Vintage Chic

Welcome to the weekend! I just love Saturday mornings! Mark and I went to Williams-Sonoma last night and got some new baking sheets, cupcake pans and fun cooking stuff that we're eager to test out. I don't cook much, but you'd never know it by how much time I can spend wandering around that store!

Anyhow, I'd bet you're not here on Saturday morning wanting to read about my shopping spree last night, so I'll get to the card. Today starts a new month of challenges over on Our Creative Corner, and this month our hostess with the mostess is the fabulous Laurie Schmidlin. I had the honor of meeting Laurie this week when she passed through Boise. We got together for breakfast at a local coffeehouse and it was like meeting a kindred spirit. I am usually extremely nervous meeting new people, but with Laurie it was like I'd known her my whole life! She is one of the most amazing stampers I know, but she is also a woman of character, strength and integrity. Just the few short hours I spent with her totally re-emphasized how much respect and general star-struck awe I have for this gal. She's the bomb!

Okay, I'm a little chatty today, huh? I promise I'll get to the card. This week's OCC challenge is an inspiration challenge. Simply take your favorite embellishment and build your card or project around it. If you play along, just link up your card on the OCC Blog. Be sure and check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the OCC gals, too: Amy, Cindy, Dawn, Jackie, Jennifer, Kim, Laurie, Lori, Lynda, and Silke.

For my inspirational embellishment, I chose these Fancy Pants Lace Wraps I ordered from Jacksonbelle Embellishments a month or so ago and they've just been sitting here. The powder blue especially made me think vintage, so I pulled out an Inkadinkado stamp, inked in Chocolate Chip, lifted some of the ink off with a blender pen and then used a Bordering Blue marker to ink up a few of the flowers before stamping. I went over a few of the leaves with the blender pen for a softer look, and then inked around the edges with first Close to Cocoa and then Chocolate Chip ink. Next I ran the same size panel of Kraft cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the Script Texture embossing folder. I inked the edges with cocoa and chocolate and used the blender pen and some chocolate ink to highlight the embossed words.

The sentiment is from Artful Elegance and inked with cocoa and chocolate chip before framing with some vanilla hodgepodge and taffeta. The background is stamped in Chocolate on Kraft with my brand new Unity Tea Time Toile background. I covered most of it up, but I just love the vintage feel to this stamp. To add a little texture to the card, I used a paper distresser on all the edges, then finished off with some pearl drew drop accents and some Faded Jeans Distress Stickles. The card base is Bordering Blue.

Okay, if you're still reading, you can give yourself a gold star for endurance! LOL Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

38 comments

  1. This is so pretty, I love the colors.

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  2. This is such a beautiful card. I just love looking at it.

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  3. wowww what a gorgeous cards.
    this abeautiful.

    hugs Riet.xx

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  4. WOW,Stunning!!! Vintage cards are one of my favourites.I Love it!!!

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  5. Hi Julee ... I always play the OCC challenge but have never taken the time to pop into your blogs. Well I'm taking that time this a.m. and I'm glad I did. First let me say I LOVE THIS CARD ... this style is right up my alley and you've done a gorgeous job! Thanks for all the inspiration and your blog is awesome!!

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  6. Wow.....this card blows me away, Julee! I love that blue you have goin' on with the lace and the CS - a color you don't see all that often but works really well with the brown to promote the vintageness of this piece. I'm braving Boise Towne Square this morning - oh how I hate that place! Have a great Saturday!

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  7. Beautiful card. I have that stamp and have not used it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Gorgeous card Julee! I LOVE the colors and beautiful detail!

    Enjoy your NEW baking goodies!
    Jennifer :)

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  9. WOW - Julee - this card is fabulous!!! Love everything about it!!!

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  10. Love the vintage, shabby chic, elegant feel to your card Julee! Gorgeous work!

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  11. Wow Julee this is fantastic, love it so much.

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  12. This is so gorgeous! great use of tea time toile, my favorite stamp!
    The baby blue is a perfect touch to this!!

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  13. Gorgeous, Julee! The colors are perfect!

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  14. So gorgeous!! I love the vintage theme!! The metal label turned looks so awesome! TFS!

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  15. What an absolutely beautiful card! Classic vintage look~ I love it!!

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  16. This card is just beyond words beautiful. I LOVE it! I wish I could think like you:) I love the sponging and will now have to get blue jean distress stickles. BEAUTIFUL!

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  17. This is a beautiful card. Thank you for introducing to me the Fancy Pants Lace Wraps. I love what you did with it.

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  18. I just about fell out of my chair when I saw this, Julee. It's absolutely breathtaking! I've never even heard of the lace wraps, but you can be sure I'm going to JBE to seek them out! I love the look! And what?! No pictures of you and Laurie?!?! What's the up with that?! (Just kidding ... I haven't posted a single CHA picture.)

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  19. Beautiful card! the colours are gorgeous and love the lace

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  20. This card is ultra fabulous Julee. I love the fabric wrap (is that what it's called?)... it looks like a scrap of a vintage crocheted item. Lovely!

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  21. WOW, you are the queen of this technique!!!!I'm always so jealous of how beautiful you do this :)

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  22. ...a very stunning card, Julee!

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  23. Oh my gosh Julee, you ROCKED this challenge! I have that lace too and now you have inspired me to use it! Your card is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like you and Laurie had a wonderful visit! Next time maybe you can bake her up some goodies with your new Williams~Sonoma toys!!!

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  24. This card is stunning Julee, there is so much detail involved in it! I kept finding something new to look at everytime I looked.
    Such pretty colors together...

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  25. Fabulous card, I love those colors... Awesome

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  26. Beautiful card Julee! Love the colours you selected to use with this wrap embellishment. The tiny flowers that you coloured in blue are just delightful. Really a vintagey feel for this card and the ribbon and vanilla hardware are so appropriate!

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  27. Gorgeous card, Julee. I love the color combo and the soft vintage feel.

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  28. This is absolutely beautiful. I love how elegant it looks and all the design features you added are perfect. As always your talent and true gifted nature shines through.

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  29. Wow, the OCC challenge gave me lots of gorgeous things to look at today! I love the vintage feel - and that lace stuff looks pretty cool. (must *not* shop) lol

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  30. Beautiful card, Julee. And I love Williams Sonoma AND Laurie, too! I got to hang with her a little at CHA and she is just so fun & sweet. And then add her amazing talent on top of it?! I'm a fan forever!!! (Same goes for you, btw! :) )

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  31. Absolutely beautiful card, love the edges and vintage look.

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  32. This is divine! Love the vintage look and I'm so curious about the "Lace Wraps"...have to look into them.

    How lucky to have had a chance to meet Laurie! I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

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  33. This is just gorgeous! I love vintage style and that lace is awesome!

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  34. WOW! Julee, this is one incredible design! I just love your use of the hardware and ribbon!

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  35. I Love this...very elegant

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  36. Hi Julee = I have just stumbled across your blog & I LOVE IT. You are so talented! I love this card in particular. I just bought a cuttlebug & I'm wondering if the framing around the sentiment is used with that? I re-read your entry a couple of times, so I apologize if I keep missing the answer...

    Thank you so much!
    Carla
    cardsbycarla@cogeco.ca

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