Oh my poor neglected blog!! I have been busy, but too busy, it seems, to post the projects I have been making. I was chosen to be on the Clean and Simple design team at Splitcoaststampers (SCS) for the past 3 months, so most of my paper creating was done as cards. I also made 100 inchies for a swap at SCS, but I’ll save those pictures for another day.
I am currently participating in a Gluebook swap where we make postcard-size collages with minimal embellishments (the idea being to make the cards into a book when we are finished). The on-going theme is a honeymoon trip around the world with the first stop in Paris. Perfect for spring!
This theme gave me a good excuse to go shopping at FrenchKissed for some new digital images. Both of the backgrounds (front and back) are postcards from Tricia’s shop, and the beautiful woman is a third image I purchased there. The French receipt is from Digital Collage Sheets and the flowers are some German scrap I had in the house. I also digitally added a couple images from Deviant Scrap: the flower branch to the front and back, and the grey wallpaper design to the back of the card. Next month we travel on the Orient Express….. I wonder what I will come up with for that? Thanks for looking!
April — “Springtime”
I recently made a couple of vintage gluebook pages for a monthly swap with a Yahoo group. These pages are 4 by 6 inches, and they are meant to be bound along the left side (which is why that side of the page is free of embellishments, more or less). The theme for April was springtime, so I used this adorable image from FrenchKissed and pretended I was making a vintage scrapbook page. I added a few more ephemera images and an appropriate quote. The background is actually an old ledger page that I’ve had in my stash forever. Finally, I found a use for this paper — isn’t the handwriting beautiful?
May — Shades of Blue
The page I made for May also uses a FrenchKissed image, this one in beautiful blue tones. I made a small envelope out of vellum and put a paper flower in it to appear as if the flower was “pressed” for preservation. The embossed violet on the envelope is from a small area of an older stamp by Stampa Rosa (had to have this stamp and am just now using it for the first time). The fake (and hence, flat) button at the top is an image from Deviant Scrap that has glossy accents and blue glitter spread in the center. It’s fun to imagine what a scrapbook from yesteryear would be like!
This week of March is one I look forward to all year. March Madness. I love watching all the basketball games that are being held this week, especially when some of the teams I follow are playing. It also means St. Patrick’s Day is near, and I can usually find an image or two to make into an ATC. This one uses a Bingo card background and postage stamp from Digital Collage Sheets. The darling child is an image from FrenchKissed, so I printed the words “Good Luck” in French. I added a little bit of bling, a paper flower, and some German scrap for good measure. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all, and good luck to my favorite basketball teams!!
I will be mailing this ATC to Trishia soon for the “Love Me Two” challenge she is holding on her FrenchKissed blog. The image of the woman is one of her “underloved” postcards. The background is some French text that is also part of the FrenchKissed inventory. I added some designer paper from my stash, a little German Scrap, and an Eiffel Tower sequin that I purchased from Collage Stuff. I used a Martha Stewart punch on some white glitter paper to make the flower branches. The “Paris Girl” phrase is a stamp from Red Lead.
We have had a couple of “moo” swaps at the Vintage Photo Image Yahoo group this year. Making moos is a nice change from ATCs, which is what I typically create. The theme for January was pink, so I made two for the first swap. The dancer was made digitally with elements from kits by Deviant Scrap.
The moo for February needed hearts and flowers on it, so I used this little girl from Lisa’s Altered Art and sat her on a rose that is in front of a cottage. This background is from FrenchKissed; I cropped it in Photoshop to make it moo-size. I added a punched heart and small heart stickers to complete the theme requirements.
If you love vintage French postcards, please stop by the FrenchKissed blog this month where the fabulous (and very generous) Trishia is posting a new scan every day that you can save and use in your art. I have purchased several of her postcard scans through Etsy and Zibbet, and they are of the highest quality, not to mention beautiful! This beachy ATC uses one of her adorable images. Just click on the button I have in the sidebar and it will direct you to the FrenchKissed blog. Enjoy!
The focal image on this ATC is from FrenchKissed. I just love the expressions of these little ones as they are sharing a secret, or maybe a kiss? The circle with the “friends” text is a stamp from a Hero Arts set of 4 that I’ve had a long time; not sure if it’s still available. The starfish and sand dollar were cut from thin coaster board with a Cuttlebug die, then spritzed with pearl Glimmer Mist.