Practicing Creativity

IBSIC #46 and a vintage Birthday Girl

It's IBSIC time! Be sure and check out the blog candy, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen to win a 4x4 stamp set. Even though it's Valentine's Day today (and a very Happy Valentine's Day to you all!) I decided to go with a vintage look birthday card.

I love vintage ephemera and like to accentuate the vintage look with stamps. The center female image in this card is cut from a 1939 issue of Marie-Claire magazine. I used a stamp from IBS's Paris set with Distress Old Paper ink to accentuate her face. The paper behind the center circle is also from an old magazine.

 I took a small piece of blank paper from the magazine and first stamped in Old Paper the flower topiary from IBS French Boutique (unfortunately, it doesn't show up well in the photo) then stamped the Birthday Girl sentiment from IBS Butterfly Wings on top.  I decided to use IBS's new die to make a tag.

The shabby pink paper rose is also by IBS. Inside I put more paper from the magazine and on top a piece of blank vintage paper. I have some old notebooks of blank paper that I hoard preciously. I used a bit here and stamped the birthday sentiment from IBS Birthday Greetings.

And this week's photo inspiration:


Stamps—Inspired by Stamping ParisFrench BoutiqueButterfly WingsBirthday Greetings
InkDistress Old Paper and Vintage Photo
DieInspired by Stamping Fancy Labels Die, Artemio circles
Paper—Vintage paper and ephemera, G. Lalo cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Sea Ivory, Cardmaking and Papercraft Sew Pretty, brown cardstock
Embellishments—IBS shabby pink paper rose, pearl stick pin, crochet ribbon, pink crinkle ribbon, twine 


  1. Beautiful card, love the idea of looking through vintage magazines to find unique images. Just lovely. TFS

  2. Beautiful - love that bow!

  3. I absolutely LOVE this card Shani and all its beautiful details! Hugs, J

  4. I really enjoy your style, Shani. Love how you combined the different IBS sets to get this vintage beauty. Happy Valentines Day!

  5. Beautiful card, love your use of the die for a tag!!

  6. So pretty! Love the Fancy Labels as a tag...will have to remember that:)

  7. This is gorgeous and I love that image.
    Very elegant and shabby.

  8. Love all this vintage-ness! Plus, I was practicing my French by reading the French posts! hee hee I was last in Paris in 2007 and was surprised at how much French I remembered, however once I started to talk, most folks quickly began to speak to me in English! hee hee hee


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