Sunday 31 May 2015

WCC25 -- Happy Birthday, Cutie!

Welcome to another Watercooler Challenge.  This time it's Kath's Photo Inspiration Challenge.  It's always fun to try to interpret a photo and come up with a card that reflects how it inspired me.  Kath's photo offered so many different directions in which I could go.  The colours, of course.  Then there is the Mandarin duck which is adorable, too.  Of course there is the water.  So many choices---so many opportunities to try something new.

I finally decided on the colours.  I've been doing a lot of watercolouring lately and so I reached for a large paint brush and proceeded to slap colours onto a piece of Naturals White cardstock.  I used Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar and Elegant Eggplant.  For my little panel I used a piece of the Park Lane Designer paper.  The Calypso Coral was perfect for the colour from the duck's beak.

And then I added the little Toucan from the Little Buddy Birthday stamp set.  That offered me a lot of opportunity to add more of the colours that I see in the inspiration photo.  If you look closely, my Toucan is coloured with the Elegant Eggplant marker.  Finally I added a feather stamped in Cajun Craze.  That, along with the layer of Island Indigo over the base of my card, rounded out all the colours I found in the inspiration photo.

I hope you'll join us for the Watercooler Challenge and link up your own card for this photo inspiration challenge.

I've also entered this card into the Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes challenge.

And, of course, since I used their sketch, I'm entering this card into the Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge.

Friday 29 May 2015

FM211 -- Happy Heart

The new Friday Mashup Challenge is a bittersweet one.  This is my last challenge as a Guest Designer for the Friday Mashup.  It's been fun and I'll miss being part of the team.  On the other hand this challenge is all about watercolouring which I love.  Of course I want to do the "mashup" which means combining the watercolouring with the sketch.

Sketch or Watercolour or Both

My first impulse was to create a scene.  For that I used the Watercolour Paper and stamped it with two of the images from the retiring Moon Lake stamp set and the forever current Lovely as a Tree stamp set.  In order to ensure that the images didn't obscure each other, I made masks and then stamped the next image.  The stamping was the hard part.  Watercolouring was so much more fun and, as a result, easier.

And then I second-guessed myself.  Shouldn't I use a watercolour technique that might appeal to more people?  Everyone, after all, isn't anxious to begin creating a whole landscape.  And so I began with card number two.  I suppose it would be called a watercolour emboss resist technique since, after stamping the image from the Moon Lake stamp set using Memento black ink, I proceeded to stamp the sentiment and a whole scattering of hearts with Versamark and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

The colours I used across the embossed area were Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  The image was covered with a pre-stamped and cut out mask so that I could colour it "normal" colours.  I like the way that worked.  The boat is another new colour:  Delightful Dijon.  I love it!  It's quite organic---not really a yellow and not quite an orange, either.  In fact, I liked the new colour so much that I used it as my base cardstock, to colour the boat, to create shadows for my sentiment with my Stampin' Marker, to cut three hearts from the cardstock to cover three embossed hearts, and, last but not least, to dye a piece of White Baker's Twine.  You can see the twine wrapped around the bottom of the card and tied in a small bow.

I hope you'll join us this week at the Friday Mashup Challenge.

Wednesday 27 May 2015

PCCCS146 --- On your perfect day

I took some time to try out a few of my new products today.  I can't believe I've had them for over a week and am just breaking them open today.  Life has certainly been busy lately!

I already had a base cut for a card in Sahara Sand and it was just lying there on my crafting table, waiting to be noticed and used.  I decided that it would be an interesting exercise to see which of the new in-colors would work well with the colour and go from there.  I had no stamp set in mind.  Except for the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge which I planned to use and the base colour, I had nothing else.  I hoped that the new colours would supply the inspiration.  And inspire me they did!

I loved the look of the new Tip Top Taupe against the Sahara Sand.  They seemed made for each other---what a wonderful surprise!  And the new Mint Macaron?  Perfect as well.  And then I played with the matching lace.  I wound up stacking several and loved the result.  So my card would have, in this order, the 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon, the 1" Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim and the 7/8" Sahara Sand Lace Trim.  It put me in mind of a wedding.  And so I decided to create a wedding card.

