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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April 30, 2015

Post Card Art, A Vintage Bird and Flowers…..Ah Spring!

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:08 AM by Shelley Swanland

1800s Harpers LadyIt’s already over 90 here in beautiful Southern California, so it’s a good day to stay inside

Here are two new digital designs that I have created. The beautiful lady came from an 1800’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. Half Pence postage and an old Post card back were used in this collage.Flowers with Vintage Bird and Post Card Images

The Pink collage uses a Cedar Waxwing image that I got over at http://www.olddesignshop.com. . An old image of a  postcard back and trellis were used in the collage as well as a photo of lovely pink flowers that I took a while back.

They are both available in my Etsy shop as fabric prints.

April 20, 2015

Vintage Art Fabric Prints on Etsy

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Digital Collage tagged , , , , , , at 11:34 AM by Shelley Swanland

Embellished Vintage Envelope NCIt’s taken me a while but I finally got my Etsy shop up and going again. Right now I have 10 of the prints used with the Neat and Nifty Notebook pattern as well as 6 of my Vintage Envelope Prints. They are all available in different layouts as well as with or without the patterns. All of the prints would be great in Crazy Quilting projects. Etsy is a fun and easy way to shop for gifts and supplies. I hope you can visit and have some fun. You can find my Etsy shop here:https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShelleysDesignWorks  April Bird Fabric Print1900 New Years Fabric PrintRome Roses Fabric Print

 

 

 

 

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.

April 21, 2014

The Laugh of a Child

Posted in 12 x 12s, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:10 PM by Shelley Swanland

The Laugh of a ChildApril’s 12 x 12, “The Laugh of a Child”. Vintage pictures, lace, silk ribbon, beads, gathered flower and lots of buttons. Also doubles as a Twilt. Enjoy!

 

For more info on the Twilts: Twitter quilts…….Twilts or see all my Twilts :Flickr Twilts Page. Click on the image of the Twilt to go directly to it’s high resolution image.

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

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

Posted in Digital Collage, Misc tagged , , , , at 7:59 AM by Shelley Swanland

Mothers Day 2013 2Wanted to celebrate the mother I lost when I was six on this Mother’s Day.

 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom, Barbara Jean Cates Andrews, with her mother Rhoda and her Grandmother Georgia in the 1930s.

 

XOXO

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!

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in Vintage Post Cards tagged , , at 11:28 AM by Shelley Swanland

I want to wish all my family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

1908 Vintage Post Card

Click on the image to see it on Flickr.

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