Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vintage Background

Thank you for stopping by today, to see what I've been crafting. First, I want to thank my followers for their support, and all the lovely people who have posted comments on my postings. Your words of encouragement, and excitement, have really kept my spirits high, as well as my motivation. Thank You!

Ok, now on to today's card. I am on the Design Team (DT) for Creative Sketches. They are a wonderfully supportive group of ladies. Well, todays challenge is a layout. So, pop on over, and see what the other DT members have created (all of which is stunning!) and enter. Play with us! The layout is easy to use, and versatile - click here to play along.
I have seen alot of beautiful, lovely, stunning pattern paper out there. Too many companies to name. But, I don't want to run out to the store every time I need a pretty paper. So, I decided to try my hand at creating my own. I wanted to use the supplies I have already spent good money on. Make my supplies stretch, fit my needs, use what I already have! So, that's how my background paper came about. (Click on the image, so you can really see it.)
The card base is Basic Grey (SU!), the panel is Baja Breeze (SU!). I inked my french word background stamp - En Francais (SU!) in Crumb Cake classic ink (SU!) and stamped it using my finger tips. I didn't want to see all of the words, but rather a random viewing. So, it looks 'old'. Next, I inked my scratched background stamp - Sanded (SU!) in Baja Breeze classic ink (SU!) and stamped the whole panel. I used the same color ink as cardstock, because I didn't want to compete with the words, I just wanted it to look 'used'. I used the flourish stamp from Friends 24-7 (SU!), and dabbed some, almost white acrylic paint on it, and stamped the bottom of the panel. I really like the look, and how it turned out!
The Tiny Tags stamp set (SU!) was used to create the tiny tags. They say, 'hand crafted', 'friend', and 'thanks so much'. The ribbon is Stampin' Up!'s new 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Very Vanilla. I used one of the trinkets (SU!) pins, to hold my tags onto the bow. Let me just say that tie-ing that little bow on that little safety pin was a challenge. The stamped panel on the front says, 'You're a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness and love. I sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.' I stamped that in Basic Grey classic ink (SU!) and the bird is from a different stamp set, one I purchased while on vacation. I stamped the bird in Baja Breeze classic ink (SU!). I added three tiny half pearls as the embellishment for the card.
So, stop on over @ Creative Sketches, and play along with us!


Tami Black said...

Oh. My. Word. Gorgeous! Love the shape on the card!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Hi Sharon...this is stunning!