I used the gorgeous flower from the new You've Got This stamp set, two sizes of butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri, the Something Lacy background stamp and the sentiment from the Your Perfect Day stamp set.  All my stamping was done using the new Tip Top Taupe ink.  I used my Aqua Painter to colour the flower using Blushing Bride ink.  I dabbed Tombo glue randomly across the lower two-thirds of the stamped Tip Top Taupe layer and added Silver Glitter to it.  That was my sparkly version of the splatter in the sketch.

Because I had layered some Glimmer paper over both the base and the circle, I decided to add a piece of the 1/8" Silver Ribbon to the layered lace.  For the butterflies I first stamped a small one and a large one on Tip Top Taupe using Tip Top Taupe ink and then cut them using their matching punches.  Then I cut another large and small butterfly from the Glimmer paper.   For the centres of the butterflies, I added a line of Silver Dazzling Details and a small Rhinestone. 

There's nothing that I would change about the card.  Oh, and I absolutely love the brand new In-Colors.  

I hope you'll join us for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week. 

And because the theme at the Just Add Ink challenge happens to be all about weddings, I'm entering my card in that challenge as well.

Friday 22 May 2015

FM210 -- Love you always!

The Occasions Catalogue only has a short while left before most of the products disappear.  Most?  Well, yes, most---since some were lucky enough to make it into the Annual Catalogue.  I loved so many of the products in the Occasions Catalogue, especially the beautiful Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, the White Jute Ribbon, the Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim, and, of course, the Butterfly Basics Bundle.  Luckily a number of those made the jump into the new catalogue.  Yay!

The challenge for the Friday Mashup this week is an absolutely perfect opportunity to use some of those great products I've listed.  Well, all of them, really.  I had such fun with the challenge!  It's been wonderful being a guest designer.


As you can see, the challenge is to use butterflies on a card, or lace on a card, or to mash it up and use both on the card.  You know that I had to mash it up, right?

Using all those products I've already listed, I began with a square base of Naturals White cardstock.  Then I added a layer of the Something Borrowed paper which I topped with a "frame" of Sahara Sand cut on the inner border with the scalloped largest of the square framelits.  If you look carefully, you'll notice that I watercoloured some of the flowers in the Designer Paper using Blushing Bride ink. Again, if you look closely, you'll see that I added a strip of the White Jute Ribbon topped by a strip of the Sahara Sand lace.  It's more obvious in person but gets lost in the photograph.  

The lacy butterflies, of course, are part of the Butterfly Basics stamp set and have been cut out using the matching framelits.  First, however, I heat embossed them using Versamark ink and White embossing powder and Blushing Bride embossing powder.  And finally I tucked flowers behind the White Jute Ribbon.  I had fussy-cut the flowers after stamping a second image with a mask over the first.  The flower stamp is from a brand new set that I was able to order during the sneak peek, You've Got This.

Want to see the whole card?  It could easily be a guy's Anniversary card to his lady or, with a change in sentiments, a Wedding card.  If you know a girly-girl, it could even be her Birthday card.

I hope you'll join us for the fun this week at the Friday Mashup challenge.  I can hardly wait to see your creation.

I also had to enter my card into The Card Concept: Card Challenge.  With a challenge for a card that is frilly and fabulous, I couldn't resist!  I kept it classy and elegant, inspired completely by the lace and flowers.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

PCCCS145 --- I'm There For You!

I love silhouettes!  There are a number of really great silhouette stamps available in the catalogue.  For this card, I decided to use a combination.  The birds with the nest are from the World of Dreams stamp set while the leaves all over the small background piece are from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  Together, they really compliment each other.

I began with the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge:

And, for my colour palette, I turned to another challenge, the Sunday Stamps Challenge:

Together, they let me use some wonderful retiring products (Four Feathers stamp set, Feathers framelits, Starburst framelits, Naturals White cardstock and All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack).  I also used some of my favourite continuing favourites (World of Dreams stamp set, Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, Lovely Amazing You stamp set, Neutrals Candy Dots, Antique Brads, Vellum Specialty paper, and Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon cardstocks).

I hope you'll join us at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week.

I've also entered this card in the Sunday Stamps Challenge.

Tuesday 19 May 2015

AW41 -- I'm There for You!

