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Crafting With a Vintage Look, Issue #008 - FREE Chirstmas Vintage Images!
November 28, 2008

Issue #008 - Crafting season (AKA Christmas) is upon us! We've made a rash decision: We'll break our once-a-month newsletter schedule and publish several special editions of Crafting With a Vintage Look between now and the end of the year. We simply have a lot we want to give you!

To start the crafting festivities, we have Christmas versions of two of our most popular crafts: Christmas Napkin Rings and Christmas Chenille Dolls. And, we created a special FREE Christmas Collage Sheet as your first gift of the season.

So read on for this FIRST Christmas Edition:

  • A "subscriber's preview" of our Christmas Napkin Rings craft. Not one, not two, not three - but four different vintage image designs for you to choose from!
  • Our Christmas Chenille Dolls make great ornaments, package toppers or lapel pins.
  • A FREEBIE to get you started on your Christmas crafts and cards: An exclusive collage sheet we call Christmas Children.
  • Reviews of two vintage-inspired crafting blogs, and a remarkable book of projects using image transfer papers for your inkjet printer.

Thank you for subscribing to Crafting With A Vintage Look. We have some amazing vintage images and items on auction now, so visit our vintage image eBay auctions and browse.

On to the crafts...

Christmas Napkin Rings

After we introduced our Thanksgiving Napkin Rings a few months ago, we received several heartfelt requests for Christmas Napkin Rings. And why not? This simple three-dimensional craft requires only paper, scissors and glue, and takes about as long as three choruses of "Jingle Bells."

Half the fun was finding the right Christmas vintage images. After sifting through thousands, we came up with a pair of singing cherubs, a golden bell, Father Christmas with two children, and a jolly Santa Claus.

Take a look and contact us with your comments or suggestions. Perhaps you can think of some creative variations on this idea. We'd love to hear it!

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Christmas Chenille Dolls

We started last 4th of July with a Patriotic Chenille Doll. That led to two Halloween Chenille Dolls. Now the story continues with our new Christmas Chenille Dolls.

We love these guys. First, there is the playful snowman, with his frosty snowflake. The snowflake is cut from the bottom of a plastic berry basket, and makes a simple miniature ornament in itself. Second, a fluffy vintage Santa Claus carries a chenille Christmas tree.

We hope you'll make a batch and contact us with suggestions or ideas for other holiday variations. Do not suggest a groundhog.

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FREE Christmas Collage Sheet

"Christmas Children"

The Victorians knew exactly how to tug at heartstrings, especially when it came to children. We decided to bring together a handful of vintage depictions of children enjoying the wonders of winter and Christmas, just for you. They'll make great beginnings for holiday cards, gift tags, ornaments or other decorations.

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

Download PDF: Christmas Children Collage Sheet

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Inspiring Blogs 'n Books

Each month in Crafting With a Vintage Look, we highlight some of the best craft blogs and books for vintage image lovers. So get prepared to go surfing...

  • To her scrapping friends, Cathy Shegnagaev is known as Mama Sheg. And her blog practically hums with ideas and tips. We especially like her "freebie" links to projects, templates and images she has found. Her knowledge of scrapping and crafting projects and papers is bottomless. You'll certainly learn something from a visit to MamaSheg.

  • Here's a two-for-one! Cora has the most incredible eye for exquiste vintage images - and she loves to share. On her TWO blogsites, she offers FREE downloads of individual images, including postcards, trade cards, photographs, illustrations, and all sorts of other ephemera. And on top of that, she has photos of some of her artwork and crafts to give you ideas and inspiration. Visit both Clearly Vintage and Paper Flowers.

  • The New Book of Image Transfer coverAnd now, a book that might change your crafting life: Debba Haupert's The New Book of Image Transfer. Your home inkjet printer or local copy shop can help you transform common home items into beautiful, personalized artwork. The secret is this book - and image transfer papers that create custom decals for almost all types of surfaces and applications. Debba gives you detailed instruction on techniques, materials and tools, as well as 40 photographed projects. Fabric, glass, tile, ceramics, wood, bamboo, candles and more get the treatment, and you will be amazed at the results. There is even an "image bank" at the end of the book. This is an essential crafter's resource from Lark Books (2004): The New Book of Image Transfer by Debba Haupert

Next issue:

First...THANKS, LINDSAY! The Dec/Jan issue of the e-magazine Ready-Set-Create features a very special ornament designed by Lindsay Weirich. She used one of our vintage images, and gave us a nice credit. If you don't know this deliriously creative e-magazine for scrapbookers and card makers, read about it at We'll be telling you more about Linday's artistry in our next issue.

Our next issues of Crafting With A Vintage Look will also bring more Christmas surprises, including some antique-inspired ornaments!

'Tis the season to craft...

Scott & Martin

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