Vicki Chrisman

We are so excited to welcome the ever-talented Vicki Chrisman to Vintage Street Market!

Vicki created several wonderful projects using the Vintage Halloween Kit, the Halloween Add-on Kit and the Circus Mini kit which you can see below….

About Vicki:

Hello Everyone! My name is Vicki Chrisman. I live in Nebraska with my husband Dan and our pups, Aly and Molly. We have two grown sons, Weston and Jarad who live within an hour of us. (that makes this mom happy to have them close). I enjoy spending my days creating in my studio, with a beautiful view of the Nebraska country side from my window. When I’m not at home creating, I enjoy teaching paper crafting classes, junking, flea markets, photography, and spending time with my family and pups among other things.

Crafting (of any sort) has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love color, design and working with different mediums, but most of all I love using old things in a new and unique way. Vintage is definitely where my heart is. I have always been drawn to the nostalgic feeling you get when creating art, using simple treasures from years past.

I currently am on Design Teams for Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage, Fancy Pants Designs, Tattered Angels, and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. If you are interested you can read more about my work here. My Resume

You can see more of my work here on my blog

I am so honored to be the first guest designer for “Vintage Street Market”. I had so much fun creating with these kits, and I know you will also!


“There is just something about Vintage Halloween that just makes me Happy! I not only have great Halloween memories of my childhood, but many from when our boys where little. We never spent a lot of money on costumes, which made us have to be pretty creative at times. lol We didn’t get to stay out late , or go to houses past our block..but we sure had fun running back to dump out our candy, and counting the pieces.

It’s funny how things can trigger your memory and take you back so quickly. The minute I pulled the Black Cat and Jack-o-lantern image from this kit I remembered my mom hanging the exact one ( and others similar to it) in our windows in the late 60’s and early 70’s. When I opened this kit and started going through it and looking at all the goodies, it was like dumping out my “grown up Trick or Treat bag”. Only more fun.. and with a lot less calories!”

Addams Family card:

How fun is this! The hardest thing is picking what side to use. (Actually you could alter both sides and switch back and forth). The circle I punched out for a moon, was raised up with some foam squares. A bit of glitter was added to the trees. That little bit of dimension can add so much interest.

Halloween candle jar

Any jar would work fine for this project… even a recycled spaghetti or mayonnaise jar. To cut the oval shape I used a Fiskars template and a swivel blade knife, but any die cutting machine would also work. The oval opening is cut from the base piece that wraps around the jar, and then a smaller oval piece was cut for the word “spooky”. (This leaves a space between the two for the flame of the candle to be seen through). I used the crepe paper to make a ruffled edge around the outside of the large oval cut.(double sided photo tape from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L works great for creating the ruffle.) The Scalloped edge of the paper wrapped around the jar was done with a large decorative scissors. The punched paper pieces inside each scallop were done with a standard hole paper punch. Stickles added for accent.

Domino Photo holder.

Hot gluing magnets to one side of each of the dominos, makes a fun little photo or note holder.

Trick or Treat wall hanging

Oh .. how I love this big black base paper piece to work from. I knew I wanted it to be a wall hanging from the very start. The adorable vintage pumpkin and cat would be the center focus that I worked around, because I think it’s SO cute! I seriously remember having that image and similar window decorations when I was a child living at home. It really brought back fond memories. I used the “Trick or Treat” stamp and a variety of the different patterned papers in the kit to pull it all together. The leaves were also cut from the patterned paper. I used the orange lace to create the flower for the lower left hand corner, using one of the orange and black yo yo’s with a gem brad for the center. See the Recipe Card section for the instructions.  To the top right corner, I added another black and orange yo yo , with a gem brad for the center. Under both the flower and the yo yo, I used vintage tickets tucked under and folded over the edge of the black piece. I finished off my embellishing with a ruffle along the bottom, made from the orange crepe paper, the sequin trim, and the black and orange ribbon across the top.

Witch on a spool

I was thrilled to see a wooden thread spool in this fun kit (the Halloween add-on kit). Using a template, die cutting machine.. (or tracing something the same size that you find in your room), cut a base shape to add your witch image too. (Again, I used foam squares to help mine stand off the cardstock even more) Hot glue to a (painted black), piece of wooden dowel, a stick or pencil, and then glue the other end into the center hole of the decorated spool.

