26.6.13

An update

I have been working on my Vintagraphy shop non-stop and wanted to let you all know you can find me there at:
www.vintagraphy.etsy.com
OR
www.vintagraphy.com
(Not sure why this is showing two different link colors)

I have been so inspired lately; it's wedding season and my mind has been churning with ideas for all the happy couples out there ready to tie the knot. I have been working on lots of new designs to add to the wedding section of my shop. I am adding a new look - more modern and graphic, which will complement almost any decor

My book prints continue to be a fave, but I wanted to expand a bit on the design side and really follow my heart with my designs. I'll continue to add new wedding prints, inspirational art and am also working on nursery decor designs. I'm hoping you will all will love the new art and keep some of them in mind when shopping for gifts.

This blog is really just a placeholder and won't be updated often. But since, I'm here, why not add what I've been working on? Here's a wonderful inspirational quote print with inspirational words by Mother Teresa. It is shown in the chalkboard background, but you can choose any background color from the custom color chart.
The wedding print below is just one of many new designs I have in my shop and includes the name and date of the happy couple and choice of background colors.



25.7.12





Vintagraphy art prints I've designed LOVE YOU - FOR LIKE EVER find them HERE in my shop! 

Just wanted to let you all know that you can find my latest and greatest designs in my Etsy shop, Vintagraphy. You can also click on the shop links in both sidebars. Lots of cool, fun typography and vintage & original illustrations printed on antique book and dictionary pages.

My love of books, my passion for vintage ephemera and art has made this the perfect business venture for me. I am so excited to be completely engrossed in this newest chapter of my life. I am putting my heart and soul into Vintagraphy and am continually working to improve and grow the business.


Yes, I'm still scrapbooking, art journaling,photographing and taking long walks on the beach - my other passions will never leave me. 



I have also taken on a brand new hobby, that I can honestly say has been one of the most rewarding I have ever done....crochet!  I absolutely love, love, love it. I am obsessed! The tactile part of the hobby is what I need after a long day designing on the computer for Vintagraphy.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support of my designs and art. 
Amy
©Vintagraphy 2011-2012 All Rights Reserved






31.3.10

Collaged Cards

Here's a set of cards and bookmarks I made as a gift for my mom. I wish I had made a duplicate set for myself! Very fun and easy to make and she absolutely loved them! 

An easy way to set the tone for a group of cards that are different, yet similar is to pick a similar foundation of colors. For instance, I used all blue or blue-like papers as the background.

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Some of the items you'll see used in the set are:

Glass Glitter (love this stuff)
Skeleton Leaves
Vintage Stamps
Old Book Pages
Various scrapbook papers
Glue: Golden Gel Medium
Velvet Ribbon

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Just tear your papers, collage and glue other items down and you'll have a beautiful set of cards in no time!

Happy Collaging!
Amy


18.3.10

Camping Out Embroidery Style

As many of you are aware, I love embroidery. All styles, from vintage to contemporary... 

Boating season is coming up, which means lots of time outdoors. What a great time to stitch up a fun kitchen towel for our boat's galley! I used one of Sublime Stitching's patterns called Campout.

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We love camping out on our boat, sitting around the campfire, hanging out under the moon and stars. Even the smell of our morning coffee is better when camping.


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This was a fun project to do - I actually stitched on both sides of the towel, so matter which way it hangs, it always looks great. Have you ever noticed how much quicker you get things done when they have a personal meaning to you? I was able to complete this project in just a few hours.

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I added a little extra "fun" to the license plate, since isn't that what camping is all about?

Happy Stitching!
Amy


8.3.10

10 reasons I love embroidery

Ok, I admit it. I absolutely, positively, adore, love and am crazy about embroidery. You know, the kind that makes you want to touch and feel it. The texture, the beautiful colors, the threads. It's one of my newest loves and passions. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would swoon at beautiful threads, get excited at fun, cool patterns. Have a coronary over fine linen. Never. Ahh, never say never.
I took up embroidery for real about nine months ago. I had dabbled in cross stitch before, done some crocheting, was defeated by knitting. But I had never actually done any kind of embroidery. Sure, I have lots of embroidered pillowcases, dresser scarves and aprons here done by Mom and both my grandmas. But, why had I never tried it myself?  Probably because I was and still am obsessed with all things involving paper arts and scrapbooking. Probably because I have been a business owner, manufacturer and designer of those scrapbooking products for over 8 years.  Not too much time for dreaming about playing with needle and thread. But not anymore! Let me tell you my TOP 10 REASONS I LOVE EMBROIDERY and why I have made the beautiful hobby and art a priority and why I absolutely love and adore it.

  1. Hundreds, if not thousands of thread choices. Everything from cotton, to linen, to silk, to wool. Wonderful for someone who loves collecting art supplies. (me) Wonderful for someone who doesn't - keep it simple, sweetheart!

  2. Color, color, color. Oh my goodness, I can't get enough. So many combinations! Thread and fabric, thread and thread. Love it!

  3. Compact and portable. No need to drag out the kitchen sink full of supplies. Just a few skeins of thread, a needle and small piece of fabric.

  4. I can use my own illustrations for patterns. Because I am a designer, I have a plethora of illustrations, ideas and themes that translate into embroidery designs. Some of which will be offered very, very soon to all of you via my new Etsy store.

  5. Economical. I have never, ever done another type of hobby that is so inexpensive to get into. Most floss skeins can be purchased for less than $1. I am talking a few cents here, folks. Hoops are around $4. You can truly get into the hobby for under $20, maybe even less than $15. Patterns too are relatively inexpensive.

  6. I am part of a legacy. I am continuing in the footsteps of my mother and grandmothers and now teaching my daughter the skills.

  7. Easy to learn. You can start stitching right away...no need for super fancy stitches. You can complete a cute design with a simple back or straight stitch. So easy a young kid could do it.

  8. Great gifts! I have made some great gifts since starting embroidery. 

  9. Originality - because there are no hard and fast color rules and what kind of stitch to use where, the same pattern could be done by two different people and each would have it's own brand of uniqueness.

  10. Relaxing, therapeutic. I can't begin to tell you how true this is. There is something about it that just sends me to another world...also, some of my best ideas have come to me while stitching. In addition, the very act of stitching itself, somehow irons out the problems in my brain and makes them relatively smooth and easy to deal with.

So, there you have it...my newest passion in a nutshell. In the coming weeks, I will be concentrating more heavily on embroidery and various aspects of it. I can't wait to share my passion with all of you.
Happy Stitching!
Amy