Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My New Collection

Hi Stamping Friends!

Do you collect anything?  Well, besides stamping/crafting supplies!  Years ago (1979 to be exact!) my mom gave me my first Precious Moment figurine.  That sparked my desire for collecting.  Besides Precious Moments, I also collected keychains as a child.  You used to get them free from gas stations and truck stops.  All my family members would give me keychains from places they visited.  Even my grandpa, who I rarely saw, since he lived 2,000 miles away, brought me a keychain once.  Very special memories. 

Since then, I've moved on to bigger (and more expensive!) collections.  When I had a "real" job, I collected Depatment 56 village pieces.  I also collect nativity sets.  We have almost 30 of them set up this year throughout the house.  Some expensive (Willow Tree), most not (Veggie Tales). 

Well this year, I got a bug in my bonnet and decided I needed to put my two favorite collections together.  So now I'm trying to collect Stampin' Up! nativity stamp sets!  I posted in the ISO Forums at my favorite Stampin' Up! online hangout, Stampin' Addicts, and I had some great responses. So over the next several days, I'll be sharing some of those sets.  Most are retired.  Why would a Stampin' Up! demo show off retired stamp sets?  Well, to encourage you to buy what you love NOW!  Don't miss out on those sets you love, and then have to go search for them later.  Remember, the Dormant Stamp List will be retired on January 4th.  If there is anything you love on that list, you better get it NOW!

So enough yacking, get to the card!  This sketch comes from the Card Patterns blog CPS44.  I didn't use a color challenge, because I wanted a monchromatic card.  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

Isn't that a gorgeous image?!  I love that it looks like a woodcut.  I didn't even know this stamp set existed.  It's called A Child Is Born.  When I posted to SA that I was looking for natvity sets, AmySings responded that she had this set she would sell to me.  Well of course I jumped at the chance!  Who could resist a beautiful set like that?!  The sentiment is from a different retired set, To You & Yours.  It was in last year's catty.  All the DSP is also retired.  The only thing that is current is the Kraft cardstock, the Choclate Chip Taffeta ribbon, the Chocolate Chip ink, the Circle Punch, and the More Mustard Pastels.  I also used the Distressing Tool that is part of the Cutter Kit. 

I'm so glad Amy decided to look through her stamp sets for me.  This is a great addition to my new collection!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


Cindy said...

This is just beautiful! I love the tenderness in that image, and your choice of monochromatic colors really plays up the image itself.

Michelle Bertuzzi said...

What a beautiful beautiful card Krystal! Love the serene scene of your stamp.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful image and card. TFS

Chris said...

Glad you could play along over at Card Patterns. Thanks so much! Your card is very, very beautiful - that is the perfect nativity scene!

It's such fun to be the sponsor this week and see all the great submissions. I hope you can visit my blog too where I have a second chance for a prize plus my take on the sketch. :)