Friday, September 23, 2011

Spiders & Snakes! Yikes!

Today's post comes straight out of our archives here at PPS.
You'll note we had already posted some pages from the antique book on snakes of the British Museum quite early on in our time blogging. Today's may seem overly refined, but the two we're posting were, for some inexplicable reason, very nearly pristine as they were. 
Our spider page comes out of an old Harper's Reader dated 1888. This one little volume has some quite charming (?) images, including that of our arachnid friends below.
Hope you will enjoy our little foray into naturalism today as much as we do sharing our ephemera with you.
Please note that there is a fun music video clip for you at the bottom of this post. ;)
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Spider & Snake Ephemera Pages

Trap Door Spider
B&W
Downloadable Version HERE


Original Look
Downloadable Version HERE






Snakes in Their Skins
Downloadable Version HERE




Snake Skulls & Jawbones
Downloadable Version HERE




Yikes!





All scanned imager this post courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Steampunk Party Mask for Ladies

Well, it's about time, if you ask this possum, for our ladies to enjoy their first Steampunked mask. We took great pains to differentiate this one from her counterpart from two posts ago. In doing so, we gave our gal some special decorative touches with a bit of feminine flair.
We hope you like her veiled top hat and winged clock, along with the French map which frames her eyes.
You'll notice her format is the same as for her heart's desire, 11" by 17", otherwise known in the states as "Legal Sized." Once again, there is a 1/2" margin at both side edges. Do bear that in mind when you choose to print this one.
As for me, I guess I cannot choose which one of the two to favor.
Please recall how it's better to back anything made with paper with at least one layer of heavier yet flexible material such as card stock. To reinforce those string holes on the face portion is also best.
While you're at it, you may want to check into the rest of our Steampunk Category
We're adding some geared-up gramophone music at the end of this post for your listening pleasure.
Thanks for stopping by and--
Happy Creativity!
Rose

NOTE:
These masks are never to be repackaged for sale. You may use them, for free, and even embellish them your way, but you may never sell them. We have exclusive copyrights to their final design. However, their design includes certain elements and Digital Brushes (not owned by us) that we have pledged never to sell in any form, no matter how updated, re-made or altered our design team may make them.
It's simply the LAW (that is a link).
In other words, some parts of our work, our Steampunk party accessories included, are not completely ours.
While parts of them come from copyright free sources, some come with Licenses to copy and use, but never to sell for any reason, in any way, shape or form.
We are free to use them, but would not abuse that privilege.
We at Plush Possum Studio will uphold the copyrights of others to the best of our ability.
Thank you for joining us in doing so.




Printable Steampunked Mask for Ladies

Download 11" by 17" Legal Document Sized Printable Version HERE



CREDITS
Digital Brushes used in the design process of this mask are from
Obsidian Dawn and nelchee.





Credits: Original Antique imagery (prior to our fiddling) from
the New york Public Library at nypl.org
Also, WIki Commons


Monday, September 19, 2011

New Steampunk Party Fun: Wrap Up Your Cupcakes!

We're having so much fun at the Studio using Steampunk for a theme. And if it's party gear you're after today, you can look no further. Already, we have two back-to-back posts focussing on Steampunk party gear with an edge on fresh design.
Ours are the first cupcake sleeves we've found within the same colorways or theme. All you have to do is print, clip, line with a little wax paper (we prefer the brown variety, made  from recycled paper for this particular project, but your choice might be the standard), cut the slot, slip around your choice of cupcake (preferably one still in its baking liner), and tuck the tab into the slot. That simple. Hides a multitude of ordinary cupcake liner styles!
NOTE: For speed's sake, you might try using a pair of decorative edged scissors, cutting just a hair above our geared-up top edges.
Or, Simply follow the highest peaks, ignoring the valleys altogether with your scissors, and leave just a tad of white between our peaks.
Enjoy your party season with our growing selection of party gear for--
Happy Creativity!
Rose



NOTE:
This set was not pre-packaged when we found it. In fact, it took several weeks of searching and then trial and error work and processing, along with cleaning up in order to make this set a finished product for your use.
We would never sell anything which you, our guests, had not given us permission to sell, and we ask that that same courtesy be given to us in return.
Otherwise, a theft would occur, or friends part ways. This may not seem all that valuable an item, but it does belong to our Studio, in that it was processed for months before being offered for your use.
Free of charge.
Please be mindful of others' copyrights.
Thank you.


