Most of the beautiful things you see here at Cafe Cartolina are the works of talented artists and crafts people who put their heart and soul into their work. Even the vintage images you see here are treasures sourced by passionate collectors who are committed to restoring and preserving antique art for everyone to enjoy for years to come. Nothing at Cafe Cartolina is a free printable or a free download. You may not borrow, drag or right click any image for your art or craft because you will find that almost everything here is copyrighted material - this includes everything that falls under the Cartolina brand. You are welcome to reblog but please credit the original source. Thank you!
I'm sure that one of your friends or family members must have this on their wish list this christmas - a round, French ceiling painting from 1870. They'll be glad I found it for you! They didn't list the price so it must be pretty cheap!
Here is a gorgeous wrought iron mirror. Another piece of great inspiration - a simple, wobbly, line drawing of this complicated floral design would result in a fabulous frame or cartouche for stationery or any paper project.
I love the design on the side of this tin. It's this kind of thing that gives me lots of good ideas for shapes and colours when I'm designing. Even the scalloped circles under the lid are a pretty shape.
The very talented illustrator and typographer, Kate Forrester, wrote to me to tell me about her latest project. These paper cut outs were done for british department store, John Lewis for their Xmas campaign. Kate says, if you are in the UK, "Look out for these posters - currently adorning billboards, buses, underground stations and newspapers all over the UK until Christmas." Fantastic!
On Kate's blog she has a feature on the design work she did for her sister in law's wedding. The invitations etc are fabulous and so unusual - I think you will love them . . .
You can see more of Kate's work here and also on her blog. Thanks Kate!
I am quite fascinated by photographs of old books so, when I find a good collection, I love to share. You will love this set of fabulous Spanish photographs. The set is called "diary of the book-lover" and the very talented photographer is Jelens
These sweet little jam jar toppers could be your next weekend project. I love them and if I had even half a spare moment I would sit down and stitch up some samplers for Christmas - but it aint gonna happen this year. So it's up to you - check out this article and then get stitchin'!
There are so many fabulous paper garlands around this year - and I have to say they do look like fun to make. These are made by Lenia from tiny little circles and they are so delicate. The photos are gorgeous too - a great photo will catch my eye every time!
There are some great gift ideas for all your crafty friends over at The Purl Bee. Books, craft kits and pretty supply ideas. the purl Bee is such a wonderful blog - if it's not on your reading list you need to add it - right now!
Fiona Richards | Cartolina Cards . . . . I have never considered myself a trend follower. The only things I follow are my instincts. Collecting and creating have taught me to trust the art that moves me and question the fads that don't. This blog reflects the diverse design influences behind my work and all the things I love.
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