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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I was an 18th Century Colonial in a Past Life...

tookSometimes, I really think that I was an 18th century colonial in a past life. Or a wealthy 19th century heiress, circa Jane Austen. There is something so incredibly charming about their clothes, manners, dinner parties, gardening, sewing, etc. I think I'd be in heaven. Except for chamber pots. And only being able to bathe once a week. And being blind. (I have terrible eyesight.)

One of the things I love most about 18th century fashions is the use of toile.... you know, that gorgeous print in a single color on a solid background, that includes incredibly detailed little vignettes of people having picnics, pastoral scenes, women chatting, etc. If I could, I'd have a blue and white living room with a white and cobalt toile couch and beautiful Delft pottery on the mantle. I was inspired by this cake from Pinterest.

Here's my take on it:

I love the subtlety of the pale blue-y aqua of the Sea Glass card stock from Avery Elle in conjunction with the bright white embossing powder. I've been in a CAS mood lately, which is definitely a switch from my recent obsession with shabby chic. Some white pigment ink swiped around the edges of the Photo Finishers die cut and the edge of my embossed panel highlights them nicely, I think. I thought about making a set of these, but this single card took what felt like FOR-EVER. I could probably streamline it a bit more if I were making, say, 8 of them to put in my Etsy shop. What do you think?

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Supplies used:
Cardstock- Avery Elle Sea Glass
Stamps- Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Garden-Flowers; PTI Everyday Photo Finishers
Dies- Spellbinders Matting Basics; PTI Photo Finishers
Versamark Watermark Ink, White Filigree Embossing Powder, PTI Fresh Snow ink


  1. Oh, this is gorgeous! I love your card!
    (By the way, I have terrible eyesight, too, and am very thankful that I live now when it can be corrected!)

  2. This is a really lovely card. I happen to love toile myself too.

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the soft blue and white! Your writing evokes lovely imagery too!


  4. Gorgeous. Love the soft blue with the white embossing.