Category Archives: vintage

Oh, let us come and adore Him…


     Hello, there!

     Those of you who have been following me for a bit know that, until I have discover paper crafts, I was an avid cross-stitcher. Well, I still am – sort of… More of a weekend cross-stitcher nowadays, but I blame it all on the hectic work schedule we’ve been on for months, a period during which I barely had time for proper rest, let alone have the energy to follow my hobbies and create anything… However, things have been leveling off at work (or rather, my line has become better at getting things done… lol) and now I can start cross-stitching again…

     These three are a favorite of mine, but then I DO love all things Christmas, especially those with a vintage or a bit rustic feel. Created on 14ct natural cream Aida, I really love the texture of the fabric with its bits and bobs weaved in it… As it is quite customary for me, these pieces were created in December 2011 and have been waiting on me to find the right frames and finish them off, ready to be listed in my Etsy shop. Well, I have finally found the right frames for this Christmas grouping and last night I took some photos and got this grouping listed here, here and here.

     I hope your weekend will be great; here in East Tennessee is so hot and humid outside, I refuse to step out unless absolutely necessary 😉


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Garden of Roses Notecards

    Hello everyone!

    Although quite a bit of time has passed by since my last post, I have not forgotten my lil’ blog… However, with all events that life threw my way, it was inevitable that I would have to put aside a few of my activities, so I can heal and recover after my surgery…

    I have created this little notecards box a while back, but never got around to post it here or in my shop – so I thought that today is the day! LOL… As I have never done a set of notecards before – especially not a boxed set – I was a bit reluctant to post it, but here it is… And, so many months after its creation, I still like the way it turned out 🙂

    I had this absolutely lovely Designer Papers from K&Company, named “Life’s Journey” and, as hard as it was to part with a few of its pages, I did! The cards are 3.75in by 3.75in, layered with dark artichoke green and light moss textured cardstock, while the insert is natural white cardstock, that feels a lot like handmade paper… To keep the flap of the box closed, I made a belly band using the other side of the notecard paper, and top it off with a handstamped & punched sentiment… The inside of the notecards is white, which allows the sender to use them for any occassion.

    I love the shabby chic, vintage-look of that paper pad- don’t you…?


Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Cards, handmade, papercrafts, Stampin' Up, vintage


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ODBDSLC62 Sketch Challenge

ODBDSLC62 challenge entry

This week’s challenge at “Our Daily Bread Designs” was another beautiful sketch. However, I turned the sketch sideways to better work with what I had in mind for the card I was going to create. A new element for me: the card is 5.5in by 5.5in, which I don’t usually do. In this case though it seemed to offer a larger “creative canvas” for my card.

I layered designer paper on a white cardstock base over dark green cardstock panel. A double-sided satin ribbon was added under the sentiment to add a bit more color into the card. I’ve used one of the stamps I’ve recently bought, the “Faith” set. I fussy-cut an additional rose from the designer paper and layered it on the card, using 3D foam dots. Self-adhesive pearls in three different sizes have been added to the left side of the sentiment panel. The soft, muted colors are reminiscent of cards of days long past…

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up, unless otherwise stated: Cardstock Whisper White #100730, Always Artichoke #105119, Sahara Sand #121043, Early Expresso #119686 (Stampin’ Up); Designer paper Life’s Journey (K & Company); Self-adhesive pearls #119247 (Stampin’ Up); Ribbon 5/8″ double-sided satin in Early Expresso #119753.


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WMSC #49 – Challenge


WMSC49 Sketch Clallenge

Today’s post was inspired by the latest WaltzingMouse Stamps Sketch Challenge. I have used stamps from Asian Gardens & Blessed by You sets, creating a window card with the sentiment on the card front and the main image hand stamped inside. The printed paper panel is from K & Company’s Life’s Journey. The layered punch border was created with a Stampin’ Up punch. The frame around the “window” was created by using two consecutive dies, centered one inside the other.

Supplies used are from Stampin’ Up, unless otherwise stated: Cardstock Whisper White #100730 , Early Expresso #119686 (Stampin’ Up); Stamps Asian Gardens, Blessed by You (WaltzingMouse Stamps); Designer paper Life’s Journey (K&Company); Punch Eyelet Border #119853 (Stampin’ Up); Dies Spellbinders Label Four; 3D foam dots; Satin ribbon


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CR84FN30 – Color Challenge

CR84FN30 Color Challenge

This week’s challenge on CR84FN was to use the Main colors of light blue, light yellow and kraft provided by the suggested graphic.

