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Friday, May 29, 2015

Vintage Love

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you're having a lovely week. I'm posting on the Live & Love Crafts blog today, where Sandy has given us the theme of "The World is my Oyster."

The theme inspired this card for my mother. In celebration of her birthday, I'm encouraging her to look up toward her future instead of how many decades have passed. The world is *still* her oyster, with plenty of dreams and love for the taking.

This is my first dabble into vintage images! They are so beautiful and make my heart flutter.
My card features lovely Maja Design papers. The majority are from Vintage Autumn Basics, which is one of my favorite collections. The color palette is stunning. I distressed my paper edges a bit, which was a first and great fun!
The Sagen vintage image from their Mix die cut sheet felt perfect for the occasion. Resin corners frame the sweet moment (and also the top of the card). I have been saving these pieces from Prima's Lace Heart collection for ages and am thrilled to finally use them. The added texture and elegance are lovely. The die cut frame is from Joy Crafts' Frame and 3 Corners.
The corner offers a glimpse into the treasures that await my mom. The rolled corner is lined with Madeleine lace, which ruffles atop pink hearts from Maja's Vintage Baby. The butterfly is from Coffee in the Arbour. A pearl heart provides an extra scoop of birthday love. The top border is Joy Crafts' Lace Edge.
Wild Orchid Crafts blooms pair with sparkling beaded pomegranate apples and decoration berries. The flowers have a touch of shimmer from Wink of Stella. Cheery Lynn Designs Mini Fanciful Flourishes scroll beneath. I triple-layered the trims, using Pleat tulle, Valerie lace, and Pearl lace with Beads. My postage stamp sentiment was created with My Craft spot dies and stamps. This was fun to create and I'm excited to give it to my dear mom in a few days. ♥

Thank you for fluttering on by! Have a sweet and sparkly day. :o)

Inspiring challenges entered:
 *613 Avenue Create~ Anything Goes 
 *Inspiration Destination~ Anything Goes
 *Lil Patch of Crafty Friends~ Anything Goes
 *Glitter n Sparkle~ One for the Ladies
 *Penny's Challenge~ Anything Goes
 *Simon Wednesday Challenge~ Anything Goes


  1. An absolutely stunning vintage card! I love how you've used all those gorgeous embellishments and your take on the theme is so touching. Sorry I haven't stopped by for a while, I've had some time away from blogging!

  2. This is stunning Karen. You have picked the perfect papers to go with the beautiful vintage image and all the detailing you have added is gorgeous. I am sure your dear Mom will treasure this special card.
    I hope you have a good weekend my lovely talented friend.
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Oh wow! Your card is stunning and perfect for our 'Vintage' challenge at Mixed Media World! *wink *wink* :) hugs xx

  4. Amazingly GORGEOUS!! LOOK at all that vintage screaming out at me! :) I LOVE the image.. I just love seeing how you put together these master pieces! LOVE the lace, pearls, tulle, flowers, Corner Frames.. those butterflies!!! It's always so thrilling to come here and see your creations Karen! Beautiful work! :) Oh.. before I forget... your Mother will LOOVE this! ;) Have a Beautiful Weekend! :)

    Scrappers Anonymous

  5. A super stunning card... love everything about this... the colour, the embellishments, the frame... its beautiful! x Thanks for sharing with us this week over at Glitter n Sparkle challenge blog...Vic, DT x

  6. Another luscious card that I want to melt right into! It's like a little piece of heaven fell out of the sky and landed in your craft room! What a delight for the eyes, from the amazing filigree die cuts to that sheery trim and everything in between! Simply stunning my friend! hugs :)

  7. What a stunning card for your Mom, Karen! It is a true beauty! Wonderful sweet vintage image with resin corner frames surrounding it! Love the gorgeous cluster of flowers, tulle, and lace! And, the postage stamp sentiment sets it off perfectly! Your Mom will cherish this fabulous creation! A big Happy Birthday to her! Take care, hugs!:-)

