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Annotated Jane Austen

In years past, I’ve read Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey. Her other books (Emma, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility) I’m familiar with only through films.

But this summer, I’m in kind of a Jane Austen mood, and so am attempting to read the volumes I’ve neglected and possibly re-read the others. I decided to begin with Persuasion.
Grapevine Public Library has several different copies, and I was pleased to find that one is annotated and illustrated.

Front of the bookmark


One of the drawbacks of reading on my own (not in a bookclub) is the inability to share and explore with others the joys and frustrations of a story or an author or a subject. The annotations relieve this somewhat.

Oh, how I’d love to be in a Cozy Bookclub.

In person.

With nice cups of tea and biscuits.

Back of the bookmark


For now I will have to content myself with my hand-made Jane Austen bookmark and lots of sidenotes.

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Simple Handmade Cards

This paper from a tablet didn’t seem to need anything else on the cover; the left page on the inside has a brown stamped coffee cup and I included a bookmark to match.

The right edge of the front has been roughly cut around the flower outlines. It would’ve added some color if I had affixed about a 2″ yellow edge on the inside, which would showcase the flowers a little better.

Here’s an example of an idea that just didn’t work out. This strip of pansy printed vellum looked good inside this card – until the fixative came loose. I used a glue stick and it just wasn’t permanent. Perhaps the peel-off double sided tape or glue dots would’ve been better. And it should’ve been narrower. This page is too cluttered and not enough room to write a message.

This stamped edge would be another good one to cut around the right side.

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Handmade Cards for Men

It’s not easy to produce a handmade card for men – at least, it’s not easy to make one that’s not cute or feminine or … I think you get my drift. Most of the rubber stamps and techniques are geared toward women, and that’s fine because we seem to appreciate handmade crafts. But when handmade is important to you, as well as tailoring a card for the recipient’s taste, the field narrows.

These are some of ideas that I experimented with. They aren’t fussy and over embellished (embellishments are something that my husband really doesn’t understand) and somewhat masculine. I hope.

The card above with the trophy is stamped onto plain cardstock, layered onto a slightly larger piece of diamond patterned paper, then onto plain cardstock folded into a card. My sister bought the stamp from the dollar bin at Michael’s (I think) and gave it to me.

(The diamond paper came in a package of mixed patterns and I thought “What in the world am I going to do with this? By itself it’s blinding, but with just the edge showing it really sets off the stamped image.)

I buy my cardstock in a large package at Wal-Mart. 500 pages with recycled content is less than $5.00, which is much cheaper than at the office supply chainstores. Using my paper cutter, I cut the pages in half- but I don’t cut all of it at once because I might end up with too many small cards and too many large envelopes.

Also, I included a matching bookmark.

For this card, I distressed the basic card front with a brown stamp pad (as well as the 3 hole reinforcers). The layered paper is from a large pad of decorative paper. Usually it’s best to cut off the white edge, but I decided to incorporate it into the design. I punched three holes at the top, stuck down the distressed hole reinforcers, and wrapped just a bit of black pearl cotton through the holes and around the top.

After stamping the postcard on the lower left edge, I affixed it to the distressed cardstock.

The finishing bit was to use a dashed stamp in black ink on the sides. My sister gave me that stamp. It was one that she cut off of a larger foam stamp and it’s quite useful.

Now I have a postmark stamp which would’ve worked well on the upper right hand corner. Or, a torn piece from a cancelled stamp and envelope could’ve been used, but that’s getting into embellishments.

I really like to use what I have and not have to buy things for specific projects. The more versatile the supplies are, the more I can use them and make my craft money go further. (Further? Farther? I wasn’t sure even after looking them up.)

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Floral Altered Book pages

from Fran's Floral Altered Book

These page layouts are from an altered book my sister made; her theme was Flowers.

On this page, she distressed the pages with purple and buff colored stamp pads, used a daisy rubber stamp, magazine clippings for the flowers and heart. The wavy floral paper scrap was from a drapery sample book, which she ran through a crimper. Also she stamped a tulip on a layered tag and used a bit of photocopied ephemera.

