11 September, 2014

Something Vintage and Something Shabby

Hello friends! I hope that everyone is well today. It's Cathy here and as my title suggests, I have something vintage and some shabby to share with you. I am using two collections, both designed by Kerry-Jean Watson. The above layout 'Laugh' uses papers from The Gentlemen Collection which you can purchase from Meg's Garden. I created a masculine themed layout using this collection and yes, I do incorporate flowers into them!

The photo is of my brother when he was little and I just love it! I added some extra stamping, some script stamps and splatter stamps once I had worked out the position off my elements. I fussy cut some of the ephemera elements and also die cut some banners. I inked the edges of these using dark brown ink to add definition to them. I also tucked in some trinkets, hemp and some Dusty Attic cogs which I also coloured in using chalk ink.

Hint: I keep left over cardboard packaging. I cut off small strips and glue it to the back of my photos so that I can tuck in embellishments. Using foam tape didn't give me as much height to add last minute fibres or embellishments.

I also fussy cut this element from one of the papers and die cut the banner. I used a chalk ink to colour in this chipboard title. I also used foam tape to add dimension.

Supplies from Meg's Garden

A Gentleman's Bike
A Gentleman's Ephemera P6413 and P6413A
A Gentleman's Automobile
Dusty Attic Mini Cogs
Oatmeal Coloured Flowers

Other: The Dusty Attic Dusty in Bloom Smokey Blue,  Prima Chalk Ink Dark Bark, Memento Rich Cocoa, Bobunny Midnight Frost Clear Stamp, Tim Holtz Spills and Splatters, Kaisercraft Duchess, Twine, Hemp, Scrapmatts Assorted Words, Spellbinders Foliage, Green Tara Cherry Blossoms, JustRite Label and Banner Dies, Watch Tinket and Charms.


My second project is a shabby chic card. I am using one of the papers from The Correspondence Collection mini pack. All of the papers have a neutral background, which make them perfect to personalise for any special occassion.

I love using die cuts in my cards. I created on open heart and added clusters of flowers. I also used some lace to compliment the lace featured in the paper. I added some flat back pearls which I had in my stash for some bling. I stamped my sentiment onto a tag and attached it using some foam tape again for some dimension.

Supplies from Meg's Garden
The Correspondence Collection Mini Papers

Other: JustRite Just the Right Words stamp, Memento Tuexedo Black, Kaisercraft Pearls Rose, Pearl Flat Back, Spellbinders Foliage, Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts and Back to Basics Tags, Key Charm, and Hemp.

Have a crafty day!



  1. Two beautiful projects showcasing the versatility of the papers. They equally stunning with highlight of navy or pink. Fabulous work :)

  2. LOVE that layout Cathy!!!! awesome stuff. I do also love the card which has come out so pretty.

  3. Thanks for the idea to elevate the photo on leftover cardboard packaging. I will definitely use this technique...ever so much cheaper than foam tape. I've started saving empty cereal boxes just for such use. I like that the entire photo will be supported at the same height. Wonderful project!

  4. love these they are beautifully crafted . I will use your great tip with cardboard thankyou so much for sharing

  5. What a lovely shabby/vintage projects! You made Meg's Garden products your real stars together with your photo.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous layout Cathy! Love that you've used flowers on a masculine page. Your card is gorgeous too!! Stunning work!! x