Friday, May 6, 2016

Guest Designer--Southern Ridge Trading Company--Lace and Pearls for the Ladies

Hello everyone!  I'm happy to again join the talented Design Team at Southern Ridge Trading Company for the day as Guest Designer! I have made a vintage panel using two of Southern Ridge Trading Company's most delicate and feminine chipboard pieces.


My design came together with inspiration from a stash of wedding dress lace pieces adorned with the prettiest pearls and the dressmaker form from the Dressmaker Mix.  No, the lace is not from my wedding dress, but found in a box of other goodies at an estate sale. All I had to do was cut out appropriate pieces.




All chipboard was given a coat of gesso and dried. Next the body of the dressmaker form and the flourishes (end pieces cut from the Swirl Corners) were painted with Distress paint, Antique Linen, and the remainder of the pieces with Weathered Wood. Once dry I coated the body only with Distress Crazing medium, using wide strokes to give a linen look.  The "wooden" parts of the form and the frame, which is the outer frame holding all the Dressmaker Mix pieces together, were coated with DecoArt Crackle Medium, and all left to dry. I swiped on Distress crayons in neutral colors to show off the cracks and texture. Pearls were added to the flourishes.


The background was created using vintage book paper adhered to card. I splattered with watered down Gloss Modge Podge and left to dry. This was a technique my good friend Pamellia of My Little Craft Things used on the beautiful birthday card she so lovingly made and sent to me. Be sure to pay her a visit regularly, if you haven't already! You will be forever inspired not only by her lovely artwork, but her fabulous photography! When dry, I blended with Distress ink in Victorian Velvet and heat dried. Lastly, Golden crackle paste was applied thinly through a Tim Holtz mini stencil. I love how the color bled through in a lighter shade--I knew this would happen from previous experience, and was intentional.

All I had to do now is to arrange my lace and chippies, add some additional bits of lace, a piece of tulle and some vintage buds, and I have a tag so feminine and perfect to adorn a wedding, Bridal shower, Mother's Day, or even a birthday gift.



I would like to thank Karen and Katelyn and the rest of the Design Team at Southern Ridge for allowing me to craft along side them today! It was such fun! 

I would like to enter my vintage tag into the following inspiring challenges:
Stamps and Stencils Think Pink Just one stencil used this time!
Mixed Media Mojo May Flowers With Twist of Stitching My flowers are not homemade, but there are quite a few of them: stenciled, lace and vintage buds. Stitching is on the lace--all of those beads are beautifully stitched on there (not by me!)
Mixed Media Place April Challenge Creative Gym #18 Be Patient. The Best Things Happen Unexpectedly.  It took patience to cut out all those little bits of lace and have them work for my design.
A Vintage Journey Sew Special I hope lace from a wedding dress qualifies!
Thank you for stopping by today and for all your amazing comments! I read and appreciate each and every one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

35 comments:

  1. Sara, just one word springs to mind - EXQUISITE !!! I just adore every single little detail, the lace is so beautiful and the crackled dress form is delightful. I even enjoyed trying to read the page (lol). Beautiful work my talented friend! Congratulations on your GDT spot too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  2. Wow Sara, I sure do love when you show us your inner girly side! This is breathtaking, just love all the laces and the pinks! YUMMY!! Congratulations on your guest spot, what a treat for them to have there as extra inspiration! hugs to you :)

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  3. Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, Sara Emily!! That vintage lace is stunning!! You showcase it perfectly!! I love the dress form and all of the amazing details!! All of the cracks are so fabulous!! Love it my friend!! Gorgeousness!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. Oh my, Sara, this is absolutely beautiful! I love your awesome background with those splatters, your crackled dress form and all the amazing elements you put so wonderfully together! What a fabulous use of that vintage lace and I adore your pink color here! It's brilliant!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Think Pink challenge at Stamps and Stencils!
    Big hugs and lots of love to you! Branka xx

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  5. Wowser! This really is so beautiful! Once again you have done something wondrous with pink - can't wait for pink Halloween! Hugs, Chrisx

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  6. So pretty and feminine! I can only imagine the time and effort it took to cut that gorgeous lace! Wowzers! That's talent and patience. Fantabulous use of the chippies and love the crackle effect you have on em. That dress from is lovely and the small flowers add such a delicate touch. Awesome sauce and wowzers! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

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  7. Sara, this is exquisite! It's a feminine delight, filled with inspiring techniques and sheer elegance. The texture is dreamy and I simply adore every beautiful facet of this creation. Southern Ridge is truly blessed to have you! Thank you for treating me to another masterpiece as I recover from another injury-reaggravation. Your creativity helps me deal with unsparkly pain. :o) Thank you for being YOU!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Karen

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  8. Sara this is just delightful, I love how you have combined chipboard and lace together into this wonderful creation. I would say that this amazing lace qualifies you perfectly to join us at AVJ and thank you for sharing it with us.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  9. Hi Sara, what a delightful piece this is. So delicate yet with lots of texture. Thanks for joining in with our "Use a stencil" over at Country View.
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Jane x

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  10. Beautiful art work! Thank you for dropping this off at WAW - Anything Goes Family Friendly - have a blessed week!

