Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Postcard, Twinchies, and a Vintage Share

I'm not sure what's happened to the hot sunshine we were enjoying a few weeks ago - now we're back to sunshine and showers - with more of the showers than I'd like to see. The good thing is that there's less need to water the veggies out in the garden - the bad thing is that it means getting soaked when I go out to cut the latest batch of courgettes - which are growing so quickly and abundantly that we could probably supply Tescos just now.

Rummaging through the "ephemera" drawer to make my Vintage themed postcard for SCD at the weekend I found all manner of old stuff. A few years ago a friend who loves accumulating old stuff had a clear out and sent bags full of vintage stuff out to those who wanted some. In my bag there was paper, tickets, pictures, stamps, lace, buttons, beads and all sorts of stuff dating back through the decades. Most of it I can't bear to use, but I did use some scraps of manuscript and book pages on the postcard - it reminded me of a card I made a couple of years back, also using some of Puss's goodie bag.

To make the flower I glued some of the old book pages on thin card and added some distress inks. After cutting the petal shapes I added more inking. The background is made from more inked paper, plus some ribbon and lace.

Among the treasures Puss sent were some old playing cards. I used one to make this postcard for this week's SCD Turquoise and Chocolate challenge.

There was no way I was going to use the actual playing card though, so I scanned it, then printed it out three times to use to make the background for this card. The swirl is a piece of a larger one that had broken, I used acrylics and inks to get the right colour, then added a tiny bit of turquoise Stickles before giving it a layer of GA. The flowers are Primas. the flower centre is made using turquoise beads dropped into Glossy Accents. The brad looked a bit boring so more Stickles and GA made it look more "at home"

I've been inspired by all the generous people out there who share their images for other crafters to use, so I thought I'd try to join in and share some of the things I have that might be useful to others. My first "share" is the playing card that you can download - I think this one is from the 1920/30s, but don't quote me!

If you click on the small image it should open a larger copy which you can download to your computer. If you do use it, please let me know, I'd love to hear how you made use of it.

I'll add some more Shares soon.

The Rosie-Dee challenge blog has "Babies" as the subject for this month's "Occasions" theme.
I've been looking at all the lovely "Twinchies" that are appearing on some of my fave blogs and itching to have a go. My DT spot gave me a great excuse to play with the 2 x 2" squares - especially as I knew I'd be needing a baby card and could use my twinchies to make it.
These are the twinchies I made, I'll put the finished card on here tomorrow.

Imaginisce papers, QK pram die, Robo-cut letters and tiles. various ribbons and brads from stash.

Gosh, this turned into a bit of an epic - hope you made it through to the end!

Thanks for looking :)


Karen said...

hee hee made it through to the end!!!! Lucky you being send so much ephemera Kathy!!! I love what you have done with it so far and look forward to some more vintage goodies from you X

Angelnorth said...

Oooh, what a lovely design on the back of that playing card and you made a lovely postcard with it Kathy - fab stuff! Your baby twinchies look super-sweet, looking forward to seeing a finished card with them!

Kaz said...

Lovely stuff there Kathy. How gorgeous is the back of that playing card?

Anonymous said...

wonderful creations Kathy - thank you for sharing the image.

Carol Plume said...

WOW Kathy - I really love that postcard its gorgeous. The back of that playing card is so colourful - totally gorgeous and so very different from the backs of playing cards today! Thank you for sharing that.

Thanks for joining us at SCD this week....hope to see you soon xx

tracy said...

beautiful stuff there kathy,i love it all,esp the baby tiles :)
thannks for sharing the playing card too :)

Dawn said...

Hiya KAthy

Glad you found us and wow your Postcard is stunning amazing design..

Thanks for joining us this week


Traceyr said...

wow That playing card is gorgeous too lovely to play a card game with. What a find. Your card is great too.

Loving the baby twinchies too. I like the way you have used eyelets on them also. Must try this idea.

Thanks for the inspiration Kathy. :)

LivArtNow said...

Wow, you've made some beautiful cards and twinchies :)


Gez Butterworth said...

Lovely Kathy. Stunning postcard. Love the colours & your twinchies are fantastic. Thanks for playing along. Gez.xx