Steampunk Party Style Cupcake "Sleeves"

Set One

Download HERE




Set Two

Download HERE




CREDITS
Corner digital brushes to both these items are by
Obsidian Dawn.


Credits: Original Antique imagery (prior to our fiddling) from
the New york Public Library at nypl.org
Also Wiki Commons

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Steampunk Party Mask for Gents


Isn't he a dapper fellow, this top hat wearing Steampunked man? He's obviously been seeing the sights of both London (after all, the facial part of his mask is cut from an antique map of London, England) and Paris--even to a hot air balloon ride high above the Tuileries, and perhaps to a rendezvous at Maxim's or for midnight cocktails at the Moulin Rouge.
I can imagine him spending an evening with friends at London's Savoy Theatre, then donning his goggles and greatcoat, and climbing aboard his very own dirigible the next day to cross the Channel. 
As a last minute choice for a costume, gents might consider wearing the cutaway coat or tails and tie from their wedding, along with this mask. With a few added details, such as a watch and chain or facsimile, a pair of gloves, and perhaps a different necktie reminiscent of the era, and any gent would have his costume locked, loaded, and ready! A walking stick might complete the outfit, giving it some added dash. 
And for those of you really into some flash wear, HERE is a nice tutorial on how to make some spats to really Steampunk yourself! 
It might be suggestible here to note that I offer collage sheets in the Steampunk Category which might  do well for a little added flair via iron-on print-outs of any of the collage sheets we offer. These could then be assembled as per the Wiki How tutorial, for a real knock-out of an outfit!
I'd like to remind any of you interested that this offering is sized much as some of the previously offered masks are, for an 11" by 17" sized sheet of printer paper. That's Legal Document size here in the states. It has a 1/2" border at its narrowest margin, so your settings for print should include this factor.
Also, it is obviously best to reinforce any paper mask before adding your strings to their holes at both edges. I'd like to recommend card stock or any other lightweight card, but some of you may wish to back it with stiff fabric, or even iron it onto some smooth finished cloth with backing for stiffener. OR ironing it onto cloth (as in a printable iron on transfer process), followed by your choice of stiffened backing. Buckram might do nicely for either cloth or paper, as it's often used in mask making.
For more ways to make party fun more affordably unique in style, you can view the rest of the PPSPartyGear™category HERE.

Happy Creativity!
Rose
NOTE:
These masks are never to be repackaged for sale. You may use them, for free, but you may never sell them. I have exclusive copyrights to their final design. However, their design includes certain elements and Digital Brushes (not owned by me) that I have pledged never to sell in any form, no matter how updated, re-made or altered our design team may make them.
It's simply the LAW (that is a link).
In other words, some parts of my work, my Steampunk party accessories included, are not completely mine.
While parts of them come from copyright free sources, some come with Licenses to copy and use, but never to sell for any reason, in any way, shape or form.
I are free to use them, but would not abuse that privilege.
Plush Possum Studio will uphold the copyrights of others 
wherever possible.
Thank you for joining me in doing so.


Printable Party Mask for Steampunked Gentlemen

Download our 300dpi 11" by 17" Version HERE



CREDITS
All brushes used in the production of this item come from
Obsidian Dawn

Credits: Original Antique imagery (prior to my work) from
the New York Public Library at nypl.org
Also, Wikimedia Commons

Friday, September 16, 2011

Steampunk ATC Backgrounds: Town & Country

Who can ever have too much Steampunk? Not this possum! 
Included in our post for you today there are several city scenes, along with two country views. For our visitors with a yen for things French, you'll find two views on Paris. We also include one view on Berlin, along with two USA views.
These will hopefully lend themselves well to creating ATCs for trade or for keeps.
More than once, I've found myself wishing I had just the right outdoor view to build on, and I know I'm not alone in this. The Berlin one looks to me as if it might lend itself well to an aerial view, as in a dirigible or two, while our lovely view of the Rhein at Mainz in Germany gives oodles of room to play around in.
And I love the old Brownstone mansion with its wide boulevard--obviously in its brand new setting of Victorian elegance (a then new suburb of NYC, perhaps?). The Paris view above it is of a street scene adjacent to the Comédie Française. Perhaps they have a stage play by famous playwright Moliére running?
For more in our Steampunk Category, you can go HERE.
I love all these scenes, actually, and I hope you will too. Enjoy your weekend ahead and--
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Steampunk Town & Country ATC Six Pack

Downloadable Version HERE


CREDITS
All digital brushes used in the production of
this post come from Obsidian Dawn.


