Thursday, November 29, 2007

Win More Prizes in our 6 Week Give-Away!

Pam Hooten, one of our very talented design team members is doing a give away on her blog on Dec 5th and five of the other DT members will be choosing great prizes to give away over the next 5 - 6 weeks following on their blogs!

Come visit Pam's blog here to enter and WIN this COOL PRIZE PACKAGE! Pam chose to give away both our NEW Little Chef Stamp Set and Mini Memories Stamp Set, plus our Wacky & Wonderful Booklet, our Cooking Homespun Cotton Scraps and a package of our new Sweetchips Mini Frames! The Mini Frames are new and won’t be available until January but you can win a package of these mini white chipboard frames and shapes in this draw.

Pam shows some great samples she created on her blog including a fun shaker card she stamped with our new Mini Memories Stamp set and an adorable recipe book using our Little Chef Stamp set. To enter, you just have to say what you love to collect on her blog.

Anna Wight jazzed up this notebook from Target with the 'Kitchen Queen' lady printed on our Cooking Cotton Scraps. The Cooking Cotton has a real mix of fun colorful vintage images


Vicki Chrisman created this cool postcard using one of the bird images from the Wacky & Wonderful Book and our French mail Stamps. These birds are so popular they were turned into a stamp for our Bird Note stamp set. Everyone seems to love birds lately, so we also have a sheet of Feathred Friends Cotton Scraps now as well!

There are more samples using all the 4 new stamps sets that our design team created on the previous posting if you scroll down below but don't forget to enter Pam's Give Away!
Have a wonderful weekend

Monday, November 26, 2007

Our 4 New Stamps Sets Are Here!

Our 4 new stamps sets have arrived and our talented design team has been busy creating some wonderful samples I’m so excited to share with you! There are 3 new small size sets called Altered Art, Little Chef and Mini Memories. Each set is comes on a 3” x 4” sheet packed full of great designs and they are only $7.75 each. There is also a medium set called Vintage Hardware listed below. I'm so new to blogging I have no idea if I can fit all these samples here but I LOVE them all as each are uniquely different and offer so many cool ideas I want to share!

Our ALTERED ART stamp set includes an artsy mix of 12 separate stamps with a pair of wings 1.5” high that are begging to be colored in! There is a little fairy wand, antique letters spelling ART, a cropped face of a little girl, musical notes, a curved arrow, a little bird on a swirl, a parenthesis, a crown and the mini sheet music stamp is almost 2” long. You can quickly create fun altered cards by cutting up extra photos with either babies, children, your cat or girlfriend and add the wings, a wand and crown. A little glitter or jewels and you will have a special keepsake card!

Check out all these fabulous samples created with this set! Lisa Zappa stamped both her little and big aunts each a wing and used some of the other stamps. She stamped the words from our Mini Memories set and used papers from our Classic paper Pad.



Linda Duke stamped some of our Kewpies and gave one beautiful stamped wings from the Altered Art set that she colored in so he could fly!


Anna Wight stamped her wings together with the wand and music notes to create a stunning butterfly card! She stamped the sheet music across the bottom and the background swirl is from our new Mini Memories set.



Pam Hooten stamped and colored pretty wings for her kitty and used several more stamps from the Altered Art Stamp set to dress up this card she created using paper from our Classic Paper Pad

Michelle Wooderson used the mini sheet music stamp from the Altered Art Set to create background paper for her New Years card. The printed paper is from our Earthy Paper Pad and the cute image is from our Seasonal Vintage Booklet.