From Fran's Floral Altered Book

This is one of my favorite altered book pages of all time. The purple flower is a silk one, and I wouldn’t have thought of using it because it’s so thick and bulky – but it’s perfect.

Besides the silk flower, she used a purple stamp pad for distressing the page, embroidered ribbon, words cut from a magazine (Home Grown and Spring), rubber stamp, and a decorative paper napkin.

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Vintage Doily Valentines


(Click on the image to enlarge – the words become legible.)

This page is from the February 1943 issue of Children’s Activities magazine. After working at Children’s Activities, Garry and Caroline Myers started Highlights for Children, then eventually bought C.A. The similarities are obvious – they are both high quality magazines with fun and educational activities.

I apologize for the quality of the scans. The magazine is oversized and won’t fit on my scanner so I had to take photographs and they aren’t perfect.

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George Washington Silhouette



Here’s the George Washington silhouette that I promised last February. The above tracing is from the instruction page (last photo in this post) and enlarged to 200%. The nose is not quite right. If you prefer to trace your own, click on the instruction page to enlarge it, then click again on the magnifying glass.

It’s the closest I could find to the ones that we always cut out and used for crafts back in the early 60s when I was in elementary school at Mingo.

Go here for the Lincoln silhouette outline.

One additional note: an optional background is to print off the Declaration of Independence setting the darker/lighter button much lighter than normally for the font. For an antiqued look, use a tan piece of cardstock.

These pictures are all from Holiday Touches for the Country Home, Memories in the Making Series by Leisure Arts.

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Mini Altered Book

My sister is an uncommonly thoughtful gift-giver. As a small Thank You, I made this little altered book for her a couple of years ago.
The F is for Fran and the running themes throughout the little book are the Christian faith and cats. Using black acrylic paint, I stenciled an F onto a piece of bookpage, then used a Sharpie to outline it with dashed lines. After gluing it onto cardstock, I distressed the edges in pink, as well as the edges of the whole cover. The kitties are stamped and are repeated on the back cover.


Backgrounds: magazine clipping and book page
Embellishments
Calendar – the Scripture
Magazine clippings – house, jewelry and butterfly; the stylized heart was cut out from a James Avery jewelry catalog
Stamped – the little heart, glittered swirl, girl’s face and clock
Photocopies – 1950’s girls were reduced from an old dress pattern
Sticker – cat
Misc. – swirls from a mini punch, daisies from a glitter set, vellum from a junk mail envelope, canceled postage stamp, colored paperclips

Here again, magazine pages were used for the backgrounds, as well as part of an old book page. The F was cut from a map in an old Book of Knowledge and glued onto cereal box chipboard; the pansies were from a stationery package.
Calendar – Scripture
Photocopy – little girl
Old greeting card – bird


Magazine – back of F, teapot
Stamping – cat
Calendar – Scripture
Misc. – canceled postage stamp


Magazine – Twinings tea ad, keys, cat, coffee cup
Calendar – Scripture
Sticker – cat with feathered hat


Backgrounds – jewelry/flowers from magazine; bookpage, and red cellophane from Valentine candy box
Magazine – 1950s Harlequin glasses, flower, ruby slippers, key
Catalog – jewelry from James Avery, then glittered
Stamping – You’re the cat’s meow!
Misc. – paper strip cut with decorative scissors, glitter, Kansas from Book of Knowledge


Backgrounds – gardening pages from magazine
Calendar – Scripture
Sticker – butterfly
Magazine clippings – basket of flowers, Attracting Birds and Butterflies, teapot
Stamping – cat
Misc. – canceled postage stamps


Backgrounds: magazine pages with jewelry,
Catalog – cross from James Avery, stylized flower from Avon book
Fabric – blue gingham ribbon, pinked edge drapery sample
Sticker – cat
Stamping – Everday is another chance to make your Dreams come true.
Misc. – plastic flowers, flower from old book, teapot from Bigelow tea box


Background – pink cardstock
Stamping – little girl praying, kitties
Misc. – colored paper clips, pink polka dot ribbon for binding

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