Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hubby's Etsy Store

Hubby has officially retired and it was driving him crazy so he decided to reopen his little etsy store now that he has time. It is a family effort with his vintage finds and artwork from our family. I have never sold my artwork or jewelry before but I have decided to add a few pieces to his store. I thought I would share the piece I am most proud of here to see what you all think :) Do click on his little Etsy badge on the left sidebar and check out his other great finds.

Free Vintage Western Union Easter Bunnygram Telegram Printable

I could not let easter go by without something for my readers. I thought this little Bunnygram would be cute to use to invite your friend and family to your Easter BBQ or a special egg hunt.

The free sheet from my shop is still available to the end of the month so don't miss the previous post.



Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Free Collage Sheet from my store this month

I did not even get anything posted last month. Not to make excuses but... I was having some dental problems again stemming from a car accident years ago. Well I ended up having to have some teeth pulled and some implants put in. Not a big deal for some but I have MS too and when I have anything like that it seems to make it flare up as well.

Anyway to make up for it I am going to give everyone a free collage sheet from my store this month.


IT'S EASY!!! but read the fine print below and get your free sheet!  

This is good for one single collage sheet valued up to $3.50 
or a coupon code to use at my store for $5.00 
Fine Print:

1. Pin the image above with Pinterest
2. Pin your favorite sheet from my store, free image on my blog or any of my artwork, crafts or decor posted     on my blog with Pinterest.
3. Comment here what you pined!

To summarize... 
Two pins, One comment then pick out your sheet and its yours!

You can now email me the collage sheet of your choice from my store with a value of $3.50... that's most of my sheets.
or if you would like me to send you the free coupon code for $5.00 to use at my store 
Just email the link to your pins 
or use the email button on my right hand sidebar

One sheet per household.
No anonymous post qualify... your post must have an existing Id with a start date at least 2 months old


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mechanical and Vintage Paper Doll Valentines Free Printable

Its all the news... Valentines day will soon be here


and you may have been shopping around for the perfect Valentine Card.

( yes it moves and the graphics will be included in the printable download. I just used a background paper for the back but you could print it landscaped and fold both ends over to encase the mechanism)


However being the artists that you are


It is my opinion that you should just make some.... so grab your scissors and get busy!


Now let see... of course you will need something romantic


But something cute would be fun too...


Then of course you will need something for the kids


Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

Oh yes... and have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Download News Valentine here   Download Card Shop Valentine here
Download Little Artist Valentine here  Download Scissors Valentine here
Download Romantic Valentine here  Download Cute Valentine here
Download Kids Paper doll Valentines here   


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Loves Greetings Valentine Free Printable

I know it has been a long time so I wanted to give you something very special! Since Valentines Day is coming up fast I thought I would do a special valentine. I added a background and a little frame I made so it would be easier to cut out, however if you would like to cut it out it would be really cute cut with ribbons between to make a little hanger... Enjoy!



Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.



Friday, January 3, 2014

Basic instructions for my puppets and theaters:


Printing:
My images should show pretty large on the internet unless your browser resizes them to fit the window. If you received your image by email, some email programs will resize them for viewing as well. So in your email program, if you right click the picture and save it will be smaller and it will not print as clearly. To make sure you are getting the original image right click on each paper clip. A list should appear, choose “save as” and save the image to your hard drive. My pictures is usually a good place to save them. The smaller bonus images will need to be copied and pasted onto a sheet the size of an actual collage sheet for these instructions to work. If you start a blank page you can copy and paste it onto the sheet and fill up the sheet as your collection grows.
Use your photo program to open them since they are in a .jpg picture format. Once you have them on the screen in your photo program, hold down the “Ctrl” key and at the same time press the “P” key. This will open your printer settings. Make sure that you choose ... under quality choose “best” and make sure that the “fit to page” box is checked. Then choose the paper type you are using
I print my images on brochure paper or you can use a light weight photo paper also. I always use a laser printer because it has a finish that is like what you would find on a commercial game board and it is resistant to splashes and spills. An added bonus is that the ink will not run when it gets wet so if you use a water base glue, your safe :))


