Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Love You Mother Clear Art Set $5.50 Sale

Hi Everyone,

Our Love You Mother Clear Art Stamp Set has been marked down to $5.50!  What a deal, while supplies last!  


I will be back and add all the samples here Wed; April 15.

Thanks for your patience
Sandy
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Flea Market Show, Pretty DT Samples and Linky Winner!

Hi Everyone, 

We went to the Vintage and Revamped Market Show in Cloverdale, BC on Saturday and enjoyed it so much I took a bunch of photos to share today and include with our Design Team's latest creations and our lucky April Linky Winner.  I will do my big Mother's Day Post Tuesday as no room to fit it in here. 



Everyone who enters our Linky Parties (first Monday each month) receive a $6.00 coupon and 1 lucky random.org winners gets a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate. This month congratulations goes to #4 Theresa who entered 3 projects. Note: you can enter up to 4 samples and increase your odds of winning but it's only one $6.00 coupon per person.

What did I buy at the Show?  Silver plated teapots and earrings made from cutlery. Our youngest daughter Chelsea is getting married this Sept and her 2 best friends Brenda and Kristy have started a wedding consulting business www.aydaproductions.com so I grabbed these 3 silver teapots to hold flowers for Chelsea's wedding and for Brenda and Kristy to use.  $40.00 for all 3 = $13.50 each.  I polished them up for this photo, now imagine them filled with roses and greenery for an outdoor wedding!


I'm smitten with gold and brown tones lately but I still love silver and fell for these dainty earrings that Tom creates from vintage silverware.  For $15.00 I felt they were a great early Mothers Day gift from Scott and he was there to approve. I love that Tom includes the name of the pattern and year. He must have made these from tiny dessert or cocktail cutlery as they are so dainty.


Mixed media artist and teacher Linda Lock  was there with some beautiful painted furniture and info on painting classes she offers in her seaside studio store in White Rock BC.  I took painting classes from Linda about 15 years ago and can promise she is a fantastic teacher, plus she now offers a line of great home decor paint and design stencils.


At the Nostalic Nest booth I fell in love with this seaside oil painting but Scott was not into  it and no matter what I said I couldn't convince him that $75.00 was a good value for an original oil in a vintage window frame.  Anyways, I want him to love what ever comes into our house so I passed on it but looking at it now makes me a little sad.  Does anyone else love this painting or am I nuts??


I also wanted to buy this sassy table for our middle daughter Holly who just moved to a cute house and loves champagne.  It already sold and I was already over my budget so I took a photo to show her I thought of her.

I can't find the name for this booth below that was on the far left wall but I loved their workmanship and creative imagination!  Both of these desks were so unique, one crafted from an old printers drawer and the other from vintage yardsticks and both on old sewing machine bases.


MonicaStacy.com had some beautiful pieces. Check out this stylish black cupboard below with the decoupage poster of the Eiffel Tower.


This dresser by Debra's Originals was really striking and it was sold and gone the next time we walked past. I was so impressed with her gold script freehand writing.


If you click on the photo you can see how the writing is actually 3D and I think Debra did it with a gold leaf overlay. It was beautiful!


Okay, now onto some fabulous samples by our Design Team ladies! 

DT Member Kathy Clement has been delving into mixed media and playing with all sorts of painting, inking and distressing techniques and explains step by step what she used and did to create this altered art canvas.  You have to see Kathy's close up photos to see how she curled and distressed papers to achieve great layers of antique vintage charm. The papers, banner, bingo card, postcard, etc are all from our Typography CD # 3


DT Member Vicki Chrisman posted these pretty blue frames and added some of our Printable Eggs and  Vicki also used our Spring Bunnies Digital Stamp Download to make some cute plant pokes, or add to a basket or use as a cake topper.


We have 3 Digital Easter Egg Downloads and if you missed the Stitched Eggs Vicki made  with the Adorable Set you should check them out.


 DT Member Darlene Pavlick used this botanical rose from our Garden Printable Download and curled and distressed the edges to create this pretty Mother's Day card with vintage flair.