My card started with a lovely piece of lace i bought a few months ago from Melissa Frances. The lace was bright white and, in order to make it work with the color requirements, I decided to “antique” it, by placing it in a small ziploc baggie with a drop of Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks in Old Paper and Antique Lines and a few sprays of water, diluted until the color was what I was aiming for. Cardbase is kraft and a panel from K & Company‘s Life’s Journey pad was cut and edges distressed with Distress inks. I punched three strips of pattern paper in a bluish script paper and a dotted weathered yellow and layered them on the printed panel. The died antique lace was gathered and glue behind the hand stamped sentiment panel (Eternity from Our Daily Bread Designs) and #D foam dots were used to add it to the card. Self-adhesive pearls were added around the sentiment panel.

Supplies used are as indicated: Stamp set/Die Eternity (Our Daily Bread Designs & Spellbinders); Cardstock Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730(Stampin’ Up), Designer paper Butterfly Garden (PinkPaislee), 5th Avenue (Melissa Frances), Life’s Journey (K & Company); Ink Old Olive #102277 (Stampin’ Up); Punch Martha Stewart; Lace (Melissa Frances); Pearls self-adhesive (Mark Richards); 3D foam dots; mini glue dots; Distress Ink Old Paper & Antique Lines (Ranger/Tim Holtz)


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ODBDSLC61 – Plaid or Gingham

ODBDSLC Challenge61

   This week’s Shine the Light challenge on “Our Daily Bread Blog” was to use either plaid or gingham. I’m not much in using plaids, unless it would be a masculine card – and I just did not want to create yet another Father’s Day geared card, sooooo… It’s been a wee bit of a challenge for me. I guess cooking dinner tonight helped, because I got an image of how my card should look as I was getting the Chicken Cacciatore ready for Jim…

   The papers used are My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found” (I absolutely love, love , LOVE that collection – my grabby little hands are snatching every single 12×12 I can possible find, especially the double-sided glitter… LOL) and Fancy Pants Designs(plaid). The glitter image is stunning, in the most beautiful copper shade, which I fussy-cut. The filigree bordered piece is part of the same 12×12 cardstock. All cardstock pieces were distressed with TH inks (Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany), because lately I really love all things vintage…

Supplies: Stamp set ODBD Scripture Collection 1; Cardstock My Mind’s Eye (Lost & Found), Fancy Pants Designs (It’s Your Day); Ink Tim Holtz (Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany); Accessories Sheer Ribbon (7/8″ Ivory, 1/4″ Wine); Tools paper cutter, adhesive, 3D foam dots, Scor-tape.


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Stamping In Time Challenge SNTODBD35

SNTODBD The Lord is my Light  

   This week’s Stamping In Time challenge was to create a card and FRAME it out in TEXTURE! That is when I’ve realized that I absolutely need more “Our Daily Bread Designs” stamp sets – and would get every single stamp, if budget would allow! LOL… Maybe in a month, after our furlough is over and my paycheck will start looking like a “real paycheck”!

   As soon I’ve read the challenge requirements, I knew I had to create a window card with an embossed frame around it. I am quite positive that I’ve learned that technique from a video on Splitcoast Stampers, but I’m really not 100% positive…

   The top layer is embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, the frame was cut ot of metallic cardstock on which I’ve used Ranger Perfect Pearls to add a vintage-y look of an old, worn out frame. Ihad so much fun, I’ve made a second card, with the same stamp set (I DO have to get me some more stamps! LOL), but a different color scheme, using a frame and sentiment. The sentiment panel was die cut, then sponged while still in the die to add some dimension. Then I’ve added a second layer and finished the card by dusting it with a fairy dust of Perfect Pearls… I DO love shimmery things!

SNTODBD35 Light of the World   Supplies: Stamps ODBD Light of the World; Cardstock Night of Navy #100867, Sahara Sand #121043, Whisper White #100730 (Stampin’ Up); Elegant Paper Pad/Metallics (Martha Stewart); Ink VersaFine Onyx Black (Tsukineko); Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Small, Labels Four; Cuttlebug Embossing machine and Swiss Dots folder; Perfect Pearls (Ranger); Accessories Watercolor pencils, Blender pen, Stamp-a-magig, Scor-tape, 3D foam dots, adhesive snail.


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