Sunday 9 January 2011

Going Retro

Deciding to run with the theme at Mo’s Digital this week of ‘Retro’, I hunted through my digis and came up with this one which just seemed perfect for a retrospective look at life in the ‘70s - through rose-tinted glasses of course.  Look at the width of those trouser hems! Isn’t she just right for it?  I hadn’t actually used this image before oddly enough – but there is a first time for everything and for the girl in the window seat, today was her day. LOL.  I think she reminds me of ‘me’, way back when. LOL.

Image chosen, I then had to think of a layout and I picked out the one from CRAFT which seemed to tick all the right boxes for me.  As for the papers, I was originally aiming for the more typical geometrics but changed my mind for a more softer effect.  I had had these a while but when I came across the one with the soft paisley pattern whilst rummaging, I just knew I had to use it as it reminded me of a dress I used to have way back when, all flouncy and typically 70s.  All the papers are from Crate Paper & I paper-pieced the curtains, wallpaper and main cushions of her window seat, adding shading with my Promarkers, the same medium that I coloured the rest of the image in with.  Note too, that I gave those fab and flaring trousers a split knee – yes, all of you old enough to remember the 70s will remember those split knees of different colours to the rest of your trousers. Hers I have given blue spots. I drew extra lines on her jumper before adding my shading as everyone had skinny rib jumpers then. LOL.  As I am now in great danger of reminiscing about 70s fashions, I shall force myself back to my card!

The sentiment is from TLC Creations and I chose this one as it seemed to work on several different levels. ‘Enjoy the journey’, is she going somewhere or does this mean the journey into the land of make-believe, into the novel she is reading, or does it mean the journey through life, given that it is retrospective?  Take your pick.  I adorned the layered sentiment with a big 70’s type button for good measure, yeah, OK, I made myself a button from card rather than sticking ‘real’ one on, but this way I find the right size and the right colour - and it lies flat for posting! Win, win in my book! LOL.  

Challenges for my card today:
CRAFT – sketch layout
Mo’s Digital – going retro
Stamp Challenges – use a digi
Cute Card Thursday – old stash (the papers)
Creative Cottage – something new (using this image for the first time)
Digi Doodle - buttons
Creative Craft - new year's resolutions (personally I need to catch up on my reading - I even have months of magazines to read, let alone a novel....just too busy crafting instead I reckon! LOL)
Polka Doodles – a wish for New Year (the girl in the image might remind me of myself but it could also be that of my daughter, swotting hard for her qualifications. My wish is for her success this year and that she manages to get a good job at the end of it, in these uncertain times)
Alphabet - journey
Kaboodle Doodles - anything goes.


  1. Gorgeous card, I like the image, Thank you for playing along with us this week at C.R.A.F.T Challenge.
    Kevin xx

  2. Great card, what a fab image. The sentiment is so perfect for it. Thanks for playing along at CRAFT challenge. Sharon x

  3. How have I missed this MO image?? Ive never seen it before!You're right though, its fab for retro with the trousers saying it all! Great job and thanks for joining us at Mo's. :-)

  4. oh love this image,beautiful detail on this too bless you for playing at polka doddles this week,hugs cheryl x GD

  5. This is perfect for a retro theme.. Great soft colors. Great job. Thanks so much for joining us at Mo's this week.

  6. Fab card and there's nothing wrong with crafting over reading and why did life seem so much simpler and there seem more time in a day in the 70's. I had a pair of liliac jeans just like those you describe, ah the days of mis spent youth . Thanks for joining us at creative craft challenges and good luck in the challenges.

  7. Hi Tine
    This is gorgeous as always, love the image too, thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best.

  8. This is great! I especially love the way you've pieced the cushions and the wall. Glad you joined us in Mo's Challenge.

  9. such soothing shades, lovely..
    thanks for joining us over at Polkadoodles this week!
    hugs xx

  10. Hi Tine, wow thats fabulous love the paper piecing its given it a totally different dimension. Its stunning. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

  11. A wonderful card. I love the paper piecing. Thank you for joining in at CRAFT challenge.

    Nikki x
    GDT for CRAFT for January.

  12. Gorgeous card! It reminds me of the times when I used to do that! Yes, I guess this takes you back in time, because, unfortunately people don't read anymore as they used to:(.
    Lovely pastel colours and great coloring! Thanks for sharing!
    Warmest wishes, iulia

  13. Great card, I love your take on the challenge! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

  14. What a beautiful card, I love your coloring.

    Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

  15. Lovely card, loveglad you could join us at Polkadoodles this week. Good Luck! Colette xx the paper pieced sections,

  16. Super great card !

    Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Shops Best :D Hope to see you again.

    All the best to you,
    Jóna, DT member at DDSB

  17. Wonderful card.Love the colours and your colouring is superb.Had to look twice at your card button - fabulous job.Thanks for joining us at Digi Doolde Shop's Best :D
    Lisa x

  18. Oh wow!! I just LOVE that gorgeous image!! Your coloring is awesome!! Thanks for joining with us at Stamp Something this week!!HUGS

  19. fab card - great image -thank you for joining in the alphabet challenge x

  20. Gorgeous card Tine, I was always desperate for a window seat, thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best this week
    Ruth x

  21. It IS a fab retro image! Paper piecing is something I don't do often enough - it looks so effective here!! The patterns are perfectly chosen!!

  22. So beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles with this great card! Good luck!

    Saskia :)

  23. A beautiful card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge.

  24. Thanks for playing along at Polkadoodles this week in our"Wish Challenge" Lovely card! Cheers Claire x

  25. Really lovely card and thanks for sharing it with us at Polka Doodles Wish For The New Year challenge.

  26. Beautiful! Great card, thanks for joining in with us at Polka Doodles this week! Fingers crossed! x