Big news all around! On the personal front, Martin has decided to retire from teaching after 34 wonderful and exhausting years. This is his last week! The past decade of Kindergarten was the best (including 2009 Teacher of the Year award!), but it has taken its toll, too. All of you teachers - you understand.
Now he can devote ALL his time to VintageImageCraft
On the crafty side, The VIC
Pictorial has NEWS FOR YOU:
Let's get crafting...
- Fireworks and a brass
band for the
winners of the VIC Patriotic
- One potato, two potato,
HOT POTATO... meet
diva, Mary O'Neil.
- Throw yourself a little
party with B.
The VIC Patriotic Creative Challenge!
on the American flag
13 stars on the Great Seal
And now - 13 glorious
artistic submissions to the VIC Patriotic Creative Challenge.
Each artist submitted photos of their inspired artwork,
created with vintage images from VintageImageCraft.com.
And each waved the flag of creativity, skill, vision and - good old
The judges, Roni
Johnson, Justine Frederick, Scott Henderson
and Martin Bray, selected the
works of three artists to receive
the top awards in this Patriotic Creative Challenge.
And the winners
Bingo Card Ornament
by Berta Feige
Miss Patriotic Crown
by Kay Tangner
by Cindy Adkins
Patriotic Bingo Card Ornament by Berta Feige
judges with a strong thematic focus and creative, professional execution. The patriotic embellishments include glass
glitter and rhinestones, silver tinsel, and pleated crepe paper for a
bunting-like ruffle at the bottom. We were quite torn between
this ornament and Berta's Rosette Ornament, but this one just
set off the fireworks!
Patriotic Crown by Kay Tangner really popped for
the judges because of Kay's wild setting for the
vintage image. She added unique touches with creative
embellishments that made the image so dimensional, like sewn-on
a beaded necklace, flags, tassels, and more. Kay made this one for her
birthday on July 4!
Soaps by Cindy Adkins
are both decorative and practical. These little soaps boast antiqued
vintage images, and embellishments like buttons, flags,
raffia and cheesecloth. The judges were impressed by Cindy's
attention to detail, front and back, as well as her artistic photo
HONORABLE MENTION was awarded to the Patriotic
Kissing Ball by Margaret Diggs. This Victorian
work, from creating the ball to making the tea bag roses and the
natural fiber embellishments. Wonderful work!
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 Patriotic Creative Challenge.
We hope you had as much fun
creating your artwork as we did experiencing it. We want to
again for our next Challenge!
with Artists and Authors
Mary Benagh O'Neil: "I was born to stamp..."
Benagh O'Neil doesn't see rubber stamping as small potatoes.
It is big
business, and her
famous rubber stamp company is called Hot
because that was how she got her start. As a Girl Scout, Mary
discovered the joy of carved potato printing. With one spectacularly
successful potato-printed tee-shirt, Mary became a professional
printer. Her fledgling rubber stamp company made the leap to prime time
with the help of television and Carol Duvall. Read
her complete interview here.
Books 'n Blogs
maybe it was the sudden burst of retirement parties for Martin. I
found myself surfing around looking
at party decoration
blogs. I struck vintage gold at B. Nute Productions!
Betsy Nute Beier is a designer with a powerful work ethic - party,
party, party. We love her blog and shop because it combines some of our
great loves - vintage style, hand-made decorations, madcap ideas, and
stuff for children, too. Yes, it is party oriented, but you'll get
ideas for cards, crafts, and fun family projects. Give yourself a
little party time and visit B.
that Martin will be home (ah, relaxing retirement...), I hope I can get
him to work on some new crafts, a new card-making e-book, restore
several thousand vintage photos, clean the craft room and garage, paint
the window frames, and... relax of course.
So, with all the changes around here, our July issue of THE
PICTORIAL will have to remain a secret. Until we
figure it out.
Congratulations again to our Patriotic Creative Challenge
a very special THANK YOU to our Celebrity Judges, Justine
Frederick and Roni Johnson - two
of the most accomplished and thoughtful artists we know.
Scott & Martin