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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vintage Inspired Cards

Bonjour Ya'll!
I've been busy creating vintage inspired cards, and thought I would share some of them with you today.
I've not purchased cards in years, it's more fun to make them, I think!
 I began with blank cards which I picked up at Michael's.  Then I assembled the goods:  vintage sheet music, wonderfully crinkly seam binding, glue sticks, glitter glue, and some gorgeous images from 
The Graphics Fairy.  The Frenchy birds and nest, above, is one of my all time favorites!
 Of course I am always drawn to lovely floral images, like this pretty rose!
 Isn't this vintage image of a French ad for chocolate amazing?
 Oooh, la, la!  You know how much I love all things French, so of course I had to make a bunch of cards using this great Eiffel Tower print!
 Flowers for you!
 I love the cute pair of little fairies, below.  Such wonderful colors!
 Ok, this is another favorite bird image (I think I say they are all favorites, it's hard to pick just one!!).
So I guess it's safe to say that my signature look for the cards I create are glitter (the more, the better!), sheet music, and crinkly seam binding!
 The next few photos I snapped yesterday when hubby and I took a little afternoon trip to the town of Thomasville, which is about an hour from where we are staying.
Not sure what hubby is looking at in the photo below, he sure wasn't looking at the camera!!
Guess what that swag is made of?  Cotton!  Straight from the field cotton!  Wish I had gotten a close up shot.  Yep, we are in cotton country down here, and have seen these swags in several shops.
 We had the most delicious lunch at this cute little cafe, below, called Jonah's.
We split a mahi mahi sandwich, it was one of the best we've ever had!  And then we were feeling a bit decadent and also split a piece of house made key lime pie.  I'm really picky about my desserts (I won't eat it if it's not home made!), and I must say this was the best I'd ever had!
 The town itself was so cute, full of colorful buildings like the one below, dating from circa 1880's.
That's it for today.  Hope you all are having a great week so far.  If you are experiencing winter storms that are taking over much of the country, stay safe and snug!!


Tete said...

Love the cards and that little trip was sure worth the drive. Hope you are having a wonderful time. Still got snow here, but not for long. Maybe another week is all!

Musings from Kim K. said...

You know I'm loving your beautiful cards. I've been on the receiving ends lots of time. Thank you for the "healing" advice regarding my surgery. I'm loving all your sight-seeing adventures. We actually had sun most of today! More snow is expected this weekend and into next week but the sun was a welcome sight!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The cards are so pretty, Donna! I got my Romantic Homes magazine...are those your frames on page 34?!

Susie said...

I love all these photos. I read in someone's blog recently that you would glitter it if you could.. you being the queen of glitter....Well let me say, You did an awesome job on these wonderful cards. I love all the pretty glitter, my granddaughter would love some of the multi-colored stuff. Xoxoxo,Susie

Blondie's Journal said...

Your cards are so pretty!! I have a book of sheet music and I would love to try some of these! :)

This is a neat town...I love exploring. And you found a great restaurant to boot! It's nice that you share your food, Hubby and I never like the same things!


Trisha said...

I love your cards...they are everything I love too! I want cotton in Idaho just like that but no such luck! Hope you are having fun!


Debbie said...

Your cards are always such a treat, Donna. I LOVE the rose one the best...if I had to pick a favorite.
The cotton swag is amazing! That would be unique...but I'm afraid it might harbor a few critters..lol.
It looks like you are enjoying your trip to the south. So happy for you, and John...and your little poopsie.
It's still cold here, but very sunny today. And that was nice.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Isn't Thomasville the cutest little southern town? I always enjoyed visits there.

Love the cards and they are all so cute but I love the Eiffel Tower one the best!! Did you get that from the Graphics Fairy? I would love to make a card using that.

I'm waiting for the ice storm to hit and praying I don't lose power!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG...I want a cotton swag! Love your cards and those cute little shops! Man I am dying for a little key lime pie lol! Where the puppy, you can't so a post without Katie...She's so cute!


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your cards are beautiful - they are all special.
The town looks so inviting and interesting. I love to find old little villages and eat in good home cooking restaurants. Sounds like you guys are having a great vacation. Hopefully you have not run into any snow. How does Katie like touring?
Have a great time.

NanaDiana said...

Well, YOU know I think you make some of the most beautiful cards I have seen anywhere. That is such a wonderful artistic outlet for you...and I am proud to say that I have a few of them!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your stay down there in cotton-ball land! xo Diana

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Donna, Your cards are gorgeous. I just love all the pretty detail you put into each one. You are so talented Hallmark move over~~~
Great town shots too. Love the cotton ball swag. The buildings are beautiful and inspiring. Your lunch sounds so delicious.
Have lots of fun and enjoy.

Karen said...

Hi Donna! I love your cards! These are really pretty ones! Glad you're in a cozy, warm spot. This AM it was -7 degrees. At this rate with all the sub-zero temps the snow will "never" melt. I know it will someday, though!

Have fun.


Okio B Designs said...

Such sweet cards! I love the Eiffel Tower one best!