Wednesday 5 January 2011

Vintage riches

I'm trying to get back in to a bit of crafting and blogging but being hampered by damaged fingers - ouch! This card took ages and to top it all it's one of those projects that looks so much better in real life and just refuses to photograph well! Never mind, I decided to share anyway so that I could wish you all a Happy New Year!

This week's challenge in the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoaststampers is to use up some leftovers. If you're a regular visitor you may have realised I don't use patterened paper very often so most of the leftovers on this project are things other than paper!

I did sacrifice a 3.5" square of my favourite ever Crafty Secrets paper that I've been carefully hoarding, having tucked it back into the stack after being trimmed off an earlier project. I then restricted myself to things that were lying around on my desk, some made as experiments or intended for other projects and then not used in the end, others just offcuts of trimmings etc (and yes, my desk is very messy - lots to choose from!). Even the dark red cardstock has some trial stamping and embossing on the back of it! I stamped on the biggest flower with the same script stamp as the little plaque to tie it together and used Copic markers to alter the colour of flowers and brads etc where necessary!

Artsy Banners (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)


Dark red (Paper Mill)

Radiant paper pad (Crafty Secrets)

Scrap mountboard (cut with a Cutlebug square tag die)

Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Vintage Photo)

Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black)


Sewing machine and thread

Crystal chain from broken necklace
Paper flowers (including one coloured with Glimmer Mist)

Cog die cut

Snowflake punchie

Brass star charm

Silk ribbon

Thanks for stopping by - I hope 2011 brings you big highs, small lows and boundless creativity!


iriseyes said...

Joanne, this is just adorable. And I can see why you hoard that paper, it's yummy! I'm glad to see you back at your crafting, and hope that the "damaged fingers" is a temporary thing for you! All the best in 2011!

Hearts Turned said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Joanne! That's one of my favorite CS prints, too...I know what you mean!

I hope your fingers are alright--sorry they're hurting you!

Wishing you a most wonderful 2011, my friend!


lisa said...

Happy New Year. You've certainly started it with a stunning card. I love the script stamped flowers and well done on using your favourite paper, such a hard thing to do!!!!
Sorry your fingers are poorly, hope they mend soon.
Hugs Lisax

Artyjen said...

Lovely use of leftovers! Yum :)
xoxo Sioux

Kaz said...

This is beautiful Joanne, take care of those fingers xxx

tracy said...

lovely card joanne:)

happy new year :)

Netty said...

Its a gorgeous card and the backing paper is divine. Annette x

Janice said...

that won't have done your fingers any good! Lovely card, it must be stunning IRL because it looks pretty good in the photo.

Unknown said...

It looks just beautiful to me = truly stunning

sam21ski said...


So sorry to hear that you are struggling with your hands, hope they get better soon so yu can continue producing fabulous cards xxxx

Karen said...

You were very brave to use up a favourite piece of paper honey! But it was really worth it for producing such a gorgeous card :D xxx

Kathy said...

I really don't know why you don't indulge in more patterned paper, Joanne! This is so sumptuous and romantic - it has a lovely vintagey feel and it's the paper that really pulls all the bits together