Stamp Review Crew: Vintage Leaves Edition

SRC-Vintage-Leaves-bannerIt’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set.   This week we are featuring one of my favorite sets from the annual catalog, Vintage Leaves. You may have just left Stop #4: the talented Dawn Tidd. You can always count on Dawn to feature a unique and beautiful project.  I am Stop #5 on the hop.   I am featuring a card which was inspired by one I created three years ago using the retired French Foliage set (see it here), and a gorgeous tag designed by Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

IMG_2937The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips:  Grunge Meets Elegance
This finished card measures 5-1/4″ square.

  • Introducing the elegance! I used a variety of elegant touches…gold foil, gold sequins, gold thread, gold embossing powder and pearls (of course) to lend an air of sophistication.  The scored background was created using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, scoring at the inch marks on both sides.  Gold thread was looped and held in place with glue dots, as were the sequins.


  • Introducing the grunge! “Grungy” touches include a little “faux burning” in the upper right corner.  To create this look, simply tear the paper upward, and distress using a sponge dauber and Early Espresso ink.  In addition, the edges of the paper were roughed up, and distressed with Soft Suede ink.  The edges of the leaves were also distressed using a sponge dauber and Soft Suede.

IMG_2937-002What do you think of my elegant-grungy card? Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments mean so much to me, and I love reading them.

IMG_2937-005I hope you enjoyed today’s hop.  I am always blown away by the talent on The Stamp Review Crew, and I hope you are, too.  Up next is one of my favorite designers, the talented Tanya Boser.  Until next time…



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  1. Beautiful work!

  2. Grungy elegance! I love all the different sparkle and details you introduced into the leaves. Great job.

  3. This is so gorgeous. Every detail is perfect. Congrats on being on of Mary’s picks this Sunday!

  4. Honestly I did a double take when I was scrowling through the cards. This one really caught my eye. Then I read the word masterpiece u dear the card and had to agree. This is beautiful!

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  6. Love all the details on this one, your signature pearls and use of the diagonal scoring plate – such a beautiful card.

  7. such a pretty autumn card. Love the glitz and glitter and grunge combination

  8. Great looking card Ann!

  9. Elegant and grungy–love it!

  10. So sad this is your last post. I enjoy your blog and appreciate the inspiration you provide. I understand your decision though and hope you enjoy your family and fur baby time. I hope you pop in from time to time or send an email with photos of the Boxer butts.

    • Hi, Traci! This isn’t my last post forever…I am just not going to be posting as often, since I resigned from my Design Teams. I am still a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I am looking forward to stamping and creating again on my schedule with time for my family and furkids…not with deadlines 🙂

  11. i think my favorite of all today. Love it!

  12. Love the neutral colors you used. And you can certainly do precision pearl placement! Gorgeous as always.

  13. Ann, this card is gorgeous, absolutely lovely!! and all the details and your signature pearls just take it over the top.
    Thank you for sharing.

  14. Beautiful! The details that you added to your card are so lovely and creative!

  15. Enjoy every second of your new found time, I will miss your inspiration, it’s a gorgeous card

  16. You are my inspiration, Ann. Although I will miss your challenge groups, I know you will love your time to refocus on what matters most to you. This card is so “you”…elegant and grungy at the same time. The pearls are your signature look and if one of your cards doesn’t have them, I am slightly disappointed! 🙂

    • Thanks, Jeena! Hopefully I will have more time to play in challenges…if that makes any sense! Sometimes I have a tendency to over-use pearls…but I just love making this scored background. Happy stampin’!

  17. Love those pretty touches of gold and pearls with the grunge!

  18. I love all of the pearls on your card! All of the little details make your card so much fun to look at!

  19. Gorgeous card!! I always know it’s yours when I see all of those pearls! I love how the leaves are complemented by so many touches of bling. Just stunning!

  20. I think your grungy elegant card is awesome, Ann! All those “Ann” touches add up to another amazing creation!

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