Little Cherubs

LTD Distress A Tag
Our Vintage Affair Vintage Tag
As Christmas preparation is on my mind at the moment, as well as digging out Christmas stamps I have also been on the look out for vintage images to use on cards, tags, etc.  When I worked on the Image Transfer for “Golden Child” I also made Image Transfers of the following images.
Tag 1 – unable to source
Tag 2 –
provided by the lovely Marie at Lost Bird Studio
Tag 3- Tuscan Rose cd rom

Using standard tags, Nos 1 and 3 I applied a Rose Pink Walnut stain followed by antique gold acrylic (using baby wipe to distress the colour). All tags were stamped with “Winter Morning” sheet music stamp. Abraded edges with scissors. Used Image Transfer for all images, I applied a small amount of Gesso and gold paint before adhering to sheet music.
Added any bits and pieces lying about.
For this tag I sponged  Tattered Rose onto tag and stamped “Winter Morning” with Victorian Velvet. Swiped gold paint on edges.

Golden Child

This is only the second time I have joined in with Dezinaworld‘s Spotlight Challenge. I was stunned to see that my card for last week’s theme, “Lyrics” won. This week the theme is “Gold & Lace” and the deadline is 16th September so you still have time to enter!
This beautiful image was provided by Vintage Dragonfly.

On the rear of the image I painted a thin layer of antique gold (hue) acrylic before adhering to a piece of sheet music. When it was still drying I peeled away patches of the sheet music. After stamping the lace stamp onto cardstock (painted with the same gold paint), I adhered the image straight onto the stamped panel.

This results in a distressed image, patches of gold, patches of sheet music and little bits of the stamped background showing through. I really like this effect as there is a sense of depth. Painted a cream card with a softer shade of gold paint and also painted the piece of lace.

I am also linking this to Cindy Adkins’ “Creative Spirit Challenge” link party which is taking place until 15th September. Every month from the 8th-15th you can link up anything you have created to her Blog. Why not visit the link and join in the fun 🙂 Lynne x

A Woman of Substance

The Shabby Tea Room “Tag You’re It”
Vintage Udfordring Udfordring 6 (if you pop along to this site you will find the sheet music flower)
Stamping for the Weekend Shabby Vintage

I’m sure you will recognise this woman but I cannot resist using her. The main focus of this card is the large tag which I stamped, distressed and added a flower made from sheet music. It is quite bulky so I inserted the base into the hole at the top of the tag, sealing with silicone glue to stabilize it.

As Time Goes By

This beautiful clock face is the photo inspiration at Soartful Challenge site this week. I managed to make this card just in time as tomorrow is the deadline.
As I liked the image so much I decided to use it in my card, along with smaller images from Crafty Individuals and one of their stamps. Before I became obsessed with photo real stamps (or maybe you haven’t noticed my little obsession!!!) I would reach for Crafty Individual stamps most of the time. This tag stamp with the woman and the clock worked perfectly with the clock photograph.
After stamping the tag I cut a tiny image from one of the Crafty Individuals book of images and then glued a glass circle over it before adhering to the top of the tag. To create a time worn look to the clocks I tore pieces of mica and added to the large clock and another clock from the C.I. book.
The clock image reminds me of the clocks at railway stations and in conjunction with the C.I. stamp you could create a little story that she is anxiously waiting for her beau to arrive – could they possibly be meeting at the train station so they may elope?


SCD Challenges are new to me but as my swap friend Dawn, who is on their DT, is hosting this week’s challenge I was keen to participate. The theme is “Arches” and “Lace” which was all fine and well but nothing was coming together in my head until I had a look at Art Creations Friday and spied this image

After cutting an arch from card I painted it with a soft blue and blush pink acrylics – aiming for a distressed appearance.
Then stamped a beautiful image which is from LLB Retro Rose set. Painted the bottom of some net curtain with copper acrylic and glued to the bottom of the arch.
This photo shows the little bits and pieces I added. The “Florence” word tile was just lying about on my craft table and I thought it suited this piece.

A Butterfly Kiss

Tag Tuesday and LTD share the same theme, “Butterflies” or in LTD’s case, “Butterflies/Insects”.
I cut a large tag and painted it with various Twinkling H20s before stamping with a CI butterfly stamp and word. Stamped “Butterfly Kiss” and painted her wings and flowers with the H20s then edged the image with DekoIce. Sprayed homemade inks onto white tissue paper, crumbled it up and then added H20s.