I don't get an opportunity to participate in all the challenges that I would like.  Life gets busy.  We all know how that goes.  Imagine my surprise when I had some time to spare and went back to one of my favourite challenges only to discover that this would be their last challenge.  Life has gotten in the way for most of the Design Team and so the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge is closing forever.  I'll miss seeing the incredible designs by their talented team.

This final time they are offering a colour challenge.  Since it is using a mixture of retiring and current In-Colors, I embraced the chance to join the fun.

I decided to make a square easel card.  I had just received my package of sneak peek products from the brand new Annual Catalogue and was "itching" to try some out.   I also used a number of retiring products simply because I will miss them when they're no longer current and love the chance to use them now.  The Windows Collection framelits, for example, have such a unique shape and add so much interest to my card.  

What I love about the easel design is that it really shows off the card.  It stands beautifully on its own and can be placed anywhere.  I've done quite a bit of fussy-cutting for this card.  The butterflies from the retiring Build a Bouquet stamp set, for example, were hand-cut right to their little antennae.  I also added a bit of Dazzling Details to the white area on the wings.  In person, it picks up the light beautifully, glittering in a variety of colours.  The flower is from the brand new You've Got This stamp set and took quite a bit longer to fussy-cut, but the result is worth it.  

Here's my card, folded up and ready for a square envelope.

I hope you'll also join in for the final challenge at the Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge site.

Sunday 17 May 2015

WCC24 -- Thanks a Bunch

Welcome to another Watercooler Challenge.  This time it's Stefanie's Sketch Challenge.  I do enjoy creating from a sketch and this one proved to be a lot of fun.  I wanted to feature all the wonderful 2013-15 In-Colors that will be retiring as of June 2nd.  Those five colours will be missed!  There isn't one among them that I didn't enjoy using.

I added in a touch of Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper as well.  The patterns and colours in that paper have been such fun to use.  I'll miss it when the Occasions Catalogue ends on June 2nd as well.  So much is ending.  I could wallow in the sadness that overcomes me as I look around at all my retiring products.  But then I notice the new 2015-17 In-Colors coming in as well as the few stamp sets that were available as a Sneak Peek and I realize that I'm quite a fickle person.  The new products are already making me feel excited and are taking away the feeling of sadness as well.

I have to warn you about the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set which I have used.  It is so versatile and is such fun to use, especially since one can also buy the co-ordinating punch for it.  Excited?  I certainly was when I saw it.  The excitement lasted all the time that I used it for this card, as well.  If a person was just starting out and could just get one stamp, this is definitely one that I would and could recommend.

Don't worry---the burlap ribbon is not retiring.  The stamp set I've used is just being introduced.  The rest of the products, however, are on their way out.  If you want some of the gorgeous stitched satin ribbon, the Beautiful Wings embosslit die for those adorable butterflies, or any of the paper I've used, I'd recommend placing an order quickly before they all disappear.  They are only available while quantities last.

I hope you'll join us at the Watercooler Challenges and link up your own card for this sketch challenge.

I've also entered this card in the SUO fun flowers challenge.

Saturday 16 May 2015

Retirement Blues --- A Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

We have the Retirement Blues over at the Wacky Watercooler Stampers Blog Hop and there's no better way to express them than by using some of our very favourite products that made it onto the Stampin' Up! retiring list.  For myself, there are so many wonderful tools, papers, inks and embellishments that I will miss.  Not to mention all the great stamp sets.  Let me know what you think of my favourites.  Are they similar to yours?

As you will remember, if you've wandered through our blog hops before, our blog hop is presented in a circular fashion.  What does that mean?  Wherever you begin in our blog hop, whether you go forwards or backwards through the participants, eventually you will wind up precisely where you began.  I hope you'll take time to visit all the participatings blogs and, perhaps, leave a short message letting us know  what you've thought of our posts.

If you've been moving forwards through the blog hop, you'll have arrived here from the fabulous Marie Green's blog.

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My first project is a nod to the grads.  The Chalkboard Paper is from the Occasions Catalogue but will be gone when that ends.  I had hoped it would be included in the Specialty Papers in our new Annual Catalogue, but it wasn't meant to be.  The Chalkboard Paper is profoundly black and has a wonderful matte finish.  I love to use it with my white embossing powder to get a real "pop" and the feel of a chalk message.

