Sunday, 12 January 2014

Almost at the end.........

............ of Fifth Avenue! Not the one in Manhattan NYC but the one here in my craft room!
It's been a long way, a little pad carefully hoarded but the time has come........ one of my Resolutions was to use up this paper mountain which lives amongst my 'stash'. In fact it has taken over my stash (and the room/drawers/cupboards) and I seriously need to make an effort to
1. Stop buying Paper and
 2. Use up what I already have
(anyone got a secret elixir to make me live till I'm about 200??? 'Cos that's how long it'll take me to get through this lot!)

So today I am looking at an old paper pad which now has just five sheets left which are in usuable condition and size.. ok I know I haven't actually USED IT ALL but I've made a start!

A card made entirely with Melissa Frances 5th Avenue papers - even the focal point. 
Grand scalloped nestie for the base card then another circle made with the 'music' sheet from the pad.
Layered with a smaller scalloped circle from one of the blue papers, then a fancy die cut from one of the pink ones.

Sandwiched in between and left to overhang the edges is some pink leaf shaped lace which was cut off a fancy sweater about five years ago!

Two circles cut from a piece of scrap card and mounted to form a frame and the 'ballerinas' from the bottom of another sheet of the paper  stuck inside then layered onto the card.

A hand made paper 'rose', two fabric flowers from my stash and a piece of hand dyed silk ribbon tucked behind.

The sentiment is computer generated and I thought it fitted well!
 I don't often make 'shaped cards' so am reasonably happy with this one - and have determined to use up at least 3 of the remaining 5 sheets on the box.
Challenges -
Allsorts - Use Ribbon (no bows)
Musically Challenged - Any Song (Tiny Dancer-Elton John from the film 'Almost Famous')
Ruby's Rainbow - Song (Tiny Dancer - Elton John)
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper Challenge - January
Live & Love Crafts - Perfume (5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden)
RRR - Pink and Ribbon
Stamping Boutique - 3 papers
TLC's Linky Party - Show it off Sunday

An amazingly bright sunny and cold winters day here - beautiful! Have a good day whatever you're doing. x


aussie aNNie said...

oh boy this is stunning, great use of your stash Viv, love those papers and delicate dies used..gorgeous flowers and just love it....I can be strong and not buy papers but dies are another thing...

take care.xx

Beccy said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful Viv! I think you've done a wonderful job using the gorgeous papers, I particularly like the way you framed the dancers as your focal point... very clever. Great use of the sweater lace too.

Desire Fourie said...

So much of gorgeousness here with a lovely victorian feel.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Janeen said...

Boy, do I know what you mean. I have been on a paper freeze for a couple of years now, is marked way down and I can't afford to walk past it for that, like 70% off. I am making progress and since my goal is to ink up every one of my stamps, I find myself using papers and embellys that have become deeply hidden over the years.

Your card is beautiful..

Mrs A. said...

Well done you for making such a stunningly beautiful card from your stash of papers. I know exactly how you feel . I have been almost a week off line now sorting out my stash and accumulated stuff. I can't even blame Christmas for it as the only new thing I had was my Grand Calibur and that sits where the Big shot used to. It's a great sense of acheievementt when you sort the last drawer out and shut it but then turn round and see the huge pile on the floor behind you still to sort and the utter despair I now have of where the heck is it all going to go when
moving is not an option!!
hugs Mrs A.
I need a drinkie poo.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Stunning card Vic so pretty! I admire your resolve I stopped buying paper pads (just about) but now I think I am clogging up my pc with digi paper packs I keep buying!!! Susan x

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Stunning card Vic so pretty! I admire your resolve I stopped buying paper pads (just about) but now I think I am clogging up my pc with digi paper packs I keep buying!!! Susan x

Sue said...

This is stunning Viv. I love those papers, they are so pretty and delicate. Your design and detailing is gorgeous.
Sue xx

Jackie said...

What a gorgeous shaped card. I stopped buying paper 5 years ago and still haven't used up my mountain yet! :o)
Jackie xx

Suze Bain said...

Wow Viv, this is stunning, no wonder you can't help,yourself buying these gorgeous papers. Xx

Wendy L said...

Great card and so very pretty, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. xxxx

Basslady said...

what a gorgeous work of art!

thank you so much for playing along with us at ruby's rainbow challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Pia S said...

I recognize the ballerinas, I believe I got that DP in my own enormous paper pile - lol. It's a gorgeous creation, love the card shape. I wish my really old paper would inspire me the way it did you,...

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Viv.
Wendy xx

CraftyGirl said...

Such a lovely vintage card. I am very glad you joined us this week at TSB. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge. :)


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Jan Ltc said...

Gorgeous card xx Jan

brenda said...

Oh my Viv this just stunning, thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts.

Great game and good to see the SAS back in action.

B x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous project, it looks so romantic.
Yvonne x

debby4000 said...

What a wonderful, beautiful card.

vicki said...

this is just beautiful!!!!

vic x

coops said...

oh wow this is stunning viv.really beautiful image and colours and your design is fabulous ;D

xx coops xx

Bonnie said...

Great project! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Jessie L. said...

This is just beautiful! I especially love the way you have upcycled that lovely embroidery from your sweater! I have an old skirt that has some beautiful lace on it I plan to use this way. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Hope to see you again for the next challenge!


OMG Viv! Where do I begin, except to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wonderful creation - the delicate colours, the image, the flowers, the diecuts - yes, even those lace leaves from your fancy sweater!Lol I could look at this all day long!!
Another one for my pin boards!
Sylvia xxx

Cherry's Jubilee said...

so pretty and soft....thank you for joining us at RRR! Cherry

bumblebee creations said...

this is gorgeous! thanks for joining us at TSB!

Irish Cherokee said...

Finally getting around to a bit of commenting. I'm a pushover for Victorian almost anything. Like the card. Very victorian. Not a cardmaker just coloring with some drawing. Nicely done. Jim

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for January with your gorgeous card - hope to see you again soon. x

Izzwizz said...

Love this, it's just beautiful! You'll have to use up more of your papers if you get results like this :-) maddy x

Viv said...

Such a beautiful card Viv, I have so many unused papers too lol :) Viv xx

Mau xx said...

Yep! I have this pad We are all as bad as each other :o~
Gorgeous Card though Viv, The focal point is Beautiful and love all the detail on it.
Hugs Mau xx
keep wading

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

Gorgeous card!! Thanks so much for participating in our STAMPING BOUTIQUE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper

Sandra Mathis said...

Hi Viv,
Oh these papers sure are beautiful and so is your card! Gorgeous layering, such pretty pastels and a beautiful centre piece image, framed with a stunning die. Thanks so much for joining LLC for our perfume challenge.

Hugz, Sandy
Owner & Operator @ Live & Love Crafts

♥Gemma♥ said...

Wow this is ever so pretty hunni!! Love it!!
hugs and xxx

Kim x said...

Only 200, I doubt that would get me through a quarter of my stash lol.
hugs Kimx

Ginny B. said...

What a stunningly beautiful card, Viv... Love all the soft elements that make this such a feminine work of art. I totally understand your comment about all your papers. I have a friend who says she is on a six month "fast" from buying any crafting supplies. I thought this was a noble idea, but pray I will have the discipline to follow her example. Only about 5 months to go! LOL

Blessings, Ginny