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Vintage Page Designs: March 2012

March 30, 2012

Five Friday Favorites - new blogs

What have I been up to this week?  Mailing out these little babies to a team of designers who I know are going to knock my socks off with their creations!  You'll be hearing more soon.......

I discovered some new bloggers on my travels this week and I thought you might enjoy them too.  Why not stop in and say 'hi' to them.

And here are two scrapping blogs that are new to me.  They have some amazing work that I'm totally in love with and I bet you'll love it too!

Have a creative weekend!



March 28, 2012

Final Gingersnaps Challenge & WOYWW147

I posted the last challenge on the Gingersnaps Blog today!  There's some lovely artwork on there by our talented design team and visiting artists for our final copper, ginger or rust color challenge.  It's sad to see it close, but it's time to try new things and take on new challenges :)

Here's the piece I created.  I seem to have a fabric thing going on right now.  I'm not loving the corners - I've got to figure out a better way to deal with that.


The different layers you see here are from bottom to top: chipboard, batting, muslin, 2 pieces of vinyl wallpaper, patterned paper by Graphic 45, embossed copper c/stock and a strip of rust linen (scraps from my living room curtains!).  Here's a close up:

The main panel is made up of 9 inches that include stamped images from Stampin' Up! and Artistic Outpost.  The circular thingamajig is a key from a vintage cash register.  I love it and have been trying to find a use for it for a while now.

I took a photo of my work table when I was done making this - it was a ocean of orange!  I'm linking it to What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday 147.

Hope you're having a creative week!


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March 25, 2012

Quick and Easy Ways to Alter Book Pages plus a Free Shipping Offer

Happy Sunday!  I have a post over on Gingersnaps today about how to alter vintage book pages.  They're all very quick and easy.  And 4 of the 5 projects use a vintage book page bundle from the store.  I only have a few available and am offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on them TODAY ONLY.

Here are a couple more of the projects I made:

Have a great weekend!

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March 23, 2012

Friday Favorites

Thank goodness it's Friday!  I've had a crazy busy week and I haven't had a minute to find my Friday Favorites.  It has been such beautiful weather here and I did make time to take a few walks.  I brought my camera with me yesterday and I took a couple of pictures to share instead.

Have a wonderful Friday!



March 21, 2012

Patterned Paper Butterflies

I'm still on a mission to use up my stash of patterned paper. Have you taken my challenge yet?  You could win a handmade art journal!

I recently organized a twinchie swap and wanted to include a little card with each package, but there were lots to make.  So, I created a bunch of really simple, but really cute (I think) 3" x 3" cards.

I die cut butterflies from pretty patterned paper that I'd been hoarding!  I stamped them with a script image and the sponged the edges.

The 3" x 3" bases are left over strips of watercolor paper from making my custom photo albums.

I adhered the butterflies to the bases and embellished their centres with a pearl, rhinestone or button.

Here's the finished batch.

I hope you'll take my patterned paper stash challenge and lighten the load in your craft room!

Happy creating!


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March 19, 2012

Mothers' Day Card


Happy Mothers' Day if you live in the UK!  In case you didn't know, Mothers' Day is celebrated on different days in the US and UK.  I celebrate both days the American day (sometime in May) with my daughter here, but my British day with my Mum.

Here's the card I made for her.  The heart was created from an old blouse of mine that I love and just can't bring myself to throw away.  But I've worn it so much that it has holes in it!  I cut the heart free hand and sewed it onto a cream card base.

I sewed together the cream, pink and brown c/stock and stuck it all on a kraft card base.  It's finished with some vintage buttons and a Stampin' Up! sentiment.  I hope she likes it :)

While I had the fabric out on the table, I decided to make a few more cards with it.  I used a Tim Holtz flower die and some vintage brown buttons. 

I'm entering the Mothers' Day card into the following challenges:

My Mum's Craft Shop - Mum's the word
Crafty Bloggers Network - Floral
Belli Challenge - Clean and Simple

Hope you have a wonderful week!


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March 17, 2012

Shop News

It's been a busy week in the Etsy store.  All of the vintage French ribbon sold out, but luckily I scored some more yesterday on a little antiquing trip I took!

I received several custom photo albums orders, including a neat one with a map of Africa to celebrate honeymoon memories!  And I'm busy this weekend creating my new vintage kits - I found some fantastic vintage hankies yesterday to include - I'll take a picture when I've washed them :)

Got an Etsy store?  Feel free to leave a link in the comments - I'd love to pay you a visit!


March 16, 2012

5 Friday Favorites - Pinterest Boards

I purchased a blue version of this print late last year and I have it pinned up on my studio wall.  I need to be reminded it of this fact every day!

