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The VIC from VintageImageCraft: WINNERS of the Creative Challenge!
May 20, 2010

The WINNERS of the
VIC Creative Challenge!

Cue the music! Aim the spotlights! Grab some confetti! Vintage Image Craft is honored to present the winners of the May 2010 Creative Challenge. 16 remarkable artists submitted photos of their personal artwork, created with vintage images from Vintage Image Craft. And each displayed creativity, skill, vision and - shall we say it? Guts.

The judges, Roni Johnson, Scott Henderson and Martin Bray, selected the works of three artists to receive the top awards in this Creative Challenge. And the winners are...

Sicilian Antiques by Justine Frederick
Sicilian Antiques
by Justine Frederick
SECOND PRIZEnecklace by Carol Klonicki
Vintage Crystal Flower Necklace
by Carol Klonicki
THIRD PRIZEEarth and Sky Box by Karen Monroe
Sky & Earth Box
by Karen Monroe


Teach Yourself Visually Collage and Altered Art coverSicilian Antiques by Justine Frederick is a collaged box, rich in vintage colors and dimensional textures. The box is finished and embellished front and back, with the same attention to detail. The embellishments are hand-made, like the fabric-scrap rose, and found items. Justine will receive a copy of Teach Yourself Visually: Collage & Altered Art, by Roni Johnson. Justine's winning artwork will also be displayed on the Vintage Image Craft Home Page for one month!


JudiKins Diamond GlazeVintage Crystal Flower Necklace by Carol Klonicki displays a thoughtful pairing of vintage images in an unusual setting. The patriotic text is layered with flower images representing remembrance and peace. The subdued color pallette encompasses the images, ribbons, beads and other embellishments. Carol will receive a JudiKins Exclusive 10oz bottle of Diamond Glaze™, a water-based dimensional adhesive and glaze.


Christmas Children collage sheetSky and Earth Box by Karen Monroe features hand-colored artwork and thematic strength. The artist incorporated text about the original 1888 woodcut, a color pallette reminiscent of the dawn or sunset sky, and details like patina on the metalwork, drybrushing and distressed edges. Karen will receive a Vintage Image Craft Image Book download.

You can see all of the remarkable entries (and add your comments!) at:

THANK YOU to the adventurous artists who submitted their inspired pieces for this Creative Challenge. We hope you had as much fun creating your artwork as we did experiencing it. We want to see you again for our next Challenge!

Interviews with Artists and Authors

Meet Michael Strong: "Born to Doodle"

Michael Strong photoMike jokes that he was wielding a crayon before he was a year old. Through his school years, he excelled in art - but was usually in trouble for filling the margins of his class assignments with drawings. At San Diego State University in the 1970s, he studied art under muralist and painter Jean Swiggett, developing his skills in realistic large scale oil paintings.

After a long stint in real estate appraising, Mike's art moved to the forefront. His wife had become enthused about rubber stamping, and Mike became intrigued by the medium. He produced a small line of stamp designs in 1996 and began to develop a following. With his wife's partnership, he was able to devote full time to stamp design, marketing, and teaching and demonstration engagements. Read our complete interview with Michael Strong here.

Facing Off on Facebook

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We are having a great time meeting new vintage-lovers on Facebook. In fact, most of the entries for the VIC Creative Challenge came from Facebook friends. Competitive bunch.

Speaking of competitive, we DARE you to share Vintage Image Craft with all of your Facebook friends. Just go to our Facebook page and click on "Suggest to Friends," which is in the upper left hand corner. Then spread the word to all the creative folks you know.

When we reach a milestone number of fans (like 500), EVERYONE will get some FREE vintage images from us to celebrate.

Next Issue

As we promised, this issue launches our NEW newsletter under its NEW name: THE VIC! What do you think? Snappy? We'd really like to hear your comments.

THE VIC newsletter design "embellishes" our new website design - so artfully realized by designer Tatiana Shima. The Very Victorian heading was adapted from the masthead of the London Illustrated Times, dated June 28, 1862. Since our website has almost 200 pages, it will take us several weeks to transfer all of the pages into the new design template. So, don't be surprised by some 'schizophrenic' transitions as you move from page to page. We'll change them all as quick as bunnies!

For our June issue, we'll be talking with that famous Hot Potato, Mary O'Neill!

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