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Monday, April 15, 2013


Spring has sprung for most of you in the Northern Hemisphere.  To get into the swing of things the Greeting Card challenge today at The Outlawz  is....
April Showers ... be it Rain, Wedding, Baby...
Use your imagination!
Weddings are being planned, babies are being born, after a long winter the rain is feeding the flower beds in hopes of an impressive show of colour! 

Here is my card and I am not entering this card into the Outlawz challenge, as I am on their DT.  I interpreted the theme very literally - and used rain as the theme of my vintage style card with a tag:

The digital tag is from The House Across the Bay Etsy store which I printed onto textured cardstock.  The image of the couple is a watercolour from the internet (I had a good look and it seems to be free to use for non-commercial use), and I had to line up the tag image very carefully so I could overprint the couple image onto the tag (it went through the printer twice).

The card base is kraft CS with the edges chalked/distressed, and the DP is a page out of a dictionary (I also distressed the edges of the page using chalk)

Now for the sentiment, which I created myself.  It is computer generated, in different fonts, printed on textured CS, and then the individual words were torn out.  The edges were distressed too.
The embellishments are a scrap of lace that I had been meaning to throw away for a long time ( now I'm glad I didn't!) and I recoloured it with Copics and some chalk.  

The heart in the bottom left hand corner started out its life as a pearl white, but after some Copics recolouring it is now this wonderfully rich deep red colour.

I need to practice my vintage style as it is so far out of my comfort zone, so please be kind when you leave me a comment suggesting how I can improve my techniques in this style.

I would like to add this card to the following challenges:
SWEET STOP SKETCHES, #206 (I flipped the sketch horizontally)
FLOURISHES, TIMELESS TUESDAY, #215, AROUND THE HOUSE       The lace is my ‘around the house’ item)

luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang


  1. Beautiful! Love the vintage feel to it. Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

  2. Stunning vintage creation Jen! Love that you even altered your lace - beautiful! Thanks for playing along with our "Around the House" challenge for Timeless Tuesday at Flourishes!

  3. I love how you used that great image on the tag! The lace is a great touch! Thanks so much for playing along in the Timeless Tuesday challenge with us this week!

  4. I love your sentiment and a tag on the card is a great idea. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week. Hope to see you again soon.

  5. Perfect sentiment for that image! Great distressed look!
    Thanks for playing along with our LACE challenge over at LRW!!

  6. Very cool vintage design! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  7. Great vintage card! Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  8. Beautiful tag!
    Thank you for joining us at charisma!

  9. That's a really beautiful image. Thanks for joining in with the Daring Cardmakers this week x

  10. I like the vintage feel of your card. Thanks for taking part in the Daring Cardmaker's "April showers" challenge.

  11. How gorgeous :) Thank you for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge, hugs, Dawny x

  12. Hey Jen - Vintage / shabby / etc is NOT my comfort zone either> you did GREAT!! I love those "old" colors. Reminds me of antique books which I adore!
    Saw your card on Simon Says!

  13. Hi, Jen! Popped over from Stampotique to check out the detail in your challenge submission for this week! Glad I did. I love all your detail photos here! Bravo!

  14. This is lovely Jen..Thank you for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz..And good luck.

    Hope your well x

    Caz CC DT xx

  15. Jenn, this is beautiful. Love what you did with this sketch. Thanks for playing with us at The Sweet Stop.

  16. Thanks for joining us this week at Sentimental Sunday for our "Tag, You're It!" challenge. Good luck and hope you can join us again next week!

  17. Luv it! Thanks for joining us at SS!


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