Issue #042 - We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! We're still on our trip through Savannah, Charleston, Durham and Williamsburg, but we'll be on the plane home tomorrow. We've got some stories.
If you've gotten behind on reading our recent newsletters because you were up to your knees in stuffing and yam casserole, this is a good weekend to go back and check out our visit from Carol Duvall, and our Christmas Card of the Moment series. Over the past few weeks, we've given you pictures and descriptions of the ten card designs in our e-book, Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make. We're hoping that these can give you ideas and inspiration for your own cards this season.
You can always access the Newsletter Archive by clicking here or the link at the end of this newsletter.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for purchasing our Christmas Card e-book and for your generous comments and encouragement. Our e-book version for Valentine's Day (that's about 8 months away, isn't it?) will be even better because of your suggestions!
In this Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look:
- Our Christmas Card of the Moment #10, Santa Claus Rag.
- Contacting Carol Duvall.
- Buyers Speak out!
Let's get crafting...
Christmas Card of the Moment #10
Santa Claus Rag
This card design is close to our hearts. We own a 1914, solid oak 5-foot tall, two-ton Edison "Diamond Disc" Phonograph. With it came several hundred thick, black Edison discs, which are stored in a four-drawer, four-ton file cabinet. As Victorian keepsakes go, this one requires commitment.
Our final card celebrates the Edison! The front of the card sports a snow-white gramophone on a bed of holly. This 1910 image serves as a pocket for a miniature Edison disc of that perennial hit, "Santa Claus Rag." The disc is a recycled CD, spray painted black, with a hole drilled at the top for a hanging ribbon. Your card recipient has both a card and a vintage-look Christmas ornament for the tree!
This Card of the Moment is the tenth (and last) 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!
If the e-book link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:
Contacting Carol Duvall
In last Sunday's issue, we mentioned how we've received dozens of e-mails from Carol Duvall fans (and who isn't one?). We read some of your notes to Carol, who was absolutely delighted! Since several people asked how they could write to her, Carol deputized me as an official envoy.
If you wish to write to Carol, you can send your letter to Vintage Image Craft, and we will forward it to her. Our mailing address is:
C/O Vintage Image Craft
P.O. Box 9718
Glendale, CA 91226
Feel free to write, and we will forward your notes to Carol. I know she would love to hear from you.
Buyers Speak Out
On Then Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make:
"You guys are so creative! I just adore the Ten Vintage Christmas Cards To Make e-book!! It's filled with fun ideas for making everyone's Christmas merry and bright! I like to make cards that "fit" each friend and relative's personality, and your cards not only do that, but inspire me to be creative and develop my own versions of cards as well. I know I will enjoy using your ideas and mine for many years to come. I also purchased the New Year and the Christmas Dogs image books...both are fantastic!!! just love the attention to detail that Victorian artists gave to each design." Darlene
(Darlene went on to give us a great idea for our Valentine Card e-book - a vintage CD case for delivering a custom-mix collection of love songs for your sweetie! Is that brilliant, or what?)
This Special Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look concludes our every-other-day series, Christmas Card of the Moment. We hope you found some ideas, inspiration, and a few tips for your card-making this season.
We'll be returning to our monthly schedule now, with a Special Edition or two thrown in if something good comes along. Certainly, we'll have some FREE Christmas images to pass along shortly. We suspect our next complete issue will be a couple of weeks in preparation.
And in that issue will be our big Christmas Craft of the year, sponsored by the mysterious Famous Glitter Manufacturer we hinted about several weeks ago. Just a little more glue and glitter, and we will share it with you. We think it's something you'll love.
We received several questions about how we came to own the 1914 Edison "Diamond Disc" phonograph. Martin inherited it from a family friend, Hazel Benshoff (1896-1991). She was the daughter of a prominent Pasadena architect, Will A Benshoff. Her beautiful craftsman house still stands, and is now used for legal offices. We have photographs of the interior, circa 1920, with the proud Edison phonograph amidst the Victorian furnishings.We treasure all two-tons of it.
Thanksgiving recovery can now begin!
Scott & Martin