Vicki Chrisman gave her adorable little girl fairy wings in a shadow box frame and embossed all her stamping in metallic silver and added glitter. I think it's her sister Jan! The paper is from our Classic Paper Pad



Our LITTLE CHEF stamp set is designed to work with our large Kitchen Classics Stamps (one of our most popular sets) and our Cooking Stickers and Cotton Scraps. I think this adorable set will be a hit with 14 separate fun stamps! There is a little soup girl 1.75” tall (or could be a boy) holding a 'Today’s Special' sign, there is an oven mitt, spatula, frying pan, regular and fried egg, egg beater, measuring cup, canister, bowl, whisk and muffin tin. The little chicken, cherries and small flower stamps match designs on our large Kitchen Classic Stamp Set



Pam Hooten created this adorable recipe book using the Little Chef stamps, our Wood File Folder Album, paper from our Radiant Paper Pad with some vintage trim, buttons and ribbon.

Linda Duke created this amazing layered card by stamping images from the Little Chef set and coloring and cutting many of them out and mounting them for a real 3D impact. She said she got the inspiration from what happens in her kitchen when she cooks! OK - I can relate to that! She also used the Mom's Diner sticker from our What's Cooking Stickers and the 'Homemade' little boy image is from our Cooking Cotton Scraps. Oops, I almost missed the big swirl stamp on the top from our Cherub stamp set.
Michelle Wooderson made this totally sweet 'Welcome to Married Life' card using stamps from the Little Chef set with paper from our Earthy Paper Pad and an image from our Joys of Life Booklet. These stamps would be perfect to decorate tissue paper, plain wrapping paper and table party decorations as well for a bridal shower!
Lisa Zappa stamped this wonderful assortment of gift tags to dress up food type gifts for holiday giving but they could easily be done to decorate baked goods and gift baskets for any occasion.

I also love this funny card Anna Wight stamped using the whisk from the Little Chef sets for "We Whisk You a Merry Christmas!"

Our MINI MEMORIES Stamp Set has an array of 19 separate stamps with 7 pretty design elements and borders plus 12 popular words including Special, Remember, Beautiful, Imagine, Memories, Wishes, Love, Hello, Live, From, To and Dream. This is a great set to embellish all sorts of projects or build and create backgrounds with. Use the words alone, or pair these classy lettering styles together!
Anna Wight stamped this fabulous birthday card using image stamps from the Mini Memories set for the background and the word Memories on the bottom right. The image and 'Best Wishes' is from our Wacky and Wonderful Vintage Booklet. I love the warm colors and stitching detail she did with her tracing wheel.


Pam Hooten Created this beautiful card using various stamps from the Mini Memories set in brown and green ink which ties in so well with the paper strips from our Classic Paper Pad. She also added embossing and faux stitching with a tracing wheel.



Vicki Chrisman stamped this classical card using copper embossing powder with the swirl stamp rotated randomly from our Mini Memories set and the sentiment and hat pin are from our Greetings & Sentiments Stamp Set.


Our VINTAGE HARDWARE is a medium stamp set and includes 18 stamp designs chosen from old antique books and catalogs in my collection. I love the detail and embellishment possibilities in the set! It retails for $15.75. You can use the Faux eyelets to dress up plain punched holes, add tall or short columns, iron look brackets, an iron fence, keys, locks, key holes, a decorative frame, fancy nailheads, hinges, a door knob, door bell, measuring tape and more! The stamps have a ‘real metal look’ without the cost if you use fine embossing powder. This is a set you can return to often and use a couple of different stamps to embellish all sorts of creations!

Michelle Wooderson stamped this great graduation card and I love the way she used our Hardware set to incorporate the keys to the future and measure of time theme! She chose the adorable 'soup boy' image from our Joys of Life Vintage Booklet and paired it with the 'Hats Off to You' sentiment from our Favorite Fellas Stamp set. Plus I just spotted the arrow and key hole stamps from the Hardware set as well.

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These stamps are also now starting to ship to stores so please ask your favorite retailer to carry our line or visit our Store Locator

PS - You can get more details on what each designer used to create these samples by visiting our splitcoast gallery - plus many of the samples are all ready being loaded (with some NEW additions already) on our craftysecrets.com gallery

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Ida Faye Wins the Baby Boy Gift Package!

