July 30, 2013

Downtown Antique Paris

My dear friends & readers, here we are back on track sharing new projects & new images in our blogs Boulevard de L'antique:  Crafts & Decor and Retro Scrap Freebies.  We have been working on new ideas that we will be posting very soon.  

If you follow our blog you will know that we like to create “decoupage scenes” in many of my vintage boxes, scenes that might tell a story or picture a landscape.  This time my mind flew to the streets of Paris back in the 1800’s, and this is what I imagined "Beautiful ladies walking on Saturday evening on a street by a hill from which you can see in the distance the Eiffel Tower and even a zeppelin across the sky"

For this project I wanted to combine the techniques of Decoupage and Image Transfer, so the background buildings, the Eiffel Tower and zeppelin are done by transferring the images and the ladies with decoupage.

I kept the inside of the box very simple, just stamped some vintage graphics related to Paris in black ink.

At the beginning I decided to paint the box in pink, gray and black, but somehow on the way especially after having glued the ladies to the surface, I changed my mind into dark purple, gray and black, and when repainted I realized the purple was a better choice for this project.

As a decorative touch I stamped a nice old looking handwriting over the purple and the black and also stamped some Eiffel Towers and the Arch of Triumph. 

The buildings were taken from a French Architecture Book and the ladies from Fashion Plates of the early 1800’s that you can find HERE.

For the Image transfer technique, I printed the images on a laser printer (mirror), glue them with Mod Podge to the surface of the box exactly where I wanted them to be and let it dry for 24 hours.  Next day I peeled the paper off with wet fingers slowly in circular motion, until the image came through.  For the decoupage, we used the standard “step by step” you can find Here.

The box was a tobacco box and it looked like this before:

It was a fun project; I enjoyed working on it very much.

I hope you liked this project and for Free Vintage Images to use in your projects don't forget to visit our Retro Scraps Blog. 

Every week we have the great opportunity to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.

Newbie Graduates Party @ Debbiedoo's 
Monday Funday @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
Monday Funday @  Lines Across
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor  
Monday Funday @ Creatively Living 
Monday Funday @ That's What Che Said
Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Salt Tree Social @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home
Pretty Things Link Party @ twelveOeight 
Wow us Wednesdays @ http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above
Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson  
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
What's Cluckin @ Chicken Scratch  
 Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
100 Ideas under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence 
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Spark Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln  
Feature Friday Free-for-All @  Five days Five Ways
Friday's Favorite Pin @ Decor to Adore
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week,



  1. I love your box, it's just gorgeous! Your decoupage feels like it's printed right over the box. May I ask where you get all these french stamps? Could you please share the link or stamp brand names? TFS!

  2. just found your site from the No Minimalist party- What delightful decoupage boxes! Love the way you layer the images!

  3. Great idea and very well done.

  4. Hi, I really love the box you made. It is so beautify! I saw on have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  5. The box is fabulous and I appreciate you sharing the tutorial at the Open House party.

  6. this is wonderful!! thanks so much for joinin in!

  7. OH, my! This is gorgoeus - I love how you incorporated these images for your theme - beautifully done! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  8. What a darling Paris scene! You are so very creative. So happy to have you back sharing with SYC.

  9. This is beautiful! Great job and thanks for linking it up in the Bowdabra Crafty Showcase! Check out the new linky! http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/08/10/bowdabra-crafty-showcase-with-housewarming-gift-ideas-66/

    Have a super week,
    Susie @Bowdabra

  10. Me encanto! Felicidades :)

  11. Why no post for so long? ;) Hope you will get back to blogging and sharing soon.

  12. hm, looks like I am the only one still coming here to check if there are new posts :) I liked the simplicity of your blog and your projects. Hope all is well with you!

    1. Hi dear, thank you very much for your kind words. I've had more downs than ups along the way and was not able to continue creating, but I am back now with new energies and will be sharing new projects as soon as I finish them. Thank you so much for your support, you made my day. You may follow on facebook, or twitter as well to get the updates on time. Have a wonderful day.

  13. So glad to see that you are back! I wish you the very best in life and creativity. Looking forward to all your projects.

  14. So glad to see that you are back! I wish you the very best in life and creativity. Looking forward to all your projects.

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