Monday, October 5, 2015

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart: October 2015 Linky Challenge and Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!

It's the first Monday in October and time for a new Linky Challenge and Blog Hop.  Fall is in full swing, Halloween is coming up fast, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  With that in mind, the theme for this month's challenge and Blog Hop is "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart."  We challenged the design team to create a hostess gift, card, wall hanging, mixed media project, altered art or mini album with a Thanksgiving/Thankfulness theme.   I've had a sneak peek of all the different projects, and I can tell you, there's some fabulous inspiration coming your way in today's post.

But before we get started with the hop, we have to announce the winner of our Halloween giveaway.  We had asked you to share your favorite Halloween traditions with us, and you all had so many great ideas to share.  It was wonderful to hear from you all.

The winner of the TRADITIONAL prize package is Susan McMenamin who said,
"I would love to win your traditional prize package.It would fit right in with my favorite Halloween activity-surprising friends and coworkers with cards and treats!"

September 28, 2015 at 8:03 PM

 The winner of the DIGITAL prize package is LeAnne who said, 
"We don't get any trick-or-treaters because we live in the country too, like Margie! So my favorite tradition is carving out jack-o-lanterns and putting them on our porch. Nobody sees them but us, but it's still fun! And I have lots of Halloween decorations that I like to arrange around the house, and that makes me happy! I love Halloween! And I love CS stuff, in fact, I already have that cute little stamp set, to have it digital so I could re=size it would be awesome!"
September 27, 2015 at 5:17 PM

 Congrats, LeAnne and Susan!  Please contact Sandy at to claim your prize! 

I wish we could have sent a prize package to everyone who commented.  But the good news is that all these Halloween Goodies are available in our online store and most of them are on sale!  And did you hear the news?  We now offer FREE SHIPPING on all domestic US orders over $35.00!  

Now, let's get see what inspirational ideas our fabby design team has prepared for this month's blog hop.  You'll find a sneak peek of their project below along with a link to each designer's blog where you'll find a little tutorial, lots of pictures and loads of inspiration.

Kathy Clement, Design Team Leader, created a vintage album filled with her family's favorite pumpkin recipes. Visit her blog, Kathy by Design where she shares her method for assembling this keepsake album.

Ginny Nemchak created a fabulous fall wall hanging and will show you how to create the pretty wreath that decorates it.  Visit her blog, Polly's Paper Studio, for more pictures and instructions.

Teresa Horner altered a jar to write down each day the things she is thankful for.  What a great idea and a reminder to be thankful each and every day.  Visit Victorian Paper Queen for more photos and details. 

Darlene Pavlick knows that we all need thank you cards, so she created a cute set of them with our Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Kit.  Visit Dar's Crafty Creations to see how she did it. 

 Sheila Rumney inspires us with a beautiful altered project and has a great PhotoShop tutorial that will teach you how to use the Color Picker Tool.  Learn all about it at Sheila Rumney Design and Photography 

Shantaie Fowler got out her glitter, chalk paint and pretty embellies to make her altered project.  She'll teach you how to add color to chalk paint on her blog, Inking Pink

Diane Hover had this great idea to ask each of her grandchildren (and great-grandchildren!) "What is Thanksgiving?" and then record it in a keepsake journal.  She'll share the process (and hopefully some of their answers!) on her blog, Nellie's Nest.

Michele Kovack has created the most precious card...and you will love seeing all the beautiful details on her blog Thoughts of  Cardmaking Scrapbooker.

What beautiful creations and what great reminders to be thankful!

We'd love to invite you to play along with us this month.  Simply create any project of your choice that features Crafty Secrets Products and link up with the Linky Tool at the bottom of this post.  

You don't have to follow our theme, but it's always fun if you do!  To win the $25 DIGITAL shopping spree, you MUST use Crafty Secrets Products in your creation.  To help you with that task, and to thank you for playing along please enjoy these free downloadable images.  Just right click and save the images to your computer.   These images are ONLY for those who are playing along in the challenge this month and cannot be sold, shared or otherwise reproduced. 

I love the beautiful papers and images in our Digital Thanksgiving Collection.  You'll find 10 designer papers, 34 PNG files (images that you can overlay and layer on other images) Thanksgiving stamps, and 5 full color files with ephemera, place cards, menu card, post cards and more.  It's available for instant download for just $10.99.

Since our theme this  month is "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart" I thought you might enjoy creating with one of the beautiful  papers and this lovely Autumn print from the set. 

Link your project no later than midnightPST on Sunday, October 18th.  The design team will be stopping by to take a peek at your lovely creations and a winner will be randomly chosen to win the $25 DIGITAL shopping spree.  We'll announce the winner here on the blog on Wednesday, October 21st and will share the lucky winner's project on our Facebook page and blog.  

We're so thankful for each one of you!  

On behalf of Sandy Redburn, this is Kathy Clement wishing you joy and creativity!


Sunday, September 27, 2015

BOO-tiful Halloween Projects and a Blog Candy GIVEAWAY!

