Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Birthday President Washington

Happy Birthday George!

Back of the postcard!

I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcard is from my private collection

Friday, February 16, 2018

Winter Lady Postcard!

 Since we are expecting snow I thought this postcard would be appropriate.

Since the sender could not put a note on the back they wrote their message around the edges of the card.  I am not able to research the publisher of the card as it has no markings. I am assuming it was printed in Germany since many of the early postcards were printed there and it says Postkarte (German for postcard) on the back. 
This was mailed from Berlin W to North America before 1907 when the post office changed postcards to a divided back.  I love the beautiful cursive writing.
The following is a bit of history on Postcards found on the Metro Postcard site: 
"1902 Rural free delivery becomes a standard service throughout the United States. Up until this point those living in rural areas had to travel to large towns to pick up their mail or pay a private company to deliver it for an additional fee. This policy greatly increased the market for postcards.
The world’s first divided back postcard is issued in Great Britain, who is soon followed by France and Germany. This led to a sharp increase in card sales overseas.
1907 To keep in step with Europe, the United States released new postal regulations on March 3, 1907 that divided the back of postcards in half, the left side for a message, the right for postage and address. This date is often referred to as the birth of the modern postcard for it created the same format we use today. The most obvious affect of this new measure is that it allowed an image to take up the entire front of a card.
The sale of postcards becomes a craze as they are sold in record amounts. Perhaps up to half their number are being purchased by collectors, and many clubs are formed for the sole purpose of exchanging cards. Many different types of businesses also begin publishing cards to cash in on this phenomena, which result in a wide variety of results from many different printing techniques. This marks the height of what is often referred to as the Golden Age of Postcards."
I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - postcards are from my private collection

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Marie Antoinette posed in RED with her children in this family portrait!  Marie is one of my favorite personalities in history to use in my art!

Altered Pages Collage sheet Marie Antoinette AP1709
Julie Nutting Tag Pad
Bird & Cage Chipboard
Large Rhinestone
Mist Brown
Crown Charm
Heart Foil German Foil
Lace and Ribbon trims
Luster Rub
Red satin paper
Half of frame from What Not's
Black Cardstock
Dies from my studio

I love a lot of layers!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

I love the old Valentines we used to trade at school!  This one is even older than the ones we traded.  Love the sweet little faces!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

Celebrate Lincoln's day!
February 12, 1809

I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - postcards are from my private collection

Friday, February 9, 2018

Cupid is Busy! Valentine

I found this to be an interesting Valentine! Traveling Cupid!

Front lower left: 2-200
Front lower right: Copy Right 1907(?) by W. S. Heal
(the last digit of the year is not legible due to the cancellation)
Mailed from Ault Colorado to Denver Colorado in 1908!

Dear Friend, Does the world still move, you would not know from this place.


I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday are from my private collection


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Happy Birthday DAD!

 I was busy at the crop this past weekend!  I got over 40 cards made.  Here is one of them my birthday card for Dad using paper and  a foil die cut from Hot Off the Press!

A little Steampunk!
Chipboard, gears and light bulb have been in my stash for a while
The clock and cancellation stamp are clear stickers from Kaiser Craft.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Valentines Day is coming and it is all about
love, hearts and KISSES!  This card is one of my RED posts over on the Altered Pages blog!

Just a Kiss - Altered Pages Collage sheet
Black Trim
Prima Pad 6x6
Large Rhinestone LOVE
Card Base
Cardstock - Black
Brown Ink
Tacky Glue
Glue stick
Double sided tape
Foam Mounting Squares

Cut mat for card from Prima 6x6 paper pad, with Brown Ink edge the mat, attach to card with Double sided tape.  Attach doily with Glue stick. Adhere the Just a Kiss  image to black cardstock with  Glue stick, with  Foam Mounting Squares attach to card.

Tie Black Trim around the left side of the card.  Adhere Flowers with Tacky Glue.  Add the Large Rhinestone - LOVE


Sunday, February 4, 2018

What is your favorite shade of RED?

When you think of red... do you think of the RED of Christmas or Valentines?  There are so many variations... I love many shades of RED!

I am always using brown bags for gift bags.  Today I am using a tag made a month ago to embellish a brown bag I have dressed-up for a gift today!

Altered brown bags make the perfect gift bag!
I used this tag made in December to embellish the bag... more details on creating the tag HERE!

Supplies to decorate the bag:
Paper bag

Cut Red Paper to the size of the bag, spray with Brown Mist, let dry.

With stencil randomly apply Luster Rub to the red paper.

Attach red paper to the bag with  Doubled sided Tape, add Lace with Tacky Glue.

Attach tag to bag!

Visit the Altered Pages blog often this month for more RED inspiration!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Dutch Children Valentines


Many vintage postcards were mailed, but many were handed to the recipient personally as the one below may have been.

Gibson Art Co.   1908-
Cincinatti, OH
A publisher of greeting cards. Many of their illustrations floated within the white paper field of the card, which was a distinctly American inovation in design. Gibson’s postcards were not numbered.
I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards shared on Postcard Friendship Friday are from my private collection