Saturday, October 23, 2010

Altered Recipe Cards - A little Giveaway too!

My friend Jodi recently purchased a vintage cookbook at an estate sale. Inside the book were some lovely handwritten recipes on index cards. Cookbooks and family recipes would inspire most people to want to make a favorite meal or dessert.  Not me.  I couldn't wait to get home to my scissors and glue!
I tried to use scraps and small pieces so that you could still see a bit of the recipe card.  I used quite a bit of vintage lace so that you could see through the embellishments to the recipe. I also tried not to over think it. When I make a tag or small piece, I have to use something as a base. A handwritten recipe is a lovely choice even if it is very subtle. I love this Santa image and that vintage earring I found at a garage sale. 
I love the contrast of the red on this one. The recipe really shines through and the script is beautiful. The recipe is for Brown Sugar Cookies.  I frosted the card with some fine glitter and added the embellishments.
This Santa image is printed on a lightweight cotton canvas.  It is from my my printer tutorial that I did a few posts back.  The vintage earring is another garage sale find.  These cards are made completely of items I already had from thrifting and garage sales.
In case you are wondering, I made copies of a few vintage recipes and used them over and over. I printed them on card stock, cut and distressed.  You could do the same thing and then embellish.
This one does not have a Christmas theme. Instead I used an old book binding left over from another project, some vintage lace, buttons and a skeleton key!  By now, you must have figured out that I have an obsession for collection of these. Let's just say when I can't sleep, I like to get on Ebay late at night.

So what can you do with these? You can: add a piece of ribbon and make it a tag, hang on a wine bottle, slip under a ribbon on homemade baked goods, frame one, place them in a vintage flower frog or how about in an apothecary jar filled with ever greens and pine cones? The possibilities are endless. They are just like postcards.

I hope you enjoyed these! I just realized I hit 100 followers today! I am blown away by your support -THANK YOU!. I"m going to be spontaneous and giveaway three of these! Three different followers will each receive one of these altered recipe cards!  To be eligible for this impromptu giveaway, please either add yourself as a new follower (one entry) and let me know you did below OR for existing followers, simply leave a comment about the post and just remind me you follow(one entry).  If you link back to this post or mention me on your blog, you get two more chances to win. Make sure you email me to let me know. If you don't have a blog listed in your profile - leave an email address with your comment so I can find you if you win. How about I  pick the three winners on Wednesday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m?  Sounds like fun to me!  Thanks for joining me in this mini celebration! Linking up to the following crafty linky parties:

41 comments:

  1. Hi Vicki! WOW! Congratulations! I think just a couple of weeks ago you were at 50+ "friends"?? Everyone is recognizing your wonderful talent and style and hopping on the Rusty Rooster bandwagon. :-) I love these cards and I'm happy to be a follower who gets to enter the giveaway!
    Vanessa

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  2. Well you are just on a roll aren't you!:) Your new blog has exploded with yummy treasures! My favorite is the 1st Santa shown with the vintage earing from garage sale find, I would have never thought to repurpose vintage recipe cards, love these! Keep up the good work, I'm hoping to win one!:) ♥

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  3. I love them all...you are so talented. Who would have ever thought to do this with recipe cards? what talent!!! I am a follower. Blessings, linda gypsyluv1010@gmail.com

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  4. Oh Vicki,
    These are breathtaking!!! I LOVE them!!! WOW! And congratulations on your followers! Did you notice mine? I'm at 299 and I need to get to 300...I'll pay someone..lol Just kidding!

    That darn 299 just stares me in the face and I think, "Come on guys, just push a little button..." lol

    These card are spectacular!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  5. Hi there-
    Well, lucky me I'm your 101 follower! How exciting :) I love these cards, exp the old book binding one, they are gorgeous!
    So now you have me getting excited about christmas. :)
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!
    XO
    Kristin

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  6. These are fantastic works of art....I adore them. Of course I am jumping on the follow wagon too. I can't wait to decorate for Christmas...this only inspired me more.

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  7. These are SO cute and completely original!
    I love that you are a trailblazer, there's so much which sets you apart from the pack.

    That "thing" we talked about?
    Next week, for sure. :-)

    Hugs,
    Anne

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  8. oooh! Enter me please!!
    Love that last one with the key.
    I'm always loking for skeleton keys, but never found a good deal on them. just have to keep looking I guess.

    hugs and blessings, and congratulations on 100 followers!!

    barbara jean

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  9. Vicki,
    Told my friends about the giveaway.
    Do I get to enter again? =)

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  10. Vicki-
    What a GREAT idea for the background-so clever!!
    I follow you as of last week and I'm sure glad I do!!!
    xo
    lynn

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  11. Hi Vicki! Congratulations on your milestone! I am a follower and would love to win one of these charming pieces!

