Curious about Collage Curios

 I was very curious about a new trend that I saw in the Stampin' Up! Spring catalog.  What was with all the miniatures?  We have miniature stamps and punches and embellishments, and I was just loving them.  I have always loved curios, and knickknacks, and buttons and doilies.  I guess they just remind me of grandma's house.  My grandma's house was full of those things, and I loved the little stories that she had about everything.  I remember how she would take down a Hummel figurine and tell us a story about the little boy or girl, and she had a name for each of them.  One of my fondest memories was my grandma's jewelry box.  We'd always ask her if we could straighten her jewelry box, and we would sit up on the middle of her bed, and open this modest box and admire all of her beautiful rhinestone earrings, and broaches (my favorite was a very colorful rooster pin done in multicolored rhinestones. and a necklace that had two round balls on the ends of a heavy chain that you would tie in front. Each of the balls unscrewed and inside was a cotton ball that you would scent with your perfume).  We would try things on, and then rearrange everything into the little compartments in the top of the box and the drawer.  Poor grandma would never know where she was going to find things.  
Making this card reminded me of playing with grandma's jewelry box, because I could put something special in each little compartment.  I loved stamping in different colors, and punching and layering, and adding jewels.  It was like filling my little boxes with treasures.  I had so much fun making this card, but it was a lot of work to make 16 of them for my demonstrator swap today.  Thank goodness I had the Super Bowl game to watch while I glued all these little buggers together.  It took more time than I expected, but I was so tickled with the results.  
Although my photography does not do this card justice, it was more beautiful in person.  The card base is Raspberry Ripple (I know it looks like Real Red, just use your imagination.  The other colors used were Gumball Green and Primrose Petals, and the paper is from Print Poetry DSP Stack.  The stamps used were from Collage Curios, and the one little greeting from Ciao Baby.  
Hope you liked my swap card, and I am sure my demo girlfriend's will too.    
Come back soon!

Mary Alice  


  1. WHat a wonderful idea.....I love little stamps but these sort of had me stumped! I think I may try your idea!

  2. It's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing it in our swap this month!!


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