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, November 24, 2009

Digital Two for Tuesday 24

Unfortunately, our guest designer this week had some health issues and had to pass. So I am posting the images this week. I almost didn't post these vintage images as the artist who drew them must not have been comfortable doing hands and they are quite blurry. Especially the one with the typewriter. I tried to photo shop it but I could not get it right either. Anyway, I love the image and thought it could be a good Secretaries Day card. This week the card is by yours truly Cora. I think I let all the elements get away from me but I sure had fun putting them together. I made the card using the teatime image and a rubber stamp from Studio 490. I made the frame using a Martha Stewart around the page border punch set and sewed the paper to the frame. You can see more of my artwork and my addiction for paper punches at my blog Paper Flowers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Digital Two for Tuesday 23

So here we are at week 23 with two fun images and another amazing designer to showcase. This week our guest designer is Jennifer. I love her use of lace and buttons and all the texture her designs have on them. Here is here bio in her words. "I am a 45 year old married mom of 3 teenage boys. I have been married for 23 years to my college sweetheart, and my family is truly the light of my life! God has blessed me in abundance with them! :) I'm a transplanted Texas girl living in the snowbelt of Ohio. and we love the snow!
I have been papercrafting for about 10 years now. I first started scrapbooking and then was invited to that one notorious rubber stamp party! the rest is history! grins! my style has always revolved around the vintage/shabby chic. and oh my, I have to have my embellies. love love love my ribbons and trims! I have a phenom stash of vintage buttons that I love to use as well. my fave techniques are distressing and aging papers. I also enjoy the cracked glass technique as well as collage backgrounds.

For the football card, I watercolored the image using my inks and watercolor brushes. I then used my ink squirty tool (I can never remember the official term for that thing! grins!!) to help give an older feel to the piece. I took a piece of Making Memories paper and aged it by first crinkling it and then rubbing my ink pad over the top. the edges were torn and inked as well. I added some wonderful embellies from the MM vintage findings line - cloth tag, 'wish' coupon, button tied with twine and then attached to wide grosgrain ribbon, & school paper stapled to corner. the main image was popped up on foam tape for added dimension. the edges of the card base were inked with vanilla craft.

On the brother and me card, I used this beautiful paper by Webster's Pages, Terri Conrad collection. the edges of it were covered in brown glitter glue. The digi image was colored with inks and watercolor brushes. the girl's headband and collar were painted as well with pink shimmerz. this pieces was cut out and popped up on extra thick foam tape for added dimension. I used a wonderful circle paper doilie and velvet ric rack trim from JoAnn's to frame the digi. Vintage buttons from my stash helped to complete the look. A velvet leaf from Prima and velvet flower from Making Memories finish off the card. I kept the sentiment fairly generic so that it could be used for a thinking of you, Mother's Day, card for my hubby to send to one of his sisters, or whatever other occassion might happen to arise in the future!"
You can see more of Jennifer's exciting designs at her blog.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fall Madness Sale

I am so excited to announce that I am having a Fall Madness sale on my clear photopolymer stamp sets. I must be mad because all of my stamp sets are 40% off. In order to get the discount, please email me at with which items you would like to purchase and I will send you a paypal invoice for the proper amount. You may also pay by check but I will have to wait until I receive the check and it clears to send out your stamps. There is no free shipping during the sale but you will have a choice of First Class US Mail or Priority. Anyone who has purchased stamps from me before knows that these stamps are top quality and made in the USA. So the pricing is as follows, all $24 sets are $14.40, all $18.00 are $10.80 and the $14.00 set is $8.40. Supplies are limited.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Digital Two For Tuesday 22

Well this week's guest designer Debi Nicols is so creative. I just love the two cards she
has created for us with this week's two digital images. She has a wonderful gift for mixing images and papers to create a vintage look. I hope Debi inspires you to take our challenge this week and create something amazing. Don't forget to post it here in the comments section so we all can be inspired by your artwork. Here is Debi's bio in her own words. "I began stamping and making cards about 8 years ago when I discovered that my love of making quilts was beginning to take up too much space in the house! Who am I kidding today. I am sure you have seen that stamp that says "imagine all the money I will save if I make my own greeting cards". I love paper, all aspects of paper. I love sparkles and buttons are my real weakness. Currently I still have yet to begin a blog, but that is because I spend too much time looking at so many, I have no time! I am an avid reader of so many wonderful blogs. On Splitcoast stampers I am 'debiscookin' because cooking and gardening are among my other loves. My gallery is Thanks for looking!"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Digital Two for Tuesday 21

This week I have chosen two fun retro images from the twenties for you to play with. Our amazing designer Darlene has created two cards using them. I love her use of color in her designs and her mixture of papers.

Her first creation (Enjoy the Simple Things in Life) is A-6 in size ... papers used are SU Very Vanilla, Garden Green & Creative Memories Green Gingham. She used a Nestabilities scallop square die to cut the Garden Green panel then outlined the scallops using a Gold Pilot Marker. After coloring my image using Prismacolor markers and Prisma pencils, she layered it in behind the Garden Green panel using dimensional tape to pop up the green panel. Her sentiment is by Hero Arts and after stamping with Versafine black ink and embossing with Detail Clear embossing powder, She cut out the pieces and attached them in random.

Her second creation is also A-6 in size. Papers used are SU Very Vanilla which she has sponged the edges using Ranger Antique Linen distress ink, Garden Green and Daisy D's designer paper. Her image was colored with Prismacolor markers and Prisma pencils. She distressed the edges and added a band of cotton lace ribbon from JoAnn's. The spoon, fork & seasoning can are from a Crafty Secrets set called Kitchen Classics. They were stamped using Versafine black ink ... the seasoning can was also colored using Prismacolor markers and they were all cut out using my Fiskars swivel craft knife. Creative Memories silver and copper pens were used to color in the pot & utensils on the stove.
Please be sure to check out her blog: Dar's Crafty Creations