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Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer

Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer: Stir Up a Little Love!

Hello, Friends!

I’m super excited about today’s post, as I am honored to be  the Word Art Wednesday Guest Designer this week. My fellow Really Reasonable Ribbon teammate and friend, Karen Letchworth, invited me to share a little Crafty Secrets goodness using this week’s Word Art:

Word art Wednesday 02I created this 5″ x7″ top fold card using papers from the Crafty Secrets  Kitchen Memories digital kit, and some cute papers from the Homemade Vintage Image and Journal Booklet.  The Word for this week is from Proverbs 10: 12, “Hatred stirreth up strife, but Love covereth all sins.”  These two cutie pies look as though they could be stirring up some fun in the kitchen, don’t they?

Word art Wednesday 01I cut apart two sheets from the journaling booklet, and treated the photograph of these junior chefs with a dose of UTEE.  It gave the paper a great vintage photo look.  The chipboard heart, also from Crafty Secrets. was covered with paper and a bit of glossy accents.  I fussy cut the veggies and shopping list paper from the Homemade Booklet as well.  I layered this all up with yummy black and red gingham ribbons, a black brad and a couple cute buttons.  Quick and easy and very vintage with this classic red, black and cream color palette.

If you haven’t played along at Word Art Wednesday, I encourage you to do so!  They are a sweet bunch of ladies, and they offer some wonderful prizes each week.  You can choose to work with their free word art of the week, or you can just play along in the challenge under the “anything goes” option.  Either way, it’s a ton of fun! Just link up your project on their blog.

Thanks, Karen and company, for inviting me to serve as your guest designer this week!  I love playing along in your challenges, and I am deeply honored to be your Guest Designer this week!

Thanks for stopping by!



Creating With Vintage Photos (Mama Said Card)

“Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This….

Good Thursday morning, folks.  Now that I’ve got you humming that nostalgic tune, how about we discuss creating with vintage photos?  Vintage photos are a hot trend right now, and you can easily use your own family vintage photos to create unique and meaningful gifts.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this is a great way to fashion a one of a kind gift for Mom that’s guaranteed to make her laugh (or cry, as the case may be) and feel especially  loved.

The Story Behind the card

I have a best friend who lives in Georgia.  We’ve known each other since we were both young wives and mothers….more than 32 years now.  Dianne is a girlfriend’s girlfriend!  She and I have been together through thick and thin –literally and figuratively!  About a year ago, we enjoyed a glorious girlfriend’s weekend together.  There was wine, laughter, fabulous food, shopping, shopping, shopping and late nights filled with reminiscing and girl fun.  Dianne is a fabulous decorator, and I enjoyed a tour of her beautiful home.  She has this photo of her mom hanging in her laundry room:

Mom fixed & smaller (2) Her mom lived in base housing in Massachusetts when Diane and her three siblings were small.  There was no dryer in the home…everything had to be hung out on the line.  Two of her kids wet the bed, so there was always a ton of laundry to be done.  On this very windy day in March, her Mom was trying to hang out the freshly laundered sheets, and the frisky spring wind kept whipping them and breaking the clothesline, causing the sheets to fall on the ground…which meant they had to be laundered all over again.  Can you believe this happened three times?  After the third time, Dianne’s mom went to her friend’s house and said, “Come and take a picture of this.  If I don’t laugh about it, I know I will cry.”  So the picture was taken, and the rest is history.  

The minute I saw this photo, a plan hatched in my brain.  I asked Dianne to e-mail me a copy of the photo, which she did, and this year for Christmas, I carried out the plan.  Here’s what I created with this vintage photo:

002 (2) Click on photo for larger image.

I cropped the photo, printed it on matte photo paper in sepia tones and matted it on brown cardstock,  I stamped a graphic stamp around the perimeter of the kraft card base using copper metallic ink.  The corners were rounded, and a cute little tag was affixed to the lower left corner of the photo:

004 I added twine to the top of the card and that, as they say, was that.  I kept it simple, wanting this fabulous vintage photo to be the star of the show.  I made 8 of these 5×7 cards for Dianne, packaged them in clear cellophane packaging and tied ribbons and twine around the top.  The day she received the package, she called me in tears, “The best present ever…” was her verdict.

Creating with vintage photos for special occasions

We all have these photos around the house.  The color photos are often not so great looking, but printed in sepia or black and white, they take on an elegant finish.  You could use a vintage photo of your child on the first day of school and put it into a set of thank you notes for high school or college graduation.  A vintage photo of a Bride to Be playing dress up would make great thank you notes or wedding shower invites.  For the expectant mom, you could use her baby pictures….there is no end of clever ideas for creating with vintage photos.  It’s inexpensive, meaningful and unique.  It requires very little crafting ability and almost no crafting tools.  The bottom line?  You can do this!!!  And you’ll look like a gift-giving rock star in the process!

That’s it for me today.  I leave you to get going on your own, creating with vintage photos…and humming, “Mama Said There’d be Days Like This!”  Hoping this is one of the good days Mama told you would come your way.  Until next time,



Product used in this project:  Paper: 5×7 kraft card bases and envelopes from Darice; brown cardstock from Bazzil; Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny tags and Tabs; Punches: 1 3/8 ” circle punch; Inks: Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Tea Dye; Colorbox Cat’s Eye Pigment Brush Pad in Copper; Twine: DMC cotton floss color 644; Stamps: Japanese fan, Maya Road; Flourish: Technique Tuesday.