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Crafting With a Vintage Look #59 - What a Challenge!!
April 21, 2010

Issue #59 - The BIG news is the May 2010 Creative Challenge! Are your crafting hands just itching to make something vintage? READ ON - but first, a word about mothers...

Mother's Day imageMother's Day is Sunday, May 9. It was over 100 years ago, in 1907, when Anna Jarvis handed out white carnations to all of the mothers in her West Virginia church, to honor the memory of her mother, the Civil War peace activist, Ann Jarvis. The custom was soon picked up across the county, and by 1912, several states declared Mother's Day holidays. In 1914, the U.S. Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Welcome to our Mother's Day Edition of Crafting With a Vintage Look! We have some wonderful Mother's Day surprises - not the least of which is an exclusive interview with the Glitter Queen herself - Barbara Trombley! And that's not all:

  • "Use a Vintage Image" and win big in our first VIC May 2010 Creative Challenge!
  • Make Mother's Day "suite" with a matching vintage Teacup Pincushion gift and Mother's Day Card!
  • Do you think glitter is "kid's stuff?" Meet Barbara Trombley of Art Institute Glitter, Inc., and find out how she made glitter one of the hottest art mediums today.
  • Learn Collage and Altered Art techniques from a master, Roni Johnson.
  • Behind the scenes at the JudiKins video shoot - it's all "show" business!
Let's get crafting...

Join our May 2010 

Creative Challenge!

Vintage Image Craft

We Challenge You... to create something vintage!! This is our first challenge, and we want to see what YOU can do with vintage images. The top three winners will share adulation, international acclaim, and PRIZES!

  • Projects can be cards, tags, ATCs, altered books, scrapbook pages, jewelry or other crafts. You may enter more than one project.
  • Use a vintage image, free or purchased, from Vintage Image Craft as the central focus.
  • Incorporate techniques of collage, assemblage, altered art, stamping and/or distressing.
Submit your entry by May 16, 2010 by sending
  • 1 photo/scan of your artwork, and a
  • description of the techniques, materials and products you used
Submit to Facebook (FREE vintage images are posted)

Submit by email

Submit at VintageImageCraft at

Photo submissions will be accepted through May 16, 2010. Winners will be announced after May 20, 2010.


Entries will be judged on creative use of vintage images, design, use of color, use of materials and textures, embellishment, and pure whimsy. The judges are Roni Johnson, Scott Henderson and Martin Bray.


First Prize is a copy of Teach Yourself Visually: Collage & Altered Art, by Roni Johnson. you can see our review below of this outstanding reference and inspiration book. A $21.99 value. The winning project photo will be displayed on the Vintage Image Craft Home Page!

Second Prize is a JudiKins Exclusive 10oz bottle of Diamond Glaze™. This water-based dimensional adhesive is both a glaze and a glue! A $16.75 value.

Third Prize is a Vintage Image Craft Image Book download of your choice. A $4.99 value.

Mother's Day

"Teacup Pincushion" Gift and Matching Card

Teacup pincushion and card photo

Here is an elegantly textured and layered card that looks like it took a dozen elves to make, but you can have it done in a flash. We love the way the vintage image "floats" on a background of soft flannel. We also love the way it compliments the gift you'll hold in your other hand - a classic teacup pincushion. The adorable vintage image of a mother and her baby comes from the cover of a 1921 piece of sheet music - "A Mother's Lullaby." Add some fabric and stuffing, a little braid, and a pair of embroidery scissors and you're done!

We've provided the FREE vintage images and complete instructions at Mother's Day Card and Teacup Pincushion.

Drop us a note if you have any questions - or want to show us your proud pictures.

If the craft links above don't work for you, type into your browser:

Maybe you have other ideas for Mother's Day, and want some unusual vintage images for your card or scrapbook page. Visit our Vintage Image Download Gallery to see our Mother's Day Image Books - four-page collections of dozens of pristine images, in easy-to-download PDF format.

Mother's Day images 1       Mother's Day images 2

From Mother's Day I and Animal Mothers I

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 first offerings of our Vintage Image Download Gallery.

