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All elements courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.

Source: Santa’s Little Helper Postcard | Zazzle

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FROM THE ARCHIVE 13th November 2015
The original photograph is a marvellous shot of the Art Nouveau building designed by Paul Hankar for a late 19th century  florists in Brussels. I downloaded it a couple of years ago from Wikimedia.…

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What could be more restorative when I’ve been feeling rather peevish this week than to learn that I’ve sold 50 greeting cards of this detail of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna! Well, it sure bucked my spirits up considerably.

And I’ve just created my first Christmas stocking with the same image.


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Christmas Emporium © Sarah Vernon

Christmas Emporium © Sarah Vernon

The original photograph is a marvellous shot of the Art Nouveau building designed by Paul Hankar for a late 19th century  florists in Brussels. I downloaded it a couple of years ago from Wikimedia. I’d always wanted to do something with it but the resolution was low. I looked for it again recently, having lost the image during the computer saga of this time last year, and downloaded it once more. I resized it with Perfect Photo Suite and while it would not have passed muster on its own, I knew that a duplicate in Overlay mode, would enable me to transform it into a high-resolution Christmas treat.

Everything Christmassy that has been added, such as the angel and baby top left, the Father Christmas bottom right, the holly over the door, the ‘Compliments of the Season’ etching top right and so forth, is from The Graphics Fairy, apart from a painting by Eloise Harriet Stannard (1829–1915) called Christmas Still Life, also from Wikimedia, which is bottom right behind Santa. The eagle-eyed will realise it’s the same still life I used a detail from to create the most recent book cover makeover.

A goose never voted for an early Christmas.  Irish Saying

At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.
Thomas Tusser “The Farmer’s Daily Diet”


Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. Charles Schulz


“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
Bob Hope


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If you’re like me, you will feel that certain art looks a great deal better on products like tote bags if the image covers the whole area. Certain types of graphic design, — line drawings, quotes, and so forth — look great on any type, but if the area is limited, as it is at Zazzle, you will feel constantly dissatisfied with the effect. In this respect, Redbubble wins hands down, for my money!

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Loving Angel Wishes
Loving Angel Wishes by FirstNightDesign

Latest Christmas creation for those of you who enjoy cherubs and sweetness to celebrate the holidays. Angelic cherub and typography from The Graphics Fairy.

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Here are three diverse designs for Christmas, all of which include elements from my favourite vintage source, The Graphics Fairy.

This snowman design was commissioned by a hotel that wished to send a card by email to their customers and wanted something with a cheerful snowman and lots of colours.  “We want a happy card!” they told me.  It’s not the sort of design I usually do so it was a challenge.  My customers liked the result which pleased me enormously.  It will soon be available to buy online at Zazzle.  The snowman was cut out from an image on Wikimedia, the top hat is from The Graphics Fairy, and the eagle-eyed will recognize the background from one of my other designs and which I covered with more snow.

Santa's Little Helper

Every element in this wholly vintage-effect collage is from The Graphics Fairy.  I love it, particularly the typography on the toys broadside.  This image is already available at Zazzle.

The Musical Angel

Hands up those of you who know where the musical angel is from!  The flourish in the bottom left-hand corner was a freebie from Digital Kiss on Etsy, while the background comes from Deviant Art.  I shall be adding it to products at Zazzle later today.

Linking to Brag Monday.

Enjoy the lead-up to Christmas and don’t get too panicked!  You know what I always say:

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