Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Love at First Sight

Yes, it was love at first sight when I was blog surfing a few weeks ago and saw these sweet Venise lace appliques.  I knew then that I had to have some for myself and tracked down a wholesaler to buy from.  Now I'm in lace heaven!  I'm surrounded by beautiful Venise lace - both sweet little appliques and lace trim.  And I've opened an Etsy shop to sell my Funkie Findings - things that I love and want to make available to my blog friends so they can use them in their crafting too.

There are still a number of Easter challenges running this week and I couldn't resist one more vintage piece for Easter.  This image is from a LunaGirl vintage holiday set CD and I matched it up with some Raspberry Road digital DP plus some ancient Creative Memories gingham paper.  The Hello and My Friend stamps are from the Sweet Kids set from Crafty Secrets.  I took a white lace heart and tea stained it.  When dry, using an empty aqua painter and a bit of Lavender Lace reinker mixed with a drop or two of water, I hand painted the lace heart and the tiny tri-bud appliques (the buds were white to start with).  I then added a bit more water and reinker to the puddle on my craft sheet and dyed the seam binding to match.  You know I'm hooked on custom dying everything to match, right?  
Here you have it - easy peasy!  And if you don't have reinkers, just pick a stamp pad, tip it over and mash it down on your craft sheet.  Mist or otherwise add water and mix up a dye puddle to use to dye your embellishments.  Let me know if you have any questions.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and for whatever comments you care to leave.  I love knowing who is visiting me!

Challenges Entered:
Paper Sundaes - Texture
Sentimental Sundays - Easter/Spring
The Shabby Tea Room - Egg-cellent
Creative Beli - Eggs/Bunnies & Old and Forgotten (Creative Memories paper)
Pixie Cottage - Sketch and/or Happy Birthday
Truly Scrumptious - Vintage
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Easter
Stampin' for the Weekend- Easter
Craft Your Days Away - Easter
Secret Crafter - Stitching


Suzi Mac said...

Wow Linda, your Easter creation with that lovely lace is gorgeous hon, I've been over and had a peek at your new Etsy store. Congratulations, I'll be placing an order real soon.
Suzi x

Unknown said...

Fabulous Linda, love the lace heart, I am off to take a peek at your etsy shop now!!

Hugs, Barbaraxx

Irene said...

Hello Linda

What a fabulous Easter project, it's gorgeous. Love, love it.


Dawn♥ said...

Wowzer what a stunning card. Beautiful all around. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration. Dawn♥

Auntie Em said...

Your card is so sweet and delicate. I love the little lace trims. I can remember having those on my good clothes when I was a little girl. What a sweet touch on your cards.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Dorte said...

Lovely Easter card, and thank you for the tip.
hugs Dorte

Esther said...

So beautiful I love the gingham purple paper. I love the torn edge at the bottom with the thread hanging.
The attention to detail is awesome!!!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Love the lavender colour you have created, dyeing up everything is so innovative of you Linda, looking at the before and after pics, you can see how you have added the wow factor
to the card.

Betty said...

Gorgeous vintage Easter card, love all the textures and detail.

Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. this week with this adorable creation.

Betty x

I am GDT for the month of April at C.R.A.F.T

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Beautiful, beautiful. Your card is so very pretty. The vintage tag is sweet. How clever to track down a whole-saler, and to colour them up the way you want.

Thank you for joining us at the Creative Belli Blog Challenge. Good luck.


Curly said...

OMGosh this is so beautiful, fabulous colour theme and colouring, perfect for Easter,

Thank You for taking part at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge: 130 Stitching,,

Good luck with the challenge,
Hugs Bridget :) x.

Viv said...

Beautiful Linda! Love these lacy embellies you've found and what you've been doing with crinoline.
Went to your etsy shop but it said doesn't ship to NZ...... :( . Any chance I can get some ? Please? Pretty please with cherries on top? LMAO!
Viv xx

Netty said...

Wow Linda everything you create is so beautiful and this is no exception, totally gorgeous and loving your beautiful lace heart. Wishing you a Happy Easter my friend, Annette x

Gerri Herbst said...

