Monday, February 1, 2010


Vintage Sheet Music

For those of you who live within the United States you probably know how terrible the weather has been in the State of Oklahoma. Except for one evening (Friday night!), I stayed hold up :( inside my La Chaumière de Briarwood just about ready to climb the walls! The snow and ice held us captive for days and days! For a while there I was wondering if I was living in a fairly fancy padded cell or something...

I'm a GET 'ER DONE kinda girl and let no snow build up under my feet (sorry...couldn't resist the stupid humor here!).... I really mean it when I say I HAVE to be doing something or I go mad!

Gorgeous Vintage Lace From Kim

And soooo... I decided to refocus my attention on learning more about the PAINT SHOP PRO X (PSPX) computer program I told you about a few days ago. Since my Mr. AGPMan was caged here at home with me I figured his assistance would be a huge plus.

He's TARZAN :) to me, his SCREAMING Jane! (HAHAHHAHA)

Taken from a Charming Old Postcard

Now...before you start thinking the desire to learn this PSPX was some new passion that welled up within me, let me tell you straight wasn't. I've thought about taking on this complicated MONSTER for months and months (more like fifty) and finally just decided that 2010 was going to be the year!

Photographed on Black Paper

So, I sat down early this afternoon determined to create SOMETHING!!! I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to make but getting that idea to jump out of my brain and then show itself on my monitor was going to be a challenge. Since I love vintage graphics and old ephemera, aging laces, buttons, ribbons, etc., I decided to combine them all together and start there...

My Favorite Rose Painter EVER!

My love for roses, especially those painted by Cathrine Klein, just had to be included!

This Graphic is a Keeper!

I just adore the sweet little heart shaped frame you see above. But...the girl inside it left me a bit wanting. And so...I replaced her with the pink rose beauty you see below...
I Would LOVE to Own This Hat

Now, in the spirit of FULL DISCLOSURE, I have to admit by the time I got up from my computer chair my back was sore and my head was pounding and my TINY :) :) :) little Bumm was numb...


My SPIRIT was soaring! Somehow I was able to gather all the things you see above and merge them into one design. I'm going to add some glass glitter and a loving sentiment and hopefully you'll see this timeless little sweetie marketed in one way or another by early Spring.

Oh the places you (and I) will go if only we have the courage to take that first step. Blessings to you as you create what's inside your heart...


Anonymous said...

The program is really not very hard to learn.... Hey, if I can do it so can you!!
I use it almost all the time & as you get comfortable with it you will be glad you did....

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Good Morning Rebecca.
Your creative brain is definitely churning and I have afeeling something wonderful is about to emerge. I love all your magical ingredients and I can't wait to see the finished marvel.

Hope your weather improves. Keep thinking Spring. The groundhog will tell us tomorrow.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

REALLY NICE RESULTS on your project my friend.

You can get as HOOKED on PSPX like you do on blogging..and the hours fly by at an amazing pace.

But you can as you now know... make anything you wish with seperate images.
I love my PSP program...but very frustating to learn at times..I still have not mastered how to MOVE things from a seperate image to another seperate image in PSP..( I must be missing a step somewhere along the way )
So I go over to my PhotoShop Elements program and do it..REALLY easy there for me.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Wow..are you ever going the way. !


Unknown said...

Holy Smokin' Creation! Rebecca ... this is breathtaking. AWESOME!! Again, I repeat, you will NEVER stop AMAZING me with your eye & talent.

DYING to see what you do for the finished product ...

I have a pillow of that lady on my bed that you worked with in your creation ... LOVE IT!

Hugs of love, Marydon

The Tablescaper said...

Congratulations! Stating to work with one of those programs is QUITE the challenge. I got Photo Shop (not sure which version) from Mr. Scaper for Christmas and only venture there with the assistance of my school aged daughter LOL!

- The Tablescaper

Dolores said...

Oh Rebecca, you've really accomplished a lot! I know learning something new can be so frustrating, but oh the joy when you see the rewards of the finished product.

Your art work is the way I would like for our world to be.....soft, sweet and oh so gentle looking and beautiful!

Your work is beautiful!
Love and blessings to you!

Debbie said...

Very nice Rebecca, I love the childrens images you use on your blog. I have finally gotten up the nerve to start my own blog, check it out. Debbie (Maine)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Sounds interesting....since I haven't thought about it for more than 50 months yet...I think I will let you enjoy it for a while and I will watch from afar! Have fun!

Linen*Rose said...

I have only posted on your blog once before and it was under the safety of being annonymous - you told me to put myself out there. It is one month later and after reading your post I had to put myself out there. I LOVE THIS!!! IT IS FABULOUS!!! I know I'm shouting, but I LOVE THIS!!! You have such talent I can only dream of having. IT IS GORGEOUS!!! (More Screaming) I come to your blog everyday to see what you are doing - I try but nothing even comes close. What a talent. Thank you for sharing!!

Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your creations are so pretty! I hope the weather turns around in your area. Wishing you sunny days and warm temps!



BECKY said...

Oh Dear Rebecca! I know it can be so delightful when it all comes together!! Funny, I was working yesterday in PHOTOSHOP!!! My poor little brain hurt so hard, but I did learn a couple of things! I am also working with vintage images to use in some projects for a future endeavor.

Pray that it will just get poured into my brain! My hubby knows less about it than me!!

Have a blessed week!!
Love ya!

Barbara Jean said...

Oh Rebecca,
This is sooo gorgeous!
I love how you put it all together.
Aren't you so proud of yourself for taking on that challenge and accomplishing it!! We all are! =0)

Appreciate your visits to my place, and your sweet comments.

Blessings on your week
barbara jean

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Simply beautiful my friend.... I too am trying to learn both this programme as well as photoshop....must admit here I am not getting very far.....cannot even find the tool to soften the edges of photos's but it will not beat me.....
Hoping your weather is starting to warm up for you Hun...

Lyn xxx

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Just Beautiful Rebecca !!!
I want to learn sooo badly !

Ginger said...

Beautiful job Rebecca!!! I loooove it, you are doing very well learning your new program.


Unknown said...

Rebecca, your image is just gorgeous! Bravo for you for going places . . . albeit staying at home! LOL!

Hope your weather turns around soon . . . we're mighty cold here too, but at least no snow.


Barb said...

Beautiful graphics, Rebecca. I am tempted to learn this also....been thinking about it.


Cheryl said...

Hello Rebecca!
I love what you have been working on! The image of the lady in the pink hat reminds me of my Grandmother in the 1920's. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. I have cabin fever also and I'm daydreaming of spring!


Candy said...

Jumping of the cliff...we find it isn't as bad as fear would have us believe. Wonderful creation and beautiful things happen when we!
Blessings ;-)

Laura said...

I have been worried about you with al of the weather.

I am glad to hear that you are doing well, and your new design is lovely.


Lynn B said...

Beautiful creation and gorgeous images!

Tammy said...

Nice job R!! I've been playing around with this program, photoshop and picassa to slice and dice all sorts of images to see how they come out. It's amazing all this technology. It does have it uses. :)

A Romantic Porch said...

That is awesome! So proud for you. I can't seem to find a chance to sit still that long. I'm thrilled you did it AAND it is beautiful! xo rachel

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