Credits: Original Antique imagery (prior to our fixing) from
the New york Public Library at nypl.org
Alos, WIki Commons

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Plush Page Ornament: Royal Sapphire Coronets

Today's first post featured a lovely new addition to our collection of post cards for your pleasure. In with its design is a fun and pretty embellishment which we have now managed to extract for you. We feature this in two ways, in Digi PNG format and our regular Print JPG format. Our Digi crowd may find this of use, as all their work is done--we've spruced it up along with clipping it from its background, so all you have to do is choose to download our Digi PNG option. Our Hands-On artists will, of course, be able to enjoy the JPG Print version, and hopefully will find plenty of uses for it.
Both of these offerings are at 400dpi, suitable for enlargement to a fair degree. We hope our visitors may find lots of uses for this fun new addition to the line-up, as well as for any of our other freebie imagery here at PPS.
Happy Creativity!
Rose

"Royal Sapphire Coronets" Page Ornament

Download Digi PNG Version HERE

Download Regular JPG Print Version HERE




Scanned Imagery Courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use

You are free to:
make art with our image, above, either for sale or for personal use.
You are not free to:
repackage it for sale in any way.
Please respect our gift to the public.
Thank you.

A Gem of an Antique Postcard for September

We love a good postcard here at the Studio! And isn't this a beauty? I found this one at the local Antiques & Collectibles hotspot I've mentioned here before. Sorry about the lateness! It got forgotten during recent weeks, and was only just dug out of the archives for you. You know what they say--better late than never! ;)
Anyway, here it is. The reverse is so simple, and yet quite messy, that it really cannot be improved upon well enough for posting. We apologize for that as well. Later on in the month, we hope to offer you the rose vine border on its own, in our jewel tone set for you. 
For the bejeweled  lower portion, you can go HERE. Till then, we hope you'll enjoy its look as is.
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Antique Postcard for September

Download 400dpi Version HERE




Scanned imagery courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use

You are free to:
make art with this image for either sale or personal use.
You are not free to:
repackage it for sale in any way.
Please respect our gift to the public.
Thank you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Harvest Followers

Today, we are offering our readers something of more general value, that of bravery in the face of poverty.

Gleaning is something we humans have been in the habit of doing since agriculture was developed. What touches me most is how it was adopted by the poor as a means for survival. In most farming communities, this was a gift, in a way. One might also say it was banned or outlawed only in places where big business and/or political interests took over, but mostly it just fell out of favor with the well monied. Most people are unaware of its still being one way for the working poor to augment their lifestyles with more choices for better nutrition. 

This might include fruits in season that have already fallen and/or been left to rot, or grain which harvesting machines couldn't gather.
Anybody caught gleaning here in the U.S. might be charged with trespassing, or worse. Yet, there are still little pockets of gleaners scattered across our globe, and it's fascinating to think how some people literally used to survive for most of the year on any gleaned shocks of wheat, etc., they could gather for their families.

According to a film entitled "The Gleaners and I," this practice is still very much alive, and in some places actively pursued.
It is a back-breaking way to go in some cases, requiring patience and determination. It is so old a practice, it is even mentioned in ancient texts such as the Bible's Old Testament. We include a Gustave Doré illustration as our very last offering, featuring just such a scene.

We've also added a way for any children interested to learn about it using 2 new ColorMe™ Pages. We hope you may also view at least one of the YouTube clips we're featuring here for you. In the first one is a short, but clear description of the gleaning process using Millet's famed painting, along with its meaning in a larger context. It's much more to the point than might be expected, so we urge our readers to give it a play.

For more examples of the art of Millet, along with his Bio (or life and times information), you may follow this link:
https://www.artsy.net/artist/jean-francois-millet

Many other works by artists may be found at the same site, www.artsy.net.

