Sunday, November 25, 2012

PIO #48 - Anything But Christmas

I'm very excited to be on this week's design team for the Pile It On challenge.  I'm excited because we got to use Flonz stamps.  If you like the vintage look then you'll love Flonz.  There are over a thousand stamps and most of them are vintage images.

The challenge is "Anything But a Christmas Card".  You're either loving that or hating that.  We thought it might be a refreshing break for those of you who've been crazily stamping away those cards you swore you would work on all year so they'd be done early.  I probably have enough Christmas cards for the next three years, hate me if you want, I understand.

As a child I watched lots of old movies.  Bette Davis and Fred Astaire movies were some of my favorites and I would watch them over and over.  The fashions in those movies were incredible.  To this day I love the clothes they wore, especially the dress up outfits.  In "Now Voyager" Bette Davis is transformed from an ugly duckling to a stunning sophisticated woman.  Even when she was wearing stodgy old lady clothes they were interesting but after the transformation her clothes were gorgeous.  In Fred Astaire movies you can pretty much rest assured you're going to see beautiful gowns on his dance partners and a tuxedo on him. 

The image I used for this card reminded me of the scenes set in night clubs.  I stamped it in a pale grey ink, and used very very light copics almost like tinting it.   It's so pale, you can barely see the coloring in real life, yet alone in the photograph.  Afterwards I sponged over it and the edges of all the papers to further the vintage look. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Flonz "Restaurant Diner and Dance"
ink - Memento "London Fog"; Ranger "Vintage Photo" and "Tea Dye"
paper - Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" card stock; DCWV scraps of pink and green card stock; Graphic 45 "Le Romantique" Collection
miscellaneous - copics; pearls; burlap twine; shoe charm; burlap twine; machine stitching

Here's my challenges:
Pile It On #48 - Anything But a Christmas Card
Paper Playtime #89 - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew #24- Anything Goes
Creative Crafts Challenges 2 - Bingo (Distress, Stamp, Bling)
Seems a Little Sketchy #25 - sketch
Oldie But a Goodie - Anything But Christmas (the patterned paper and pearls are over 6 mos. old)
Papertake Weekly - Ribbon and Pearls
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #47 - Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts #144 - All Stitched Up
Crazy 4 Challenges C4C164 - Put a Bow On It
Allsorts week 182 - Bring on the Bling

Thanks for stopping by, come back again.


  1. This is gorgeous. thanks for sharing over at Creative Card Crew
    Elaine DT

  2. What a fabulous card. Love the autumn shades and the wonderful stitching. Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts.
    Hugs Sue W.

  3. Like the nostalgia feel of the card & wonderful stitching. Thanks for entering Pause Dream Enjoy Anything Goes challenge.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”
    PDE DT Group B

  4. Super little card, love the warm colours
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Oldie But A Goodie this week and good luck in the challenge
    Hugs Laurie xx

  5. Chris, what a fab vintage card! Love that image & how you colored it so softly! Love your design, papers, & stitching, too! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  6. Love this! It worked fabulous for our sketch! Thank you for joining us for the Seems a Little Sketchy challenge! We have a new one that started yesterday, hope to see you there!
    visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

  7. This is a lovely card. Thanks for playing along at Creative Card Crew. Cheers FiLoMa DT

  8. Great Fall colors. Thanks for joining PDE Challenges this week.

  9. Very pretty. Thanks for playing at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

  10. Love the rich, warm colours, and great stamp!
    Alison x


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