Please feel free to use any of the vintage images on the website in your artwork. Be sure to share your artwork with us. This is a labor of love and I love to see what you create. Please do not post the original unaltered image on the web but post your artwork and link back to this site for the original image. Please do not sell or post the image alone or in a collection without my permission. Thank you. I can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Digital Two for Tuesday 37

We are expecting snow again today. So I thought I would warm up your day with two beautiful images of children cooking. They are both from a vintage magazine from the 20's. Our guest designer this week Maxine has done an amazing job working with these images. Her playful style mixed with vintage is an award winning look. I hope you will be inspired to take part in this weeks challenge and use one of these images in one of your projects. Please make sure you post a link in the comments section so we can all enjoy you work.
Here is Maxine our guest designer's bio in her own words.
"From a very young age I have been interesting in 'making things' - this was channeled into sewing as I grew up, specifically tailoring, making all my own clothes, and then sewing for the family when they arrived, this also included embroidery where appropriate on the clothing. Later I took up embroidery to a much greater degree, then changed tack and started to make bobbin lace in addition to knitted and crocheted lace.

I first started stamping ten years ago when a friend introduced me to the craft as part of her launching a stamp making company. I had a few lessons from her, and then puddled, along pretty much on my own, using magazines and the occasional stamp or craft show for instruction and inspiration for the next eight years. Then I found Splitcoast Stampers and we got broadband, and the revolution started! It is very interesting seeing how my card making has evolved as I have kept a fairly comprehensive gallery of my work on the computer - I cringe when I look at some of my early cards!

I am basically a CAS card maker, but can add the layers and embellishments when I am in the mood.

Cora said that she gives us images to work outside our comfort zones. I enjoy a challenge so I was not unduly worried, until these images arrived. I realised then that I have not had 'people images' in my cards other than one stamp image that I have!! I find it is better not to try and work on a challenge immediately, so I let my mind 'simmer' over them for a while, then inspiration finally arrived!

I coloured the images using chalks, and to highlight the children I used a blender pen to strengthen the colours.

In the card with just the boy cooking, to give a focal point I printed the image twice and cut the boy out and popped him up on foam tape. I had come across the quote and could not resist using it here. The edges of both the image and the quote were sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink - Tea Dye. The green striped paper was sponged with Memento Bamboo Leaves. The brown layer was also sponged with the Tea Dye ink, and the ribbon and star clip added before being mounted on the dark, Evergreen base card.

The 'window' concept arrived out of the blue, and thankfully it was not too difficult to construct - again because I had given myself time to think things through. The lace I used for the 'curtain' was some I had in my stash, and I found it framed the window perfectly. I mounted the finished window scene on the black for definition, as I find the black can make an image 'pop', and I wanted it to be clearly defined from the background. I left the base of the black card long and placed the wide lace across that, adhered the whole onto the base of craft, having sponged the edges with the Tea Dye ink, which softened the whole look. The black half pearls were added last."
You can see more of Maxine's work at her blog.


  1. Love both the images and what precious cards. I especially like the window one. Made me think of "a watched pot never boils".

  2. These are so cute, thank you.. And the cards are gorgeous!!

    Hugs, x

  3. Thank you for the images...the cards are so cute!!

  4. Thanks for the lovly Pics..
    Hope i will make a card this week, time is running with me...
    Cu hellerlittle

  5. Love the cards!!!!
    Will be back later with my creation. I love the images!

  6. Thanks for the two sweet children cooking images. I really like the two cards that were made this week. The colors were perfect and the lace added to the vintage look.

    Had some fun!

  8. I'm new to this site. I love the sweet vintage images. I decided to make a card with the image of the two children watching a boiling pot. You can find my card at:

  9. Hi Maxine. These are just adorable cards!! Cute images!

  10. Your sample cards are adorable, Maxine. Thanks again for the sweet vintage images, Cora. I can't wait to play!

  11. Thank you for the images. They are so precious!

    Maxine, your cards are fabulous!!!

  12. The cards are lovely. So are the images. Thank you!

  13. My entry is on my blog

    Thanks for the darling image.

  14. Love those images and Maxines cards too,
    My card is here
    Claire xx

  15. I liked these images so much, I decided to make a second card. It can be seen at:

  16. These are the sweetest images...thank you for sharing them! Here's my card.


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