Our second (offered here via link to YouTube) may be somewhat off-putting for our readers without French language skills or a desire to read subtitles when viewing it, but its visual context is not to be missed. I'd highly recommend you find a DVD copy of "The Gleaners and I" either through your local public library system (try interlibrary loan), or any video outlet such as Netflix. I found the film's content moving beyond words. It is so deeply thoughtful, our readers may wish to preview it before deciding to share it with their children.
Our third clip was added as an afterthought, but it might shed more light on the focus here, and is also short, sweet,  & to the point.

A sincere Thank You to anybody taking the time to view any one, if not all, of these clips. We appreciate the time taken.
We also offer the following two links for more on French artists Doré and Millet.
{Personal Note: I find it of interest how even Millet's name is the same as for the grain, millet. A revival in the use of this hearty grain due to a growing health concern over gluten intolerance makes this all the more interesting for yours truly, who went off gluten earlier this year.}
We hope all our readers will remember to allow others to eat better during the coming fall and winter months by sharing their good fortune with those less fortunate, particularly those on our own shores.
And I would urge those interested in doing so to consider how there may be many among our nation's poor who also most certainly will have more than one health issue, such as my own, so to think of offering gluten free or dairy free items might be an added kindness not soon forgotten. Such thoughtfulness could even save someone's life.
Thank You.
Enjoy your Harvest season, and--
Happy Creativity!
Rose







For the trailer to the actual documentary mentioned above,
please follow this link.


Below is something a little different, but it's brief and to the point,
and says much about world hunger.




"After the Harvest" Collage Sets + 2 PPSColorMe™ Pages
and Doré's Bible illustration, "The Gleaners"

"After the Harvest" 1

Download HERE




"After the Harvest" 2

Download HERE




"After the Harvest" 3

Download HERE




PPSColorMe™ Page: Young Woman Gleaning

Download HERE




PPSColorMe™Page: Millet's Gleaners

Download HERE




Illustration: Gustave Doré's "The Gleaners"

Download HERE



All images in this posted collection from Wikimedia Commons.
Though some had to be enlarged, we have done this using our
Photoshop setup, pasting them onto 300dpi backgrounds.
Hopefully, any resolution issues will have been at least made a bit better.
We also did a little clean-up work on them for you.
Please let us know if you experience a problem.
Thank You.

You are free to:
use any one of these images in artwork for sale or personal use.
You are not free to:
repackage them, as they are, for sale.
Thank you for respecting our gift to the public.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Primary Color Fun With Ethnic Flavor!

We're following the Gingersnap Creations team's Primary Colors Challenge again today--and in a whole new way. This time, we're headed for a spicier part of the globe, India, for our design patterning, using digital brushes made by Obsidian Dawn as well as our main theme's brushes by iNDOdREAMIN. The latter has some amazing design concepts working for him, so be sure to follow his link for a quick look around. Obsidian Dawn's work you may have visited already, but it doesn't hurt to check into the latest there as well. They offer some of the best brushes our Studio uses. So do check them out.
I love Indian clothing, food and architecture, and so this was a true labor of love. Bring on the color!
This will be a lengthier post than some, comprised of two different posts in one. There are three ways you can go with our 8.5" by 11"collage background sheets, plus we have a set of ATC mini frames with our block print style patterning, but in the same triad of primaries, that of red, yellow, and true blue. These have been given a grey toned backing in the Print JPG for ease with cutting.
You'll notice we also provide our DigiScrap crowd with a PNG version to our ATC frames this time. Hands-On artisans can go for the same frames in our JPG Print version.
For more possibilities in this same color combo, you can go HERE and HERE.
Also, if you're new to us, and haven't had the time before to try out other areas of this blog, you'll find that we are equipped to handle a whole variety of your imagery needs. Our Categories List has grown over the last several months to include many different ideas, along with lots of unusual images for your use. You'll find that list in our Top Tool Bar, just under the Banner, but likewise in the left hand sidebar. We hope you'll find what you're looking for, but if not, give us a shout and we'll see what we can find for you.
And thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Happy Creativity!
Rose

Primary Ethnic Flavor

PPSCollageMeAColor™ Backgrounds

"Lal Mirchi" Flavor

Download 300dpi Version HERE




"Garam Masala" Flavor

Download 300dpi Version HERE




"Zaafraan" Flavor

Download 300dpi Version HERE





PPSATC™ Frame Set

Download Digi PNG Version HERE


Download JPG Print Version HERE


You are free to:
make art with these images for your personal use.
You are not free to:
sell them either in artwork made by you or as a repackaged set.
The brushes used in the making of these items do not belong to us.For your own license to use any of the brushes included in our designs here for the purpose of turning a profit, follow the links and communicate with the author of each brush.
Thank you for respecting others' work and rights.

