Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Time for Some Mermaid Magic!

I fell in love with mini cards at my friend Kim's swap blog,
Tabby's Swaps.
Kim has suspended those swaps temporarily and offered that I do some in my group.
Thanks Kim and you don't have to offer twice!
My little 1x3" card was created with collaged images, stickles, glitter, pearl embellishments and a tiny brass charm.
They're easy, fun and what's prettier than mermaids?
We'll be swapping them HERE!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


those who have sacrificed and the reason you have the freedom to enjoy this day off to spend time with family & friends.
I dream of a day when Memorial Day celebrates the brave men and women of long, long ago. A day when children ask, what was war?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lilla's Challenge, Lavender

You all know that feeling when you come upon a blog that speaks to you? That just happened to me again a couple of days ago when I tripped across
Just Lilla.
What initially drew me in was this gorgeous vintage pouch she madebut scrolling through her posts I discovered a whole new world of vintage and French country loveliness!

A couple of days ago Lilla posted a beautiful antique image along with a challenge to create something simple using it.Isn't her triptych beautiful?

I thought this image would be sweet used as a party favor for a luncheon, tea or some French-themed event so I made a miniature matchbox favor,
collaging the sides with pieces of the side script

and finishing it off with tea-stained trim and a vintage fleurette.

Thanks for the inspiration Lilla!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Altered Ancestors Project Finale

These little books of altered cdvs are so special bound with crinkled seam binding and embellished with antique skeleton key charms and faux gem tintypes.

All to be delivered today to the talented ladies responsible for creating such memorable family members.

Everyone submitted 5 cdvs and will receive a book of 5. I chose 1 of each participants to share...









Thanks to all for being part of this project!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now That's A Bird of A Different Color!

My partner, Michele, stressed birds and bling. Our challenge for the current matchbox swap was to create something special for our partner based on their list of likes.
Sneak peek at the corner of the box...a bit of bling there..

Is this bird blingy enough?

The back of the box needs to be blingy & sparkly too.

Inside I tucked all kinds of fun bird items including a crochet peacock, German scrap birds, an old wooden bird that was a recent estate sale find and that piece of fabric everything is displayed on is covered with hens!

Sign-ups are open for our next swap, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
This could lead to some pretty amazing matchboxes.....

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream

New swap announcement for members of my flickr swap group....
Details and signups (or join us if you're not a member yet!) HERE.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


The woman was old and ragged and gray,
and bent with the chill of the winter's day.
The street was wet of recent snow
and the woman's feet were aged and slow.

She stood at the crossing and waited long alone,
uncared for amid the throng of humans beings who
passed her by nor heeded the glance of her anxious eye.

Down the street with laughter and shout,
Glad in the freedom of "School is out".
Came the boys like a flock of sheep,
bailing the snow piled white and deep.

Past the woman old and gray,
hastened the children on their way.
At last came one of the merry troop,
the gayest laddie of all the group.
He paused beside her and whispered low,
"I'll help you cross if you wish to go".

Her aged hand on his strong young arm,
he guided the trembling feet along;
Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back again to his friends he went,
This young heart happy and well content.

"She's somebody's mother, boys, you know,
for all she's aged and poor and slow".
And somebody's mother bowed low her head,
In her home that night and the prayers she said;
"God be kind to the noble boy,
who is somebody's son and pride and joy."
-- Mary Dow Brine

This U.S. Mother's Day weekend is the perfect time to celebrate humanity. Extend a hand, share a smile, say a kind word... to somebody's mother.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

What Is A Vintage Glue Book?

A couple of posts ago I shared some pages I made for a vintage glue book page swap. I've since received some questions about vintage glue books.

It is cut and paste collage and it would be easiest to tell you everything it's not. There is no glitter, no bling, no fabric flowers, no lace, no trims. No embellishments of any kind.
It is paper and glue. Sounds simple but it's actually a challenge creating something aesthetically pleasing without the assist of all the aforementioned bells & whistles.
It's really about composition and choosing the right images-size and color.
I'm not a gluebook expert by any stretch of the imagination but for those interested in learning from the best I recommend a visit to
Green Paper.

Green Paper is the blog of the Queen of Vintage Glue Books, Mary Green. In addition to some lovely vintage eye candy you can check out Mary's online gluebook and collage classes.

In the blissfulARTswaps group my dear friend and talented artist Kim is hosting monthly gluebook page swaps.
Our theme for May is Shades of Blue.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Seriously, the Last of the Ancestors....No, Really!

As I was packing away the cdvs strewn about my work table, a couple of them were still telling me stories....

His given name was Andrew but everyone knew him as Poker Face.

Prudence was the black sheep of the family. She seemed content with her pet bird and her spell book.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Last of the Ancestors

It's time for me to finish playing with cartes de visites and move on to other projects. Here's the last of the family....(The photos are kind of washed out so you may need to click on them to get a good view.)
Claudette was a timeless beauty.

No one was surprised when Henry ran off to join the circus.

Divorce was not an option in those days. George was painfully aware.

Ernestine was an avid reader. Her books took her to wonderful places.

I'll soon be blending families when I create cartes de visite books for the 10 of us participating in this fun collaborative!