Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August Linky Party Winner and DT Samples

Hello Friends!

Did you all have a great weekend?  This is the first weekend in ages that we did not have rain, so Dale and I ran away for a quick overnight trip to the beach.  Of course, it started to rain almost as soon as we arrived, but we just got in the car and drove down the beach until we reached an area where the storm had already passed.  We had the whole beach practically to ourselves and it was glorious.  We walked on the beach for miles, and Dale found more than 2 dozen shark teeth to add to his collection.  I found a few pieces of beach glass, so we were both happy as clams.  After a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, we went right back to the beach and walked until sunset.  I didn't take my phone with me, so I have no pictures to share.  I'll do better next time, I promise!  I hope your weekend was equally relaxing.  

Well, we have a winner for the August Linky Party!  This month, we had 13 entries.  I went to random.org and punched in the numbers and here's what came up:

True Random Number Generator 11 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Number 11 is Birgit!  Congratulations, Birgit!  You have won the $50 shopping spree at Crafty Secrets Crafty Vintage Girl Online Store.   Here's a peeky at Birgit's winning entry:


Birgit used our Garden Creative Scraps to make two beautiful cards.  We're so glad you played along.  Sandy will contact you with a code for you to use on your shopping spree. She'll also contact the rest of the clever folks who played along to give you the code for your $6 credit at the online store.  Many thanks to all who participated.  There were some great projects this month.  I can't wait to see what you all bring to the September Linky Party which will open on Monday, September 1, 2014. 

The design team has been working up some fabulous samples to inspire your creativity.  I just love this clever card DT Melody Clement made by combining our Barber Shop Kit with our Mustache Men Digital Art Stamps. All these wonderful papers came from the Barber Shop kit.  Isn't it fun?


Darlene Pavlick also used images from the Barber Shop Kit to make this cute snack/treat box. These would make fantastic gifts for the office, for teacher appreciation gifts,  or as stocking stuffers.  Yes, I said stocking stuffers!  Christmas will be here before we know it!


Sheila Rumney has a wonderful project and post where she shares this layout of her creative space.  Wouldn't you love to see this in person? She used papers from our Sew Decorative CD and Art Studio Digital Stamps.


Just look at this darling card Shantaie Fowler made using this image from our Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes Booklet.  I love the sweet glittery frame in the background!


These Halloween images are sweetly vintage and not at all "spooky."  I love them! Sandy has promised to put together a Fall themed Blowout Sale package along the same lines as our wonderful Summer Blowout Sale Kit.  Have you seen it yet?

http://craftyvintagegirl.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/u/summer-craftysecrfets-sale-pack_1.jpg  This amazing sale pack contains nearly $80 worth of Crafty Secrets goodies for just $19,95 plus $4.95 Priority shipping.  We are trying to empty out our U.S. warehouse so that Sandy can stop making the commute from her home in Canada.  It's an amazing deal. As soon as she has the Fall sale kit put together, I'll be sure to share it here.

If you'd like more Crafty Secrets inspiration, be sure to visit our wonderful Pinterest Page where you will find hundreds and hundreds of amazing samples, tutorials and ideas for using your Crafty Secret Goodies.  We also have a Crafty Secrets Facebook Page where we share product samples, news and other goodies.  Our goal is to keep you inspired!  Please let us know how we are doing.  If you have ideas for Digital Art Stamp sets or papers that you'd like us to develop, let us know!  Sandy has thousands and thousands of vintage images in her workroom.  What theme would you like to see next?

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I hope your week is off to a good start, and on behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you a week filled with joy and creativity!


Kathy Clement

 Design Team Leader for Crafty Secrets

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Design Team Inspiration, Summer Blowout Sale and Linky Party Invite

Hello, Friends!

I am having such a great morning!  We've been socked in with grey skies and torrential downpours for the past week.  At first, it was kind of cozy, being tucked in the studio, working while the rain fell.  Then, after a couple of days, it got a little aggravating, getting soaking wet to check the mail, go buy groceries, take out the trash.  Just as I was ready to crawl into bed and hibernate, the sun decided to break through!  Hooray for sunshine!  It's amazing how much more energy I have today because Mr. Sun is shining brightly, the butterflies have resumed their fluttering ballet and even the birds are rejoicing.  It's a perfect day to share some fresh design team inspiration with you!

Did you see the fabulous masculine card DT member Darlene Pavlick created with papers from our Vintage Illustrations CD and our Car Classics Digital Art Stamps?  I love the monochromatic color scheme and the amazing card design. It's perfect for all the manly men in your life. She shares info on how she put this card together in her blog post.


