Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Free Christmas Scene Ornaments Decoupage Sheet

Hi folks,

Today I wrapped up the vintage Russian collection with stationery sets & kits, cracker boxes, and quick cards and added a new paper pack bumper kit of beautiful Christmas and winter gradients.  I also uploaded a few more items for the vintage Christmas scene collection that I'd forgotten about; so, that's wrapped up, too :).  As usual, there is a small preview below and you can find the rest here.
My next update will feature Yule card that, if you wish, you can modify for use as Christmas cards.  The designs will incorporate pentacles, triskeles, and other pagan symbols as decoupage bits that you can choose to omit from your finished product.  It is a magically elegant design that came to me in my sleep :).

Today's freebie is a set of three ornaments that I created while designing the cards in the vintage Christmas scene collection.  Just right click on the image and save it to your computer.  If you use them to create your own designs, I would love to see them :)!

Have an inspired week!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Free Vintage Russian Inspired Papers

Hi folks,

It's that time, again :)!  No new designs this week, just new card styles: standard, rocker, or wobble, if you prefer, shaped (oval & qua-trefoil), and my piece de resistance: teapot shaped cards with tea cups that you can fill with treats.  I absolutely love the way the tea sets turned out!

To me, they are gender neutral designs that any lover of vintage Russian art would enjoy; so, I created teabag tag sentiments for everyone that I could think of (16 total). hahahahahahah  You can also make the cards in one of two ways: as a slider or as a teapot shaped card with a coordinated insert.  You can see them all here.

Next Tuesday I will wrap up the collection with the stationery sets, quick cards and bumper kits; so, stay tuned :).  In the meantime, here is your freebie for this week.  As you may have guessed, it is a set of papers with the patterns I used to create the cards.

Enjoy :)!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Free Printable Vintage Russian Christmas Card

Hi folks,

Back again with another update.  This time I decided to take a trip to old Russia.  Despite what I think of their government - past or present, I love vintage Russian artwork!  The colors and patterns used to create Matryoshka dolls, greeting cards, intricately decorated eggs and Zhostovo paintings just dazzle me.

(Speaking of eggs, have you seen those by Pysansky?  They are gorgeous!  Not vintage, not even technically Russian - he's from the Ukraine, but still gorgeous :)!)

This is true of the artwork and clothing that I find in many cultures: Indian, Asian, African, etc., as well.  I am apparently drawn to things that are often dubbed "exotic" by those who are not so inclined.  I'm thinking that it may have something to do with my gypsy nature, but who cares?  I like what I like :).  And, hopefully, some of you like it too. hahahahhaha

As usual, there are 3 new cards in this collection and a random bumper kit of paisley papers that I found while cleaning up my folders. hahahahahaha  Enjoy :)! sleighcard-making-kit.cfm

Today's freebie is a cut and fold quick card from the Vintage Russian Christmas Santa Sleigh 7x5 Card Making Kit.  Just right click on the image, below, and save it to your hard drive, print, cut and fold.

I have actually created five variations of one of the cards but, since I am still working on the others, I will wait to add them on Friday.  Spoiler alert: one of the variations is an adorable teapot card and  tea cup gift box set.  I'm not sure why but, when I think Russian, I think tea.  If any of you know, please share. hahahahahaha

See you Friday :)!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Free A7 Journal Card Insert

Hi folks,

So, I'm sitting around, playing my video game while thinking about all of the products I created and how it seems I have more time than usual to get them done when it suddenly occurs to me that I forgot about last night's update. hahahahahahah  Yep, I sometimes wonder how I've managed to live this long, too.

This weekend's update includes the requisite stationery sets and cracker boxes for the new vintage Victorian Christmas scene greeting cards that I added last Tuesday.  As usual, the stationery is available in A5 and A6 sizes and the cracker boxes can either be purchased separately or as a set of three.

I also uploaded a ton of quick cards and you can see them all here.  I think I may switch back over to Art Deco for a bit and whip up some cards featuring Santa and Christmas ladies, but I haven't fully decided, yet.  I'm still liking the idea of Christmas scenes but I'm having a hard time finding more that I like. hahahahahaha  I'll probably give a search one more go before deciding, though; so, we'll see.

