Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vintage...and I Mean VINTAGE! ATC Swap

hosted a
Vintage Paper ATC swap.
You couldn't use faux vintage or vintage inspired papers...
this was the real deal.
What a great challenge and great fun
searching through my
vintage stash.
 Background: flocked wallpaper
Image and text: birthday card
Dresden trim
and a public bus ticket
 (the fare is 5 cents-doesn't get more vintage than that!)
 Background: bingo card
Image and text: needle packet
dictionary definition
section of hook and eye card
Background: wallpaper
Image and text: magazine ads
celluloid flowers
Can't wait to see my vintage returns!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Swapping Val Pals

This has been a wonderful Valentine season
sharing the love with
my artsy swapping friends.
Just look at what they've shared with me!
Charming domino book....

Beautiful altered tart tin...
Gorgeous altered matchbox....
Romantic fabric tag....
This wonderful altered journal cover
was technically not a valentine
but definitely tugs at my heartstrings.
My talented friend
surprised me with it
(she knew I adored it!)
after being chosen as one of her giveaway winners.

Valentine's Day
isn't only for lovers..
I can't imagine my life
without the love of friends.
Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Playing Valentine Tag & Bingo

I made this fabric tag
for a swap in our
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group...
using very old
textiles, laces and trims.
The only element that is faux vintage
is the brass heart charm.
All pieces are hand-sewn.
Over at
we swapped altered vintage bingo cards
for Valentine's Day. 
I made this valentine
by lightly streaking the bingo card with gesso,
then layering a paper heart doily
and that sweet image.
I highlighted with liquid pearls
and created a head piece of
lace, pearls and a flower.
Two absolutely gorgeous lace trims
are layered to complete the piece.
It has a vintage seam binding hanger.
Here are some vintage image freebies for you
 to take and use
as we officially begin Valentine's week.

 Will return with more soon.
Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Antique Valentine's

Today I'm sharing some favorites
from my vintage valentines collection.
"They sure don't make them like they used to"
certainly applies.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Valentine Candy with Zero Calories !?!?

Calorie free & fat free
when you're talking eye candy!
And there's an abundance
this Valentine's season in the
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.
I was thrilled to be partnered with
for our altered heart-shaped
candy box swap.
This is the gorgeous creation I received from Marti...
(I borrowed the pictures from Marti's blog
as she takes wonderful photographs.)
She put all the luscious goodies
and trinkets
in little paper cups.
So sweet!
I love everything about it!
Merci Marti!
This is the box I sent...
 Lots of flowers, pearls and embellishments
 and a pleated trim for the side.
Here's a full view of the box
loaded with
 all the French-themed
vintage gifties
I could fit!
Thanks for stopping by.
A lot more valentines to come.....