Friday, October 29, 2010

~ Betsy's Vintage Challenge ~

 Happy Friday to you! this week has just flown by on the wings of time (trite statement), but before I forget I must thank you all for the wonderful things you said on my Moxie Fab challenge win. It was so much fun, and I was actually pushed out of my comfort zone to create that card. Your encouragement and cheers got me all the way!

And here I find myself participating on a special challenge on the very last day possible.
Betsy Veldman is one really inspiring person to me. From the first day I found her lovely blog I have never been able to stop poring over every detail of her designs and creations. She is totally amazing.

Ok, so she had a challenge and I simply had to participate. I dusted off an old, old box of buttons that my mother has stashed away in her drawer.


... it simply did not look promising. But I dug. and dug. and dug. as quietly as possible so as not to wake my room-mates (sisters), because it was already quite late. And with what I found, I paired these lovely old crocheted flowers that my mother created for handmade baby clothes so many years ago. Definitely more than 20 years past. Is that vintage enough?


then I did something that was not good of me to do. I removed (in other words, tore) a page out of an old book. It is a soft copy of David Livingstone that isn't holding together too well; it has been in my home for close to 30 years. I wanted to keep the story, so I used the contents page. The other blank pages were covered with toddler-scribbling.. I did it. Many years ago. But scribbling is not vintage.



Isn't that top corner of the page yummy?  Worn down with time and fingering ...

and these aged buttons, still with the threads from being stitched to shirts and dresses ...


these few buttons will not go to waste. They will be treasured for some future project that will befit their grand ancestry...


thank you all, girls, for visiting with me today. Have a blessed weekend!

~ Viola


  1. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous! Go glad I found your to subscribe!! :)

  2. its beautiful! Viola! love your vintage!

  3. I love your blog! I'm so glad to find you and your inspiring cards! Thanks for leaving a note on my card. I'm so new at all this and find a post to be such a delight! You made my day. I can't wait to follow your work.Blessings!

  4. THis is really really beautiful Viola! I guess that's the nice thing about vintage... there are memories behind those things we use! :)

  5. So stunning, love that it's full of meaning too! just beautiful!

  6. Simply Gorgeous card.. Beautiful, awesome, outstanding and SO inspiring!!
    Loved the story you wrote with it too :)
    Great Job!!!!!

  7. Hello Viola! Thank you for your sweet comment you left on my blog about my vintage card. But your card is just stunning. The soft colors, those gorgeous flowers, and those perfectly aged buttons - wow!
    But really, the best part about your card was not the card itself, but the story behind it and the love you share with your family. Very inspiring!

  8. Wow! Look at all those buttons! I love what you did with them and that card's gorgeous!

  9. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Your card is truly beautiful and special. The Vintage Challenges are some great memories of things gone by. Great times remembered.

  10. Good morning, Viola!! Woke up to your sweet comment this morning and wanted to come and meet you. So glad I did! I can't believe our blogging paths haven't crossed before...I LOVE your style...and this card is PERFECTION--absolutely beautiful!! Talk about rocking a challenge--you did it girlie, not me!! (But thanks for saying so!) Now, enough of this commenting...I've got to go look at the rest of your blog! Have a great day! Hope to hear from you again!

  11. Love your gorgeous vintage cards! Really love your creations!
    Thank you for your blog love too!!

  12. Viola, What wonderful cards you have made. You have really taken on a lovely style. Congrats on your card magazine publications, I know that is exciting! Have a great week in Singapore!

  13. Oh wow! Your cards are seriously gorgeous. I love ur choices of colors & embellies. Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

  14. Wow... I love your cards! It's so beautiful!!! :) Thanks for dropping by my blog! :)

  15. Charming card - the little crochet flowers gives it such a warm and cuddly feel.

  16. Sweet Sigh... each time i visit, you leave me in AWE , Viola :) thanks for sharing all your wonderful wonderful creations. I am seriously in love with all that you create ! keep them comin' :)!

  17. What a gorgeous card! I love all the buttons and crocheted flowers. I'm a big fan of Betsy's, too.
    Congratulations on getting all your card accepted by Papercrafts! That's really exciting!

  18. Beautiful!!! breathtaking!!! lurve your work ;)


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