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Retro Christmas

Discover Pinterest’s 10 best ideas and inspiration for Retro Christmas. Get inspired and try out new things.

It occurred to me that with all the hustle and bustle in December, I never took the time to take you guys on a tour of my holiday decorations. Last year they weren’t that much to look at on account of the recent move, but this year they were pretty swank (if I do say...Read More

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2019 Topic 17: A Vintage Christmas Well hello everyone, Keren here with a really beautiful and nostalgic topic; Vintage Christmas. I apologise in advance for those scrooges amongst us, but most of us are beginning to think about the season and I have a festive feast of images that will make you smile, grimace and hopefully inspire to get your Christmas crafting on! If I suggest 'vintage', we could conjure up so many different eras that might speak to our age, stage of life or the styles that we adore. My picks romp through old, really old and across different countries too! One of the vintage queens of PaperArtsy has to be Scrapcosy. She's well known for her love of vintage and the way that she's inspired by many vintage images. So, it only seemed right to add in this Christmas panel using her 2017 Christmas stamp release Raquel Burillo My idea of vintage probably heads straight to Victoriana or the 1960's. This is a typical Victorian styled winter town. It makes me think of Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol' and I love the way that the warm colours are filtered through the windows. It gives such a cosy feel. Bruck and Sohn Stylised periods like the 60's and 70's produced some fabulous designs. Notice the shadows from the hanging baubles and the gorgeous colour scheme. Linda Tillman Vintage can be vintage inspired, so I thought I'd include some actual artistic examples. These fabulous covered boxes use some great images and would make lovely gifts or decor. Nichola Battilana Food is an important part of any cultural celebration. These next two pictures show the best and quite possibly the worst of vintage food! Tinselbox I'm always up for exciting new recipes, but this 'Tuna Tree' sounds a step too far! Do love the little 'elf' on a shelf who has made a massive comeback as the star of 'Elf On The Shelf'. I'll leave the tree and keep the elf! Buzzfeed Vintage rarely makes me think of bright colours, but this amazing example is so beautiful and look at the intricate details like the Tiffany style lamp and all the tiny tree decorations. Pennington Edition This kitsch Christmas card is wonderful; the snow looks like glitter falling. The clever colouring makes the mushroom look as if it's glowing! Decomagz I couldn't resist adding this vintage photo. He's so cute and I love the brown string tied parcels which always looks so classy. Reddit I remember being mesmerised by a wooden version of this Rotary Candle Carousel. Seeing the warmth of the flames and the heat spinning the decorative part. These cute creatures certainly know how to party! Advent Calendar It's easy to think that we have the monopoly on cool colour schemes, but this 1960's table shows that 'vintage' can give some wonderful colour inspiration too! Flickr This little pair are celebrating the age old tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. I didn't know that originally you were only allowed one kiss per hanging berry and only that! Love how they're wearing the berries from head to toe. Pennington Edition The 1950's certainly provided fabulous artwork. This card from the time has wonderful grey whites and vintage-y muted tones! Vintage Everyday Here's another example from the same era, with the typical Christmas scene of a snowy church. Vintage Everyday Moving back to the vintage inspired, I love this set of stockings that started out as a cheap pair then had a little bit of vintage glamour added. Camelot Art Creations Vintage Christmas photos across the world look different from country to country. This photo is showing the Nordic tradition of St Lucia. Nordic Museum We're yo-yo'ing back and forth from different time periods now. I thought this was a great example of design and love how the arch looks like a Christmas tree. This has given me a great idea for a Christmas greeting of my own. HubPages Whilst looking for designs to inspire us, this sepia image caught my eye- not only for the cute girls and the vintage sled but more for they way that the image is entirely brown and white with just little elements of the scene picked out in soft colours. Card Cow Before Father Christmas became 'Coca-Cola'ised', there were different coloured 'Santas' from different parts of the world. This is a really striking image in white. Artsy Bee Digital I thought this vintage wrapping paper design was fresh and vibrant. I'd love to wrap my parcels in it too! Flickr To round off the topic, I decided that some images of actual projects/papers might be useful. It's always good to see modern interpretation of vintage! This lovely collaged paper using vintage images to create a fresh look. The image reminds me of Scrapcosy with a little Sara Naumann thrown in for good measure! Bella Vintage Home Artistically grouping objects can make a real statement. This quirky group of vintage objects will bring joy to anyone viewing the scene! Postcards From The Ridge This lovely December journal uses a subdued colour scheme but what makes it interesting is the use of texture; hessian, threads, ribbon and lace. Scattered Pictures and Memories If stitching is more your thing, how about these fabulous vintage stocking patterns? Simplicity This is probably my favourite project- such a clever use of vintage spools and they'd look awesome around your home at Christmas. Lora Bloom Quist Vintage images look fabulous used on projects and there are lots available free on the internet. These cute ornaments really draw your eye. Bluebird Paperie What's fascinating about this topic is that 'vintage' can be subtle, bright, cute, quirky- in fact, nearly anything! There's plenty of possibilities for everyone to join in with this theme. You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I have a thing for flamingos. Christmas flamingos in particular. It might be a pink thing, or a feather thing, but our love grows deeper and stronger every passing year. Last year my collection exploded thanks to The Great Hand-made Flamingo Swap of...Read More

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