Old idea with a new stamp set

Thoughts and Prayers Card IdeaI suddenly had inspiration today.  I looked across the room at my bulletin board and saw a card hanging there that I made about two years ago.  the stamp set used on that card is retired, Artfully Asian, and it dawned on me, I could do the same card but update it with Thoughts and Prayers and the new Eyelet Border punch.

So, this is what it came out like.  If you look closely you’ll see that I embossed the swirly from Baroque Motifs in black on the Basic Black cardstock.  On the top strip of Bravo Burgundy you’ll see “happy birthday” from the All Holidays stamp set.  Of course the branch is Artfully Asian Card Ideafrom Thoughts and Prayers and then I used the Trio Flower punch to make the flowers and used a Signo White Gel Pen just to spice them up a little.  A little bit of Bravo Burgundy wide grosgrain ribbon and 3 black brads from the Vintage Brads and there it is!

Are you curious what the original card looks like?  Here it is.  I did make this card, however, this was not my original design. I made it so long ago I have no idea who first came up with it though.  Back then Stampin’ Up! didn’t have a Scallop Edge punch of any sort so I actually used the corner round punch to make each scallop one at a time – ribbon cork boardI’m so happy we have an easier way now! 

Just for the fun of it, here’s a picture of the cork board where the old card was hanging.  I criss crossed a bunch of different Stampin’ Up! ribbons across the cork and then I have pieces of retired Hodgepodge Hardware attached to the ribbon in various spots so I can hang cards and pictures from it.  Other cards are balancing on tacks because I don’t want to stick the tacks through the cards.

I hope these cards have helped you see how you can take an idea and change it to work with the rubber stamps and accessories you have on hand.  It’s easy to get in the mindset, especially when we’re new to the craft, that we can’t make a card because we don’t have all the supplies.  So?  Use what you do have and give it a try.  You just might be amazed!

Thank you for stopping by.  Happy creating!


  1. Becky, I LOVE this card – its such a pretty one, and the colors are great. The bulletin board is neat too – I have one of them that is rather boring – doesn’t have much of anything on it – I think I see a project in my future!! Thanks for sharing your creativity yet again! 🙂

  2. What wonderful inspiration! I’m very new to card making, and trying hard to get out of that “I don’t have…” mindset. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Congratulations, Becky, for being featured on Tana Conley’s blog. I love this card. I really like how you used the white gel pen to add dimension to the flowers. Beautiful! I love the colors too.

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