Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Vintage Christmas

Hello,
I don't know about you, but I am so pleased to see the weekend approaching as I have had little time to do crafting with having the grandson everyday and being poorly too.  Also, on Saturday, we go to collect my youngest son from University.  It seems an age since he was home last!
 
When I was packing up the papers for the Candy draw last week I fell in love with a couple of the Shabby papers and so left some on my desk for a card.  Well, at last I have made a card with them and I am rather pleased.  I wasn't sure at first what I wanted to create as the papers were simply roses. Then suddenly the card was designing itself, so to speak.

 
I played around with round dies and rectangles, filigree Motifs etc, but in the end I settled for a square.  Yes, the Fleur de Lis square.  I noticed as I was playing that if you offset two of the squares they form a beautiful Motif of their own and it resembles a snowflake.  Well that was when the card almost made itself.  With the snowflake in hand, the rest just fitted together quite easily. 
I don't know if you noticed but I have used some of the lace I showed on the blog the other day, isn't it lovely; being ivory it fits the vintage look perfectly. I threaded some fine organza ribbon and burlap string through the top holes to add a little extra colour and for texture I added some gold and berry red PVA pearls on the centerpiece and to the outer corners. 



I have kept the card quite bare of embellishments as I thought the paper had so much in it already that it didn't warrant over dressing.  I have, however, omitted one thing that I didn't mean to and that was the greeting.   I was going to stamp a small 'Seasons Greetings' at the top, directly onto the patterned paper (not sure how I forgot to do it!)
As the base card I used was a little thinner than usual I decided to decorate the inside also to give it some strength and stability.
I used more of the same papers and a pretty little Christmas Bells stamp with a greeting.  Again I have left it fairly simple in keeping with the vintage theme.



Finally, the card from the side.  I am really happy with how this one turned out, I do hope you like it too, but be honest please,  I know we all have different tastes.
That's it for another day.  I have a lovely floral card to show you tomorrow using layered Parisian borders.  It's something a bit different for me again.  I am really enjoying pushing my bounderies at the moment.  I am trying hard to play more and not just stick to layering diecuts.  I do adore my Spellbinders and will continue to use them, but now I like to mix them with lots of other things too. 
Before I go, I want to say a big thank you for the input regarding the Diecut Swap Shop.  We must all keep thinking on that subject and then, hopefully we can make a decision sometime next week.
Have a wonderful Friday.  Regards Linda xx



10 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, I really REALLY like this card, I have a soft spot for vintage roses and the design with the dies is superb. I have some pretty vintage rose papers that I have downloaded from Designer Digitals, they have some very lovely paper sets especially the Botanicals, by Katie Pertiet. I'm looking forward to tomorrow card. Best wishes, Lesley xx

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  2. Morning Linda, a lovely vintage style Christmas card, love the papers and the lace..happy crafting this weekend, I've no time to 'play', no into the office today, but I have to catch up with commissions, so hopefully more crafting 'proper' over the weekend too! Take care, Carole Z xx

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  3. Hi Linda,
    lovely Christmas card, but it can also be used for any occasion. I like the vintage theme not made much myself in that theme, must really have a go. Not got any vintage papers, but I remember I've got a my craft studio vintage Christmas CD. The only thing is I have to go into virtual box to access windows as I'm using a mac computer. The sun is shinning in Kent, so I hope it's the same where ever everyone is. I'm looking after my great granddaughters today. Phew I'll be tired this evening. LOL
    Have a great crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  4. Hi Linda
    Your card is stunning. I really love those papers and the colours all work together perfectly. I have never made a vintage style card but after seeing yours I am inspired to try one.
    I hope you have a good day
    hugs Sue

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  5. Good morning Linda,

    This card is beautiful, and adaptable too. I love the vintage feel. I have a few papers that I've not really known what to do with so I guess I can experiment now. Keep playing girl - we are loving the results!

    If any of you live in the north east(like my family) I hope you are safe and dry!

    Love from Christine x

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  6. OMW, Linda this is beautiful and as you said does not need embellishments. The paper is stunning and your design too! You so have a way with colours and this is true inspiration, thank you.

    Christine, hope your family are safe and well.

    Linda, enjoy having your son home and have a great weekend.

    Love & hugs Christine H xx

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  7. Stunning card love the colours ,Lace is fantatic have a great weekend with your som XX

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  8. wooooooooow, Linda, this is amazing, the lush papers are divine and your layout just perfect! I really love this creation! Enjoy the weekend and I hope you get some sunshine...we're having 35°C at the mo, it's horrible...:o)
    Hugs, Alessandra

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  9. Wow Linda what a beautiful card. That lace is so pretty and the colours are gorgeous. I hope you have a great weekend.
    Hugs
    Kelly
    x

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  10. Linda this is stunning and so beautiful what a gorgeous Christmas card well done Hugs Elaine

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