Thursday, August 25, 2011

Vintage Paris!

I've really been enjoying this week's focus on May Arts and Our Craft Lounge!  One of the things that has been fun about it is the variety!  The ribbons and fibers the generous folks at May Arts shared with me ranged from cutesie, happy polka-dots to rustic jute, elegant velvet, organza, and tinsel.  This gorgeous lace and rich velvet combo is one of my favorites!

Do you have stuff that just sits in your stash for ages, waiting and waiting for the right moment?  I have had these swirly Prima pearls for a really long time, and finally found the perfect occasion to use them.  They brought forth the old world elegance that I was hoping for with this lovely vintage image of the Eiffel Tower from OCL's Vintage Traveler.  I have only been to Europe once, and am grateful to say that this was one of our stops!  Sooooo romantic!  :)

The background print from Basic Grey's Oxford designer paper pad is reminiscent of a beautiful brocade traveler's bag.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp some other images from Vintage Traveler collage-style onto a layer of card stock, then tea-dye inked and distressed everything, machine stitching  the background layer to draw the eye to its worn, frayed edges.

The blossom accent is actually from May Arts' beautiful chiffon wedding floral ribbon with wired edges...I snipped the stitching to remove the flower and replaced its single pearl center with a cluster of pearls to match my pretty Prima pearl swirly.  A few strategically placed mini-glue-dots helped shape the petals into something resembling a dogwood blossom.

I really love how simple and yet elegant this card turned out!

Our Craft Lounge Vintage Traveler
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Ranger tea-dye distress ink
Basic Grey Oxford designer paper
Prima e. pearl embellishments
May Arts velvet lace
May Arts wired floral chiffon ribbon

Once again, remember to visit the Lounge and the May Arts blog for more inspiration and details on entering for a prize!  (My apologies to those of you who are having trouble leaving comments on my blog.  Blogger seems to be intermittently having trouble, and I'm not sure what the solution is!  Some have suggested logging out and commenting anonymously, leaving your name/email within your comment, although even this workaround seems not to be consistently working!)

And remember, we have one more day!  I hope to see you again tomorrow!


  1. This is gorgeous Deb, so elegant! TFS!

  2. Just beautiful, Deb!

    Pam Hooten

  3. Makes you wish you were in Paris!!! Ooh la la!!!

  4. Oh this is just gorgeous! Has a beautiful vintage look, the flower and those pearls are the perfect embellishments.

  5. Wow! So pretty!!!! Love those prima pearl swirlies!!!

  6. So Beautiful! Makes me want to visit Paris!

  7. Deb, this is so elegant! My fav is the flower with the improved center. Absolutely gorgeous!

  8. This is so elegant. I just can't do vintage and it sure is a pity! Maybe I will have to try again. Beautiful.

  9. Very elegant--I like the pearls and how you added more pearls to the flower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  10. Such an Elegant card!!! Love the ribbon!!!

  11. WOW!! This card is so striking with its vintage image, the pearls, and gorgeous texture

  12. pretty - love the embellishments.
    Sandra ltb

  13. Lorrayne Ingram/CaitiumomAugust 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    This makes me need to stop to look at staying within a few colors, to now always to be so bright, the simple colors are so good, reflective.