Delivering: A Bunch of Roses – via a vintage style card!

Although I know it’s a little early for Roses to be popping up in the garden (at least, it is here, in England) I simply couldn’t resist these papers any longer and had to get my hands on them.

The papers  – beautifully named: “You Were Never Lovelier” – are acid and lignin free scrapbooking papers.  All of them are of the ‘oooooOOooo’ and the ‘aaaaaaAAaahh’ type of paper!

I knew I wanted to make a cross-over type card, so set to work with my cardstock and guillotine.  I LOVE cross-over cards – I think because it enables me to really ‘dress up’ a card.  I also adore embellishments, and I particularly love making tags, so making a cross-over card gives me chance to almost have a party with embellishments strewn all over my desk!

Once the basic shape was built, I cut and added the papers and the beautiful vintage, crocheted lace.

A Bunch of Roses - The Card complete

The card itself has three large soft, pink, (fabric-type) roses, some paper roses, and some filler flowers.  The little wooden bird-cage (available in almost all crafty outlets) I painted with Gesso and then tinted over the top of it.  The string of pearls which winds itself along the card and around the flowers – are just ‘craft pearls’ on a string, and you can buy these for very little, again in lots of place, but I recently saw some in The Range (here in the UK) in a bag filled with a choice of either white or cream; LOTS of pearls and I’m almost sure that they were less than £2 (English pounds).   To fix these pearls into place – I use Cosmic Shimmer glue – sparingly.  You don’t need tons of glue.  Just a bit here and there.  (You can click to view the photographs in a larger size – but don’t forget to click ‘back’ so that you can come back to continue reading).

A Bunch of Roses 2 - Card and inserts 1

The crocheted cotton lace I used on the card is genuinely vintage lace.  I bought it as part of a bag full of lace on Ebay about five years ago.  The lady I bought it from was parting with some of her Grandmothers sewing stuff after Grandma had been called home.   She told me that her Grandmother used to keep any lace from things which had worn out, got damaged etc, and due to be thrown away (or used as dusters/cleaning cloths etc.), and she would use the lace on other clothes or all sorts of things.  But the Granddaughter wasn’t a sewing gal and had no room to keep things, so she put the bag filled with lace on eBay and I was lucky enough to win it.  (I was thrilled down to my toes when it arrived and wrote a thank you email to the lady who I’d bought it off, telling her how wonderful the lace was and how honoured I was to be the new owner of Grandma’s lace.).

I made three inserts for this card, and all three can be ‘viewed’ on both sides.   You can see one side of the tags in the photograph above, and the other side of the tags in the photo below:

A Bunch of Roses 3 - Card and inserts 2

The long, tall tag in the centre of the photo above is a bookmark.  The little tag laying to the right hand side of the photo (on your right as you look at the photo) is a postcard on both sides of the card.  And the final tag – the large one at the right of the centre – has an ’empty’ postcard on the one side – which is blank so that  a message can be written from the sender of the card – and on the reverse side it has a beautiful poem by Helen Steiner Rice – which I ‘built’ on the computer using the fabulous image of the roses and the poem.

A Bunch of Roses 4 - full set

A Bunch of Roses 3a - Roses

close up of the large ‘fabric type’ roses

A Bunch of Roses 3b - Butterfly

Close up of the butterfly. I hand stamped onto some cardstock then glazed & once dry I added the tiny gems.

A Bunch of Roses - The Card complete

The tags fit neatly inside the fold over card, and the card itself has a stand on the back of it, (die cut on my Big Shot) – which stands the card in the same way children’s school photographs stand up.  They have that fold out stand on the back, with a little curved piece which folds down and holds the stand firmly so that the card stands up apparently without any help!  (I looks just like a magic trick when you see one of these cards standing up all by itself.  All it’s missing is the flick of the wrist and swish of the wand! Oh … and  ‘abracadabra‘!  lol)

Obviously the card couldn’t go into a regular envelope, so I made it a box:

A Bunch of Roses - Box

A Bunch of Roses 4a

The sentiment on the little tag in the top right corner, was stamped – firstly with brown ink, then with black – which helped to give it a more vintage feel.

The card fits perfectly into the box . . .

A Bunch of Roses - Opening the Box

This would be a lovely card for Mothers Day – or a Birthday, or a ‘hello’ card, a ‘cheer you up’ card, anniversary card,  or an ‘I love you and wanted to show you’  type of card!  It’s one of those cards which fits all the regular types of ‘card days’.

