Thursday, December 31, 2009

CHA News, Great Video, Samples & Last Day for Shop Hop Sale

CHA News & a Peek
Great Technique Video by Beate Johns

More Samples
Question on Image CD & Prize
Last Day for Shop Hop Sale

I’m so excited I have to show you a little peek of a couple of new items we have coming out for the CHA Show in Anaheim, CA next month! We will have several new Clear Art Stamp Sets including this Office 101 set (see box below)plus Alice in Wonderland, Animal Fun, Art Studio,
Created By, Flowers, French Phrases, Mermaids, Photo Studio, Vintage Designs and more stamp sets!

Plus – we will have new Creative Scraps and Shadow Box Kits by Vicki Chrisman! I will be announcing our Design Team Challenge to debut them and a great Giveaway next week! You can see some of the images from our Altered Fairy Scraps in the little box below.


Beate Johns from Splitcoaststampers.com amazes me every time I watch one of her technique videos because she creates such great samples quickly, teaches cool techniques and makes it look so easy with step by step instructions! Check out Beate's latest 'Rolling Marbles Tutorial' video HERE. She used our SM5 Fairies Stamp set and shows you step by step how to create this pretty card!


Look at the pretty card DT member Michele Kovack designed using the little girl and kitten from our Couple of Cuties Stamp Set! Michele created 2 cards and will be posting the other adorable card on her blog HERE.




I adore this circle card DT Member Melissa Phillips created for Emma's Paperie . The little girl laying in the grass is from an old child's book I bought from the late 1800's and I had to buy the book as soon as I saw her. To me, the picture conveys pure bliss and it's on our Calendar Creative Scraps. I want to publish her and other beautiful images I have in large sizes. Would you like large images on a CD that you could print in various sizes to suit your projects? What would you like to see most? Birds, Children, Flowers, Paper Designs, Seasonal images??? Please leave a comment and tell me what you want most? I will draw a name Jan 5/10 for a $30.00 gift certificate for some of our new products! I really appreciate your feedback!


Today is the last day of our Shop Hop Sale and we've had a tremendous response! The sale is in our Shopatron Store HERE and be sure to enter this CODE: Shophop to receive free shipping. Please include your email address so we can email you the Free 3D Eiffel Tower Download Link. (Scroll down to see DT leader Vicki Chrisman's cool sample).

In the message box on the order page, please state what free stamp set you would like, or we can pick for you.
* Orders over $25.00 get a free Small Clear Art Stamp Set
* Orders over $50.00 get a free Medium Clear Art Stamp Set
* Orders over $100.00 get a free Large Clear Art Stamp Set

We also have 50% off the last sale marked price of all our old Heartwarming Expressions Stickers and Books to clear the last out!

Vicki used the 3D Eiffel Tower Download Pattern we are emailing to everyone who places an order during the Shop Hop Sale. She printed it on a multi color pink cardstock. I love her idea to add a tea light under it. It takes 2 pieces 8.5 x 11” to make the 3D Eiffel Tower, which stands about 9” tall. It’s a bit of a pain to cut out and glue but it looks pretty cool. You could use it for fun dinner table d├ęcor, for a party hat, on a gift, or other creative project. Would you like projects like this on a CD???

Here is the link to the other Splitcoast company members involved in the sale.
I hope you all have a very fun New Years. We are going to see in Avatar in 3D Imax, then for Indian food and then to a local pub to bring in the New Year with friends. Have to live it up as it's my birthday Jan 1st. Older but wiser and I feel good. I've been on a health kick and I'm finally starting to lose some post menopasal flab!
I wish you a year filled with joy, creativity & love!
Sandy Redburn
Owner
Crafty Secrets
Our Website: www.craftysecrets.com

Toll Free Phone or Fax 1-888 597-8898
Local Phone 604 597-8817
Crafty Secrets Head Office
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Surrey, BC V3S 8R4
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Blaine, WA 98230
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Code for Shop Hop SALE & Photo of Free Eiffel Tower Bonus!

Hi Everyone,

I promised to post a sample made with our free Eiffel Tower Pattern download. We are sending to every person placing an order during our Shop Hop Sale Dec 25 – 31/09. We are teaming up with company members HERE on Splitcoast and having our BIGGEST SALE EVER!

The free pattern (valid during sale) prints on 2 pieces of card stock and allows you to make the 4 sided Eiffel Tower shown above, which stands 9” tall. Try printing it on pink card stock! Use for table settings and write names on the little flag pattern included! Cindy van Koll, our graphic designer, created from old etchings of the actual tower.

