26 November 2011

SANTA "AS IS" IS FIXED RIGHT UP! - A RETRO IMAGE

If you haven't seen a demonstration of what difference a little "fixing" makes, well here you go.  My sweet friend Heather did her magic on Santa.  So now you have a choice!   This is a gif file.

SANTA "AS IS" - A RETRO IMAGE

I suspect this one is from the 50's, no markings of any sort and obviously meant to hang.  Though he has a couple of spots to fix up, he's lovely and I hope you might use him.  If you want to learn how to do the "fix up" check out Heather's tutorials at "My Artistic Adventures".

A VICTORIAN BOOKMARK

I was thrilled to find this at a Vintage Flea Market here in Victoria recently.  It is printed paper lace sewn onto a long strip of blue silk ribbon.  I have tried to scan this so that you could save the lacey edges if you wanted to fussy cut.  A sweet something to slip into a stocking...

18 November 2011

CHRISTMAS POSTCARD - VINTAGE IMAGE

RETRO SANTA IMAGE

It seems like there is no time between Halloween and Christmas and I always have trouble letting go of the former :)  This 6 inch hang tag advertised a 1950 Christmas Savings Club.  Remember to click on the image and then click again on the larger image to save the best resolution.

15 November 2011

A GREAT HONOUR!

I have been chosen  as a "Ginger Gem" over at Gingersnap Creations for my entry in the Raven Challenge!  It really is a honour to be amongst those singled out at Gingersnap Creations, I couldn't be more excited or pleased.  This is a second for me, the first being for my Halloween House last fall.  My favourite season for creating art...



13 November 2011

THE MAGIC OF OZ (GRAPHIC 45) - BOOK BOX

I saw a book box sometime ago and knew that this line from Graphic 45 would be perfect for this  With no real directions (but some great pictures from Lesley D! And my poor attempts to convert from a Finnish blog) I managed to get the innards together.  I will finish up the inside cover when I've decided what gift for whom goes in!  It was fun to do something quite different.  Lots of fussy cuts, Stickles, popdots and a flower crafted from binding wrapped around foil.  And last a few Bedazzles in the center of the poppies for some additional sparkle and texture.

MRS B FAY MILLS, ADVERTISING CARD - VINTAGE IMAGE

I picked this business size card up at a Vintage Flea Market here in Victoria on Saturday.  The "Will address a meeting for Women only." intrigued me.  On the back in much smaller print is some information about a meeting for men conducted by Rev B. Fay Mills.   Not really expecting anything I did an on-line search.  The Rev B. Fay Mills was quite a well known Evangelist from the 1890s well into the next century.  I couldn't find a picture of Mrs. Mills that would be interesting to have.  Still the card conjures all sorts of little stories in my head - do you do that too?

VINTAGE GLUEBOOK PAGES

As we go through the lessons from Mary Green's "MY CHRISTMAS GLUEBOOK", I have been using her monthly collage challenge sheets to apply the lessons and create my own first Vintage Gluebook.  Some pages are better than others but I am learning!  I will use a Victoria Scrapbook from my stash to hold the pages and I want an authentic look.  I am (so far!) using only Mary's images, original images from my own stash and glue!  No ink, no stamps, no other techniques... my latest three pages.




I will share my completed "Christmas Gluebook" with  you soon.  My first on line course with Mary, this course (at a very modest fee) includes detailed lessons, interaction with Mary and the other participants plus all of the images for the book and many, many extras.  Do check out what she offers!

11 November 2011

REMEMBERED

From left then clockwise;  Cub Sturdevant (my dad) WWII US Army served in the Pacific,  Marge Morisette behind (my mom) US Army Nursing Core, Fort Sam Brooks, San Antonio, Texas (Korean War),  Jean Buchman (MIL) WWII British Army served in England, Wally McLean (SIL) WWII Canadian Army served in Europe.

ECHOES OF SPRING - Vintage Gluebook Page, Green Paper Challenge November 2011

Well I missed the deadline (!) but this was still a fun page to do and I am quite happy with it.  I am taking Mary Green's "My Christmas Gluebook" on-line course and was inspired to practice doing gluebook pages using her November challenge. Check her site out if you aren't familiar with her work, a great place to find different vintage images and inspiration always!  After completing this page, I will go back and use the previous challenge images to create pages for a small Victorian 8x11 scrapbook from my stash.


The coloured images are from Mary's challenge image sheet.  The vintage (1945) wallpaper down the left side, the music sheet and cover (1921) are from my stash and are the originals. The wallpaper is quite a bit lighter IRL and about an inch on the left side is covered by the book binding so only the merest bit will actually show in the book.  I have taken Mary's advice to heart in actually using originals and as I learn her gluebook techniques really, really try to only use paper and glue.  I am determined not to use ink, stamps and other embellishments as I put together this Victorian Scrapbook for an authentic look.  But I am considering glitter..what about the German Glass Glitter?  Just saying.