Day 3: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

There’s a party goin’ on right here, a celebration to last throughout the… week! :-)   I hope everyone liked the poppy freebies from yesterday.   Thank you for the comments!   I really do appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment after you pick up your freebies!   To leave a comment, just click on the “quote bubble” icon to the right of the post title.   You can also leave a comment by using the reply link below my signature (the link is after the category links).   Every comment left this week is entered into a drawing for the day it was left.   We’ll have five winners every day, Monday through Friday!   Leave as many comments and you would like, every comment counts as an entry.

We have winners!!!   All of the comments dated for February 28th were numbered in the order in which they were posted.   I used to pick five winning numbers.   The winners are Jodi, Sherry S, Beckie H, Julie I, and Michelle M!   Congratulations ladies!   I just sent you an email.   Please let me know which collage sheet or digi stamp set that you want and I will be happy to email it to you! :-)

For today’s Birthday Party Favor Freebie I am sharing a few stamps that I created from a magazine that was published in 1891.   I loved looking through this magazine! I was thrilled when I came across an article about greeting cards.   It suddenly dawned on me that the graphics *of* the greeting cards would be perfect *for* greeting cards!   So, I scanned the pages, did some cropping, cutting, copying, pasting, adjusting, coloring, etc and made them into digital stamps!   It is not hard to make digital stamps from vintage images, it is just VERY time consuming.   Some take longer to create than others.   It all depends on the condition of the original graphic.   These were really easy!   I was lucky that the original magazine was still in pretty good shape.   Here are some pics of the scans with some notes on them to give you an idea of what I did to make these particular graphics suitable for use as focal image stamps:


Below are the Digital Stamps that I created.   They are 300ppi, in both jpg and png formats.   Click on each graphic for the full size version and then save the graphic to your computer.




Last, but not least, here are a couple of vintage postcards.   They are 300ppi, in both jpg and png formats.   Click on each graphic for the full size version and then save the graphic to your computer.



I hope you like the freebies and I hope you are enjoying our week long party!   I know I am having a blast! :-)

Thanks for stopping by and remember, the “earth” without “art” would just be “eh”! ;-)

Day 2, Our Blogiversary/Birthday Party Continues!

Hi Everyone!  We are still celebrating our birthday!   I hope everyone has found the “birthday cake” on our website,   The freebie is still there if you haven’t had a chance to find it yet.   It will only be there until Friday though.   Please see our previous post if you need more details.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who left comments yesterday!   I LOVE comments!   (Can you tell? LOL)   Our lucky winners from Monday’s drawing are Debbie S, Vicki C, Cathy V, Vicki C, and Julie I.   Yep, you read that right!   Vicki C won twice!   She left more than one comment, so she received an entry for each comment and that upped her chances!   You go girl! :-)

You can win too!   Leave us a “Birthday Wish”, a “Thank You” for the freebies, a “Hello”, or just a friendly comment in the comments section by clicking on the “quote bubble” to the right of the title of this post to be entered into a drawing for a free collage sheet or stamp set from our store,   We are five years old this week, so I am picking 5 winners every day, Monday through Friday of this week.   All comments posted from 12:01am to 11:59pm for that day count as an entry.   One entry per comment, you can comment as many times as you like!

I have more party favors for you today!   I love poppies, so I chose a couple of vintage images that I have.   The first one is actually an old crate label for oranges.   I can see this on a “thinking of you” card.   What do you think?   The second graphic is from an old botany book that I made into a digital stamp, in both jpg and png versions.   I hope you enjoy them!   Click on each graphic for the full size version and then save the graphic to your computer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some cool new freebies party favors that I am working on.   I really think they are fun and I am hoping that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Thanks for stopping by and remember, the “earth” without “art” would just be “eh”! ;-)

It’s our Birthday! We are 5 years old today!!!

I would like to take a moment to thank Suzanne @ Pennywise Arts and all my Beadie Buddies over there! :-)   Pennywise Arts sold our first collage sheet five years ago today.   They have supported and encouraged Swing Shift Designs from day one!   I couldn’t have done it without Suzanne!   I would also like to thank my Beadie Buddies.   They have inspire me in so many ways!   They are an awesome group of women whose talent is as big as their hearts!

Now, for the party!   We are celebrating our birthday this week, Monday through Friday, right here on this blog.   As with all birthdays, we need a cake, guest book, party favors and presents!

