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Creative Challenge
February 2012

Valentine Ornaments!

Valentine's Day is all about wearing your heart on your sleeve. With that "dangling heart" image in our heads, we challenged our vintage-crafting friends to create a Valentine Ornament using one or more of VIC's vintage Valentine images.  Over the course of a month, the 18 artists who submitted entries met that challenge, and surpassed all expectations. But three ornaments really captured our hearts, and won the Challenge!

Thank you and congratulations to all of the artists who shared their Valentine's Day creativity.


Spinning Hearts by Jen Hill for Vintage Image Craft
Spinning Heart
Jen Hill

Victorian Wall Ornament by Lyneen Jesse for Vintage Image Craft
Victorian Wall Ornament
Lyneen Jesse

Sweetheart Ornament by Nancy Yankowski for Vintage Image Craft
Sweetheart Ornament
by Nancy Yankowski

Paper Cuts by Taylor Hagerty for Vintage Image CraftSpinning Heart by Jen Hill made our heads spin. We were mesmerized by both Jen's concept of a ruffled and beaded heart suspended in an aged music-covered frame, and her expert execution. The images she chose were thematic, with Cupid as slayer of the heart, and player of the violin. With her faded floral and ribbon embellishments, it is both an ornament, and a lovely place to hang it!

Jen will receive a copy of the wonderful book, Paper Cuts, 35 Inventive Projects by Taylor Hagerty, generously provided by Sterling Publishing. Her winning artwork will also be proudly displayed on the Vintage Image Craft Home Page for one month!


Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make by Vintage Image CraftVictorian Wall Ornament by Lyneen Jesse (a 2011 Creative Challenge winner) created a Victorian shadow box, containing a nostalgic scene of pastoral romance. We were especially impressed that she hand-made all of the embellishments, from the perky little bird to the spray of roses. It all came together with gentle choices of pastel colors, nested in a vintage paper-wrapped cookie cutter! Lyneen will receive a VIC e-book from our Cards With a Past series.


Christmas Children collage sheetSweetheart Ornament by Nancy Yankowski (a 2010 and 2011 Creative Challenge winner!) caught us by surprise! After all of the images of pudgy Cupids and love-stricken women we were seeing, it was so refreshing that she chose a Victorian bathing beauty as her subject! And then Nancy dressed her in polka dots and placed her on an unexpected silver spoon, as if she were flying through the air to deliver her Valentine card and gift of candy. Her execution was excellent, with a bright pallet of reds and silver. Nancy will receive a Vintage Image Craft Image Book download.

Congratulations to our WINNERS, and thank you for your participation, too! The judging decisions were difficult, but each entry gave us reason to marvel in your creative imaginations! Every artist embraced the "Valentine Ornaments" theme, and brought a unique touch of romance and whimsy to the challenge. You can browse each entry through the links below, and even leave your comments for the artists!

We want to acknowledge Sterling Publishing and Lark Crafts, for generously donating the grand prize, a copy of Paper Cuts, 35 Inventive Projects by Taylor Hagerty. This book takes paper crafting to a "cut above." The folk-art tradition of paper cutting has become the new darling of the fashion and design worlds. Taylor Hagerty builds on the trend, drawing on a variety of cultures—from Mexican to German to Chinese—and brings together today's top artists. The result is a collection of 35 smart, fresh, and contemporary projects, including partyware, centerpieces, and more. The book is a $17.95 value.

VintageImageCraft salutes every crafter who participated in the VIC Creative Challenge for February 2012!

Entries to the February 2012 Valentine Ornament Creative Challenge

Click below to see other entries to the February 2012 Valentine Ornament Creative Challenge...

It's All About Love 
Kim B: Using vintage images and layered papers, this Valentine ornament was made with a few vintage images, fibers, a faux button and lots of love.

Let Me Call You Sweetheart 
Kathe B: The materials I used were: Images from 2 of the Valentines from VIC Facebook Gold 2” Mesh Ribbon Red Paper Doily Heart shaped fabric doily-bought …

Grandma's Pride 
Maxine: The materials I used were: Think of Me Valentine from VIC Facebook page Vintage doily Old earring dangle Vintage sheet music Pink ink Glossy …

Cats in Love 
Kim B: Using a VIC image, I have created this hanging tag. The image was framed, and papers layered.

Heart of a Cat 
Kim B: Using chenille stems, I formed the body in a heart shaped, added a vintage cat head image, formed a tail with pink chenille and then added twine …

Turquoise & Red Tin Valentine Ornament 
Kim B: Tin tile is painted turquoise, then I added the Lady Valentine with Hearts VIC image, covered it with a red mesh and trimmed with red rickrack ribbon. …

Valentine Blues 
Donna Harcourt: I used a VIC Facebook image, made a flower of velum and stained it blue with distress inks, crushed it in my hand, cut a hole in the middle …

Victorian Wall Ornament 
Lyneen Jesse: Using Creative Paperclay®, Amazing Mold Putty, Vintage Image Craft and other items I have created my Valentine wall ornament.  First, …

Sweetheart Ornament 
Nancy: For this Valentine's ornament I used a Bathing Beauty image from VIC and created a brand new Valentine's Day outfit for her with polka-dot paper. …

Flying Kewpie 
Nancy: This little Kewpie flew straight out of Kewpieville and landed in my tree ~ just in time for Valentine's Day!! Actually, I created him today using …

A Little Bird Told Me... 
Barb Doemel: I printed out three different vintage cards to create my Valentine. Two were VIC IMAGES and one was from public domain. I cut out different …

Stupid Cupid 
Jen Hill: The base is a ceramic heart. Supplies: Vintage Image Craft Images, Karen Foster Paper, Flat Back Pearls, Rosette Trim, Mod Podge, Hot Glue, …

Lacy Love 
Jen Hill: The base is a heart-shaped picture frame Supplies: Vintage Image Craft Images, Rub n'Buff, Rhinestones, Lace, Beaded Trim, Ribbon rose, Petite …

Heart Beat 
Jen Hill: This was a lot of fun to make! This is made with a rusty tin heart. Supplies: Vintage Image Craft Images,Cherry Cobbler Cardstock by Stampin' …

Petri Dish of Love 
Jen Hill: This was a lot of fun to make! It's a plastic petri dish that I drilled in order to attach the ribbons. Supplies: Vintage Image Craft Images, …

Spinning Heart ornament and holder 
Jen Hill: This is such a sweet ornament and holder! The holder can be reused for other ornaments throughout the year as well! Supplies: Vintage Image …

Purple Fun 
Fran Coss - Using VIC image from Facebook, I printed a full page picture. This was then glued (Pritt Stick) to a sheet of hard foam board and allowed to …

True Blue Love 
Christine Cuthbert Supplies: *Lids from large and medium cans (use can opener that does not leave sharp edges) *One sheet of cardstock sprayed with …

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