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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sending Smiles

Hello peeps,

Sunday I decided to do some craft supply organizing. What I ended up working on was my collection of Taylored Expressions stamp sets. I had them stored in the small TE Binder boxes, around 4 per box with labels on the outside of the box. These were stored in a bookcase in my craft room. What I didn't like about the storage, it was still hard to know what images are in each set by the names on the binder boxes, so I had to open the boxes and look through each to see them. I found that I wasn't using these sets much any longer.

I decided to see if the sets would fit into the fridge bin boxes that I'm storing all of my photopolymer stamps sets. A few hours of rearranging later, I have them in a much better and more usable space.

Amazingly, I ended up with about 30 of those binder boxes now empty. Our next door neighbor is a second grade school teacher so I took one over to ask if she could use them for storage in the classroom (once she goes back to class). She said yes, she would take some. A few doors down the street live two young girls, around 11 and 8 years old, so I took a few to them as well as they both love stickers, etc. Problem solved, the empty boxes are all gone. Yay!

That long story leads to today's card. Taylor had a stamp of the month club for a few years and my card is made with one of those sets that I "rediscovered" while doing the rearranging. This little set is from September 2013 and is call Sending Smiles. The sketch is this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge. I'm also posting to the current Retro Rubber Spring Flowers challenge. The challenge is to use flowers on our cards.

The background is stamped using the solid images in the set. I used my mini Misti, stamped a few of the flowers then reversed the panel and stamped again without having to move the stamps. For the layering images, I used the same technique. The center image is stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics. The polka-dot paper is from Lawn Fawn and the bright green card stock is way old SU Green Galore. The circles are cut with a Die-namics Wonky Stitched circle die and the layering circle with a Spellbinders circle die. Finally, I used several green tinted glass beads scattered around the panel.

Here is the inside of the card. The row of dots is a single stamp in the set. The sentiment is from C&9th.

I really like how the card came out and I think I am going to make a few more with birthday and thank you greetings. I have several colors of the LF polka-dot paper.

Have a nice Wednesday all and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Sending Smiles set by Taylored Expressions and Lots to Say set by Concord & 9th
Paper: Neenah Solar white and SU Green Galore card stock, Lawn Fawn polka-dot patterned paper
Ink: SU Green Galore, Memento tuxedo black, Altenew Pink Pearl, Rouge, and Lime ink cubes
Other: Misti, Gemini Jr, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Circle die, Spellbinders Circle die, dimensionals, glass beads, liquid glue


  1. So pretty, Colleen - these flowers look so fresh and pretty! They go perfectly with that gorgeous background paper, and I love your touch of sparkle, too! Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

  2. Such a cheery card Colleen! I especially love your color choices of the pinks and corals. Someone willl love getting this card! The “Miss your Face” is such a perfect sentiment for these times too!

  3. Aaahhh! One of the great pleasures (or rewards) of a cleanup is the forgotten treasure you rediscover. What a pretty little stamp set! Love the cheerful green and coral colour combination. Thanks for playing along with us again at Retro Rubber.

  4. Yass! Clean-up always provides lost treasure in a craft space :) I love your card, the background it stunning and the whole thing just works so well. The colours really evoke spring. Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  5. Nice CAS card, love the soft colors. Nice take on the challenge. Thank you for joining Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  6. I did some organizing recently too- but I didn't reduce much unfortunately! I love the background you created with the solid images and the colors you chose. Great card, Colleen. Thanks so much for playing along with this weeks challenge at Sunday Stamps! :)


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