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Reproduction Vintage Ephemera by Crafty Secrets, Seasonal Booklet

I have always loved ephemera and vintage "scrap", and collected quite a bit of it for a while.  The nostalgia of it just tugs at my heart.  I would haunt antique shoppes, looking for little things I could use to decorate our tiny house, and, because we didn’t have a lot of money, about the only treasures I could afford were postcards, delicately embroidered hankies, table linens, tea cups, chenille beadspreads and other smallish things.  I’m laughing now, because this was over 20 years ago, and prior to when "shabby chic" became all the rage in home decor; I was doing it because all we could afford were second hand furnishings and whatnot.

When the girls (Mona Lisa and EllenH) and I stumbled across the Crafty Secrets booth at CKC in Bellevue back in early November, I just kinda stood there with my mouth hanging open at their displays, awash in a sea of memories.  To this day, I still have the vintage postcards I had framed or tucked into mirror frames I had white washed and decoupaged . . . and I still pull out the 1930′s/1940′s table cloths in the summer time, although they’ve become pretty well worn along the edges over the years and quite faded . . .

I’m waxing on a bit,  I realize, but I really couldn’t help myself.  In as much as I love contemporary chic things and retro things, I also love vintage things simply for the sheer nostalgia of them–simpler times, and all that . . . (smiling, and sighing)

"Happy Winter" and "Snowflake Trio" by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Ink in Burnt Umber; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Alabaster; Inkjet Transparency by HammerMill; Kraft Card Stock by Stampin’ Up!; Brown Gingham by May Arts; Antique Copper Mini Brads by Creative Impressions; Tiny Tags Sizzlit Die by Sizzix; Jump Ring (for securing tag to ribbon)

My kids didn’t like this li’l snow guy, but I think he’s kinda cute!  I thought it would be fun to cut some transparency in a larger panel, and DTP the chalk ink to the edges of the "toothy" side, and then overstamp with the snowflakes.  Flipping it over protects the stamping quite well, and enables the shiny side to be faced out.  I didn’t want to spend too much time thinking about how to secure the transparency in some fancy way, so I just did it with mini brads, which I liked for their warm coppery look.  I sponged the edges of the card with more chalk ink–a technique I picked up from good buddy, and very talented stamper, Pinefeather!


Tiny Star hand-held punch by McGill; Hodge Podge Hardware buckle by Stampin’ Up!; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card from StarLitStudio; Real Red Card Stock by Stampin’ Up!;  Bright Gold Brushed Metallic Card stock by Cardenon StarDreams (?) from Paper Zone; Velvet Ribbon by May Arts from StarLitStudio

I adore vintage Santa images.  I have vintage Santa stamps, postcards, reproduction postcards, etc.  They just make me happy!  No stamps were used on this card design, but I will probably stamp a sentiment on the inside.  I thought this one turned out so sophisticated and  "boutique" and it made me bounce!


"Peace" from Everyday Flexible Phrases stamp set by Stampin’ Up!; Metallic Mini Star Confetti from party store; 2" square Antique Copper Memory Frame, and 2" square glass pieces by Ranker Ink; Rayon Variegated Ribbon* by 7 Gypsies.

I love rayon seam binding ribbon–Martha Stewart uses it quite often in her crafty projects.  It’s just so nice, and, best of all, it’s actually very easy to stamp on! I love it for that!  The above ribbon was a gift given me a long time ago, and at the time made by 7 Gypsies, but I don’t see it any more on their web site.  I would bet there are some places online where you can get similar ribbon, so do a "google" and see what turns up.  I buy scads of it, whenever I stumble across it when out shopping because I just love it so much.

Ellen had given me some of these Memory Frames to play with, so I decided to try an ornament with this sweet little reproduction image of an angel.  She’s so tenderly holding the little birds and their nest in her hands . . . The other side features an image of Santa, with a crown of holly, and a little girl with her arms about him–very joyous!  I must get more of these Memory Frames–they are too easy and fun to work with!

I’ve made similar pieces with 1 x 3" microscope slides for years–jewelry pieces, actually, and a local shoppe asked if I would consider selling them . . . I’ve thought about it, but, until I learn to solder properly, like my buddy Cindy, I don’t think I’m quite ready for that . . .

Even if vintage isn’t YOUR style, I hope you’ll find a smidge of inspiration, or have learned something new, somehow among these creations I’ve shared today.  I had a ball creating them, and walkin’ down memory lane as I played . . . (grin!) 

  1. I collect ephemera and have amassed QUITE a large holiday selection! A fun idea that I have been playing with is using my Versamarker to highlight a section on an image and then emboss it with Iridescent Ice EP. I love how you added the transparency overlay; I know these are not really vintage pieces… but if they were this would be a way to use them without harming them!

    Thanks Julie for all your great ideas! Happy Holidays!

  2. Absolutely love it all. I collect small vintage things also, but find there is very little of that theme offered in the scrapbooking/cardmaking world. At least where I live. Thanks for all your info!

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