Golden oldie Autumn scene

Autumn Lane closeup

I’ve been blessed with a group of friends who’ve “been there” for each other for four decades or more now–through thick and thin (literally, weight-wise!), births and deaths, joy and tragedy, laughter and tears. Just basically life in general. There are 7 of us who are sisters-by-choice, and 8 of us, including my “birth-sister”. I can’t imagine my life without them, and many times, they’re the only reason I managed to survive to this point!

THREE of them have November birthdays! Whew…..but YAY, coz then I have an “excuse” to use all the wonderful Autumn-centric papercrafting goodies I love to buy….and then let fall by the wayside as I concentrate on upcoming Christmas needs. And this year, I get to play along with the new Retro Rubber Challenge, too–allowing me to happily pull out all my “golden-oldie goodies”…for my golden-oldie friends. (woops–had to dodge a shoe one of them threw at me for saying that….)

Lovely as a Tree Birthday

SO, anyway, this is my second entry for the first RRC challenge…they said we can enter as many times as we wish, and I’m just thrilled to have been able to play along. This card prominently features my oldest-bought-by-me stamp, from Lovely as a Tree, which was in the first batch of stamps I bought when I found Stampin’ UP! several years back.  I had tried so-called-stamping wayyyyyyyyy back years ago before I knew SU existed. But those weren’t fabulous SU stamps and the results I got trying to stamp then were PIT-I-FUL. Finding SU was like one of those hallelujah-moments they have on tv shows when a spotlight beams down on whatever fabulous-thing the hero learns.  Yup, THAT much difference in the quality and results!

Birthday Card-Lynne2-2014

I’ve once again used a bunch of oldie-stuff and a bunch of new goodies to create my card:  Apothecary Accents and Ovals Framelits (current) frame the stamped trees, and the retired Adorning Accents Edgelits and Embossing Folder shape the card; the current Woodgrain Embossing Folder was used on a piece of Color Me Autumn dsp (love how it gave such a distressed finish to back up the stamped panel), and I’ve added retired buttons with some current Linen Thread bows. My colors are all current SU (I’m completely in love with Mossy Meadow right now), and I’ve used both SU markers and Blendabilities to get my tree scene colored to my liking. I saved the happy-birthday greetings for inside my card, in a hand-written note, which I surrounded by randomly stamped leaves from the Fall Fest set from the holiday catty. I let some of the images show up from the front of the card when closed.

Hopefully, my dear “old” friend–who is a nature-lover and talented artist–will appreciate my attempts to create a “painted scene” for her. Since I can’t even draw stick people myself–stamping lets me feel like an artist, too! Thanks for sharing this walk down an Autumn lane with me and for visiting my Little Corner today!

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Everything Old is New Again

It feels like forever since I last uploaded a project and wrote a post! I’ve had tons going on in other areas of my life, and a lot of it has been crafty-stuff, but I just haven’t had the time or opportunity to play along with any challenges lately.  I made an exception this weekend–just in time to complete a couple of needed birthday cards….and to join in on a new challenge at Retro Rubber. Since I’m a hobby-stamper, I’m thrilled with this “new” concept that “oldies are goodies”!  (Hey, we non-spring-chickens need to support each other!)

Retro Rubber Bday  TLC

In keeping with the retro/old concept, I went really vintage with my card. Lots of distressing, sanding, inking, spotting with the not-so-old Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, a run through with the also-old Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, and there’s also another old SU stamp on here (the “punkin” from Harvest Home, which I still love). But there are some new touches on here, too–the candy dots and the wonderful little wooden leaf accents and a piece from the fall dsp in this year’s holiday catty.

This card fits the “use your oldest stamp” challenge in a couple of ways. First, it includes my Lovely as a Tree part of the image as a portion of the background. My Lovely stamp set was in the first batch of stamps I purchased when I discovered SU about 6 years ago, when my stepdaughter did a short stint as a Stampin’ UP! demo and managed to infect me with the stamping bug in a big way.  Thankfully, since it’s STILL current (and I’ll never part with it even when it’s not!) this stamp set proves that some things DO get better with age…I’m hoping that translates itself to both my stamping AND my everyday life.

Happy Birthday stamp

However, that’s not the oldest stamp on this card.  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is part of an SU! set that was given to me by a dear friend when she cleaned out her crafts closet a couple years ago. Her kind gift included a bunch of consumable goodies that I’ve long since used up for various Relay for Life activities (her reason for the donation), but there were several really good SU stamp sets in there, and I’ve had a ball using every one of them on lots of different projects. I have no idea of the name of the set, but in it there are several more lovely script sentiments similar to this one…and the decal on the stamp says it’s Stampin’ UP!–copyright 1999!  And THIS proves that timeless beauty really does transcend the years!

I’m very much looking forward to the next Retro Rubber challenge–it’s fun to get inky again! Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today!