Monday, April 20, 2015

Farm Chicks Blog Hop and Giveaway



Hello, "Peeps!"  Welcome to our Farm Chicks Blog Hop and Giveaway!  I have some wonderful samples to share with you today, all featuring projects made with our fabulous Farm Chicks Digital Art stamps and our Digital Chicken Farm papers.  Sandy released these wonderful new products about a month ago, and the design team fell in love with them.  So we put our heads together and decided it would be fun to host a little "hen party" here on the blog, and invite you to hop along for fun and prizes!

If you haven't seen the new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, you don't know what you are missing.  This is such a great vintage stamp set that works beautifully for masculine and feminine projects alike.  It has awesome potential to be used as home decor, since chickens and roosters are once again all the rage.  And, it could make great place cards, party invites, table decor, and of course...cards!

The Digital Art Stamps Set has 40 "chick"  images and sentiments.  We think you will agree with us, these stamps are really something to "crow" about!

  

Our Chicken Farm paper is such a pretty shade of blue green...just like the beautiful Araucana Chicken eggs.  The paper appears to be deeply embossed, and prints beautifully on your home printer.


 

 Now, let's get to hopping!

I had a blast creating this rooster themed gift ensemble.  You can read how I layered the images and find a link to the tutorial for the gift box on my blog, Kathy by Design.



Darlene Pavlick had so much fun playing with these goodies that she created two cards, one for the hens and one for the roosters.  You can read all about them on her blog, Dar's Crafty Creations.



 Diane Hover used our Chicken Farm paper to make this sunny side up card.  She has all the details on her blog, Nellie's Nest.




 Elizabeth Lincoln's fancy fold card is Grade A Fresh!  Read all the details on her wonderful blog, Paper Pass Times.




Ginny Nemchack went a little French Country with this stylish card done primarily in black and white.  The images in this stamp set are so beautiful, you really don't have to color them unless you just want to.  Get all the details on Ginny's blog, Polly's Paper Studio.



Gloria Stengel created a clean and layered masculine card that really shows off the rooster stamp and the great texture you get when you add the chicken wire stamp.  You can read all about it on Gloria's blog, Scraps of Life.





Melody Clement used stitching and burlap to create the perfect nest for her pretty card.  You can see all the details on her blog, Paper Melody's.



Michele Kovack featured another rooster on a faux barn board and chicken wire background.  I love the bow treatment on this beautifully colored card.  See the details on Michele's Blog, Thoughts of a Card Making Scrapbooker.




Sheila Rumney captured the vintage vibe in this sweet and simple blue card. I just love the Mason jar filled with lace, don't you?  You can read about it on her blog, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography.


Blog Hop Rules and Prize

Be sure to visit each blog in the order listed above, and leave each designer some love, because one of these designers will choose the lucky prize winner, and we don't even know yet which blog it is!  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 22nd, and announced here on Thursday, April 23rd.  When you've visited each blog in the hop and left a nice comment, come back to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog and let us know that you completed the hop.  That's it!  One of you will be chosen to win the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamp Set and the Chicken Farm Digital paper!


Hope your day is "eggstra" special!

Cheerio,
Kathy
Crafty Secrets Design Team Leader

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

3 New Digital Creative Scraps and Fab DT Samples!

Hi Everyone, I had some computer problems but was finally able to add all 3 of the Digital Scraps  that have been turned into 4 page Digital Downloads. You can see the 3 sets below, Garden, Mini Vintage Images and Vintage Photos.

Also, I have a couple of wonderful samples to show you like this beautiful boot by DT Member Darlene Pavlick that she created using our Garden Style Digital Stamp Set. I love the colors so much - I would buy these to wear!

  
 
Some how I missed adding DT Leader Kathy Clements fantastic card she created with the bicycle image from our Typography CD 3. It turned out so great and you can get all the details and see more photos on Kathy's Blog.


We have 3 new Digital Creative Scraps Sets!
 I think the Vintage Photo Scraps is one of my all time favorite Scraps for creating greeting cards as the photos are a mix of cute, funny and sentimental and there are so many fun phrases to pick from.  I will add the download links later today


Here are some sample ideas using the Vintage Photo Scraps. 


Here's the link to the new 4 page Vintage Garden Digital Download for $3.50. I'm excited that the digital download will allow you to print on different mediums and crop and re-size the images. Our double sided Garden Scraps have sold out but some single sided Garden are left for .99 cents (so you get page 1 and 2 printed on cardstock). 


Here are sample ideas that were created with the printed Garden Scraps but I know our DT ladies are excited to have these digital sets and will be creating some inspiring samples. 


