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Vintage Page Designs: February 2012

February 29, 2012

Fabric Heart Card



I've had a creative dry spell recently, but getting out the fabric this week really got my juices flowing again.  Perhaps I just needed to mix it up a bit!  This heart was cut from an old blouse of mine that I can't bear to part with because the fabric is so lovely.

I made the card for Mother's Day and for Sarah Engels Greer's challenge this month.  Check out all the beautiful samples she made - they're astounding!


There might be a foot of snow on the ground here by morning.  What a great way to begin the month of March!  The reason I tell you this is that I couldn't get a good photo of my card - the light is just so poor - all the pictures have a blue cast on them.  But I did what I could in Photoshop....

Wish me luck shoveling :(

Ali

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February 26, 2012

De-Stashing My Studio Plus a Giveaway

 

Good morning!  I recently moved my studio (well twice in the past 6 months!) and realized that I have an embarrassing amount of "stuff"  - stamps, paper, ribbon etc.  My goal is to reduce the amount I have.  I'm going to give lots away, sell some and most importantly, USE IT! 

I've set myself a challenge for March - a De-stash Challenge.  Want to join me?  I'll give more details on March 1, but I started already with this card.  It uses a technique called embedded embossing (video here) and some designer paper scraps.


Now for the giveaway - I have a 1 day giveaway on my Facebook page today.  There are 10 sheets of vintage sheet music, 8 pages of vintage botanical illustrations, 3 yards of vintage French ribbon and 2 yards of gorgeous old lace.


Here's what you need to do to win this lovely vintage bundle:
  • Head over to my Facebook Page
  • Hit the "Like" button at the top of the screen
  • If you're already a fan of my page, skip to the next step
  • Leave a short comment in the giveaway post letting me know how you would use the vintage paper and trim (eg cardmaking, scrapbooking, decorating, altered art etc)
I will randomly draw the winner from the comments on Monday at noon!

Good luck!

Ali

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February 24, 2012

5 Friday Favorites - Sketch Challenge Blogs

One area I struggle with in card making is sketches or layouts.  I often seem to create cards that are square with one central image, which is fine some of the time, but it can get boring.


I thought I'd share with you today my go-to sketch challenge blogs that always inspire me and get me out of my comfort zone!






I'm always looking for new sketch inspiration - where do you go?  Let me know your favorites in the comments and I'll check them out!

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February 23, 2012

Two Color Challenge Card


If you're arriving here from my old blog New England Stamper, welcome!  I hope you find some inspiration here.

Here's a card I made for the Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge this week - the challenge was to use 2 colors only.  I chose blue and green, and used images from Rogue Redhead Designs (Relish Reading). I used a Technique Junkies technique called Aged Tile.


Have a great weekend!

Ali

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February 12, 2012

Valentine Mini Journal


I decorated on of my mini photo albums for a class I offered this month at a local community ed.  I added more pictures to my stamping blog if you want to check it out......
Have a great weekend,

Ali

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February 5, 2012

What's New in the Store

It was another busy week in the shop making custom map albums for the Philippines, North America and Turkey this week!

I finally found time to add some cute vintage paper bundles that I created a while ago.  These are a great size for card makers and mixed media artists.  I was inspired by the Basic Grey 6" x 6" pads of patterned paper and as I use so much vintage paper in the cards I make, I figured that others might want to do the same.  You can see some cards I've made with book pages on this blog and on my stamping blog, New England Stamper.


I also added a new size spiral bound photo album - a mini 4" x 4" version with the popular map cover.  Don't you love that vintage suitcase I found at a thrift store last week :)



Finally, this week I got a brand new look!  Meredith at Jack & Molly created a great new logo and banner for me, plus a cute Facebook avatar. Head on over there and give me a "like".

Have a great week,

Ali

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February 3, 2012

5 Friday Favorites - Creative Business Links


I know that some of my readers are also Etsy sellers or other small business owners, so I figured I'd share some creative business links that I found useful this week.

There's so much good advice in this post by Jess Van Den that I think I'll need to reread 10 times to take it all.  Whatever size your business is, her tips are great!

I stumbled across this 2009 piece this week.  It's a really good post about how to get featured in the press.  The advice isn't specifically for creative businesses, but I think what she says is useful for any kind of small business.



I love Megan Auman's blog posts, videos and e-books.  Here are some more amazing ideas from her:

These 10 tips on the Moo website are common sense really, but I know I don't do all of them consistently, so they're worth repeating:


Last but definitely not least is a really cool interview with Rich Neely of Rich Neely Designs.  He makes the most amazing iPod and iPhone docks from old books - they are amazing - you have to check them out!



Hope you enjoyed the links - happy weekend!

Ali

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February 2, 2012

Vintage Paper Canvas

I just posted a project on my stamping blog that I thought I would share here as well.  It uses some vintage paper, including French dictionary pages and some vintage saver stamps.  Head over there to take a look at lots more photos:


Enjoy!

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