Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer Lovin'

Hi Everyone!  Wow, July is already speeding past, isn't it?!  I can't believe how quickly the summer is going by.  Of course, we finally just got some warm weather so maybe that's why it doesn't seem like July should be half over already.

I just love the amazing sentiments that Ann Vento's creates for Whimsy Stamps.  She has such an amazing style and her choice of typography is perfect!  (Whimsy Stamps also has adorable images from a few different designers, including Crissy Armstrong.  Her images are always so cute!)  Anyway, I had emailed Ann telling her how much I loved her new release last month and she asked if I might like to guest design for Whimsy Stamps for the July release and I had to say yes!

The new stamps are available to purchase in the store right now (released yesterday).  There are 5 new images from KennyK and 4 new sentiments and 2 new dies from Raindrop Echo Designs (Ann's line).  The design team and a few guests, including myself, are featuring cards and projects using the new images from July 13-19th and having a fun blog hop on July 20th.

For my card today, I used three stamps from Ann's Raindrop Echo Designs line.  The amazing background stamp I used on the front paper (with the chicken) is the new Vintage Bottle Labels stamp.  Isn't it amazing?!  I love all those fonts and the style is so realistic!  The sentiment is from the Summer Letter Seals stamp set.  The newspaper print is the Classified Ads background stamp.

I stamped the two background images and the sentiment on cream cardstock using cocoa ink from Close to My Heart.  Then, I sponged antique linen, tea dye, and walnut stain distress ink around the edges of all my papers.  I used patterned papers from October Afternoon's Thrift Shop line.  I stitched my layers together and curled the edges of my newspaper and ad pieces.

I added some red cherry blossoms from Wild Orchid Crafts along with some other flowers from my stash.  I used the martha stewart branch punch to punch the white pieces in the floral arrangement.

You can see more projects from the design team and guest designers by visiting the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!



Sonja said...

Hi Niki,
I just love these kind of stamps and what you have done with them
Gorgeous and lovely to see a vintage style ,love that!
The stamp from Whimsy special the Kenny's I like Sooooow much;)
hugs Sonja

raindropecho said...

Oh wow, Niki, this is absolutely gorgeous! The colors, the placement of the elements, the extra special touch of adding the distressing - I think I can almost say it's perfect! No one would argue with me :) We are so honored to have you as a guest for this month and your kind comments are appreciated more than you know. Have a wonderful week and stay cool!

Pops x said...

Hi sweetie, this is diferent and i really like it, what a gorgeous creation, hugs pops x

Denise Lynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Niki! Love that you combined so many of Ann's designs together in one spot. The layout is great and the splashes of color are beautiful accents. Love everything about it. Thank you so much for being our guest this month, awesome to have you!

Dawn Easton said...

Niki, this is GORGEOUS! Love the vintage look!!
Our summer finally arrived Seems like everyone else has had great weather for month and it's just arrived in Alberta! ha!

Dena said...

Niki! This looks so amazing! I would not have had a clue what to do with those stamps!!! They look really great on your card!!! Your flowers are so pretty too!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs, Dena said...

Niki, your patterns and designs are so pretty!

Christiana said...

What a cool card! Love the vintage vibe.