I wanted to post the winner for the Oh Baby draw tonight. Ida Faye won the random draw and she said she would pick a baby boy theme, so she has won our Baby Boy Stamp Set, Baby Boy Stickers and Cotton Scraps, our Little Boy Folding Chipboard outfit and the paper to finish it shown in the posted sample!

Congratulations Ida! Please email your mailing address to: sandy@craftysecrets.com so we can send out your package.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

We Have a Winner and Stamped Table Placecards!

We did the draw last night for our new Little Chef Stamp Set with the Menu Clipboard Kit and the winner was nettystamps. The hardest part was counting all the entries up to 88 (the number my husband picked). Lovingyou444 had a great tip to use random.org next time to pick a winner, so thank you to her!
I will do the next draw for the Baby Boy or Baby Girl Stamps, Chipboard Outfit, Stickers and Cotton Scraps on Nov 25. To enter, just say whether you would like a Boy or Girl package on the previous posting below. I made a mistake and said Monday and the 25th is actually Sunday, so I will do it Sunday at 10 PM PT (Pacific Time).

I wanted to share with you some beautiful placecards that Veronica from Italy made while we stayed with her family last month. I gave Veronica some stamps as a gift when we stayed with her family. We took a trip into Venice that day and came back to a wonderful meal and Veronica had stayed home to help with dinner and stamped name place cards for the dinner table using our Cherub stamps and Bird Note stamps. She is brand new to stamping and I love the creative way she used the stamps and colored them with her pencil crayons. Stamped placecards would be a great way to decorate your thanksgiving table or to bring as a festive little gift. Check out the card she stamped for her Dad the 'king' of the table!

I also have a couple of cute thank you cards I received I wanted to share with you today. This purse is actually an adorable little thank you card that Keri Sereika sent me that she created using paper from our Earthy Paper Pad she received when I sponsored the Card Positioning Team she is on. The CPS team has created some great samples using our paper and Clear Art Stamps you can see here!

I also received this sweet little thank you card and envelope that Tanya Ienicki created. She stamped the envelope with an assortment of our stamps and decorated the card with a sticker from our Heavenly Christmas Stickers.
In fact Tanya created a set of 6 Christmas Cards using this same sticker sheet and you can see all the samples here in Our Gallery. Our design team has been busy creating some fabulous samples with our 4 new stamps sets that you will be able to see Nov 25 but they are adding other cool samples to our gallery regularly that you have to check out!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Celebrate the Birth of This Blog and Win More Prizes!

Tonight we will draw for our new Little Chef set and the kit to make a magnetic menu board clipboard. Just list your favorite thing to cook by going to the previous post below here. My Mouth is watering reading all the yummy things that people have said they like to cook! It must be the cold weather because I’m also hooked on making big pots of soup. As Thanksgiving is almost here, we are going to release all the NEW STAMPS on Monday Nov 25. Ok we Canadians just have to be different, so we already had our Thanksgiving in October. Personally it always feels too early to me.

In celebration of the birth of this new blog I’m also announcing a new giveaway here for your choice of our Baby Boy or Baby Girl Stamp Set , plus - either our Little Boy or Little Girl Sweetchips Outfits, complete with the paper from our Pastel Paper Pad and our Baby Boy or Baby Girl Stickers and ribbon that was included in this kit that Vicki Chrisman taught last weekend. Just post here whether you would love to have the Baby Boy or Baby Girl Set and I will have someone here do a random draw this Wednesday Nov. 21st at 8 pm. Here are samples
of the chipboard outfits.




Here are samples of some of the adorable stamped cards the design team has created!
Michelle Wooderson made this cute card with our Baby Boy Stamps and paper from our Pastel Paper Pad and Pam Hooten made the other sweet card using our Baby Girl Stamps and paper.
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Linda Duke made her first ever baby scrapbook page with our Baby Boy stamps and it turned out adorable!