I thought I might share with you a few of my favorite Pinterest Boards today.  Enjoy!

(the talented lady who designed my blog banner!)

If you have time, take a peek at my Pinterest Boards.  Want to share yours?  Just leave a link in the comments - I'd love to take a look!

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March 14, 2012

Current Journal

I'd like to share with you my current journal that I made last month.  It's very similar to the one I'm giving away for the De-Stash Challenge because it combines vintage papers and patterned papers to create a unique little journal.

I covered both chipboard covers with an old Cavallini calendar and on top I collaged sheet music, handwritten letters, an old postcard, book pages, postage stamps and flash cards.  There's also some rubber stamped text, including the title and some Tim Holtz hardware to finish it off.



Here are some of the inside pages with patterned paper, old ledger paper, a flash card and an envelope.

And here's an acrylic page that I stuck a little note from my daughter to - I love that you can see both sides!

Some of the vintage papers you see are from a little bundle in my Etsy store - check them out if like vintage papers!

Hope you're having a creative week!


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March 11, 2012

Book Cover Bird Collage

Here's a little something I made last night - I seemed to get a second wind later on day after having been super tired and cranky all day!  It's a little bird collage on a vintage book cover.


The book cover base is layered with muslin and lots of vintage items - lace, a postcard, book page, bird card, seam binding and sheet music.  I adhered the muslin to the book cover with iron-on fusible webbing and the paper elements with gel medium. I used fabric glue to attach the lace and seam binding and some heavy gel medium for the lace flower.

I'm busy working on a new project for my Etsy store - some beautiful themed kits and these are some of the items you might in them!

I'm working on a fabric journal today.  Head on over to the Facebook page for a peek and to share what you're working on this weekend!

I'm entering it into the following challenges:

Craft Room Challenge
Mojo Monthly

Happy creating!


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March 10, 2012

Using Up My Stash

I had a really long week at work this week and although I wanted to be all creative this morning, I was just too darn tired.  But I'm on a mission to use up my stash of patterned paper, so quick and easy cards were the order of the day.

I started with a full sheet of Graphic 45 paper called Lollapalooza and made these 5 cards:

Why not let Graphic 45 do all the work for me!  Okay, another sheet of paper down, how many to go?

Don't forget to enter my De-stash Challenge - there's still a few weeks to go!


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March 9, 2012

5 Friday Favorites

I've found so many favorite projects this week, it's hard to pick just 5!

Janice's card really caught my eye because of the designer paper background that she antiqued - I love this look!  Check out more of Janice's lovely work on her blog Inkee Paws.


Vada's creative use of scraps and the layout of this card just blew me away.  I really need to try this design!  There's lots more to see on her lovely blog, Vada's Blog Stamps Ink and Paper.

And as for these little beauties - I thought I was going to fall off my chair when I saw them.  Trisha's Twinchie books are unbelievable! And so is the rest of her work, which you can check out at Easily Amused, Hard to Offend.

This little princess by Electra really captured my heart!  I adore the text in the background and those lovely bright colors!  Check out more of her inspiring work on her blog Wishin' I Knew How to Blog.

My final Friday Favorite is a link to some art journaling videos.  Don't ask me how I came across Samantha Kira's videos, but you should check them out - they are great!

I'll be back tomorrow with some cards I made using up more of my patterned paper!  Don't forget to play the challenge...


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March 7, 2012

6 Journaling Ideas

Do you journal?  I do most days and have on and off for years.  But some days I get stuck and need a little kick start, so I thought I'd share with you some of the strategies I use regularly to get me going:

1. Magazines
I don't really buy magazines, but if a friend or my mum gives me one, I usually find great journal fodder.  Below are the words I cut out of a Real Simple magazine last month - I use them as a starting point for a journal entry.

2. Blogs
I read a lot of blogs, but there are several blog authors that I can't miss and read everything they post.  They always give me food for thought or food for journaling:
3. Poems
If I don't feel like writing anything, I'll write out a poem I've read and liked in the past few weeks.  Here's a recent one I've loved by Kendra Ford:
April Wind

Branches crack and fall.
High wind
cleans the trees
of winter weight.

Unburden yourself.
Let the wind ride through you.
Open your mouth:
Let the spring wind blow every word
down the alleys and into the fields.
Let loose your dead wood.
Bloom small in the mud.
4. Quotes & Fortune Cookies
I see quotes everywhere that I pop into my journal but fortune cookies can deliver some wisdom too - don't laugh!.  Here are some I've collected:

5. Just Three
This is something I do a lot - I mean, a lot.  I write down just 3 things that I'm grateful for, or that made me happy, amazed me, ticked me off (insert your choice) for that particular day.  It takes the pressure off, but over time still gives you a sense of where I'm at in my life.  So, today I'm grateful that:

1. My car was fixed
2. I was able to take a long walk with my dog
3. That I made the soup we're having for dinner last night

Get the idea?

