Archive for November, 2008

Two of a Kind

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

I’ve started to cut my pieces of glass for my collage jewelry into smaller pieces and stringing two tiny collages onto one chain. I really like the look and the challenge of making teeny tiny collages is alot of fun!

This first piece features a very unhappy looking young man in a big pink party hat along with another charm that says “laugh”. I used my new scalloped edge tape on the charm with the boy. The words and background are all vintage papers.


This next one is two tiny 1″x1″ collages of fairy sisters with vintage French paper backgrounds and words that say “Flutter” and “Fly”. I added a string of pretty purple and blue beads to the top of one of the charms so when they hang you’ll be able to see both fairies.


I’ve mentioned this before but recently I’ve gotten alot of questions about where I get my vintage papers. I get almost all my vintage papers at used book shops, luckily my local area has some really nice ones. You can find music sheets, old children’s books, foreign language books and lots more with just a little bit of hunting. If you have a used book store go check them out, you’ll be amazed at all the cool stuff you’ll find! And maybe pick up a good old novel to read while you’re there:)

A Sale!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

If you’re interested in buying some of my handmade items (alot of which are shown here on my blog) this weekend is a great time. I’ll be offering FREE shipping to all US and Canadian residents starting this Friday through Monday at my Etsy shop. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 24th, 2008

I found this adorable owl in a very old vintage children’s book of Nursery Rhymes. I cut him out along with some of the words from the book and soldered around him. I’ve mentioned before how much I love owls and I think he’s such a special one, perfect for fall!



A Scalloped Edge

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

I recently got some way cool copper foil tape for soldering that has a scalloped edge. It’s really fun to use and gives a very unique look to soldered pieces. Here are the first two things I’ve done with it.

The first features a gold finch bird from an old firld guide in a crown I free hand cut from some gold metallic paper, he’s on a piece of vintage music sheet and I added the word “fly” cut from an old book.


The next is an adorable image of a little girl with her arms crossed and a very grumpy look on her face. I added some wings to her and the words “What Attitude?”, I think she turned out so cute and funny.


Pop a Top

Friday, November 21st, 2008

I had some unused bottle caps in my drawers of “stuff” and thought I’d make some magnets with them. I used a circle punch and punched out some circles from old french book pages and also some faces of some cute vintage little girls, I inked the edges and collaged them together, adding some different words cute from books to describe each one. I filled them with dimensional liquid and while it was still wet added some regular glitter and some clear glass glitter to add some sparkle. I then attached magnets on the back.


Tiny Santa Collage

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I found some really cool small canvases at my local art store. They had some that were the same size as an ATC (3 1/2″x 2 1/2″) so I used one for this collage. I took an image of Santa from an old postcard and mounted him to some music sheet and then layered it with cardstock, cutting the edges to make it look like a postage stamp. I used Tim Holtz crackle paint (love the stuff!) and ink for the background. I stamped cancellation and date marks on it with Staz-On ink. I had an old wooden game piece that had the number 25 on it, so I soldered around it and added it to the piece. The edges of the piece are wrapped with ribbon so it doesn’t need to be framed.


Hanging Holiday ATC’s

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

I made some ATC (Artist Trading Cards) today for the holidays and decided to add some ribbon to the tops of them so they could be hung on the tree or on a gift.

The first one has stamping on it, it’s a cute little snowman on a hill surrounded by trees and falling snow. There’s lots of glitter and a snowflake charm (from Close To My Heart) as well. I sewed the layers of paper together on my sewing machine.


 The next one is a beautiful vintage image of a little girl that I turned into an angel. I free hand cut some wings for her from some cool gold vellum and layered her onto some vintage sheet music. The letters for JOY were cut from an old book and there are also some glittery gold stars around her head.


The last one is a vintage image of three adorable siblings standing in a row and I added Santa hats to each of them. The background is vintage sheet music and there is a date stamped for 12/25/2008 along with black alphabet beads that say “Merry”.


I love the idea of using ATC’s for things other than just collecting, like hanging somewhere around the house, a book mark, gift tag or in a tiny frame.

More Ornaments

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Here are some more of the soldered Christmas ornaments I’ve been working on. The first is the little brother of the girl in the Santa hat, don’t they make a cute pair?


 This next one is made using a microscope slide, but I turned it on it’s side. I used an image of a little girl and free hand cut some large paper wings for her from a vintage book. She’s on distressed blue cardstock and has gold stars around her and the word “Joy”.


 The last one is an image of a pretty woman wrapped up for winter in her coat with a beautiful big bow on her head. The words says “Merry and Bright” and there is a snowflake charm hanging below, I added Stickels to it to make it glittery.


Christmas Already!?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. something was wrong with our provider and I couldn’t get to the site for some time. Seems to be working now:)

I’ve been working on Christmas items this week, made some hanging postcard collages with some cute vintage Santa images (similar to the ones from Christmas in July) and this one with a cute winter fairy:


And also soldered alot of ornaments, here are two of them. The first is a cute little girl with a glittery Santa hat and it says “Merry”. The second is a pretty little angel with glittery wings and gold stars, it says “Jouful”. I got lucky recently and found a wonderful vintage book of sheet music and used pieces of it for the backgrounds on the ornaments.