Friday, March 8, 2019

Vintage-y is fun

I'm kind of vintage-y.  

I think I was born too late.  I'm sure I'd miss computers, and online chats, and dishwashers and microwave ovens, I sure love the idea of growing up in the 1950's and 60's.  

I like the idea of knowing everyone in your neighborhoods, a time where kids went outside to explore and play until the lights on front porches came on, the days of home milk delivery,  party lines, Studebakers, poodle skirts and sock hops.

And Pyrex.

I looooooove Pyrex.  I have a slight love affair with the colorful utilitarian-ness of Pyrex.
I collect Pyrex (and other mid-century glassware), like I do stamps.  And sometimes the searching for a perfect piece to add to my glassware collection is just as, or even more enjoyable than actually finding it part.  Antique stores, thrift shops, auctions are fun!

Some of the pieces in my glassware collection, are rather special, and make me happy just to see them preserved in their pretty colors in my cabinet.  Others are are used quite regularly.  There's something so pleasant about baking a pie in a turquoise pie plate, storing leftovers in a glass "space saver" container, or celebrating a special meal with Flamingo Pink, Turquoise, Dove Gray, or Lime green dinnerware.   Or breaking out the gold-rimmed Regency Green or Royal Burgundy Pyrex dinnerware for the holidays.  Pyrex just seems to foster togetherness.  (I'm sure my kids will agree with that when they have to help hand wash and dry all of mom's dishes after the meal.   LOL).  

When I saw the March stencil release from A Colorful Life Designs,  I felt that same nostalgic pull.  I knew I'd love these mid-century styled stencils and immediately had ideas of how I was going to use them with some of my vintage-style stamps.

Today I used the Mid-Century Carnival stencil with Broken China distress oxide ink to create a background panel for this birthday card.  I used a retro-style image from the August 2016 Unity Stamp Company SMAK kit, Never Lose Sight, with it.  I stamped the woman image using my MISTI and Memento ink unto Hammermill Digital Color Copy Cover.  I colored the image with Copic markers then carefully cut out the colored image and adhered it to my stenciled panel with liquid glue.   The softness of the warm gray Copics, contrasts with the bright turquoise background and yet allows both the vintage-y image and the retro background each enjoy equal focus. 

The greeting (from Simply Vintage, a collaboration set from Unity Stamp Co. and Gina K. Designs) was heat embossed in white to a retro gray die cut (from a Papertrey Ink 2014 Stamp-A-Faire 1960's die set) and added to the card.

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  1. This card grabs me like no other. It is mid century, pyrex lovin' perfection, girl!

  2. Vintage to a T girlfriend! Broken China = Pyrex turquoise - yup. Love the card Chris!