Category Archives: Vintage Fusion

Flip for Love Notes

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Holy cow, one more day to go, and a couple more projects to share yet!

Today’s project is a bit of a multi-texture, multi page Valentine “card”-more of a flipbook. I made this using the Craft a Vintage Valentine Kit and the Valentine Ephemera Mini Kit.

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These kits work great together! The book itself is made of pockets from a vintage photo/scrapbook. The pockets are open on both ends, so I alternated and stitched one side of each pocket, stacked them, created front and back covers from cardstock, and tied them together. One of the retro valentines from the Craft a Vintage Valentine kit decorates the cover.

flipbook1aflipbook1bThe Valentine ephemera makes great tags! I sized these tags to mostly fit into the pockets…I like how they bulge out of the side. If you mail a card like this, just be sure to mail it in a nicely padded envelope, as this card/book does get lumpy!

 

flipbook2For most of the tags, I used a vintage flashcard to create the base. I then stitched the ephemera on top. I’m really enjoying this cluster of tickets! When layering like this, just make sure to make each ticket a bit distinctive, such as staggering them, trimming them into pennants, adding glitter, etc. I’m still in my stitching craze, so I stitched across the top (I did apply a small amount of adhesive tape to hold the tickets in place before stitching).

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This little miss was cut from the vintage valentine included in the ephemera kit. She makes a cute “tag” on her own.

 

 

flipbook5 flipbooks6And, how about a pocket full of sweet, heart shaped messages? These red cardstock hearts were edged in gold ink, which not only makes them a bit more vintage looking, but ties in the pop of yellow that’s in the book.

So, what to put on all these tags, hearts, etc? Fill it full of love quotes, and a personal message. Maybe for each heart, write an adjective that describes the person receiving this stuffed-full-of-love card! Slip a few photos in the pockets too.

This multi-page pocket card is so fun to make and, I’m sure, will be super fun to receive…don’t you think?

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

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Here Come the {Vintage} Clowns!

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circus-bannerHappy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It was a bit snowy here in Colorado this weekend. So pretty though. It was that kind of snow that clings to the trees for days, and glitters as it falls. The perfect atmosphere for being crafty!

Well, since we’re off to the start of a new week…send in the clowns! Clown clips that is!

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Vintage, retro circus/clown imagery is always so cheerful and fun. If you saw Friday’s post, I’m on a bit of a vintage clothes pin kick. I found these sweet clown cake picks in my vintage stash and thought they would also make great clips! Perfect to top a party treat bag, or even a bag of chips!

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And, no clown would be complete without a big, floppy bow tie! In addition to the clown clips, I put together treat bags-an ensemble of vintage circus/clown images and doodads. These mini vintage kits are a thoughtful gift to a vintage-loving friend, are great to create with, or can serve as pure inspiration.

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I especially like the very vintage package of school crayons (ie: colored pencils). Neat, neat imagery. The Retro Clown Clips and Mini Clown Kits are now in the store. You can find them HERE.

 

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While creating this weekend, I also found these colorful cards in my stash. I think these are from the 50s/60s. Love how vibrant the colors are, and the illustrations are fantastic!

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And, what do you think of this ultra vintage wrapping paper? Isn’t it great??? I don’t think my photo does the color of the paper justice. It is BRIGHT!

circus-wrapping-paperI know its a Monday, but hopefully these happy-go-lucky clowns put a smile on your face!

Have a wonderful week!

Michelle

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Vintage Clothespins…Pretty & Practical

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vintage-flowered-clothespinsGood morning!

I hope you’ve been having a great week!

Today I have a fun, little something simple to share with you. I just love these vintage, hard plastic clothes pins! The colors are so vibrant, and I’m just a sucker for retro, hard plastic. They are cute on their own, but I found a way to make them a bit more Springy and feminine, and turn them into a great gift topper.

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Vintage forget-me-nots always remind me of Spring-they are so sweet and simple. To make a bouquet of them, I adhered them to a vintage plastic cake candle holder and then adhered that to the clothes pin. A bow made from lace ribbon tops it off.

