Sunday, 30 March 2014


I haven't blogged for a few weeks as we moved house and that has taken up most of my time!

We have moved to a house that has needed so much doing to it that it tends to fill my thoughts constantly.  Things were broken, not working or unusable and that's without the decorating.... every room needs a complete makeover.... I could talk about it for hours but I fear I'd bore you all!

Instead of that, here are some nice illustrations of crackers and biscuits from a manufacturer called Dozier-Weyl from 1881.  I'd like to do something with them but I really can't think what at the moment!

I'll put some more of them on the public domain section of our Pinterest board shortly.  The public domain board on there is private so you'll need to start following us and we'll send you an invitation to the public domain board after that -

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Happy Lemons Day!

As it's Shrove Tuesday it seemed only fitting to show a picture of some lemons - together with a bit of sugar, still the best pancake topping there is!

Although maple syrup's pretty good too.....

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

19th Century Ladies & Illuminated Verses - FREE public domain pictures

I've been getting into Pinterest in the last week and I have to say I'm already a convert.

You can see all our card projects on any particular genre in one view - loving this!

I've also set up a 'secret' Pinterest board of public domain pictures that I've been busy adding to - and will continue to add to regularly.

If you'd like to see pictures like the ones show below, and more - just follow us on Pinterest and we'll send you a special invitation to our secret board.  

Friday, 14 February 2014

Beautiful Rose Frames for Valentine's Day

As it's Valentine's Day it seemed only right to put out some graphics with a romantic theme.

These two rose frames are by Harrison Fisher (1877-1934) from a 1909 book called American Beauties.  

I've stripped out the text that was originally in the frames so they're ready to put your owns words into.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, 3 February 2014

More Freebies - Church Decoration and Illuminated letters

In my search for books containing lovely colour vintage designs, I found one called Church Decoration from 1875.  This one contains several colour pages of church designs, including crosses, and also some beautiful ecclesiastical fonts which would be great for personalising 'churchly' cards such as communion and confirmation cards.

As usual, these are all out of copyright so please feel free to use the pictures for absolutely anything you like (no permission needed).  

If you'd like some ready-made Easter ideas for card-making, look no further than our Easter Collection CD which has more than 300 great quality A4 Easter sheets and clipart.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Floriated Ornament - FREE design images

I've been looking at old design books in the last couple of weeks.  

It never ceases to amaze me that there are some really old books around that contain beautiful colour images, long before the printed processes were such that colour books became mainstream.

This one is from 1849 (wow!) and is called Floriated Ornament.  The designs are by Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852) who was an English architect, designer, artist and critic.

Some of the individual images from these sheets will make fantastic backgrounds so feel free to get creative with them.  They are well and truly out of copyright worldwide, so have fun with them.

If designing your own backgrounds isn't your thing, we have loads of ready-made card-making backgrounds available.  All of our card-making sets include a free sheet that you can download immediately - take a look at our gorgeous sets at Printable Heaven now.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

Every now and again I come across a real gem of a book that I can't wait to do something with.

These images are from an 1886 stained glass window catalogue and this is just a tantalizing little taste - I've saved the best ones to make into card-making kits for the website.

I think the first three would make great card-making backgrounds - especially great for mounting die-cut numbers for special birthday cards.  

The last one is for a front-door panel, hence the number.  Unfortunately the catalogue didn't have any similar door panels with the numbers you'd really want in it (30, 40, 50 etc) but this one is nonetheless great if you know anyone whose next birthday is their 55th......

Look out for our beautiful new card kits that I'm currently putting together featuring fabulous stained glass flowers ....... coming soon at