In spite of the rain, I found sunshine in this Butterfly Chase Card .  It's a basic gatefold card that uses a medallion front for a fancy finish.  The focal image is from the Vintage Illustrations CD and that beautiful pink damask is from the Vintage Patterns CD.


Even though she's knee-deep in school preparations, DT member Michele Kovack found time to put together this flirty, feminine card using a digital image from our Love and Support Digital Art Stamps.  I am totally in love with her bow/flower combination and the soft coloring she uses.


Sheila Rumney always does such a great job of capturing life's special moments in her Photoshop Friday posts, and I love this sweet digital layout she shared using our Digital Garden papers. If you are wanting to learn how to use digital design, her tutorials are a fabulous source.


I know I shared a sample from DT member Diane Hover yesterday, but I simply must share the darling pincushions she made using our Printable Button Cards.  Wouldn't these make amazing gifts?  Although I'm not sure I could bear to part with them!


Elizabeth Lincoln has the best sense of humor!  I had to chuckle this morning when I saw this whimsical card made with the frog in our Kewpies Digital Art Stamps.  It just leaps off the page!  I love the red eyes and the little fella that's playing the drums in the tall grass!


OK!  These projects are as sunny as our weather today!  I just love them all!  

I also want to remind you to join in the fun at our August Linky Party!  We have some great entries this time! Linky Party Attendee Cammie M was so inspired by Michele Kovack's design that she worked up a project of her own using our Cutie Cats Digital Art Stamps to make this adorable Back to School easel.


I hope you will join in the fun!  Everyone receives a $6 store credit just for playing along, and one lucky winner is randomly selected to receive a $50 shopping spree!  We even included a FREE DOWNLOAD so that everyone can play along.  You can't beat that! Be sure to link up before midnight Pacific time, Sunday August 17th.  The big winner will be announced here on Tuesday, August 19th.

Finally, don't miss out on the opportunity to cash in on our big Summer Blowout SALE.  Each Priority Mailer contains more than $77 worth of Crafty Secrets Goodies for just $19.95 plus $4.95 S&H!  That's an incredible deal, and a chance to purchase a lot of crafting goodness.  Sandy needs to empty out her US warehouse, and we reap the benefits!


You may purchase as many of these creative kits as you like, but once they are gone, they are gone...so don't miss out!

Now I'm going to go get busy in my studio and get some work done.  August is our big family birthday month, and I haven't made a single card, so I'd better get busy!  Thanks for stopping by.  On behalf of Sandy Redburn...

I wish you joy and creativity!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Huge Summer Sale, DT Samples and Linky Party Reminder

Hello, Friends!
Hope you are all enjoying these last beautiful days of summer!  I wanted to pop in today to share the news about the wonderful sale Sandy has going on right now in the shop.  She has assembled a fantastic goodie box of Summer themed stamps, journal booklets, Vintage Cuts, Creative Scraps and more at an amazing price!  Look at all the beautiful materials you get for just $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping:

You can click on this photo to get an even better look at all these beautiful projects.  There's even a beautiful album included so you can scrap your summer memories with ease.  Here's a list:


You can order as many of these super summer sale kits as you'd like.  They'll make great birthday and Christmas gifts for all your crafty friends.  The link to finding these in the online store is Summer Super Pack Blowout.  No code is necessary, just click on the link to order.

I also have some wonderful DT samples to share with you today.  I'm loving the fresh inspiration from the newest members on the team.  Take a look at this adorable golf card that DT member Shantaie Fowler worked up with our digital Golf Time Stamps.


I love the way she cropped the image and the fresh colors are just so fun! You have to read how she achieved this glossy look...it's one of those "happy accidents" that we all love so much!

DT Member Melody Clement has a wonderful tutorial on her blog for creating this amazing wall hanging, just in time for all your fall celebrations.


Diane Hover, another new member on our team, created this sunny card using an image from our Fairy Printable Sheet.


I love the sunshine rays she created here.

Here's another look at a page from the gorgeous mini album, DT member Gloria Stengel created for our Linky Party.  She has a complete tutorial for making this amazing mini on her blog.


And speaking of the Linky Party, there is still plenty of time for you to play along.  We had a little "glitch" with Linky tools, but that has all been fixed and everything is ready and waiting for your project to be linked up.  Each participant automatically receives a $6 credit to the online store, just for playing along.  And one lucky player will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree.  You have until 11:59PM Pacific Time on Sunday, August 17th to link up your project.  We even included a free downloadable image on the blog, so there's no excuse not to play!  The samples we've received so far are just fantastic!  Take a look at this gorgeous card that last month's winner Crafting Vicky made with our Sew Fashionista Digital Art Stamps:


You could be this month's winner!  But you can't win if you don't link up!  