6. Pictures
If in doubt, a picture speaks a thousand words.  If I've got a mammoth pile of photos on the dining room table that I just ordered from Snapfish thinking that I'd actually scrapbook them (yeah right), then I'll pull a good one out and tape it in with a few thoughts.  How cute is my girl?

I want to know......do you journal?  What do you do to get your ideas flowing?  What do you do when you get stuck?


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March 4, 2012

Wearable Art

We had a lazy Sunday today and I had some time to play.  I've been inspired by all the entries to Linda's Grungy Monday challenge - Wearable Art this week, but it's something totally out of my comfort zone.  So, today instead of playing it safe, I decided to take the challenge and try something new.

I figured a pin or brooch would be the most straightforward thing to attempt.  So, this is what I created on a piece of 2.5" x 2.5" grunge board.

The grunge board is covered with a piece of sheet music and some stamping.  I added an aged paper flower with a vintage hat pin, one of Tim's word sticks and hing clips.  I finished with a vintage flash card and typewriter key.  There's a little metal pin on back, but I don't think you need to see a picture of that!  Everything was adhered with soft or heavy weight gel medium.

Come and share what you've been working on today on my Facebook page.  I'm curious....

Hope you like it :)

Have a happy Monday!


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Patterned Paper Challenge

I'm continuing to challenge myself by getting rid of my patterned paper.  This time, I got out my 1" square punch and cut out a mountain of inchies from patterned paper, book pages, candy wrappers (yes, that's a Tootsie Roll wrapper you see in there!) and stamped images etc.

I adhered them all to a piece of 12" x 12" plain blue patterned paper to create this large masterboard.  I cut it onto pieces and ran it through my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Top Note die (I never tire of that die - although you might get tired of seeing me use it!)

I glued the two dies onto neutral card bases and added stamped sentiments.  It didn't take long and used up some of my stash.

If you have a craft room bursting with paper, I hope you'll join me in this challenge - check it out here!

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March 3, 2012

My De-Stash Challenge & Art Journal Giveaway

Do you have too much stuff?  I do - way too much!  So, I'm challenging myself over the next few months to get rid of some of the clutter in my studio.  And I'm starting with


I love the designer paper, but can't buy anything new until I use up what I've got.  As well as donating a bunch to my daughter's school and our church, I'll be posting projects all month using up my pile.  Want to join me?

Here's the first project I made - a 6" x 6" art journal.  The 25 pages consist of:
  • patterned paper
  • card stock
  • old book pages (from this bundle in my store)
  • vintage ephemera - postcard, flash cards & bingo card
  • an envelope
  • an acrylic page
Here's a handful of the pages:

And I'm going to it give it away to a randomly drawn winner who joins me in the challenge!

So, look into your stash of patterned paper and pick something that's been in there at least 3 months and use it.  Create a card, layout, altered art project, journal page - whatever you fancy. Then link it up here.  I'll be featuring ones that catch my eye throughout the month!  Challenge ends March 31, 2012.

Just a couple of pointers:

  1. Use up patterned paper that's been in your stash for at least 3 months - we're on the honor system here!
  2. Provide a direct link to your project on your blog or online gallery.
  3. Please include a link back to the challenge.
  4. Limit your entries to 3 per person.
  5. By entering the challenge, you're giving me permission to feature your card on the blog or Facebook page.
I can't wait to be inspired by your creations!

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March 2, 2012

5 Friday Favorites

I want to share with you some favorite projects I spied online this week:

Check out the stunning mixed media work of Mary Ann Potter on her blog, This Country Life.  It's so beautiful!


Debbie Reid's diamond fold cards just about knocked me off my chair this week. Here's one, check out the others on her blog, Scraps from Abroad.

I love how Anna Scarpino altered patterned papers to create this beautiful card.  Check out her Splitcoast gallery.

And finally, Petra Berendsen's altered book made my heart leap for joy this week. How much fun is this?  See more details on her blog, Kunterbunt Cottage.

And my 5th favorite thing is a quote I came across this week and really like it. A gentle reminder to remain in the present:

Stress is caused by being 'here' but wanting to be 'there' - Eckhart Tolle
Come back tomorrow because I have something fun planned...remember I mentioned about de-stashing in March.  Well, I finally took the plunge - get ready to join me for a challenge :)


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