Treat dish

This started a aluminum can in my recycling bin.. and with just a bit of paper and a few stickers.. it became a fun treat dish. It’s as simple as covering the can with paper, and cutting a few triangles for a pennant banner. The triangles were also attached with foam squares for lift and dimension. I cut a scalloped circle that is just slightly larger than the can. It makes the base for the container to set on. (attached with hot glue)

The Witch is In” tag

Oh.. I just couldn’t resist! Lol I think this one will hang on my refrigerator. Machine Stitching with black thread was a fun technique for this tag.


“Living in Nebraska, animals like elephants were not something we saw often, to say the least. I remember as a child thinking … things like the things I saw at the Circus or carnivals were from another world. Growing up in a very small town it certainly seemed that way. Going to something like the carnival was a really Big Deal! It’s funny because of all the unique things we saw at the carnival, like elephants and other exotic animals that I never got to see otherwise, the thing I loved most was the tricks the dogs could do. Funny, how a child’s mind thinks. lol”

Popcorn bag album

The idea of a mini album came to me as I was looking at this super cute popcorn bag.. If was fun and easy to assemble. The first thing you will want to do it fold your bag in the center, then cut a piece of flat chipboard to fit inside the bag (edge to edge). Mark where the center fold needs to be on the chipboard, where the fold in the bag is. Score or cut (partially through) your chipboard, but keeping it in one piece. This will make your album cover sturdy, with a nice fold where the binding of the album is. I cut pages for my album using my book print sheets, the large playing card, the bingo card and the acrylic sheet . I attached them by stitching them all together to the back half of the album. I also created a paper ruffle with the red crepe paper and stitched it to the edge of both the front and back edges of the album. Now is the fun part! Add your photos and bits of all the goodies that come in your kit. I planned out what I wanted for my cover first , and then added my photos and other goodies from there. Adding the plastic standing clowns worked great, because it actually helps the book stand and gives it stability.

Domino Clown

I’ll be keeping this little guy around with these other projects for a fun table decoration for a “theme” party. I added the sequins to the wires to give the feel of ruffles on his sleeves. I used a glue gun to attach the wire and head to the back of the domino, then printed the words, “join the fun” to add to the front of the domino.

Balloon man

I love the look of this guy so much, I decided I was going to leave him open for a number of different decorating purposes. All I did with him was add a small piece of chipboard to make him a base for free standing. I also cut a circle out of red cardstock to stand him on. He would be a great table decoration or cake topper.

Play” card banner

I had fun making this simple game card banner using two of the playing cards and cut pieces of the bingo card. I cut two pieces the same size as the playing cards from the one bingo card. On a white piece of cardstock, I printed out the letters “PLAY” from a free font on my computer. (you could also use letter stamps). I punched each letter out with a circle punch. I then matted them on cardstock and cut around them with a small scalloped scissors. After punching holes in each of the top corners of the cards and stringing the red yarn through them, I embellished with bits of the vintage ephemera and game pieces.

Thank you Vicki!

Thank you for sharing these truly inspirational projects. What you’ve done with the Circus mini kit and Vintage Halloween Kits is simply amazing!

11 Responses to Guest Designer

  1. Jane Harrah says:

    Very cool. Love them all but the very first one is what caught my eye and I never stopped drooling till the end! Great work.

  2. Oh, WOW! Just found out about you and your wonderful kits today–how exciting! I love what Vicki has done with your kits–so much fun, and so inspiring! I love the Halloween kit, of course, but I haven’t seen much in a vintage Circus theme, and I LOVE it!

    So glad to have found you!


  3. Love these projects! The mini album is so cute and bright and Vicki’s Halloween projects are all amazing :)

  4. maria c. says:

    very pretty.

  5. Ola Jaggers says:

    Wow… what amazing samples! I love, love, love the witch on the spool…. I’m drooling over that spool & can’t wait to get my hands on it!!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing & it was very nice ‘meeting’ you Vicki!!!

    okj83 at live dot com

  6. Linh C says:

    These are such cute projects! I really like the Witch on a Spool project. I have lots of old wooden spools that I’ve been thinking about how to use them.

  7. oh vicki’s projects are so stunning- love them all . And your kit is amazing- what a cool new concept- Love it!

  8. Angela Beavers says:

    Wow!!!! Vicki, the projects are so darling. Neat kit to work with and your ideas were stunning! I loved the witch on the spool and the popcorn bag book. Great job!

  9. Lovely PopCorn bag album!
    I want to ask you:Please, could you remember me the glitter pen you use in the CHA SHOW to paint when we did the make and take ? THANK YOU!

  10. Lyla says:

    Love, love, love this paper bag album…..I took my grandchildren to our small town circus this summer and need to get this kit so I can capture these memories. Great job

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