  8. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at our new blog! If you’ve not had a chance to become a follower, please do so as soon as you can. To be a winner, one must be a follower. If you’ve already followed us, thank you so much and thanks for sharing and joining us today at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again next week and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  9. Wow Karen, this is absolutely GORGEOUS my friend! You have chosen the perfect papers and all the embellishments are outstanding! The lace, flowers are so beautiful and the design is amazing! Your work is always over the top!! AMAZING work my friend!
    Have a wonderful Friday!
    Sherrie k

  10. Such a beautiful creation using the most perfect embellishments. Love the gorgeous laces and flowers you used! I also love the interpretation of the theme and your encouragement of your mom to look forward to her future, I'm sure she will cherish this along with its meaning. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Hi Karen,
    I absolutely love the Vintage paper & images!!Gorgeous! I love the the fun technique of distressing the edges. I must try that! I ADORE that's right...LOL. I ADORE the Elegant Valerie & Madeline lace. WOW!! Your mom will absolutely LOVE this! I love the little detail of the pearl heart..LOVELY! Oh! I forgot to mention how much I love sparkling beaded pomegranate apples and decoration berries. BEAUTIFUL!!
    My angelic friend, you did an AMAZING job on your first dabble into vintage images!!
    Please tell your mom that I wish her a HAPPY, HAPPY Birthday! Also ending her tons of my love & hugs
    Sending you tons of my love, hugs and smiles and some extra hugs because I think you are a true BLESSING to me!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  12. Stunning wow.. Thanxx for playing with us at lil patch .
    Sherry @ LPOCF-DT

  13. My sweetest friend, this is a vintage masterpiece!! Wow!! All of the elements you added to this are just amazing!! Every time I look at it, I see something I missed before and am in total awe!! The lace, the flowers, everything fits together perfectly!! This is stunning, Karen!! Your Mom will treasure it so much!! That vintage picture is precious!! Love, love this my dear friend!! Gorgeous!! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!! Thinking of you and your family and praying!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Fabulous project its just a delight so beautiful I'm honoured that you are following my Blog Thank you so much I've also joined your blog so I can keep up with your amazing work love and hugs Carole x

  15. Your first foray into vintage photos is a wonderful success! Very nicely composed and constructed! Thanks for slipping this under our door at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  16. Simply your gorgeous card! The vintage image is so pretty, amazing detail and beautiful layers! Have a wonderful week Karen.......I have really enjoyed my visit!

  17. Love the use of the pleated tulle, Karen! How pretty that is. May I ask what adhesive you used to adhere the tulle to your paper, and then to adhere the lace to the tulle? It's a wonderful project, and you say this is your first venture into Vintage? Not only is it angelic and loving, but it feels like we have stepped back into a special moment of that era. What a wonderful creation! I love visiting your blog.

    I am beginning to feel a little better. Still difficult to use my fingers, as my hand-eye coordination is very poor, and the fatigue is exhausting! LOL But I can sit up now for brief periods of time, and enjoy doing some things around the house. I have missed you and your pretty cards very much. love, de

  18. This is beautiful! The flowers look amazing! Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge!

  19. Fab card, great design and such pretty toppings. Thanks so much for playing this time at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. Good luck and hope to see you again soon. Andree (DT)

  20. What a great vintage card! Really like all of the embellishments as well as the image. Thanks for joining us this week at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge! Hope to see you again soon.

    Michelle H

  21. WOW this is so incredibly beautiful, I cannot believe that this is your first vintage style card you have done an amazing job with the design it looks so authentic, stunning image and embellishments, awesome work thank you for sharing this with us at LIL PATCH OF CRAFTY FRIENDS challenge,
    lorraine x

  22. I'm glad you enjoyed your first encounter with a vintage image. You certainly picked a gorgeous one, and it's indeed perfect for your mom's birthday. This card a true fest for the eyes; so many beautiful details, I especially like the upper right corner.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts

  23. Oh my gosh!! This is just breathtaking!! The things you make with paper and lace my just never cease to amaze me!! This is just incredibly gorgeous!! I absolutely LOVE the colors and all the magnificent detail!! <3 <3 <3


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