DT Member Sheila Rumney used papers and a rose from Sew Decortaive CD # 7, along with the 'Birthday Wishes' stamp from our Digital Garden Girls Download to create this E-card and Tutorial  using Photoshop Elements. The flower is all cut out, so once you learn how to crop, paste and layer, you can create a card quickly to email for a friends birthday. I love Sheila's TIP: save a PSD file so you can return anytime and quickly make changes to suit a new occasion.


Look at this adorable Feel Better card that DT Member Elizabeth Lincoln made using our Feeling Yucky Digital Stamps with paper and cherries from CD #1 Creating with Vintage Patterns. I love how she added Diamond Glaze to the cherries and made cherry cough syrup for the spoon!  Duckie inside card are from


 Lastly, look at Mrs Bunny by DT Member Cherry Nelson


I will be back tomorrow with a Mother's Day post filled with inspiring samples and links to freebies

Thanks so much for your support and feedback, it's truly appreciated!
 
Sandy Redburn
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Friday, April 11, 2014

14 Ways to Add More Art to Your Home on a Budget

Hi Everyone,

 I thought it would be fun to show a bunch of ways you can add more 'ART' to your home with out breaking the bank. What is art?  Websters description below defines it as "something that is created with imagination and skill that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings'. That sums it up nicely, except sometimes art can be so simple yet beautiful and may not require any great skill. 


1.Follow your heart to find art.  I like to have things in my home that make me happy and one of my favorite quotes is by designer William Morris who's motto was “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful"- 1834”.  You may find art in a design you love in a dish or on a T-shirt, it  doesn't have to be limited to traditional applications. This is an obscure record album cover from the 70's my husband Scott loved so I framed it about 35 years ago and it still makes us happy.  


2. Get your favorite art on canvas. One of our favorite artists over the years has been Micheal Sowa who often paints quirky animals like this bunny getting dressed. Scott bought this poster for me as a gift about 25 years ago and we had transferred to canvas which transformed it into a piece of art!   It looks like Allposters.com sells a 20" x 28" poster for $26.99, or as a canvas print for $155.99 but you should always search for coupons from any major retailers first on retailmenot.com as they have 25% to 30% OFF coupons  for Allposters.com.


3. You don't need to frame canvas prints. We recycled a frame for the bunny print above but you don't have to frame canvas prints. You can have the print wrapped around the wood stretcher frame (you will loose some of the image) or the sides are often left white or painted black. Below is Sowa 'poster on canvas' unframed that I had on my 'want' list for ages. Every time I look at this little pig diving I am reminded to take a leap and go for it!


4. Print our vintage illustrations yourself. It isn't hard and you can print on canvas and watercolor sheets with a ink jet or laser printer. DT Member Vicki Chrisman used CD 2, Creating With Vintage Illustrations to create this wall art below  and printed it on canvas.

5. Save money on printer ink. We have been using quality non generic ink from the Ink  Farm for 3 years, have saved a bundle and love it!  Plus, you can use our Ink Farm Discount Code: craftyink and save 15% and get FREE S&H Forever - every time you order!


6. Print photos on canvas. Here's a photo Scott took of me on Isla Mujeres I printed on canvas and used our stamps to stamp the red designs. Our Flourishes Stamp Set is digital now so to get the same effect; paste them digitally on the photo in red before printing on canvas. Then I used my staple gun to mount it on a wood frame from the dollar store.


7. Play and create an altered art board! You can get really creative and add plaster with stencils, stamps, paints, ephemera, photos and all sorts of mixed media to a canvas. Vicki used our Digital Bird Note Stamp Set on left side and layered it with laces, twigs and a nest.  The Bird  on the right is from our Altered Fairy Scraps.


8. Recycle junk into artistic functional pieces.  With a little imagination you can transform old tins, boxes, drawers, suitcases, furniture and more into functional and artistic pieces using copies of your favorite images with Mod Podge or a medium like Golden Acrylic Gel.  If you have an ink jet printer you just need to give your printed paper a spray of Krylon Sealer before you wet it with liquid.  Vicki sprayed papers from CD 3 with Krylon Sealer before decoupaging them on these old drawers someone tossed out and she turned into shelves.



Old drawers can be made into wall shadowboxes or end tables to display a collection, storage shelves, dog beds, a jewelry holder, window boxes, bulletin boards and more.  


