#75 - Happy St. Patrick's Day from
Craft! Today's VIC Pictorial
is brimmin' over with Irish crafts, which got us reminiscing over our
visit to Ireland about 10 years ago. Martin's last name is Bray, so we
made a special stop in the seaside town of Bray, just south of Dublin.
We found a phone book, and checked to see how many Brays were living in
Bray. Just one, it seemed. Martin. And he was only there for the day.
They should have given him the key to the city!
For all our Irish friends of every nationality:
Let's get crafting...
- Aren't you lucky? Decorate with St.
Patrick's Puzzle Blocks and have six decorations in one!
- Here's a FREE St. Patrick's Day
vintage image for your "craftin' o' the green".
- A visit with the "Glitter Queen," Barbara Trombley - and a glittered
St. Patrick's Day card to make.
- Sterling Publications
Joins the VIC Creative Challenge
for Spring 2011!
St. Patrick's Puzzle Blocks
A Craft with Six Variations!
Wooden puzzle blocks were very popular toys for Victorian children.
With one puzzle, six different pictures could be assembled. We gave
this toy an Irish spin and created this St.
Patrick's Puzzle Blocks craft for you.
This is another of our "three ingredient" crafts: 2" wood blocks,
decoupage medium, and our FREE vintage images (all sized and ready for
printing). You probably have the other necessary tools and supplies on
Click here for the website page with the FREE downloads and full
If the link above doesn't work for you, type into your browser:
FREE St. Patrick's Day Vintage Image
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/el62lc
If that link doesn't work for you (it is a very large file of 1.1MB, so
it might take a minute or two), you can try this alternate link: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/el62lc
"Erin go Bragh" is an approximation of the old Irish phrase Éirinn go Brách or Ireland forever. Sometime
in the 1780s, nationalist groups in Ireland adopted phrases like this
to proclaim Irish identity. This charming St. Patrick's Day greeting
mailed in New York in 1911.
Inspiring Books 'n Blogs
Artistry by Barbara Trombley
is glitter-lover's paradise. Barbara is known as the "Glitter Queen"
and her book justifies her title. Her "glitter lace" technique alone is
worth tracking down a copy. You press a scrap of lace onto adhesive
paper, sprinkle it with glitter, remove the lace, and sprinkle again
with contrasting glitter. The result is a shimmering reproduction of
the lace pattern that will have friends asking, "How did you do that?"
caught up with Barbara at the Craft & Hobby Association Convention
in LA, and saw some of her latest innovations - and the giant glittered
butterfly Barbara created. We saw her newest line of glitter, called
Dazzlers. These are unusually large shapes and flakes, in rich colors.
Visit Barbara at http://artglitter.com
to experience the full spectrum!
In Barbara's honor, we designed a St. Patrick's Day card using her
"glitter lace" technique. You can do it too:
Cut and fold your cardstock (we used
light green). (2) Cut a piece of double-sided adhesive paper slightly
smaller than the front of your card and stick it in the center. (3)
Size and trim your vintage image to allow an even border around it, and
stick it in the center. (4) Press strips of lace trim onto the adhesive
paper around the image. (5) Sprinkle on ultra-fine glitter in a dark,
opaque color (we used gold), and tap off the excess. (6) Remove the
lace, and sprinkle on ultra-fine glitter in a light, transparent color
(we used silver), and tap off the excess. (7) Spray with a light
fixative, if you wish!
Need a great image from old Ireland? Check out our St.
Patrick's Day vintage image
book from The VIC
you, Barbara! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Sterling Publications Joins
A big VIC thank you to Nicole McConville at Sterling Publishing! Sterling
Publishing and Lark
is sponsoring our next series of VIC Creative Challenges by
providing some of their best titles as prizes. Winners will receive new
copies of Artful Paper Dolls
and The Artful Storybook,
both by Terry Taylor, Paper Cuts by
Taylor Haggerty, and Scraps
by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen. These are some of the
most unique new crafting books for vintage lovers. Look for
announcement of our Spring Creative
Challenge in The VIC Pictorial and
on our VIC
the VIC Creative Challenge!
What is that "hippity hoppity" sound in the distance? Could it be - THE
EASTER BUNNY? We have some crafts that will make your nose
your ears quiver. Martin is working on a very "old masters" Easter
decoration using an artist's canvas. He also keeps talking about a
unique bookmark that he swears is perfect for Easter.
We'll be announcing our Spring
Creative Challenge, too! Armed with some great prizes form
Sterling Publications and Lark Crafts, we'll be asking you to submit
your craft photos and descriptions!
And we'll have
some more "celebrity crafter" visits from our Craft & Hobby
Association convention experience.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
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