I love how the cluster of birds in my Stamp-It Twinkle Falling Snowflake image (stamped using Rich Cocoa and Rhubarb Stalk Memento inks) coordinate perfectly with the lone birdie in the left corner of my designer paper. To go with the vintage design, I used champagne pearls as my *bling* accent.
We're celebrating Earth Day at Jingle Belles ... which means we're asking you to re-use, re-purpose or re-cycle something for your card.
Last year, I bought a box of envelopes at an Estate Sale, and when I unpacked the box at home, I discovered several vintage holiday cards that had been received by the owners. I re-purposed one of those cards into my design for this week ... don't you love those fantastic colors.
The layout is the Sweet Sunday Sketch. I even recycled the back of the greeting card (which was the perfect coordinated shade of aged ivory) by using it to stamp my sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses ... with a little big of holly berry bling.
We're still celebrating Vintage at Jingle Belles this week. When i was sorting, I found this vintage Christmas card that I found at an estate sale. I love the shadowy bells in the sky and the wonderful chunky glitter on the colored bells.
I added a few cardstock mats and a stamped sentiment from Christmas Magic. I stamped on the vintage paper from the back of the card, so the aged color coordinates perfectly.
This week we're celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Past at Jingle Belles ... we're creating cards celebrating all things vintage. It could mean incorporating true vintage elements ... or just a vintage style ... whatever says "vintage" to you.
For me it meant going straight to my vintage sheet music collection. I found this image at the top of a page of a vintage Christmas Carol.
I used the side of my colored pencils to gently shade in the vintage paper in certain places. I wanted it to look like one of those old hand-colored black & white photos.
My layout was inspired by this week's Unscripted Sketch. I had to move my *flower* element to the other side of my image because the vintage lady looked strange with big jingle bells coming out of her hat. I finished with a champagne pearl flourish (that I cut apart a bit and repositioned so it wouldn't cover my image)
I will confess ... when I saw Julia's gorgeous Shabby Chic tag ... I wanted to run. Shabby Chic is so not my style ... and glitter actually scares me a bit (mostly because I'm a very messy crafter anyway).
I actually considered just skipping day 6 ... but then I remembered one reason I love this hobby so much ... because it pushes me outside of my comfort zone ... because it encourages me to try things ... and seriously, the worst possible outcome would be a glittery mess and a tag in the trash ... not the end of the world.
I don't have any chunky glitter, so instead I used a 3-D glittered gift tag as my focal image. I did add some Prima Flowers that had chunky glitter as part of my floral cluster, so I'm giving myself points for that. At the bottom of the tag, rather than stitching lace, I used some adhesive lace tape and layered on Merry Christmas sentiment from the same Believe Set using more Memento Luxe Ink.
I added some sequins for sparkle and then finished with some red velvet rick-rack tied with sparkly twine at the top.
While I'm sure my tag won't be mistaken for one of Julia's masterpieces, I was glad I gave it a try ... and actually ended-up with a tag that I love.
This week at Jingle Belles we're celebrating all things vintage ... create a holiday card using
genuine vintage ingredients like old book paper, vintage ideals magazines,
antique lace, old buttons, etc. or use new items that incorporate a vintage style.
I started with my collection of vintage items, and settled on a vintage holiday card from my stash. Since it had *from the three of us* on the front, I scanned it, so I could remove those words (and keep the fun & quirky snowman trio). At resale shops & flea markets, I always search for vintage paper designs with great illustrations and colors like this one.
I matted it on coordinating red cardstock and added a sentiment from Crafter's Companion Christmas Magic (an awesome set of holiday sentiments). I love that my card is vintage, but still embraces a clean & simple design.