Tuesday 10 May 2022

Allsorts Challenge # 675

The current challenge over at Allsorts Challenge# 675 is 'Favourite stamps and/or dies'.

I have loads of stamps and dies that I really love, as am sure we all have. But, there's 'that special one'  - a wood mounted stamp that I return to more than most. It sits on a narrow set of shelves, with some other favourites, right above one side of my curved desk. Straight in my line of vision when I'm swiveled round to work at the laptop. I've had it for more years than I can recall - it's so old it doesn't even have a name and I'm almost sure it was pre-loved when it came to live here! I have loads of other, much more intricately designed, stamps - but this one just sings to me! And this is the, admittedly quick, paper pieced card I rustled up the other day for the current Allsorts Challenge, see link at top of this post:

I used:

- A6 white card blank, side opening

- snippet of plain white card, onto which I stamped the image, using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and an Anita's 'no name' stamp - probably collecting its pension by now! 

- stamped the same image onto a snippet of patterned paper, found in the back of Wild Rose Studio's 'Annabelle's Meadow' paper pack

- used another sheet from the same pack to die cut the patterned darker blue layer, using the Heffy Doodles A6 'Stitched Rectangle - Outside In' set of dies

- die cut the image panel, using a smaller die from the same Heffy Doodles set

- fussy cut the 'gift box' sections out of the image,which I'd stamped onto patterned paper, quick run around the edges with a black Whisper brush pen and then glued them in place, using a glue pen

- glued the patterned paper and then the image panel onto the card front

- finished!

Last week, I spent some time fairly very ruthlessly blitzing my huge stock of patterned paper pads and packs. However, one paper pack, a constant favourite, which escaped 'the cull' - is the one I used today. In fact - I even have a spare paper pack plus a pack of the lovely 'Annabelle's Meadow' co-ordinating toppers. And hooray - vindication for saving the papers at the very least, when I found them to make today's card! 

I'm always dubious about mixing patterned papers - it can work well, but it can also end up looking 'like a dog's dinner' if you don't have the knack of mixing various papers properly. Use them from the same pad/pack is my advice, if you want to have a chance of it working, as the colours will co-ordinate nicely - and the dyes will at least all change similarly in the camera's eye!

Ah, unless of course it's a dedicated snippets project, then the whole idea is to use up those scraps! ☺ Almost a 'home goal' there!


  1. I can see the appeal of that favourite Di. A perfect stamp to pretty up for a girl or man up for a fella!! xx

  2. oh that is a nice stamp - never seen it before but it looks lovely on your pretty card.

  3. Beautiful stamp Diana. Very lovely card.

  4. What a pretty stamp your card is adorable xx

  5. LOVELY stamp and one that's very useful for cards made for either gender. A great snippets card with the paper piecing. xxx

  6. A pretty stamp and just perfect for this paper piecing technique. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts.

  7. I can see why that stamp is an old friend, lovely paper pieced card Di xxx

  8. Never seen this stamp Di. A brilliant one to use for anyone and a great card. Hugs, Carol S.xxx

  9. It's a fun stamp, and really so pretty! Great paper piecing and sweet patterned papers!
    Hugs, and cuddles for Dudley!

  10. Super card, Di. What a fabulous stamp and it looks wonderful paper pieced. xx

  11. What a beautiful card and stamp Di. This would look great as a Christmas card too apart from the sentiment running through it.

    Sue xx

  12. Loving this stamp Di and I can see why you like it! Paper piecing is perfect for it. Great make! x

  13. Got me wondering what make of stamp that is Di, clearly one of those lovely makes that are no longer around, such as Stamps Happen, such is the shame as I love nothing better than a pice of wood to stamp with.

    Anyhow's it is a beauty and you've created a super card with it, thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts again.

    B x

  14. I can see why you have kept this and keep using it, it's such a handy image to make beautiful cards, as this is. Love it Di.

  15. I don't think I've ever seen this stamp before, but I really like it with those pretty blue papers! I love the simple design too!

  16. This is such a pretty stamp Di and I love the two different patterned papers for the background and the parcels, and the way the sentiment runs around and through the parcels looks great. This stamp would look good used in lots of different ways and for either male or female cards. x

  17. What a unique and beautiful stamp this is and I too have never seen it before. A beautifully done card using it and love the paper piecing! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge!

  18. A gorgeous, elegant card Di, and great that the stamp is still a favourite after all these years - it paper pieces beautifully


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