Saturday, October 3, 2015

1950's Housewife ~ Vintage/Retro Challenge #5 at Twofers!

This challenge gave me a chance to use some never before used stamps that I bought when Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers went out of business (the good news is ALL the stamps I used from RBBB are still available at StampFrancisco) and that was ages ago.  I love it when I can finally use a stamp - one I have been saving for ages for just the right challenge and TWOFERS challenge #5, Vintage/Retro certainly fit the bill! Here is my 1950's housewife, with a twist:

How I Made my Card:
White Square Card Base (5 1/4" x 5 1/4")
Vanilla Cardstock
Weekly Checklist stamp, StampFrancisco #106-1176
Time Schedule, StampFrancisco #106-1175
Hand on Head Woman, Large, StampFrancisco #106-1716
Sentiment from Stampers Anonymous, Wendy Vecchi, #G4-1857
Collage Papers, Green Cardstock, Buttons & Gem from my stash
Distress Markers in Weathered Wood, Wilted Violet, Ground Espresso & Shaded Lilac
Die from Sizzix Framelits Tree Blueprint from Tim Holtz, #659379
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Ranger Mini Blending Tool 

I knew I wanted to use both the woman and the sentiment stamp for this card, but I wasn't exactly positive how I wanted to incorporate them. I went ahead and stamped the woman, colored her with some Distress Markers and fussy cut
her out.  I am X-Acto knife challenged, so I was quite proud that I cut the little spaces where her arm crooks successfully (truthfully, most people don't allow me to be around sharp objects for a number of reasons).  I added the buttons and gem and set her aside.

Rifling through my stash I came upon some old collage papers I have had since the beginning of time and chose a few I thought would work as a background.  I then stamped the checklist and schedule stamps on vanilla cardstock and edged them with the ground espresso marker - I scribbled it on my craft sheet, spritzed some water and used the Ink Blender tool to edge the stamped images and then, after I cut and ripped my collage papers to my liking, swiped a bit of it onto the collage papers as well.  Helped them dry with my heat gun.

Once all the papers were set, I placed them onto my square card and glued
them down.  Then I set about looking for a die that would fit the sentiment as I wanted that to stand out and not get lost in the background.  The die from the tree blueprint (you will be seeing holiday cards made with this set - it's too cute not to use!) fit perfectly, so I stamped and then die cut the saying, then layered it on a small scrap of green card to further enhance it.  Lastly, I placed my woman and the sentiment on the card and I was done.  

I just love using my stash stuff! Not only does it justify me keeping all this stuff but then I don't feel so guilty when I buy more stuff. It's a win win! Thank you so much for stopping by and I encourage you to check out TWOFERS, as some rules have changed and we now have a sponsor! Yup, you could win a $20 gift certificate to Alleystamp! So get creating! Fondly, Christi
Another Look :)

I am entering my 50's Housewife Card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (entry 2)
The House That Stamps Built  - Anything Goes
Creative Knockouts - Anything Goes (I did not use the optional sketch)
That's Crafty! - Girls will be Girls
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - (October) Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft - (October) Anything Goes


  1. This is just so perfect for Jane's challenge. Those 1950's images are terrific a great make hun XOXO Zoe

  2. Love this retro style and the sentiment goes so well with the whole design.
    I tend yo use lots of digi images lately, so I love joining Twofers so I can use my rubber ones and challenge myself with the themes.

    1. And we LOVE to have you Pia! Thanks for supporting us :)

  3. hello Christi! super fun retro card, the sentiment is adorable, I soooo! so glad you played along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  4. This is a fab card, so very 1950s - you actually have stamps of 1950s style checklists ! Love it!

    1. I just loved the checklists - they are SO funny! Like when my mom told me she ironed her sheets LOL

  5. Hi, Christi! Such a fabulous "Vintage-Retro" card - the 50s look great as shown through your artwork! Thank you so much for visiting my blog recently - I have become your newest follower, and look forward to seeing what new projects you create! hugs, de

    1. Thank you SO Much Donna!!! I appreciate your following me and I hope I can inspire you a bit ~ fondly, Christi

  6. What a great retro look to the card, its elements are perfect and go together just beautifully x

    1. Georgie, don't know if I have told you this, but my brothers name is George and every time I see a comment from you I think that he actually looked and commented! LOL LOL Thank you so much for your kind comments, and I know you appreciate my work more than he ever could ~ Blessings! Christi

  7. Fantastic vintage card. I love the sentiment and all of the layers. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely inspiration with us at Creative Knockouts Layers challenge.

    Tamie DT

    P.S. Hope to see you next week :)

  8. Ha!! This is so fun; love the schedule list. And I'm not usually allowed to be around sharp objects, either! Your fussy cutting looks great. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built. Sorry it's taken me so long to comment; life has been crazy this week.

    1. Oh Heather - never apologize (at least to me) about being late - life can really get in the way of our crafting "duties"! I'm thrilled you liked the card ~ fondly, Christi


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