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I saw a free Father’s Day digital download over at “Just Something I Made” and knew immediately what I wanted to do with the fabulous images from Cathe.  Even though this was a post from a year ago, these images are timeless and very appropriate for cards, bags & tags for this Sunday’s special event, Father’s Day.  The construction of the Father’s Day card is pretty straightforward, I just printed out the images on Kraft cardstock, cut out the part of the collage that I wanted to use, added a few layers, a bow and red heart and the card was exactly how I wanted it.

Making the gift bag was another story.  I wanted to print the images directly on paper from a brown lunch bag.  I never tried that before so it took some trial and error, but after 2 tries I succeeded.   As a side note, I discovered this type of paper is too thin to run through my printer on its own, so I adhered it at the top (where I feed it into the printer) with some removable adhesive (Dotto).  One other noteworthy item, it seems cheap lunch bags drink a lot of ink during this process, so I won’t make a habit of using this type of paper.  After printing I reconstructed a bag (which took a little bit of finessing).  Once that part of the project was complete, the rest came together easily.  I used the same heart punch as on the matching card, but used all 3 of the punchouts this time.  The bottom of the topper was made simply by using my scalloped decorative scissors from Stampin’ Up! which I’ve had in my craft room for years.  A small black button, a dash of DMC embroidery floss, some fussy cutting & layering for the sentiment and the bag was complete.

I still have more than half of the collage images leftover to use again next year or the year after.

Free Digital Download from Cathe Holden at "Just Something I Made"

This was such a fun project to make and I’m anxious to fill the bag with goodies for my special hubby this Sunday.  A special thank to Cathe Holden  for this incredible freebie to honor those special guys in our life, our Dads & hubby’s.

Supply List

Digital Download from Cathe Holden
Kraft, Real Red & Basic Black cardstock from Stampin’ Up!
Red & Black checked ribbon from The Ribbon Boutique
Button from JoAnn’s
DMC Embroidery Floss
Uhu Glue Stick
Bow Easy
Quickie Glue Pen from Sakura
3 Hearts paper punch from Tonic Studios


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Trick or Treat Card

I’m still making Fall and Halloween cards and am enjoying using all of the Earth tones. This particular card was inspired from a vintage clipart image downloaded from The Graphics Fairy. The original image reminded me of an ATC or tag, but I decided to cut it apart and use the separate elements for my card. I incorporated various textures by adding black tulle, satin ribbon, copper glitter on the Owl’s eyes (they look sparkly in person) and trellis border behind the owl. I raised many of the elements by using pop dots. I’m really happy how this card turned out. I hope you like it too.

This was the original image


Vintage Clipart Image from The Graphics Fairy
Black Card Stock & Orange Background Paper from SU
Black/White Polka Dot paper from Pap[er Wishes
Ribbon from Michael’s
Black Tulle from Hobby Lobby
Border punch from Martha Stewart
Spellbinders Circle Die
Copper Glitter from Martha Stewart
Adhesives used – Glue Dots, Dimensional Pop Dots, Scor-Tape, Uhu Glue Stick, Quickie Glue Pen

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One of my favorite sites for Vintage Clipart is “The Graphics Fairy”. In fact, I love that site so much that I have Karen’s button on the side of my blog.

This card was made from a vintage Fall image that I downloaded from her site yesterday. I have been playing around with the layout and embellishments since last night and kept auditioning different papers, embellishments and ribbons. When all was said and done, this is the result.

I painted the hinges with black acrylic paint, then covered the hinges with 2 Way Glue and sprinkled Onyx Glitter over both elements. After they were dry I added the rhinestone for just a bit more sparkle. Carnelian glitter was added to the pumpkin as a highlight with my Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura.

Who would think one could use such a variety of adhesives on one card? There is a specific use for each and in my opinion if used properly the card will not fall apart. I especially like using the Flower Soft Adhesive for adhering the hinges because of the small applicator top and the staying power of the glue. I love my Quickie Glue Pen and use it often to add glitter to enhance an image. The Uhu Glue Stick was used to adhere the background paper to the card. I have tried many other glue sticks and prefer Uhu over all of the others. (I formerly used the Elmer’s Craft Glue Stick, but they must have changed their formulation and it doesn’t work well any longer). Scor-Tape is the best when adhering layers onto a card. Glue Dots work superb when adding bows and other embellishments to your projects.


