Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage? Retro? or Both?

This week the challenge on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog was to create a Vintage project. I am vintage, but didn't think a photo of me would work. I had several ideas of images to use, but when Phindy posted this image in the Phindy's Place store earlier in the week called Looking Good, I had to have it and use it. I'm not sure if this qualifies for vintage but I think it does. Black and lace are  so very vintage and yet at the same time timeless.
What part of her that's colored is done with Copics. The dress is paper pieced. I created the paper using a free lace pattern I found on the internet last night. Her stole is colored with Copics, and then I colored over the top with Crayola glitter. Her shoes and hand handbag were colored with my black Spica pen. She's finished off with some seed pearls for her necklace and earrings. She's definitely looking good and ready for a night on the town.

The papers are from a free digital kit called Urban Kiwi that I downloaded from The Shabby Princess. I loved this paper the first time I saw it. It just seems so Retro to me. I used my Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Edge punch  to create the frame around the picture and the sentiment. The flowers were created by first taking my black ink pad and daubing it all over some white cardstock. I cut the flowers out with my Cricut, did a little embossing to give them shape, assembled and added a black baby button center. The word art is some I quickly whipped up in Photoshop. Feel free to grab it(it's in jpg format).
Now for the best part, I know exactly who is going to get this card. My neighbor across the road has lost 60 pounds over the past year. We ran into her in the store the other day(I'm used to only seeing her in her car and that's a head shot), and you could seriously tell she was looking good. The only problem is that her clothes are way too big. She says she's not through losing, so she doesn't want to invest too much money in clothes she's going to undergrow. I'm sending her this card as encouragement and as a pat on the back for the wonderful job she's doing.


  1. LOL your photo doesn't look vintage Shirley! This is just gorgeous, love your stole, another fab DP set and thanks for the sentiment too.
    Thanks for another fabulous Phindy's Place entry

  2. I don't think you look vintage Shirley, but your card does for sure. Love the lace pieced dress, that is so cool, it looks very realistic. You brought this image to life here. So kind of you to give it to your neighbor who is losing weight, she will love this. Thanks for playing along with us at Phindy's Place this week, I always enjoy your entries.

  3. I have been busy and next month is not getting any this card and did well with presenting it...Thanks for keeping in touch...Tootsie

  4. Shirley this is my fav so far of your cards and i love that image nearly bought that one myself .I love the colours and you have made her look so beautiful and yes fabulous x