Monday, March 2, 2015

Go Green! March Linky Party, DT Challenge & Giveaway!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March 2015 Linky Party, DT Challenge and a great Spring Giveaway!  I think everyone is ready for a little dose of Springtime right about now, so our theme for the design team challenge this month is "GO GREEN!"  We are featuring flowers, green growing things, garden journals, St. Patrick's Day projects or Easter projects this month.  The unifying theme is GREEN.  And just to make the design team put on their thinking caps, we added in an optional challenge of using something recycled or "upcycled" in our projects.  What fun!  I've had a sneaky peek at all the wonderful projects this month, and I know you are going to be thrilled!

Sandy also has a wonderful Spring Giveaway for a lucky winner who will be announced next Monday, March 9/15. To enter just leave a comment and say what your favorites are in this gift pack.



You don't need to follow the theme this month in order to join the Linky Party, but it's always fun when you do.  We make it easy for you to join the festivities by providing you with a free download that you can use to make up your project, if you wish.  Here's the 2 free downloads for this month's party.

This beautiful paper is from our Digital Garden Paper Kit and the sweet little girl is from our Garden Girls Digital Art Stamp Set.  To download, simply click on the image and save to your computer.  We can't wait to see what you make with this month's free gift!

And what fun is a party without prizes?  This month's prize is really fantastic!  One lucky participant will win a wonderful prize pack.  One quick note about prize eligibility: You can use any product or theme you choose to join the Linky Party, but to be eligible to win the prize pack, you must use Crafty Secrets products in your entry.

Now, take a look at the fabulous prize package we have for you this month:

Our digital Garden paper pack with 18 sheets of garden themed designer papers, includes two sheets of seed packet images, vintage garden catalog sheets, a garden maze and beautiful botanical papers.





In addition, you will receive our gorgeous Digital Garden Printables  with 16 ready to print images in a re-sizeable format.   These are some of my very favorite Crafty Secrets images, and I think you will love them, too!

 
And that's not all!  To help you get ready for the Easter Bunny, we will include our darling Bunny Kids Gift Bag and Tag Set.  These would be so cute on the table at your Easter celebration.


That's a prize package that's worth more than $25, so you will definitely want to join in the fun! 

OK...now that the details are out of the way, let's get this party started and see how our design team has met this month's challenge.

We have a lovely guest designer joining us this month.  Karen Letchworth is the blog administrator over at Word Art Wednesday.  Her personal blog, My Cup Runneth Over features Karen's delightful vintage cards and projects.  You'll definitely want to check it out.  Let's meet Karen!


My name is Karen Letchworth, and I'm honored to be Guest Designing this month for Crafty Secrets.  I've been in love with Crafty Secrets for as long as I can remember, and really enjoy working with their sweet products.  I retired from a hospital administration job a few years ago; and now enjoy being a home-schooling Mom, wife of 30 years to a handsome police officer, and spending lots of time in my craft room.  I hope you will stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, and that you will all be sure to play along in this month's Crafty Secrets Linky Party.  I can't wait to see all your sweet Crafty Secrets projects!

  Karen used our beautiful Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts on the focal of her pretty card.  Visit Karen's Blog to see all the details and to get her tutorial on how to use tea stain to add the perfect vintage vibe to your projects.


As DT Leader, I did some serious upcycling by adding paint and texture to a cardboard fruit basket and filling it with decoupaged eggs.  The papers are all from the beautiful Garden Papers Kit and you can see my blog post with the details on how I put this fun project together.

Darlene Pavlick came up with the most creative upcycling project!  I just love this wonderful planter she created using our Digital Garden Papers Kit!  I'm not going to spoil the fun and tell you what she used to make this!  You'll just have to visit her wonderful blog, Dar's Crafty Creations to find out!



Diane Hover from Nellie's Nest wows us once again with this frilly, festive and fun trio of Easter Baskets she created using the  Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps with a great Image Transfer Technique and and Tutorial!  You have to check out her photos to see how the images become semi transparent and blend into the painted pots so well.


Elizabeth Lincoln has a wonderful tutorial on how she created this 12" pillow shaped gift box with this glorious collage featuring our Vegetable Garden Digital Art Stamps!  I am just swooning over the sweet little watering can and garden implements she's added.  You can learn how she pulled it all together on Elizabeth's Blog - Paper Pass Times.


Ginny Nemchak gave a Plain Jane notebook a major facelift by combining these sweet images from our Best Buds  postcard set with papers from our Retro Christmas and Vintage Typography CDs.  She'll show you how she combined all these fabby layers at her Polly's Paper Blog.


 Gloria Stengel made an accordion fold home decor/mini album using some really fun bits of "trash" that she turned into treasures.  She used papers from all our CD's along with our pretty Love Mail Scraps.  If you visit Gloria's Scraps of Life Blog she'll share her tutorial for making this gorgeous bit of home decor and links to all the products she used.

