Sunday, December 8, 2013

Evolution and a Linky Party

This morning I set out to decide what to do for the Christmas card exchange at "Stamp Club." *sigh* I really wanted to do something that looked like pergamano. If you don't know what that is, look it up. Go ahead. I'm not going anywhere....
Isn't that beautiful? A lot of the designs remind me of the dainty hankies ladies used to carry. My first attempt gave me this card. 

The tree is embossed on vellum, as are the diagonal lines behind it. Actually the first card was all white, but I decided to go with a little color. The card is Pool Party, the white is parchment cardstock, and the vellum is also cardstock.  
I just couldn't get that tree to suit my fancy, so I filed the pergamano idea away for another day, and went with a tree die cut from pearlized vellum. The shimmer doesn't show up in pictures at all for some reason.

I added the embossed Swiss dots behind the tree and moved the stripes to the frame. 
Then I remembered that it's time for the Heartwarming Vintage Linky Party. I just happen to have some adorable Christmas images that I purchased the other day, so...let's see if we can evolve some more!

This little angel is so sweet! It might sound intimidating if you haven't used digital images before, but it's really easy. Really. Just size, print, cut! Maybe I should do a post on the basics of using digi images sometime. Ok, put that on the list with pergamano. The hardest part of it is all the fussy cutting. Not my favorite thing to do. I put him on some really thin dimensional adhesives so he looks like he's stepping out of the oval. 
I liked him so much that I decided to try some cards that would work for any occasion.

These little girls were separated from their four friends. Yes, there are six little girls in cream colored coats, frilly little hats, and button-up boots. 

And this angel fit the horizontal layout perfectly. I used different embossing folders for the white frames on 
the little girls and this angel, but I kept the Swiss dots on the vellum behind them. I really don't think they need anything else at all! 

Sorry to skip out so fast, but it's late and I have to work the REAL job tomorrow! Click over to Heartwarming Vintage and check out the Linky Party. Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh Michele these cards are just GORGEOUS! LOVE what you've done with our digital images ... BEAUTIFUL!
    Thanks so much for playing along in our December Linky Party at Crafty Secrets! Good Luck!!

    Crafty Secrets DT

    1. Thanks Darlene! The great images help make even the simplest cards pretty.

  2. Hi, Michele! These cards are stunning! I love blue and white for Christmas, and the vintage images you chose match beautifully! I love how your angel looks like he's stepping out of the oval...and your fussy cutting is amazing! Thanks so much for joining the fun at the Crafty Secrets November Linky Party!
    Kathy Clement
    DT Leader, Crafty Secrets

  3. Wow...these are soft and pretty, and I love the vintage feel of Christmas, somehow it just seems it has so much more meaning...anyone receiving these cards should be honored to get them (want my really, these are gorgeous!! Thank you for joining us for our "Crafty Secrets November linky party"!!
    Diane CS DT

  4. These are lovely. I love the soft, Victorian feel of them! That pearl shade with the blue is spectacular! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Secrets!