Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Giveaway & Vintage Card Tutorial

Don't you just love vintage photographs - particularly those from La Belle Époque.

That golden era from 1890 - 1914, Paris before the First World War...

Photographs of actresses, starlets, showgirls, chorus girls &
burlesque stars who adorned French postcards...

Beautiful in black & white and giving us a glimpse of a more romantic time.
A time of optomism & new discoveries... elegant hairsyles, feminine
accessories, beautifully made dresses & gentlemen wearing hats.

Paris at the turn of the century... Maxim's, Moulin Rouge,
Folies Bergère, Flappers & Gibson girls...

Here is a little tutorial for you to create your own gift card
 using a few of my favourite images


You will need -

•A4 sized white cardstock
•Background paper - pastel paper, thin watercolour paper or cardstock
(not too thick as you will be tearing the edges of this) 
•Glue stick or double sided tape
•Cutting blade & ruler
•Silver charms

Print out your images on the white cardstock. 
You should be able to fit four per A4 piece of card.
Printed size of each is approximately 13cm x 8cm


Once printed, cut out using a cutting blade & ruler to ensure
you get nice straight edges...
If you want a more vintage look you can ink the edges at this stage!

Now it is time to tear your background paper to a slightly larger
size than your printed cards

Working on the reverse side, line up your ruler where you want to tear &
tear in an downward pulling motion...

Glue or tape your printed image to the centre of the background paper

Punch a hole in the top left corner, thread you ribbon through
your charm & then through your card...

Now for the giveaway -


Because it is my birthday this Sunday....I thought I would share the love and host
my first of many giveaways!

I have a sweet collection of Parisian Belle Epoche inspired creations to giveaway!

Three vintage handmade cards, three bijoux fabric roses, three heart clay tags, a French & Sparrow Paris tag & a sweet metal cross & bead dangle!

You have multiple chances to enter & please leave a seperate comment for each entry!

  • Become a follower of this blog, French & Sparrow, AND let me know in a comment.
  • Share the Give Away on your Blog and/or Facebook page AND let me know in a comment(s).
  • Like French & Sparrow on Facebook AND leave a message on my page 

This giveaway has now closed ~ the winner will be announced
later today!

Good luck everyone!

Artwork free strictly for personal use, not for commercial use. Sharing these photos on Pinterest is welcome as long as you source and link back to If you'd like to blog about this post, feel free to post a couple of photos as long as you credit and link back to this post and/or As a courtesy, please do not distribute my downloads from your site nor link directly to the images on my site. Instead, please link back to this page.
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  1. A lovely giveaway! I love these images of French women. My grandmother was French and when I was growing up I saw lots of these cards come in the mail. I love to win your give away I am off to like our facebook page and I will post about it on my fb page and metion your giveaway in my blog. Robertax

  2. Just found your site via your White Wednesday linky. LOVELY! Must have a good look around in a minute, but first I have to let you know that I am now a follower. Your giveaway is so generous, and exactly what so many of us really love. Of course I would be delighted to win it.

  3. Going to put a link back to this post on my blog as well, spreading the word :-),but I don't do facebook, so can't do that, unfortunately.

    1. Thanks Liz, lovely to have you as a follower! Good luck with the giveaway x Kerry

  4. Oh my goodness, I cannot believe I have not discovered your Blog before now.
    It is divine as are your cards.
    Thank you so much for the use of those sublime images which I will gain so much pleasure from using.
    I am your latest Follower, obviously I would love to be included in your Giveawayy.
    Thank you for your generosity.
    P.S. Sorry but I am not on Facebook.

    1. Welcome Lynne, thanks for your lovely comments & good luck! x Kerry

  5. I already follow you by email here and I love the stuff you are offering!

  6. I already follow you on fb and i just posted this to both my pages - personal and biz!

    1. Thanks so much Jill, good luck to you! x Kerry

  7. I am a new follower--LOVE this project! Found you via the someday crafts giveaway directory and so glad I did!

  8. I just shared about the giveaway on my Facebook AND pinned the link to my "Future Projects" board on pinterest!

  9. Glad I found you through one of the blog parties. These cards are delightful. I love how you made the lovely calligraphy overlap on the pictures! I'm a new follower! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  10. Hi Kerry....I'm your newest follower...and I would to be entered in for this is stunning!

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  11. I liked you on please do enter me a second time!
    thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous digital art creations.

    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

    hope you'll drop by to visit sometime.

  12. So excited to have found another Aussie Blog..
    Your talent is amazing and I've just become a follower..
    Pleae pop over and visit soon as I'm having a new giveaway starting Monday..
    Thanks for the chance..xx

  13. Love this tutorial, Kerry! And oh my! Love all the goodies you are including in the giveaway! How sweet of you!! Please enter me!!

    I will come back and leave comments for the other things I do later!!
    Thank you for being a lovely bloggy friend! I love your blog, your shop, and your gracious, thoughtful, and kind personality!!


  14. I am your newest follower. Great giveaway! Cant wait to sift through older posts! Will post later but will comment when I do! Have a great day!!

    1. Thank you Pam & welcome... good luck with the giveaway!
      x Kerry

  15. I'm a follower and huge fan of your blog! Great giveaway - stunning images - I so love your style!

    1. Welcome Rhonda, so glad you stopped by & joined in the fun! x Kerry

  16. What a fantastic giveaway... I am a follower already and really love your fabulous blog posts. Thanks for the opportunity X

  17. Following your blog. Only to happy to discover!

  18. Shared on FB...

  19. Following on FB too! :)

  20. Have shared on FB

    These are such lovely cards!

  21. Following on FB & commented too! :)
    Thank you!

  22. Hello Kerry
    I have just discovered you through Liz (LuLuLiz) and I am so glad that I did!
    One of the images here in the Giveaway is one I have just used in my Round Robin Lacebook journal - with my theme "Vintage Gypsy" but all of these are just so gorgeous!
    I am now your newest follower living in Australia on the far south coast of N.S.W. (originally from Victoria).
    I don't do Facebook either! but would love to be included in your beautiful draw!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
    x Suzy

  23. Kerry I have just placed your Giveaway on my sidebar also so people can be linked back to here!
    All the best with your beautiful blog!
    x Suzy

  24. how I hve I not discovered you here? Beautiful and yes please put my name in the hat for the give a way, certainly a great blog to follow. xoxo

  25. What a gorgeous giveaway Kerry I'd love a chance to win. I am already a follower of your lovely blog. xx

  26. I have just stumbled upon your lovely blog and am now a happy follower,what a lovely giveaway have a beautiful day xx

  27. Hello Kerry,
    I'm new follower and would love to enter your giveaway:)

  28. Info about your giveaway is on my sidebar!

  29. I liked you on Facebook + commented too:)

  30. I just found your gorgeous blog and became a follower.:) I hope I'm not too late to enter the giveaway; I'm not sure if midnight on August 2 is one minute after 11:59 pm on August 1, or 1 minute after 11:59 pm on August 2...! Regardless, though, I am delighted to have found your blog!

    P.S. My birthday is on Saturday.:)

  31. Recently found your blog ... Absolutely gorgeous Postcards ... Many thanks to you ... I have used them on a project which you can see on my blog and on City Crafter blog to be published tomorrow 16/7/2013.

  32. I found you via pinterest today and thank you so very much for the gorgeous images you have shared. I will be staying on your site for a while, thanks again!

    1. Your welcome, thanks for taking the time to say hi, lovely to have you visiting! x Kerry


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