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Saturday, August 20, 2011

OCC Sketch With a Vintage Twist

Hi ya friends!  Thanks so much for stopping by today to see what I have made for my weekly Our Creative Corner sample.  Our hostess this week is the lovely and talented Vicki Burdick and she has a sweet sketch to challenge us this week.

As soon as I sat down to work on this project, I realized it was a perfect opportunity to work in some of the new vintage style crepe paper I have in the Etsy shop.  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I absolutely LOVED using the Melissa Frances vintage style crepe paper on some of my projects last spring.  I was able to track down what I believe is her supplier and purchase the same type of crepe paper in autumn colors for the shop.  I knew that circle element needed to be edged with vintage crepe paper.

And then there are the very cool new wooden buttons I have acquired for the shop too.  They are ultra sweet - smooth wooden buttons with a lovely floral pattern on them.  I loved them the minute I saw them and could already picture them embellishing my cards.

To make the ruffle, I cut a thin strip of crepe paper and ran a basting stitch along one edge.  Then I pulled one thread to make it gather, kept pulling until I thought I had about the right length to go arouind the edge of the circle.

Here you can see how as you pull one of the threads, it gathers and curls around on its own.  Humm, I do believe I see some paper flower possibilities here too.  Maybe I'll get to play around some with the crepe paper this weekend and see what else it can do.  

Once I had it gathered to the right length, I tied the strings in a knot so it couldn't ungather and then glued it around the edge of the circle.  You can adjust how much shows over the edge on the front.  I also popped it up to make it lay better.  Here you can see what I use for popping my layers up.  It's actually the padding that is put between produce for shipping.  I work in a food pantry and once in awhile we get fresh produce - tomatoes, apples, pears - things that are cushioned and not just thrown in a bag like potatoes.  I don't throw anything out so when I see these spongy little sheets, I snag them and bring a stack home.  It saves me from spending my money on foam tape - LOL!

Here are the other supplies/tools used on this piece:
Outer shell - Very Vanilla, then Chocolate Chip and SU Springtime Vintage DSP.  Front panel is Pale Plum layered over Perfect Plum.  The Pale Plum was dry embossed with an SU EF.  The edges were scissor distressed and sponged with Vintage Photo.  The circle was cut with a Spellbinders circle die and stamped in Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke with stamps from the new SU Field Flowers stamps then spritzed lightly with my Vintage Photo Glimmer Mist.  The button card is a stamp and die from PaperTrey Ink - stamped in Chocolate Chip and sponged with Vintage photo.  I added a couple of layers of crinoline cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and dyed a plum color with some proprietary ink mixture I blended to make flowers for the shop (coming soon shabby crinoline flowers in autumn shades).  I topped that off with a scrap of seam binding from my stash that I think was left over from some purple dying I did last Halloween.  Then one of those cool floral buttons with some burlap string for a bow.  The stick pin is also from my Etsy shop.  

It was sort of a happy accident how all the colors came together and I really love how they compliment each other and make such a strong vintage look.  Now that I'm done rambling on, I hope you will hop over to Our Creative Corner to see what the other designers have to show this week.  Hope you will play along with our sketch challenge too.  

Wishing you a lovely weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your lovely comments - I appreciate each and every one of them!!

Challenges Entered:
Sugar Creek Hollow - Buttons and Bows
The Pink Elephant - Stitching
Creative Card Crew - Handmade Flowers
Crazy4Challenges - BINGO - I chose the second row across - buttons, die cuts, flowers
Tuesday Taggers - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Wednesday Challenge - Your Favorite Stamp (yes, I just LOVE this set from PTI!)
Fab 'n Funky - A Stitch in Time


bearkis said...

Прекрасна композиция и цвят,моите поздравления!!!!

Clare *Littlebear* said...

So beautiful Linda.
Clare x

Leigh said...

Oh my, just look at this's just fabulous. Love the colours and way you've drawn them all together with the different elements. To top it all off that absolutely yummo button.

Suzanne C said...

GORGEOUS use of the sketch! Love the flowery button as your finishing touch!

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Linda, I love the colour combo you've chosen. The wooden button is gorgeous I can see why you were drawn to them. Sue C x

Marjie Kemper said...

Linda, your card is stunning! That crepe circle adds such weight and texture and the tie with the pin and button are absolutely gorgeous. Love this piece

Kristin said...

