lynne M x

jo said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colours!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful choice of colors. The images works great for a celebration (the flowers). Thanks for playing with us at Artistic Outpost.