My background paper makes me think of an old brick schoolhouse.  The realism of the images from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack is another thing I will miss.  I've used the various designs very effectively for some of my cards.

I love the way the card opens from the centre and, even with the added graduation cap, there is lots of room left to write.

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My next project uses several products that I will miss: the wonderful Argyle embossing folder, the Starburst Framelits, the Feathers Framelits, the Four Feathers stamp set, the Lots of Thanks stamp set and, of course, the beautiful 2013-15 In-Colors.  

For the feathers, I've used Coastal Cabana on the tall one and Baked Brown Sugar on the lighter of the short ones, both stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The darker of the shorter feathers is stamped with Early Espresso on Baked Brown Sugar cardstock (I've used my Chalk Marker to add a bit of white to the feather).  The sentiment, from the retiring Lots of Thanks stamp set, is heat embossed on Sahara Sand using the retiring Early Espresso embossing powder.  

I've cut out three circles using the retiring Starburst framelits, one in Very Vanilla, one in Baked Brown Sugar and the smallest in Early Espresso.  For the largest I used the starburst mask from the Hooray It's Your Day Simply Created kit and sponged it using Crisp Cantaloupe.  I also sponged a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe at the base of each feather.

I went a bit wild taking apart some Burlap Ribbon and blued on strands following the rays  on the largest starburst die cut.  To hold the circles together, I used one of the beautiful Antique Brads.  The background paper is the retired Early Espresso Core'dinations which I've embossed using the retiring Argyle embossing folder and then sanded to expose more of the wonderful pattern.

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My first two projects had a bit of a masculine flair.  For my final project I'm taking a giant leap in the other direction.  My Hearts Double Easel card is decidedly feminine.  I chose to use Naturals White as my base and then added Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar cardstocks.  I also used some of the retiring Champagne Glimmer Paper because it works so beautifully with the tones of the Baked Brown Sugar.  The stamp sets that I used are Good Greetings, Yippee-Skippee, and Build a Bouquet.  I used several sizes of the Hearts Framelits as well as the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  For my stamping, I used the gorgeous Shimmery White specialty cardstock.  I'm so glad it didn't retire.

The inside of the card with the double portion of the easel closed.

The little double portion of the easel open.

The front of the closed card.

The double easel card standing with both easels open.

My embellishments include the Pearl Jewel Basics, the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers and two flowers cut from the Natural Filter Paper with the Spiral Flower Bigz Original die and then sponged lightly with Strawberry Slush ink.  It's a soft, elegant and wildly romantic card.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

I've also included this card in the SUO Challenge as well as the Inspirational Challenge.

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Well, that's it for my projects.  I hope you enjoyed them as much as I've enjoyed creating them.  If you get a moment, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of them.

Your next stop will be with another very talented and creative member of our group, Priscilla Ivler.  I'm sure you'll be amazed with her wonderful projects.

Friday 15 May 2015

FM209 -- Celebrating Dad

Our challenge for the Friday Mashup this week gave me a lot of ideas but, for some reason, I just couldn't seem to settle for any of them.  Each time I thought I knew what I would create, I wound up changing my mind.  By the third time I had succeeded in becoming very frustrated.  I love doing the mashup!  I enjoy coming up with the two-part creation.  So I just left it alone and let my subconscious work its wonders.  Sometimes that's the only way to go.

Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy/Celebrations

I have to say, my subconscious does an awesome job behind the scenes.  Instead of spatters, I turned to stars.  I also had fun with my soon-to-be-retired Word Bubbles framelits.  Actually that's the whole key to the card I made:  I had fun.  The celebration which I chose was Father's Day, the day on which Dad is the star.  

Besides the Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Night of Navy cardstocks and inks, I also used Whisper White and Naturals White.  Besides the Word Bubbles framelits, I also used the Stars Framelits and the Little Letters thinlets.  I cut the letters out twice:  once from inside the Word Bubble and once from a scrap of Crushed Curry cardstock.  I wanted the letters to be inlaid.  Then I had one of those crazy ideas and discarded the Crushed Curry "O" and, instead, carefully cut out an oval in the same size.  Carefully hand-cutting a moustache shape, bow-tie and circle from Night of Navy, I used the pieces to transform the hand-cut oval into a face.  The finishing touch was one of the hats from the Guy Greetings stamp set.  

