Monday, 31 December 2012

Smile and The World Smiles With You. Cry and You Cry Alone.

Found vintage photograph of woman.  Lipstick from vintage magazine ad.  That award winning smile from a contemporary magazine.  Background is an endpaper from an antique book.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

the man with the beautiful face

Background by William Morris. Painted flowers lower left of face by Odilon Redon. Happy New Year everybody!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Double

From the Archive - a couple of cards from a few years ago...
Happy Christmas All!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

All Good Holiday Wishes

This was my holiday card about 10 years ago...couldn't resist sharing it here.  And I wish you all the same in the coming year my dear fellow collagists!

Silent Night

Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a Good Night. 
(Taking off for awhile, see you in 2013.)

Theme of the Week - Merry Xmas!

An appropriate time for all those collaged Crimble cards and festive wishes! Thanks all for your excellent work over the last year and input into this blog which would be nothing without you! Have a wonderful yuletide and happy collage filled New Year!

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Glenda's Rocket Gun

Two postcards stuck together to make the background. Images from Life Science books, birthday cards and various other places. Like the bullet from the barrel- like a rat up a drainpipe. Click on image to see in full glory.

Theme of the Week - Speed

Fast or slow. Wheels wings and sails. Dial up and broadband! All kinds of speedy things. Have fun!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Does She or Doesn't She? Only Her Hairdresser Knows For Sure!

Two found photographs - one black & white, one hand-colored.  Planet earth from a child's science book.  The question is from a circa 1960s ad for Miss Clairol hair color.

Thursday, 6 December 2012



I'm guessing the theme is weather. Sorry not to have participated lately, but I forgot. I don't know how to find out what  the theme is. And I have a lot of trouble inserting pictures and text using this template. Bring back the Vic 20. Blitz, I liked. From Bob May.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Greenhouse Effect No. 358

Sorry for repeating the same lame joke but I found a load of greenhouses in an old DIY mag and couldn't help myself!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

After Grandma Recuperated From Being Run Over By A Reindeer She Was Never The Same

"'s cold Grandma - GET IN HERE RIGHT NOW!!!  Besides that's not the snow blower it's the lawn mower!"

victims of the heat wave

Background is the surface of the Sun, an image obtained by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft in an extreme ultraviolet wavelength of light. The image shows an "eruptive prominence" breaking away from the Sun into space.

Bones are from an Atlantic wolffish—the upper jaw and upper piercing teeth (as opposed to the inner crushing teeth). This species eats crabs, mollusks, and sea urchins.

The typed text is from Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian or, The Evening Redness in the West.

The partial faces ("I have no mouth and I must scream") are from Dover paper dolls of musicians and movie actors. If you can recognize them in those odd, cropped drawings, you're a better (wo)man than I.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Raining Hats & Frogs

OK this is the last one I promise not to do Clogs and Chaps, Logs and Baps or Bogs and Bats!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Holy Mackerel, It's Raining Scrod!

Taking W's suggestion.....

Raining Datsun Cogs

Thanks to Compound Eye at Flickr for suggesting this title.

Raining Cats & Dogs

This one is so obvious that I'm getting it out of the way first - so nobody else has to do it!

Theme of the Week - Extreme Weather

What with global warming and such we seem to be experiencing extreme weather more often these days. I've never seen an Aurora Borealis like that before! Showers of fishes? Raining for 40 days and 40 nights? What sort of weather will you predict? Have fun!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Seven Years Bad Luck

The belief that the soul projects out of the body and into mirrors in the form of reflection underlies perhaps the most widely known mirror superstition: that breaking a mirror brings seven years' bad luck. Many believed that breaking a mirror also broke the soul of the one who broke it. The soul, so angered at being hurt, exacted seven years of bad luck in payment for such carelessness. The Romans, who were the first to make glass mirrors, attributed the seven years' bad luck to their belief that life renewed itself every seven years. To break a mirror meant to break one's health, and this "broken health" would not be remedied for seven years. The bad luck could be averted, though, by grinding the mirror shards to dust so that no shattered reflections could again be seen in them. The early American slaves adopted a less gruelling way to deal with this kind of ill luck: submerge the broken mirror pieces in a stream of south-running water, and the bad luck would be washed away in seven hours. In some cultures, the breaking of a mirror was thought to presage a death in the family within the year. This association of mirrors with death is common in folklore, and stems from the belief that the soul could become trapped in the mirror, causing death. For this reason, young children were often not allowed to look in a mirror until they were at least a year old. Mirrors were covered during sleep or illness so that the soul, in its wanderings, would not become trapped and unable to return to the body. After a death in the family, mirrors were also covered or turned to the wall to prevent the soul of the newly departed from becoming caught in the mirror, delaying its journey to the afterlife. In Bulgaria, this practice warded off more sinister intentions -- that the soul of the dead person, lingering about its former home until the burial of its body, would carry off the soul of a living person whose reflection appeared in a mirror. Mirrors appear commonly as grave goods in Serbo-Croatia, particularly for those who die prematurely. These are the most "dangerous" dead, apt to roam from their graves and harry the living. Mirrors are believed to trap the soul of the deceased at the grave site where it belongs.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Thinking Diamonds Could Cure Her Melancholia, Marla Only Set Herself Up To Become a Victim of Robbery

Here's a superstition about diamonds:

In ancient India, it was believed that diamonds would cure insanity and infections and were even injected into the bladder to break up bladder stones.  Ancient Hindus were very careful to use only the highest quality diamonds in their medical practices, as diamonds of inferior quality were thought to cause leprosy, lameness, or jaundice.

13 Magpies

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Four Leaf Clovers

You make your own luck and here I've made my own four leaf clovers - origami style.

Theme of the Week - Superstition

I think we've had this one before but worth doing again I think. Black cats, walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, lucky charms, magpies, etc. etc. so many to choose from. Have fun and be lucky!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Somebody Needs To Give Me a Pet Fox

Here's a recent little cabinet card piece, which seems to fit this theme nicely . And yes, I really would love to have a pet fox!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Mother Knew a Good Breakfast Would Make Johnnie Grow Up To Be a Brilliant Businessman

With apologies to Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) for using a portion of "Business Lunch", 1946, oil and sand on canvas, 36 5/8 x 47 1/4 inches.  Mother and Johnnie from a vintage advertisment.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Oh my this is a moldy oldie!  I made this collage about 20 years ago (therefore it is Old Fashioned!) and it has been a part of a book of collages I forgot about.  I pulled the page to scan it and just titled it.  Cannot remember where any of the images came from.  I always liked the sheet music I applied to the bannister.

Old-Fashioned 3-D Printing and the World's 1st printed Scotsman.

Old Fashioned Space Adventures Comic

Friday, 16 November 2012

An Old-Fashioned Trap


A dear friend of mine recently died. He was/is my best friend, in fact—always will be. So I'm in the throes of it.

Background is hand-marbled paper from India. Hydra by Albertus Seba (1665-1736).

What's old-fashioned about this? The seven-headed hydra is a very old-fashioned monster.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Theme of the Week - Old Fashioned

This was quite a popular theme way back in the Scrapiteria days so hopefully it will be again. Being a bit old fashioned myself I can relate to this subject!

The World in Pieces

Got this one in under the wire!  I've been dealing with a broken toe and a biopsy of a suspicious mole (same foot!) and have not been in the mood to create or do much of anything but elevate said foot.  But I thought about this theme and all I could think about was a flattened out view of the world.  So here it is!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012