Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vintage School Girl & Another Good Bye

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It's time again for the fortnightly challenge at the Creative Card Crew. This will be my last challenge with this design team. I've been with them for almost a year and I'm stepping down to make more time in my schedule to play in the challenges that I want to play in. While I do love to be on a few design teams, I have decided that I need time to be able to make the cards and projects that I want to make and not be bound by a set of criteria for every single project. At the peak, I was on six teams and was turning out almost a card a day. It takes me 5-6 hours to make one card so I was spending too much time in my craft room and then rest of my free time at my computer making comments. Finally I decided enough was enough.

Our challenge theme at the Creative Card Crew this week is Back to School. I really puzzled over this one for a few days and then I found this vintage school girl in my vintage image files and the design began to come together. I found a sheet of designer paper in the Tim Holtz Lost & Found paper pad that had ABC flash cards on it, but as usual I covered most of it up. I also used one of Tim's new Texture Fades (embossing folders) called Note Paper. I cut a piece of SU Natural CS with the Top Note die and ran it through the Note Paper Texture Fade. I sponged it with Vintage Photo distress ink and also spritzed it with a mixture of Vintage Photo reinker, water and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. The flowers were cut using the Old School digital DP from Raspberry Roads Designs. (BTW, Raspberry Road is having a 50% off sale this week. The Old School pack was just $1.) The small flowers were made using Spellbinders Flower Creations 3 dies and the larger, red flower was made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. The tickets were stamped with the Autumn Leaves Ticketed set.

Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you will also stop over to the Creative Card Crew to see what the other designers have for your inspiration.

Challenges Entered:
Pile it On - Farewell to Summer
Die Cut Dreams - Soft Shades of Vintage
Incy Wincy Designs - Back to School
The Shabby Tea Room - Old Meets New (old - SU CS, vintage image, seam binding, new Tim Holtz products)
Artful Inkables - Distressed Out
All That Scraps - Crinkled Ribbon
Little Red Wagon - Back to School
Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or Back to School
Fussy & Fancy - Back to School
Stamp Something - Back to School


Sian said...

Gorgeous card, love the image and the flowers.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that takes all day to make a card.

cheryl said...

oh wow linda this is simply stunning gosh really love it the flowers,the image really one stunning card,wish you all the best hun hugs cheryl xx

CarlaKH said...

Gorgeous card- love that image too!

Tanya said...

gorgeous! Another stunner! Love everything. Would love to be able to make a bow like that, that seam binding gives me such a hard time, lol. Have a great day :O)

Irene said...

Hello Linda

What an amazing and gorgeous card, - I love every single detail. Stunningly beautiful.

I fully understand what you mean about not having time to 'play' I think there comes a time when we need to make time for ourselves to experiment and make cards just for us.


Lori said...

I'm sure they'll be sad to see you leave Linda, but I still look forward to watching you create, this is sooo gorgeous. I wish I could come to your "Vintage School" and learn all your tricks!

Janiel/ janny said...

love this Linda!!!!!!! I love how you do vintage!! It is my favorite to do but not getting to do it much.. :o( I do have a piece that I will be showing on Wednesday that is vinatge..yipeeeeeeeee..

miss you
hugs, Janiel

Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Oh Linda! We're admiring each other's blogs at the same time. How funny!

This card is fantastic! I would have been stumped by the theme, too. I love that one can *always* find a vintage image to fill a need. I'm in lurve with your crinkly seam binding - I found a couple of source on Etsy and I'm tickled!

Good on you for pulling away to do your own thing. :) It's an honor to be on a DT, but once it feels like a job it's time to step back and find your individuality again.

Cheers sweets,

Maria Matter said...

Gorgeous Linda!!
I will miss working with you, but completely agree with you concerning 'free' time.
Enjoy your day!
hugs & blessings!

ellepaulette said...

Love, love, love your card!! So wonderful!!

Justine said...

Whoa this is outstanding and so inspiring. I know I will have to come back and take a peek again and again. LOVE IT

Katie said...

Gorgeous card Linda!
Thanks for Piling It On and playing in The Pixie Cottage this week :)

Random Acts of Krafting said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the vintage feel. Thank you for sharing with us over at The Pixie Cottage.

Nancy said...

This is so very pretty! I just love all things vintage!

~Denise Lynn~ said...

Beautiful work Linda! Love all the vintage aspects, gorgeous details. Thanks so much for playing along with our back to school challenge at Stamp Something. Hope to see you back again next week! :)

Adrina said...

