I recently was perusing Etsy — a relaxing yet financially dangerous habit — for vintage stamps. Not vintage-inspired stamps but rubber stamps that have been around for a while. I saw one that made me laugh: a stamp of a desktop computer, CRT monitor and all. The listing said the stamp was vintage but didn’t say how old it was. I bought it with plans to use it on a card for a techie friend’s 30th birthday.
Is that a floppy drive I see?
I was surprised the stamp had gone unused all this time, however long it’s been around. Mint condition? Not for long. I had a card to make!
For the tech-savvy, yes those are capacitors and a chip, which my husband expertly removed from an old video card. He found that the Dremel came in handy to dislodge the chip, so keep that in mind if you are going to attempt this yourself. Be sure to don safety goggles and a protective mask so that you don’t take a chip in the eye or breathe in dust.
In addition to the dusty tech, most of this card’s elements are “old school,” too. The patterned papers are at least seven years old and the sentiment’s font, Tandysoft, is based on the typeface of the Tandy Color Computer from the 1980s. Retro!
One year ago, I published my first post on this blog: a valentine that showcased a glittery die-cut lobster.
In the past 365 days, I’ve shared 65 posts with the world. People from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, India and many other countries have visited this site.
This blog has had 216 comments and more than 3,400 views in the past year. That’s awesome! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog entries and for the comments, compliments and support!
I’ve discovered the amazing online crafting community because I started this blog. I’ve seen so much creativity, and I am awed by what other bloggers create.
To celebrate — and to begin my second year of blogging — I made a birthday card featuring a tasty treat.
The “here’s the scoop” stamp is part of a set I’ve had since fall (Pink Paislee’s Portfolio collection — I’ve been using this set a lot), and each time I saw it, I thought of ice cream (mmmmmm, ice cream).
At last, I have a set of chevron stamps in my crafting arsenal. I kept the pattern toned down by using Versamark.
The design can be customized to different card sizes — just add or subtract die-cut ice cream scoops. Can you imagine a 12-inch-high card? I wonder how many scoops would be on that!
Are you running out of time to create a valentine? Pining away for a quick design? Trying to find a card that’s divine?
I’ll stop rhyming. I promise.
Never fear, this blog is … available to assist you.
This valentine is quick and cute … what more could a crafter ask for? The alternative valentine color scheme offers some contrast, too. The red “talk bubble” heart really pops against the light-blue background. I’ve been gravitating toward blue-and-red combinations since Christmas. I like taking a different, unexpected approach to holiday cards.
Stickers, like washi tape, speed up crafty productivity. Just stick and move on … or not entirely, as with this card. I wanted to give my card more dimension (I feel as though I’ve been putting foam adhesive on everything I’ve made lately), but in order to apply dimensional adhesive to a sticker and not have the sticker … well, stick … to the card, I first placed the sticker onto cardstock and cut it out. The sticker has all kinds of swirls and corners to cut around. This may test another person’s patience, but I find it relaxing … as long as my cutting hand doesn’t cramp up.
To additional dimension, I applied pearl-like embellishments to my centerpiece sticker. A little “bling” always is a good thing.