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  11. wow love the lace and texture. Thanks for playing at Mixed Media place challenge.

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  12. Look at you as another guest DT!! You are all over like a mad designer!!heehee
    A very lovely piece!
    Happy mother's Day Sara Emily! Hope it is a beautiful day my friend!xo

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  13. Just popped back to say thanks so much for joining in our Sew Special challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs xxx

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  14. Happy Mother's Day Sweet Sara. Hoping your day is SUPER FINE in every way. Your project reminds me of both my Mama and my MIL! Mama was always all dolled up in lace and flowers (unlike me!!) and my MIL loved to sew. Seems like the perfect project for Mother's Day weekend!!! And Wow - such tiny little places to crackle - it looks perfect. Love the lace - your fussy cutting paid off gorgeously. Somehow you just knew exactly where to put each embellishment to make this creation FABULOUS.

    And with my DT hat on...LOVE the way you used the book paper in the background - such a great idea and gives just the right vintage feel to surround your dress form and lace. Super creativity for our 'Hit the Books' challenge at Our Creative Corner. Thanks bunches. XXj.

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  15. What beautiful pieces of lace floating around on this pretty piece Sara Emily - wonderful crackle on the frame and dress form stand - and I love the sweet little flowers! thanks for joining us in the AVJ Sew Special Challenge! Julia xx

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  16. Gorgeous card/atc thanks so much for sharing it with us all

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  17. Oh Sarah, first of all, so sorry I only got round to visiting just now, life is kinda crazy a the mo. Anyway, on to this wonderful piece, I absolutely adore it!!! The book paper background looks super and I love what you did with the additional textures. And oh those bit of lace, so very pretty. Te dress form is just wonderful too and I love the soft pink tones, so feminine and pretty! Perfect for our challenge at AVJ, so thanks so much for adding it there! We always appreciate your participation, thank you!

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  18. Such a pretty feminine creation, Sara Emily! Biggest congrats on your GD post! This is such a lovely use of the cuts. :)

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    1. And Sara Emily, thank you for entering our Think Pink challenge at Stamps & Stencils.

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  19. Such a great piece ! Thanks for joining us over at Country View Challenges!
    Corrie x

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  20. Such a beautiful and delicate piece of art.
    Thank you for joining in with us again at Mixed Media Mojo.
    Good luck in your challenges.

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  21. Sara...this is gorgeous! Girl, you are on a roll of beautiful projects! I really love your crackled frame surrounding the lovely vintage, shabby design inside. The bits of lace and flourishes give such a feminine quality to your piece and I adore the little pearls on your dressform. You have a wonderful sense of detail! The pink text background is also very striking!

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  22. Good grief - you must have the busiest GD schedule around! This is another beautiful project for Southern Ridge - the rosy book page makes a lovely background for your shabby chic, feminine, lacy, flowery look, and I love that crackle on the frame. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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  23. A lovely piece Sara! Gorgeous colours and textures and so pretty. Love the touches of lace, what a great find! Thank you for joining us over at Stamps and Stencils. Toni x

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  24. Love your creation, love the lace
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie Dt

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  25. very beautiful, thanks for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo

    Barb Housner (DT)

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  26. Great finds at the estate sale, Sara, and such an appropriate post to confirm the identity of your blog name! LOL Fabulous project that really brings out the femininity we all long to convey in the midst of our strength and intellect! Gorgeous! hugs, de

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  27. It is a Wowser Sara! So glad you have shared this beauty with us over at Mixed Media Mojo this time. Hugs!

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  28. This is beautiful, Sara Emily, and quite different from what you've done lately. Love it! You sure do find some good stuff at those sales you go to :-) Your lace looks so pretty with all the crackle in your project and the pinks are perfect for this project. Awesome!!

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  29. Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...

    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Beautiful Sara, love all the wonderful texture and how it contrasts with the delicate lace, thank you for joining us at Mixed Media Mojo! Deb xo

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  31. This is so beautiful Sara - all the wonderful lace and textures and that fabulous crackle around the edges! Thank you for joining us at Our Creative Corner for our Hit the Books Challenge. Jennie x

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  32. A beautiful project Sara, thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media Mojo.
    xxx Hazel.

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  33. Very pretty piece with wonderful details! Thank you so much for playing along with Mixed Media Mojo this month!

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  34. LOVE the use of that beautiful lace. Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey xx

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