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Crafting With a Vintage Look #57 - Lucky Charms for St. Patrick's Day and Free images!
February 19, 2010

Issue #057 - So much has happened since our last issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look on February 10. First though, how was your Valentine's Day? We hope you made some beautiful cards for your beaus and sweethearts. Okay, that's enough of the mushy stuff.

The holiday we've really been waiting for is almost here. That riotous, jig-dancing, green-beer-swilling mardi gras of all things Irish - St. Patrick's Day. Short of driving the snakes out of your house, what can you do to get ready? Make something green!

We have something green and "charming" for you right in this newsletter, but that's not all. Crafting With a Vintage Look is bigger than ever with:

  • Bake up this Shamrock Charm Bracelet with the magic of shrink plastic.
  • Download your FREE St. Patrick's Day collage sheet, Irish Jig I.
  • Why not rendezvous with Anna Corba in France?
  • The Color Explosion rocks The Huntington Library.
  • "Templates, templates" advises craft-guru Nancy Ward.
  • Going STRONG with Michael Strong!
  • Look us in the FACEBOOK and say that!

This is a BIG issue, so grab a nip 'o Irish whiskey and let's get crafting...

Shamrock Charm Bracelet:
Easy to make with
vintage artwork

(Click on the image above for a larger view in your Internet browser!)

Tired of wearing that embarrassing "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button again this St. Patrick's Day? Then step out with your own hand-made Shamrock Charm Bracelet!

This is a VintageImageCraft Exclusive. With one click, you can download the 100-year old St. Patrick's Day images, pre-formatted for these adorable shamrock charms. As always, we provide complete crafting instructions.

The "bit o' magic" in these charms is shrink plastic. You simply print the shamrock templates onto it with your ink jet printer, cut them out, and bake them in the oven until they shrink up, teeny tiny!

See the step-by-step at:

Shamrock Charm Bracelet

Write us a note if you have any questions of suggestions.

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Irish Jig I
Download this FREE St. Patrick's Day
collage sheet

Exclusive to our subscribers - Your FREE collage sheet this month is ready for you to download and print!

Irish Jig I celebrates that lively folk dance from the 16th-century British Isles. The term jig probably comes from the French 'giguer' or Italian 'giga', which mean 'to jump'. We know you'll jump at this collection of four beautiful vintage images from a century ago.

As our free gift to you for St. Patrick's Day, click below to download a PDF file of this one-page collage sheet, Irish Jig I:

Download PDF: Irish Jig I

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Anna Corba Conducts a
Crafting Getaway in
Southern France

It was one year ago that we fell in love with Anna Corba's enticing book, Vintage Paper Crafts. After we published her interview, we soon found out that vintage crafters like us will follow her anywhere... perhaps even to her beloved France.

Anna will be hosting a one-week "collage" of art-making and instruction overlaid with excursions into the countryside surrounding La Cascade in Durfort, Southern France. The workshop week is September 27 through October 4, 2010.

You can read all about this creative opportunity at From her book, you may know of Anna's signature work with natural beeswax, and you'll have the chance to learn from the master herself.

Anna is a generous and loving teacher as well as artist, and we hope you'll heed the April 1 deadline to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime French adventure. Be sure to browse her other workshops in March and April as well!

Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Cover of football board game from McLaughlin Brothers in 1891

Jay T. Last's book, The Color Explosion: Nineteenth Century American Lithography was published by Hillcrest Press in 2006. The book describes how color lithography was perfected in the mid-19th century, and how it changed the world. The monotone palette of commercial art was soon transformed by colorful images, publications, prints, cards, calendars, maps, games and of course, product packages and advertising. Jay T. Last's remarkable book captures this fast progression in a fascinating text and beautiful examples from his vast collection of publications and ephemera. You can purchase The Color Explosion at and other booksellers.

This beautiful book is getting a big boost right now from an incredible exhibit of just a part of Mr. Last's lithography collection at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. We spent hours marveling over the hundreds of eye-popping images, from wall-size posters to tiny Victorian calling cards. The exhibit ends on February 22.

Nancy Ward Takes Time to Talks Templates

Crafting guru Nancy Ward wrote a great item about making acetate templates in our Issue #55 on February 8. She had some clarifying additions, so I revised the issue. You can read her updated description at Archive Issue #55.

Great Cardmaking with
Michael Strong

We had a crafty, fun and inspiring morning with Michael Strong on February 13. Our great friend Cherryl Greene pulled strings and got us into the crowded cardmaking class.

Now we see why they were fighting for seats. Mike is a great teacher and his five card designs for this class were beautiful. They all utilized Japanese wash paper, with several innovative quilting techniques and Asian-inspired embellishments. The hours flew by - but we have some beautiful cards to remember them by. We will be taking more classes from Mike soon. If you want to meet up with us and make some awesome cards, check Mike's class schedule at Michael Strong Rubber Stamps. And browse through his portfolio of exclusive rubber stamps.

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VintageImageCraft now has its own little corner of Facebook! We'll be sharing our latest news, crafts and images on that miraculous cyber-doohickey. Visit us, write on our wall, and become a fan!

Next issue:

If all goes well, we may have some groundbreaking stuff in our next issue of Crafting With a Vintage Look. Things like:

  • An interview with the ruling "Glitter Queen." Doesn't that sound sparkly?

  • Announcing a long-awaited and sorely-needed redesign for Please oh please cross your fingers and clap your hands if you believe we can do it!

  • Something soft and cuddly to make for Easter, coming at you fast on April 4. Do you have an Easter tree and want some ornament crafts, or would you rather see some basket crafts?

In the meantime, if you purchased one of our new "image packages," From Your Valentine I or Musical Valentine I, please let us know how you like the collection of PDF, JPG and PNG files. Are they working for you?

And a big, fat public THANK YOU to Cherryl Greene, who opened up her heart and her over-stocked craft room(s) to us last week.

She "gifted" us with boxes and boxes of supplies, tools, papers, paints, rubber stamps (her great love), inks, glitters, stickers, and more and more and more. Everything we make from now on will probably have a little of Cherryl in it!

Let's all sing one chorus of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling"

Scott & Martin

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