 

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As for the gift bag, this is a vintage wax sandwich bag. Another one of my favorite things! Just love how they turn brown over time, and its always satisfying hearing that crinkle sound. To dress it up a bit, I stitched vintage laces across the top, also tying the colors together. And, the vintage clothes pin keeps it closed!

 

vintage-bag-3This would be a cherry little gift filled with teas, stationary or chocolates. It would certainly brighten up someone’s day!

So, a simple idea to turn something entirely practical into something pretty!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Creating!

Michelle

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Cheery Holiday Tags!

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vintage-christmas-tags-1Happy Monday!

Get any Christmas shopping done this weekend? Me, a little, but not nearly enough to make a dent! You can really feel that there are only 4 weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas-its SO BUSY! I do love this time of year, SO MUCH, but geez, its a hassle just even trying to drive across town!

Aside from maneuvering traffic, shopping for that special gift is so fun, but once the presents are purchased, find fun in the wrapping too, by making unique vintage Christmas tags.

The Christmas Tag Kit has bunches of tags and “vintagey” supplies to decorate them. Invite a friend over, put in a classic Christmas movie, and stamp, glue and embellish holiday tags that will make your packages POP this year!

christmas-kitThis kit includes a 7Gypsies Christmas tag stamp set, many tags (both manila, red and green), glass glitter, poinsettia flowers, vintage holly, Red Twirly Twine to top your tags, brads, vintage tickets, and an assortment of tag and Christmas die cuts. So much fun and all of these tag goodies fit into a cute candy cane fabric bag for easy storage!

Here’s just a few tag ideas:

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Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Vintage Christmas Memory Keeper

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vintage-christmas-slide-6As you’ve probably figured out already, based on past kits, I just LOVE these vintage slide holders-whether the slide wheels (as featured in the past Halloween kit) or these storage magazines. What a clever way to use scraps, try a new technique AND store/display memories! Make this a part of your Christmas decor and fill with wish lists, quotes, journaling, and pics. Your family and guests will enjoy looking at each slide!

Everything you need to make this totally Retro Vintage piece can be found in the NEW Vintage Christmas Memories Keeper Kit:

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The slide magazine is approximately 6 inches tall, but with the Santa on top, it will measure approximately 9 inches. This cute Santa peeking out of the magazine was trimmed from a vintage tally card. And, scraps of patterned paper were slipped into the metal slide holders-waiting for little notes!

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To begin this project, I determined which cardstock to use, and cut it down to 6″ by 2.5 ” I did have to do a smidge more trimming, but that is  a good starting point. Mod Podge is the adhesive to use on this one! Simply coat each side and press the paper, making sure there are no wrinkles, etc. To “finish” the edges, I added ribbon, again with Mod Podge, but tape or seam binding would work too.

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As the holiday stickers are vintage, they have long since lost their adhesive. So, Mod Podge them in place! A vintage holly and gem brad add a bit more texture to this side, and were added with hot glue.

Once the sides are decorated, move onto the top of the box. The Santa that is included in the kit is a florist pick. Remove the wire, then hot glue Santa’s feet to the box. I then Mod Podge’d around the base, and pleated and pressed in the vintage Christmas snow. Once placed, I tapped more Mod Podge on the snow fabric and around the edges, and sprinkled vintage snow mica, shaking off the excess. A vintage holly leaf glued behind Santa frames him a bit, and bakers twine tied to his hands suspends the Merry Christmas sign.

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And, of course, its not a retro Christmas without a bit of sparkly tinsel garland! That is just draped gently around the base. The big thing here, is to make sure that the magazine can still slide out of the box easily…

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Christmas seals decorate the face of the magazine, but this would be a great place to write a wish list, a special quote, or your family’s names.

vintage-christmas-slideOnce decorated, display your Memory Keeper for all to see! Your guests and family will enjoy all the details!

Merry {almost} Christmas and Happy Creating!

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