Plus – I will throw in a sheet of our adorable Baby Boy or Baby Girl Cotton Scraps! All 15 themes in our Homespun Cotton Scraps come with a paper backing so it’s easy to cut any images out. Then you just peel off the paper, fray the edges and you can stitch it or glue it to cards, paper, fabric or other surfaces. A glue stick works great to glue the cotton to paper. The baby cotton is so sweet! You can see all of the Chipboard, Stamps, Stickers and Cotton Scraps here.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

4 New Stamps Sets Coming and Prizes!

**Check out all of our Cooking Themed products HERE**

We have 4 new stamps sets coming out shortly! One is a medium size 4 x 6” set called Vintage Hardware which is packed full of 18 separate stamps. Then there are three small sets 3 x 4” each. Altered Art has 12 separate stamps, Mini Memories has 18 separate stamps and Little Chef has 14 stamps! I’m always amazed at how many stamps Cindy, our graphic designer can squeeze into every set. I’m so greedy, I keep adding more designs until she has to measure the pixels and arrange them like a puzzle to make them fit! The cost is the same, so I always want to offer maximum value back to the stamper.

Today I want to give you a sneak peek at some samples Lisa Zappa and Vicki Chrisman created with our Little Chef set and announce a contest to give away some prizes! Here are some adorable cards Lisa Zappa created using stamps from the Little Chef set! The little chipboard frame is from our Mini Sweetchips Frames coming out in January. The polka-dot paper is from our Radiant Paper Pad.


Anyone who posts what their favorite thing to cook is here will be eligible to win our NEW Little Chef stamp set - plus a kit we have from a class Vicki taught last week to create a Magnetic Menu Clipboard. Here is the clipboard made up and it includes 1 wood piece from our Wood Clipboard Album, paper from our Earthy Paper Pad, our Whats Cooking Stickers, the clothes pin (behind the rolling pin sticker), ric-rac, kitchen twill and 3 little brass charms.
The winners name will be randomly drawn by someone clueless (my hubby won’t have a clue) this Monday Nov 19th at 8 pm. Then tomorrow I will start a new contest, so check back for details!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Welcome to Our New Blog!

We have finished all our shows for the year so I decided there is no better time that now to start a blog for our Clear Art Stamps and Heartwarming Vintage products! As I am not a webmaster (or even very computer savy) so this is the fastest way to post our latest news, photos, links and information that may be helpful or inspiring to you. You will have to bear with my as I learn how to post photos and links!




Over the last year we have exhibited at several shows and met so many great people and had so much fun introducing our products to retailers and consumers. This photo was taken at the CHA Show in July where we introduced our new Sweetchips Outfits and Little Houses. I love all the samples our design team made!!! We had a little village of folding houses and outfits to suit every occasion. I just wish you could see the insides of all the houses and cards folded open!







Here is Lisa Zappa from our design team at the CHA Show in Chicago demonstrating our Clear Art Stamps. She wowed everyone with lots of cool ideas. Besides Lisa, we have 7 more super talented design team members including stampers; Anna Wight, Linda Duke, Michelle Wooderson and Pam Hooten and scrappers Vicki Chrisman, Annette Prudhome and Janel Brown. Some ladies have blogs and I will post links as soon as I figure out how to!
We are approaching our 1 year anniversary for this new stamp line and I'm happy to say we now have 27 themes in a mix of large, medium and small sets!



Our graphic designer Cindy van Koll has done an amazing job of adding so many detailed and interactive designs to every set and I know I drive her crazy (I want it all) but I'm so proud of each and every set for the quality, number of images and creative possibilities! I'm hooked and I have this enormous collection of images and many more ideas for new stamps sets, so stay tuned!



This photo was taken last week at the BC Creative Show we attended in Abbotsford BC. Vicki Chrisman on the left came up from Nebraska to teach classes as well as local stamper Lisa Strahl. Sherrie Seimens (in the middle) ran our make-n-take table which was very busy! I'm on the right and Cindy had to leave as her ankle swelled up. Megan from our office came to help and it was a super busy and fun weekend!
I have more exciting news including 4 new stamp designs to show you, so come back and visit!