Time for another SCS Dirty Dozen Alumni Gallery Reunion!  This month’s challenge was to combat the buying frenzy by using one of the oldest stamp sets we own along with supplies and embellishments we’ve had for a long time.  We were not to use anything acquired in the last six months.

Yesterday morning I dug through my stamp sets and pulled out 4 or 5 really old ones.  My very oldest set is Button Bear from 1995 – I didn’t buy it in ’95, but that’s the copyright date on the stamps.  I’m thinking I probably got it around ’98 and get this…it’s a foam set!  Remember when Stampin’ Up! offered the foam option?


This card followed all the rules.  I combined Button Bear (1995) with Spring Gifts (2002) and a floral border stamp from Art Impressions (sometime in the early-mid ’90s).  I even went so far as to color the image with chalks (something I think only Leslie Miller has true mastery over) and add buttons and eyelets – two embellishments I rarely use anymore.  Card base is Cameo Coral and the designer paper is Crate from the Birdie Collection.

I spent quite awhile making this – got all finished – and just really didn’t like it!  UGH!

So last night while my hair had to stay up in perm rods wrapped in a smelly plastic bag for five hours (oh the things we do for beauty!) I decided to try again.  This time I would use one of my all time favorite sets Forever Friends from 2001.  The girls are pre-Bella, pre-Hanna, pre-Ronnie and I still LOVE them!


 I pulled out several packages of retired Stampin’ Up! designer papers – sorry but now I couldn’t even tell you which collections I ended up using – and started paper piecing.  I LOVE to paper piece!  This was a bit intricate, but not nearly as time consuming as you might think.  I just adore the result!


The main image is somewhat large so I decided to make a larger card – I went with 5.25 x 7.25 to go with some envelopes I have.  The image was stamped on Confetti White cardstock so I made the card base the same.  Then I used the same designer papers I had used for piecing to create the layers.  This was a super fun card to make until it was past the birdies bedtime and they were screaming to go *night night* and it was also past Curt’s bedtime so I couldn’t have them making a ruckus.  At the end I felt like I was playing beat the clock  – rushing to finish as quickly as possible.  I decided to wait until I got up this morning to really decide if it was *done*.

You can see all the cards in today’s Gallery Reunion by clicking here or by going to the SCS gallery and searching for keyword DCON308.  I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with!  The 20th has become one of my favorite days of the month.  🙂

Thanks you to everyone for all your sweet comments on  my luncheon post.  I was asked to share the bundt cake recipe and I will do that soon.  If you host your own luncheon – and I hope you will – please tell me about it.  I’m thrilled that I may have helped to spur some of you on!

Thanks for stopping by.

7 Responses to “Everything Old is New Again – Dirty Style”

  1. Debra Says:

    The bear is very cute and the Friends are just adorable!!! Paper Piecing is one of the club techniques I am doing in April! (I have never done it before. I know, total shock.)

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  3. Pesc Says:

    Love those colorfull cards!

  4. Sencie Says:

    Oh my goodness… I haven’t seen my old button bear set in a quite a long time… but I still have it somewhere. : ) The friends card is adorable!!!! Love how you did the ribbon and sentiment and everything else about the card!!! The perm rods stayed in your hair for 5 hours????!!!! Wow!!! You must be super curly!! : )

  5. leslierich Says:

    Oh, Jami, both these cards are so cute and sweet! I think you did a wonderful job with the chalks. I can tell you were really “feeling” the second card with the girls. They’re so adorable and the way you put the image together with the combo of stamping and paper piecing is very intricate and creative. I have all those papers in my stash, too–still trying to use them up. It takes forever!

  6. Marilynn aka APandi Says:

    I enjoy viewing your monthly DD alumni challenges and want to thank you for taking time to organize them. It would be nice to have more of the DD join the fun. I have always admired your work and am a faithful reader of your blog.

  7. Angel Says:

    Nice work! Happy Easter, Jami!

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