Punched some butterflies from scraps of the painted cardstock, edged a “B” sticker with Amber DekoIce and adhered it to centre of a fabric bloom. Punched hole in tag and added a paper flower. Now with all that DekoIce and H20s you would imagine that some of the shimmer would show up in the photograph but no, the weather is so atrocious today and hardly any daylight to speak of.  So you will just have to take my word that there’s lots of shimmer and sparkle  LOL.

Black Never Goes Out Of Fashion

When I stumbled across Vintage Black Friday I was too late to participate for August, so posting this to ensure I participate for September. On the first Friday of the month, for one week, there is the opportunity to share your vintage treasures. I’ve spoken before of some treasures I have from family members and today I want to share another special item I own. This belonged to my Great Aunt Jean who was born in 1900. A woman who was small in stature and so unassuming but who actually travelled by herself to Paris in the 30s  (and also to Italy, Australia and Canada to name a few). I have a Folies Bergere programme from 1938 along with a feather fan and a few other items which belonged to Jean, which I’m sure will crop up on my Blog at some future date. Today we are talking black and want to show this beaded collar.

This collar needs to be held in your hands and then up to the light to truly grasp the detail. Those are tiny, jet beads on a collar over 20″ in length. This collar would be stitched to a garment when an occasion arose to wear something special.The “gaps” are the exposed lace.

Oh I’d love to tell you that of an evening, I wear this stitched to a pure silk 1930’s dress but the truth of the matter, it is lovingly stored away. Since it came into my possession when my Great Aunt died, my intention has been to frame it – maybe one day. It was lovely to be able to show it here today.

Such A Perfect Day

Having a browse, I stumbled across a challenge over at Dezinaworld where the theme is “Lyrics”. In my teens and 20’s, music was really important to me, the anticipation of a release date for a single or album, the artwork on the sleeve (yes, I am talking vinyl here LOL), videos, gigs, loved it all.  To select a favourite lyric was difficult to say the least but as  I have a particular fondness for Ella Fitzgerald I picked “I Love Paris In The Springtime” and couldn’t resist adding another favourite, Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” (a perfect day would be a trip to Paris in the Spring).
On completion of the card I realised that there were lots of layers so also entering this into Simon Says Stamp and Show “Layers”.

Button Up

It’s probably not even 24hrs since I posted the Daisy Gothic Arch yet here is another new post LOL. My final item for The Altered Element (August’s DT package) was due which is why I am back here today. In last month’s post “Everything Stops for Tea” I used the Character Construction stamp set to create a whimsical tearoom. As Lynne from The Altered Element also included beautiful “Blushing Mushroom” buttons and May Arts ribbons I wanted, for this project, to include some of those along with the largest stamp in the set, the mannequin. It was also the perfect opportunity to use one of the tiny wooden spools I had in my stash.

I stamped the mannequin onto watercolour paper and also onto co-ordinating dp, cutting off the tea cup handle. Leave one “spoke” as this is inserted into the wooden spool. Paint the wooden spool and wrap some May Arts ribbon before attaching a button.
As you can see the dp has a design of buttons and stitches. So I stitched 3 buttons onto the paper and overstitched using embroidery thread. Lynne sells metallic threads if you wanted added sparkle.
I threaded some of the May Arts ribbon through a buckle (which was included in the bag of buttons). Silicone glue is the secret to this piece as it created amazing dimension. As the wooden spool is so light the card is able to stand-up without any problems.

Daisy Buttercup

Daisies is the theme at Gothic Arches. Initially all I could think, do I have any daisy stamps to which the answer is, “no” but never fear as vintage images, once again came to the rescue and I knew I at least had some daisy scrapbook paper I could play with.  The next hurdle, yellow is the colour that came to my mind and yellow is probably one of my least favourite colours, in crafting and in life.
Covered the arch with daisy paper then tore a piece to create a corner to mat the image onto. Cut 2 daisies and scalloped border from K&co glitter daisy paper. Added a stamped tag (Studio G alphabet stamps) and some bits ‘n’ pieces.
There is no significance to the name Daisy Buttercup except that it popped into my head and she looks like a little girl in need of a nickname.

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