Friday, December 28, 2007

Party Hat & Cone Pattern

Hello, If your looking for a fun New Years idea or you just want to file this idea away for a birthday or occasion to celabrate you can save this pattern and we will be adding more ideas to our online gallery!

Party Hats are trendy, fun and can be embellised to suit any theme! Party Cones, often called cornets, were popular Victorian decorations and they work great for New Years, Valentines Day, birthdays, baby or wedding showers, Halloween and other celebrations

This pattern will print on 8.5 x 11” paper or cardstock to create a Party Hat to wear and a festive cone you can decorate and fill with treats, flowers or party favors. If you punch 2 small holes on either side you can add elastic to keep the hat on, or add ribbon or wire to hang your cone and fill it with all kinds of goodies to suit almost any occasion and celebration! You can print the pattern from the Free Project area on our website here: http://www.craftysecrets.com/projects.htm

You can print the pattern and cut it out to use as a template and trace it over plain or pattern paper or felt and depending on your theme there are numerous embellishment possibilities! You can add double sided tape to the little tab on the side or extend the pattern on the side to make a larger hat.

* Note – This pattern also fits on our 6 x 12” paper from our 4 Paper Pads which are double sided and make the inside of your cones look cool!

Here are some Fun Party Hats from our Vicki Chrisman and Lisa Zappa on our design team! Please click on the link below to see more hat ideas and get the supply lists.


See more samples of party hats here

Here is some great cornet cones Pam Hooten and Lisa Zappa from our design team.

The swirl on the tag is off our Chreub stamp set that Vicki Chrisman is giving away in the free blog candy draw she is hosting here! Enter to win and she may draw your name Jan 2 for our Cherub and French Mail stamp sets. a Seasonal Booklet, Valentine Stickers and 1 of our Sweetchips Houses!

See more samples of party cones here and get the supply lists

Embellishing Ideas for Party Hats or Cones!
Add copies of old or funny photos and images to fit your theme, you can also stamp on your paper, add stickers, miniature d├ęcor, straight, curled or folded ribbon, add some bling with glitter, tinsel garland, faux jewels, lace, trims, tulle, feathers, paint, pom poms, flowers, chipboard letters, die cut shapes and frames, banner titles, and personalize with names or add numbers for a birthday.... Whew! You better check out our Sexy Little Number and Alphabet Stamps!

Have a fun weekend!

Sandy

New Blog Candy and Christmas Photos

This week Vicki Chrisman our design team leader is hosting a free blog candy giveaway with our products and she has choosen a great prize package you can win by simply entering here on her blog! You can also check out the stunning valentine cards she stamped using a combo of our French Mail and Cherub stamp sets which she has picked as part of the prize, plus - 1 sheet of Valentine Stickers, 1 of our Heartwarming Vintage Seasonal Booklets and 1 of our Sweetchips Houses!

Vicki will do a random draw on Jan 2, plus she is hosting another prize of 10 issues of Scrapbook Dimensions which she will draw on Jan 1, so if you enter you have a chance to win that as well!

UPDATE: see our NEW Seasonal Image and Journal book here

Here is a sample of some of the pages from our Seasonal book included in the draw, so be sure to enter and check out all the cool ideas she has on her blog! Our Seasonal Booklet is one of our most popular selling titles in this series as the images work great to decorate cards or seasonal layouts, but people also love to use it to make calendars as the 12 month titles are also included on 2 pages in the book. As this is calendar season I will mention again that we have a free 2008 calendar download on our homepage at http://www.craftysecrets.com/ that prints the 12 months on 8.5 x 11" paper, so you can cut out the months to decorate mini calendars. Plus we have a blank calendar template designed to fit our calendar stamp set as a free download.
I promised I would post some Christmas photos and we had a really fun Christmas with 16 people for dinner. This is a photo of my 3 daughters and I wearing our silly hats. I'm so proud of my girls! Katie on the left just graduated with her Batchelor of Arts Degree! Chelsea (with her eyes closed) is in her first year in 4 year Recreation Therapy program to work with seniors and Holly on the right is the assisant to 2 owners of a big steel company. I am thrilled that they have all become best friends, as I use to worry listening to them argue when they were younger.
The other photo has their friends Leah, Samantha and Joanna. The name tags Chelsea and Katie are wearing (Santa and Diana Ross) are from a game we played called 'Who Am I?. Everyone gets a label on their back with a name which can be anyone famous including cartoon characters and they try and guess but can only ask 'yes' or 'no' questions. It's really fun and I love that it can go on for hours and can stop and start up again easily.

We do a big brunch every Christmas after we open gifts and invite my mom and dad. They have been wonderful helpers in my business! Besides our girls, my husband Scott and Katies boyfriend Ryan are in the photo. This other photo is of our dog Otis, our company mascot. He often has a goofy costume on but he isn't wearing his Santa suit this time. Ho, Ho Ho!

If your looking for New years ideas, tomorrow I'm going to post photos of party hats and festive cones with a pattern, so come back and visit. Plus there are all sorts of inspiring samples our fantastic design team continually creates that you can see here in our online Samply Gallery.
Cheers!
Sandy


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Win More FREE Blog Candy!

