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Vintage ladies step card—Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #2—and a glimpse in my workroom

It's the second challenge at the new Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog and I'm playing along with this card. The theme is Let's See That Hoard!. You're to take the thing you hoard most and use it in the color scheme shown (shades of blue). Ha! Didn't take me long to decide that one; vintage paper ephemera is my weakness, with ribbon a close second. This card has both.

The original image used here is in bad shape. It has torn edges and a large scratch down the lady in blue's dress. I scanned the image, repaired the scratch, and printed a copy to use on this card. I added the sentiment from my computer. I don't know this image's date, but I'd guess 1880's or thereabouts, given the bustle style of their dresses.

I've used some of my favorite embellishments with this card. I've used five of these little blue rose buds and I only have one pack (sigh).

And this fleur de lys ... it's from the States. I've got a few left, but when they're gone it's not like I can run out and buy more. Same for the metal photos corners. These are the last two I have like this. Oh well, what good are our pretties if we never use them?

On the inside back of the card I placed the interior sentiment.

I thought I'd take the suggestion Let's See That Hoard! literally. This is just a fraction of the old books residing in my workroom. This doesn't take into account the filing cabinet of single pieces and the drawers full of old magazines. I had to take my mannequin Esmeralda—Essie for short—off of her base so I'd still have space for my books (she doesn't mind, she say's it makes her feel tall).

I'm also entering this card in the {Pin}spirational Challenge #95 Anything Goes.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #2 Let's See That Hoard! colors

Paper—Bo Bunny Weekend Market, Mahé, Kraft, cardstock
Topper—vintage image from my collection
Ink—Distress Old Photo
Embellishments—roses, metal photo corners, ribbon, fleur de lys
Font—Masterics Personal Use


  1. This card is fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  2. Absolutely beuatiful!!! Thanks for joining in on the fun at Craft Hoarders and good luck!!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the rich colors. Thanks for sharing with us at {Pin}spirational Challenges.
    Tracey, DT

  4. Shani this is drop dead gorgeous!!! love love love it :)

  5. What a gorgeous card! Love the design you've selected, the gorgeous rich hues of blue and the accents! Marvelously done!! Thanks for sharing your style and your stash at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!! (Sure glad Essie isn't afraid of heights!)

  6. I love your card. The image is amazing and there is so much attention to detail! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  7. Absolutely love the fold on your card.
    The colors and design are gorgeous as well.
    Laughed at your book collection. I've got close to that many as well.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  8. Oh my Shani, you always amaze me, love your vintage card and those blue rose and vintage image are so amazing. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

  9. Absolutely gorgeous, the colors and beautiful vintage image are perfect.

    Hugs diane

  10. Oh be still my HEART! This is a MARVELOUS card! Love the different shape, and those rosebuds are absolutely DELICIOUS!! Love your interpretation of the color challenge, and thank you so much for showing us a peek into your craft room. It's as elegant as you and your cards!

  11. This card is simply stunning! You did an incredible job of repairing this beautiful image...and the blues and golds give it such a regal feel. Thanks for the peek into your studio....we could have a lot of fun together! Thanks for playing along in Craft Hoarder's Anonymous Challenge #2: Let's See that Hoard! Hope you'll continue to play along with us!

  12. Oh, my friend! I am drooling over this. Those blues are fantastic! I also had a giggle over your old book hoard. Rock on, sistah! hee hee Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous! That image makes me swoon! Thanks for digging into your hoard to share with us. Thanks for joining us at CHACB!

  14. Stunning card! Love the blue and gold combo. The roses are beautiful.

  15. Thanks for sharing your hoard with us! Your card is beautiful. Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous.

  16. Anonymous28/2/14 19:55

    Such a pretty card. Love the blue flowers! You are rockin the blue theme. Thank you so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hope you can come back to play again soon! Ginny from Polly's Paper Studio.

  17. This is an absolutely wonderful card!! Love the image and your fancy fold!!

  18. Waoo!! Elle est magnifique ta carte Shani! J'adore la couleur bleu!!


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