Thursday, 12 July 2012

Vintage flowers and black lace

One of the ladies in my office is going to be 30 tomorrow so I thought I'd better pull my finger out and make a card to suit :-) Normally I tend to make really cute and girly cards in pastel colours for female friends; but last night for some reason I was feeling in a different kind of mood. I have also been getting in late from work so the light isn't so good for stamping and colouring; and last but not least I had a couple of new dies that I hadn't played with yet ... so here is what I did.

This is a bit different for me in several respects. It's not my usual kind of colour scheme at all, but I was aiming to be a bit more sophisticated with this colour palette ... I guess whether or not I succeeded is for you to judge lol! The card also has no stamping, and was my first attempt at making hand made paper roses with the Marianne D die I recently won in a challenge. I didn't quite get the hang of it at first and had a couple of cast offs, but I was reasonably happy with these ones for my first attempt. I was actually surprised by how small the roses turned out ... I don't know why, but for some reason I thought they would be quite a bit bigger! I'm also ashamed to say that I have had the Magnolia flower die for quite a few weeks and just not had time to play with it until now! 

Media: distressing done with TH "Antique Paper" and "Vintage Photo" distress inks;
Paper: Basic Grey "Little Black Dress";
Supplies: pearls from The Hobby House; ribbon and lace from my stash;
Tools: Labels One nestabilities; Magnolia Doohickey "doily flowers" die; Marianne D "English Rose" die set (roses and leaves); Cuttlebug "Hippie Chick" alphabet die set for numbers.

(paper, lace, ribbon, flowers and roses)
Cupcake #200 - Number Cruncher
Oldie But A  Goodie - Flower Power 
(I have had the number dies for years)
Party Time Tuesdays #76 - Let's Get Punchy!
Paper Pretties Wednesday #214 - Try A New Technique
Dutch Dare #173 - Tic-Tac-Toe
(flowers / pearls / distressing)
Crafty Creations #178 - Free For All
Penny's Paper Crafty - Anything Goes

I've recently been selling some of my crafty cast-off's through my local craft shop ... and today I collected £33 from £44-worth of sales (they take a 25% cut which is fair enough).  This was a great surprise as I didn't think there were that many of my goods left on their second hand table! Of course I had to give some of it back straight away as they had received a new delivery of Memory Box dies :-) ... so now I have a little something to try out on a Christmas project - watch this space!


  1. Hi Pauline. This is beautiful I think it's very sophisticated. Love the colours and the flowers and layout are gorgeous. Caroline xxx

  2. Love your fabulous card.

  3. Fab entry, thanks for joining Oldie But A Goodie challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  4. What a gorgeous card Pauline.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  5. Lovely card Pauline, love the colours. Thanks for playing along with OBAG this fortnight. Hugs, Claire x

  6. This is gorgeous Pauline. Fab colour combo and the flowers are gorgeous.
    Lorraine x

  7. Pauline this is a gorgeous card. It makes me think of one of those lovely bedrooms you see on home improvement programmes on tv. I love it. Thanks so much for playing at Cupcake this week. Good Luck. x

  8. Well done Pauline - really brilliant card xx

  9. Beautiful,
    thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie this fortnight and good luck !


  10. I would say it definitely worked!! The card is stunning, and what you did with the flowers is amazing. Love this so much! So much detail, and plenty of layers too. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  11. Oh this is beautiful Pauline, many thanks for sharing with us at Cupcake Craft Challenges.

    Warm hugs

  12. Stunning and elegant card Pauline, I love the fab gold numbers. Thanks for joining in with us at Cupcake this week :) Donna ♥ x

  13. Those are the prettiest flowers I've ever seen. Fantastic card!

    Thanks for joining us this week at Party Time Tuesdays!
    ~Melissa, PTT DT

  14. What a gorgeous card! I love the flowers. Thanks for playing along with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty. Hope you come back every week!

  15. Very sophisticated and beautiful too!

  16. Such an elegant card, Pauline. Love everything about it, but particularly your colour combination! Beautiful work!

    Jennifer. x

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  18. Wow hun, this is amazing, and so different for you but so beautiful - it's always hard to change styles but you have truly nailed it, and the colour palette is elegant and classy. Great roses too! Hugs, Sxx Squirrels World

  19. Very sophisticated. I love this color combos. I love everything about vintage. very stunning and incredibly beautiful.
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Pauline x