Monday, February 7, 2011

Very Vintage Challenge

Hi Everyone,
I also have a pretty cool announcement today. I have added it to the bottom of this post. So, please scroll down to read it. Thank You!!

It is time for the Very Vintage Challenge at the Stamping Vacation Challenge blog! Oh, I do love vintage. The theme this month is:

Keys and Locks

What a great theme for February too...with Valentine's Day and all. You could get a card made for a loved one and be entered into the monthly drawing. And, the prize?! A $25 gift certificate to the store of YOUR choice!!??? How cool is that??!! So get out your distress inks and get busy. Here is my Design Team card.

The key stamp is from Hero Arts. I heat embossed it and added all the background color with Distress inks (Vintage Photo, Scattered Straw, Olive from Ranger). I used the direct to paper method because I wanted it to look more streaky. I also added a dry embossed piece of red CS under the Locks and main image. I distressed this as well. The DP is from K & Company. CS: Red for lock is from Bazzill; Embossed Red and Mustard from DCWV; Black from Stampin' Up. The Locks are die cut and embossed with a Spellbinders die. The Key is a sizzix die. I added a sheer Brown and white polka dot ribbon and a piece of black lace for accents. Here are some detail photos too.

Shhhh......this is my Husband's Valentine's Day card. Don't tell him. He has not seen it yet. Since it is for him, I added a lovey dovey kind of sentiment on the inside.

Fun Challenges for "Key To My Heart":
Flourishes: Bring Back beautiful - Love
Flourishes: Valentine's
Penny Challenges: Hearts in a flutter
Lets Ink It Up: Romance/Valentine's Day
Stamptacular Sunday: Hearts gone wild
Simon Says Stamp: Love is in the air
All sorts Challenge: Love
CES Challenge: red and romance
ECP challenge: love
The Secret Crafter Saturday: Valentine's
Card Makin Mamas: Valentine's
Phindy's Place: Embossing
A Lot of rubber: Valentine - use red, pink and white
Bildmalarna: Love
Simon Says Stamps and Show: embossing
Creative Inspirations Paint: Inspired by hearts


Starting tomorrow I will be Guest Designing with Stacey Dunning over at the Blockheads Art Stamps Design Blog. Stacey owns and operates the Blockheads Online Store. She carries her own line of stamps and other manufacturers. There are tons of inks too. And what got me started shopping there - Stamp mounting supplies. There is also a gallery with lots of amazing project ideas. We have put our heads together and came up with some articles with interesting techniques. The first article is "Adding Texture with Dry Embossing". Here is a little sneaky peek.

I hope you will join us at Blockhead stamps tomorrow. Thanks!! I hope you have a lovely day!


  1. Hi!
    Gorgeous card, love it;-))m

  2. LOVE all the keys and locks! Gorgeous vintage card!!

  3. Hi Karen. Love all the embossed detail you have given your padlocks. Lovely card & perfect for Valentine's Day. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
    Tine :)

  4. Beautiful card!! I love the heart locks! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Inspirations Paints!


  5. Love it and I am sure the recipient will too. Fantastic stamping. Thanks for sharing with us at LIIU, hugs x

  6. Yay keys!! I LOVE the locks too - they look fantastic!!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


  7. Beautiful card Karen! The heart lockets are awesome! Thank you for playing the FTTC with us! Hugs ~S~

  8. Don will love this special card from you Karen! Love the keys and hearts. Congrats on your being GD! Ira x

  9. Great card for your DH. I love the embossed locks. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.

  10. Very nice! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  11. Such a great card! I love the keys stamp and the heart die is awesome!
    Thanks so much for playing along with the Card Makin' Mamas on our Valentine Challenge! Good Luck!
    Hugs! Dee Sprytebyrd's Sentiments

  12. gorgeous card, love the locks
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week.

  13. Karen, this is gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with our “Hearts a Flutter” Challenge this week at Penny’s. Good Luck!


  14. Vintage is always a fave style of mine! The embossed keys are beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Penny's! Amy

  15. Fab card, your husband will love it! Thanks for joining us at LIIU and good luck
    Claire xx

  16. How exciting...congrats on the new DT position. I love the card you have made for Stamping Vaction Karen...such a fantastic way to use the locks and keys.

  17. So different but very effective. Love it. Thanks for playing at LIIU.

    Hugs Ali x

  18. Wow, how cool!! I love all of the techniques you used on this card, Fantastic embossing and distressing!! Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog. I hope to see your beautiful cards again soon.
    xoxo, Christine

  19. Gorgeous card - love the technique you have used - your hubby is sure to adore it!
    Thanks for sharing the love with us at Allsorts this week.
    Good luck
    Debs xx

  20. Gorgeous card , thank you for joining our red/romance challenge at CES.
    Hugs Kaylou xx

  21. Fab card!! The locks and keys are so striking!! Thanks for joining us at CES challenges this week, Juliex

  22. What a fantastic masculine Valentine!! Love those heart locks!! Thanks so much for playing along with the Bring Back Beautiful challenge!!

  23. Very cool card! Thank you for sharing it with us at Creative Inspirations Paint.

  24. Vintage and lovely too! So here is my story. I saved you blog site in the wrong place and just found it. LOLOLOL


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