Itty Bitty Banners Can Make the Best Thoughts

Best Thoughts, Itty Bitty Banners, Stampin Up

Hello, Stampers! We enjoyed the fantastic cards you all submitted for the last challenge! Did you see them? Wow, I loved them!! Now, let’s see what you do with a sketch challenge that can really stretch your creativity! Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play along? You can also use a public gallery, such as Pinterest or Splitcoaststampers. So, dust off those super-cute older stamps that you have been holding onto and play along! For my card today, I was feeling nostalgic that Stampin’ Up! is retiring some wonderful In-Colors. One of those colors is Tangelo Twist, which I have not used nearly enough. When I want a color in that category, my stand-by is Calypso Coral, so I decided to give Tangelo Twist a try. Once I chose that color, I found a retired DSP from the Holiday Catalog that I really loved, Into the Woods. Then, my nostalgia took me to my Wall of Stamps and I immediately found a retiring stamp that hasn’t ever seen ink – and I really don’t know why! It’s beautiful, and available as Host Rewards, Best Thoughts. The sketch needed a simple sentiment and had to be older to fit the “retro” requirement so I chose a retired stamp that has seen ink multiple times before but the framelits that coordinate with them are now being retired, Itty Bitty Banners. This stamp set appears to have come out in 2012. Splitcoaststampers doesn’t list the catalog date, from what I could see. The Lovely Lace embossing folder was inked up in So Saffron then Whisper White cardstock was inserted and run through the Big Shot. I really love the effect!!


  • Stamp Sets: Best Thoughts, Itty Bitty Banners
  • Paper: Into the Woods, Tangelo Twist
  • Ink: So Saffron, Tangelo Twist
  • Cool Tools: Chalk Talk Framelits (retiring), Bitty Banners Framelits (retiring), Lovely Lace TIEF
  • Finishing Touch: Tangelo Twist 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (retiring), Basic Rhinestones


Please stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog then get your much loved older stamps out and play along! Read the Challenge Guidelines below to be eligible to win. The challenge closes on Friday, May 6th.


  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.  No backlinking prior to the beginning date of the challenge.
  • Link back to the blog using the InLinkz by the due date.
  • Enter as many times as you like.
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! Ready to shop? I offer prompt customer service when you shop with me. AND you can earn FREE stamps with my Secret Stamper Rewards Program. Learn more HERE. Looking for any retired stamps or Stampin’ Up! Stamps or products. Go HERE to see what I have available! If you don’t see what you are looking for, just email me and I will check if I have it or will try to find someone who is willing to sell to you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,


  1. Oh my goodness, Debbie, this is stunning! I think this is one of the most striking cards you’ve ever made! Makes me want that EF for sure….awesome technique and lovely colors. I didn’t use Tangelo very much either….so sad! I think I should remedy that some time this week! And thanks for having me as a GD!

  2. So pretty! I love all the retiring in colors and am glad you chose TT today! The sentiment is awesome- isn’t it amazing to find set that have never been inked up? LOL. And the way you used that fabulous ribbon……AHHHHHH. Is that butterfly in Best Thought, too? I don’t have it but its sure cute!
    Nice card for this challenge!

  3. Oh WOW!! Debbie, this card is indeed striking, I love that embossing folder inked up like that, I’ve haven’t tried this technique but I can clearly see, the results are beautiful.
    I also didn’t use Tangelo Twist all that much, my to go ink pad and marker was always Pumpkin Pie, but Tangelo Twist looks so beautiful also, it’s a much darker shade but truly elegant too.
    Love all the details on your card, you truly have an eye for design and combination of patterns, textures and paper I wish to own so badly.

  4. Love the color combo. Beautiful card!

  5. So what does it say when I mention that the card was pinned before the comment was started? Love this bright gorgeous card! I have tried inking the inside of the emboss folder but never had as wonderful results as you! Guess I should try it again. TT may be retiring but I have already received an extra pack of the paper… it won’t be leaving my craft room anytime soon, LOL. Awesome card, Debbie!!

  6. I just can’t express how much I love this card Debbie, the details are AWESOME. Love love love the inking the folder technique, it never ever words well for me LOL..more practice needed. Like Katy’s card, I am swooning over your bow..Cx

  7. This is so lovely. Great job! I love the lace and colors.

  8. How pretty! I love the bright colors and you design is just awesome!! : )


  9. Very pretty card! Can you tell me how you did it? Thank you

  10. Stunning card! I love these two colors together! And all that technique and texture!

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