Tuesday, January 9, 2018

old + new = exponentially more awesome

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is impressively new-year-centric. for "out with the old, in with the new" we'd like you to use something super old from your stash AND something not quite so old - new even! since that is one of my favorite things to do at any time, i was pretty psyched. here's what i made:

sentiment stamps: stampin' up; patterned paper: dcwv; rub-ons: prima (roses), american crafts (pink flowers, tiny circle flowers and red asterisks), fancy pants (red stars) and dove of the east (butterflies); vintage bits from my stash: trading stamps and torn stirps of red numerals from an old typing book; label die: nestabilities by spellbinders; glossy white cardstock: the paper cut; ink: ranger archival (black) and colorbox chalk (red); tri-tone colored pencils: koh-i-noor hardtmuth; adhesives: scotch brand gluestick, elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

ok, so, what's old and what's new? the stampin' up "you're delightful" set is new (from stephanie, my favorite SU demonstrator!); the map and ledger stack is fairly new (on sale at the big box crafting store just before xmas); all of the rub-on transfers are ancient (but i still love them); and the trading stamps which form the second-to-bottom layer of the collage (which are thus difficult to see, sorry!) are kind of both, in that they are obviously vintage, BUT... i've only had them for two weeks... they were part of my xmas gift from stephanie, who is amazingly good at finding things that will make me literally *gasp* when i open the package!

here's a shocking true confession for ya: i LOVED rub-on transfers. still love them, in fact. maybe more than rubber stamps, which i know are many cardmakers' favorite supply. the problem with rub-ons, though-- and i suspect this is why they are no longer very popular-- is that the quality varied considerably; in fact, it was possible to bring home a full-price, brand-new, name-brand package and have them entirely fail to rub-on properly. admittedly a huge drawback. unless... you're using them in a collage context (as i have been recently in my instagram collages) in which case, having them go on imperfectly is kind of weirdly cool.

this is the first time i've built a full sized (A7) card around a collage of vintage bits + rub-ons, but it won't be the last because i really like how it turned out. of course, as murphy's law dictates, seeing as how i was counting on the largest rub-on (the roses, which are prima, and probably 7 or 8 years old) going on in a rather funky, intermittent manner, OF COURSE it transferred PERFECTLY, lol! but luckily my idea still worked. and, to make up for that, some of the tiniest ones, which were a bit newer, that i thought i'd "fill in" any blank spots with, went on very badly indeed. the funny thing is, you cannot just say, "well this manufacturer just made an inferior product" because i've used several other varieties from the same company, bought around the same time, and stored exactly the same way, which went on well. go figure.

the final new thing i've used on this card is the set of koh-i-noor hardtmuth tritone "magic" pencils that santa brought me. so far, i've used them to do some line doodles, but this is the first time i've colored something in with them. and yes, all of the letters were done with one pencil, so you can see where there really are three shades in each, and you get a nice variety as you go along.

speaking of a nice variety, as always, my design team sisters at SOS have outdone themselves when it comes to providing inspiration for you. be sure to check that out, as soon as possible, k? ♥


  1. Gorgeous card, you are so awesome using bits to make a collage card.

  2. Wish I could do collage like you, because this is amazing!

  3. Ohhhhhhhh yes, like Barb and Chris said, your collage skills are madly wicked!!
    I love the colours, the layers...ahhhhhhhh just a beauty!

  4. Wow Lauren this is gorgeous! I just love the big flowers and totally agree with you on the little so &so's never behaving when you want them to.. I have a few sheets in a draw and often think I'll give them a go and after 10 minutes of rubbing and still missing I toss it out and start again so your idea of using them collage style is perfect. The pencils sound wonderful too, so I can see them airing quite a bit on here. Thanks for taking the time to pop over to mine, lovely to read your thoughts. X

  5. Such a cool combination of elements here Lauren. I have a stamp that reminds me of ledger paper...I need to use it more. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Oh Lauren, what a beautiful card, love all the layers and, as always, your details and layout are fabulous.
    Love how you framed this beautiful sentiment too.
    Awesome card!!


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