Laminating the imagines to matt board:
For all my facades and puppets I like to laminate them to a light weight matt board. If you do it right, it will be hard to tell it from a die cut image.
You can purchase medium or light weight matt board at your local office supply store or just use the light weight gift boxes you get at the dollar store. Even a cereal box will work.
I used spray glue on the back of the image and on the matt board, sandwiching them together. Make sure to smooth them from the center of the sheet to the edges so you don't have any bubbles or wrinkles. Then cut them out and sand the edges with a emery board. Be sure to use the heavy ones for artificial nails.
Once the edges are sanded smooth, use a marker on the edges of all you pieces. I use a skin tone for the puppets but sometimes for the clothing section of the puppets and for the theaters I would use a color matching it to the main color of the image. They also look great with the edges done with a gold paint pen. Be sure to angle the marker or pen from the back side so you do not accidentally mark the front of the image and only color the cut edges. That way no one will see cut cardboard edges and it gives it a commercial looking finish. On the theater facade, I covered the backside with scrap booking paper also. That way the theater would still look nice from the backside as well


For most of my theaters I print two copies of the facade and select elements from the second copy. Then I laminate the elements to matt board as described above and glue on to the top of the  full facade giving it a layered pop out. I would choose things like the, pillars, the bottom of the stage, the fascia and so on. This will gave the theater a little dimension but of course they still look great with out this extra layer. Then just embellish as desired. You can add glitter, little scrapbook flowers, brass charms, feathers or what ever fits your piece. The main thing is to have fun and make it your own :)  

Long Time No See!

December is one of my favorite times of the year for posting some great free downloads and fun little projects. I had several planned too. However my son and his wife were planning to move into the house they had just bought so I was watching my grandsons. My  daughter in law was still in school and trying to pack as my son was busy trying to get there house ready to move into. It was only suppose to be for the first two weeks, then Denny was going to take the kids and we were going to take a break so we could do Christmas. So on Friday the 13th.... yes, I said Friday the 13th... we dropped the kids off with Aunt Judy and my son and I went Christmas shopping. It was such a wonderful day!... until... we got home. As my son was leaving our house he fell and broke his leg : / It was a very bad break too, his foot was totally rotated backwards. Jacque was doing her finals and Denny could not get up the steps to his house so until they did the surgery the next week I had my son to take care of and the grand kids. With my health it was taxing just to take the grand babies for the first two weeks so when they all went home, I was beyond exhausted. Needless to say, I got nothing else done. But I do plan to make it up with some really fun downloads this month :)


I have had several blog friends that were having trouble finding my basic theater and puppet instructions. I do have them kinda scattered here and there so I am going to post those for now... but hold on to your hats... good things are coming in the new year!

I do hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I also wanted to publicly thank everyone who sent me a cup of coffee this past month. It was so sweet of you to think of me this holiday season :)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thanksgiving Joy Free Printable

I just thought I would share a little card that I feel really represents what thanksgiving is all about :)


Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.


Enjoy!... and Happy Thanksgiving! 
Inka

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Punch & Judy Free Printable

I do have a free printable for you but first let me show you what I have been working on. As much as I wanted to get my nutcracker theater done this year, I needed to make sure this was done for Christmas. The two main puppets were from an early 1800's magazine and were so poorly printed it literately took me weeks to complete them.


Someone very special to me, who happens to be a big Punch & Judy fan, is going to get a kit for this for Christmas. I have had the theater printed larger than my printer will print but I am going to print the puppets large myself. Then I will put it in a special box I am working on with the chip board, brads, glue and so on so that she can make it herself. The graphic's for this are now available in my little etsy store.

As you know... I usually try to make my free image go along with whatever I am working on so I have a cute little Punch and Judy free printable for you. I thought it would make a great invitation to your show or Punch & Judy birthday party, or as I have used it to create a box lid for the little theater to go into.

If you check it out in its larger version, I think you will be able to tell how clear I can make these vintage images :)

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

Enjoy! Inka

I also would like to post a little history on Punch and Judy:

May 9, 1662 is the day that is credited as Punch's birthday as that was the first recorded day his show was preformed in Britain. The British show developed into "Punch and Judy" with its first published script in 1827.  However the show was preformed in the 1700 in Italy only the puppets had a different names, Pulcinella and his wife Joan. 
 He speaks in a distinctive squawking voice, assisted by a "Bottler", who encouraged to participate and collecting money. The Bottler also played accompanying music or sound effects usually on a drum. Today it is preformed often in private parties and is fun for all ages.

Every time I post one of my theaters, I am always asked how I do it so here is a short synopsis on how I create them!

