Saturday, June 13, 2009

I hope you had a great week! Time just goes by too fast and there seems so little time to create new and fun things, but I did come up with this little calendar that I think you will like if you like Walter Crane? He is one of my favorite illustrators! I work at a day job and it has been 15 hours a day due to all the cuts in Social Service! Oh my! Well I have got to get my creativity in, even if it is at 2:00 A.M.! Just got a chance to post this, a nice one page calendar 8.5 inches x 11 inches in .pdf format. I like a one page calendar that I can view at a glance, my personal preference. I created this from a first edition of "The Baby's Opera" by Walter Crane. I added three images and the rhyme as worded in the book on top of a 2009 calendar. I recommend card stock, but this works fine on regular paper. This can be framed in a 8.5 x 11 inch document frame for an added touch. This looks great at the office or at home. Print and pass them out to your co-workers or friends, they will use them and thank you! Let me know what you think and I will create more and some for 2010 too! You can download by clicking on the link below or click on the image on the right.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dad's Special Day

Father's Day is just around the corner, so I created a few items that you can print and use.
This a great antique image from a book published by the McLoughlin Brothers in 1885 called "Base Ball ABC". I did use a little PhotoShop magic and replaced the ABC with DAD.
McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pursued techniques in color printing for children's books. Their illustration coloring process spanned more than 50 years, starting with hand stenciling and ultimately leading to chromolithography. The process of chromolithography is a posting in itself and I will explain that one day in the future. Between 1850 and 1920 McLoughlin Brothers brought joy to young children reading their books and booklets. Their product line expanded to include toys, including games and paper dolls. An interesting side note, in 1920 McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was sold to Milton Bradley and game production ceased. The McLoughlin line of children's books was sold to Grosset & Dunlap in June 1954. By the 1970's the name, "McLoughlin" disappeared. I try to find these little gems whenever I can.
You can download the file below. Note this is a 9MB file. Click on the file and it will extract.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bessie Pease Gutmann - Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland is one of my favorite books. I recently re-read it and realized that I had missed so many historical references. I highly encourage you to read it again. Alice In Wonderland fueled the imagination of some many illustrators during the early 20th century. Numerous editions were published after the original with new illustrations. Each illustrator captured Lewis Carroll's work with their own vision and interpretation. Here is a little 2" X 2" half fold gift tag in pdf format to print out. You can cut with scissors inside or outside the black line and fold. Punch a small hole and string a 1/8 inch ribbon through. This illustration is by Bessie Pease Gutmann from the 1907 edition of Alice In Wonderland.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Little Bo Peep Nursery Rhyme

Nursery rhymes from Mother Goose are filled with tons of historical references. I enjoy the history and the illustrators. I have been reading about the importance of rhymes when learning to read. Apparently parents are not reading the old nursery rhymes to their children like they use to and educators feel this may impact their reading development. I made a card for you to download, print and include with that next book you buy for a young one or just cut and make some bookmarks and bookplates. The front of the card is a bookplate that can be cut-out and glued in the book and the back is a bookmark that can be cut-out and used. The illustration is by Clara Burd from the 1918 edition of "Mother Goose and Her Goslings". Please enjoy these for personal and educational use. If you have a favorite nursery rhyme let me know!

Have a great week!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Arthur Rackham's "Cinderella"

I just purchased a first edition of Arthur Rackham's "Cinderella" and wanted to share some of the images with you. I created three 4.25 x 5.5 note cards in .pdf format for you to download and print. These images also look great framed. I purchased three $3.00 5 x 7 inch black frames with 3 x 4.5 interior mats and placed the note card behind the mat. These look great grouped together! Add some cross grain ribbon to hang from and create a different look. When printing use your highest quality setting to get a strong black image.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Little Elephant

Even though my interest is late 19th and early 20th century illustrators, I also love creating little graphics myself. This little elephant is great as a tag on a gift or multiple tags for favors for that "Baby Shower". These are designed to work with a 2 inch punch and work best with card stock. You can also use them on the two inch labels from my favorite label source. These are for your personal and educational use to create with any way you like. I just made a bunch, punched a whole, added a ribbon, filled a cello bag with candy, wrapped the tag around and I am ready to bring to that "Baby Shower" next week. There are two .pdf files, one for a green elephant and one for lavender. When printing make sure to print on your best quality for a truer color. Since all printers are different, there is often variability in color.
Have a great week!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Created Something New!

I get so excited when I come up with a new idea. Just created "Laundry Line Greetings and Inspirations". I love cards, I buy tons of cards and make cards, but I wanted to create something more. I was thinking about this cute Birthday Banner I made and thought it would be great in a smaller version, placed in a keepsake tin and personalized. So there you go, the new addition to my paper arts line, "Laundry Line Greetings and Inspirations".

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Created a collection for Mother's Day! This is great for both you and your children. Frances Brundage is the illustrator. This image is from "The Baby's Biography" printed in 1891. This is a 9MB file and will take about 2 minutes to download on a cable connection. You can print gift tags, cards and more! I hope you enjoy it. The download link is below.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Man In The Moon

Just to say Thank You! for stopping by please download a wonderful1889 illustration of "The Man In The Moon". You can make gift tags in many sizes, note cards, prints and much more!
Click on the link below and you will be downloading a 10.5 MB Zip file that will extract into a self executable file. Print directly from the program. Have Fun!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Caption Gift Tags

I just added my "Caption Gift Tags" to my line of paper products. You can personalize
your tag for any occasion!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

After almost 2 years!

Well, like everyone else the current economy hit me. After spending the last two years working 15 hours a day as a Social Work Supervisor I was demoted due to all the cuts in our county. My entire unit was eliminated. Well on the brighter side I now only put in 12 hours a day giving me a few extra hours to start up what I left behind 2 years ago. So here I am creating and having fun!
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Hello! I am a Social Worker by profession, but love graphic arts and the art of illustration. I have collected hundreds of first edition children's books from the late 19th and early 20th century. I love the work of Jessie Wilcox-Smith, Clara Burd, Blanche Fisher-Wright, Anne Anderson, Frank Baum, Fanny Cory, Margaret Tarrant, Johhny Gruelle, Frances Brundage, Maria Kirk, Milo Winter, Beatrix Potter, Maud Humphrey to name just a few! I love to share!