Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mother's Day Gift and Card Ideas, Sale and Fabulous Free Printables!

Hi Everyone,

I have some great samples, gift and card ideas for Mother's Day, wonderful FREE Printables and more SALE items marked down! Scroll down to see the price reductions.
Some of our past free printables were lost in cyberspace so I'm posting them here and some links as this Blog will be moving to our new site soon. 

Looking for gift ideas for Mother's Day? Do you have a Rock Star Mother, or maybe you are one?  You can create T-shirts using iron on transfer sheets.  I made this T on zazzle.com and used words from our CD 3


I also created a list of Mother's Day Gift Ideas which includes some ideas for having an experience together if you can't think of what to buy.  I'm sorry for any of you who may not have a mom in your life. You can also celebrate any woman you love - including yourself! We are all getting older which means many of our parents are getting very elderly.


Personal gifts are fun and Zazzle.com now lets you custom create 100% cotton tea towels besides a huge array of items!  I made this tea towel by pasting together the 12 x 12" rose paper from CD #1 Creating with Vintage Patterns, then added the words to oval frame from the CD and put it on the rose design. Sure you can buy cheaper tea towels - but not with your mom's name and the fact that you can personalize it with any images!


Here's a Queen Mother T-shirt idea with the same 'Mother' lettering from our CD #3  Typography and the crown is from our Bird Notes Digital Art Stamp Set Download. 
Heads up - all our Medium Digital Sets now $4.95 and all Clear Stamp Sets $5.95 or lower!


 Our Love You Mother CLEAR Art Stamp Set has been marked down to $5.50!  What a deal, while supplies last!  We also have Love You Mother Digital Stamp Set for $4.95. Look at the beautiful samples that have been created with these designs! The words, nest, coupon and silhouette in the digital set are much larger and re-sizeable.


Our Postcard 54 pc Image Sets (no chipboard) are still on sale for $6.95 and include the mini stamp sets - except Christmas only has images and we are low on the Friendship Kit.


Here's some of the New Sale Price Reductions but really all our printed stock is 50% off or more in our craftyvintagegirl.com store, plus we have a free digital gift when you order online, free shipping over $50.00, a free gift with mail orders and if you spend over $75.00 you get a FREE CD! Just tell us which one in the comment box.


Our Free Vintage Rose Poem Printable below is from 2008 and I don't think we will save blog posts from that far back when the Blog moves so I'm re-posting it here. Just left click it until it gets as large as possible and right click it to save to a picture file.


Our Free Printables are a thank you gift to our customers and are for personal use only. Here's another older Free Printable, our Forget Me Nots and Poem from 2010.


The link to this Free Daisy Printable was broken and I couldn't find the image until it popped up recently. This would be fun to color. Do you like big flowers?  I've thought of doing some jumbo digital flower sets.


This is our Free Printable 2011 Crown, which is perfect to print on card stock and create a crown for mom to wear on Mothers Day. You can dress it up with some glitter and bling. 


Here's a sample by Melissa Phillips who reduced the size and used it with our Love Mail Scraps as a faux cup cake topper.

Here's a link to our Free 2013 Mothers Day Hearts Printable from last year and as you can see on the sample I made below there are 2 hearts so you can include the poem on the inside of a card if you like.



This sample is from our 2012 Free Sweet Mom Box Template and the link includes a little tutorial I did on printing labels which is what I put on the bottle and made the candy box.


Here are a few fabulous layouts that may inspire you with an idea for a photo you may have of your mother.  DT Member Sheila Rumney created this LO using paper and designs from our Typography CD 3

Sheila Rumney also created this Mothers layout using our Patterns CD #1.


Past DT Member Victoria Warren Mears created this pretty layout of her as a child with her mom using papers from our Creating With Vintage Pattern CD #1.


Here's a photo I need to scrapbook with my mom and daughters after they took us for Mother's Day Tea last year. 



I hope you enjoyed this tribute to Mothers. Now you can get an early start and may be inspired by an idea you saw today.

I've been working on several new projects and will share some news next week

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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 a site like 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!  Plus, you can use our Ink Farm Discount Code: craftyink and save 15% and get FREE Shipping Forever - every time you order!


6. Print photos on canvas. Here's a photo Scott took of me on Isla Mujeres that 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; you can 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. 

You can also upload photos and artwork to have printed. Costco offers Gallery wrapped canvas starting at $28.99 for 12" x 16" or 14" x 14".


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 you can resize the frames and even squeeze or stretch them to change the shape to be more rectangle or square. 
 


You can also 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.


 I hope you enjoyed these ideas.

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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!

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