Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Greetings!!!

Will you be sending greetings on St. Patrick's Day?

The coat of arms of Ireland is a harp on an azure blue background. The image of the harp has changed over time. The harp pictured here is similar to the one used during the 17th century.

Message: Miss Mc Came though fine and thinks she is better already.  The girls are decorating and you never saw the "Old Mailery" so gay in Greensboro and flags of Erin. L.A.M.

Notice the postmark, at the bottom id R.P.O. which means this was posted on a Railway Post Office.  From what I can tell the R.P.O. marking is Chicago, Owen & Minneapolis Track 2 in 1908. 
R.P.O index

"At their height, RPO cars were used on over 9,000 train routes covering more than 200,000 route miles in North America. While the majority of this service consisted of one or more cars at the head end of passenger trains, many railways operated solid mail trains between major cities; these solid mail trains would often carry 300 tons of mail daily." More information on Wikepedia

I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards are from my private collection unless noted.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring is in the Air!

Don't you just LOVE Spring?  The weather is warming up, flowers are getting ready to bloom and birds are singing in the morning! As I post this the birds are outside the window tweeting away.  Makes me smile. 

Today I have a beautiful tag created with the Music Sheet Stencil, on the Large Watercolor Tag and Little Birdie Medley. 

Music Sheet Stencil
Altered Pages Collage Sheet - Little Spring Birdies
Large Watercolor Tag
Little Birdie Medley
Metallic Rub
Water brush
Mist Brown
Tacky Glue
Ribbon - Seam Binding

Spray water on  Large Watercolor Tag, add color to tag with Gelatos (blue and yellow) with Water brush blend colors on the tag, let dry.  Spray with Mist Brown on the tag, let dry.

With Metallic Rub and Music Sheet Stencil add the notes to the top of the Large Watercolor Tag.  Apply a little rub around the edge of the tag.

Cut image from Altered Pages Collage Sheet - Little Spring Birdies, use in the center of Little Birdie Medley.  Arrange Little Birdie Medley, attach with Tacky Glue.

Last add Ribbon - Seam Binding to the tag!

Hope you are inspired!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Authentique Dame - Class April 24

Cards we will be making during my class at the Scrapbook Zone in Silverdale WA on March 24!  I am happy to say there is only one seat left!  It is exciting when classes are full!  Thank you everyone who comes and creates with me!!!

We will be painting flowers to match our cards!

Inside of the Balloon card there is a pop-out technique I will be sharing!  Yes, everyone gets an Eiffel Tower charm!


For details about classes at the Scrapbook Zone go to their Facebook page HERE and click on EVENTS!

9621 Mickelberry Rd NW Ste 106
Silverdale, Washington 98383
(360) 692-5707

Monday, March 12, 2018

Alice's Tea Party!

One of my favoties!!! A large tag with a story... ALICE!  The Rabbit running with his watch.  The tea party in the garden and the Queen of Hearts yelling, "Off with her Head".

Altered Pages Collage Sheet Alice and Queen

Spray Mist Red on Large Oversized Tag, dry.  Adhere papers to tag with glue stick..  Stamp Rabbit, "Late" and "Alice's Utterly Mad Party" from Muse Alice's Mad Party Stamps on tissue, attach with glue stick.  
Add collage image of Alice's tea party to tag with glue stick

Fussy cut stamped image of Alice, color with Gelatos Blue & Yellow.  Attach Alice to card with  Dimensional Foam.
Fussy cut Queen attach to card with glue stick.  Cut small heart, cover with Red Glitter, attach with Dimensional Foam

Finally add flower and butterflies and ribbon!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Erin Go Bragh!

I love St. Patrick's Day postcards.  This one is covered with Irish clover!  What a sweet face on the young girl with a crown of clover!
Message:  Dear Aunt, Will be to see you some day next week. With love, Nellie 
Mailed to Mrs. Tom Larkin, 20 Reed St, Local
Postmarked in San Francisco, CA on March 17, 1916
Did you see it is "LOCAL".  In the past I have seen "City" "Rural" and "Town".  I guess the postmasters knew everyone back then!
 There is more to this postcard!  Look at the cancellation over the stamp.  Panama-California International Exhibition at San Diego.  The Panama–California Exposition was an exposition held in San Diego, California, between January 1, 1915, and January 1, 1917. 

"Slogan cancels, which may contain a pictorial image, first appeared in the 1890s to advertise the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. The USPS uses slogans extensively." From Hamilton Philatelic
Did you know there are societies dedicated to the study of Machine Postal Markings, the Machine Inventors, Patents, and more? 
I am sharing this postcard with Postcard Friendship Friday!

Note - all postcards are from my private collection unless noted.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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!