My background is a multitude of Crushed Curry stars inked onto my layer of Naturals White using a sponge dauber and the Stars mask.  To those I added several Night of Navy stars as well as Bermuda Bay stars.  If you look carefully, you'll see an additional tiny Crushed Curry star on each Word Buffle as well as a tiny Basic Jewel Pearl along the brim of the hat.

It's a fun card which should make the Dad in your life smile.  I know my Dad would smile if he were still with us.

I hope you'll join us this week at the Friday Mashup and show us your version of the mashup challenge.

Wednesday 13 May 2015

PCCCS144 --- An Open Heart

I had fun with this week's sketch for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  It gave me an excuse to use that great feather from the wonderful Lovely Amazing You stamp set.   And, of course, it also gave me a chance to use more of that beautiful Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.

I began with a base of Naturals White cardstock.  I'll really miss this paper a lot once it's fully retired!  Yes, we'll have heavy-weight Whisper White to use but the natural speckles in this paper give it a lot of character and make it a joy to use.  Since I planned to use the very realistic wren image from the An Open Heart stamp set,  I chose Early Espresso and Soft Sky as my layers.  First I sponged clouds over the Soft Sky using my Craft White ink.  It took a while to dry but I love the subtle results.

For my image I went to town on the layers.  I began with Early Espresso, then a layer of Naturals White, then Wild Wasabi and finally the Whisper White onto which I stamped my images.  I used two of the Window Frames Collection framelits and hand trimmed the rest.

Instead of using a splatter in the background, I turned to the old, retired Up, Up & Away stamp set and stamped the tiny flying birds instead.  They worked well on my "cloudy" Soft Sky.  My sentiment was stamped onto the longer feather from the Four Feathers stamp set.  The little hearts?  Just three chosen from the ones cut from a piece of Strawberry Slush using the Confetti Hearts punch.

I hope you'll join us this week for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

I've also added my card to the Just Add Ink Challenge.

Friday 8 May 2015

FM208 -- Happy Mother's Day!

One of the great things about the Friday Mashup is that it's never just one challenge.  This one, for example, calls for a Mother's Day card.  You can stop there and simply make a Mother's Day card and enter it into the challenge.  But then there's the "mashup".  They offer a little extra challenge that you can add into your card and "mash" it up.  I always like to mash it up!

To mash it up, use a recyled/upcycled item

I had a few things in mind for my recycled/upcycled item.  One was a toilet paper roll.  I went so far as to die cut it and stitch around it with thick Baker's twine before I realized that it simply wasn't what I wanted.  By that time my fingers were sore, but I persevered.  Then I thought I would use some butterflies die-cut from dryer sheets but I didn't really like them on the card that I had, by this time, created.  Finally I thought of pop cans.  A friend had told me a while back that she frequently used her Bigz dies to cut flattened aluminium pop cans.  This seemed like a good time to try it out for myself.

Following her suggestions, I cut a pop can apart and then put a piece through my Big Shot in an old embossing folder.  I wan't ready to sacrifice a current folder in case the metal somehow ruined its ability to emboss in the future.  It worked, by the way, and the folder appears to be capable of  continued embossing.  Good to know!  Then I took the retired Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die and cut a small butterfly from the embossed metal.  That worked, too.  And it looked just perfect for the card.  Believe me, I was grinning from ear to ear by this time.

My card base is Naturals White onto which I layered a piece of Rose Red after first using the Spring Flowers embossing folder on it.  Then I used my oval framelits to first cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss and then a piece of the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.   My sentiment is from the retired Wonderful Mother stamp set, cut out using the Word Bubbles framelits.  I glued a Pacific Point backing onto it and cut a border closely around the word bubble.  For my aluminium butterfly I hand cut a Basic Black body complete with skinny antennae.  Glue dots attached it perfectly to the lower portion of my oval.

For more cards in this challenge, check out the Friday Mashup Challenge.  You'll be glad you did.

