Tuesday, September 16, 2014

hello, my name is NIFTY!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called "who's who" and what we want to see is the image of a person somewhere on your project. so you could make a layout full of family photos, a canvas with one special portrait, an ATC with a stamped image of a person, or even a card with a beautiful lady you cut out of a vintage sewing magazine! if the last idea sounds a bit far fetched to you, i should probably show ya my project, lol!

vintage simplicity sewing lady and order form from my stash; patterned paper: crate, basic grey; glossy white cardstock: ranger; doily die: cherry lynne designs; ink: colorbox; adhesives: xyron, elmer's brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

it's no secret that i *LOVE* vintage paper, right? afterall, i have enough of it to assemble the themed ephemera packs i sell in my etsy shop. if you happen to be on the east coast, you can also find them at paper anthology in kenvil, nj and the ink pad in manhattan two awesome bricks-n-mortar papercrafting shops that i guarantee you will love exploring! for a while i've had paper packs that feature sheet music, foreign text, christmas and nature-related goodies; right now i'm in the midst of trying some new compilations and one of my faves is called "crafty lady". it's a mix of old and new paper goodness with an artsy theme and i've tried to represent a lot of different creative hobbies like sewing, knitting, painting, lettering, macrame, photography... well, let's just say there's a little bit of everything i could think of... and a few things i'd've never imagined, but found anyway, lol! :)

the lady on this card (and the luscious pink order form behind her) came from a 1965 simplicity sewing magazine i totally fell in love with at a thrift shop. i thought she'd be the perfect star of a funky girlish birthday card, and i stand by that decision. this particular card is going to anna and barbara and the gang at the ink pad, who have just celebrated their 16th anniversary. i think you'll agree that's quite a feat, especially in the wild retail world of new york city; so if you're planning a trip to the area i hope you'll drop by and wish them a happy sweet sixteen!

to celebrate the fact that my lovely friend amy tsuruta is back on the fusion card challenge blog, i've used both aspects of the current challenge, which consists of a rather fab sketch AND an inspiration photo with a gorgeous (pink!) 1960's corvette stingray:

speaking of challenges, i hope you'll join us at SOS this week; meanwhile you can check out what m'lovely colleagues have made to inspire you! ♥


  1. this is so very fabulous and fun Lauren! So creative and I just love how you are always using up your thrifting finds! I have gotten pretty good at collecting good stuff, but not so good at using it, lol!

  2. VERY **nifty**
    What an awesome card! everything is just perfect!
    YAY! for your expanding presence! That's super fabulous!!!!!

  3. LOVE using vintage sewing patterns!! Great job!

  4. Ohhhhh she (and your card) are super nifty! What a fab idea to use images from old sewing patterns - totally going to raid my mum's sewing basket next time I am there!

  5. Very nifty indeed! Loving the fabulous, vintage vibe of your card!

  6. I love your Etsy packages of Just Enough Stuff. If only I collaged.

    And that car is definitely rose red in a bad light. Just sayin'. :D

  7. Oh, so Jackie O! Nice composition and great use of color! Very nicely done!
    Chana Malkah

  8. What a fun card! love that name tag - cracked me right up! so glad you joined us for the Fusion Challenge Jackie!

  9. The stuff you never thought of but found anyway...isn't that always the best stuff?? I love this - the Nifty tag is just perfect, and I love the stitched doily bits in the background!

  10. Very Nifty indeed! I love the retro feel to it :) Thank you for sharing with Fusion !

  11. Couture! Just love it! Thanks for playing with us at Fusion!


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