Melody Clement created this super cute Easter Basket using our Adorable Easter Eggs Digital Prints and a stamp from our Spring Chicks Digital Art Stamps.  Take a little trip over to Paper Melody's Blog for all the details.

With Saint Patrick's Day right around the corner, Michele Kovack created a stunning greeting card using an image from Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Booklet and printable papers from the Garden Collection.  Pop over to Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker to get all the insider information on Michele's beautiful card.


If you've always wondered where the Easter Bunny lives, well, Shantaie Fowler has the inside scoop!  She created this wonderfully whimsical bunny village using our Double Sided Papers and Spring Bunnies Digital Art Stamps.  Hop on over to Shantaie's Inking Pink Blog to learn what surprising item she used as the base for her bunny houses.




Doesn't this gorgeous bottle look as though it came straight from a Victorian lady's dressing table?  Sheila Rumney used the jeweled butterfly and some pretty roses from our CD#2 Creating With Vintage Illustrations and shows how to add script writing from the Artsy Banner set behind the roses, erase parts and create an altered label.  Check out her Photoshop tutorial at Shelia Rumney Design and Photography.

Check Out the New Lower Sale Prices! 

Sandy has slashed prices again on all warehouse stock and there are so many fabulous deals! So if your wish list has been larger than your pocketbook, now is a great time to build up your crafty stash and save some serious money!

 


Now it's YOUR turn!  Simply create a NEW project featuring CRAFTY SECRETS products and link it up below before midnight PT, Sunday, March 15th and you could be the winner of our wonderful prize package this month.   We'll be hopping by to take a look at your wonderful creations, and we just can't wait to see what you make.The prize winner will be announced here on Tuesday, March 18th...and don't be surprised if we share some of your creations on our Facebook Page or even on the blog!  Now go get your craft on and link a project using the Linky Tool below:

On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!

PS - Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into our Spring Giveaway!

Cheerio, Kathy

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Monday, February 23, 2015

My Fairy Grad Mother Story, a Notebook Tutorial, Gift Boxes and Challenge Link

Hi Everyone,  I have some great samples and links to share as well as a little story to tell about the incredible day I had yesterday being a 'Fairy Grad Mother' at the Princess Project Event which has helped 100's of less fortunate girls be totally outfitted for their upcoming graduation for the last 6 years. Many of these girls come from foster homes or their parents are struggling and out of work and it was so incredibly moving to see how they all became a fairy princess for the day and were so excited and appreciative!


My sister Wendy told me about it and we both volunteered this weekend helping with set-up and training on Saturday and on Sunday we were each assigned a girl to help outfit with a dress, then pick out shoes, jewelry, a purse, shawl and then take her to the makeup and hair studio they had set up on site. Then they have photos taken and are given a goody bag. The entire thing is run by volunteers and several people and companies donate all of the items and their time. Two of my daughters still had their grad dresses and donated them. The event has grown to include girls from several areas.       I was assigned the sweetest girl who was utterly amazed with everything she received. There were many happy tears and smiles and I want to volunteer every year! I'm posting the story in case anyone is inspired to do a similar event in their area.


I wanted to show you this a pretty notebook style memo pad below and have you check out  DT Member Kathy Clement's Tutorial to Make Your Own Memo Pad.  She printed paper designs from our Typography CD3 and explains how she printed on canvas paper and stitched it up in no time at all.

We are sponsors for the 613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge and DT Member Darlene Pavlick is also on their design team and she created this pretty card using our Victorian Floral Easter Eggs.   You have to check out the link and see the other cute samples made with our Easter digital stamps

 DT Member Diane Hover created these gorgeous little gift boxes and gift tag using paper from Illustrations CD 2 on the bottom box and the quilt paper from our Sew Decor CD #7 on the top and the tag is from our Birds and Blossoms 4 page digital set. You can see the boxes and all the details on Diane's Blog - Nellies Nest NOTE: We found about 40 sheets of the old Single Sided Birds and Blossoms and they are on for $1.25.



A Reminder - Our March Linky Party and DT Challenge is coming up Mon., March 2/15 plus we are having a Spring Fling Giveaway so come back to check out the samples and DT Tutorials and be sure to enter the Giveaway I will post.

Wishing you joy and creativity  
Sandy Redburn

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

We're featured in 2 Books , New Items Added and Coming!

Hi Everyone,

I was thrilled to receive 2 new books in the mail from artist Marie Browning who used some of our stamp sets in them. Marie is the best selling author of over 30 craft books with over 2 million books in print! She lives on Vancouver Island and I've been lucky to get together with her at shows and she loves our stamp designs and created some wonderful samples in her new books Brush Marker Magic and Pencil Magic!  These books are filled with an array of coloring tips and techniques and are just $9.95 on amazon.

