Friday 6 May 2016

Sew Special for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone! It's the first Friday of the month and that means a new challenge is starting at A Vintage Journey! The wonderful Jenny has chosen the theme Sew Special. This is what I made:
This is what Jenny had to say about the challenge:
Add fabric to your entry in some way be it felt, burlap, ribbon or cloth and if you're really feeling brave maybe include a touch of real or faux stitching! We are looking forward to seeing what ideas you have to incorporate this sew special theme in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk projects.
Now when I first heard about the theme, I was filled with trepidation, - sewing and me just don't go together, but adding some fabric to a project is no big deal, so in the end I decided to make a very vintage shabby chic project, it's a large card with a pocket that can hold a gift card or tag.
I started with a piece of sticky back canvas that I have had in my stash for ever. I added some Ranger translucent texture paste through one of Tim's layering stencils and let it dry.
I added some colour using Distress Sprays: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet and as you can see it became a complete mess, specially when I added some stamping. At that point I was nearly ready to ditch it all and start over, but then decided to simply cover it all up to hide the worst bits.

I don't own the Dress form die but happened to have some die-cuts purchased on ebay years ago, so I traced around the middle part for the dress (made from a gelli print paper), and decided that would be my focal point.
I also made a flower, made from crinoline and cut with the tattered florals die.

A couple of little ribbon spools, cut with a die designed by my friend Baerbel Born. As you can see I tied some bits of lace around them.
A pair of scissors charm to go with the sewing theme was also dug out of my stash to be added.
And a little doily to cover up the worst parts of the background behind the dressform....
I layered it all up, added some lace to the side and the front was pretty much done.
The substrate for my card was an 8.5 by 11 piece of Manila card stock folded in half, I put tissue tape right around the edges and then added this pretty vintage piece of rice paper to the inside.
The pocket was made with the distressed doily die and cut from a piece of card covered with the top layer of a paper napkin in similar colour tones.
The little gift card/tag carries on the vintage sewing theme, both on the back and the front.
And here the tag sitting in its pocket.
Below finally you can see the back of the card. Adding a similar style with the use of some La Blanche stamps.
Well, that's it for now, my vintage sew special project, all complete.
If you haven't been there already, please hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the projects my teamies have created. I promise you will not be disappointed! And please feel free to join in our challenge, we would love to see what you come up with!

Thank you for visiting and have the most wonderful weekend!


Julia Aston said...

What a lovely, feminine vintage design Astrid - your background has great color and texture - pretty layering of stenciled and die cut doilies - great idea to have the gift card holder inside! Julia xx

Almo said...

I am so glad you kept going with that background Astrid and found a way to hide the bits you were not happy with. With such lovely elements on top I doubt I would have been any the wiser of the background had you not shown it, all I see is beautiful colours and textures. I am loving the crinoline flower doily die and the lace around the spools, and the inside continues to delight with more vintage touches. A really lovely make. Mo x

Redanne said...

You certainly triumphed Astrid, this is stunning, I just love the gorgeous details, the whole piece is truly beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great ,super feminine project , I just love this, great colours, great image, great details, again a real Astrids' ART work!!!

Have fun!!

Annie said...

What a stunning card Astrid x love the colours and feminine feel x so glad you did not give up on it, but transformed it in to the Beauty that it is

Have a great weekend x
Hugs Anne x

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! Love that beautiful textured background and the pop of the doily behind the mannequin!

Pamellia said...

I sure do love the softer side of your crafting Astrid, this is so gorgeous with all pinks and laces! YUMMY! hugs :)

Rita said...

Hello Astrid. So stunning, your talent has certainly came up trumps again with this one. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

A Pink said...

Gorgeous! Astrid So much detail both inside and out - the little inner pocket will be , for the recipient , like finding treasure.
Really lovely .
have a lovely weekend
hugs Amanda xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous vintage sewing design, love it. The tattered flower is fabulous! xx

sarascloset said...

Astrid, this just goes to show you can do any style, and I adore your shabby side! Beautiful colors, gorgeous design and what a detail packed card for the lucky recipient! I have to say, you made the most tremendous rescue on this canvas piece, and adding the doily is nothing short of genius! So many details I could continue to gush over, but that's all I have time for now. Rest assured I will be coming back to look at this time and again!

As an interesting side note, I almost fainted when I opened your post this morning! Talk about 2 minds on the same track! Have a look at the second entry to AVJ challenge this month! I almost added the bobbins and scissors, but just couldn't make it work, and opted for a much simpler project than I've done recently! Ok, enough gabbing! Hugs!

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful card, so many lovely elements and awesome use of colour. So glad you pushed through it Astrid as this is stunning! Karen x

Dorthe said...

Astrid, I LOVE this, you saved the best of the first try, perfectly ,and with the new color, the dress form, and lovely flower, this is so beautiful.
The inside card is lovely too, with the romantic picture, and sweet pocket !!
Hugs, Dorthe

brenda said...

I'm running on late this week Astrid, but didn't want to miss popping in to say hello and looks at your latest creation which is gorgeous as always.

Hope you have a good weekend.

B x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Beautiful in and out! I LOVE that you used canvas...gorgeous texture too! A real stunner!

Jennie Atkinson said...

This is so gorgeous Astrid - the design, the colour, the texture ........ And it goes on and on inside and out. A fabulous project for our current challenge. Have a great weekend. Jennie x

rachel said...

Aw astrid ... this is so very beautiful ... i am so glad you didn't get rid of your works beautifully x

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous feminine card Astrid. Love the inside as well as the outer.
Yvonne xx

Marisa Job said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love everything about it! Have a great weekend!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

A stunning project - great idea to add the pocket! I adore that flower! Hugs, Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

This is wonderful, Astrid! I love the use of the on-the-edge doily die as a pocket.

Candy C said...

Astrid...this is gorgeous. I love the soft creams and pinks. So feminine and a definite shabby feeling. The interior is exquisite as well. I am so happy that you didn't just ditch the card when the black stamping kind of ran. It really created a great shadow effect when you covered it with the die cut dress form and doily. Really beautiful.

Brenda Brown said...

A truly delightful mixed media, shabby chic work of art Astrid. I just adore the colours, textures and design and you no longer have to approach sewing themes with any trepidation as you have rocked the theme beautifully.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Juliz Design Post said...

What a wonderful shabby inspired sewing theme Astrid and your mistake certainly turned out to be a happy one with stunning results.
Julie x

Paper Profusion said...

Gorgeously soft and pretty Astrid. Love how yoy did the inside with tag, makes it very special indeed. Nicola x

Diana Taylor said...

An absolutely adorable card - I love the colour palette and your wonderful choice of embellishments - so, so pretty.

Words and Pictures said...

Lovely feminine shabby chic - the papers you've used are fabulous, and I love the combination of doily, lace and texture to retrieve the background which displeased you so!
Alison x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous card Astrid, gorgeous colour and texture, and a lovely inside too.
Avril xx

Jenny Marples said...

I'm so glad you kept going Astrid! This is fabulous and with the addition of the lace and doilies it all works together seamlessly xx

Ruth said...

So, so pretty, or should it be sew, sew pretty! The result is so feminine and elegant, delightful Astrid! Ruth xx

Marci said...

Oh, this is so pretty! Very ingenious using that doily to hide the part you didn't like. And I love the little pocket you made with the distressed doily on the edge die. The inside is beautiful, too.

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