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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #016 - FREE St. Patrick's Day images and crafts
February 19, 2009

Issue #016 - Stock up on green paint, green glitter and rubber-stamp shamrocks - March 17 is St. Patrick's Day! Did you know the traditional color for this Irish saint day was originally blue? We did a wee bit o' research, and found some interesting back stories to help get your creative mind dancing a jig: St. Patrick's Day for Crafters.

We have a few more things to get you going on some crafting and scrapping with Vintage Image Craft! In this issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look:

  • A dazzling St. Patrick's Day door decoration: How to turn Valentine candy boxes into a vintage-look shamrock display!
  • Handcraft your own heirloom St. Patrick's Day pins or pendants with polymer clay and vintage images!
  • Newly Minted: Visit the Vintage Image Download Gallery for our a colorful new image book for St. Patrick's Day crafts and cards.
  • Subscribers Only: FREE St. Patrick's Day collage sheet we call "Erin Go Bragh."
  • An interview with Nancy Ward, renowned crafting guru and co-author of The Complete Guide to Glues and Adhesives.
A word of thanks to you for sending us photos of your impressive crafts, cards, ATCs and other creations! We marvel at how you transform the vintage images from our image books and collage sheets into very personal works of art - or just plain fun things. Bravo!!

As always, our vintage image eBay auctions are going gangbusters. We proudly send these authentic treasures all around the world each week to share with fellow vintage lovers. "Moshi, moshi" to our new friend in Japan!

On to the crafts...

St. Patrick's Day Door Decoration
"A Vintage Shamrock"

Proudly display your adopted-Irish heritage with this vintage-style St. Patrick's Day Door Decoration! There is much here to be proud of, especially recycling those heart-shaped Valentine candy boxes with a bit o' green paint and Irish ingenuity.

We provide the FREE vintage images and complete instructions for you at St. Patrick's Day Door Decoration Craft.

We'd love to know that you've made one for yourself and maybe see a picture or two! Drop us a note.

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St. Patrick's Day Pins or Pendants for
"The wearin' o' the green!"

For you who have been asking us for a jewelry project, we have a clutch of elegant St. Patrick's Day pins and pendants that will flutter the heart of any "Wild Irish Rose."

Vintage images from old Ireland are displayed in lustrous metallic or pearl settings. Their beautiful magic comes from polymer clay, metallic pigment powder, iron on transfer sheets - and the heat of your oven! You'll be surprised at how easy this craft is. With a few basic tools and supplies you can turn out several stunning pieces to spruce up that green cardigan you're planning to wear!

We provide the FREE vintage image and complete instructions for SIX jewelry variations at St. Patrick's Day Pins and Pendants.

Drop us a note when you make yours and let us know how they turn out.

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Antique St. Patrick's Day Images at
Our Vintage Image Download Gallery

From St. Patrick's Day I image book

Shamrocks and shillelaghs, clay pipes and lucky pigs, Irish harps and "Erin Go Bragh." These are the images of St. Patrick's Day around 1903, when it was declared a national holiday in Ireland. We've collected for you some of the most beautiful examples from greeting cards of the period. Large, high-quality images in high resolution. Vivid colors and detail. Unusual and whimsical illustrations from those imaginative Victorians. Available "right now" with secure PayPal payment and simple one-step downloading.

Our goal is to create the "picture perfect" image resource for your crafts, scrapbook and altered art projects. We are proud to invite you to browse our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

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"Erin Go Bragh"

"Ireland, Forever" is the patriotic meaning of the Gaelic phrase, "Erin Go Bragh." Expressing Irish unity, it arose in the 1780s as a rallying cry against British rule. It soon became a national motto, emblazoning everything from the 1847 flag of an Irish regiment of the U.S Army during the Mexican War, to Irish football jerseys in 1875. St. Patrick's Day greeting cards of the late 19th and early 20th centuries proudly incorporated the phrase, and we chose four classic variations to share with you in our FREE collage sheet, "Erin Go Bragh".

As our free gift to you for the holiday, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Erin Go Bragh:

Download PDF: Erin Go Bragh

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Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Today in Crafting With a Vintage Look, we share an exclusive interview with the friendly woman behind the popular blog, PaperFriendly, crafting author and guru, Nancy Ward:

Photo of Nancy Ward, author and crafter"I'm a lucky gal..." writes Nancy Ward in her blog, PaperFriendly -- and crafters are lucky to have Nancy. Nancy Ward has the crafting world covered. Take a look at any of her publications or her daily blog, and you will appreciate the depth of her expertise and her desire to teach. Perhaps most representative of both is her famous reference book, "The Complete Guide to Glues and Adhesives", written with Tammy Young. In one volume, it is a descriptive guide to all types of adhesive products, an instruction manual for dozens of ingenious craft techniques and materials, and a treasure trove of over 30 creative craft projects. Her other books, "Stamping Made Easy" and "Fabric Painting Made Easy," take the same generous approach to their subjects. We talked with Nancy this month about her remarkable books and her "joie de crafting," and the results were magical...

Read our entire Nancy Ward interview here.

Next issue:

"Here Comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping Down the Bunny Trail..."
A few weeks ago, we received this note from Marie:

I'm hooked on your site. Hehee. Love, love, love IT!
By chance do you have any great Easter projects?

My response was something like -

"AHHHH! Easter?!! I'm still covered in
green glitter from St. Patrick's Day."

But, Marie was right of course. It is time to start stirring the pastel paints. Boy, we have some wonderful Easter crafts and cards on the drawing board, all with the Victorian touches that made a 19th-century Easter so enchanting. So for you, Marie, we are promising a wonderful edition of Crafting With A Vintage Look out around March 20 with "the best from Easter Past."

We also have another crafting "guest star" interview coming up that will knock your socks off. So get those socks back on again.

We've been thinking about launching an ATC or card swap, but have never done it before. Got any ideas or questions for us? Contact us anytime. And keep those cards and photos coming!


Scott & Martin

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