 9. Little by little improve your collection. I grew up going to rummage sales and thrift stores with my mom (we still go) and learned early if I saw something better or prettier than what I owned I would buy it if I could sell mine for as much or close to. I've been doing this for so many years with everything from small appliances to dishware, furniture to art everything we own has improved.  I bought this beautiful frame at a garage sale a few years ago and still haven't found the right piece for it so I just display art inside it like these tiles I distressed. I do need to practice the Get Rid of Unloved Stuff Rule more!



10. Display your kid's or friend's art.  You can often find ornate frames at thrift stores with cheap tacky art and the frame can be painted and you can add cork board or chalk paint to the backing board, or pull it out and add chicken wire or string a 'clothes line' to display your children's artwork or show off cards or artwork a friend has made.


11. Get your favorite photos enlarged and framed. You can find inexpensive used frames to begin a eclectic mix of framed photos on a wall or visit a store like Ikea. I had these photos enlarged a few years ago at Costco and was amazed at how inexpensive it was and the perfect photos for our upstairs bathroom.

12. Create lanterns, shades and candle wraps by re-printing layouts and designs at a smaller size on thin copy paper or vellum like the Thanksgiving layout I added to the lantern below or images to create a Halloween lantern next to it.  You can wrap around glass jars and tie with raffia or add a little adhesive. The flowers are cut from paper on CD 3 and glued to a branch.


13.  Add art to fabric and pillows using images from our CD's and Digital Downloads. We have 7 CD's now and each one is packed full of designs and papers you can create with using iron-on transfer paper or transfer pens.




14. Create some fridge art.  Clean up the mess on your fridge and create Art Frame Magnets to organize schedules, shopping lists, display children's art work, family photos with style. All of the frames I used here are from our CD #1 Creating With Vintage Patterns.



I used Photoshop Elements to make the samples above and I want to show you how you can easily adjust the color of the frames. You just need to go under Enhance, Adjust Color and Color Variations and the next window will pop up that you see below.


You can see the original frame on the far left side and I clicked on 'Increase Blue' and you can see the result on the right side and a preview of other color variations. Just be sure to save any new colors with a new name to keep your original.


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Don't forget there are only 2 days left to enter any projects in our April Linky Party you have created and receive a $6.00 Gift Card. Plus, 1 lucky random.org winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Card!

Watch for my next post this Monday on Mothers Day!

Thanks so much for your support and feedback, it's truly appreciated!
 
Sandy Redburn
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Welcome to Our April Linky Party, DT Challenge and 3D Shadow Box Frame Kits

Welcome to our April Linky Party and DT Challenge! Please check out the cool projects our Design Team Ladies have each created and we would love for you to join in our Linky Party and win a Gift Certtificate!  See details at the end.



Vicki Chrisman


  





When I saw that Elizabeth Lincoln was using one of Vicki Chrisman's 3D Shadow Box Frames in this challenge with our printable Baby Girl Card 99 cent Download, I remembered we found some extra frames in a box of show stock and have added them to our CraftyVintageGirl.com Store.  Vicki designed these Frames as dies for AccuCut a few years ago and we helped and received a Die so are able to cut and sell them. You can also ask your local store if they have either die as they are popular.

I've always had the idea to make a cut on the inside base of one of the the frames so you could slide a figure along - like my niece who wants to be a ballerina. So many photos would be fun like a child skating or running, a couple kissing or dancing. I'm just mad that my video won't load here!  You will have to imagine Arissa dancing across the 'stage' with Otis.


DT Member Vicki Chrisman is the designer and she has a step by step Video showing how to put the frames together . There are 2 styles with a Landscape and also a Portrait Style Design shown below decorated with our Altered Fairy Scraps.


Here is another Portrait Style Vicki made with a photo of her mom as a young girl on the farm and embellished it with our Farm Scraps.


This Portrait style frame was decorated with stamps as well as our Bird and Blossom Scraps


 Vicki made this wedding Landscape Style Frame using poem from our Card Sentiments (now digital) accents from French Mail, paper is now a 99 cent download Pair of Classic Damask Blues.
Here's a link in case you missed my Free Easter Images and Healthy-Fun Easter Treats and after I found a photo I missed adding and love these cream cheese stuffed Tulips made with a bouquet of cherry tomatoes and green onion stems.