Please scroll down below to get all the sale details Dec 26 - 31/09!
The sale runs Dec 26 to 31/09 in our Shopatron Store HERE and be sure to enter this CODE: Shophop to receive free shipping. Please include your email address and we will email you the download link and also include it with your order).

In the message box on the order page, please state what free stamp set you would like, or we can pick for you.
* Orders over $25.00 will get a free Small Clear Art Stamp Set

* Orders over $50.00 will get a free Medium Clear Art Stamp Set

* Orders over $100.00 will get a free Large Clear Art Stamp Set

We are also going to have 50% off the last sale marked price of all our old Heartwarming Expressions Stickers and Books!

PS - Please CLICK HERE if you missed our FREE Christmas download GIFTS. No purchase required for this. It's our Christmas gift in thanks for your support! Includes:
1 Jumbo sized Christmas Angels Antique Postcard
1 Christmas Sheet Music from 1895

Merry Christmas!

Sandy Redburn
Owner Crafty Secrets
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Visit Our Online Store Here

This Blog: http://heartwarmingvintage.blogspot.com/

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

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Giant Shop Hop SALE Details!

Our biggest Sale EVER - Shop Hop SALE starts Dec 26/09 and runs until Jan 31/09. You can read all the details below!


From Dec 26 to Jan 31/09 every order placed on Shopatron using our shophop code will recieve free shipping and a free gift! We are also including a link to a free download for a 3D Eiffel Tower pattern. (include your email address and we will email it and include the link with your order). It will allow you to make a 4 sided Eiffel Tower that stands approximately 7.5” tall. The pattern prints on 2 pieces of cardstock and our graphic artist Cindy van Koll did a fantastic job! I will make a sample and post it tomorrow. I want Cindy to add a couple of things - a banner and little flag!

PLUS - LOOK at these extra FREE GIFTS!!!
Orders over $10.00 will get a free sheet of Vintage Cardstock Stickers

Orders over $25.00 will get a free Small Clear Art Stamp Set

Orders over $50.00 will get a free Medium Clear Art Stamp Set

Orders over $100.00 will get a free Large Clear Art Stamp Set


We are also going to have 50% off the last sale marked price of all our old Heartwarming Expressions Stickers and Books!

PS - Please CLICK HERE if you missed our FREE Christmas download GIFTS
No purchase required - this is a Christmas gift in thanks for your support!
1 Jumbo sized Christmas Angels Antique Postcard
1 Christmas Sheet Music from 1895

Merry Christmas!
From Sandy, Cindy & Jessica
Crafty Secrets Office

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Visit Our Online Store Here
This Blog: http://heartwarmingvintage.blogspot.com
Our Website: http://www.craftysecrets.com/


Toll Free Phone or Fax 1-888 597-8898
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Monday, December 21, 2009

My Christmas Printable Gifts and HUGE Boxing Day Sale!

2 Printable Christmas Gifts for you!
Some Pretty Samples
Boxing Blow Out Day Sale Coming!

I promised I would be back with a free Christmas printable gift and I have 2 for you this year! I wanted to make it special to thank you for all your support and encouragement! The first is this Christmas angel postcard. Please remember, these are for personal use - not for resale. Click on the image to enlarge it and right click on the big image to save it in a picture file. It's gigantic, so you will have to resize it for smaller projects! Have fun playing and please email me a photo of your creation if you have time.

Here is my second present - free printable Christmas sheet music! Click it on to enlarge the image and save it in a picture file. You don't even have to feel guilty about tearing or inking it!

Okay, now I want to show you some pretty samples!
I love the colors on this adorable card DT member Michele Kovack made featuring our Snowbunnies Stamp Set. You can get all the details and other supplies used HERE on Michele's blog.
DT member Melissa Phillips created this beautiful sample with one of my favorite images from our Birds & Blossoms Scraps. You can see the rest of the card HERE on Melissa's blog.

Pam Strobel hosted a fun challenge over at Splitcoast to create a card using any of our products and use mainly white. I adore this card she made suing an image from our Christmas Image & Journal Notes Booklet and they way she added all her layers of white! You can see the Gallery of samples HERE and get all the details HERE.


If you are feeling creative and want to play - Marcie Talbert is hosting a new challenge HERE on Splitcoast this week and here are her hints:
What you do to the Christmas tree
What you include with a big meal: "all the ____ "
The name of a kind of seafood or a favorite paper crafting embellishment
A preset stitch on a sewing machine
Marcie's extra hints: the answers are three different words. You can use one of these or all three on your project.

Don't forget to come back on Boxing Day for our BIG BLOWOUT SALE we are having with some other Splitcoast member companies.
We will be clearing out some odd ball items for SUPER CHEAP! Plus there will be free shipping and assorted specials! I will post more details tomorrow.

