Monday, 23 May 2011

Our Vintage Affair Challege / Vintage style 'Napkin Folded Card'

I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge over on the Crafty Individuals blog site recently, so when I noticed that 'Our Vintage Affair' blog was running one I thought I would have a go. May's challenge is asking for entries that are based on a napkin folded card  in a vintage style. You can see how to make these cards here:

I have to say, as a novice who often takes hours to make cards this one was epic. The measurements have to be spot on, and as I don't have a score board I had to use the groove in my old fiskars paper cutter!! I find it is rubbish for cutting paper but handy for scoring card.
Another problem I had was taking the photographs of the card, the light just didn't seem to show it in it's true colours. The card is actually quite pretty and the colours soft and muted. Any way's, here it is:

I found the vintage image over on, I think it is gorgeous and I was really pleased to have stumbled across the blog.  I wish I could remember where I bought the lace from because I love it on this card. Lots of peals, organza ribbon and lace, and not forgetting distress ink, it's so me.

I took this picture on the kitchen work top (still trying to find light that would show it's true colours!)

And here is the card all opened up, it was hard work, but worth it. I can see me making some more of these cards,I think it suits the vintage theme well. I have made it for a friend so if she sees it on here before I give her it, whoopsy!! I needed to get on here to make the challenge deadline. I am sure she will love it xx

You can see all the entries over on:

Thanks for taking the time to pop across and have a look.
Sharon xx

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Crafty Individuals May Challenge, 'Free as a Bird'

Today's post is my entry into the Crafty Individuals May challenge. The theme for this month is 'Free as a Bird'. I had seen over on a project for making a mini album with one sheet of 12 x 12 paper so I thought this would be the ideal project for this challenge as I wanted to have a go at making it, and wanted to keep my entry simple.

I have used one of Crafty Individuals Die-Cut mini frames and stamped it with the CI 194 music plate. I then used Tea Dye distress inks to darken it. The image is from one of the people and places mini books and the words 'Fly Free as a Bird' from plate CI-287.

The metal flower was from a necklace I had that was broken!! I had saved it for ages because I knew it would come in for something. I don't think my metal bird is very pretty, bless it, in fact I think its a seagull !! Well I do live in a sea side resort so I guess I can just about get away with that. And to be honest I couldn't find any pretty bird charms in the local shops.

I used the Tea Dye distress ink on all of the the project. I have kept it simple so I can give it as a gift for someone to add photographs and journaling. The album actually stands like a card too, i think it would be lovely in wedding papers, don't you? Oh well . . . . . . that's a project for another day!!!

The 12 x 12 paper is from Graphic 45, Baby 2 Bride collection, and the edge of the album and again on the inside of the pages I used some Core' dinations card stock. I ran this through the cuttlebug and then sanded it back to reveal the lighter colour core. I made the tags with cream card stock, again leaving them plain! Having said that I really wanted to stamp them up, but as I don't know who I'm going to give this to and for what occasion thought better of it.

And the inside, just crying out for some photographs!! Hmmmmmmmmmm perhaps I should keep this one for myself!!

You can see all the entries over on Jeans Crafty Individuals Blog, see link below:

Will be back soon, I have nearly finished a card that I really want to share with you all, it took me ages to make!!! Even though it claimed to be a simple one!! I am really enjoying this blogging lark, and love that people from all over the world can pop over to have have a peep. It's so nice that people leave such lovely comments too, thank you xx

Sharon xx