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Vintage meets Modern

Day 2 of May Arts / Stampendous Blog Week!

Vintage meets Modern

There’s been a lot of excitement on the May Arts Design team for the past couple of weeks.   We couldn’t wait for Blog week to share the fun we’ve been having combining gorgeous May Arts ribbon with the endless variety of stamps from Stampendous.

I got to play with the Jumbo Cling Rubber Thinking of you set, and Cling Deco Lady rubber stamps and the Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle. (I adore this handle!)   

My first project today uses the very vintage Cling Deco Lady.  I couldn’t wait to see her in ink!


Isn’t she just beautiful dressed in Clear embossing powder, pearls, beads and that gorgeous May Arts Ribbon?


Here’s a close up of the ribbon and bead embellishment.



Here’s the recipe for the card:

  • Card Size – 5.5” x 4.25”
  • Cardstock – Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream, Stampin Up Almost Artichoke, Designer Paper – Graphic 45 Romantique
  • Ink – Versamagic Spanish Olive
  • Accessories  – Stampendous Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle (yep,more love here!), clear embossing powder, heat gun, sewing machine, Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket die, stick pin, beads, stick on pearls, Glue Dots


1.       Cut and score card base.

2.       Cut Graphic 45 papers.  Stitch on sewing machine using a combination of straight and zig zag stiches.

3.       Stamp Deco Lady, sprinkle with clear EP, heat until dry.  Stitch down right side.

4.       Cut sentiment piece with die machine, stamp, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, heat to dry.

5.       Attach panels using adhesive.  Adhere Crochet Lace down left side.  Adhere to card base.

6.       Make double bow with PR08 Textured Lines.  Make pearl and bead stick pin.  Attach to bow.

7.       Attach bow with Glue Dots, attach image panel. Embellish Deco Lady and sentiment panel with stick on pearls.

Very Vintage!



Now to the very modern!  You know by now how much I love thrifty gifts.  Here’s one you can whip up in an hour for just about any occasion with just a few basic supplies, Stampendous Jumbo Cling stamps  and May Arts Ribbon.  I’ve made these for all kinds of occasions…Christmas, birthdays, housewarming and hostess gifts. 


  Modern, useful and gorgeous!


Here’s your supply list:

  •  4” x 4” unglazed tumbled marble tiles (I got mine at Lowe’s)
  • Stazon Black or Timber Brown Ink
  • Adhesive backed Cork


1.       Wash the tiles with clear water.  Let air dry thoroughly.  The tiles are covered with dust which will keep the ink from sticking properly….and it’s messy!



2.       Stamp the tiles with Stazon Ink.



3.       Arrange tiles on a cookie sheet.  Place in a preheated 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.  This will set the ink and seal the tiles.  Remove from oven and cool completely.



4.       While the tiles are baking, cut the adhesive backed cork 1/8” smaller than the tiles. 

5.       Adhere cork to cooled tiles.   Stack and tie with May Arts RG10 Ribbon


Gift Bag:

  • Kraft paper bag with handles
  • Large Kraft tag & scrap of black cardstock cut slightly smaller than tag
  • Double sided tape
  • Candle (to seal ribbon ends)


1.       Cut two 26” pieces of RG10 ribbon and double-sided tape.

2.       Attach ribbon to tape.



3.        Stamp tag.  Attach tag to black cardstock. 

Tip:  Stamping large images can sometimes be frustrating.  A part of the image always seems to be missing.  Problem solved.  Grab an old phone book!  The soft surface will allow the stamp to “sink” into the cardstock giving you a clear stamped image!



4.       Attach ribbon to bag beginning at the top inside left and continuing around the base and up the other side.  Attach the horizontal ribbon beginning at the side and using the bag’s natural crease as a guide.

5.       Attach tag with ribbon.  Use glue dots to keep tag in place.



That’s it!  Simple and beautiful thanks to Stampendous and May Arts Ribbon! 

I had to test one of my coasters so I adapted this recipe for Lemonade Iced Tea from Southern Living.    It’s absolutely wonderful!!



