Thursday, March 26, 2009

Postcard with image from Angel Faces 2 Collage Sheet

Here's a postcard that I designed tonight using an image from the Angel Faces 2 collage sheet. Enjoy!!

Angel Faces 2 Collage Sheet

A new collage sheet featuring vintage children! A variety of filters have been applied to the two images to make each one unique and different! Available at Collage Stuff this weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cemetery Imagery Postcard

I love the cemetery imagery! This postcard uses images from the Paris Cemetery #2 collage sheet and Cemetery Angels #6 collage sheet. It's difficult for me to create without some vintage text. This text is a definition of "Paris" from a vintage French dictionary. The angel image is one my favorites. Enjoy!

New Catnip Designs Collage Sheets Coming Soon!

Here's a preview of 3 new Catnip Designs Collage Sheets that will be available soon! These collage sheets are exclusive to Collage Stuff! The first is "Retro Girls", followed by "Neon Kitsch" and last but not least "Inchie Starters 2."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Angel Faces Collage Sheet

Here is the new "Angel Faces" collage sheet. My favorite image is the top one. It's presented with a variety of filters. This collage sheet will be available at Collage Stuff this weekend!

Monday, March 23, 2009

New photos for collage sheets

I won a huge lot of vintage photos at Ebay! I took some quick snapshots of some of my favorites. These images and more will be appearing on Collage Stuff collage sheets soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New Cemetery Imagery Postcard

I couldn't help myself! I wanted to play with this new image - the image from Mozart's final place of resting. It's so beautiful and expressive. The door image is from the Paris Cemetery #2 Collage Sheet and the woman image is from the new Paris Cemetery #3 Collage Sheet. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Paris Cemetery #3 Collage Sheet

I just finished putting the finishing touches on a new cemetery collage sheet. These images are from a Paris cemetery. The image featured the most times is from Mozart's grave. The lyre (at least that's what I think it is) alludes to his musical life. This collage sheet will be available at Collage Stuff soon!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

House Book Page - the back

I am always picking up scrapbook paper on sale. I have more than I can use in two, no maybe three, lifetimes. The good thing about this is that I can almost always find a background paper that will work perfectly for my project! I've never used this paper before, but it's just what I needed for the images I picked out.
The main images are from a Paris cemetery. I don't have them on collage sheets yet.
I stamped the scrapbook paper with a scrolly type stamp and embossed with gold embossing powder. I darkened the edges of the page with Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I stamped a little with a text stamp with the Dusty Concord.
I found the chipboard scrolls in my stash - used the Dusty Concord ink again. The little purple flower was applied with glue dots. I found some page pebbles and cut out the definition of "sorrow" from an old dictionary to make the page pebble "sorrow". I tore up a purple UK bus ticket to put at the bottom of the main images. Two hot pink jewels on the chipboard scrolls and I was done. I gave it a quick spray with a Krylon Matte Sealer.
I find cemetery imagery beautiful and haunting. That's probably why I've got almost 20 cemetery collage sheets. Can't get enough of a good thing!

House Book Page

I'm always amazed at the things I find when I start going through my stashes of art stuff! I forgot that I had the little white flowers, the butterfly stickers and the corner that I put at the top. I love my art supply stashes!
For this page I started out with scrapbook paper with French writing. I dabbed Distress Ink Weathered Wood over the entire page making it darker at the edges. I used one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz "Urban Tapestry" for the background - stamped and embossed it with gold detail embossing powder. The door image is from the Collage Stuff Paris Cemetery #2 collage sheet. I overstamped it with Weathered Wood Distress Ink with a crackle stamp. The woman image is from the Collage Stuff Cemetery Angel #12 collage sheet. I found the large gold German scrap daisy in my stash too and it works great for a halo. I put little stick on jewels on the end of each petal. The keyhole is a Tim Holtz keyhole. It's the nickel color, but some gold paint toned down the nickel color. I put a little blue glitter on the butterfly sticker. The corner at the top was white. I colored it with gold paint first and then some Broken China Distress Ink over the top of the gold paint. The word "seek" was generated at the Acme Label Maker website. I used the Light Blue Baroque German Scrap Border at the bottom. The blue wasn't quite right, so again the gold paint. I swiped gold paint around the edges of the page. The petals on the flowers started falling off, so to finish, I used a quick coat of a Krylon Spray Matte Sealer.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Postcard #3

This will be the last new postcard design for a couple of months. I used an image from the Collage Stuff "My Favorites" collage sheet. The background text is a scan of Century Dictionary Pages. I have old books of plates of flowers, so I scanned a page in and made it antique looking. I added the diamonds and text. I applied a filter to make it look blurry and less defined. This makes the central image pop! Last I added her name and a date. I picked "Violet" as it's sort of an old-fashioned and pretty name. Enjoy!

Another new postcard!!

Here's another Collage Stuff postcard design that I completed just today! I used a stock door photo for the background. The cemetery statue can be found on the Collage Stuff Cemetery Angels #12 collage sheet. This is one of my all time favorite images. The halo is a scan of vintage French text from a Le Petit vintage fashion magazine. I used an image from the Raven Friends rubber stamp sheet to create a bird brush for my graphics program. It's another simple design, but I like it! This postcard will start shipping with Collage Stuff orders in April.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Collage Stuff Postcard

I designed a new Collage Stuff postcard tonight. I used some of my favorite Collage Stuff images. The woman image is my all time favorite woman image and I use it every chance I get. There's just something about her face that intrigues me. Gargoyles! The dark side of Paris. This is my favorite gargoyle image too. You can't have Paris without the Eiffel Tower. The little label at the top is a scan of a real vintage French perfume or soap label that I just got in. The full size labels will be available at Collage Stuff soon. The background is a scan from a Le Petit vintage French fashion magazine. You guessed it! The Le Petit magazine is also available at Collage Stuff. After I was done with this, I realized that the last postcard I designed was also a Paris theme with the same woman image. Maybe I'll do a series of Paris postcards with this image. This postcard will be here in 2-3 weeks and will start shipping with your Collage Stuff orders then.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My "Enjoy the Journey" ATC

I'm always the last one getting my swaps done for the monthly Collage Stuff yahoo group ATC swaps. Everyone else has to mail them by the end of the month. Not me! I have to have mine done by the time I swap out the ATC's!
The February ATC swap on the Collage Stuff yahoo group was a Tim Holtz themed swap titled "Enjoy the Journey." I got in the new Tim Holtz stamps and decided to challenge myself to just stamp an ATC. I hardly ever do this. I usually use collage sheets.
The background is made on a vintage dictionary page. I can't create without some vintage text. I used the "Urban Tapestry" stamp set. I stamped the background image using Pallette Ink "Noir". Then I took a cut-n-dry pad and sponged Distress Inks over it - "Scattered Straw, "Tattered Rose" and a little "Worn Lipstick." Sponging the inks over the stamping makes it fade into the background a bit.
I found some beige vellum and sponged "Scattered Straw" over it. I stamped the bird image with black Archival Ink. I used the heat gun to speed up the drying and cut the bird out. I glued the vellum down with a glue stick. I thought I'd try this. Normally it doesn't work, but somehow it did this time.
I used the text stamp in the set to stamp at the top and bottom of the ATC. I used the Archival Ink.
I don't know if you can see the new Tiny Fasteners that I put on either side of the word "create". Geez, these tiny fasteners are tiny.
I rounded the corners and swiped "Dusty Concord" Distress Ink around all of the edges. To seal the ATC, I applied a quick spray of Krylon Matte something.
All in all, it's a simple ATC, but I like it!