Today's freebie is an A7 journal card insert featuring one of the winter scenes.  Just right click on the image and save it to your computer:

Happy Crafting :),

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Free Festive Holday Papers Gift

Hi folks,

This week I wrapped up the Victorian angels with stationery sets and cracker boxes, and started on a set of scenic cards.  When thinking of what to blog about today, other than just my new products, of course, I decided that I would share with you the most recent sources of my inspiration.

The first is the beautiful card that I stumbled upon white looking for the scallop edged template that I shared with you last week.

It didn't lead to the creation of free standing cut out wedding wobblers, though.  Instead I created many layered and colorful Christmas rocking wobblers :).

The inspiration for my new collection: Ornament Shaped Christmas Scenes actually came from a Victorian greeting card that features one:

As you will see, I, again, did not replicate the card (as I sometime do) but, instead, used it as a catalyst to create my own version of glass encased winter scenery. 

Sometimes, as creatives, we get stuck for ideas and searching for inspiration can be a great way to get unstuck.  There are others, as well, like going for a walk or listening to music.  An artist friend of mine posted an interesting bid for inspiration on Facbook the other day, too: she asked her friends to give her random prompts.

For those of us who make a living with our creations, or even those who just want to make something special to let another know they care, generating ideas in a stagnant mind can sometimes be a challenge.  So, find your inspiration where ever you can and,if you come up with some interesting sources, please share :)!

Now, on with the show!

First, I just wanted to mention that I still have a dozen Christmas card making kits for 30% off this week; so, if you'd like to snag a few cheap beauties, now would be the time :).  Second, here are a few of the stationery sets I added to finish out the Victorian angels collection:

And, finally, a sample of the new collection.  The blue and bunny scenes are in available in 4 different styles: ornament shaped, qua-trefoil shaped, wobble and standard square or rectangle cards but, the church scene is only available in 3.  I didn't think it worked too well as a wobbler.

There will, of course, be stationery sets and cracker boxes available soon, but I think I may whip of a few more cards, first.  The ornaments, themselves, will also be available as a designer resource pack when I wrap the collection up, as will a fabulous set of Christmas papers, three of which are your gift for putting up with me today :).

Here's hoping you stay inspired :)!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

How to Give Newly Made Cards a Vintage Feel

Hi folks,

Just a quick post to let you know about this week's special offers and a great tutorial I found for how to give your cards a Vintage look.  Vintage, Victorian, Shabby Chic, whichever romantic style you prefer, the techniques shown in this video can help you make bring your imaginings to life.  And, well, as creatives, we love nothing more than to have what we create turn out just as we had imagined it :).  So, without further ado:

And, of course, here is the link to this week's special offers.  Just another random assortment of Christmas card making kits with a set of 5x7 card inserts thrown in for fun.

I hope you find the tutorial helpful and maybe even use one of my kits in creating your next Vintage greeting card :)!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Free Magical Winter Papers & Template

Hi folks,

It's time for Friday's update and on time this week, too :)!  I seem to have become enamored of cards in shapes other than rectangle or square because, in addition to the qua-trefoil shaped beauties that I've been whipping up, I decided to add a scallop edge rocker.  So, for a little while, at least, all of my new cards will be available in both versions.

One of the things I love most about these wobble cards is that I didn't have to create a template for them! hahahahahaha  Seriously, there are already a ton of free ones available online; so, I just used one of those. It's the one, below, and you can get it for yourself by either downloading it from here or by visiting BeaOriginal:

Here are the pictures of the rocker cards that I made using it:

Today's freebie is a set of three backgrounds that I also used to create the cards.  I would have included one from the first card, but the hidden parts aren't really usable; so, here you go :):

Next Tuesday I will be adding the stationery kits and other miscellaneous bits, as well as a new card or few.  If the new cards aren't also Victorian angels, then expect to see bumper kits, too :)!

Happy Card Making,