January 2, 2016

Wishes for a Fabulous New Year to All

Posted in Misc, Vintage Post Cards, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , at 9:23 AM by Shelley Swanland

2015 Christmas 1914 Vintage Card

2015 is in the taillights and 2016 lays ahead.

I love these old cards from years gone by. The senders voices echo the wishes that were sent to their friends and family 100 years ago.

1914 Post CardI hope that all my family and friends have a happy, healthy and wonderful 2016 and many more New Years to come!!

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June 19, 2015

New Books and Needle Cases on Etsy

Posted in Embellishment, Journals, Needle Cases, Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:16 AM by Shelley Swanland

Mini Comp Books and Needle Cases 6 15A few days ago I added these Needle Cases and Mini Composition Journals to my Etsy Store.  The Needle Cases are scans of Vintage Envelopes that I added Vintage digital elements to before printing on fabric. Once I put the needle cases together I embellished them with embroidery, beads, lace and buttons. The envelope addressed to Col Edwards is circa late 1800s.The other letter was sent from Italy to Long Beach in the 1950s.

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Embellished Covers are added to Mini Composition books to create the Mini Journals. One is a felted base with Silk ribbon embroidered flowers which was this backed with another piece of felt. The other Mini Journal is linen applied to felt and then embellished with a piece of painted lace embroidery and beads. All four can be found in my Etsy Store.

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April 15, 2015

Vintage Postage Digital Art

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage, Vintage Post Cards, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 1:32 PM by Shelley Swanland

2014 April New Prints no labelsThese are six new digital designs using vintage postcards, postage and card art I put together using my collection of vintage images. I love to dig through Antique stores and Thrift shops looking for vintage postage, old letters, post cards and writing samples. I then scan the images into my computer and using Photoshop combine them into Digitally collaged designs.

Printed on 100% cotton, I’ve used them in the Neat and Nifty Notebooks.  The prints are available as a set of one large and two small to fit regular and mini composition books and come with a pattern to make the Neat and Nifty Composition Books for $9.50.Composition Book Covers W01 To read more about the Composition books go here.

Fabric Prints are now or soon will be available in my Etsy shop Shelley’s Design Works.

The prints could also be used in Crazy quilting. I love combining digital art with fabric.
Contact me if you are interested in more information about purchasing the books or the prints and pattern.

December 24, 2013

Season’s Greeting from Shelley’s Studio

Posted in Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , at 6:52 AM by Shelley Swanland

To all my friends and family,

A Very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas 2013

1900 Santa with sleeping child etching, digitally enhanced. Enjoy!

November 4, 2013

Composition Book Covers with Vintage Art

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , , , , at 8:37 AM by Shelley Swanland

Composition Book Covers W01It’s been a busy month and I am glad to have some down time. My Composition Books with reusable covers have been very popular and I wanted to share a few of them. I used Vintage images that I collaged in Photoshop then printed on fabric to decorate the covers. When combined with Batik fabric and coordinating felt they came out quite lovely.

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Some of the graphics used in the collage process come from online sources. The Cherries and Butterfly came from The Graphics Fairy. The Roses image is from The Old Design Shop and the background writing on the roses came from Mudbay Images. It is a contract from 1792.  All other art came from my own collection. One of my favorite sources is a copy of Ben Hur that I picked up at a little book store in Lake Gregory, CA for $20.00. It was published in the 1880’s and was called the General’s Edition. There are illustrations on nearly every page. The wreath is one of them.

It is a favorite pastime of mine to search Antique stores, Old book stores and swap meets for the treasures that I can scan and use in my digital artwork.

The pattern for the Neat & Nifty notebooks is available at my Etsy store as well as a number of prints and when available the finished notebooks. https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShelleysDesignWorks

February 1, 2013

The Art Studio

Posted in Digital Collage, Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , at 7:34 AM by Shelley Swanland

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My latest Digital piece, “The Art Studio”, was taken from a Vintage black and white  photograph. It could have been an image of a kitchen or workroom of some sort but I thought…an art studio. I manipulated the image in Photoshop. I will be linking it to Pixel Dust Photo Art – Photo Art Friday. Head on over to see the wonderful site that Bonnie has set up for Digital Artists and aspiring Digital Artists and the Photo Art Friday gallery for this week.

January 1, 2013

New Years Wishes

Posted in Vintage Postcards and Art tagged , , , at 12:17 PM by Shelley Swanland

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A Happy New Year to Everyone, here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2013!