Cathe Holden


This month we welcome Cathe Holden to Vintage Street Market. We are so excited to have Cathe share her talents with us using the Patriotic Vintage Banner kit, Patriotic Vintage kit and Dimestore Vogue. Lots of inspiration here!!!

About Cathe:

Cathe Holden is a graphic designer and avid crafter with a passion for authentic vintage style showing through in both. Her blog, JustSomethingIMade.com features her innovative craft projects & tutorials, creative inspiration and an enormous amount of freebies in the form of digital downloads. She lives in beautiful Petaluma, California among the dairies and vineyards with her husband, Jeff, and three teenage children.

Parade Rosettes


To begin making this playful and patriotic home decor item, Cathe used the vintage bingo card and Linen Tinted Tape to create the pennant bunting around the edge of the wagon.

For this rosette, Cathe used the red foil sheet found in the  Party Games paper kit.  She scored it into an accordion fold, pinked the edges and fanned it around to create the base.  A vintage blue reflector, vintage ribbons and a vintage presidential seal create the focal point.

For this rosette, Cathe repeated the red foil base, but used a vintage bingo card to trim it. A silver vintage reflector and a vintage ribbon bow in the center create the background for another vintage seal. Before punching the center book paper, Cathe applied a layer of Mod Podge to make it a bit stiffer.

On this last rosette, Cathe used a red vintage reflector as the base, and made a ribbon “tail” from one of the vintage game cards. The fringe was created from a vintage Password game card. Per Cathe, the trick for the fringe is to keep all in tact along one side, about 1/8 – 1/4″ and tape that edge to keep slits from tearing through to the edge, and then fan out. Blue tinsel adds a little more sparkle to the center.

With extra vintage scraps from the kit, and Tinsel Sparklers, Cathe made some fun tags. Wouldn’t these be cute attached to a bag of star shaped cookies, or a hostess gift for a 4th of July BBQ?

Dimestore Vogue Journal

The transformation of this vintage album is just amazing!

Cathe used the printed sheets from Dimestore Vogue to revamp the cover of the album, and applied the papers with a spray adhesive. Linen Tinted Tape also created a seal along the edges of the spine and inside.

To further decorate the cover, Cathe adhered the die cut ribbon spool image onto a real ribbon spool and extended the ribbon for extra dimension. The corner of the packaging makes for a terrific pocket on the inside! The Dimestore Vogue die cut tickets were cut down and threaded to resemble spools.

For the dimensional button card, Cathe punched holes into button cut-outs with a thick needle, and threaded each button with tiny bits of wire. Adhesive foam dots were used to elevate the buttons on the card. Per Cathe, she was careful to keep each  image with shadows in the same direction (“I think that’s really important as the eye can tell when shadows are wonky.”)

Cathe trimmed out the tape measure from the printed paper, covered in Linen Tinted Tape, and  folded two sections loosely to resemble a longer tape measure. She used a ribbon crimp on the end. Cathe also re-purposed the plastic window from the packaging, and sewed a clear pocket from one of the packaging sections to hold the extra die cut pieces to use elsewhere in the journal.

These stacked tags are so clever! To create this, Cathe spliced one of the button cards along the lines, adhered a piece of paper to the back along the inside edges, and created stacking pockets for the hang tags. The title die cuts also make great tabs, and the die cut ladies act as bookmarks.

Thank you again Cathe for joining us at Vintage Street Market and sharing these super creative projects with us!

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7 Responses to Cathe Holden

  1. Cari Cruse says:

    Wonderful creations! :)

  2. Noreen says:

    Dime stores were my very favorite place to shop – or just browse! What inexpensive treasures you could find. I even worked in one for a few years. I was really sorry to see them go.

  3. Kally Walcott says:

    This is so wonderful — I would love to do something like this for a special friend who is a wonderful dressmaker in Memphis Tennessee. I sew too and love all the vintage items. Could I chat with you about getting started. Thank you Cathe.

  4. Berta says:

    Great patriotic banners & rosettes! Thanks for sharing Cathe’s great ideas. I love her blog! She shares the greatest freebies!

  5. Cat says:

    Great job, Cathe. I love the rosettes!

  6. VSM + JSIM?!!?? Oh heavens! It’s a perfect match!

  7. Jeannine says:

    I love the clever way Cathe put together all the sewing notions to alter this book. Really a great look.

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