Issue #040 (The Big Four-Oh!)
Our big news for the day is - TV host and crafting legend, Carol Duvall! On a whirlwind tour of Southern California last week, she took the time to stop at our house. Have you ever sat face-to-face with a personal hero, and tried to make coherent conversation? I shouldn't have worried - Carol was gracious and articulate enough for both of us.
For the story, read on in this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look:
- Our Christmas Card of the Moment #8, Santa, Is That You?.
- A visit with Carol Duvall.
- Buyers speak out!
Let's get crafting...
Christmas Card of the Moment #8
Santa, Is That You?
You know the famous 1897 editorial in The New York Sun, "Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus." We pictured 8-year old Virginia O'Hanlon, taking matters in her own hands and telephoning St. Nick - just to be sure.
The adorable illustration is by Ellen H. Clapsaddle (our original is dated 1908 on the back). For this card, we designed cartoon "speech balloons," so Santa can answer Virginia's question with "...this is Santa Claus." On cheery Christmas red cardstock, we think the card is playful and charming. Hearing is believing!
This Card of the Moment is the eighth in our new e-book, Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make. It is published in a convenient, high-quality PDF file format. You download it to your computer for reading or printing. The vintage images are included in high-resolution, pre-sized format, ready to print at a copy center or on your home ink-jet printer!
Just go to:
Click on the "Add to Cart" button and complete your purchase with PayPal. You'll immediately receive an email with the download link, and you are one click away from creating some of the most unique vintage-look Christmas cards this season!
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A Visit from Carol Duvall
The crowned "Queen of Crafting," Carol Duvall stopped by for a chat last week, and she was a joy. Carol was on her way between visits with old friends in Southern California, and took time to come to our house. Although she and I had never met in person, it felt like we had known each other forever.
Carol was with her friend and long-time producer, Cherryl Greene. They asked all about Vintage Image Craft and were particularly interested in how Martin and I had started the crafting website just a few years ago. Carol and Cherryl had stories to tell about their first days in crafting. Cherryl, especially, was quick to relate how Carol had helped her as a young producer on The Carol Duvall Show, even to the point of teaching her how to use scissors to cut a circle. Now, Cherryl is a rubber stamp artist and scrapbooker in her own right, but Carol was the start of it all for her.
Carol was so gracious about listening to my ups and down with Vintage Image Craft. Soon, they were both rattling off names of artists and crafters I should get to know, and possibly interview for our site. From her years of hosting America's premiere crafting show, there is no one she doesn't know, and her loving respect for creative people was revealing. She helped so many prominent artists today get their work to be seen and appreciated.
I am proud that she was particularly complimentary about our e-book, Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make. I had printed her a copy (with binding and plastic covers) and she commented on our unique card designs. It was clear she was up on the latest in computer design, downloading and printing! And I now have an autographed copy of her incredible book, "Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall," which has always been an inspiration for our paper crafts.
Carol was so happy to learn that her interview on Vintage Image Craft is a big hit, and that many visitors write to me about her influence on their lives. We're hoping that we might meet again at the CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Show in January. In the meantime, I'll have the wonderful memory of Carol and Cherryl, laughing in our living room about live TV, cutting circles, and sock monkeys.
Buyers Speak Out!
On Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make:
"I made the "Yes Virginia, This is Santa" Christmas card from your E-book and it's charming." Judy
(Enough said, Judy. We are so happy to hear when someone uses our designs. Remember, these can be starting points for you seasoned crafters, to alter and embellish as your heart desires. We've already heard from several "glitter-fiends" who found ways to improve the cards with several tons of glitter. Go for it!)
Two more cards to go from our collection of ten - and we intend to have them to you before Thanksgiving. Then Crafting With a Vintage Look will go back to its leisurely monthly schedule. Unless something really good comes up!
Our next Christmas Card of the Moment is # 8, Yuletide Jewel. We call it that because the colors of gold and royal blue are stunning and there is a fabric insert that makes the whole card very rich.
Just a reminder that we are out of town for Thanksgiving Week (in the Carolinas), so this newsletter comes to you through the miracle of time-delay technology. If you write to us, we'll be able to respond as soon as we are back on November 29.
Start thawing the turkey!
Scott & Martin