CHACB Challenge #3 : Vintage or Retro Style

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Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #3: Vintage or Retro Style

Hello, everyone!  I’m writing to you today as one of the guest designers for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  This week’s challenge is called Vintage or Retro, and here are the details:

Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month, so let’s see what you can make in a vintage or retro style. Do you hoard lace or vintage hat pins? Do you snap up all the postcards at yard sales? Do you love mid-century modern? Do you long for avocado appliances and orange shag carpets? Show your vintage or retro spin on a paper crafting project.

Graphic 45!  Vintage!  Be still my heart!  I usually tend towards a more clean and modern look, but every once in a while I love to tear some edges and put my Distress Inks to work.  Here’s the card I came up with:

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In all honesty, this was my second attempt.  I started with something very different but was getting nowhere fast, so eventually I scrapped it and went a different direction, one that was more “me.”  I pulled out my Prima Marketing “Tea Thyme” kit that I’ve been hoarding for a few months now (it’s all just so lovely!  How can I cut up that gorgeous paper?) and set to work choosing the right papers.  Then, I dug through my stash and picked some matching ribbons.  The green satin has been in my stash, untouched because I only have a yard of it, for a very long time now.  The lace came wrapped around a wedding gift, and I’ve used small lengths of it here and there in a few projects.  The delicate pink ribbon with gold running through is one of my very favorites, and heaven forbid I run out by using it too often.  This, people, is how hoarding happens.  Ha!

After picking my ribbons and papers, I cut everything down to size, punched corners, made die cuts, and distressed ALL the edges.  Then, I stitched all the edges and stamped and embossed the flourished frame and the word “memories.”  The most time consuming part was probably arranging all the flowers and leaves (also from my Prima hoard) into just the right cluster.  When I finally got them all where I wanted them, I glued them down and added just a few pearls.

On the inside, I repeated the same papers:

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The sentiment is a sticker I’ve had in my stash for a good long time.

This challenge runs for one more week, so you’ve got plenty of time to enter your own creation 🙂  Be sure to look over the challenge rules and enter your project with the linky tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.   For more inspiration, be sure to check out all the beautiful projects made by members of the design team:

Amber Milone

Christy Butters

Debbie Seyer

Donna Idlet

Ginny Nemchak

Glenda Brooks

Gloria Stengel

Jan Marie Ennenga

Karen Zueger

Kathy Clement

Pam Bray

Tammi Bennett

And the Guest Designers:

I hope you enjoyed my vintage creation!  Have a lovely day!

Supplies Used:  Prima Marketing Inc. Tea Thyme Collection “Challis” and “Charmuse” papers, Prima Flowers: Sugar Plum Roses (Chestnut), Mini Roses (lime), and Gilded Leaves (Precious Metals Collection).  Cream Striped Paper from My Mind’s Eye “Lost & Found – Madison Avenue” stack.  Corners punched with Fiskars Romantique corner punch.  Stamps used: Frame and Memories from 7 Gypsies Memories Cling Mount Stamp set, Chandelier from 7 Gypsies Things I Love clear acrylic stamp set.  Clear Quote Sticker from Cloud 9 Design, Memories sheet.  Vintage Photo and Bundled Sage Distress Ink from Ranger, VersaMark, and Memento London Fog Dye Ink.  Assorted ribbons and pearls. 

7 thoughts on “CHACB Challenge #3 : Vintage or Retro Style

  1. kathyc/NC says:

    This is gloriously vintage, Melody! Actually , I call this look “vintage fresh”. because it has that wonderful vintage vibe but is still clean and elegant. The flower cluster is sheer perfection, and I love all the stitching, distressing and gorgeous layering. Perfect colors. Congratulations on being this week’s guest designer for Craft Hoarders Anonymous! Your work is stunning!

  2. brosmother says:

    Stunning! All those lovely layers and stitching and colors and ribbons and flowers juuuuust perfectly melded together for delicious eye candy. And this: “This, people, is how hoarding happens. Ha!” Delightful!

  3. Gloria Stengel says:

    Thanks for being one of our March guesties! I love your modern work, but this vintage beauty is lovely! Well done! Just such soft colors and great work with the dies and flowers!

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