Lemonade Iced Tea:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 – Gallon size tea bag
  • 1 c. loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • ½ c. sugar
  • 1 – (6 oz. can) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish – fresh citrus slices


1.       Bring 3 c. water to a boil in a 2 qt. saucepan.  Remove from heat, add tea bag, and stir in fresh mint.  Cover and steep 10 minutes.

2.       Remove and discard tea bags and mint.  Stir in sugar until dissolved.

3.       Pour tea into a 3 qt. container, stir in 4 c. cold water and lemonade concentrate.  Serve over ice.  Garnish with fresh citrus slices.



Blog post by: Charlene Driggs



  1. Sue from Oregon

    So fun! I helped a friend make sets of these for Christmas a few years back and she gave sets of 4 along with a bottle of wine. Makes an awesome gift had we made your pretty bags too!

  2. Okienurse

    awesome project. It would make a great gift and you could personalize it with a stamp relating to the recipient. Thanks for sharing. Vickie

  3. Jennifer H.

    Wow, what a great gift! And who wouldn’t love something hand made with love?? Gotta try this soon! TFS!!

  4. Jasmine Ford

    Both of those projects were great, and a recipe to boot! I would love to get my hands on that black and cream striped ribbon, it’s so pretty!! Great projects!

  5. Brenda B

    Wow, what amazing projects! I’ve seen stamped tiles before but wasn’t sure of the process, thanks for sharing. Love the colour scheme of the card too. Just beautiful


  6. Stacie

    That would make a fab gift! Love the images used!

  7. Melinda Wilson

    Great ideas! I love the bag and putting the ribbon on it!

  8. Charlene Merrick

    Amazing and beautiful projects, Charlene! You are so talented!

  9. Rebecca Ednie

    Gorgeous! Great paper to use with this stamp!!

  10. Aki

    Wow, great idea!!!!

  11. Anita A

    What a stunning idea and gift!

  12. Helen LeBrett

    Wonderful projects: I especially love the tile coasters and the fantastic tutorial that you gave!! I definitely want to try this one!!

  13. Jeannie

    Love the ribbons! Thanks for all the ideas on using the stamps.

    The projects are beautiful.

  14. Krissy

    Beautiful projects! Love the Deco Lady – so elegant! And the coasters are great – they would make a great teachers’ gift! May Arts Ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!

  15. Laura Weed

    Just beautiful, Charlene! Great job with ribbon AND stamps!!

  16. Karen B.

    The tiles are amazing! As are your other projects!

  17. Kathy P

    Wow, love that stamped card—one beautiful lady, and the ribbon is fabulous with its texture! Cute coaster idea, too! Thanks for the clear instructions!

  18. Carla Rae

    Love all those ideas..and the Ribbons are to die for..Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  19. conniemelancon

    Great tutorial!! LOVE THIS!! Thanks for sharing.

  20. ellen s

    this is so cool! what a neat idea. a great gift, too!

  21. Kimberly Jones

    Fabulous tutorial Charlene! I LOVE the tiles! What a wonderful gift they would make. And that iced tea looks delicious!

  22. Lucy

    Great projects! I like the coasters alot. Will have to try that. Instructions are perfect to follow. Thanks!

  23. wendyp

    Wow! The Deco Lady looks absolute stunning on that card! The lace and pin are the perfect touch!

    LOVE the coaster set!

  24. Sue D

    Beautiful card and lovely gift presentation with the coasters.

  25. Kristie Maynard

    Fabulous projects! Thanks for sharing.

  26. f lynn rush

    lots of fun projects. i especially liked the coaster tiles.

  27. Annette A.

    Wow great ideas. I love the coaster idea..

  28. indy

    Oh my gosh!! I love your card–that stamp, so vintage. Then stamping on tile for coaster–what a spectacular concept! You’re amazing! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  29. sue w.

    The card and stamped coasters are fantastic!
    stamping sue

  30. Holly Tolman

    Wow, these are such a great idea and so versa”tile” too!

  31. Chris Dring

    I never knew that you could use stamps for tiles! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Carol B

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B

  33. DeniseB

    Lovely projects! I love the design on the coasters and the presentation! Great gift idea!


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