Monday, January 30, 2012

Free Vintage Images From ME!

Hi There Blogging Friends! I never thought that I would be in a position to share Vintage photo's with you, but as they say "you should never say never".....because......opportunities can arise for you.

An opportunity did arise for me to purchase some of these fabulous 'Cabinet Cards' from a USA Etsy seller awhile back and; I also gathered up a couple more on my recent trip around Australia. So; crafty friends if you would like to copy them to your computer; just left click to enlarge the photo then; right click to save to your computer files. I hope you enjoy creating something with them.

A Sweet Lady With A Cross Necklace

A Handsome Man With a Moustache

They have to be; 'Three Lovely Sisters' don't they?
Three Precious Children

and my favourite......'Two Boys'

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Oh So Happy Mail!

Are you finding any treats in your mailbox lately?? Oh my goodness I am and it is so much fun!
I received this lovely tag to-day in Australia; where it is hot and humid and; it was a joy to see all this shimmering of ice and snow in the coolness of a blue background.
This lovely tag was sent to me by Mercedes of 'All Things Pretty' for our January swap with The Altered Paper.
Then; I received a huge parcel from my Tag Art friends at Roses On My Table which is co-ordinated by the lovely 'Chel'. Included in my parcel were three tags from my swapping friends for our November subject; 'Statues'.

Love this bronze bucking bronco....yea hah!

This bronze statue of the chinese man is beautifully surrounded by gold and green...very classy!I adore this tag of the Statue of Liberty and the saying "Freedom Lies In Being Bold". Isn't that the truth friends.....and who helps the world more to remain free than that wonderful country USA!
The next tag was our December Christmas Tag Swap. I am so in love with these little birdies on the branch, can never get enough birdies in my life!
Below is a pic of how my tags arrived in the mail to-day. It is such a thrill to get envelopes that make you want to rip them open and read every inch of what is inside.......I must say the bill envelopes never give you that feeling!
But wait there's more.......inside my parcel from Chel was this delightful treat of home baked wonderful is that...all the way from USA and as fresh as if it was baked to-day.
Then; as if some home baked treats were not enough; the lovely Chel also put in some little Christmas gifts. This gorgeous girl is going to get some serious loving go back over to her shortly.
If you're not getting 'happy mail' think about joining in on the many swaps that are on the Internet, especially with fellow bloggers. I promise you; it will be a wonderful experience!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paper Dolls Again!

Hi There Blogging Friends. I've been dabbling in "Steampunk" for my January Swap of Paper Art Dolls and it has been a lot of fun. These two ladies were a free image gift on the net (sorry, I can't remember where), so I altered them to create the two dolls. I think the one on the left is saying to her friend;

"yes.....just another day running a machinery company!" mail has brought some lovely gifts. This pretty ATC was sent by my partner, Donna from Red Apple Junction in the 'Vintage' Swap. It is soooo nice as it has been glued to a small photo frame backing, so I can stand it up....thankyou Donna.

This precious ATC was a gift that I won in a Giveaway with Laura over at Artfully Musing. What a joy it will be to bring it out each New Year....thankyou Laura, I love it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What A Challenge!

My friends over at the 'Roses On My Table' site really tested me out with this months Tag Swap. You see; the subject was 'I See London, I See France' which; one would think as I did.....mmmm, travel; I can do that!

Well; the truth of the matter is travel wasn't in it at all. You see; way back in old school days, the girls over in the USA used to play on the monkey bars at recess times and....when someone tipped themselves upside down, the others used to chant "I see London, I see France, I can see Your Underpants!" Now isn't that a!

Well, with this not being a practice in Australia in my old school days, I found it quite hard to interpret this into my tags...but with some ummmming and arrrring; these are the tags I came up with....

Here's a closer look at a couple...

I had previously purchased the cute animal and house graphic images from Donna at 'Collage Anonymous' on Etsy. So it was a matter of shrinking them down and making up some "underpants" with the collage trim. I really enjoyed using my Artist Coloured Pencils to complete the scenes.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Working on my list!

Yes blogging friends; I am keeping up with all my papercraft swaps, the sweet lady below is on her way to the USA for a 'Vintage ATC' swap with my friends at 'The Altered Paper' blog.

and this cheeky little girl on my "believe" tag is already in the hands of some of my Papercraft Artist friends here in my home town. Don't you just love that pose!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January Tag and Journal Journey

Hi There blogging friends. Here's what I've been up to this week. Firstly; a pretty tag swap with the girls on the Altered Paper Blog. The subject is January, so I chose to send my partner a sweet angel to bring in the New Year.

Secondly; I joined in on the 2012 Journal Journey group at my favourite place; 'Roses On My Table'. This is my first time I've ever put anything in a journal. Our journal is a 'Mixed Media' one so; anything are the stages of my pages for the first prompt 'New Beginnings';

First layer of Papers.....
Second layer of acrylic painting....

Third layer of stamping.....

Fourth layer of adding texture with 'found' objects e.g. bubble wrap....

Final layer with cut outs, white washes, stencilling and anything else you want to finish with...

I'm pretty pleased with my first are some close ups;

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First ATC's for 2012

Have you got your crafting program up and running yet? I'm pleased to say that I'm on target for my swap commitments...wonder if I will be able to say that in June! Here are some pics of my first ATC's to go off to my friends at 'Roses On My Table'. Our January theme is 'The Cowboy's Sweetheart'...

Hope six of my USA friends like my interpretation.


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