I'll be back tomorrow to share more DT inspiration with you.  In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying these last few glorious days of summer!


Monday, August 4, 2014

August Linky Party....a little "Hiccup" with Linky tools.

Hello Friends! It appears we had a little issue with Linky Tools this morning, and some of your entries were accidentally deleted. If you have linked up a project, please check the blog and re-link if necessary. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience, but want to make sure all your lovely projects are entered! If you entered after 12:15 EST, you are probably fine. If you entered prior to that, you will need to relink. Thanks for understanding! kathy

August Linky Party: Fall/Back to School Theme

Hello, Friends!  

Welcome to the August Linky Party and DT Challenge! Our theme for this month is Fall/Back to School.  As summer winds down, we look forward to all the special things that Fall has to offer: crystal clear blue skies, gently turning leaves, a delightful crispness to the air, and kids heading back to school.  There's the fresh apple crop to celebrate, fat orange pumpkins fill the fields, sunflowers put on a final flashy show and the geese begin their long journey southward.  So many wonderful images to choose from within this theme.  We're inviting you to join the party, and have provided some wonderful inspirational projects to fire your imagination.

If you don't have any Crafty Secrets products, here's a free digital image for you to use in this challenge.  Just right click and download to your computer, then print out and use it in a card, a project or a layout.  Of course, you don't have to follow the fall theme, but it's always fun if you do.  Feel free to use whatever Crafty Secrets goodies you have in your stash! I have always loved these beautiful fall flowers, and thought I would share them here with you.
 The design team found some wonderful fall themed papers and images when they created their projects for this challenge.  They've each prepared a wonderful tutorial to inspire your creativity.  Just click on the links below to visit their blogs.

DT Leader, Kathy Clement used our Letterpress Digital Papers to create this easel and box, and has a tutorial on making a fancy rosette without using a cutting die.

Darlene Pavlick created this super cute notepad using images from our Childhood Vintage Images booklet and shares a tutorial so you can make one, too!

Printer's Trays are always a great way to decorate your home, and DT member Diane Hover has created a lovely wall hanging using images from our fall printable sheet to inspire your creativity.

Fall is the perfect time to throw a wine tasting party, and Elizabeth Lincoln used our Wine Lovers digital art stamps to create a wonderful invitation and wine charms.  I think this set is so much more usable in digital format.  I've always loved that background scene, but it was so tiny on the stamp, you really couldn't appreciate it. Her tutorial will show you how to add dimension to your stamped images.

Gloria Stengel  has had a ball playing with papers from our Creating With Vintage Patterns CD, and has a tutorial for making this amazing fall themed mini album. Her tutorial will show you how to make the book binding, and give you tips for printing your papers. 

 Melody Clement has created a stunning piece of home decor to welcome fall.  Her tutorial will give you tips for saving ink and paper when you are printing digital items.

 This adorable easel school card by Michele Kovack also uses images from our Childhood Vintage Images and Journal Notes booklet.  Don't you just love the darling banner?

And since great minds think alike, Shantaie Fowler  used this same image to create an adorable box of colorful crayons.  

Sheila Rumney has a digital tutorial showing how to use Photoshop to create matching digital cardstock and then add texture to it. She altered papers from our Digital Thankgiving Collection.I love the way she used our free download in this layout!

Wow!  That's a lot of creative inspiration for you to enjoy.  Once you've visited all the blogs, we'd love you to come join the party.  The rules are simple.  Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products and link it up here on the Heartwarming Vintage blog using the Linky Tool below.  Be sure to link back to the Crafty Secrets blog in your post, and let us know what product you've used in your project. 

 We're going to keep the party open until midnight Sunday, August 17th so you'll have plenty of time to join the fun. The members of the design team will be stopping by your blogs to enjoy your handiwork and one participant will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree at the Crafty Secrets store. Everyone who plays along will receive a $6 store credit.  The winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, August 19th.

Sorry -it appears we had a little issue with Linky Tools and some of the entries were accidentally deleted. If you have linked up a project, please check the blog and re-link if necessary. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience

A Note from owner Sandy:  Watch for Super SALE Theme Packs starting tomorrow August 5/14! Here's the Summer Pack for $19.95 with priority shipping for just $4.95  (within USA). The other themes will be added this week.

Here is what is included! 
 Summer Booklet Included

You can see each products in detail and many inspiring sample ideas 

Thanks for stopping by.  
On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summertime, DT Samples and Pinterest

Hello, Friends!