So very lovely. I am now a follower, love the fact that you post all the challenges!

joy said...

Beautiful detailing on your card! I'm so glad that you joined us in the Creative Belli Challenge.

Lori said...

Totally gorgeous Linda, I love the new lace! And I keep meaning to mention how I love the little torn edges on your second layer so the base peeks thru, really nice touch.

Jean said...

Those are beautiful and what a lovely card you made with them@

Crystal said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the vintage look and your stitching looks great too! Thanks for playing along with us at Paper Sundaes!

HappyCrafter said...

Wow! love it! And thanks for the tips/explanation with photo of how you put the pieces together and died them. I've got about 60 reinkers kicking about, most of them almost full, so will have to play with these type of things more. Thanks for the inspiration.
I'm glad you joined us this week at Sentimental Sundays :-)

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

You are just an amazing crafter, Linda! I'm loving your hand dying things...I NEVER think about doing that and I even have a couple reinkers! Thankf ro reminding me! A gorgeous card! Glad you joined us at Paper Sundaes this week!

Sheri said...

That IS fabulous lace! Love how you dyed to match! Cute vintage image too!

Thanks for sharing with us at The Shabby Tea Room ;-)

Tamara Morton said...

Stunning card I love that gorgeous lace thank you for joining in at Creative belli this week

Heather said...

Such a delightful card Linda, your lace, and actually all your details are so beautiful and compliment that sweet image so perfectly!!!

So glad you could join us at House Mouse & Friends,
Heather xx

Heather said...

Sorry Linda - I'm having an ooooops day today (again!!) Sorry if I confused you I know you didn't join the House Mouse challenge - should have read 'Truly Scrumptious'!!
Heather xx

Dragonlady said...

Stunning creation Linda, thank you for sharing at DCD.

Hugs from Ali and the Dream Team

Cardarian said...

Your cards are just sooo beautiful - I look at your website everyday and just can't get enough of them!

Bea said...

Your card is amazing, and I love all the details :o)

Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter this week


Hanneke said...

Wow, I just found your blog and love all of your creations! I love the vintage look of them, and this is a great inspiration.


Sara P said...

Love this card. The hearts on the side are wonderful!

Davi said...

Beautiful Vintage Easter card!! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at The Pixie Cottage this week.

Unknown said...

This is so cute.. I can see why you fell in love with Lace appliques. They are beautiful.. Love how you colored them.. I am always learning new things from you my friend..

Hugs, Linda

Cindy said...

Beautiful card, love how you dyed the embellishments to match. Cindy

Jane (Carroll's Creations) said...

Lovely vintage card

Thanks for joining us on our "Stitching" challenge this week at SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE :)

Hugs Jane x

Sadilla said...

wow dear...
amazing card!!!! I like it so much!!
thanks for playing along at THE PIXIE COTTAGE

Beth aka BR-T said...

Oh this is beautiful, I love your dying tips!

Trees said...

GORGEOUS card! Love the lace bits!! Thanks for sharing this with The Shabby Tea Room.


Absolutely fabulous! The lace is awesome (just visited your etsy store), and I love your vintage style of work. Thank you so much for joining us at Sentimental Sundays this week. Sylvia x

Evgenia Petzer said...

wow! love this style! beautiful card! Thank you for playing with us at Die cut dreams club!

Adrina said...

Lovely card in that vintage look!!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

True beauty. Love your new finds.
Colors are lovely. You work magic you know

Conniecrafter said...

very sweet and the image is just darling, so love your appliques and great idea to color them your own way to match your card, so lovely!

Robin Parker said...

Wow, what a clever way to incorporate the challenge into your creation. Very vintage! thanks for sharing on the Belli challenge.

Denise @ kc242 said...

Hi Linda What a wonderful vintage card. Love your image and especially the distressing! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pixie Cottage!

Rebecca Ednie said...

Congrats on your HM at Shabby Tea Room.

Amanda said...

Beautiful card, I love how you have coloured the lace elements - thanks for joining in with our Easter challenge at Craft Your Days Away.

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