Holy cow this is simply stunning! I love the crepe paper, I never would have thought you could sew on it. You're right, there are so many possibilities with that technique! The colors are so wonderful together, the browns and the purples are lush. Love what you did! Have a great week!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful creation and great interpretation of the sketch, stunning finishing touches. Tracy x

Conniecrafter said...

all around wonderful vintage feel, lovely paper, button and love the pin!

Anne-Marie said...

My oh my....what a simply stunning creation! The crepe paper tutorial is definitely something I'm looking forward to trying....thank you!

Esther said...

Love what you did with the crepe paper!
Thanks for showing us how.

Holly Kean said...

I love the colors you've used on this card and the crepe paper ruffle is truly unique! Very pretty, Linda! Best wishes on your move and good luck on paring down your craft supplies.

Joan said...

such a beautiful card , love the crepe paper ruffle and the colours are gorgeous. That wooden button is fabulous too.

Janeen said...

what a beautiful creation this is. i've never seen the vintage crepe paper so i learned something too. Beautiful button to showcase on here.
Thanks for playing in the embossing challenge with Speedy the Cat.

Jennifer Rzasa said...

So pretty! I love that striking purple color, and the stitched details. The crepe paper is just stunning too! Hope you enjoy your week!

Winnie and Patty said...

Wow--what a beautiful card!!! I especially love the focal floral button. Great job. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

NGCARDS said...

A brilliant card hun and a great stamp! Thanks for joining in with our Favourite Stamp Challenge over at Creative Inspirations Wednesday's Challenge Blog! xxx

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with The Pink Elephant.

marsha said...

Linda, this just blows me away! I love your creations - pure vintage heaven! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow challenge.

Anne Marie said...

Linda, every time I see your cards, I am left sitting here with my jaw on the floor! Your detailing is PERFECT every time. I wish I was a fly on the wall in your craft room to soak up some of that marvelous creative mojo. I love the shabby color combo, that ruffled trim and that sensational bow. WOWZA!! Just gorgous!

Sharon Basel said...

Oh Linda this is absolutely gorgeous as usual. I always look forward to seeing your beautiful work and this card is just stunning. I love that crepe paper and your vintage button card. The actual button you used is very pretty too. Thanks for playing in the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge again. We love your creations.

Clarky J said...

A stunning card! Wonderful colours and just love how you have used the button card detail Thanks for sharing at try it on tuesday

Dani said...

So lovely!!

Babs said...

Beautiful card your button is gorgeous love the embossing and papers too.
Babs x

Lori said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning!

PatR said...

Fantastic creation. Thank you for sharing it with us for the TioT challenge this week. xx

Tui Nathan said...

OMG .... Linda this is GORGEOUS!!!
I so love your creations, your creativitly just blows my mind and the effect is magnificent little masterpieces!!!
Thank you for sharing your little tips, loving the crepe paper ruffle and yes, I can see flowers too!!!
I would never have thought of using that foam sheeting - thanks heaps for the tip .... Love it!!!!

Sharon said...

What a gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky this week, hope to see you again soon.
Hugs Sharon x

Colleen Dietrich said...

This card really and truly makes me happy to look at, Linda. THANK YOU for providing such beautiful eye candy!

And THanks for playing with Speedy's Friends this week!

Karita said...

WOW!!!! Gorgeous card!! I love that vintage feeling and what a great tutorial, thanks :)

Thank you for joining at Creative Inspirations :)

Sharon said...

STUNNING! absolutely stunning! Linda, your work is always soo pulled together! I love everything about your card! That beautiful crepe paper, that fabulous wooden button, the push pin is so pretty and sparkle-y without being over the top! And I have to admit, that button card stamp set from PTI is one of my all time favorites! and I have a weekeness for purples!
I hope your week is going well!
hugs, sharon

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Ooo La La Linda this is amazing. I love this sketch first of all and the way you did your ribbon around the circle element. The button is darling and that stick pin is a real eye catcher. Well done! Thank you so much for playing along in Speedy the Cat's Challenge. It is a pleasure to come and visit and see your work. Hope you can play again with us next week.

Bear Hugs,

CindyB said...

WOW, this is a gorgeous creation, Linda! I love the wooden button and special vintage elements. Your crepe paper circle is perfect, and I really appreciate your tutorial on it.

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