Monday, December 20, 2010

A Vintage Christmas Angel

Hello friends!  So happy to see you back.  I know I've been slackin' on my art - but all for a good cause.  My part time job with my church has completely taken over my life since before Thanksgiving.  I manage a huge food pantry providing weekly food boxes to more than 300 families.  Thanksgiving brought a lot of extra work and the same with Christmas - trying to make sure that all families have some extra food for the holiday and also coordinating some Christmas gifts for some of the families we are closest to.  Plus I have been running another Christmas project for the parish.  Unfortunately, all this extra overtime has caused me to miss a couple of DT deadlines so I want to apologize to my DT leaders and teamies!  I certainly am looking forward to having a bit of a break later this week with the Christmas holiday and hopefully get everything back into balance! 

And speaking of breaks, I am happy to share that this Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge will be a two-week challenge.  Our challenge to you is to show us something from yesteryear.  I had a couple of projects in mind, but just couldn't move them off the drawing board, so my fallback of course is always a card.  Here is my Yesteryear card in my typical vintage style.  I must say that it was a joy to create.  I loved the color palette and the lovely vintage image.  And I am having such fun with textiles lately.  Here I used some lace, some cheesecloth and some crinoline for the bottom petals of the flower.  

I started with a base of SU's new Cherry Cobbler CS and then added a layer of gold CS.  The DP is digital, printed on my home computer. A vintage Christmas angel image was used with Tim's Tinted Vision technique but instead of using a Fragment with it, I used a piece of acetate die cut with the Snow Flurries On the Edge die. Ginger and Latte Adirondack alcohol inks were applied to the back of the acetate with a Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator tool to create an aged, stained paper look. The acetate was layered over the vintage image.  Then the remaining alcohol ink on the applicator tool was used on a piece of vanilla CS to create a blotchy aged look for the Believe stamp. The CS was also misted with a mixture of water, Vintage Photo reinker and Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold, as was the panel that was embossed with the Tim Holtz Notepaper Texture Fade. Both pieces of CS were also sponged with Vintage Photo ink around the edges. The white petals of the crinoline flower were cut with the Alerations Tattered Floral die. The Believe stamp is from the Tim Holtz Mini Holidays stamp set.

That's it for the details of my piece, but be sure to visit the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog.  My team mates have produced another amazing collection of art for this challenge.   You just cannot help but be inspired by what you will see there.   Hope to see you playing along with us this week.   Our very generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is giving away a $50 gift certificate to some lucky random winner.  

And thanks for coming back.  I know I haven't had much to share recently and I appreciate your sticking with me!  Wishing you all a blessed Christmas with family and friends.


Sian said...

Gorgeous card, love the different techniques you've used. Your creations are always beautiful.
Wow, you've been really busy. I've been back and forth the UK and I'm blessed, I arrived home the night we had a snow.
Take care, and have a wonderful Christmas.

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Gorgeous work, Linda!! I love the distressing and the fabric flower is beautiful!!! The compilation is awesome too!

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Lori said...

Oh my word this is so heavenly, you're truly amazing!

Lori said...

Gorgeous card, Linda, I just love that AI technique on photos...

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful project and I really love how you used the snowflakes border die.

HappyCrafter said...

What a beautiful vintage creation!
Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Beautiful Christmas angel. I really like the shabby feel of this and the lovely flower with the fabric. I know what your are experiencing regarding food bank work. Work at an agency that helps families in our county and one next to us. Very busy work but rewarding. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

CarlaKH said...

This is simply gorgeous! I just love all the dimension and techniques you used. I grabbed some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls this weekend after seeing all the neat things you use it for.. will have to play when I get a chance! Happy Hoidays!

having a {me} day said...

Awesomely beautiful! keeley

Unknown said...

Totally gorgeous Linda! Love this!

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