Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Less is More...off centre goes Vintage

Greetings to LIMettes of all ranks...
Welcome to my blog...thanks for calling by. I am very glad to be back home from my hols and I have set up camp in my craft room where I am making up for lost time! This week the challenge over at Less is More is "Off Centre". Couldn't be better - describes both my style and mind...
Many of you know I am a bit of a vintage fan which normally means lashings of layers, lace and flowery stuff... so I decided  I would set myself the task of a creating a clean and simple vintage card...
 I bought this lovely stamp in Holland last week from Stampin' Back and couldn't wait to use it. Just adore the image and the feeling it evokes...we can all imagine it being our grandparents as young sweethearts back in the 1940's...
I decided if you are going to do off centre, then that could also include the base, so for once I folded the card unevenly. When it is shut you can still see all of the lace border. I've stamped the image on a dictionary page that I first painted with mushroom paint to make it pop more, adding a little Distress Ink around the edges.

Then I stitched the image to a piece of brown polka dot card and adhered it to brown leather effect card stock. I stamped the sentiment Golden Days on some scraps and layered them up behind two vintage buttons.

I added a double twist of golden thread for some extra contrast and finished off with a border of crocheted lace on the inside of the card. I think the deep colours work really well, the simple look still makes me rather nostalgic...
So that's me all done again - had another playful afternoon discovering new in the old. Hope you like it...I'm off to see what you have all cooked up this week.

 We'll Meet Again...Don't Know When, Don't Know How...see, I said I was feeling the nostalgia.

Sarah.

31 comments:

Chrissie said...

Perfection!
Chrissie
Lady LIM
"Less is More"
(except it was my parents in the 40's not my grandparents!!!!!)

Kathyk said...

Lovely card and I love that you stamped your image on the page from a book - fab idea, may have to "borrow" that some time!

Kathyk

Dolly Daydreams said...

A beautiful card, elegant, stylish, perfect.

Marie

Lynn said...

A card I would be pleased to receive :-) Elegant, stylish, more-ish. Lynn x

TAM said...

Simply stunning

Mandi said...

Fabulous as ever Sarah
I agree thats a wonderful stamp
it's like the film 'Brief Encounter' [before my time, but have seen it!]
Thanks so much
mandi
Diva LIM
Less is More

Suze Bain said...

Sarah, this is fabulous. A beautiful piece of work. x

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is just brilliant,great layout and super super image,wonderful bless your heart for the kind comment you left on my blog love hugs cheryl xxxxx

Kaz said...

Hi Sarah

wow this task is certainly passed with flying colours.....love your stlye Sarah, the stamp just screams vintage, beautiful work!
Ive had no laptop for 2 days so am trying to get round my favourite blogs.....so glad I passed by glad you had a lovely break but so glad you are backxx

hugs
Kaxx

Lesley said...

Stunning card Sarah. Fab image too!

Diane said...

Beautiful vintage piece of "art"!!

Lynne said...

Fabulous!!!

Jenny said...

A lovely vintage card Sarah, you can make any style 'Clean and Simple' :)
Jenny x

Joan said...

Beautiful vintage card,I didn't think vintage would work with CAS but you have just proved it does !

Lisa said...

Absolutely lovely!

Susan said...

Absolutely beautiful, Sarah!! Love that stamp...it looks so realistic!

Jose said...

Love your vintage card, so much detail and still LIM, off now to see more of your work.
Jose

Paula said...

lovely vintage card

kelly said...

love you vintage style!,
thanks for commenting on my card
kelly xx

Aileen said...

Superb vintage card. x

Candy C said...

As per your usual...this is just stunning! <3 Candy

Pauline said...

Beautiful, I like the textured card base, and the image is lovely.

Vicky Hayes said...

A lovely vintage-style card - I love your focal image.

Sasha said...

What a wonderful stamping technique, I must try that. I love your stitching and lace, which really gives that extra vintage feel. A really lovely card!

Maureen said...

A lovely card, love the stamping on a book page!

Sue said...

A gorgeous card Sarah. Love the vintage look. Sue.x

The Crafty Elf said...

Wow...this is lovely. It looks like it should be framed and put up on a wall! Super!

fatmonica said...

I just love that stamp!It's a gorgeous card-love it!

Emzie said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment. I love all things vintage and this is amazing. x

Loli said...

Hello Sasa, thank you for your comment and for to visit my blog.
Fantastic stamp!very realistic like a old picture, i love the texture of cardstock.
fab vintage card, good job.
A hug from Palma de mallorca

Heavens2Betsy said...

All of your work here is amazing. Very beutiufl. penny