Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Postcard Art - MONA IN ART

The weekly challenges over at Sunday Postcard Art are great. This weeks guest artist is Fatma and her theme is Mona in Art.
I took a piece of glossy photo paper and took my printers roller and ran it over a stamp pad. This created the pinkish background. All of the designs/pictures are from a royalty free clip art program I subscribe to online. I printed them out then cut then arranged collage style on the 6 by 4 inch postcard.
Check out the above web site for more entries.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Stamp Something Red, White and Blue Challenge MAGNETS

Stamp Something has changed their challenge this week. You are to make anything but a CARD and to celebrate Independence Day use Red, White and Blue. When looking through my craft drawer I found some small sheets of magnets so decided to make refrigerator magnets. They measure 2 1/2 in by 3 1/2 in. Not sure where my stamps came from. They were part of a grab bag that has been sitting in a drawer for awhile.
For this challenge go to

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Button and Brads Card Challenge

Well I haven't used brads too often and will have to learn to put them in straight. I was making this card for a friend when I saw a challenge ( using a button and a brad. So I added the carved delicate white button on the scottie dog (made from an old piece of quilt) and attached 2 brads below the sticker I used "It's Your Special Day." The mini brads are made by Doodlebug Design Inc.

Monday, June 23, 2008

How to Help Your Children Form Good Eating Habits

I love the words and illustrations in this little booklet (3 in. by 4 1/2 in) published by the Dairy Council of Chicago, 1951. Times sure have changed. There are about 4 or 5 more pages in the booklet, menu planning, and the afternoon snack.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Stamp Something Friday Challenge

I enjoyed working on this challenge using a favorite stamp of a girl enjoying summer fun, maybe at a pool or at the beach. Its an older stamp by Stampacadabra. Then I got to play with my new tool a Scraparatus by Karen Foster. Its great for setting eyelets and brads. Still getting use to getting the eyelets straight. So the porpoise is upside down. They do jump a lot.
The words Thinking of You were printed on the computer on muslin. I just spray some glue on a piece of muslin and place it on plain paper and run it through. Its tricky and can be messy but its an older printer so I take chances.
All these pieces are glued on a 5 1/2 in by 5 1/2 inch square card.
To see more cards using this layout visit...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Artist Signed Postcard H. B. Griggs 1912

I love this postcard! It looks like the stars are painted with Gold. Even though the postcard is well handled with spots its really charming. Its signed H.B.G. but I found out the last name of Griggs in a book. I do not know much about this artist.
Available on Ebay.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sunday Postcard Art

This is my entry for Challenge for
My postcard is 4 by 6 inches and we were suppose to center our design around artists. The only artistic rubber stamp I could find was this version of American Gothic by the Artist Grant Wood painted in 1930. This rubber stamp was made by Museum of Modern Rubber copyright 1997. My results are very simple and could be greatly improved but be sure to see the other postcards done at the above blog site. All I can say is WOW.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Favorite Postcards

This postcard was mailed in 1906. Its a Raphael Tuck Card from the Valentines Series. The sender wrote a poem at the top (upside down) in pencil which reads....
When you are near.
I've bliss supreme.
I feel contentment glow
I wish no other joy to feel
Or Happiness to know

I like the art deco look of this postcard. No other details given.

This is the Wawona Tunnel Tree. This is a touring car showing the tourists the sites around Yosemite National Park.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Show Me Wednesdays - Suitcases

I started buying old suitcases a few years ago as I needed storage room.
The train case holds sewing supplies;
The green case holds wool felt
The bottom case holds fabric.

The overnight suitcase holds cutter quilt pieces (from damaged quilts).

Middle suitcase holds more Fabric.

The bottom case holds my wedding dress and an old quilt. for more collections.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cameron School Booklet, South Dakota 1913-1914

This charming booklet lists pupils at Cameron School, in Moody County in South Dakota. I assume the photo on the front is the teacher Jennette Barros of Minnesota. I love the illustrations on the front cover. There are a few other quotes, poems on several other pages. To see them all go to

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

State Postcards U.S.A.

GREETINGS FROM OKLAHOMA, The Sooner State. This postcard is
from the 1950's. Its very glossy and called a Lusterchrome PC.

Idaho the Gem State and a Mailed postcard from Nevada 1963.

Also an older postcard.

When you travel check out the postcard rack. There are some really new modern Map postcards with great graphics. Try for all 50 states.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I Need A Job - Sunday Postcard Art Challenge

Sunday Postcard Art is having a challenge with the theme being WOMEN!
I first made a copy of an old Greeting Card showing a woman reading a newspaper. Maybe she is ready a article on True Love but maybe she is reading the classified ads. I then stamped the woman hitting her forhead (unknown stamp company) I kept thinking I could add the caption I could have had a V8 Juice but I didn't. Instead I typed the words I need a then added JOB in tiles. The card measures 4 inches by 6 inches.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Country Home with Horse and Buggy Vintage Postcard

Available on Ebay....Click picture for link.

This postcard was never mailed, but has some writing on it. I would guess it is from 1907 to maybe 1912.....The horse and buggy are crossing a bridge with people standing nearby. A stately home, rather fancy for a country home, and if you look closely you can see the lantern street lights.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Sketch Challenge from California Stampin.
I took the above design and created the card below. I picked the mustard color background because it reminds me of the dry wheat fields around here. I glued the items on blue cardstock because of the blue summer skies.

The card measures 4 inches by 6 inches. I have so many stamps from grab bags, unmounted etc. but I believe the farm boy is from Anne Made Designs, a company that has retired. To see more cards from this challenge go to: I enjoy these challenges because I seem to get a blank when I need to make a card.

Gathering the Chickens

I love these two postcards, In small print on the left hand side, it reads copyright 1906 H.W.Lee. They are divided postcards never mailed. The second postcard has a crease across the center but they do make a nice pair!

Postcard Friday

This girl doesn't look too happy as she is up there for "Penitence. I wonder if its because she lost her shoe!

I imagine this kitty doesn't enjoy posing by a basket of flowers and a glass of water.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation, First Day Cover

This First Day Cover was printed and mailed on H.M. Queen Elizabeth II Coronation on June 2nd. 1953. You will find this on my Ebay auction -

Show Me Wednesdays My Sewing Machines

I have 3 sewing machines. The first I bought was the Sears Kenmore Machine. Its over 25 years old and still runs great. The cams have many decorative stitches. I found it was too heavy to carry to a sewing class so I bought the Riccar. Its 3/4 in size, but the motor is full size. Its a great machine with the basic stitches and I can carry it everywhere. Then they were teaching about sergers so I had to buy the Baby Lock Machine. I still am learning on it. Its not as heavy as the Sears machine so I can get it to class but its not light. I have made a few items of clothing but my machines are mostly for craft projects. To see other sewing machines go to -

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