Saturday, April 28, 2012

18 & Fabulous!

I can not believe that my niece is 18 today! How is it possible that she's now an adult who will be going away to college in the fall (going away from her parents, but she will actually be closer to me...yay). Ugh...where did the time go?!

Well, the cutest little girl has turned into a fabulous young woman who loves altered art, retro fashion, and bold colors. When I saw this incredibly elegant retro lady, I knew she was perfect for Jamie's card and built the rest around her.

The Details:
  • The "fabulous, dahling, truly fabulous" retro lady is from Free Vintage Digital Stamps.  Pamela offers some of the most unique images...I just love her site! Fab-o retro lady was printed on white copy paper, colored with watercolor pencils, fussy cut, and accented with Old Paper Distress Ink to give her a little more flesh color.
  • This wonderfully bold link border is from Bazzill. I trimmed it to fit the width of my card (it's 12" long, so there's still another large piece left for another card!) and accented the centers of the ovals with large pearls.
  • The oval and "18" were stamped on plum cardstock, accented with Old Paper DI and then given a generous coating of Glossy Accents. The finished label is mounted on foam tape for added dimension.  
  • To position the ribbon and bow just where I wanted it, I cut a horizonal slit through the card and ran the ribbon through from the back, tying the bow in the front. The fluffiness of the bow helps disguise the slit, although if you use a sharp knife, your slit will be neat and not even noticeable.
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Pale Plum’
Patterned Paper:  Fancy Pants ‘Love’; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two ‘Blush’
Image: Free Vintage Digital Stamps
Stamps: Inkadinkado ‘Sharie Numbers’; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two Rosy ‘Everything’
Inks: Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’, ‘Barn Door’; SU! craft ‘Real Red’; StazOn ‘Jet Black’; Distress Stain ‘Victorian Velvet’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; SU! watercolor pencils
Embellishments: Bazzill Just the Edge ‘Black’; Hug Snug seam binding ‘ivory’; pearl accents; Glossy Accents
Tools:  3M foam tape; heat gun; Tim Holtz paper distresser; Exacto knife; foam ink blender


  1. Great card, colour combo works really well with this image! thanks for joining us at Emergency crafters this week, Nelly X

  2. Very pretty card! Thanks for playing at CTO this week! :)Amy

  3. So cute! Thanks for playing @ CTO!

  4. Wow, such a chic card with such fabulous details, beautifully done! Thanks for joining us this week @ CTO for our "Happy Birthday (must use ribbon) challenge :)

  5. what an elegant 18th birthday card, any young lady would be proud to receive that, great image and interpretation iof the theme. Thanks for joining us at Emergency Crafters and Good Luck, Jax

  6. Stunningly elegant card and perfect for your niece. Sure she loved it. Thanks so much for joining us at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days and good luck, Sheila:)X

  7. Beautiful Job!
    Love it :)
    Thanks for playing with CTO.

  8. Oh how elegant and chic, love it.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  9. Fabulous card, love the image - so stylish! Thanks so much for playing along with us this time at Cardmadfairy's Digi Days, hope to see you again soon!
    Jenni x


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