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  12. I have posted this on my sidebar, as well!

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  13. I love your work it so beautiful I am now follower 103

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  14. Hi Vickie,
    What a great idea, I love them. keep up the good work!
    Smiles,Angela.

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  15. congratulations! i can't resist the chance to win something with a skeleton key! i love them!

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  16. Good morning, I've become a new follower after being sent over from Treasures From The Heart. I've enjoyed reading your past posts. I do not have a blog but my e-mail is
    technoturt@yahoo.com
    Blessings

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  17. Wonderful idea ! Just became a follower but don't have a blog.
    rhermann@frontiernet.net

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  18. How beautiful and congrats on your 107 followers now. I'm a follower so count me in on your giveway.

    Enjoy your day.
    Gail

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  19. I don't know what # I am as a new follower, but I sure want to learn how to do the beautiful creations, you've created.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  20. Lovely use for old recipe cards....please throw my hat into the give away....i am a current follower....oh...by the way....I made the paperback book pumpkin with my grandson and it turned out GREAT!!!

    Xo

    Jo

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  21. Hello everyone! Thank you for all your wonderful comments and follows. I've got you all entered in my little impromptu giveaway. Some of you more than once since you put a link on your blogs.I've been creating more of these that are not Xmas related today. I'll share them on White Wednesday with you. This is such a fun little project. Take care!

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  22. Congratulations on a 100 followers!! I love your work they are so creative!! Please enter me in your give away!

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  23. You are so creative, I'm happy I found you! Great give away, Marcia

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  24. Hi Vicki. I'm a new follower. You blog is so pretty. I love the lacy vintage look. I'm a Florida girl too. I live in Jacksonville. Your cards are just as sweet as can be. Please enter me in your giveaway too.

    Hugs...Tracy :)
    cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

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  25. I'm a new blogger and hope I do this right. I love your doable ideas. i am now a follower, so thanx for giving me a chance at the giveaway.
    billi

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  26. Hi Vicki,
    Oh my gosh--thank you so much for telling me about that voting thing! I figure that those treasuries aren't on all that long (3 different people have included my work in theirs in the last few weeks) so next time, what do I do, add the link and ask people to comment? That would be easy, peasy.
    I hope you're having a great Sunday!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  27. Always on the lookout for new and creative blogs and I know that your cute blog is definately a keeper! Love your original recipe card idea! Can't wait to go through your whole blog cuz I just know I'm gonna love it!! New follower here and I'm sure a constant visitor!

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  28. Hi Vicki,
    Thank you so much! I had no idea! I would have asked people to go over sooner...I'll know in advance for next time...Thank you so much!! Etsy is like a "whole other world!" I don't even know how people find me, but I'm glad they do...lol!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  29. These little creations are all so wonderful!!! What a great idea to incorporate the recipe cards! I'm now a follower Vicki...and would love to win one of your cards too!! Have a great week sweetie ~ hugs and love, Dawn

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  30. Hi Vicki,
    So GLAD you stopped by my new blog! And thank you for leaving a sweet comment. AND I'm now a follower of yours too and would love to be one of the winners of your recipe cards. They are beautiful. What a great idea. You're like me, I collect everything too. :)
    Congrats on 100 followers and may you have many more.
    Blessings,
    Sonya

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  31. I love every one of these cards, and they're all very special. And congrats on reaching 100...this happened VERY quickly!

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  32. What a cute idea. You are so creative. Sign me up for the giveaway, I'm already a follower.

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  33. Beautiful creations!!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

    best regards,
    Wanda

    wanda.contreras@yahoo.com

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  34. these are lovely! I am already a happy follower!

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  35. These are just stunning! Works of art each and every one. The winner will be very very lucky indeed! And I am a very happy and inspired follower :)

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  36. What a great idea! I would love to win one! I am already a follower.
    Karen

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  37. Did I make it before the deadline????
    yes! Yay!!!!
    Pick ME Vicki...I want ALL THREE!!!
    (I'm geedy...they are GORGEOUS)
    :)

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  38. These are beautiful Vicki...I hopped on over to this post from your White Wednesday post! I am also a new follower!!
    Hugs~

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  39. Totally Added you and will be following! You're blog is beautiful (Structured & Pretty, I dig!) and easy to read. Plus, you've got some amazing creations.

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  40. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love vintage items. Just beautiful!

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