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Monday, 14 January 2013

Vintage Lingerie - Monday 14th January

Good Morning my Friends,

After my little card yesterday and saying that  whilst I prefer little ones, I make mostly large cards because that's what I get commissioned to make, here is a large one!

I know we all missed Sue and Julia doing the Spellbinders shows at the weekend and personally I would include Hels Sheridan, Christine Emerson and Jo Channon in that list, because they really are my big inspiration, but I really really loved the small demo cards from the US Spellbinders team. As some of you know, I have spent a fair bit of time in California, having family all over the State and it was there, many years ago, that I was introduced to the brilliant idea of not just sticking photos in albums! They have never been as much into card making as us, though it is a growing craft, just as scrapbooking is here. I really do adore small cards ..but hey, big cards are still gorgeous and it's what the majority of us British like, so who am I to argue with that?

This card is the first one I have made that is inspired by a project in the Creative Expressions Project book. This for any of you have the book, is my 'take' on the "Love is Blind' card by Julia Watts.

I decided to change the colour scheme completely and go for golds and yellows. I started with an 8x8 blank and matted and layered satin gold card, white card, gold again and some shades of grey patterned card from a Kanban Vintage Tapestry paper pad. I pin pricked around the edge of the white layer.

All the dies used are from Spellbinders: I used the Lacey Ovals die in exactly the way that Julia instructs in the book, a technique which I can't believe I had never used before! It's simply die-cut and then at the embossing stage I added an M-Bossabilities folder, using the sandwich:base plate, 2 sheets of card, tan mat and raspberry embossing plate. The cutting edge must face up and the folder remain open - and it worked a treat! I then left the card in the die and inked with Wild Honey distress ink. 

The corset stamp and sentiment are from Creative Expressions Vintage Lingerie; I stamped them both with clear Perfect Medium and heat embossed the corset in gold and the quote in black. I die cut the quote using Labels Four Small and inked with Wild Honey.

The leaves are cut in gold and white from  Assorted Leaves and Decorative Chateau and the white leaves were inked with Wild Honey.

The roses were made with the Spiral Blossom One die. I used cream card and inked the edges with Fired Brick before making them up. Once I'd made them, I dipped them in my new favourite Melt Pot! It makes them shine and feel like they are made from some sort of resin, it's hard to believe there is just card underneath and this is so much easier than the old way of heating up UTEE over a flame and coating your makes!

I made these on Friday, whilst having a day of 'playing' for a change..just doing what I wanted in my craft room! I made quite a few flowers (but didn't dip all of them) and then one of my other 'crafting heroines' was on C&C, Ali Reeve...who after her show had me in the kitchen making salt dough! All will be revealed later in the week!

Just to return to CHA, did anyone catch the Indigo Blu show last night? I was hooked on their products since the first time Kay appeared on C&C...that was about 18 months ago and the Company has come so far since then. If you saw it, then you would have seen her make the Cog Clock...not that I haven't already got boxes full of altered art parts to transform - and after promising no more craft stuff for at least a few months - I just had to order it, so watch this will become a priority make when it arrives!

Have a good Monday everyone!
Carole X


  1. Hi Carole, I just love 8 X 8 cards, and Spellbinder dies are fantastic. Your card is super duper. Love the flowers and well just it all. I have this book but have not attempted anything yet, all the projects are lovely so I will have to get my finger out.

    Wilma x x

  2. I too have the project book but like Wilma have not yet attempted anything. I really like your take on this card. The beauty of card making is being able to change things, adding your own special touch to make them personal. We have got lots of snow unfortunately! It's unavoidable really because it is quite high and exposed where we live. Hope it doesn't get much worse. Love from Christine x

  3. Good Snowy Morning Carol,
    I have the project book and love using it.
    I love this card, I like the flowers, and the colours you have used.
    I have really not had much time to watch any of the CHA shows. I did get a quick look and Indgio Blu last night. I like the "Busts" on the stand. Thought I could decorate then with nice Napkins and PVA.
    I have a box that I will have a go at first.
    Have a Great Day
    Stay warm, Stay Safe

    Patricia xx

  4. Hi Carole, you did make me smile with this post - I managed to restrain myself and did not buy anything from the CHA shows, I am waiting for Tim's thing to arrive in the UK.....and then I will be broke. I did like the birdhouses on the Indigo Blu show and love the poppy stamp. Your card today is gorgeous, I don't have the book as I don't have too many of the latest Spellbinders (although I love them) but I will try that technique of Julia's - it look fabulous on your card and your flowers are brilliant. We got our first snow today! Hugs, Anne x

  5. Hi Carole,
    stunning card. Love the colours used and those roses are fantastic. It seems like I'm the only one so far that's made a comment that hasn't got the project book.
    It's also snowy here this morning too.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  6. Lovely card Carole, great colours and love the dies you are using, your bodice looks lovely with the swirl of pearls behind it....have watched a little from the CHA show but haven't been tempted so far!


  7. Hi Carole,
    A beautiful 'take' on the Project book card, it is light, pretty and beautifully set out, great card.
    I have been good to my promise, have not bought a thing all weekend, hee hee.
    Look forward to the clock, wanted one, but did't get one.
    Keep warm. Michelle(happy2craft)

  8. Hi Carole, lovely card as always. Glad to see you're putting your Christmas gifts to good use already!
    Catch up soon
    Amy x

    1. yes indeedy! Thank you! Good to see you here in blogland!X

  9. Hi Carole, lovely card, really like the flowers! I haven't got he project book yet as slowly adding to my spellbinder collection! Your card yesterday was so creative and beautiful, loved the finished effect with the glitters!x

  10. Hello Carole, What a gorgeously feminine card. I have the book but haven't played much yet. I also love your yellow flowers. Enjoy your new buy. xx Flora

  11. Wow...This is what i have been looking for and you have done a great job. Beautiful cards,love the flower & the layout is great!