Hello, Friends!

As I write this, autumn leaves are falling and the landscape outside is changing from summer to autumn.  I love this time of year as there are so many fun holidays on the horizon.  First up, of course is Halloween!  I've seen this holiday evolve from a very child oriented celebration to a time when grown-ups really get into the Halloween spirit with fun parties, costumes and special foods.  So today's post will be filled with BOO-tiful Halloween samples from our design team.

In our area, people are starting to get their Halloween decorations out of the attic or garage to set the stage for ghoulish good times.  Teresa Horner has prepared some tantalizing party treats using templates, images and papers from our fabulous Creating with Vintage Halloween CD #4.

If you are hosting a party, this CD is loaded with fun templates like the spooky house and the popcorn container.  We've done all the designing for you: all you have to do is print, cut score and glue together.  The house could be filled with candy and used as a party favor. It is sooo cute!

To welcome her guests, Teresa created this too cute to spook door hanger with layered Halloween papers, a printable image and pretty ribbon. 

Creating With Vintage Halloween CD #4 is loaded with 44 designer papers, 12 easy to print and use templates, more than 100 high resolution color/black and white images like the ones you see here.   You can put together the cutest Halloween party on the block with the goodies you'll find here.

Teresa has had loads of fun with this CD, and put together another frightfully fun ensemble that also used images from our Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Booklet.  She has all the details and close up photos on her BLOG so I know you will want to check them out. 

I just have to show you how cute our Trick or Treat candy box is.  I need to make some of these with the grand girls so they can give them to their special friends!  Again, you just print, cut out, score and glue together...easy peasy!

Ok, the card is so darling, I have to show it to you as well.  The image is from our Halloween Image and Journal Notes Booklet, which is on sale for just $2.95.  Each booklet contains 32 8" x 3" pages filled with adorable vintage images like the one on this pretty card.

I love to find odd items at thrift stores and yard sales and then upcycle them into home decor.  I found this round black bank on a shelf in the Closet of Shame.  The cute images from our newly released Digital Vintage Halloween Scraps and  Halloween Time Heartwarming Vintage Cuts turned it into this not too creepy witches cauldron.  The little ghosts are made from cheesecloth, and when I share this project on my BLOG on October 2nd, I'll show you how to make them. 

Look at this fun Spooky Time card Teresa made using papers from Creating with Vintage Halloween CD and our all new DIGITAL Vintage Halloween Creative Scraps.  The download comes with 4 pages of fun vintage images like the one Teresa used HERE as well as fun tickets, ephemera bits and backgrounds.  It's one of my favorite Halloween goodies in Sandy's Trick or Treat bag!

I love a good pocket card, stuffed with tags, gift cards or individually wrapped chocolates.  It's such a fun gift to give and receive.  Design team member Ginny Nemchak pulled together this fun, interactive Halloween pocket using the same Creating with Vintage Halloween CD.   I love those witches on the tags! 

Ginny loves Halloween, and comes up with so many great ways to decorate.  Look at this SPOOK-tacular piece of home decor using more images from this amazing CD.  I love the way she added the moon face to the tart tin and think this would look great in a fall mantel display.

Speaking of home decor, I'm going to share a sneaky peek at a totally adorable Halloween banner that Teresa will be sharing on her blog next week on the 29th.  She made it using images from our Digital Halloween Printables and papers from that fantastic Halloween CD I keep talking about!  I hope I don't get rocks in my Trick or Treat bag for sharing this before she does, but it's just so CUTE, I can't help myself!

I also love the Halloween BINGO cards that come on the Halloween CD and in the Jumbo Halloween Digital Download.  I used them as photo mounts in my ghoulish Halloween Book Case Mini Album, and I'll show you what that looks like on the inside.  But first, here's a look at the cover of this frightfully fun album.
This box was a perfume gift box that I altered with the papers and images from the Jumbo Halloween Digital Download.  This is very similar to the CD, but you can download it right to your computer and there's no shipping cost!  Gotta love that!  I also used a lot of the images from the Halloween Digital Creative Scraps.  Here's a peeky at the inside.

The right hand side contains an accordion fold album, and you can see how I used the BINGO cards as photo mounts and as pockets, too.  I've tucked tags and other goodies behind or on the side, making this an interactive album.  It's the perfect spot to display all those fun Halloween costume photos!  You can find more photos and info on my BLOG.

Diane Hover made a great Fright Night card using the Halloween CD and Halloween Images and Journal Notes.   The googly eyeballs in the trees are such a fun addition, as are the tree branches.  You can get all the details on Diane's BLOG

Dar used our Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet to cook up a Clean and Layered Halloween card that uses a great fall color scheme. 

And I just have to show you these amazing ribbon wands that Ginny made using papers and images from the Halloween CD.  These would be so much fun at a party!  They are fab-BOO-luss!  Ginny will be sharing all the details on her BLOG on October 2nd.

