Sunday, June 5, 2011

Simply Sundays "Vintage Appeal"

Happy Sunday -

Well, it's that time again.  I love Simply Sundays at Getting Cricky and am so blessed to be apart of this wonderful Design Team.  Also, if you didn't already know, (that means you didn't read my coming out post), Kristal has her stamps for pre-order available.  You can see them here.  Remember, for each stamp set that you order, Kristal is donating $1 to it's respective charity.  What a great thing for her to do.  I really love all her stamp sentiments and cannot wait to get to play with them.  I am hoping I will have them in hand by next week so I can show them off...maybe another giveaway????

Okay, onto the challenge.  Kristal wanted to do something with a vintage appeal, although I love this look, I don't get it right most of the time.  So, I decided to use a vintage photo at least.  Last summer I spent a week with my mom in Minnesota.  It was great mother/daughter bonding time.  We shopped, drank coffee and reminisced.  I do not have a lot of photos from when I was a kid or even of her childhood.  Living overseas most of my life and moving alot, things get "lost".  I do remember us always taking pictures, just don't know what happened to them.  Anyway, back to last summer.  Mom and I went through the pictures she had and I found this beautiful wedding photo of her parents.  Of course I took it...hehehehe.  I did not, however, use the original photo.  Instead I scanned it into my computer so that she can have the original back.  I am also in the process of using it to make a layout for myself.  Now the photo of course is in black and white so I have no idea what style or color of bouquet my Oma had, so I used pinks...I love pinks and I hope my Oma loved them too.

I used to do alot of mosaic work.  You know, where you cut up china, glass, etc and create something with it?  Well, I have a ton of old china (probably not real) plates laying around yet so I decided to use one as a base for a small layout type style and here is the finished project.

I made all the flowers from scratch using a technique plus incorporating a bit of my own that I learned from Penny Duncan.  She has the most beautiful paper flowers on her site and a ton of free SVG files.  Go check them out sometime.  To start, I spritzed a paper doily with a pinkish glimmer mist that I made myself.  It was a bit drastic, so I added a yellowish glimmer mist over the top and heat set it with my heat gun, (cuz I am impatient like that).  I added a tan piece of card stock to the center of the doily where the center of the plate would be and layered a piece of vellum with some wording on it atop of that piece.  I used spray Tack to adhere all the paper piecings onto the plate to make sure I get a real good seal.  I did offset it a bit to give it some dimension.  I then used my ATG gun and adhered the wedding photo on top of the paper. 

A little bit of tulle, scrunched and tied in bows behind the paper flowers I made with some leaves from previous silk flower stems added a nice touch.  I also used some pearls I got from Michaels in the dollar bin and a small pearl flourish atop the photo and paper. 

Sorry about the quality of the pictures.
My camera ran out of batteries at the
most inopportune time, so I
had to use my cell phone.
I absolutely love how this turned out and hope my mom likes it too because this is what she is getting.  It's a late Mother's Day present because the project I had intended for her never came together due to some health issues of a friend's son, but that's another story in itself. 
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my Plate layout.  Then go and create something vintage style and go over to Getting Cricky and link it up.  I am sure Kristal will also have another fabulous giveaway.  She usually does!!! and it's usually pretty awesome.  She is a very kind sole and so good hearted.  Please tell her that...

Thanks for all the comments left over the last four days for the Getting Cricky Stamp release.  I really cannot wait to get those stamps so that I can start making projects with them.  I am so excited to be able to give a set away and the winner gets to choose which set she would are you ready to see who won?  I placed ALL the comments in a hat and my DH drew:

Sue said...
I just posted on Facebook about this one too....
June 4, 2011 7:47 AM

Congrats Sue from
Please let me know which Stamp set you would like and as soon as I get them I will mail your set out to you.

Now remember, you still have a whole week to enter my "Food for Thoughts" stamp set giveaway here.
See you next Sunday for another awesome Simply Sunday Challenge.


  1. omgosh Brenda that is way tooo precious! I love it! i may have to steal this idea!!! hehee Love it all...

    Getting Cricky DTM

  2. Brenda, what a beautiful heirloom you have created! I think you got it right!

  3. Brenda, what a gorgeous way to display a gorgeous picture. Your handmade flowers are fantastic.
    psst....i snuck some of my mom's pics and scanned them, too...he he he....shhhhh

  4. Brenda, what a great job you did this week. This is just beautiful, I love everything about this plate. Have a great week girl!
    Hugs :),
    Kathy - Getting Cricky DTM

  5. Brenda your plate is beautiful! I'm sure your mother will like this and your grandparents are a beautiful couple! (side note) how am I supposed to live up to this?? Great job girl :)
    Becky your fellow DT sister

  6. Oh, Brenda!!! That is just beautiful!!! Fabulous job!

  7. This is a beautiful plate Brenda!! The flowers and the doily look perfect with the picture.
    Youve inspired me to create one for my mother. I do believe she would love something like this. And btw, I also like taking the old pictures from my mom. lol.
    Jess :)
    GCDT Sis

  8. Wow Brenda. Your vintage project is awesome. Everything is perfect about it. You would never know that you weren't exactly comfortable with this style. The flowers and the doily are fabulous and putting everything on an old plate is a wonderful idea. Your mom will treasure this. Your flowers are gorgeous. I will check out the link during lunch or tonight.

    Thanks to your husband for picking my name in your drawing... I almost missed that part of the post because I was so excited about your project. I will send you a note in a few minutes. Thanks so much.

  9. OMG this is simply gorgeous!! What a beautiful way to display an old photo!! I have a beautiful wedding pic of my grandparents and would love to do something like this for their anniversary that is coming up!! Thanks for the inspiration!! So happy to be on the DT with you!!

    Lots of Love,

  10. This is fabulous! I love the flowers. How creative to use the plate!

    Rebecca :)

  11. Brenda you did a fabulous job on the Vintage Appeal, I love the idea that you made a plate and put a pic on it. Awesome!
    Rebecca M- Getting Cricky DTM

  12. Sent to email
    Anonymous said
    This is absolutely beautiful! Your mom will love it!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  13. Brenda, this is gorgeous, beautiful ect...


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