A few months ago, my bloggy friend Marcie Rhys told me about a new challenge coming to town ... and it has to do with using your hoarded craft supplies! I need that. I think we all need that, right?
The gracious hostess Gloria Stengel invited me to be a guest designer for the month of March for her new challenge Craft Hoarders Anonymous. Thanks Gloria! How fun and exciting!! This challenge is to make a project with a vintage or retro spin.
* see related, embarrassing story at the end of post
Anyway, I've got a billion postage stamps, a large majority of which are not worth a thing. I've been itching to use then on a project, and this challenge was just the nudge I needed.
I used some Mexican and Canadian stamps from the 70s and 30s for the ice cream scoops. If you have a piece of burlap lying around, you can use it to emboss like I did here on the ice cream cone. Here's a how-to post.
I've been loving the clean, fresh feeling of type. Very excited about the "f" from "for you" fitting into the bottom of the "A". And the cone in the middle of the sentiment to tie it in more. The patterned paper lining the inside is from Studio Calico Darling Dear.
Patterned Paper: Studio Calico (Darling Dear); We R Memory Keepers (Yuletide)
Dies: Papertrey Ink (Sweet as Can Be, block alpha uppercase); My Favorite Things (High-Rise Alpha Uppercase)
Challenge Rules are HERE. You can link your project using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Also, feel free to visit the Guest Designers and the Design to see what they have to share!
Amber Milone - http://pinkchicpaperdesign.blogspot.com/
Christy Butters - http://creatingwiththegirls.blogspot.com/
Debbie Seyer - http://www.debbieseyer.com/
Donna Idlet - http://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/
Ginny Nemchak - http://pollyspaper.wordpress.com/
Glenda Brooks - http://glendabrooks.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel - http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Jan Marie Ennenga - http://re-creations4him.blogspot.com/
Karen Zueger - http://lostcoastscrapper.blogspot.com/
Kathy Clement - http://www.kathybydesign.com/kathy-by-design-news/
Pam Bray - http://www.pammejoscrapbookflair.com/
Tammi Bennett - http://www.tjsmemoriesblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks for looking!
* If you're interested, here's an embarrassing story on collecting stamps in college. Whatever I'm collecting, I'm very passionate about. For example, when I collected stamps in college, I subscribed to a postage stamp newspaper, I invested in hingeless mounts and re-mounted all of my stamps in my album, and I went to stamp shows with my husband (then-boyfriend). I never gave much thought to how I was the only woman at the shows, and probably the only person under age 80. I just loved it. In my last year of college when it was time to start interviewing for a job, I was lucky to get a lot of interviews since I was a pretty good student. At the end of the interviews when they would ask if there was anything else I would like them to know about me, I'd usually share several details about my stamp collecting hobby. With all the big interviews I landed, I thought it strange that I didn't have many job offers. Then, at the end of an interviewing seminar I attended, the professor laughingly said to avoid talking about obviously anti-social and nerdy activities
Like. Stamp. Collecting.
What a dummy. Thinking back, none of the interviewers ever seemed to follow up on that part of the conversation. Ah well. I ended up getting a good job where I stayed for 15 years until I had kids. And thinking back, that was the one interview I had where I didn't bring up stamps. Those interviews went so well that there wasn't time at the end for those dangerous open-ended questions. Hahaha!