Thursday, July 7, 2011

Garden Door and Meet Me At The Rhine

Greetings to you, my visitors - it is a cold bleak day here, but I have some lovely images to share that remind me that summer will come again :-)

Both images are from McMahon Vintage Digitals and are totally different!
Firstly Garden Door

I just love this image - it reminds me of some books that once belonged to my grandparents, which were probably published circa 1900, some of which I read   in my early teens.
What fascinates me is that the lady has an envelope in her hand, as though she has just retrieved it, or is about to hid it, under the greenery by the gate...  a letter to or from her secret beau??

After colouring the image with chalks I trimmed it leaving a small white border that I sponged with Whisper Plum ink. The image and lace were mounted over a scrap strip of dp that I embossed with the Stylized Flowers folder, and then onto a maroon dp and a kraft card stock base.

The lace came from McMahon Five Designs online store, and the rhinestones are from a Zva packet - also available at McMahon Five Design.
Unfortunately due to a technicality involving incompatibility between Blogger and a new program that I used to watermark my cards, I cannot bring you any close-up views of this card.

Next is a rather whimsical image entitled Meet Me At The Rhine

Again I used chalks to colour this image. Which gives it a lovely soft, spring feel - it can't be summer as the people are wearing scarves, although one hardy soul is in short sleeves!!

The image was then mounted onto a mid green card base and I chose to use the current Card Patterns sketch to complete the card!!

The base panel  was embossed using the Retro Squares folder, and the lace was an edge cut off a crochet doily... bought from a thrift shop for only a couple of dollars.

The corner embellishment was made from a couple of cuts from the Vintage Corner Dies by Cuttlebug.

The first one was tucked behind the panel, and the second one was a square, cut on the diagonal and placed over the image.

Remember these are only two of numerous releases over at McMahon Five Design blog - do feel free to visit this home blog as well as all the Design Team members who's names are listed (and linked) on my side bar

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May your day be blessed.


Lovely Linda said...

Hello Maxine - wow you really are nailing these vintage images - they loook fabulous! I love the added lace and bling- perfect! Lovely to see your creativity my friend! {{{hugs}}}

Becky said...

Maxine, these are awesome..Love that first one with the stunning lace and details and your second one is just fabulously designed.

Imagine That Digistamp said...

Maxine, this is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I love this image all colored up... and your lace is perfect for this vintage card. And your 2nd is too cute. Love all your pretty colors in the coloring of it!! And the corner dealy too-- I have those same dies and always forget to use them. Very creative!! *Ü* Have a great day!

Amy Johnson said...

Such beautiful cards! I love how you interpreted the scene in the first card, and all the details in the second card.

Kary said...

Hi Maxine! These cards are so Gorgeous!! Love the vintage images and the pearls, ribbons and lace really add a special touch too.
I hope things are ok where you are, I heard from my sister that there have been earthquakes in the north island recently. Take good care!
Hugs, Kary

Elizabeth said...

Oh - I like that 2nd one Mum... cute!

Michelle Pearson said...

very nice cards Maxine! I love the touches of lace....way to repurpose a thrift store find! Your creations are beautiful! :)

coldwaters2 said...

Two superb cards Maxine, the images and designs are excellent, they both appeal to me so much thank you for joining us at Bearlymine Challenges.
Lorraine x

Sassy Scrapper said...

Both card are fabulous. But I am favoring the meet me at the garden. I have such a hard time with these images but you are just incredible. You made it totally appear 3-D. Super job hun.
Hugs Bonnie

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Wonderful cards, Maxine! Love those images too.

NinaB said...

Beautifully done, Maxine. Thanks for playing with us at Card Patterns this week.

Shirley said...

Wow! Love how you did your cards with lace and corners too! The first really has a wonderful vintage feel and the second reminds me of a bright and cheerful Holland scene for sure!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- love your cards. The chalks do add such a soft touch, and I love the touch of the laces for that vintage feel!

Anonymous said...

Love your lazy days card, wonderful colouring. Thanks for joining Crazy amigo's

Mary C said...

Oh I just love both of these wonderful cards. Both so perfect for summer greetings. Thanks for playing with us this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.

Alberto said...

OMG! how cute cards! you rock, sweetie pie!
thanks for join us at deep ocean chellnge blog!

hugs xx

Melisa Waldorf said...

I love these vintage images! The first one is vintage loveliness! I love that lace!

tiggertastic said...

lovley collection of cards on here

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