Marie used both Clear and Digital Stamp Sets and now the most of the Clear Sets have sold out but all our Digital Stamp Sets can be printed and colored with markers or pencils, plus the designs are larger and can be re-sized.  In the Brush Marker book Marie used our Dahlia Stamp Set, the Rose and Sunflower Stamp Set as well as Button Up Digital Set and Home Sweet Home Set.In the Pencil Magic Book Marie made cards with our Scarecrowm Tin Man and Lion from our Wizard of Oz set, which are all available now in as a Digital Stamp Set and I love that the designs are larger but you can re-size, flip and edit them.


We found some Dahlia Clear Stamp Sets but they are almost sold out, so the link above won't last too long.  I have the Digital Dahlia and Rose Stamp Sets ready to upload but I came across an amazing Dahlia etching in an old book that I want to add and decided to do it for our Rose Digital Stamp set as well. In fact here are several Digital Stamp Sets we are working on right now that I'm adding some bonus designs to.

I found more packages of wood knobs in 1 of our show boxes and I've marked them all down to $1.50 which is a great deal for solid wood knobs. They are 1.5" wide with 6 knobs per package and holes drilled. You can use KS


 They can be painted, stained or decoupaged and you can see a decoupage tutorial I did here.

Here are some of the knobs that Vicki Chrisman decoupaged images on from our CD #3


Look at this adorable card DT Member Member Ginny from Polly's Paper made using our Farm Fresh Creative Scraps.  I like how Ginny used some of the printable paper from our Halloween CD and made it work perfectly for this country card.


Our Farm Fresh Scraps have really charming images country style images and they are all on sale for $1.95. Some people hate that they are double sided but they use to be single sided and cost $3.50. Plus you can use them as double sided tags or in window cards.

We also found about 35 sheets of SINGLE SIDED Birds and Blossom Scraps and they are on sale for $1.25.


 Look at this adorable card by DT Member Michele Kovack she created with our Bedtime Kids Digital Stamp Set. I'm really happy with the way this 55 piece set turned out and our DT have created so many great samples!


Our New Printable FREE GIFT when you place an order in our CraftyVintageGirl.com store is this set of pretty pastel papers. Just add them to your shopping cart for free until March 1/15.


  Finally, I made a little Sale Sign with the new lower prices.

 PS - Congrats to #9 Sierra who won our February Linky Party and a big thanks to everyone who joined in and posted the 23 fantastic samples! Sierra won the Valentine Kit plus any large set as a bonus and everyone else received the free image and paper, plus a bonus Spring Printable Set.

Wishing you joy and creativity Sandy Redburn

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February Linky Party Winner, DT samples and SALE

Hello, Friends!

I'm just popping in very quickly today to announce the winner of our February Linky Party.  We had some great entries this month, and it was exciting to have some brand new players join us as well.  Many of you used the free downloadable images to create beautiful projects, and I thought I would share a few here as inspiration.  But before I do that, I know you all want to know who won this month!  Drumroll, please....

...and the winner is: #9!!!  Sierra Winters!  Sierra used our sweet Valentine girl image to create a lovely little gift box:


Isn't it darling?  Sierra, Sandy will be contacting you with a code you can use to receive your prize package: the entire Vintage Valentine Digital Kit, and if I know Sandy, she'll throw some other yummy goodies in there, too!  Sierra has a lovely blog called Sierra's Gift: My Place to Share and I'm sure she'd love it if you stopped by to pay her a visit!  Thanks for playing along, Sierra!  We hope you will become a regular participant in the Linky Parties, as we just love your work!

Now, for some Design Team Inspiration.  I think everyone I know is hunkered down in their crafty space waiting out this stormy, cold winter.  I know I have been...and I would truly have cabin fever if it weren't for my crafty goodies. 


Kathy was guest designer at Word Art Wednesday last week where she shared this cute card made from the Homemade Vintage Booklet.  Sandy generously sponsored the challenge there last week.  Don't you just love these rascally boys in their chef's caps?  They look like they are ready to stir up some fun!


DT Member Sheila made this beautiful card using images from our Digtal Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps.  Now that these are digital, you can size them any way you need them, which gives you so much more versatility. 

 Ginny made this fabulous card using images and papers from our Typography CD.  I just love the way she's layered all the different papers and used a doily to make those chickens just pop off the page!


 Using our Victorian Easter Eggs as a card focal is such a great idea!  Dar added some sweet details and a little light distressing to make this gorgeous card!


This card from Diane is like a much needed dose of springtime!  She combined our wild roses digital paper with this cheeky bird from Birds and Blossoms Scraps.  Adding that crown and gorgeous handmade flower along with the cheery bow and pom poms really makes this card a winner! 



