Thursday 7 January 2016

Happy Retirement

My mother recently retired from her work selling sewing machines and I wanted to make her something special to celebrate the milestone. This is what I put together for her. I tried to used lots of texture and real sewing objects like the pin & bobbin to give it some authentic character!

The Paper Shelter Vintage Seamstress

Card ingredients include:

Prismacolor Pencils: Skin: 938  140  927  1017  943  944
                                  Hair: 1080  941  1082  947
                                  Dress: 992  905  1027  1059  1060
                                  Sewing Machine/Radio: 1080  950  948,  941  1082  1099, 914  940  1034
                                  Table: 1084  1098  1091  948
                                  Tablecloth: 938  1086  992
Papers: Kaiser Craft 'Needle & Thread' paper pack, cardstock
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circle
Other: Gathered Twigs Distress ink, flowers, bobbin, stick pin, ruler washi tape, twine, Shabby White Frantage, Stitching.

The Paper Shelter Vintage Seamstress

I'm playing along with:

The Paper Shelter #230: Punches/Dies
Cute Card Thursday #407: Hey, what's new? (new stamp & Prismacolour Pencils)
Crafting Musketeers #33: New Beginnings
Unicorn Challenge #5: Get your glad rags on!
Let's Create Challenge #109: Layer it up
LTSCB #69: New Beginnings (retirement)
ABC-Challenge: Y is Your Choice
CCC Digi Creations #40: Anything Goes (Top 3!)
That Craft Place: Anything Goes
Our Crafty Corner #5: Anything Goes


  1. Fabulous card! Brilliant colouring of this cute image. Thanks for sharing with us this momth. Lisa DT Unicorn Challenge

  2. What a great image, lovely colouring and perfect choice of embellishments! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

  3. Alicia, this is a fabulous card! I love the twine and bobbin added to your floral arrangement! BEAUTIFUL coloring and shading - such a happy vintage card. Thanks for playing in the {Our Crafty Corner Challenge}! Hope to see more of your pretty projects again soon!
    crafty hugs,
    {Creative Smiles}

  4. Stunningly gorgeous card! Your mother is going to treasure this card! You put so many details into it, just gorgeous! I love the image and the papers you used! Thanks for sharing this wonderful card with us at the Unicorn Challenge Blog!!

  5. Great card and I love all the pretty embellishments. I bet your mother loved it! Thank you for joining in the Paper Shelter Challenge and for using one of our images this time. Hope to see you again.

    Hugs, Vannessa
    The Paper Shelter DT

  6. She looks as happy as any crafter can be TFS Unicorn Challenges Lis DT

  7. A fantastic card, love all the embellies and such fab colours. Thank you for joining us at Our Crafty Corner. Helen DT

  8. I am back again and I have to say that I totally adore your card. Everything about it is beautiful. I need this image but I would never do it justice like you have. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT CCC Digi Creations

  9. Just sensational Alicia. So well designed and coloured. Thanks from me too for entering our comp this fortnight. Anne W DT CCC Digi Creations.

  10. Stunning card love the beautifully coloured image and fabulous layout and embellishments ---Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations
    Carol DT x

  11. Stunning card love the beautifully coloured image and fabulous layout and embellishments ---Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations
    Carol DT x

  12. Fabulous card, beautifully coloured with wonderful detail. Thank you for playing along with us at TPS. hugs, Pat K x

  13. Awesome. Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Unicorn Challenge this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. I'm so following your awesome blog.

    Tammi, DT

    makememories4life {My Blog}

  14. Gorgeous card, which I'm sure your mum loves. Thanks for joining in the challenge at That Craft Place and good luck.
    Julie x

  15. I adore the sweet image and your gorgeous coloring!Thanks for sharing your card at Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog! Hope to see you again soon!! HUGS!
    Ann DT