Thursday, March 7, 2013

Recent Vintage Finds

 Found this lovely boy skipping stones.  The finish on the piece has subtle shades of brown, pink, and greens, and besides, it looks like my grandson Nolan.  The statue measures 24" height and is made from plaster.  I was thrilled by the level of detail in this piece.
 I just loved this bunny and felt it would add a bit of whimsy to my studio.  Love the long ears.  This is a large full body rabbit with some weight to it.  
I buy art work based on what I like and find pretty.  This piece was a surprise to me.  Fairy prints by K.W. Diefenbach 1 of 6 minitures in the original frame.  It is a reverse painting on glass.  Small 4 x 5" piece, but beautiful.

 This small dish was too cute to pass up.  The image is of The Mermaid House in Rye, Sussex.  It is Sandland Ware from Staffordshire, England.  There is a little girl feeding chickens in the yard.  My kind of place!
 My sister picked this framed postcard up for me, as she knows how much I love my horse Magic.  He looks very much like the one in the picture. 
 And she found these super small paper dolls that are very Jane Austin.  Love the period dresses.
 Not sure what I am going to do with these, but loved the finish on them.
 This brass ornate pieces is large enough to fit under my potted orange tree and allows for me to move it around with its small wheels. 
All my best until next time.

Your FaithfulCrafter...Valerie

Saturday, October 13, 2012

French Market Paper Cones

These lovely French Market paper cones with Blessing tags were recently featurned in a Josephine and Napoleon  collection in the popular Chautauqua Online Wedding Magazine and Directory. 
Stop by the Chautauqua Wedding Magazine and see all the pretty French wedding items.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Traveling Pants: An Unexpected Princess Carriage

I've just returned from my trip in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, U.S.A. and even there, I found a car and carriage museum that showcased this beautiful Circa 1727 Carriage produced in Paris, France.
Made for the exchange of Princesses ceremony.
I was struck by the colors and details.
The door panel has a lovely scene still visible.
Unfortunately, I could not get good photography of the whole carriage.  The structure of the wheels and undercarriage where huge. 

Later that same day, I came across another smaller museum and found this antique notions cabinet with all the different color treads.

All the colors inspired me and are still fresh in my mind.  Time to get my sketchbook out and work on a few new designs.  In the meantime, I'll toss my traveling pants into the laundry, and get them ready for my next trip.

All my best,

Monday, June 4, 2012

Treasures For A Lifetime

What a wonderful idea for this wedding couple.  They wanted their guest to leave prayers, blessings, advice and thoughts for them. 
The table card lets everyone know the intent of the prayer cards.  The couple would then put all these cards into a time capsule and open it on their 5 year wedding anniversary.
The whole project had a vintage garden shabby chic style to the materials.  The Blessings paper cones are from the Madeline paper collection.  The prayer cards are hand-stamped with flowers and then rubbed with sepia ink for an aged appearance.  The cards have plenty of room on the front and back for guest to write on.

I just love making pieces that will be treasured for a life time.

All my best,


Monday, May 28, 2012

Bold Blue and Vintage Flowers

Being bold with color can push any designer to try a new approach to classic pieces.  Mixing vintage style, chocolate brown and pastels with navy blue, pushed me to approach this wedding ceremony paddle fan with an open mind.  The results worked beautifully. 
The base is made from 110lb ivory cardstock.  The edges are rounded for a softer effect and hand-rubbed with sepia ink for an aged appearance.  The text is custom chocolate ink and I used a vintage German botanical print of the Christarose on both the front and back of the fan.

Two-sided table numbers were made as a flags and carried the vintage flower theme.  The client already had a flower pot base and wooden dowel post, she just wanted a pennant / flag style table number with chocolate brown numbers, navy blue accent, and vibrant flowers for the background.

Adding the sepia ink to all the edges pulls the vintage feel all together.

Trying new and different colors together can certainly add flair to your next project.

All my best,


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Making Crepe Paper Flowers the Melissa Frances Way

Attended the Scrapbooking Expo in Orlando, Florida this weekend.  Had a really great time and found lots of goodies.
Although I took a few classes, my favorite was  Making Crepe Paper Flowers with Melissa Frances.  What a wonderful lady!  She is a hoot.  I'm adding her blog here for you to stop by and check out what she is all about.

We made these altered art stacked boxes.  I keep thinking this project looks like...cake...cake...cake.  Clearly, I was hungry during class time.  My flower on top came out pretty good.

Stopped by Melissa's booth after the class, to check out all her lovely items.  Wow, pretty...    pretty...oooh...ahhh.  Yes, I think I drooled a bit.  Her collection offers beautiful flowers, trims, papers, and embellishments that guarantees the crafter quality products and exceptional design ideas.
Did a quick make-and-take with her daughter Ali.  We made a mini album from one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock.  Added vintage ink, Melissa Frances vintage style C'est La Vie cardstock stickers, and of course, glitter.  Very pretty.

Picked up some great deals at the show. 
S.E.I. had this beautiful butterfly paper Field it.  Planning a mini album with this paper.

Picked up these great LaBlanche silicone stamps.  The designs are stunning.  Of course, I found a bunny to add to my collection.
And last, but not least, found a bin of My Mind's Eye papers.  Seriously reduced!  Being the paper crazy girl that I am, I elbowed my way in, and came out with a pile of Lost & Found sheets that are beautiful.  I'm think'in Christmas. 

Hope you all had a great weekend.



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Flowers and Flourishes: Continuity In Design

I really like designing stationery and paper goods that carry a theme across many different pieces.
 In this case, a client that liked the flowers and flourishes pattern, wanted this image on her wedding program and reception table numbers, escort cards, and menu.   She wanted all of her items to have a vintage appearance combining a femine and some masculine feel to the materials.  Her preference was mocha brown and peach color choices with ivory.
I started with the wedding program, using ivory cardstock base, I built panels of ivory edged in sepia ink to give the program an aged appearance.  The 3/8" peach satin ribbon was knotted and secured across the cover.  The flowers and flourishes pattern was stamped in sepia ink particially at the top and bottom. This was a large program and measured 11" x 4 1/4" folded.
The inside panels are also rubbed in vintage sepia ink and hand-stamped with a portion of the flowers and flourishes pattern to continue the theme inside.  Care had to be taken with the layout and design of the inside panels, so that the stamped pattern would line up appropriately.
At the reception table, these lovely two-sided tent style table numbers adorned the table scape.  The ivory cardstock base hosted a full pattern of the flowers and flourishes stamp trimmed with a ragged edge and heavily rubbed with sepia ink.  The peach satin ribbon ran across the lower third of the panel and was topped by a raised panel of brown linen cardstock and ivory cardstock top sheet.  The number panel is raised with dimensionals. 
Each guest received their escort card upon entering the reception area.  The cards had a coordinating brown linen cardstock base, hand-stamped flowers and flourish pattern edged with vintage sepia ink and an ivory top sheet with their name and table number assignment. 

The menu design completed the package of wedding materials that the guest would see at the reception.  A base of brown linen cardstock had a matching flower and flourish full panel (like the table number) with the ragged edge rubbed with vintage sepia ink and had a peach ribbon mounted across the panel.  The menu was printed onto ivory cardstock and rubbed with sepia ink as well.
This set of hand-made wedding materials came out exceptional and the client loved the finished product.    I have to admit though, it was labor intensive, and I was happy to get this project completed.  Believe it or not, I still like the flowers and flourishes pattern, even after as many times as I had to stamp it for this complete project.

All my best,