I've also entered this card in the Addictred to Stamps and More challenge.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

PCCCS143 --- Woo Hoo!

It's time for another Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  Are you ready for the new sketch?


I've been wanting to use my retiring stamps and products this month because, well, they're retiring.  I'll be moving onto all the new and wonderful stamps and products in the brand new Annual Catalogue soon enough.  Right now it's time to bid my "friends" farewell.

This card uses a whole lot of favourites that are retiring.  The Naturals White, Crisp Cantaloupe, 2012-2015 In-Colors Designer Series Stack, Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper, the Sketched Birthday stamp set and the Just Sayin' stamp set and Word Bubble framelits.  I'll miss them all.

I hope you'll check out the rest of the cards created by the Design Team at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge.

Sunday 3 May 2015

WCC23 --- Marsha's Mother's Day Inspiration Challenge

Mother's Day is right around the corner.  Everywhere I look, I see floral arrangements on sale ALREADY.  Yes, it's coming up very soon but come on, any arrangement bought now isn't going to look too wonderful by May 10th.  Well, unless you happen to make the special Mom in your life a floral arrangement on paper.  That's where Marsha's inspiration photo comes in.  It's a photo of an absolutely gorgeous floral arrangement.

Aren't the flowers stunning?  I love the colours and the variety.  Just seeing the photo made me begin considering which stamp sets I could use to get a similar effect.  Immediately the Build a Bouquet set from the Occasions catalogue came to mind.  Of course the tulips from the Love is Kindness set, also from the Occasions catalogue, would be the perfect compliment.  

I did a lot of fussy-cutting for this card.  The larger flowers from the Build a Bouquet set were easy because I stamped them directly onto the Whisper White cardstock using Daffodil Delight ink and Crisp Cantaloupe ink.  I also stamped splatters all over the cardstock using the Gorgeous Grunge set and some Smoky Slate ink.  The sentiment, from Crazy About You stamp set and the Project Life Remember This stamp set is simple but that's what the card needs with all the fancy florals.

On another piece of Whisper White I stamped the tulips and then proceeded to fussy-cut them out as well as additional tulips which I had stamped and, of course an additional "newspaper" wrap which I had also stamped.  All in all, a lot of pieces which, once I had used my Stampin' Markers to colour everything, I attached to the centre of the stamped flowers using Tombo glue, dimensionals and glue dots.  

A few pearls set in the unstamped corners diagonally across from each other and my card is done.

For more cards using Marsha's inspirational photo, check out the Watercooler Challenge.

I've also entered my card into the SUO Mother's Day challenge.

Friday 1 May 2015

FM207 -- Guess what! I'm a Guest Designer at the Friday Mashup!

Exciting news!  I'm a Guest Designer for the Friday Mashup for the month of May.  I was bowled over when Holly Endress contacted me to ask if I could be available.  Of course I could!  I just hope that my efforts keep up with the rest of the talented Design Team.

This week's challenge is so much fun and so appropriate.  We've just had the Stampin' Up! retiring products list come out and, of course, many of my favourites are on that list.  The challenge is for a sketch and, if you wish, to use a retiring, retired or forgotten set or image.  This is the sketch:

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew which stamp set I wanted to use.  Zoo Review retired last year, but those images were beautifully drawn and I miss them.  I thought the giraffe would be the perfect stamp for my card.

To go along with the patterns of the giraffe's pelt, I chose the retired (and much missed) Core'dinations Early Espresso cardstock and used the Decorative Dots embossing folder on it.  With a bit of sanding, both the colours and pattern echoed the giraffe's colours and pattern.  

I decided to layer the stones image from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack on top of the embossed layer for some added visual texture.  For my giraffe, I first stamped the image on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then I stamped the same image on a plain piece of note paper and cut it out so that I could mask my stamped image.  With the mask in place, I stamped a background with the retiring Handcarved stamp.  I've always thought that background stamp had a "feel" of Africa.  

To finish I added some Sahara Sand Candy Dots as well as some stars from the Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers embellishments.  An arrow cut with the retiring What's Up? punch and a small bow tied with the Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine, and my card was done.

I hope you'll come over to the Friday Mashup to see all the wonderful cards presented by the Design Team or link up your own card showing some products you will miss.