Vintage Halloween Pennants

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Happy Halloween!….well, almost.

Yep, its that time of year when the Halloween candy starts showing up in the grocery stores, and the pop-up costume shops start to open their doors. Boy, summer just flies by! Even the weather has been starting to feel “Fall-ish.” And, I’ve already given in and purchased the first bag of seasonal candy corn. :)

vintage-halloween-pennants-2Since Halloween will be here before we know it, I decided to get a jump on some of the spooky crafting. Every year we host a pumpkin carving party. Pretty low key, it simply consists of a few crock pots of chili and tables set up in the garage for carving. But, I do decorate the house, and I can’t wait to add these vintage Halloween pennants to the wreath on the front door!

vintage-halloween-pennants-3Similar to the other pennants I’ve posted to the blog, the base of both of these pennants was made from one Bingo card cut on a diagonal. To add a bit more depth and more canvas for clustering, I cut an additional triangle from cardstock and layered it over the top of the Bingo card.

vintage-halloween-pennants-5vintage-halloween-pennants-6Glitter, stitching, punch-outs, die cuts and ribbons embellish the pennants. And, of course, a few vintage items including a vintage Morticia image cut from a game card. It is so much fun to cluster all of the spooky tidbits and making pennants is a great way to use up scraps!


To add a bit more texture to the pennants, I folded Halloween fringe in half,  then stapled it to the edge of the Bingo card. The 12 inch wooden dowels were Glimmer Misted, then glued on top of the Bingo card alongside the fringe. And, a Halloween pennant would not be complete without a creepy plastic spider. And, notice the webbing? That’s simply hot glue threads! For once, the threads are OK! :)


If you’re feeling inspired to start creating for Halloween, and maybe want to add a bit of vintage, you can find some Halloween ephemera in the Etsy store HERE. Each ephemera kit also includes a package of Halloween fringe! And, you can even choose which Addams Family family member you would like. :)

halloween-ephemera-2halloween-fringeHa! Gotta love the “Wild” card. :)

I just LOVED watching the Addams Family! It had just the right amount of innocent spookiness to it.  A few years ago, I purchased an Addams Family DVD, and the kids enjoy watching the episodes too. I think my favorite character is Morticia, although Uncle Fester was always entertaining too!

vintage-addams-family-cardsaddams-family-cardgameDo you remember playing the Addams Family card game??? Issued in 1965. So fun!

I hope you’re inspired to start creating something special for Halloween.

Happy Creating!



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Holiday Decorative Clip Embellishments

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vintage-holiday-decorative-clips-1Happy Monday!

I hope you had a great weekend.

I shared this idea of decorative clips a few months ago. Its such a great way to use up those cute scraps. Simply attach scrap paper to a large paper clip by folding it over the lower “rung” and stapling at the top. You can then further decorate the scraps with glitter, buttons, ribbons, stickers, etc. Or, small, mini ornaments!

This summer has flown by, like it always seems too, and before you know it, Christmas will be upon us. These decorative clips will look great attached to a gift tag, Christmas card or other holiday project, don’t you think?

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These holiday clips are trimmed with vintage Christmas seals, vintage plastic holly and glitter. Black paper from a vintage scrapbook makes for a great chalkboard to jot down the wish list for Santa.

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A vintage reflector tops this scrap below and the vintage Christmas seal above is framed with a bubble of plastic (recycled from packaging), and filled with festive confetti to create a “snow globe” clip.

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These decorative clips just slide on, as a normal paper clip, and will add a nice touch to your holiday gifting this year! So, when you begin to craft for the holidays, be sure to save those scraps and extra trimmings!


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A Piece of Cake!

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vintage-cake-cardDo you ever struggle making masculine cards? Maybe its just me. I’m always tempted to add bows and glitter, so  I have to discipline myself to “tone it down a bit.” :)  My uncle’s birthday just passed and this is the card I came up with.

To keep it somewhat more simple, I selected a great Tim Holtz patterned paper to be more of the focus. Thought all of the numbers would be fitting.

vintage-cake-card-2To add a bit of texture, I stitched vintage tickets across the top in a zig zag stitch. A stamp frames the birthday greeting, and a pin holds a 1950s style looking cake. Couldn’t resist, had to add a bit of Stickles around the frame…just a bit. :)

I hope you had a great {creative} weekend, and have a fun week ahead!

Happy Creating,




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Vintage Travel Embellishments

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vintage-travel-paperpackAh, is there anything more fun than a little pocket of vintage travel tidbits? This hand-crafted pouch holds lots of great vintage, travel-themed ephemera-perfect for all sorts of projects!

vintage-travel-paperpack2Each 6×6″ stitched pocket holds travel die cuts, vintage postage stamps, vintage game piece coins, vintage book paper, a vintage game card, a vintage projector wheel, vintage tickets, a vintage-inspired key and a vintage slide holder. So much potential!

vintage-travel-paperpack-3vintage-travel-paperpack-4And, the envelope itself? When empty, punch holes or spirals along one side and insert into a journal for a pocket page. These Vintage Embellishment Paper Packs are now available in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE.

vintage-travel-paperpack-5But, what to make with them??? There are so many ways to use these embellishments to accent a project, but here are a few additional ideas:

vintage-travel-pack-embellishmentPunch a circle from a scrap piece of ephemera, and adhere to the center of the film wheel. A stamp or clock face embellishment adds a nice touch!


Or, make a flip book out of ephemera, and a vintage game card. Simply punch a hole in the top corner and add a brad to make the booklet fold open.

vintage-travel-embellishmentAnother quick idea is to stitch a piece of clear acrylic to the front of a vintage playing card, to create a pocket. A key, vintage ticket and a vintage postage stamp slide in perfectly!

vintage-travel-embellishmentsI hope you’re having a great week! Its so hard to believe that summer is halfway over and the kids will be back in school next month!

Happy Creating!



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Petit Four Cards

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estate-saleHappy Tuesday!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I had a fun time this weekend visiting an estate sale in my neighborhood. The pic above are a few of my finds. Love this little ragdoll..I’ll have to make her a new dress though! The embroidered handkerchiefs are silk (gorgeous, and so soft!), love the tarnished spoon (will be perfect for scooping glass glitter!) and the lovely hand mirror. Did you find any treasures this weekend?

petit-four-cards-1I don’t know why, but the fabric I used to make these cards remind me of petit fours. Maybe because its so  soft and delicate, dainty and very springy. So, Petit Four Cards! I remember making petit fours with my mom one year as a little girl. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but they do take a bit of time. My daughter is just the right, patient,  age…may have to try them soon. But, in the meantime, cards instead!

petit-four-cards-2To begin making these cards, I cut down a piece of cardstock and wrapped it in fabric, ribbons and embellishments. I then folded and stamped coordinating cardstock, then adhered the fabric rectangle to the top of the card. A bit of a glitter pen and stickles adds some sparkle. And distressed edges add a bit more contrast.

petit-four-cards-4 The inside of the cards are lined with vintage ledger paper from this very vintage Order Book. Soft and lovely and sweet, just like a petit four. Perfect for a note to a special friend. This little bundle of Petit Four Cards are now available in my Etsy store. You can find them here:

petit-four-cardsWould love to hear any tips you have in making petit fours…thinking that would be a fun little party for Meghan and her friends this summer. :)

Have a great day, and happy creating!!


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