According to the design team: "...there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets." Well, that is NOT me. True, my husband and I haunted the "dirt" markets of Beijing and the street stalls of both Beijing and Shanghai for antiques but these "old" things have value and meaning to us; I would never disassemble them or alter them for a crafty project any more than I would deface a book, however old. It's just not me... And I do not do "junk" or "antique" fairs, flea markets, garage sales or rummage sales. They make me as anxious as do used book shops with books not shelved by author! Call me wierd, OK, but my incipient OCD comes out in places like that and I rush through them like I am being chased!
What is more, unlike many, I do not have a treasure trove of "stuff" from my Mother or Grandmothers. I know that my Paternal Grandmother crocheted (she tried to teach me but failed) but my Mother and Maternal Grandmother (who was nearly blind when I knew here) did not sew or paint or craft in any way other than gardening. And none of them wore much jewelry and what they did wear was not costume. This kind of family history means no button boxes or vintage fabrics, clip earrings or false pearls in the attic!
So I was limited to what I have in my stash, which is my own "button box" which contains buttons shed from various garments (history unknown) over the years. Since I am nearly 75, I hereby declare this buttons "vintage" and have used some of them in this challenge!
I started with a background using "vintage" papers from Maya Designs and some not-so-vintage lace on an ivory notecard:
- Stamps: Hero Arts "Time To Enjoy" (F1843)
- Dies: Sizzix "Tattered Florals" (661806)
- Papers: Paper Studio Value Pack Notecards "ivory"; Maja Designs "Vintage Summer Basics" 6x6 pad; Michael Powell "Designstax" 4x6 double sided cardstock
- Embellishments: lace, "vintage" buttons
- Adhesives: Vival Las Vegas "Miracle Tape"; Distress Collage Medium