The big ribbon bow on the front of the card … isn’t tied into an ‘un-equal bow’, – it’s very much a balanced bow, but the angle of the card,  combined with the angle I’ve taken the photographs at,  has made it look like the bottom loop of the bow isn’t as generous as the top loop.  It’s sadly a trick of the camera/eye.  (and the nutcase holding the camera who’s rubbish at taking photographs!  <sigh> tsk tsk). lol

But … if I may be serious for a moment

I know the blog has been a bit quiet over the past couple of weeks.  Apologies for that.  Poor health is to blame, – but I’m hoping that my doctor will, this week, get the results of a gazillion tests and x-rays I had to have done, and that he will finally be able to tell me what the heck is causing this horrible  ‘chest infection’  (or whatever it is) and will be able to ‘fix’ me once and for all!

Thank you so much for coming to share this card with me.  I’m thrilled that you do.  Honestly.  But …  what really brings me out in fun bumps (aka: goosebumps) are ‘comments’.  It’s such a joy to put a name to a visitor, so please, don’t be shy.  Do tap your fingers on your keyboard and say hello!  :o)

Sending crafting love your way,  and wishing you . . . .  a truly blessed rest of your day!

Cobs siggy sml

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17 thoughts on “Delivering: A Bunch of Roses – via a vintage style card!

  1. Oh Cobs, what an amazing post!! I totally adore and love this beautiful collection and you have inspired me to have a go at something like this myself. It will indeed make such an amazing gift for someone. I don’t think I have ever made a fold over card like this, so will be off a googling for instructions….
    That lace certainly was an amazing find, and I love the story behind it. Love how you have arranged all the gorgeous embellishments also, those fabric style roses look fantastic.

    I have two questions for you, – where did you get those wonderful Rose paper, and how did you make that little stand exactly?

    It’s just started to snow here, but I long for roses!!

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    • Hello Astrid!
      I can’t tell you how lovely it is to see your name here. It fills me with fun bubbles!
      Thrilled that you like the card. The cross over couldn’t be easier. If you haven’t already found the details for how to do it then just say so and I’ll give you them. They’re easy once you’ve got the idea.

      The stand for the back
      I’m not in my craft room at the min (craft room is our converted garage; lovely floors, nice flat walls, great window and door, and no drafty garage doors anymore) … but when I get in there later, I’ll email you the details for that.

      The roses – they started out in life as decorations for around the top table at a wedding. A long garland of leaves and roses. The leaves could be better .. but the roses are just lovely. The only way I can explain what they’re actually like is: Remember J Cloths? Those blue and white paper, throw away after a couple of uses, cloths that you’d use in the kitchen? Well they’re like those – only much stiffer, so that each petal holds the shape.

      I bought them in an end of season sale, last summer, of Wedding/floristry Decorations. So keep your eyes peeled for any sales in places they’d normally sell things like this.

      Envying your snow, but only to look at through the window. :o)
      I’ll email later, but for now, sending love and warm snuggles ~ Cobs. xxx

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  2. Lovely vintage card and tags, so pretty. The lace really adds the finishing touches. I love the colour combination also. Well done you! Fingers crossed and hope you are better soon.

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  3. I am always amazed at how you put things together. You have such a lovely vision of how things go together.

    I hope the doctor figures it out your chest infection. It seems like it should be a simple thing to figure out, why are those always the hardest?

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    • Hello LemonD!
      The moment I see your name I feel a warm smile which starts in my heart and ends up on my face.
      Thank you for your comment. I too hope that they figure this thing out soon.
      Hugs and crafty love coming your way ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Oh, I hope you are feeling better soon – there is nothing worse than mystery ailments – the worry is as bad as the disease.

    Love this card – you have such a way with arranging all of these things, then making a box to match – simply genius.

    You put my simple cards to shame. 🙂

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  5. Cobs, I was so thrilled to see your post in my newsfeed. I simply adore vintage roses and the colors and embellishments you used make my heart go pitter patter. I have a collection of vintage lace from my great grandma and loved hearing your story about how you acquired yours.

    I am truly sorry to hear that you are still struggling with your health. Sending prayers, hugs and get well wishes from across the pond. Love, Michelle

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  6. Hi Cobs, I hope that you get the answers that help for your health, This card is Beautiful!! I loooove all the elements and tags that you have created and I think putting a card in a box always makes it feel even more special. This isn’t just a card its a gift, especially with all the effort that you have put into it. It reminds of one that I created when I first started crafting and couldn’t bear to give away lol! I shall have to dig it out….

    xx

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  7. Beautiful card and so full of lovely goodies and loveliness. I hope your test results were able to solve the problem and that you are better sooner! Thanks for sharing this with us at Eclectic Ellapu – Purple Team challenge: Go Green

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