Vintage Clipart downloaded from The Graphics Fairy
Polka Dot background paper from Paper Wishes
Card Stock from Stampin’ Up!
Onyx & Carnelian Glitter from Martha Stewart
Hinges from Plain Elements Grungeboard Pack by Tim Holtz
Making Memories Black Acrylic Paint
Rhinestones from Hero Arts
Orange & Black ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Bow Easy
Uhu Glue Stick
Quickie Glue Pen
Flower Soft Glue (to adhere hinges to card)
Small Glue Dots
1/2″ Scor-Tape
2 Way Glue Pen from EK Success

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Busy Day


It’s been a few days since I’ve had a chance to post and I only have a few minutes this morning since I’ll be sewing another backpack purse today. However, I do have a few things to take pictures of to share with you, but in the interim until I have a moment to get that accomplished I thought I would share another vintage postcard I have in my collection.

This particular postcard is very different from the rest that I have. First, the teddy bear has a soft plush type of feel. Second, there is nothing written on the back to indicate the date or era it was from. The only clue is the space where the stamp belongs which says “Place One Cent Stamp Here”. If guessing, I would think this is from the early 1900’s, maybe 1915-1920 or so, but that would just be a guess. There is also some wording on the bottom of the card which says “ibrography Pat App’d For by Wm G. Langdale Cin O”. I don’t know what “ibrography” is so I did a quick “Google” search and found nothing. My guess would be the process by which this postcard was made with the textured bear, but that is just a wild guess. In any case, enjoy the postcard and I’ll post my latest backpack purse when it is finished along with the fabric finds I purchased the other day while checking out our local quilt shops with my good friend Barb.

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For those of you who enjoy vintage postcards to use as clipart in your projects, here is a very cute card for Spring. The postmark on this is December, 1907. Don’t you just love the pink dress, flowers & bows? When you run your hand over the card it’s easy to feel the raised embossed areas to highlight the images on the card.

More posts forthcoming with other vintage postcards.

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Isn’t this a great postcard? In actuality it really isn’t a postcard perse’, but it is the same size as the other vintage postcards that I have and it was stored with the others so I categorize it as such.

I love the feel of this card, the fiber feels so soft and velourlike (probably not a word). I imagine this was a sample made at the local Singer store located in Cincinnati at that time. I took a picture of both the front and back to show the card as much as I possibly could. The card was embroidered on what was called the “New High Arm Singer”. I did a search to find out about the High Arm Singer, but didn’t see anything on that particular machine. Here is a link to the history of Singer which may be of interest to some of you. I also found this link regarding the Singer High Arm Machine.

The women in my family have always sewn. I can still remember my Grandmother’s treadle sewing machine and my Mother making clothes on her White Sewing Machine. My Mom sewed all of my clothes when I was young and was very thrifty at that. I recall her making a winter coat and hat for me when I was about 5 from my grown brother’s wool overcoat. She was a recycler before it was fashionable. My Mom taught me at an early age to make doll clothes then I graduated to making clothes for myself and others. I guess you could say it’s in the blood:-) A big event in our family, well for my Mom and I, was when she saved up and bought a Singer Touch ‘n Sew in a cabinet when I was in 8th grade. We both thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.

Additionally I believe I get my love of fabric honestly as I’m told that very, very long ago ancestors of mine owned a fabric factory in Germany. That would be like being a kid in a candy shop if I was around all those years ago. Can you imagine? Not only color and design attracts me but also the texture and feel of fabric is an integral part. I can’t go into a quilt/fabric store without touching the fabric. Can you relate to that? I often wonder if people watching me think I’ve lost my marbles, but I just can’t help myself.

Enough said on this, please enjoy this card and let me know about your love of fabrics and share your projects.

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How cute is this little girl all dressed up in her flowered dress and floppy hat? She looks like she is ready for Spring.

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