Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sorta grungy vintage-style Thank You card~

Hi friends and welcome!!!
Are things warming up your way?  (Unless you are near my Australian friends who are starting their Autumn? season soon I believe.)
 We are having the 'A typical' Spring rain weather here in MT.  And still very chilly at night!
I'm glad for the rain though - it will make a beautiful difference in the landscape~

I'm just taking a minute to share a card I made many moons ago : )

I used some older 'My Minds Eye' papers, (from their "Lost & Found" collection.) and they are still in my 'favorites' pile today; though not much is available anymore.
 I have always tried to make my flowers by hand - and use the project papers to coordinate.
These colors work so well together, don't you think? : )
The bit of sheet music is vintage.  My father gave me a box full!  It's fun to insert it here & there.
  The large and the small button are from 'Grandma's jar'.  I think the background striped paper may be Graphic 45 Studios  from the "School Days" collection.
Lots of texture and pattern going on!  And thank you Mr. T. Holtz for the great distress inks!  I believe I used 'Vintage Photo' on the edges of the flowers.

And speaking about vintage sheet music! here are a couple photo's of my dad (just for grins) still playing music at 85.
Through his life he has played 7 different instruments; and very well at that.  His piano playing was  professional level for many years - and as a child I remember he would put us to sleep at night with the classics; my favorite being Bach! : )
Wishing you a wonderful week-end!
 And many blessings ahead~  Loving hugs,   Karen

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

looking back~ (waaaay back : )

Hello friends!
Just stopping in to share an older card (I made for my brother several years ago) and to say Hi!  I am still here and have been looking around blogland when I can : )  I hope to stop in and leave some comments soon~
I would like you to meet my  great-great grandfather,   Antoine.
He moved his family  from France to Quebec, Canada, but I'm not sure of the date yet..  He had a son named Fredrick (my great grandfather) and Fredrick had a son named Renee - (my mothers father, and of course) my grandfather. My grandfather Renee (whom my grandmother called "Rey") was raised in Canada but moved to the (US) Detroit, Michigan  area as a man.  He met and  married Juliette (also French) and my mother Emilie was one of their 9 children!  She grew up in a French speaking home, but being in Detroit, all the children learned English (in school) and sadly, the language was lost.
The clever idea of using the vintage ruler as a display came from my very creative and innovative friend; Connie Mercer, at:
I used lots of corrugated cardboard and 'kraft' brown papers.
I cut (a copy of) the photo out with a "tag die"
The 'stars' (and i think the 'pocket watch') are Tim Holtz dies 
and I believe I used his Distress ink (vintage photo) on many of the edges.
There's a bit of sewing machine stitching, raffia and fibers.

I hope all is well.  I still have no 'new' creations~ But that's ok too.  I wanted to share this card over at Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday!!
Our monthly link up partyShe will be taking a break from hosting this "Neutrals" party for a while, so I do hope you'll stop in and see what's entered there! 

Wishing all my friends a blessed week and week-end ahead~
Loving hugs,  Karen

Here is papa Renee, grandma Juliette and their 9 children! I made this card for my mom a while back.  There is some family history "printed' over the photo.  My mama, Emilie Juliette, is in braids; front/left.  (Her dress looks as if it's 'glowing' : ) as she now is;  in Heaven~