Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tarnished Treasures

You may remember this photo from Christmas. I am only re-posting it as a before picture. My house is a small house but most the rooms are open to the rest of the house and the living room/ dinning room area has ridiculously tall gable ceilings so it doesn't feel as small as it is. The problem is all that blank wall up there

So in the dinning area I have a set of cabinets that I use as a "sideboard" and above that hangs an antique print of roses that I love!
Above that is lots of wall!
I had this ridiculousness small iron scroll hanging there but it just looked lost with all that wall above.

So last week I got to digging around in the cupboards and collecting what ever I could find that was silver and this is what I came up with. Some of the pieces had some tarnish already but I think I will like it much better when it has had time to really darken.

First I laid them out on the floor. I moved things around until I came up with a design I liked. Then I took a picture of it so I could remember how it had been laid out.

Then I used the command mounting adhesives to stick them to the wall. Three of the pieces are footed so I had to use Herculie's hooks to attach them.

Bragging once again!

This was just so amazing I had to show it off! Laura Comito sent me this picture of an altered clock face done with my "Wonderland" theater collage sheet and I am loving it. Do stop by her blog as she has some much better pictures than I do.

I have been wanting to start a brag day!
if there is enough interest ... How about a "Flaunt Friday"???? We could start next week, just send me a link to your artwork done with either my free downloads or one of my sheets and on Fridays I will link to your blog posts or your flicker!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Vintage Valentine Paper Doll Postcard

This is a little paper doll postcard that I put together for Valentines Day. It is made with vintage paper doll graphics. I also had a vintage postcard with this saying but the doll left a lot to be desired :)) A perfect example of what looks old is not always as it seems!

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

Sunday, January 9, 2011

All things old are sometimes new!

I had this old earring holder but it had been designed for the old clip on earrings and it was very unstable. It had just a wire tripod for the bottom. So hubby used the cutting blade on my dremel to cut slots in it to accommodate my pierced style earrings. Then I used the base of an old candle holder to give it some stability.

and all those old parts.............
Well they became my new bracelet holder.

We drilled a hole in the little silver coaster to hold rings and the bracelets that did not hang well and then used old parts from a candle holder and some dead clocks we took apart.... very steampunk kewl!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hubby's Gift :o

I told you it was good

Can you spot it there amongst all the clutter?

Here let me take those little calling cards off the top and give you a closer look!

and this picture doesn't even do it justice!
It is a tiny little silver plated postal scale... Just 3 1/2 inches across the bottom.
Marked Wilcox Silverplate Co Sept 5, 1898

and here is another mystery for you
What really kewl thing can you make from this random mix of parts???
and no that is not the little weight plate from off the little postal scale :D

Answer tomorrow so stay tuned to the next exciting adventure of
Inka's Junky side :))

Vintage Children 4 Theme Thursday Challenge

I used my new "Steam punks" sheet for this little ATC for Theme Thursday Challenge The Stamp that I used for "London" is from Scrolls Work Stamps ... by the way she is having an awesome sale right now... and the background is my free printable that I promised yesterday :)

Feel free to pin the thumb below 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

Sharing some pretties ♥

I probably won't post every time someone does an example for my collage sheets because I want my blog not to be just an advertisement for my shop but rather about me and my art...however since the list of artist willing to do examples for me is new and Laura did such an awesome job on these I just had to share :))

This darling ATC really gets to the heart of the sheet that Laura revived... I called it "Here's my heart"

This is a 6 x 6 canvas that Laura called "I will love you forever"... isn't that just perfect!

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Camera has arrived!

... and I will be snappin pictures soon. I can't wait to share what hubby got me for Christmas too! I will try to get some pictures of it tomorrow. I have been working on a cute little ATC as well... again, tomorrow :)) It comes with a kewl free graphic download so don't forget to stop by tomorrow evening and grab it.

As you know I hate posts without a picture so here is a really bad picture taken in my bathroom mirror this evening :))

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Free collage Sheet, you say??? And become a featured artist!

First I want to say that no, this is not going to become one of those ad blogs!

However I hate posts with no picture so I would also like to share my new collage sheet "Steam Punks" ...arnt they cute!!!

I would also like to take a moment and answer some frequently asked questions and put in a call for all artists that would like to get a free collage sheet by making some examples using my collage sheets.

I know Christmas is over but I am still makin a list :))

Just put your name on the list and when I make a new collage sheet I will send a free copy to the name on the top. That artist will then make a couple of examples and email me a picture of there work to use alongside my examples on my etsy site. That's it!

If you see a collage sheet in my etsy store and it has no example, you can request that sheet.

Once you have received your free sheet, your name will go to the bottom of the list and you are then eligible for another sheet when you get to the top of the list again. If you want on the list you must Email me because so many times I have tried to answer a post only to find it is sent to noreply. As soon as I can figure it out, I plan to post the list so that you will be able to keep track of where you are on it.

Question I often get are:

Can I sell artwork made with your images?
Yes you can! Anything you print and include in your art piece is yours to sell!
However they are not to be included in any digital download for your customer or blog reader to print.

Can I use your images in my digital art?
Yes you can and if you are printing it you can even sell it. However please do not offer a free printable download of your art. A small example version posted to your blog or website is totally fine :)

Your images look like they are vintage images so aren't they copyright free?
I know they do look like it and I do use vintage images to create my images. A few are totally vintage images but most of my artwork have major changes and have been changed enough to retain there own new copyright. For instance, I have used a person from one image a background from another, maybe a tree or car from another. If you noticed, unless it is a holiday postcard, most of my "vintage postcards" have no greeting. I have done this so that you can add your own greetings to fit the piece you are working on.

Why are your downloads so large?
I create my images from original scans at 300 dpi so on a computer screen they make look very large. However if you use the "fit to page" settings on your printer you will get a sharp clear image. Because they are in .jpg format you can also use your photo program to resize it to just about any size you like.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year, New Day, Old Loves

and now I have decided to go back to old things :))

I think I have mentioned before that I had an antique store in California for years... and hubby and I bought the home I grew up in and we lived there for over 20 years... for me it was an additional 20 years :)) ... it was totally Victorian shabby chic... anyway when we moved to Idaho, I sold a lot and put a lot in storage. I decided for the first time in my life that I wanted new things. We had a house built and I bought the main furniture new. I still had a few old pieces that I just could not give up but I thought I could mix them with the new and come up with my "style" At first I just felt like I was living in a hotel. Then slowly I starting putting things on the walls and trying to make things look like "normal" people.... Well I am not "normal" people and I just have not been comfortable.

Over the past year or so my art has been drawn back to my love of all things old... only rusty and worn rather than the white and pink of shabby chic of my past. I found that when I was working on my art pieces that I was happy. My love for rusty and worn started to drift into the other rooms and it made me happy :D So this year instead of fixing the place up, I am going to be wearing things out, rusting things up, adding my art to the rest of the house. I think the best description of the style I love is "Tarnished Treasures" So if this interests you, click "Decor or Tarnished Treasures" on the "Quick Links" on the right hand sidebar. I will link the few projects that I did last year and as soon as my new camera arrives I am going to start snapping pictures around the house and giving you a run down on the how too's