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It's the designer in me I guess....I retired from a company in Southern CA where I was an interior designer. Retirement is wonderful but can make a person feel kind of lost after being used to working everyday for years.

The urge to design came back when I became interested in Mixed Media Collage. It was fun and satisfied the urge to create and put colors together to make something beautiful.

Within a year I was totally in love with digital art.
I struggled teaching myself Photoshop but it was so worth it. I started creating all sorts of color and layering with beautiful Victorian and Vintage images. The possibilities in using Photoshop are endless. The problem was what do I do with these collages.

I tried framing them. I tried displaying them in a window display. I made greeting…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 4
  • Joined December 2, 2010

Favorite materials

tins of all kinds, vintage and Victorian images, steam punk, ric rac, glass jars, cigar boxes, glitter and glue

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About

It's the designer in me I guess....I retired from a company in Southern CA where I was an interior designer. Retirement is wonderful but can make a person feel kind of lost after being used to working everyday for years.

The urge to design came back when I became interested in Mixed Media Collage. It was fun and satisfied the urge to create and put colors together to make something beautiful.

Within a year I was totally in love with digital art.
I struggled teaching myself Photoshop but it was so worth it. I started creating all sorts of color and layering with beautiful Victorian and Vintage images. The possibilities in using Photoshop are endless. The problem was what do I do with these collages.

I tried framing them. I tried displaying them in a window display. I made greeting cards with them. Everyone loved them but my Etsy Shop had no sales :(

On a suggestion from one of my Etsy Team Members I put a couple of those collages on some empty Altoid tins. That's it !! I found my niche!

I opened a new Etsy Shop with a brand new name and started upcycling these little tins. I expanded my horizon by altering small jars and cigar boxes. I am a happy camper now. I not only get to design but I am helping recycle by upcycling and offering a unique original piece of art.

Oh by the way.....I am now hooked on Altoids !

You can read more ABOUT my shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlteredStateofTin/about

Reviews:
" I actually found Patti by a search on Etsy, and we eventually met in our local city to share our love for handmade.
I have three of her tins, two of which she custom did for us. ( My husband and I.) Since he is a musician, she did one
with a photo of him on it. We LOVE it! She is a phenomenal digital artist, and can come up with the most pretty color
combination's. I highly recommend her products and to top it off, she is one of the most giving and kind ladies I have
ever known. If you buy from her you will love her work and love working with her! I have known her now for over
three years and consider my best friend! "

Sissi Bennett
Hi,

I adore your creativity and style, your boxes are gorgeous! :)

i am looking for a small goodie box to hide small memories and treasures for my sweetheart. he is in the RAF and when away from me i would like if he has this small box with him with heart warming memories to keep him close to me still.

i was wondering if you could make a small tin box which is masculine but still heart warming and makes him smile - a Superhero Travel Kit.

what do you think?

many thanks,
Sissi

Hello!

Some friends and I will be going to two different steampunk conventions in June. My outfit is complete, except I've been looking for something to carry my credit cards and such in, since I won't have pockets in my outfit. I was wondering if you would be able to add a chain to one corner of this where I could wear it around my wrist (if you think it would stay closed being hung from my wrist like that). If not, it's okay.

Also was wondering if you could do the background in grayish-green instead of grayish-black? And how long would it take to create and ship to Charlotte, NC, USA? The first convention is the weekend of June 1st. If it will take too long, I will probably go with the unmodified version you have shown on Etsy, as it's definitely the coolest card case I've seen!

Thanks in advance for your response. If you wouldn't mind responding via email, it's TraciLoudin [!at] gmail.com

Great work! Thanks. - Traci

OMG! It looks even more amazing than I imagined! Seriously speechless when I saw it.


Really it was inspired by all your other designs! Your tins were the only ones that seemed like they would work for my purposes and that looked cool enough to match my outfit. :)


Thanks so much! I'll try to remember to send you a photo of my complete outfit with the tin. Don't forget to put some of your business cards in there for me when you ship it!


IT LOOKS AMAZING! Thanks again!

Traci Loudin


Lance Clapper
Wow...just Wow!

I know pictures never do justice to things like this, but even from the pics i can tell it's incredible. It far exceeds any expectations I had. I am beyond pleased.

I want to thank-you for making this entire experience enjoyable. You really went above and beyond every step of the way. Your dedication to this project was pleasantly surprising, to say the least, as well as appreciated and gratifying. I've met some pretty cool people through Etsy but you deserve the gold medal.

You'll get payment tomorrow, and I'll definitely leave feedback once all is said and done. I'll also probably feel the need to throw you a couple pics once the tin is storing all my e-cig stuff.

Thanks, Patti,
--Lance

Well, I was correct when I said the pics of the box probably don't do it justice -- they don't. I love it! I mean really, really love it. It truly is beautiful and is much better than I could've hoped for. All my e-cig stuff is very happy, as am I.

Thanks so much for this. From start to finish, the entire experience was fantastic.

I will definitely be leaving you feedback when I have more time, most likely sometime over the weekend. Thanks again.
Lance

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