Monday’s Celebration

    Find the cake and get a present (a free collage sheet):
    I’ve hidden the cake graphic below somewhere on our website,   Find the cake, click on it and then save the collage sheet to your computer.   It is our gift to you!
    Sign the Guest Book:
    Leave us a comment or a birthday wish in the comments section below and you will be entered into a drawing for a free collage sheet of your choice!   We are five years old, so we will pick 5 winners per day, Monday through Friday!   All comments will be assigned numbers in the order they are posted and the winner will be picked by   Be sure to enter by Midnight Pacific Time. Come back tomorrow and enter again by leaving a comment on Tuesday’s post!
    Party Favor:
    Below are a couple of party favors for today.   Click on the pictures for the full size version and then right click and save them to your computer.

    Be sure to come back tomorrow for another party favor!

    Thanks for stopping by and remember, the “earth” without “art” would just be “eh” ;-) ,

Fifth Birthday & Grand Re-Opening!

Swing Shift Designs is going to be 5 years old!!! Join us for our Fifth Birthday and the grand re-opening of our website/webstore on Monday, February 27! We have some freebies and fun planned! :-)

In the mean time, please sign up to follow our blog via [Feedburner] and receive a free collage sheet!

We have lots in store for you this year! We are committed to featuring one collage sheet or stamp line a week and posting new art featuring that sheet/stamp line every day, Monday through Friday. Readers who subscribe to our [Feedburner] feed are eligible for a weekly drawing to win a digital prize. All you have to do is subscribe! Plus, everyone who comments on our posts will be entered in a weekly drawing for a free collage sheet or digital stamp set. If you enter every day for five days, then you will have five entries for that week. Both drawings will be held on the following Monday of each week. The digital prizes will be the stamp(s) or collage sheet that was featured. Numbers will be assigned to all names in the order in which they signed up or commented and then the winners will be drawn by The winner will be posted on this blog. The winner has one week to claim their prize.

Don’t forget to come to our party on Monday! Our Beadie Buddies over at Pennywise Arts are going to help us celebrate! :-)

Valentine Art Tags

Hello! Today I have some Altered Art Tags to share with you. I created the tag below with one of my favorite sheets, To My Valentine 1, which can be found on our Valentine’s Collage Sheet Page.

Valentine's Tag by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

The other tag, shown below, was designed by Swing Shift Design Team member Jessica Puakalehua Johnson.

Jessica’s tag features images from our collage sheets Victorian Clip Art 3 and Victorian Clip Art 4, shown below. Both sheets can be found [here].


Valentine's Tag by Jessica Puakalehua Johnson

Thanks for visiting,

Altered Brown Paper Lunch Bags

This was a fun project! Design Team Member Jessica and I had a play date the other night. She introduced me to “Altered Brown Paper Lunch Bags”. I am loving these bags! The possibilities are endless! Click the images to check out a larger view of what we came up with. First up is the one Jessica created. Jessica used images from our Valentine Ladies 2, Victorian Clip Art 3, and Victorian Clip Art 4 Collage Sheets. Our Valentine sheets can be found [here] and our Victorian sheets can be found [here].

Altered Brown Paper Lunch Bag by Jessica Puakalehua Johnson

Below is the bag I created. I used an image from the “To My Valentine 1″ Collage Sheet.

Altered Brown Paper Lunch Bag by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

Of course we embellished our images with Ultra Fine Micro Beads from our buddies over at Pennywise Arts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Be My Valentine!

Hello! I created this card with an image from the “To My Valentine 1″ Collage Sheet. This is one of my favorite sheets! I made this card to give to my husband for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Card by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

Supplies Used:
Collage Sheet: Swing Shift Designs “To My Valentine 1 Collage Sheet
Micro Beads: Pennywise Arts Clear Ultra Fine Micro Beads
Adhesive: Pennywise Arts O’So Sticky Tape Mega Roll
Spellbinders Dies: Ovals, Elegant Posts S5-032, Parisian Accents S5-034, and Fancy Tags 2 S5-030.
Punch: Martha Stewart flourish heart punch.
Designer/Patterned Paper: K & Co.
Cardstock: Unknown brand name.
Embellishments: Vintage Buttons and Flat Back Rhinestones

Thanks for visiting!

Small Heart Boxes

I covered these small heart boxes with different images from our Women themed collage sheets, which can be found [here]. Then I edged the images with ribbon and covered them with clear ultra fine micro beads. I finished them with small mulberry paper flowers and rhinestones.

Heart Boxes by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

4 X 4 Collage

Hello! I was going through some old files and I came across these 4 x 4 collages. These were my first attempts at collage and also some of Swing Shift Designs first collage sheets.

The first collage features images from our Caucasian Ladies 1 and Caucasian Ladies 3 sheets. Both sheets can be purchased [here].

4 x 4 Collage by Michele Aiello-Zendejas


4 x 4 Collage by Michele Aiello-Zendejas

4 x 4 Collage by Michele Aiello-Zendejas