 I always love Shantaie's fresh approach to vintage.  This adorable tag is just loaded with texture and fun embellies.  She used our Digital Valentine Kit and fun little calendar pieces from our Calendar Seasonal Scraps.



This divine shabby chic card from DT Member Melody uses layers and layers from our Love Mail Scraps.  I love the light distressing and hand made roses on this pretty, pretty card!

If you're looking to add some new supplies to your crafty stash, you might want to check out the amazing sale Sandy has going on in the store right now.  Take a look at all the goodies that are on sale!


Many of these items are the last ones available, as Sandy moves out of her warehouse and goes completely digital.  There are so many wonderful products available here, and if you're like me, you'll want to stock up!  Make the most of your indoor time and create something beautiful to lift your spirits.  Before you know it, spring will be here!

Thanks for stopping by!

On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!

Cheerio,
Kathy Clement/DT Leader, Crafty Secrets
Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY Banana Art, Creative Love Ideas, Free Printables, Our $2.95 Image Booklets

Hi Everyone, I'm excited to share some fun ideas today like my 'banana art', which I saw a couple of years ago and finally tried it for the first time yesterday. It's much easier than I expected and so fun for leaving love notes and doodles. Bananas will never be safe in my house again! I have a little tutorial as well as other ideas and links for expressing love - plus a reminder you have 1 week left to enter our Feb Linky Party (with free Valentine printables for players) and Image Booklet photos.



Decide on a design you want to use in words, an image or both. Take a piece of paper and press it on a banana to get an idea of how big you can make your design, keeping in mind you can have words or a design wrap around the banana.  Print it out or freehand draw it on white paper. Cut it out and tape it securely to a banana as shown below. Tip: if you decide to freehand, you could write words or draw right on the banana - but I can't write this pretty (it was originally from a 1800's valentine) and I always thought it's what I would use if I ever got a tattoo. Instead I opted for a banana tattoo!  



Gee, mine doesn't really look that secure but I used shipping tape to tape it down and all of the design was flush with the banana skin. I used the new Cherish Digital Set which will be added to our online store by morning  and on introductory special for $7.95. The digital sizes are larger than the Clear Cherish Stamp Set.

Then use a needle or safety pin to carefully poke tiny holes through the paper all along your design. You can see some of my pin holes in the photo above. I lifted the paper away twice to check progress. The photo below was taken as soon as I removed the paper, so it doesn't take long to start oxidizing and turning brown.

As you can see below the pin holes get darker and eventually become black after a few hours. I should have taken another photo but I'm impatient and went up to my office. It took me about 15 minutes to complete the design, it was easier than I expected and now I want to play with bananas!


 I first saw the banana tattoo idea a couple of years ago on Instructables and they have a great video and did this cool Cat in the Hat which any kid would love to have in their lunch box.


I also love this Marilyn banana by Stephan Brusche but you would have to peel her 'skirt' up just before serving.


Below is my previous List of 32 Creative Ways to Say I LOVE YOU which I revised and have  adding some links.  #2 Photofunia is amazing and free! ; #5 My Banana Art Tutorial ;
#6 Post It Note Template-Tutorial#10 Apple Voice Recorder Free App#12. Iron on Transfer Tutorial  ;    #13. Love Coupons in Our Digital Valentine Kit#16 Dry Erase Love Frame Tutorial #17 Ten Reasons to Love You Free Printable#20. Vellum Candle Wrap Tutorial ;
#23 Art Magnet Tutorial  ;   #24 Love Theme Food  ;  #29 Mini Heart Album  


I'm adding this older Free Printable Valentine Wish Card here as so many of the links were no longer valid from the 2011 post. Just click it on until it gets as large as possible with the left side of your mouse and then right click on it to save to your computer. For personal use only please. 

 DT Member Darlene Pavlick designed this cool collage card for a vintage challenge using our 4 page Bird and Blossoms Digital Download. This is such a popular seller we need to create more bird printables!

DT Member Sheila Rumney made this pretty spring friendship card also using images from our Digital Birds and Blossoms 4 page Download.


DT Member Diane Hover made this fabulous set of Valentine  cards for a friend using our Digital Valentine Kit and the best part is she won't ever use up her favorite image or paper, she can make them every year!

 If you are not aware, I'm going digital and selling off all printed stock and it's all further marked down including all 9 titles of our Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklets now $2.95 and as I had 3500 to 5000 of any title re-print at different times I have several cases of some titles and can offer great quantity discounts on cases of 144 of a single title. Duh - after all these years I finally pulled them apart and took photos of all of the 32 inside pages fanned out.








 


 
 


 Whew - finally at the end but please take time to check out our Febuary Linky Party and DT Challenge if you haven't. It runs for 1 more week, there are some fabulous projects, plus you can download free Valentine images and paper if you join in and I'm adding extra goodies to the prize pack!

Wishing you joy and creativity
Sandy Redburn

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