Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Free Vintage Wedding Shower Image, New DT Member and Christmas Vol 13

Happy Wednesday! I have some great news! The wonderfully talented Heather has agreed to join the Design Team. Heather finds the time to maintain the BBTB2 blog site as well creating her own works of wonder. She brings great talent and diversity to the team and we're so excited to have her join us. Be sure and check out her blog by clicking here and give her a hearty and warm welcome.

Now some more exciting news, Christmas Volume 13 (yes I went ahead and made it 13 lol) is complete. Now, all I need to do is create the CD label and get all the images ready for the posting. You should be able to find it in the Shops late Friday, early Saturday at the latest. I love how this CD turned out! It has lots of Santas, Snowmen and kids. You'll find all kinds of animals from puppies to kittens, to reindeer, to rabbits to even a giraffe. There's a card from Okinawa and the Rhine River and even a couple Florida cards. Do you love art deco? There's tons of the post card type with lots and lots of art deco. The video has been uploaded to YouTube and is ready for you to review. You'll see all the fronts of the cards and some of the secondary images but the sentiment/verse pages were left out to save time on the video. I hope you take a few minutes out of your busy schedule and check out it here.

I've spoken before about cleaning the cards and you may be wondering what I mean by that. I collect scrapbooks, lots of them... I love it. Some of them are pretty dogged eared by the time I get them. They're bent, stained, torn, flocked etc. but to me each one is special. The original owner had a special reason for saving their cards and taking the time to put them into a scrapbook. It was a work of love and I can feel that love as I browse through them and work with the cards. So I try and honor that love by taking the time to bring the life back into their cards by restoring them to their original beauty. Here's an example of a before and after Wedding Shower card. Make sure you double click on the image before you save it.



Depending upon the type of damage and the image detail, it can take hours to clean it up. And yes, it can get pretty tiring. If I get totally bored, I just move on and come back and work on it later. It's very challenging and yet satisfying. So I hope that gives you a little insight on what it takes to share these wonderful images with you.

I hope the rest of your week goes great and that it's plumb full of smiles.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Free Vintage Christmas Images, BBTB2 winners, Ornament Exchange

Hi Everyone! Have you had a great week? Boy it's still super busy around here! Have you ever heard the phrase.. "the faster I go the behinder I get!" That's just what I feel like this week. I always have such great goals but yet it seems like something always gets in the way and it takes a lot longer to reach the goal then anticipated. I always like to think that I'm just too optimistic in my plan and that it's not because I was lax in trying... lol

Anyway, I have lots to share this week so I'd better get on to it. Last week we were out doing errands and having supper and trying to get home before a predicted thunderstorm broke. But as normal... we missed our goal and the thunderstorm hit while we were at a local Big W know the one... anyway we had to kill some time until the storm ended. As we left, this is what we saw. It was so unusual to me that I just had to snap some pics. They were taken one right after the other so you can see how fast the storm was moving. Have you ever seen anything like this?

Congratulations to Linda and Tonya, the winners of the BBTB2 giveaway! I hope they have fun with their images and maybe they'll be so kind as to share some of their completed projects. Also, Tonya is sponsoring an ornament exchange, you can get all the details here. I think it sounds like a lot of fun and I'm going to participate. I just need to figure out what I'm going to make. I'm such a procrastinator, I usually don't get into making Christmas ornaments until after Thanksgiving, so this will help me start a little earlier this year. So go and check it out and join in the fun.

Now for shop info, I've been working very hard on two new CD releases, Child's Birthday Volume 2 and Christmas Volume 13 - I don't know maybe I'll skip 13 and go right to 14... don't want to jinx the volume... lol. They're both about ready for release. The Christmas volume will probably beat the Birthday volume because I needed a few more numbered Birthday cards to complete it. Lucky me, I happened to find a scrapbook for sale that had a ton of numbered cards. I'm still waiting for it to get here but once received I should be able to finish it up pretty quickly. I'm very happy with the Christmas Volume CD, I think it has become one of my favorites. The cards on this album date from 1921 to 1955. It has a lot of cutie patootie cards, Santa and Snowmen rule on this CD. Plus there are lots of the old fashioned Post Card type. One of the folders in this CD is from the Carol Scrapbook, circa 1955. Sis and I just drooled over it when I was lucky enough to win it. I think you'll love it too. I'm hoping to have the Christmas CD ready by the next blog post... so wish me luck on reaching my goal... lol. And to get your juices flowing, I thought I'd do a little preview for you and share two images from the Carol scrapbook folder. Make sure you double click on the images before you save them.

I think I've bent your ear enough for this week, so have a great week plumb full of smiles!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Free Vintage Halloween Image

Happy Friday the 13th to everyone. Are you avoiding those black cats? I'm not very superstitious but I firmly believe that you can't be too careful! :)

Terribly hot here, high is supposed to be 97 with a feels like 110. I just love this Illinois weather...not! There's supposed to be two more days of this horrible heat before it lets up. Of course, the cool down is supposed to follow some potentially severe thunderstorms... normal kind of stuff for central Illinois.

Trying to keep cool has been a major activity around here. The pool has seen lots of activity and has been a welcome relief. Another option is to think fall and winter. With that in mind, I went looking for an image to share with you today. Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays and sadly in all the scrapbooks that I've collected I haven't been fortunate enough to have any Halloween cards.... not even one! But...I do have a get well card that kind of fits the bill. So that's what I'm sharing today. I think she would make a fun Halloween card and not be too scary for the little ones. She's from the St. Clair collection which ranges from 1946-57. Make sure you double click on the image before you save it.

Have you visited BBTB2 this week? There's a celebration going on! You'll find a lot of great prizes to celebrate 1000 followers. Make sure you visit and be sure and sign up.

Congratulations to Deanna the winner from Sassy Lil Sketches contest. Thanks to everyone who played along!

Now, it's off to the pool I go! Have a great weekend plumb full of smiles!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Free Vintage Image from Ada's Collection 1930-1950

Hi everyone. Hope your week has been going great! It has still been awfully busy here. Over the weekend we attended my husbands Family Reunion. This tradition has been going on for over 100 years. There's usually a good sized crowd and of course the food is always good! The kids have a great time with swimming, a trampoline, a jump house and a hay rack ride. It was a wonderful weekend, terribly hot but at least it didn't rain. A good time was had by all!

Today I'd like to share a fun image from Ada's Collection which covers 1930 - 1950. She sure loved her cards and her collection is one of my largest. I'm pretty sure she's an immigrant to the US. I'm not sure whether she's Swedish, Dutch, or German. I'm leaning toward Dutch because she has several cards with Dutch images but she also has some featuring Stockholm. Maybe you can help me solve the mystery by telling me what language is used on this card.

She has several cards in this language but I'm kind of afraid to use them because I don't know what they say. :)

I'm guessing she had a great sense of humor because she's received some really cute and funny cards. So to celebrate Ada, here's one of my favorite cards from her collection. The card is on textured paper which has come through in the image so you may want to use plain card stock. Make sure you double click on the image before you save it.

Keep an eye on BBTB2 this week. Heather has a wonderful surprise up her sleeves for everyone.

Have a great week, plumb full of smiles!