Owner Sandy Redburn previously used the Halloween CD to create these fun Luminary Lamps and I wanted to include them to show how the images light up when printed on copy paper or vellum.

 Now what fun is a Halloween Blog Post without a little Halloween Blog Candy?  I think it would be fun to have a Halloween themed giveaway, how about you?   In fact, let's do TWO giveaways: one Digital and one traditional.  How does that sound?  

I'd like to know what your favorite Halloween tradition is.  Tell me in the comment section below, and you'll be entered into a random drawing for a great big goodie bag filled to the brim with Crafty Secrets Halloween treats!  Also, let me know if you want the DIGITAL Download Prize or the TRADITIONAL Halloween Prize.  (You can't win both!).

The TRADITIONAL Halloween Prize will include the following:       

The DIGITAL prize will include:    

I'll announce the winners at the launch of our October Linky Challenge and Blog Hop on October 5th, 2015.   

Also - we now have FREE Shipping on Orders Over $35.00 within the USA (except for paper pads) in our online store.  Sorry to Canadian and overseas customers we can't offer it as the shipping is so high. Keep in mind that there is no shipping on any digital downloads, plus you can re-size and print them over and over again!

I hope you had some thrills and chills of inspiration in this special Halloween themed post!  

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

Design Team Leader, Crafty Secrets

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Free Printable 2016 Vintage Calendars, Color Me Calendar Template, Inspiring Calendar Ideas

Hi Everyone, I have a bunch of things to share today with our New Free 2015 Printable Calendars in 2 styles, plus we have them in  beige and in white so you can print them on any light colored background card stock or paper (see samples farther down). I'm also posting our Blank Art Calendar from a couple of years ago as well below.Also - we have a winner for our Sept Linky Party - congrats to #4 Shirley: My Pinkie is Inkie 
We update our Free Calendars every year and many people simply glue new mini calendar months over a previous calendar they made.  This is our 2016 Calendar Printable on white.  Click on the calendars until as large as possible and right click to save them. For personal use only please.  

This beige one is designed to go with our Calendar Scraps on clearance for .99 cents as the calendar is outdated but the images are perfect for creating a seasonal vintage calendar or cards.

This style works great to print as a 'Year at a Glance Calendars' (see samples farther along), or cut the months out for journals or birthday and seasonal cards. 

Here's our 2016 Aged Calendar

This is blank Color Me Art Calendar month is one of my fave freebies we've done. I'm actually working on some other color-me calendar pages as well as some full color calendars that will be available soon as inexpensive downloads. Click on it to make it as large as possible and save it.

 Here are some fabulous samples of this Art Calendar done by our Design Team

Here's a previous Year at a Glance Digital Tutorial I did using a program called Paint with paper from our CD #2 and the title 'Beautiful Life' is from our CD #3. a free image and photo editing software for PCs that run on Windows. The original 'Paint' version is pre-installed on many PC’s or you can download the upgraded free here

 For this is sample, I printed our Free Calendar on the landscape paper from CD 3 after adding the words 'Beautiful Life' also on the CD.

You can print the Calendars on a variety of papers, card stock, vellum, label sheets, etc. You can see on this desk calendar that Birgit made she's created a mini booklet with the months to be pulled off.

I love this beautiful Bird Calendar Album that DT Leader Kathy Clement created and you can find the link here as well as SEE MORE fabulous calendar projects by our Design Team!

DT Member Elizabeth Lincoln made this fun Christmas Recipe Calendar Book last year using a variety of our Cooking and Kitchen Images.

 Here are our Seasonal Calendar Scraps which are on clearance now for .99 cents each! The months don't all match for 2015 but you can use any of our free printable calendars and there are some great seasonal images on these scraps.

Here's is a great little desk calendar idea created with the Calendar Scraps, papers from our CD's 
and some of our Ivory blank chipboard.

Many people use our Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet to decorate their calendar with and they are on sale for $2.95 or you can buy all 9 theme booklets for $19.99

If you want our 2015 Calendars you can get them here in this post and also see many previous inspiring calendar samples here!

 Now I  have a few other projects to show you.

Vicki Chrisman made these 3 adorable Halloween cards with images and papers from our Halloween CD to do with her craft group. 

Vicki also got mentioned on for post about 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Decoupage. I love this dresser re-done and think the balck and white damask papers on our CD 1 would work great for this!

Her project was these cool wood knobs she decoupaged using images from our CD 3, Creating with Vintage Typography.

I adore this pretty Fall and Thanksgiving tag that DT Member Ginny created using our Halloween Cuts and the extra bling she added.

Lastly I wanted to show you this fun Halloween card by Bonnie Garby with a Great Shabby Bow Tutorial Video using our Halloween CD and a Zutter Bow Maker with Really Reasonable Ribbons.

Be sure to come back as DT Leader Kathy Clement has a very cool project she will be posting this week here on the blog with a Great Giveaway you can win!

Wishing you joy and creativity!

Sandy Redburn  

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