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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

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10/01/2008

Joy to the World!

Good Morning!!! Do you ever make something that you stress and obsess over, and then when it's finished you just L*O*V*E it??? Well, that's me with this card. I just love it! I actually started out making it for a challenge on Melissa Phillips blog. You can fine her HERE. Let me show you the card, then I'll tell you all about it.


Melissa's challenge was to make a card using felt in creative ways. I'd been sitting on this clipart image for a while, but never quite knew what to do with it, but knew it was time to put this sweet little girl onto a card. The first thing I did was distress the image with a little brown ink, then coat the edges with glue and some ultrafine glitter.

While the glitter was drying, I cut a strip of brown felt using my rotary cutter's 'squiggle' blade on both edges. This gave me a cute, sort of scalloped edge. Next I added a piece of ivory paper lace that I also inked with brown ink, and topped it with a gorgeous piece of green velvet ribbon. The button came from Buttons Galore and More, and the ribbon came from One Hundred Wishes - both of which you can find online.


I then cut a heart from a piece of mauve felt, whip stitched around it with embroidery floss and put it on top of a piece of Basic Grey cardstock I'd inked with brown ink. With a little bit of effort, some ugly green plaid chipboard became a glittery gold delight! I sanded it down a bit with an emery board, inked it with brown, dried that, then inked it with gold ink and heat embossed it with Queen's Gold embossing powder. Once it was cooled I added some diamond Stickles for a little bling.

And, while the Stickles was drying I went online in search of Christmas music. After only a few minutes of googling I found a website devoted to Christmas sheet music, and it's all printable in several different formats - cool! I printed "Joy to the World" onto ivory cardstock, trimmed around it, scissor distressed it, crumpled it into a ball, inked the edges and the creases, then put it onto the card. The glue was dry on the picture by then, so I placed her on top of the music. The poinsettias were cut from more vintage clipart, trimmed, inked, and a bit of Stickles dropped onto the centers for a tiny bit more bling!

This card will definitely be sent to someone special, and now that I've found the Christmas music website, I just want to make some more cards! It's playday for me - how are you spending your day??? Blessings friends, Becky

21 comments:

Andrea, said...

Fabulous vintage card, I love the images. Thanks for joining in the CCT challenge

Stempelchaotin said...

Oh wow this is amazing vintage card.
So wonderful.

Kazan Clark said...

Ok this card is simply gorgeous. I love the image and the glittered edges and the vintagey feel to it. Thanks for playing :)

mamaluke said...

That is such a cute card!

Annette said...

Beautiful card! I just love vintage, oh and the glitter - love it!!

Barb said...

I love this card, too! The vintage clip art is adorable and the sheet music is the perfect background.

Krista B. said...

Gorgeous card, love the vingtage feel, the glitter looks fabulous!

Christine said...

Lovely card! I love the vintage image, and the felt border add so much texture! Beautiful work!

Eveline said...

I love that vintage look. Your card looks great.
What website was that? Where you found the sheet music?
Eveline.

mamaluke said...

Hehe, Ididn't make it that far downn I'm afraid, it was quite late for me last night! Fab signature! Did you check out the SALT blog challenge? Please join in if you can!

Joke said...

Gorgeous card with lovely details.

Julie said...

Beautiful card !!!

Thanks for joining in with this weeks Arty Girlz challenge

Julie xx

crissi said...

lovely card great images
Thanks for joining in with the Arty Girlz challenge.

crissi xx

Terrie B x said...

Oh Wow what a beautiful card..You have a gorgeous blog..TFS!!:)~X~

Heidi Van Laar said...

You should love it, it's GORGEOUS!

Rleen said...

Becky,
I love your new beautiful banner.

Gorgeous card, love the chipboard and the heart with stitching around it. Awesome job!

Melissa said...

Ohhh my Dear! What a lovely card---so full of creativity and charm. Love the sweet, warm, fuzzy heart---beautiful touches.
Melissa

scrapnnMO said...

WOW stunning vintage card! Perfect job well done! :)

Lisa Dorsey said...

Gorgeous card!!!

Kathryn said...

Just GORGEOUS in every way!!
Love it ALL!

Wendy said...

This is nothing short of amazing! I love the felt heart as it adds such warmth to your card. Puts me in the holiday spirit! Wendy Johnson