I print my images on brochure paper or you can use a light weight photo paper also. I always use a laser printer because it has a finish that is like what you would find on a commercial game board and it is resistant to splashes and spills. The ink will not run when it gets wet so if you use a water base glue, your safe :))

For this one I just did a single copy of the facade but if you use two copies of the facade you can select elements from the second copy to glue on top of the first layer on a pop out. You can also just laminate the elements like you would the facade and that will raise them up a bit to give your theater a little dimension.

To laminate the facade and puppets, I used spray glue to attach it to a medium weight matte board. You can purchase medium weight matt board at your local office supply store or just use the light weight gift boxes you get at the dollar store or even cereal boxes.
Cut all the pieces out and sand the edges with a emery board..the heavy ones for artificial nails. Be sure to use a marker on the edges of all you pieces too. I use a skin tone for the puppets but for the theater I would use a maybe a matching color however this one looks great with the edges done with a gold paint pen. Be sure to angle the marker or pen from the back side so you do not accidentally mark the front of the image and color the cut edges. That way no one will see cut cardboard on the edges. If you do it right, it will be hard to tell it from a die cut image. On the theater facade, I covered the backside with scrap booking paper also. That the theater would still look nice from the backside as well.

For larger puppets and if I am making a diorama display, I use brads on the puppets and make little wire stands. I twist the top like a paper clip and glue a flattened paper ring on the back of the puppet for the stand to hold to. This also works for the wire wands. This makes it easy to convert them from display puppets to performers in "the show". If you look at the post on my wonderland theater I have some of the wands pictured. For smaller puppets and jumping jacks it is better to use embroidery floss and tie knots threw punched holes. Then you can just jiggle them around for your show. The most important thing is to have fun... making it and preforming the shows as well!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Halloween Paper Doll Free Printable
Dolly Dingle Witch Paper Doll

Wow... Halloween is sneaking up on me fast! I just have so much going on this time of year. Both my grandchildren and there mom and dad has had birthdays in the last two months. I always try to do a special birthday cake for them :)
This year Jasper wanted "George"... his favorite cartoon is Curious George. Here he is giving "George" a kiss.

And here is a closer look at his George on a mountain of bananas cake.

It took grandpa four hours to make all those bananas!

Then Quinton wanted a dinosaur cake again. He told me that his dinosaur cake last year was nice but this year he wanted the bones...lol. He has been telling us he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up since he was three.

So here is our little paleontologist :)


And a closer look at his dinosaur dig cake.



ok... now to the Halloween printable. This Dingle witch paper doll is a little more rare than the ones you usually see and if you do see her she is usually not in good enough shape to use. She is originally from an old pictorial review magazine and she did not print well. However on this one, I have added my magic touch to her :))

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.



And for the boys, Don't forget the little Halloween paper airplanes that I posted last year... just click on the quick link in the right hand sidebar. Just look for the word Halloween... lots of other good stuff there too!   

Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Nut Cup or Favor Cup
Free Printable

Halloween is coming so fast so I thought I would post this little "Beistle" nut cup. I use it for a favor cup and I tie up the goodies in a little piece of sheer orange nylon. I could not fit this on one sheet without splitting the sides up into two sections and adding an additional tab and slot... but it works :)) Also don't miss my other free Halloween printable on previous posts

You can have a whole "Beistle" repo party too!
Just check out my little etsy shop. I have an array of fun repo's that you can easily make in time!  



Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.


Enjoy!
Inka 


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lace, Ribbon, Yarn, Trimmings Spool Organizer Fiber Holder Free Printable

I worked on these several days last week but I hesitated to post them because just as I was about to, I found that someone had stolen the spools that I had posted previously and was selling them on etsy : / Of course when discovered she had to remove them but it is just such a hassle to deal with. It seems like it happens so often that I swear that someday I am going to start a wall of shame and post names of all who do this.

I had these images from an old catalog but they were pictured with mending yarn wrapped around them and half the logo on the top and bottom were missing and they also said they were spools for mending yarn. I wanted them to organize my fibers with... so I had to rebuild the logo's how I thought they would have been and replace the wording with something that would be appropriate for lace or any fibers you wanted to wrap them with. Then because they were catalog images I needed to put a background on them that would "look like" a real antique. These have absolutely been changed enough to hold there own copyright. You are free to use them for your personal use or even to print them and use in your art projects for sell. However, they are not for use in any digital download of any kind.

Click on the links below to download them. 
These first ones are my style.
Then for you Shabby Chic lovers I did these.

I had a hard time deciding between the white and the aqua background so I just decided to post both. 

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

So here are the download links

Enjoy!
Inka