Our Mini Vintage Scraps are sold out and have become a 4 page Mini Vintage Digital Download for $3.50  The new addition are the strip of 4 tickets along the bottom. All the images are perfect for creating jewelry like pendants, buttons, charms, card embellishments, ATC and more! The great thing now is you can re-size the images to fit a variety of mini projects and print them on different mediums.

 

 Sample ideas using Mini Vintage Scraps.  Past DT Member Viola Mahr was a co-designer on this set with our designer Cindy van Koll and you can see some of the beautiful samples she created below.


 Here's more samples that were created with this popular set.



PS - You have to check out our new Farm Chicks Blog Hop and Challenge Giveaway!

 Sandy Redburn
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Bellingham, WA 98230

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Blaine,WA 98230
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fabulous Reasonable Ribbon Samples and Our New Store Photos!

Hi Everyone, are doing a cross promotional with Really Reasonable Ribbon and our DT ladies created some beautiful samples for our April Linky Party and today I'm showing off the fabulous samples the RRR Design Team ladies have created!  I also have photos and details about our new store in Bellingham WA and Etsy Store.

I'm so happy that Ginny is on our DT and she's also on the RRR Design Team and she created this super cute Alice pocket to hold a bunch of fun tags using our Wonderland Tea Creative Scraps - on sale for $1.95 now!  You can see all her tags and details here on the RRR Blog.


Really Reasonable Ribbon has such beautiful ribbons and put together such great collections each month. This is the April assortment which the DT ladies used and I just love the colors! It work out to just $9.00 for 14 to 16 yards and includes shipping.


Karen Letchworth used our Sewing CD 7 to create 3 wonderful cards including this one and you can see the others here. I love how she ran the peach ribbon down the side and added the mini spool. You have to see the other cards she made, especially the one using their custom floral rose ribbon!


Heather Hudson made this pretty card using the April Ribbons with a sunflower image from our Flowers Printable Download.


Jenn Cochran made 2 adorable Easter cards including this one using Bunny Hop Digital Stamp Set using a fun bright color palette.


You can see all 3 pretty samples by Teresa Horner and I love how she added the flowers and ribbon on this card so they look like they are in the basket


 Our DT Leader Kathy Clement  designed this pretty altered shadow box as she is also on the RRR Design Team. She used paper and images from our Typography CD 3 (the banner and Happy Thought Bird) as well as the 2 corner images and stamps from our Birds and Blossoms 4 page Download . She has a tutorial on the banner with many more photos and like she says, the best part about using the printable images is you can re-size them to fit all sorts of projects.


 Our Past DT Member Cherry Nelson is on the RR Design Team and she made a stunning baby album using the April Ribbon Pack with our Baby Girl Printable Download.


I had to show you this page as it has one of my my fave baby images with the stork we adapted from an antique baby book.  All the colors Cherry used look so pretty and go together so well.  


Amber Milone created this pretty birthday card using the pink Gerber Daisy from our Flowers Printable Download and the Birthday Blessings sentiment form our Little Blessings Scraps.


Look at this beautiful card Bonnie Garby created also using the robin image from our Flowers Printable Download (on sale for $1.95).  I'm in love with her perfect double bow!


Our DT Member Elizabeth Lincoln created this beautiful birdy card using some of the ribbon with our Sing For Joy Digital Stamp Set. Wow - love how she cut it out!


I also had to share this cute card that Elizabeth made before with our Fishing Buds Clear Stamps (we still have a few sets) that I spotted on the Splitcoast Stampers site. You can see other fabulous cards in the Splitcoast Crafty Secrets Gallery.  Check out Sophie La Fontaine's cute ladybug card.


Don't forget to check out our April Linky Party and you can download the 2 free printables if you join in and post a sample. Plus - you will be eligible to win our $25.00 Digital Gift Certificate (or you can pick $15.00 in mail order).

Okay, I finally have a bunch of photos to show you from the little store our warehouse has moved to in Bellingham WA.  Lyssa my shipper is running the store and shipping our orders from there and it's such a cute store!


Lyssa is also selling jewelry for owner Stacia from Red Barn Jewelry as she is expecting her first baby and her husband was just transferred so they had to move.


Here's Stacia's jewelry which is so pretty


There is a huge assortment of goodies in the store besides our Crafty Secrets items - which are all on clearance for the same price in the store as our online store, plus my antique oak sideboard, mirror stand, table, books, old postcards, letterpress alphabet letters, a bunch of my mom's antique china, glassware and so much more!

As you can see the space is small and we are there until Stacia's lease is up the end of June and then if it's working well Lyssa may lease the store and I will consign stock and items to her.


