Thursday, July 14, 2011

Retro Vintage Shabby-Chic

I've really been inspired to craft today, and made these two cards. I'm distressing machine now that I have my handy paper distresser. Oh Tim Holtz, you are so much wiser than your years!

This week's combos at the Color Throwdown and colourQ are really challenging & really wonderful, and I had lots of fun pulling out some long-hoarded papers from my stash and just letting the card come together (with a little help from the sketches at Top Tip Tuesday/Robin's Fetish and Mojo Monday!)

I haven't had much luck taking photos today: everything either looks washed-out or technicolored. But I'm pleased with how the colors match the challenges' in real life. The card above uses mostly paper from the 5&Dime October Afternoon collection (wow, it really came through for me with this otherwise challenging combo).

When I saw the classic-black rotary phone image, I just had to make a "missing you" card. I covered the phone image with Glossy Accents to create a faux-epoxy embellishment. It looks & feels really cool, but it took hours to dry.

Totally off the crafting subject, I love that the classic-black rotary phone not only evokes a retro feeling to me, but also feels vintage. My mom (Ann, because she actually has a name other than Mom, much to my dismay!), was telling me about some children who were scoring low on standardized tests that used images of rotary phones. What 4-year-old now would recognize a rotary phone?! Which makes me feel...experienced.

Inspiration: Color Throwdown #150, Top Tip Tuesday/Robin's Fetish Sketch
Stamps: StudioG, Paper Studio, sentiment from Regal Greetings set by {ippity} Stamps
Paper: Recollections, Core'dinations, 5&Dime
Tools: Marvy heat tool, Fiskars papercutter, Tim Holtz scissors & paper distresser,
Other: ZipDry glue, Stampendous embossing powder, Gary M. Burlin & Co. brads, Making Memories buttons, Simplicity thread & needle, Versamark & Stampin' Up! inks, Glossy Accents

This card is all about the paper: each piece has its own wonderful texture. The medallions are heat-embossed with silver and colored with Copics.
The sentiment is actually a (clear) horizontal stamp
that I partially inked and stamped to fit into the circle frame. Um, yeah, that took a little doing! But I'm pleased with the result.

Inspiration: ColourQ #93, Mojo Monday Sketch #199
Stamps: Hero Arts, Paper Studio, K&Co., large medallion from stash (thank you Spotlight Challenge)
Recollections, Core'dinations, handmade from stash
Marvy heat tool, Fiskars papercutter, Tim Holtz scissors &
paper distresser
Other: ZipDry glue, ZING embossing powder, Versamark ink, Copic pens, Offray ribbon, pop-dots


  1. Wow pretty creations dear.

  2. Great Cards! And I know to well the rotary phone. We used to have one that was in a decorative wooden box. My kids loved playing with it when they were little...LOL

  3. Great job on the distressing. Aren't cool tools the best part of papercrafting?? Thanks for playing along with us at ColourQ this week.

  4. Er.....we still have a rotary our's racing green...heehee! Alas, not an original....bought it about 10 years ago...grandkids luuuuurve it!!
    Beautiful always....but fave is the top the colours and the glitter....but the other comes a close second, lol!

  5. Beautiful medallions...visiting from ColourQ!

  6. Such cool cards. Love the shabby detailing. Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

  7. AnonymousJuly 16, 2011

    Cool cards! Love them both, love your take on our RF sketch though! Thanks for playing along with us on the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge this week, hugs Samantha

  8. Both gorgeous cards and the colours you've used are amazing!

    Thanks for playing along this week at Top Tip Tuesday with our 'Pick a Sketch' Challenge - Good Luck :)

    Carol x

  9. Lovely card for the ColourQ, Christina. Glad you had fun with the challenge. Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week.

  10. Wow, what a wonderful card. Thanks so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. Good Luck!



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