If the link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:

Interviews with Artists and Authors

Meet Barbara Trombley, the "Glitter Queen"

Barbara Trombley photoAs Barbara Trombley was growing up, she astonished her family and teachers with her imaginative drawing and painting skills. She attended The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, majoring in ceramics, water-color and fabric design. Afterward, she stretched her skills in painting, jewelry and ceramics, while holding down day jobs as a commercial graphic designer. And each year for 20 years, she created a personal Christmas card, always featuring a different art medium.

1982 was the Christmas that changed everything. Her cards that year were decorated with coarse metallic glitter and school glue. Within a week, she received her first commission to create glittered invitations for a New Year's party. An idea was born, and Barbara devoted her next two years to formulating and developing both the glitter and the adhesives that were to mark the beginning if her entrepreneurial life as founder of Art Institute Glitter, Inc. Read our complete interview with Barbara Trombley here.

Inspiring Books 'n Blogs

Teach Yourself Visually: Collage & Altered Art
by Roni Johnson
Wiley Publishing, 2009

Teach Yourself Visually Collate & Altered ArtRoni Johnson is a collage artist, and publisher of the altered art blog, InkStainswithRoni. This book demonstrates (REALLY demonstrates) that Roni is also a gifted teacher. In 212 fully-illustrated pages, Roni takes us through hundreds of techniques and creative projects. She explains the basics of collage design, materials and tools, and then shows us how to work with images and text, embellishments, adhesives, inks and paints, right through to the finishing touches.

Most exciting, we think, are her dozens of methods for achieving aged and distressed finishes, which are so perfect for vintage images. As a rubber stamp expert, Roni includes a great chapter on stamping, of course. She also outlines several creative methods for transferring images to various surfaces. In other words, this is a comprehensive reference book - and inspiration - that belongs in every crafter's library.

Best of all, Roni is donating a copy of Teach Yourself Visually Collage & Altered Art as a GRAND PRIZE in our upcoming Facebook Creative Challenge. Thank you, Roni!! If you can't wait, get your copy now at

Backstage at the

JudiKins Rubber Stamps Video Shoot

JudiKins video shootIt's all in the lighting. Rob Bostick, co-owner of JudiKins Rubber Stamps was clamoring up and down ladders, adjusting the studio spotlights. Just below him, his wife and business partner, Judi Watanabe Bostick, rehearsed her demonstration. "Rock and roll that piece for the camera," instructs her producer, Cherryl Greene. "Let me see it sparkle."

Cherryl, a former producer for Carol Duvall and TVWeekly, has teamed up with Judi and Rob to create a series of tutorial videos highlighting JudiKins products. Between takes, we had the chance to ask Judi about her life with rubber stamps. "I was a professional calligrapher, and I started carving erasers to make stamps," Judi laughed. "Then I discovered rubber stamps and went crazy. Now I can actually make money from my hobby." Between the two of them, they have built an international business offering more than 2,000 stamp designs, as well as embossing powders, glazes, inks, stencils and other products. While showing us through her racks and racks of rubber stamps, Judy confided, "I love stamping! It's artwork for creative people who can't draw."

The video series will be added to the JudiKins website as a way for customers to understand the products before they buy. " People want to learn," believes Judi. " In our retail stores, it was the hands-on demonstrations that excited customers. We hope these videos can give them the same experience on the Internet."

Next issue

The big news for the next issue will be the winners of MAY 2010 CREATIVE CHALLENGE. Visit us on Facebook or our website and submit your project entry!

We are eagerly anticipating our second card-making class next week with rubber-stamp guru, Mike Strong. If you are in Southern California, join us! We'll tell you all about it in our next issue.

Watch for a new design for the VintageImageCraft website! We have been working with a highly creative designer, Tatiana Shima, of AllBizWebDesign. She's been weaving our ideas, sketches and images into a new design that we hope will debut next month! And at the same time, we'll be changing the name of this newsletter to the shorter, more-Victorian title, THE VIC.

We hope to be finishing up our interview with "America's Crafting Idol," Tim Holtz soon. An for our June issue, we have a chat with the original Hot Potato, Mary O'Neil.

Don't forget, if you have an idea or suggestion for us, drop it in our new Suggestion Box! We'll display your suggestion and let you know our thoughts! No joke.

Scott & Martin
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