Stylish Sunflower Antique

Hey all, Happy Tuesday! Hope your day was good! Work day for me and now trying to unwind! Looks pretty nice outside now, was super windy earlier. Probably should go cut some asparagus before I call it a day!

A quick note before fun. See that "Antique" in the title? That is your code that I'm digging out a retired set and featuring it. I'm not getting away from current or new stuff, just having some fun with this being at home lots of extra days. Also hoping I can inspire you to do the same and #keepstamping. For the most part here, I stick with current SU! stuff only. But, I do have a decent stash of retired stuff that I don't touch. Now seems to be the time to break that trend. I do want to see what you're stamping too, or at least hear from you that I'm inspiring something creative! Pull out an old favorite and give it a go!! This first set I picked inspired me to try several things I haven't done for years. A couple need revisited before they are shareable :) but I still had fun, and I'm stamping. Helps my sanity for sure in this crazy time! And stay tuned...I just placed a preorder from the upcoming NEW catalog. Guess what was tops on my list? Remember where you are..... a NEW Sunflower set!! 

Ok, this is an oldie but a goodie. I went through all my retired sets, well the ones in my cupboard that I keep, and pulled out the sunflower sets. I'm thinking there may have been more along the way then what currently reside here, but I found some good ones! First up is Stylish Sunflower. And, it's even more of a classic than I knew.

Date on it...1995. OMG, just realized my oldest son is that age! From the old catalogs I have, it appears it was a hostess set first, then joined the regular line for a few years. Here is the full set

I've always liked the look of it, but don't remember using it much. Maybe I'm just old, or maybe I never have much! First thing I thought of was marker to stamp to get multiple colors.

A word of warning, this technique is a little rough on your markers. **Stampin Write Markers by the way, NOT Blends or any Alcohol markers!! If you're picky about your brush tip, be extra gentle or skip this! It didn't used to be such a big deal when you could buy individual markers, but now you have to buy the whole family. To do this, take the brush tip and use the side to go over the areas of the stamp you want to ink. On this one, I used Crushed Curry on the petals, Soft Suede on the flower center, Garden Green on the stem and leaves. Give the stamp a good HUFF (breathe one it!) and then stamp it. **If you haven't used the stamp for a while, do one first on scratch paper to get the stamp to hold the ink! I almost always do one on scratch paper before stamping anything! The pot and butterfly were stamped using the Terracotta Tile ink pad. I also cheated and used my (retired) Stamp-a-ma-jig to place the pot where I wanted it. Sorry, I'm #oldschool. I also used the checkered image and went around the edge of the card. Lots of work, but looks kinda cool! Saying from a current set, Well Said on the Classic Label punch with an accent of Soft Suede and Linen Thread. Card base btw, is Terracotta Tile, accent of Soft Suede and Vanilla background. Saying attached with mini dimensionals.

Next up, daubers. Several of the samples in the old catties seemed to just use ink sponged over a dark color. So, here you go!

Such a happy card! Card base is Crushed Curry, accent of Early Espresso, Vanilla background. I stamped the images in Early Espresso, then used Sponge Daubers to apply colored ink, after letting the Espresso dry! Flower center is Crushed Curry, around the petals Daffodil Delight, stem/leaves Mossy Meadow, pot Crumb Cake and butterfly Flirty Flamingo. Saying from Peaceful Moments on a Stitched Rectangle die, daubered the edge with Crushed Curry and attached with mini dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by all! Work again tomorrow for me, then off Thursday but it's shopping day. That isn't always fun but unfortunately necessary. We'll see how the day goes, I may not be back for a while as oldest son is planning to join us for the weekend. Haven't seen him since early March so very looking forward to the weekend.

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