 I hope you all are having a good week. The summer is passing by so quickly.  Some kids here in North Carolina are already back in school.  It seems like the long, lazy days of summer are a thing of the past.  I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood summers: swimming in the pool, playing kickball with all the neighborhood kids, staying up late to catch lightning bugs and play hide and go seek....those were good times!  

Speaking of summertime, I want to remind you that Sandy has a fantastic offer going on in the Crafty Secrets online store.   With every order you place, you will receive a FREE download of our gorgeous Digital Summer Printable. There are 12 different vintage images printed in high resolution on this sheet along with several words and phrases that you can add to your cards, scrapbooking layouts and mixed media projects.  Here's a peek at what you get:

I used the beautiful phlox seed packet to make this vintage card:

DT member Sheila Rumney used our digital Radiant Papers to make this beautiful layout and has a wonderful tutorial on her blog explaining how she did it.

Know someone going on a cruise?  DT Member Darlene Pavlick created this fun travel themed card using our Travel Creative Scraps 

DT Member Michele Kovack broke out her watercolors to create a stunning shabby chic card using our Sing for Joy digital art stamps

I also want to remind you that we have a fabulous Crafty Secrets page on Pinterest!  If you visit this page, you'll find dozens of samples, inspiration and tutorials galore!  Sandy even has a tutorial that explains how to use the FREE paint.net program to work with digital product.

You can while away the last few days of summer learning how to create with digital images and relax while getting great ideas to use in your craft room.

Don't forget that the August Linky party is just a few days away.  Hoping you'll be playing along with us this month.  A $50 prize goes a long way in our online store.

Thanks for stopping by!  
On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!


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Toll Free Phone or Fax 1-888 597-8898
Local Phone 604 597-8817

Crafty Secrets Head Office
15430 78 A Ave.,
Surrey, BC V3S 8R4

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250 H. Street, #436
Blaine,WA 98230

Friday, July 18, 2014

Spotlight on New DT Member Shantaie Fowler

Welcome, Friends!  

Have you been enjoying this week of the new Design Team Reveal?  So far, we've spotlighted the lovely Diane Hover, the vintage goodness of Gloria Stengel and the clean, elegant style of Melody Clement.  Well, today, you are in for a real treat!  We are putting the spotlight on the whimsy and artistry of Shantaie Fowler of Inking Pink.  

When I asked our exisiting DT for a few recommendations for leads on new designers, Michele Kovack immediately directed me to Shantaie's delightful blog where I found an amazing range of artistry and delightful design.  Shantaie makes the most wonderful 3-D designs and is great at working "off the page."  I think you are really going to love the sense of fun and celebration she adds to the team. So without further ado, let's put the spotlight on the delightful Shantaie Fowler.
I'm Shantaie Fowler a crafty DIY type who truly loves all things paper, fabric, and ink. Many years ago I began stamping as a hobby and a creative outlet, having no clue that it would change my life forever! Although its no longer a hobby,paper crafting has taken me on a journey I could never have imagined.

 I spend as much time with my family as I can, and enjoy life's adventures planned and unplanned alike! I try to live each day to the fullest, and if I'm not at work or off traveling you can find me in my craft room covered in glitter with ink stained fingers! 

 I am so thrilled to be a new member of the Crafty Secrets creative team, and look forward to all that lies ahead!

Don't you just love her already?  I know I do!  Here's the project Shantaie created using our Bird Notes Digital Art Stamps.   

There is so much yummy texture in this card, and I love the fresh colors she used to really make this card POP!  Take a look at the wonderful detail in her ribbon. 

It's so sweetly shabby!  I hope Shantaie doesn't mind, but I just had to share this adorable apron she featured on her blog recently.  I can't wait to see her "off the page" projects for Crafty Secrets!

So, I have to tell you, I am pretty excited on my end of things.  We've added 4 incredible designers to the team, and each one brings her own special skills and point of view to Crafty Secrets.  I think we are in for some wonderful inspiration and fresh ideas, don't you?  

Be sure to visit Shantaie's blog, and give her a hearty welcome in the comment section below.  It's been such a great week here on the blog...and there is so much to look forward to.  
I hope you each have a wonderful weekend, and on behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!


See  BIG SALE at CraftyVintageGirl.com 
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This Blog:
Our Website: http://www.craftysecrets.com
Toll Free Phone or Fax 1-888 597-8898
Local Phone 604 597-8817

Crafty Secrets Head Office
15430 78 A Ave.,
Surrey, BC V3S 8R4

USA Warehouse
250 H. Street, #436
Blaine,WA 98230