Thursday, February 24, 2011

Breathing Life into the Past…

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Hello, my friends! 

Another beautiful day…hope things are thawing out a bit for my friends in the middle of the country!

Just one thing to share with you today…another project I made for the fabulous Vintage Street Market for CHA last month.

This time, a birthday card for your best girlfriend...I LOVE the new "Dimestore Vogue" Paper Sheets & Tags kit--so much vintage fun to play with!

I loved using the pattern side of the paper sheet for the background of my card...just perfect!

The aqua foil sheet is just dreamy...love the color, love the shine...and it gives such an added texture and fun to your projects!  Here, I used a large scallop punch on the foil, then embellished the scalloped pieces with Platinum Stickles--just a bit more pop!

I love the vintage ladies on the paper sheets--so perfect to cut out and layer onto your projects...and this button card from the tag sheet is perfect for your sentiment.  Here I just made my own computer-generated wording using a vintage-style typewriter font--"Remember...age is just a number!", it says...

I used the "Linen" Tinted Tape on the corners of the button card--love the added texture and "aging" it gives the card...

...a bit of the "Pink Sorbet" Baker's Twine knotted onto the button card for a bit of texture...

For a border at the bottom of the card, I cut out the vintage yardstick from the paper sheet--love how it finishes it off perfectly!

How about a little more vintage style from the ‘50’s?

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Here we have my mom, Karen…third from the left…along with a bunch of her girlfriends…

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Mom again…far left…with another group of friends…

…and here she is again, in a beautiful dress she made herself—a deep burgundy color—with her handsome, young date, Clayn…later my handsome, young father!

Just look at that beautiful rosette…

Mom’s waist was so TINY at this time…and I’m very proud  to say that I actually was able to put this dress on & zip it up…once…before I was married…but I DID it!

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See—proof!  (I actually had to search really hard to find this last night!)  Here’s me in that same dress—about 1986—a little shorter on me than it was on Mom!  And with me is my younger sister, Becky, in another of Mom’s beautiful homemade dresses…

Now…what do you say we breathe a little life into the past?

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My beautiful, youngest daughter, Annie…wearing that very same dress just last night…

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Isn’t she adorable?! 

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When I went for my birthday visit to Mom’s house, she sent me home with some treasures…one of them was this dress…held up pretty well, didn’t it?!

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And the beautiful rosette…still just as lovely as the day Mom made it--over 50 years ago…

Three generations in one dress…not bad, huh?!

The dress now hangs in Annie’s closet.  She has happily volunteered to be it’s newest careful keeper…she will take pictures of her daughter wearing it one day, she says…

See what life you can breathe into your past today…can’t wait to see what you find!

Julie