Wow, love this vintage card.
What a sweetie.
Thanks for joining the Pixie Cottage Challenge.
Adrina XX

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow this is gorgeous, thanks for joining us at DCD, hugs Liz xx

Sharon Traynor Designs said...

Hi Linda. You card is such a gorgeous creation! Love the colours but the photo with those fab embellishments make it look superb.

Thanks for joining us at the Pixie Cottage challenge.

Sorry to hear you're stepping down from CCC, but I so understand your motives. Hope you enjoy some more time for your own creativity.

Anne said...

What a beautiful card Linda! Gorgeous details and work =)I really love this vintage style.
Thanks for playing with us at the Pixie Cottage this week!

Hugs, Anne

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...
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Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

I'll try again.

the card is fabulous as always. I think you will like running solo and being a free agent as I say. It is nice to do what you like and when the time is right for you. Hugs, Jane

Denise @ kc242 said...

Hi Linda, Beautiful vintage card~ Your image selection was just perfect!

bernietom47 said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the colors, the photo & embellishments!
Got to blaze your own trails. Enjoy!
Blessings Bernie

kelly said...

Hi Linda,

I love the vintage card. So... beautiful.


Betty Wright said...

Be still my heart, girl! This is stunning! WOW! Fabulous shabby chicness! Just beautiful, Linda!

Tracy said...

I love your choice of image and the design and finishing touches, thanks for joining Die Cut Dreams challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Juls said...

gorgeous! so beautiful and soft, great take on the back to school theme! Hugs Juls

Audrey Pettit said...

This is just gorgeous, Linda! LOVE it! That vintage image is so sweet, and I adore the textured die cut and the lovely trim. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at TSTR.

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Simply adore this card and your style. Lynne

Cor* said...

Stunning! Perfectly Stunning! Love the layout and that image is sweet! I understand how it could take you so long to make a card, as every time you do, it is utter perfection! They have lost a pure gem! Happy Crafting anyways girl!

Beautiful Greetings said...

Another stunning card Linda. I am sure the CCC team will miss you but I can completely understand your reasoning. I just adore each and every one of your vintage creations. Thanks for playing in the Pixie Cottage Challenge this week!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Your work is stunning! New follower

JD/ Jill said...

So beautifully done...

Lisa said...

OK Linda - 2 words - GOR GEOUS! You just keep getting better and better! The vintage image, the shabby seam binding, the flowers, the tickets, I LOVE it all! So nice to see you playing in the Tea Room!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Linda, I'm loving the vintage feel, so cute too! Thanks for sharing with us this week over at Stamp Something for our "BACK TO SCHOOL" challenge this week.

Hugs Jo x

Pamela said...

Such a gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at DCD this week.

Pamela x

Helen said...

Beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

Lisa (mldesignworks) said...

Just beautiful! Thanks for joining Fussy and Fancy this week! Lisa

Debbie said...

Absolutely lovely, Linda, as usual!! Thanks for sharing this vintage charmer with us all in the Tea Room this week :)

Payne Holler Cards said...

what an incredible creation! work of art!
I soooo understand about taking on less committments - was burning myself out and suddenly not enjoying creating as much - having two DTeams end has given me such a feeling of freedom! lovin it lovin it lovin it!
enjoy your new found "freedom"

Annika said...

heh, there's no way I can out-vintage you. Ever. lol
Seriously, it just comes so naturally to you, your cards seem almost organic - so perfectly complete and RIGHT!

PapierGirl said...

You are the Queen of Vintage in my book Linda! Absolutely gorgeous - love the vintage image, the tickets, etc! Thanks so much for joining us this week at TSTR! :)

HappyCrafter said...

Gorgeous card, love all the little bits and especially those flowers you made!
I'm sure you'll be missed from the DT, but I'll look forward to see what you create without the boundaries :-)

BethieJ said...

Your card is STUNNING!!!
Have a GREAT day! Thanks for joining us at PIO!

Hege-Annie Simonsen said...

I LOVE THIS!! Amazing and absolutely gorgeous card! :)

Dalis (stampergirl) said...

Thanks for playing with us at Pile it On! challenge. Your gorgeous card is part of our TOP 3 Scoops for this week!

-- dalis
PIO Owner

Julie said...

I just ran across your blog for the first time. I must say I love your style! Thanks for the inspiration.


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