Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Vintage Freebie—Waiter and Female Customer—Pasta Ad

This week's Friday Vintage Freebie comes from a 1920's French fashion newspaper. It's taken from an ad for pasta. The paper is dark with age and very brittle. Although I did touch up some—straightening the image, extending the waiter's jacket coat, filling in a spot or two—for the most part I've left its sepia like coloring and spotty background.

This is the ad in its full crooked glory if you're curious. The text says too much meat isn't good for your health, and encourages Madame to replace it often with pasta, which is healthy and easily digestible, going on to say it's also nourishing, flavorful and economical.

Please note these images are for your personal use only. If you use the images and post your project on the internet, please link back to me. I'd love to see your creations. I hope you'll email me a photo of your work or post a link to it in the comment section of this post. Just right click on the images and save them to your computer.

Bon weekend and happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick last minute Easter card

For some reason last Thursday I thought Easter was still two weeks away and not this weekend coming up. Luckily a friend asked for Easter cards from me and reminded me of the date. Oh my! I realized I needed to get my Easter cards in the mail tout de suite or they'd be late! I allow a good two weeks before the date when I'm mailing back to the States.

I had two done I wanted to send but hadn't yet made one for my Grandmother. I wanted to get them in the mail right away so I quickly whipped up this little card for her (and it is little, only 10 cm—or 4"—square). I eliminated ink drying time by using the computer to generate the sentiment.

Paper—cardstock, Cosmos Cricket Honey Pie Die-cuts, Paper Touch Scrap Dots
Dies—Die-namics photo corner
Embellishments—twine, pearl

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #14 "The Sky's the Limit"—Vintage Airplane Birthday card

This week's challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz is "The Sky's the Limit". I decided to use an airplane image from an old book in my ephemera collection titled J. Staub Livre d'Images, a book for children published in 1923. I scanned the image, corrected it and cropped it to size.

The two map corners also hail from my own ephemera. This time an old Atlas de Géographie dated 1885. As with the plane image, I scanned the map, corrected and cropped to fit.

Both my outside and inside sentiments I did on the computer with Combat Ready BTN font.

Click on over and see what the other fab designers have for you this week at Cardz 4 Guyz. Better still, come join us and play along!

Paper—cardstock, Paper Touch Scrap Dots, my vintage ephemera
Topper—from my own collection
Dies—Die-namics circles and Artemio Scalloped circle
Embellishments—pearls, ribbon
Font—Combat Ready BTN

Monday, April 14, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5—Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp!—and a French Frog

I'm pleased as punch to be a guest designer this month for the new Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge blog. The current challenge #5  is to Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp! Whether you're a cardmaker, a scrapbooker, or art journaler...whatever your crafty cravings lean towards, I'm sure there's a stamp somewhere in your stash—be it wood mounted, clear, cling rubber, or digital—so grab a stamp and play along! The stamp needs to be the focal point of your project, and you can certainly use more than one, but you must have at least one stamped item.

As for me...oh, where to begin?! I have so many. I decided on this little cutie from Docrafts Sunshine Meadows Country Companions Frog. I colored him in with Caran D'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils and added sentiments from my computer.

We French are sometimes pejoratively referred to as "Frogs", so keeping that in mind you can see the humor in this card. This card was sent to my cousin who got a good laugh out of it.

Come join in the fun! There's a truly impressive prize up for grabs, this Hampton tote!

Tote ONLY—product is NOT included.

Paper—cardstock, Stacy Claire Boyd Stripes
Stamp—Docrafts Crafty Companions Sunshine Meadows Frog
Ink—Versacolor pigment ink black
Embellishments—twine, charm, pearls
Font—Crazy Girlz Blond BTN

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What does a French gourmet meal really look like?

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated my father-in-law's birthday with lunch at La Renaissance, a cuisine gastronomique restaurant in Rive de Gier, France. I thought you might enjoy seeing what a true French gourmet meal is like. Here are each of the courses in the menu I took:

#1 the amuse-bouche—a tiny starter dish (this was maybe three bites) that's just a little something to tease your taste buds. Pretty isn't it? The three little dots remind me of my cards.

