Monthly Archives: November 2013

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!

Michelle… Read the rest

Thanksgiving Recipes

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vintage-thanksgiving-folder-1Well, its time to start rounding up the traditional Thanksgiving recipes…do you remember where you put them? Or, maybe you’ve found some new ones that you cut out of this month’s Thanksgiving magazines. Wouldn’t it be great to just have a themed folder that holds these special recipes? With the Vintage Thanksgiving kit, this year, I decided to do just that!

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I really enjoy the collage look. Its such a great way to add lots of little details, not to mention, the best way to use up scraps! I especially love these vintage celluloid cocktail forks that are included in the kit. A dab of real gold glass glitter, also included in the kit, adds a touch of bling to the center of the flowers.

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vintage-thanksgiving-folder-2 The Vintage Thanksgiving Kit also includes a bonus kit of “old world” and prairie patterned cardstock, along with a generous package of ephemera. A fun way to use the scraps is to create paper leaves for place cards!

vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-1vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-2 vintage-thanksgiving-leaves-3Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for traditions, and one that we do every year is making “Gravel,” a super delicious cranberry salad with a wonderful crunch. This recipe is definitely going in the recipe folder. If you are looking for something new to try this Thanksgiving, give “Gravel” a try!

“Gravel”

1 package cranberries

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

20 large marshmallows

1 small package lemon jello

1 cup diced apple

1 cup diced celery

1-2 cups chopped walnuts

Boil together cranberries, sugar and water until berries crack. To this mixture, add the marshmallows and lemon jello until the marshmallows are thoroughly melted.  Cool, then add apples, celery and nuts. Pour mixture into glass casserole dish and refrigerate.

Happy Creating & Cooking!

Michelle… Read the rest

The Christmas Mouse-an Altered Tale

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Well, another weekend has passed, and I’m happy to say that some of my Christmas shopping did get done. Not much, but some and that makes me feel good! Its always nice to tackle that “To Do” list…even if its just a little bit! Luckily that productivity also included tucking away the Halloween decor!

And, the time to make a project with this new great kit! Look at all the fun to be found in the Altered Story Vintage Christmas Kit

Every family has those special holiday traditions-how about highlighting them in a special way this holiday season? This sweet story was an “Easy Reader” in a 1970s classroom. The story is super cute, and the illustrations are beautiful!

This paperback story measures 6″x6″  (the perfect size!) and is so easy to “stuff” with extra cardstock sheets. To begin, I removed the staples from the binding, and cut the book in half (yes, GASP, but the story remains intact) 🙂

Then, simply determine how many additional 6×6 inch cardstock pages you would like to add. You can certainly “scrap” over the story itself, but I chose to keep the story as is. Reading the story, and looking at the photos and journaling and maybe even special recipes of your family will be a wonderful new tradition!

Once all the pages are stacked, and the story is back in order, punch out 2 holes on the left side, about 2 inches apart with a Crop-a-Dile.  Embellish all of the pages first, before doing the final assembly.

Then, finally, thread the book together with vintage green wool yarn. Before knotting it off though, make sure it is kind of loose so that your pages will turn easily. To the green yarn, I added some green tinsel, and tied on a  vintage mini ornament and a vintage mini glass ball.  I also edged the book in glitter with black Stickles and added some green glitter to the evergreen swag in the top right corner.

Make one as a special gift  for your family this season, and enjoy it for many Christmas seasons to come!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Thanksgiving Placecards

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Create a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, and decorate the table with Thanksgiving placecards-constructed from vintage materials of course!

These placecards were made using the Vintage Thanksgiving Kit, which includes many fun materials and textures to work with, such as ephemera, hard to find vintage Thanksgiving stickers and seals, vintage ribbons, vintage buttons, gold glass glitter, flowers and many other fun doodads.

These small projects are also a great way to experiment with a variety of techniques, such as layering (above), and adding glitter (below). The vintage cocktail forks also look great either taped behind the placecard, or with the placecard crimped in the prongs.

This small, vintage envelope is lined with a crepe ruffle and trimmed in glitter. The vintage sticker makes a great focal point. Creating a crepe ruffle is quick to do, and definitely adds a vintage touch:

Vintage crepe can also be crimped and “fanned” behind an image to help create the focal point, such as the squirrel card below.

Crimping vintage lace also adds a fun texture!

These placecards will be a nice welcome for your guests at your table this year! Either write a name or a special message on each one, or, let your guests write down what they are thankful for this year! Either way, it will certainly be special!

Happy Creating!
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