Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Vintage and Valentines

I am a packrat… and that comes in handy sometimes. This is one of those times! The B&W photo on my card is actually a hotel room key I saved from a business trip to Washington DC back in 2014. I'm hosting this week's challenge at wecraftcards Forum and decided to use this gem as my inspiration, naming my challenge "Make Mine Vintage." Added a stamped unicycle image, onto which I added a bit of silver coloring with a gel pen [you can't see it but it is there] and a touch of brown for the "leather" seat. This stamp was in a bag of unmounted stamps that I found at a thrift store a few years ago, so I don't know the company that makes it. However, when googling to try to find who makes the stamp, I discovered that bike is actually called a velocipede or a Penny-farthing (after two coins of different sizes) and just realized that the bike on the stamp and the one on the hotel key have the large wheel in different places. To me, either option looks pretty perilous to balance and maneuver! The tag is from my scrapbook stash. And, I left the inside blank because I'm not sure how I'll use this card but will probably be a snarky "You're HOW old?" type of birthday card. 
Entered into:
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge-Make Mine Vintage           (
Double D’s Challenge- Looking Back in Time                             (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #372-#373 Anything Goes               (

I am hosting the Sunday Challenge at Outlawz this week. The theme is always Songs and Rhymes, and this week's song is Roses are Red [lyrics- Roses are red, my love, Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, my love, But not as sweet as you.] My card that was featured for the challenge was made in memory of my mom, whose name was Rose. I even used lace from my mom’s stash [that my sibs passed on to me when mom passed away back in 2012.] She would have loved this card. The rose and leaf are both made with vintage wood mount stamps from Hero Arts. The Love die is from Stampin' Up, and the inside sentiment is a freebie from Desert Diva [you can find it here.] 
I made a second card that reflected the "sugar is sweet" song lyrics using a cute digi image named "Sugar Cube" from Bugaboo Stamps. Wanted to give the card the feeling of a garden tea party, so upcycled a beautiful photo from an old calendar for the background and added a bit of paper lace cut from a doily. Of course, added some sparkle to the sugar cube with microfine glitter. The inside sentiment is computer generated and printed on vellum so that another scrap of the calendar can show through. Am also this card into the Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge and  Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge.
Entered into: 
Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- Roses are Red          (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                      (
Bugaboo Stamp- Stella Says Sketch Challenge #702                  (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes                    (

STAMPlorations is having a big celebration right now that includes a hop and linky party with some great prizes. And if you use their images in your creations you get extra points [and they offer five gorgeous free STAMPlorations/Shery Russ images to help get you started. You can find them here.] The digi image I used is named "Framed roses and coffee." It's colored with Spectrum Noir markers and white gel pen. The sentiment on the front is a tag from a scrapbook kit and the inside sentiment is a digi from Eureka Stamps [ES-digi 28605 Happy Valentines Day] that you can find at  I added a bit of bling to the front and inside sentiment by fussy cutting hearts from gold and red glitter paper. Oh... and I created the heart shape on the front of the card but cutting a large heart from scrap paper, lightly tracing around it with a pencil, then coloring within that pencil line with Spectrum Noir markers, blender marker and white gel pen. Super easy technique that give a special look to a card. 
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Love is in the Air       (
Stamplorations- Hey Love Linky Party    (


  1. Your vintage card definitely caught my eye at Double D! That's the most interesting hotel room key I've ever seen. Funny about how the bike wheels are backward. I've never seen that before and now I have to show this to my husband. The bike might be easy enough to ride, but the mounting and dismounting would be a real trick. Thank you for sharing with us at Double D!

  2. Hi Kathy your makes are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. WOW what interesting vintage elements you have on your creation Kathy! Who would have thought that was a key card and how odd that the wheels are reversed on the two different bikes. I googled these vintage bikes and only found ONE image among SEVERAL that was reversed with the large wheel in the back vs front. How interesting! And fun! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Looking Back in Time’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  4. As I mentioned before, your 'sweet' card is simply gorgeous!
    Thanks for playing Stella Says Sketch with us - good luck in the draw. We hope you will join us again soon.
    Jen L
    Bugaboo DT

  5. Great cards, thanks for joining us at Catch the Bug.

  6. Wonderful cards, I love them all. Great take on the Mood Board, thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Double D Looking Back In Time Challenge. Hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ DD DT
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  7. beautiful valentine makes, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  8. I just love the vintage feel! All of them are beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge :)

  9. love your vintage card. I think how you highlighted the heart area on the one card was a super creative way to color that digi. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations love blog hop.

  10. Wow- you have been busy! I really love your vintage cards, wheels on right or not....also, how wonderful to make cards in your moms memory! I will have to do that in the future! I love your calendar page background for your tea cup (I love tea)- that is an awesome idea! Thanks for joining in the challenge at Catch the Bug!


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