Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gingersnap Creations GC88: Coffee and Cream

Time for a yummy new color challenge over at Gingersnap Creations: GC88 Coffee and Cream!  I'm in the middle of a wonderful novel called The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, and it's got me thinking of bygone eras and turn of the century customs.  I decided to create a little packet of faux ephemera... a little pile of imagined sweet remembrances, of a best friend, a sister, a daughter who has fled the nest to experience the world.  A ribbon from her hair, a letter detailing all of her new experiences, a postcard from exciting places abroad, a rose petal carefully preserved.  And of course, a photo from her 18th birthday.  All a bit coffee stained, of course, from so much handling, re-reading.  Lying atop a pretty folder to keep it all in.  The vintage photo image is from Oxford Impressions, the postcard from Unity Stamp Co., and the coffee stains from Close To My Heart.  

My coffee table has a glass top, with a shadow box display case beneath it - this will go there, along with some vintage doilies and some Valentine's whatnots.  I had fun with this color scheme - so subtle that it becomes more about textures and shapes.  I hope you'll have time to play along!  You can post a link to your Coffee and Cream creation to share over at Gingersnap Creations.   

19 comments:

craftattack said...

A great idea and a wonderful piece of art work. I love that book, too.

Susan Allan said...

This is a lovely idea and a beautiful collection. I love that colour palette too, soft and muted....lovely!! This will look really well in your coffee table!!
Sue xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful collage, love the leaf.

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

This is so lovely...this will really make a statement under the coffee table.

Linda R. said...

This is such a wonderful idea.. So creative..

Netty said...

Totally gorgeous, love all the different elements. Annette x

LeAnne said...

Wow wow wow! You are speaking to my ever-lovin' vintage heart with this BEAUTY! LOVE that stamp company!!! Yikes, another one to add to my list!

Shar said...

Smashing piece! Love the layered ephemera - faux or not! I love how you have created a narrative with all the elements! Wonderful!

Angelnorth said...

Fabulous project Jean, love all the little details here! I meant to say congrats on the Craft Stamper cover project too (the comment box is lined up with the thumbnail of it now which has prodded my frozen brain into action!).

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, this is beautiful...what a fabulous idea and so perfect for the color scheme!!!
XO

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh gosh, all of your work is beautiful!!!
XO
I love the winter bird for Tag Tuesday and the tag with the ruffle at the bottom...so adorable!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. Sorry for writing again, but I wanted to know if you'd like to be featured in my online magazine in the spring...if so, just leave me a message...
Also, I would like to do a "bird" themed feature,
so I'd love to feature your precious bird tag...
XO
Cindy

Lori said...

Such a wonderful grouping of ephemera, really great! Love this color scheme!

Deb (dcorder) said...

Jean! This is stunning. Your work is always such an inspiration to me.

Lynn Stevens said...

Gorgeous, I really need to get myself some of that bakers twine. too cool!

carole-ish said...

i'm a huge fan of kate morton, too!! i'm reading her new book right now, and i really loved "the forgotten garden". :)
your parcel of remembrance yummies is wonderful...

Melodie said...

What a great layout idea...I wouldn't have thought of the grouping of ephemera...it so gives off the warm vintage feel...and thanks for the book tip...I haven't read Kate Morton yet!

stampdiva said...

Hi Jean.
This is so special. Gorgeous.
May I add Congratulations on more artwork in Craft Stamper and being Cover Girl once again. Your cards were beautiful.
Wishes
Lynne M

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there, love the colours on this, perfect choice and great design:0) xxx