#2 the entrée—aka appetizer. Just an aside here, but why do Americans use entrée for the main dish when entrée means the entrance into something? Just to confuse everyone I suppose. Anyway, here's mine. This was a brochette of curried scallops with a carrot mousse.

#3 the main dish—fish—Dorade Royale braised with olive oil, served with a light sauce and a few veggies.

#4 the cheese cart—served right before the dessert.

#5 what I chose—goat and sheep cheeses with a bit of jam and you get a glimpse of the wine, a good Bordeaux.

#6 dessert—is this a work of art or what?! It was apple on a cake like bottom with chocolate sides and a little scoop of sorbet on top.

#7 mignardises—these little cakes and sweets come after dessert with your coffee. My husband and father-in-law attacked them—no sense of aesthetics these guys—before I had a chance to take the picture, originally they were arranged in rows, all nice and pretty, with three of each thing (one for each of us).

There you go, a true French gourmet meal!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Easter Postcard—Friday Vintage Freebie

This week's Friday Vintage Freebie is an Easter postcard from my collection that I used on this Easter card earlier this week. It makes a quick topper for any last minute Easter cards.

Please note this image is for your personal use only. If you use the image and post your project on the internet, please link back to me. I'd love to see your creations. I hope you'll email me a photo of your work or post a link to it in the comment section of this post. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.

Bon weekend and happy crafting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage bunny and Papermania Parisienne Blue papers

I love this Papermania Parisienne Blue paper pack I picked up recently; the papers are stunning. Granted, they might not be the type of paper you would normally associate with Easter, but I couldn't resist breaking them in.

The bunny image is from an old book I have called Les Animaux Vivants. There's no publication date for this edition, but I'd say probably the 1920's from the look of it. I scanned this little guy, added the sentiment and printed him out on vintage look paper. By the way, that's not a button sitting pretty there on the ribbon, but an earring. I've used its mate on this card here (also blue and white).

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Cute Card Thursday Challenge #316—Easter
DL.Art Thankful Thursday #130—Easter
Moving Along With the Times—Easter/Spring

Paper—cardstock, Papermania Parisienne Blue paper pack, Mahé Bleu Nuit
Topper—my vintage image
Embellishments—ribbon, earring
Font—French Script MT

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge #13 "Numbers"—Vintage Game card

This week's theme at Cardz 4 Guyz challenge #13 is "Numbers". I chose something a little different with this one. I have these old game cards in a variety of colors. I found them at a thrift store and I don't know what the game is they went with. The same thing goes for these red game pieces. I found them at the same time, at the same store, but they weren't with the game cards, so was it the same game? Who knows.

I decided to use a play on words for my sentiment; this is just what came to me, so I went with it. I did the sentiment and the black band around it in CraftArtist with Aharoni font.

What kind of card is this? I like to think of it as an invitation—an invitation to someone to join you in something.

Come see what the other lovely ladies are up to at Cardz 4 Guyz this week!

I'm also entering this card in Paper Crafting Challenges latest challenge: Masculine.

Paper—cardstock, Paper Touch Scrapdots, game card
Embellishments—ribbon, game pieces

Monday, April 7, 2014

Vintage Easter postcard makeover

I took an old postcard in my collection, scanned it, corrected it and printed it out as the topper for this Easter card. It was originally a French postcard, but as it's going to an English speaking relative I changed it to an English sentiment.

I didn't have any yellow pearls so I painted white ones with acrylic paint.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artistic Inspirations—an Easter Animal
Card Mania—Easter
Crafty Boots—Easter

Paper—cardstock, MME Designer pack, American Crafts Lucy Lemon Twist
Topper—vintage postcard from my collection
Embellishments—pearls, ribbon
Font—Alex Brush

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Vintage Freebie—1936 mens shoes catalog page

This week's Friday Vintage Freebie is a page for mens shoes taken from a 1936 French catalog. You can see a Father's Day card I made with it here.

Please note this image is for your personal use only. If you use the image and post your project on the internet, please link back to me. I'd love to see your creations. I hope you'll email me a photo of your work or post a link to it in the comment section of this post. Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.

Bon weekend and happy crafting!
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