Okay,  now its your turn to enter our April Linky Party and post any sample you have created using any of our products.  Every person will receive a $6.00 coupon and 1 lucky random.org winner will get a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Card!  You have until 12:05 PM April 17/14 to enter. Sorry, only one $6.00 coupon per person but you can enter up to 4 samples and increase odds of winning the big prize. Don't be shy!





Also, thanks so much for your support and feedback, it's truly appreciated!
 
Sandy Redburn
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Easter Printables, 17 Healthy Easter Treats and Fab Spring DT Samples!

Hi Everyone,

I've been so busy I haven't posted in a while so I have a bunch of great things to share today including our New 2014 Easter Printable - plus a bunch of older freebies (that may not be transferred when the Blog moves to our new site later this month). Plus I have17 great Healthy Easter Treat Ideas I started collecting last year and some fabulous Spring samples by our Design Team!  Also Congratulations to #44 Dana Norris who won our Spring Giveaway.  Don't forget this Monday is our Linky Party and DT Challenge (see details at end)


Below are links to the above food ideas to celebrate Spring and Easter and make life more fun!  Most are easy and much healthier than eating a bunch of high calorie sugar filled treats.  If you want to dye eggs or food, try natural dyes as even Dr. Oz gives food coloring a bad rap with links to ADD.  Yep, I'm a health food nut and also have a Pintrest Board  Yummy Healthy Food Recipes & Ideas.

1.  Birdy Sandwich Plate
2.  Bunny Bread Bowl for Dip
3.  Fruit Flower Ideas
4.  Easy Bunny Rolls
5.  Bunny Pancakes
6.  Chocolate Bran Nests
7.  Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
8.  Baby Carrots in Hummus Pots
9.  Pastel Devilled Eggs 
10. Cinnamon Bunny Bread
11. Bunnyand Chick Dinner Rolls
12. Fried Rabbit Egg
13. Veggie Rainbow Plate
14. Carrot Cheese Ball
15. Veggie Carrott
16. Natural Recipes to Dye Food
17. Egg Chicks

I usually post Free Printable Images as a thank you gift each season and below is our 2014 Free Easter Printable (for personal use only please). I wanted to keep this cute lamb free of words so it can be used for a child's birthday card or room decor project as well. Simply left click on the image and right click it to save to a picture folder.  It's 4" x 5" at 300 dpi, so you can easily change it to 200 dpi and it will be 6" x 7.5"


Below is last years Free Easter Printable and you can see a great door sample plaque Vicki Chrisman recently created using this image on a faux silver tray on her Blog. 


Here's another past Free Easter Printable with cute kids.


A Printable April Poem

Look at the sweet faces on these children singing below on this past Easter Printable

Here's a poem I posted with the music above back in 2009


This is one of our oldest Easter Printables from 2008, before I knew how to repair damaged images but I fixed this one and cleaned it up. 


See sample below showing this poem reduced down and printed to create a tiny book

Way back in 2008 we ran a contest with the angel image and this was the winning entry buy Joanne North from the UK and you can see the others.

Okay, now I have some new samples by our DT Ladies to share. Leader Kathy Clement made this sweet card using an image from our Easter Postcard Set,


I love this adorable and clever idea that DT Member Michele Kovack used to make an 'egg frame' and add create chicken legs to hold it up. Michele used one of the cute digi stamps from our Bunny Hop Set.


DT Member Darlene Pavlick created this pretty Garden Lady Birthday card using an image from our 2 page Garden Printable Set.


DT Member Elizabeth Lincoln created this stunning card using a blade to cut this image from our Easter Floral Blessings Set

Elizabeth also designed this cool gate fold card and decorated it with our Pixie Dust Digital Set.  You can see the gate open inside the card on her blog


DT Member Cherry Nelson created an adorable mini Baby Album and used our Baby Girl Stamp Set, an image from our Little Blessings Scraps and some of our Printable Papers.


 Please join us this Monday, April 7th for Design Team Challenge and April Linky Party. You can enter any sample you have created using our products and each person recieves a $6.00 gift card and 1 lucky random.org winner get a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Card!
Even if you don't enter, come check out all the great DT Tutorials and samples!

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  Thanks so much for your support and feedback, it's truly appreciated!
 
Sandy Redburn
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