Spring Song in Summer

Summer is upon us, and it hit 101 degrees on Sunday!  I can't think of anything I would rather do than hang out in the air conditioned house and stamp.  So I thought I would share this card with you.  I made it for a swap with my mystery hostess group.  We picked one of Getchen Barron's Inspiration in Action sketch, number 123.  I often print out sketches I like, but don't make the card from right away.  I found this one on Gretchen's blog about 2 months ago:
Ever since the Last Chance List came out, I have been using some of my favorite stamp sets that are retiring.  So I combined this sketch with one of the images from Spring Song.
I stamped the image in Watercolor Paper with Black Staz-On.  Then I colored it with Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Markers and a Blender Pen.  The mats are Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue.  Although it is hard to tell from the photo, I used textured card stock for the mats.

I didn't use the sentiment from Spring Song, since it feels like spring is long gone!  What a difference 100 degree weather makes!  Instead, I chose one from Peace Within.

The card base is smooth Not Quite Navy, which I stamped in Chocolate Chip with the Very Vintage Wheel.  I use this wheel a lot.  It makes a subtle but effective background to help give depth to a project.  I also used it on the strip of Chocolate Chip.  This is one of the carryover items from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The edge of the strip is done with the Scallop Trim Border Punch from the  Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  The bad news is you can't buy this punch now, but the good news is that it  will  be available for purchase again when the new catalog comes out July 1st.
Any guesses about what I used on the top half of the card?  It is another of my favorite retiring items, Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper.  Hard to tell, since I altered it so much.   First I used the Square Lattice Embossing Folder for some great texture, then I took my sanding block to it.  By sanding lightly across the surface, the white center of the paper is exposed, making this lovely tweedy looking panel.  
The ribbon is also retiring:  Bashful Blue Taffeta.  Such beautiful ribbon, I assume Stampin' Up! will give us some great choices to replace the many lovely ribbons that are retiring. 
If you haven't checked out the Last Chance Lists and Retiring Accessories, be sure to check out the pdf links in the left sidebar.  And if you want to see pictures of the retiring stamps, I posted some last week HERE, along with more information about the Catalog transition and the Mini Starter Kit promotion.

This starter kit is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever considered becoming a demonstrator, for the price is only $99, as opposed to the regular starter kit price of $199.  Here is a flyer so you can see what is in the kit (Just click on the image to get a larger view):

If you want to learn more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and all the benefits, fun, and extra income that come with it, contact me at abqmadstamper@gmail.com.

That is all for today.  I am going to go reorganize my card stocks and inks.  Tomorrow my sneak peek order from the new catalog arrives, and it is time to move out the retiring colors and make room for the new one.

Be sure to check back on Friday to see my project for the Stamp-a-Holics Friday challenge.  And meanwhile, stay cool and get some ink on your fingers.  


Sage Kimble

 Nurturing Creativity, One Stamp at a Time!

Sage Kimble
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