Creating with Vintage Illustrations

Autumnal Birthday CS 03Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD from Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!  When I was visiting my daughter in Baltimore last week, we found a wonderful walking trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park.  They have transformed an old rail line into a beautiful trail that is bounded on both sides by wildflowers, rock walls and a lazy, meandering stream.  Liz and I walked and chatted in this lovely spot each day of my visit.  It was a relaxing, soul filling, healthy way to spend time together.  We even happened upon 3 gentle does grazing one afternoon!  I also spied one of my favorite flowers….bittersweet, growing along the path.  My mother carried a bittersweet bouquet at her wedding back in the 1940’s so it has a special place in my heart.  I came home wanting to find an image of bittersweet, and was thrilled to find one on the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD.  I also found a load of other wonderful images that I’ll be sharing with you here as the month goes on.  But for now, here’s the card I made with this gorgeous focal image.

Autumnal Birthday CS 01Now, I am not a botanist, so maybe this is not bittersweet, but it looks enough like it to satisfy me!  Any of you floral experts can set me straight if I have missed the boat here.  I re-sized this image in PaintShop Pro and then printed it out on 80# text paper.  After fussy cutting it, I embossed the edges with Stampendous aged gold embossing powder and backed it with DCWV glitter cardstock.  My background paper is also from Crafty Secrets.  It’s from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.  I altered the colors using PaintShop Pro and kind of roughed it up with some of the digital tools.  That’s the beauty of digital papers!

Autumnal Birthday CS 02The aged gold embossing powder has larger granules than most, so it leaves a lovely, heavy layer on the edges, but if you sprinkle it sparingly on the image you are embossing, it also leaves beautiful splotches of gold.  I stamped the sentiment using the Grand Greetings set that is in my stash.  I also “flicked” some ink onto the printed image to distress it and give it an “artsy” feel. I had some leftover ephemera in my stash that I’d printed from the Vintage Typography CD, so I tucked that around the edges of the printed image.Autumnal Birthday CS 03My flowers were made with the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Die.  I didn’t stamp them first, as this glittery paper doesn’t take ink well.  I also used some vintage sheet music to make my flowers and added Mustard Seed Distress Glitter to the centers.

Autumnal Birthday CS 04I wanted to use a rustic sort of bow, so chose Center stitched burlap ribbon for its texture and soft colors.

Autumnal Birthday CS 05

The inside is finished simply with another panel of my altered digital paper, a strip of sheet music, and a stamped sentiment on torn paper.  I love these rich autumnal colors.

And, here’s an enabler alert!  Sandy is having an amazing BLOWOUT SALE in the online store.  She’s clearing out her US warehouse.  There are 6 sale kits loaded with goodies.  Here’s a photo of the Christmas kit.

I also thought you might want to see  a couple of photos of the trail we walked on.  I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time!  It is a completely level path that goes on for miles and miles.  One day, we’d gone 4 miles before we even realized it!  That’s how enjoyable it was!

torrey rail trailrail trailThanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get to go on a lovely walk soon!  Until next time,



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6 thoughts on “Creating with Vintage Illustrations

  1. carol

    Hi Kathy this is just so beautiful. I love flowers, however, don’t know if this is bitter sweet, hey does it matter. The memories are the most important thing and you now have lots more to keep in your heart of your daughter. I absolutely adore the verse, if it’s one of yours well done x

  2. Robin

    Your special trail walking with you daughter must have been so wonderful! What a gorgeous trail! Your card is so lovely! I love the beautiful flowers and the message inside is so sweet.

    I also love bittersweet and remember cutting it each fall on my grandma’s farm to take back to my teachers. I wish it were still easy to find…you used to be able to see it in the country every fall, but most of it has disappeared. Kathy, I also had bittersweet in my wedding flowers and I just celebrated my 37th wedding anniversary this week!

  3. Pattie Jns

    HI Kathy, I am really late today on my emails. This is a gorgeous card. Love all the texture, and colors. What a wonderful way to spend with your daughter. the road and all its scenery was made for just that special time. I love walking on country roads,, too, even singing while walking, an can’t sing. but the birds don’t mind. this card will be a special remembrance of that day with her…..thanks for sharing.

  4. Sheila Rumney

    Kathy, love coming here and seeing all your beautiful creations. Love all the detail! Seeing your pictures of your trail makes me want to do get outside and take a walk. Enjoy your day.

  5. smithgfb

    I don’t have a clue if that is bittersweet or not but it is very beautiful and your card is lovely! I love the the layers and those flowers are very pretty! Just a lovely creation inside and out and every where you look is so pleasing to the eye. Well done!

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