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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Glittered French Inspired Cards, Oooh, La, La!

Hello Ladies, hope you all are having a great week!  Today I thought I would share what I have been up to lately.  I took a break from all of my painting projects, and made a bunch of these:
 Pretty cards featuring my very favorite elements:  copies of vintage French advertising, glitter, vintage sheet music, and wonderfully crinkly seam binding!  Be still, my heart!
 Aren't these vintage French soap labels just adorable?  I bought the original print, which is a reproduction, in Paris, and had copies made for these cards.  I had so much fun creating them!
 It's hard to tell in the photos, but I have embellished each card with a generous dusting of glitter.  Hey, a girl's gotta get her daily glitter fix in!!
 I love using vintage sheet music in my projects, and I was running just a bit low on my stash, so, The Graphics Fairy came to the rescue!  I printed out some of Karen's sheet music, and I really think it's hard to tell the difference between what I printed out, and the real deal!!
 I am really loving all of the wonderful colors of the seam binding, it's one of my latest (of many!) addictions!!

 I made so many, my workspace looked like a card factory!  Why buy greeting cards when you can send hand crafted ones instead?!
I also wanted to share with you the most wonderful surprise that I received in the mail the other day.  My sweet friend Cindy send me the most gorgeous book!

 It is a beautiful book that she had made just for me!  I was so touched!  The book is a portfolio of her gorgeous creations!
 Just look at these stunning photos!  I really love this sweet angel bingo card, and of course I am in love with Cindy's tussie mussies.  Look at all of the beautiful details!
 And I love all things beach related, so I especially love this sea themed tussie mussie and adorable card!
 Here is a photo of a beautiful bird themed tray that Cindy has created.  I love the colors and all of her wonderful embellishments!  If you have never visited Cindy and her blog (she has two of them, which you can visit here, and here), be sure to do so!  You are in for a real treat.  Cindy also has a beautiful Etsp shop, featuring the oh so pretty work that you see here!

 And you know how much I love all things French, I am loving this tray and Parisian themed tussie mussie.  Tres Chic!!

And what woman doesn't love shoes?!  Check out this amazing confection that Cindy made!  A paper shoe!  Can you believe it?!  Thanks so much Cindy, that was just the sweetest gift, I love it!
I have linked up todays post with these fun parties:
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Tete said...

Donna! About time you got the glitter out! I have a slight tremor going on here, but I think I will make it through the comment part LOL
These cards are wonderful, in spite of the G stuff going on, and I love the colors. These labels are so fun and whimsical. I am itching to make cards. I have plans for doing that next week.
Cindy's little book is adorable!
Hope you are having a fun day and that your snow isn't too high. Ours is trying to melt slowly.
Well, I'm going to leave now, so you can get your glitter out again!
I love coming here!
Hugs- Tete

Kim K. said...

What a lovely book from your friend Cindy. The eye candy is just gorgeous in those pictures. I really love your work. Your crinkly binding just adds the right touch (along with a healthy dose of glitter). It's snowing like crazy again today. brrr.

Anonymous said...

Your cards turned out beautiful, Donna! What a sweet gift from your friend! Now... how did she do that??? I know you can make books through blogger, but I haven't seen a pretty cover like that. Her pictures are beautiful! :)

LuLu Kellogg said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Victoria said...

Those cards are gooooorgeous!!! Are they going in your Etsy shop?

Debbie said...

Hi Donna....those cards are just so pretty! LOVE the crinkled seam binding!!! Where do you find it?!
The book is such a nice gift for you...fits your style perfectly.

Erin said...

Love those cards! And I need to stop over at Cindy's!

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Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Your cards are divine! I always now try to purchase handmade cards from Etsy! Nothing competes with homemade! Your gift from Cindy is so special ... I'm sure you will treasure it always. I'm going to go visit her blog(s).

Suzann said...

Love your sweet cards they are so pretty!!
Cindy is one talented girl also....I don't think she ever sleeps ;)
I received my tag she made for me and it is so pretty and I just love it.
Suzann xoxoxo

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
I love your beautiful glittered cards--tres magnifique!!!! And that was so sweet of you to post the book...It was something special for someone special--you!!!

NanaDiana said...

Well, I see you have a friend that is as talented as you are...but ahhhh...she doesn't have the title of Glitter Queen though, does she? Your cards are just beautiful...as always...and I love that book she gave you. WHAT a treasure! hugs- Diana

Chris said...

Hi Donna,
I love your French cards. There is something about musical notes that attracts me. (maybe yearning to have my piano back). Your book from Cindy is great. You deserve it.
Keep Well, and hugs to puppy

Linda said...

Your cards are so pretty, Donna! I love the French prints and glitter! Cindy's book is so charming~ a sweet gift!

Love of the Sea said...

Those cards are fabulous!! Your so talented. They are so pretty!! And Cindy's book is great. She did a nice job binding it.

Lynn Richards said...

Your creations are lovely!! And the book! Wow. What a fun surprise for you, my friend.

Mom in High Heels said...

Beautiful! And I totally agree, a girl does need her glitter fix!

Audrey Pettit said...

What beautiful vintage goodies! Love your cards. Thanks for sharing! :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love the cards that you made. That book is gorgeous, what a treasure. I stopped by her etsy shop and marked it a favorite. I especially love that tray.