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Toy 04-22-2012 06:29 PM

TLC374 ~ Stamping Nostalgia ~ (04/23/12)
Hi Stampers!

Just like technology grows by leaps and bounds every year, so does the art/craft we share. It's hard to believe that just a little over six years ago, there was no Cuttlebug. Then the nestabilities and subsequent dies exploded on the scene. I remember when I started stamping... eyelets were the rage and brads were hardly heard of. And designer paper!! When I first started, they were limited as well.

~ Stamping Nostalgia ~

So our challenge today is going to be to make a card as if we were back in the early days of stamping. NO EMBOSSING, NO DIE CUTS, NO PEARLS, NO SEWING, Nothing that was not available way back when.
  • You can use ribbon
  • You can use ONE piece of patterned paper (try to use a retired piece!)
  • You can use eyelets
  • You can faux sew
  • Try doodling to add interest
  • Try sponging to add depth

Here is my sample:

~ Fruit of the Spirit ~

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Have fun!

StampingQueenJAR 04-22-2012 06:33 PM

I LOVE this challenge, Holly! I have been trying to use something "old" on all my projects lately and this is perfect!! Off to play~!

bensarmom 04-22-2012 07:03 PM

Holly, I am off to find something old. I still might have the first set I ever bought. That IS old....LOL.

fauxme 04-22-2012 07:24 PM

This is a great challenge thanks Holly. Mmm, my eyelets haven't seen the light of day for a while - might have to use them.

joan ervin 04-22-2012 07:43 PM

Terrific challenge, gf....I have a lotta old paper I can use and some really old stamps!!! How fun!!!

StampingQueenJAR 04-22-2012 07:58 PM

Here is my Run Free~

Used a very old stamp and pinking shears!

bensarmom 04-22-2012 08:02 PM

Here's my card for today's challenge. I used one of my favorite retired sets. What a fun challenge Holly!

imastampin 04-22-2012 08:11 PM

Thanks Holly, for a little trip in the way back machine! lol Oh times have changed. Maybe that is why my stamping room is soooooooo full of goodies.

Here is my card.

hobbydujour 04-22-2012 08:26 PM

Fun challenge, Holly....although I have not been stamping as long as many of you....so lots of goodies were available to me from the gitgo! : ) I kept my card pretty simple since I was combining your challenge with CAS.


fauxme 04-22-2012 08:54 PM

I found the eyelets (took a while to remember how to use them), some old DSP and a sketch that was one of my first ever. Thanks Holly for making us think way outside our current square. Here is mine.

Reddyisco 04-22-2012 09:48 PM

I loved this challenge, Holly....got my brain working....thanks! Here's my card.

Katchoo1 04-22-2012 10:28 PM

Fun challenge! I started stamping in 1997 and still have some magazines from then. Here are some of the first things I lacquered and learned to use:

--heat gun and EP (a store demo sold me on stamping...this as so cool, like magic!)
--dry embossing on vellum with brass stencils and stylus
--scissors for cutting fancy edges on paper
--fiskars crimper
--shaker cards using acetate from report covers and foam core. I don't recommend this, I never managed to make one that didn't look like I had hacked it out with a butter knife!
--stamping in white and embossing in white on vellum, then coloring opposite side with tombow markers for muted look
--southwest, "tribal" and Asian themed stamps were very popular with those who "didn't do cute". If you did do cute, there were a lot of teddy bears and "country cute" images where everything had patches and round pink circles on cheeks
--mail art, faux postage etc was very popular
--building scenes (landscapes) out of various stamps, also masking.

My first Stampin Up sets were the southwestern one with cactus and chili peppers, and the "hello spring" set with bunny and tulips. My first stamp ever was an All Night Media Laurel Burch sun.

DPs from scrapbook papers were very "country cute" and were mostly plaids and polka dots and not much else.

I can't wait to get home in the AM and play with some of my oldest stuff! Great challenge!

Can't wait to get home in the AM and play with some of this stuff!

Cook22 04-22-2012 11:41 PM

What a coincidence! I was trying to find an unlock code in my computer last night and a search brought up some way old cards. Embossing is the only thing I'll find it really hard not to use today ;-), and maybe pearls. Fun challenge, Holly.

n5stamper 04-23-2012 02:06 AM


Clownmom 04-23-2012 03:22 AM

I used some eyelets I've had for quite some time.

Nostalgic Tiger

allee's 04-23-2012 03:44 AM

Here is mine, Holly.

It reminds me of a 50s Kitchen!

TreasureOiler 04-23-2012 03:51 AM

Sounds fun, Holly!!!

cindy501 04-23-2012 04:38 AM

Awesome challenge. Going "old school" is a great challenge. I love all the tried and true stamping techniques also like stamped collages and stamped backgrounds. How about heat embossing? Will be acceptable for this challenge.

