August 20, 2007


One of last week's posts showed a stamp of a vintage couple I received from Inkadinkado for submitting a card for their on-line gallery as well as some paper lace and pearl embellishments I found at the dollar store. I've been wanting to create something with them and finally got to it today. This card's flowered background paper is from Crafty Secrets. I know I've said how much I like this paper before so I won't say it again. The embossed flowers were a RAK from Jacki because I admired some I saw on her blog. Thanks, Jacki, that was so sweet. I also used some rub-ons for the sentiments, but think that was a mistake. I've learned my lesson before with these, but I thought I could get away with it: Don't bother with cheap rub-ons. You'll only end up aggravated. Using name brand ones makes all the difference. Also, you can't really see it on this card unless you click on the picture and look closely, but after I stamped my couple on vellum I overstamped it with a crackled background stamp. It looks like cracked glass .

On this card you can definitely see my crackled background. I stamped my couple directly on the paper, then masked the image so I could stamp all around it with my crackle background stamp from PSX. I used red and a tiny bit of black for this effect. I stamped the word LOVE from Art Impressions on the bottom. My chipboard heart is from Heidi Swapp and I stamped over it with Staz-On and a PSX love stamp. More paper lace as well as some stamped stitches from Inkadinkado clear stamps.

This card I created for a challenge over at StampinD'Amour's message board -- two stamps and some lace. Easy enough. I used two vintage images from Inkadinkado. I used real lace this time as well as some self-adhesive brads from Colorbok. To get my oval I used a template from C-Thru Ruler, cut it out and then distressed the edges. I placed it on a turquoise panel and them stamped some decorative corners from PSX on that panel.
One of the hidden treasures I found in my locked file cabinet the other day was a folder full of templates. Totally forgot I even had them. Thought they were outdated even before that. But recently somebody was talking about templates and how much lighter, easier to store and less expensive they are than the punches everyone is so crazy for. Now, I wouldn't want to be cutting out a scalloped oval, but I would certainly cut this oval pattern out and then cut around it with my scalloped scissors. If I had to have 50 ovals or circles for a project I am sure a punch would make sense, but for my purposes these templates are just fine.


marciad said...

Beautiful cards. The lace looks so real.

Ila said...

These are all Beautiful!! love the papers you've used and the paper lace.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

your cards are just gorgeous.
love how you made them so different using the same image - pure talent!

Joyfulheartart said...

really nice!

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

Love how you used this paper - I still haven't used mine... very clever to stamp an image on the background of the third card - very effective indeed!

Nise on GW said...

Finally - I was beginning to get a complex because I kept getting errors when I wanted to post a comment and I just knew you wouldn't intentionally forbid me from whining about your shopping expertise. GREAT use of that paper lace, Louise. Love these cards and that darling tin and the new wood album. Even after taking a few days off, you still got it!!