All New Collage backgrounds for the Fall Season!

Here we have our last lineup in a series of all new fall colors for your use. This time, we feature the final 3 of the 12 in this series. With these, I feel like I'm back to school myself, smelling that new shoe smell, mixed with a fresh box of crayons (the one with the sharpener in the back). :)
I flip my desk lid up, and lo and behold!--a new binder awaits, along with new pencils, an erasure set, and so on. 
Don't you just love this time of year?
Happy Weekend, everyone!
Rose


Collage Backgrounds for Fall (Final 3 in the series)

Candy Apple

Downloadable Version HERE



Cinnamon Brown

Downloadable Version HERE



Black Pepper

Downloadable Version HERE




Primary Scanned Imagery
Courtesy PPS Archives
Free for Public Domain Use

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Honor of the Many Fallen

Today is a very important day for anyone even remotely interested in world affairs, but especially for the people whose lives were irrevocably changed by events 10 years ago.
In honor of the many sacrifices made, we are taking a break from blogging and leaving our shrouded banner up for 24 hours as our way of showing how deeply this touched all of us here.
We will continue to post tomorrow, at about this same time, but for now, are signing off.
We bid you peace.
PPS

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Plush Page Frame: for Gift Giving

Here we are, just barely nudging into September, and I know many of us must already have done some pre-holiday shopping. I've been known to start as early as April, some years, LOL, but it's all good. ;)
Today's offering is all about getting that jump start for holiday wrapping and writing. I think this might make a delightful stationary header for that annual Christmas update to add in with cards, don't you?
However you slice it, each one of us has our own ideas about the colors of Christmas, so we are happy to include as many different colorways for you as might please. I like my plummy purples and wine colors, while I know someone whose choice might run more towards blue hues. Then there are those with a yen for old fashioned, antique tones, some of which you'll find here. And, of course, we mustn't forget our classic green and red, which everyone knows from childhood.
We also include our original look version, along with good old, versatile black & white.
Hope you'll find more than one color suitable for your needs here, and that you'll enjoy all those holiday chores which make others "merry and bright."
Happy ahead-of-the-season Creativity!
Rose


"Artful Holidays" Plush Page Frames

"Holly"
Download HERE




"Ivy"
Download HERE




"Arctic Blue"
Download HERE




"Festive Plum"
Download HERE




"Cranberry"
Download HERE




"Antique Green"
Download HERE




"Chocolate"
Download HERE




"Cinnamon Spice"
Download HERE




Black & White
Download HERE




Old Style (cleaned up)
Download HERE




Original Look
Download HERE






Scanned Imagery Courtesy PPS Archives
Free For Public Domain Use

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Plush Page Frames: Jewel Toned Fairy Musicians

I love this page frame. It's sweet, pretty, reusable in many ways, and has its own magical lilt.
We have a history here of offering each old style page frame we doctor for posting in every jewel tone colorway we can muster for you, and this post is no exception. And, if your wishes run to black and white, we have that too--just scroll down for that one.
By the way, this one prints at 8.5" by 11", with about a half inch margin.
We hope you'll enjoy all of the colorways we've posted as much as we enjoy offering them for your use.
Happy Creativity!
Rose


Fairy Musician Page Frames

"Amethyst"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Sapphire"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Turquoise"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Emerald"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Peridot"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Tiger Eye"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Garnet"

Downloadable Version HERE




"Ruby"

Downloadable Version HERE




Black & White

Downloadable Version HERE




Primary Image (prior to our extensive work) Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
You are free to:
use the above frame set in art for fun or profit,
as it was already in the Public Domain when found.
Please do not re-package for sale 
any of the items you see here.
Please respect our gifts for the public's use.
Let's keep free things free!
Thank you.


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