I love the skinny runway windows and believe it was originally a clothing store.


What is coming next?  We will have a new Hardware Digital Stamp Set next week that is amazing. Also our Garden Scraps, Mini Vintage Scraps and Vintage Photo Scraps are all being turned into Digital Download Items as some Creative Scraps are sold out, very low, or only available in single sided now.

Also, our Etsy Store will be back up and running this week and some old and used items will be added as well as all our regular sale stuff. I'm just in the process of adding items but there are 100's so be patient.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Sandy Redburn

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Surrey, BC V3S 8R4

Visit Our Pop Up Store!
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Phone 360  389-5156 
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Bellingham, WA 98230

USA Mailing Address

250 H. Street, #436

Blaine,WA 98230
Monday, April 6, 2015

April 2015 Linky Party: Anything Goes with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets!


Hello Friends! 
Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party!  We are excited to be partnering with Really ReasonableRibbon  in this fun cross-promotional event that we are calling "Anything Goes with Ribbon."


Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club Collection to add to our projects. 


"Really Reasonable Ribbon is the ribbon source that has been meeting the needs of the crafting community for over 15 years.  We offer a large variety of ribbon in sampler packs and mid-length pieces along with full spools at discount prices. 
 
We offer a wide variety of grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, baker's twine, seam binding, sheer organza ribbon, wired ribbon, gingham ribbon, satin double ruffle ribbon, crochet lace, mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and much more.  Our products are perfect for card embellishments, scrapbooks, hair bows, gift wrapping, sewing and DIY wedding projects to name a few. 
 
Look for free hair bow instructions that will show you how to make adorable hair bows and accessories for your favorite little girl.  You will find new tutorials each month on how to use ribbon in a variety of different projects.  We also feature a new Challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month and we would love to have you play along."

Now, let's see what our talented design team has for you this month!  

I created a lovely little spring shadowbox tray using some of my favorite images from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD #3.  You can find all the details on my BLOG, along with a tutorial showing you how I made the sweet little banner.

 
Darlene Pavlick was inspired to create a lovely bit of home decor with her ribbons and an image from our Garden Printable Sheet.  It's just perfect for Springtime! She has loads of close-up photos and details on how to make the daisies in her tutorial.


Great minds really do run in the same channel, because DT member Diane Hover also made a beautiful wreath using images from Birds and Blossoms.  She will teach you how to make these gorgeous ribbon flowers in her tutorial.  


Have you always longed to spend Springtime in Paris?  Well, Elizabeth Lincoln's project is the next best thing to being there!  She created amazing table decor using our 3-D Eiffel Tower, loads of ribbon and incredible roses!  You can see the beautiful matching place cards and more photos on her BLOG.


You are going to love the beautiful layers and fresh spring flowers that Ginny Nemchak used on her card that celebrates friendship.  She used our Creating with Vintage Patterns CD #1 and several other products that she will link to in her blog post. . She has a great tutorial that will show you how she heat embossed the vintage frame when you visit her BLOG



Gloria Stengel created the most gorgeous springtime card by combining our brand new Birds and Blooms Digital Papers with Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps. Her tutorial will show you how to paint and distress the pretty resin frame.


With Mother's Day right around the corner, Melody Clement created this sweet pastel Mother's Day Card using our new Birds and Blooms Digital papers and our Creating with Vintage Typography CD #3.  I love the soft color palette of this beautiful card!


Michele Kovack is the Queen of Embellishing, and she proves it with the gorgeous bow treatment on this shabby chic delight made with our Little Blessings Creative Scraps.


If you haven't seen our new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, you are in for a real treat.  Shantaie Fowler created such a fun card with a great "vintage fresh" vibe.  I can almost hear those chickens clucking!


We have brand new digital Chicken Farm papers to go along with our Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, and Sheila Rumney combined them beautifully in this great vintage card!


Wow!  That's a whole lotta inspiration!  But if you need even more ideas to get your craft on, Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more great ways to use Crafty Secrets goodies with fabulous ribbon.  

Now it's YOUR turn! 

To play along, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project.  You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.


To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download from this post.  You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. To download, simply right click on the image and save the file to your computer. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month's prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.





This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store!  You can choose from any of our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!




Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to this post no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th.  We'll be hopping by to take a peek at your beautiful creations and leave a nice comment on your blog.  On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month's prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.



 We're so glad you joined us for this exciting cross-promotional with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets.  Go dig into your stash, link up your project and we'll be popping by to take a peek and leave you some bloggy love!  We can't wait to see what you make!

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


Cheerio,

Kathy Clement/DT Leader, Crafty Secrets

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