Hurry over to Lisa Zappas blog here to win some FREE blog candy! Lisa, one of our very talented design team members is giving away a free Coffee & Tea set, a new Little Chef stamp set, a Wacky & Wonderful Vintage Booklet and a sheet of our Cooking Homespun Cotton Scraps later today when she gets home from work.
You can also see some of the fabulous cards Lisa has created using the Coffee & Tea stamp set on her blog and read some of the touching comments people have posted about their favorite memory over the holidays.
Lisa has a great sense of humor and she's has had fun dressing up the 'retro chickies' on the Coffee & Tea stamps with different hats and color schemes to suit various themes. Here she has turned them into Java Queens with crowns she cut from paper in our Radiant Paper Pad and then she made Halloween cards using them with paper from our Earthy Paper pad and Halloween stickers. You can click both photos to see them larger.



Here are some sweet tags Lisa made using our new Little Chef stamp set that is also part of the blog candy she is giving away! You can get a supply list and more samples here!
Plus here is an adoarble card Linda Duke from our design team created using the Little Chef Stamp set and the little Mmm... boy from our Cooking Homespun Cotton Scraps - which Lisa is a
also giving away!

Lisa has also choosen to give away one of our Wacky & Wonderful Booklets, so don't forget to head over to Lisa's blog today and enter! You can click here to visit our online store directory to find our products locally or buy here online!


I hope you all had a great Christmas!
I will be posting photos tomorrow and more blog candy to be given away next!

Heartwarmingly,
Sandy












Friday, December 14, 2007

WIN OUR FREE BLOG CANDY!

We are doing another great giveaway and this time Anna Wight (Sweet Miss Daisy) who is another talented designer from our team is hosting it on her blog and she has picked some fantastic goodies to give away! You can WIN:

1 Bird Note Stamps set, 1 Cherub Stamp set, 1 Bird Cotton Scraps and 1 of our Wacky & Wonderful Books!

You just need to pop over to Anna's Blog here and tell her what your favorite holiday treat is. Be sure to leave your name and she will draw a random winner on Wed. Dec 19th at 12 noon Central time. Anna has created some fantastic samples with all of our products but she has a soft spot for animals and loves our birdy stuff. You have to checkout the incredible photos she has taken of animals and life on her farm!

Check out the wonderful card Anna created on her blog using our Bird Note and Cherub Stamps.
Plus here is a sweet clothes pin bag Pam Hooten from our design team made using an image from our Bird Cotton Scraps. Michelle Kovack also created this pretty cornet cone to decorate her door using the bird stamps.

Anna stamped this card using one of my favorite stamps from our Cherub set. This was our very first stamp set and it's only 1 year old! This cute little cherub is from a wedding book I have from the 1800's.


Here is an adorable 'little note' card Julie Ebersole (past DT member) made using our Bird Note and Cherub stamps. The tiny page is blank on the stamp set, so you can stamp 'Love warms every nest' 'A little note' or write your own note. The great thing with clear stamps is you can see through a stamp so you can add a small heart or design in the center of the blank note!


You can see lots more fabulous samples using birds from our Bird Note Stamps, Bird Cotton Scraps and more if you visit our online gallery here

We even have a page in our Wacky & Wonderful Book with bird images. Those bird shown on the page have become so darn popular we used 2 on the Bird Cotton, plus Cindy (our #1 graphic designer) turned the ones sitting on the branch into the stamp featured on the lower rt corner of our Bird Note stamp set. Here's a sample of some pages in the Wacky book. It a 32 pages with a real mix of some of my favorite wacky images and the most beautiful. You can click on the picture to see the pages larger.


PS - Anna also has an online store and carries some of our products in here.
or you can check our Store Locator on our website

Happy holidays!
Sandy

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Win More FREE Stamps, Vintage Cuts and Cotton Scraps!

Linda Duke, another very talented designer from our team is going to being doing a random draw for more free goodies on Dec 12! She has choosen to give away 2 of our medium size Clear Art Stamps called Rosy Wishes and the Vintage Hardware set, plus - 1 sheet of our Love & Romace Cuts, 1 sheet of our Flower Cotton Scraps and 1 of our Romance Cotton Scraps! You can enter to win on Linda's blog here

You also have to check out the beautiful card on her blog that she created using a piece of the Flower Cotton, stamps from Rosy Wishes and floral diamond paper from our Pastel Paper Pad.

Linda puts a lot of love into every sample she creates and you can tell by the little details she added to each of these calendar pages she created using our Calendar set with some of our other stamps along with various vintage images from our Seasonal Booklet, Cotton Scraps and Stickers. I hope Linda will keep creating new months to add to our online gallery!

See the details here for December sample here

See details here for November sample here
See details here for the October sample here
See details here for the September sample here
Speaking of calendars, you can also see DT member Pam Hooten's adorable little dress calendar and other great samples from our design team in our online gallery here. Plus if you are looking for monthly pages to create your own calendars, we now have 2 styles as free downloads on the home page of our website. The 2008 calendar sheet has the little months you can cut out. Our new decorative template has blank months and works perfect with our new Calendar Stamp Set! You can print the calendar pages on paper or light colored cardstock.

Our Get Round Book features a calendar Vicki Chrisman (from our design team) created by recycling 6 old CD's and decorating each side. Our Get Creative Book features a calendar Jennifer created from the Mystic Paper Store in AZ with pages that fit on a CD case that bends back to sit easel style. Both projects use the 2008 style mini calendar sheets you can dowload free from our website but the images and 12 monthly name titles are from our Seasonal Booklet.

PS - Don't forget to enter the contest on Linda's blog, you just have to tell her what you want for Christmas. Good luck!