Katchoo1 04-23-2012 05:27 AM

Amazon.com: Making Greeting Cards with Rubber Stamps (9780891347132): Maryjo McGraw: Books

Mary Jo McGraw's first card book, my stamping "bible" back then! The cover shows what was cutting edge when I got started. I think my copy is still around here somewhere, I think I will be using it to make a card today!

Crafty Julia 04-23-2012 06:47 AM

TLC374 Old Fashioned Celebration
Holly- Great challenge. As I had already worked on my card, I do have some real stitching, but otherwise kept to the challenge rules, so forgive me for that.
Here's Old Fashioned Celebration.

tessaduck 04-23-2012 06:56 AM

I haven't used this rose frame in ages. Thanks for this challenge-- Got me nose down in the tub of old stuff, worth remembering, and using again. and again. and again.

TLC374 Memories by tessaduck - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

Biggan 04-23-2012 07:24 AM

Thanks Holly! Here´s mine;

Baby Elephant Walk


stampingout 04-23-2012 07:32 AM

Fun challenge! Here is my card.

Happy Birthday-TLC374, CAS167 by stampingout - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

cjzim 04-23-2012 07:45 AM

Great challenge today. I must have started stamping around the same time because I can remember collecting eyelets in every color I could find : ) And I remember using NO designer paper at that time. Will see what I can come up with!

MelodyGal 04-23-2012 08:16 AM

Ahhh, the old days. This IS a challenge. Great idea.

genistamps 04-23-2012 08:27 AM

Holly this is a great challenge. I started stamping in 1995. Where I live the only thing available was a very limited # of stamps from the fabric store and white card stock from the office supply store. Everything was stamped in black and colored in with colored pencils! 17 yrs. later, I'm still an addict! LOL A friend (who later became my sister in law) asked me if I wanted to come to a StampinUP! party (this was in 2000). I was like--THEY DO PARTIES!!! I went and my first set was a mini 2 step rose set that I don't even know the name of now. Maybe I'll use that set for my card. I became a demonstrator in 2004 too. Once my DH felt comfortable for me to be gone and him alone with the kids. I will be back to play later! Thanks again!

fishymom 04-23-2012 08:49 AM

What a great challenge! Although I am not about to give up my new toys, it is nice to let the image take center stage! Here is my card, Lilies My Friend.

Crafty Julia 04-23-2012 09:33 AM

TLC374 Old Fashioned Boy
I just got this cool stamp- reminds me of my son when he volunteered at the 1890s Tinsley House in Bozeman, MT. I added SU's Take a Sip for an accent. Here's Old Fashioned Boy

MaryR917 04-23-2012 09:45 AM

I loved your nostaglia challenge Holly. tried to use eyelets on my card but I couldnt set them using the old eyelet tool I had. So I settled for brads.

big cat birthday

Katchoo1 04-23-2012 09:57 AM

I had so much fun playing with my older supplies, I ended up making 3 cards!

Lizard Petroglyph

Cracked Tile Sun

Star Girl

Thanks for the great challenge, it was really cool to remember that some of my old stuff still has some life left in it!

cjzim 04-23-2012 09:57 AM

Here's mine for today

Garden Pleasures

susanbri 04-23-2012 10:30 AM

Neat idea for a challenge! Here's mine:

Crimping Nostalgia

jojot 04-23-2012 11:29 AM

here is mine....


thanks for looking

BarbieP 04-23-2012 12:09 PM

Thanks, Holly, for a fun challenge. Here is my card:

Nostaligic Anniversary by BarbieP - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

susanbri 04-23-2012 02:37 PM

I decided to do another card for this challenge but this time decided to do one as a pre-Cuttlebug "stamping nostalgia" version and one with the Cuttlebug which is how I'd more likely use the same stamp today. Here's the pre-Cuttlebug version for the challenge:

Pre-Cuttlebug Santa Horses

genistamps 04-23-2012 03:04 PM

old school roses by genistamps - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

Here is my card! Great trip down memory lane. Thanks for the great challenge! And of course, thanks for looking!

bon2stamp 04-23-2012 03:28 PM

Thanks Holly for the reminder of our stamping roots.

Here's my Nostalgic Zoo

Thanks for taking the time to look.

justwritedesigns 04-23-2012 04:15 PM

Thanks for the back to basics challenge! Here's my Rainbow Prints. Thanks so much for looking!

Kushabella 04-23-2012 05:22 PM

Great challenge - here is what I came up with....but the card wasn't half as much fun as remembering how little I had to work with and now appreciating how lucky I am to have so many fun tools and a community of stampers to inspire me.
TLC374, Stamping Nostalgia by Kushabella - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

BTW - I couldn't have added the above link if it weren't for a sister hear at SCS who walked me through it - Thanks Greenie!!!

momof5sons 04-23-2012 05:25 PM

I think that this is as old-school as it gets...here is my Different Perspective card.

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