I hope you all have a Christmas filled with Joy & Love!
Sandy Redburn
OwnerCrafty Secrets
Visit Our Store Locator
Visit Our Online Store Here
Our Website: 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
Thursday, December 17, 2009

CHA Excitement! Xmas Cards & Decor and Family Photos

Hi Everyone,
We will have over 10 new stamp sets for CHA next month! Plus - we just received samples of a very cool new product we will be releasing for the CHA Show and all I can say is WOW!!!

Our design team leader, the talented Vicki Chrisman came up with a fantastic idea and 2 designs and we have teamed up with AccuCut and they turned out so cool! Our entire team will be receiving samples and I’m so excited to see what they come up with! I can tell you it’s 3D, very versatile and perfect for show casing all kinds of projects! I can't show you samples until next month but I can promise it will be worth the wait!

Speaking of Vicki, look at this adorable Christmas house she made last year with our Sweetchips Folding House. You can see more photos of the inside with photos and her other Christmas house HERE on Vicki's blog.

I have more great Christmas ideas to share. Look at these adorable Bingo tree ornaments past DT member Lisa Zappa just sent me using our Seasons Greetings stamp set! I love the way she stamped the wacky looking little Santa over again so they could hold hands across her card!

We miss Lisa and hope she will re-join our design team but for now she is going to send samples when she has time to play. She started a fun tradition last year decorating her tree with old Bingo card she alters.

Here's Lisa's third card using the Seasons Greetings Stamp set. Sorry I don't know the accent paper but I love the mini garland and snowflakes!


I also wanted to show you another Christmas stamp set you may have and don’t realize how versatile it is. Look at this IDEA SHEET below that Cindy van Koll our graphic designer made to show how you can mix and match the stamps from our Christmas Joy Clear Art Stamp Set.

Here is a beautiful card that DT member Heidi Blakenship created using gold metallic embossing and liquid glitter snow to really accent her ornaments and the single tree branch she re-stamped to create a big branch.

DT member Pam Hooten used the Christmas Joy stamp set on this gift tag, stamping the pine branch and swirl pattern in brown and placing her stamped ornament with the greeting she cut out on top. It looks like she cut the 25 off a bingo style sheet.


Here is a Bingo Christmas ornament Lisa created last year using the Christmas Joy Stamp set to stamp ornament shapes on great pattern papers to cut and 'hang' from her card. Try clicking the image to see it bigger. Sometimes it works and others times - no luck.

I love this cute Christmas card DT member Michele Kovack created HERE using stamps from the Christmas Joy Stamp Set! The way she colored the little birdie to match her papers is perfect.
Every time I look at this card that DT member Marisa Grosson created I can't get over the fact that she used the tiny holly sprig branch off Christmas Joy to build this beautiful wreath! She did tell me she used a pencil to map out her placement and was then able to mask the bow so she could stamp it on as well. Geez, I know our DT has done masking tutorials but I can't find them right now so I'm adding a link HERE to 5 different masking articles on Splitcoaststampers.com. Marisa also has more samples if you click on her name above.
Here is a scrapbook layout Melissa Waldorf created using the same Christmas Joy stamp set. It looks so classy and pretty in the red & white.

I just spotted this cute Christmas ornament DT member Michele Kovack made using a Santa image from our Christmas Postcard Kit on a Pringle Chip lid! You can get more details HERE on Michele's blog.
DT member Melissa Phillips stitched paper across a white card here and added the Dec month from our Calendar Scraps and the little baking girls from our What's Cooking Stickers to create this adorable little calendar card.

Now for a couple of 'NOT Christmas' samples. I spotted this wonderful tag that DT member Linda Duke designed using a birdy image from our Birds & Botanicals Booklet with a couple of Spellbinders dies, Glimmer Mist, Distress Inks . I like they way she added Flower Soft to the center of her sunflower. You can get all the details and see more photos HERE on Linda's blog.

I have been battling a horrible flu bug which is making me super frustrated because I rarely get sick and I've even been on a big health kick. This card made me laugh out loud when I saw the way Sophia La Fontaine stamped the little sick bear (from our Feeling Yucky stamp set) into a bed she drew and stamped the nurse and the tray. The purple makes it all pop and it makes me feel better just looking at it!
Okay, now I have a few family photos to share. We have lots of Dec birthdays in our family and we were celebrating my Dad's and Scott's in this photo and made them wear the stupid hats. We went 10 pin bowling and the girls beat the guys - yeah!!!


This photo was taken of my daughters Holly 24, Chelsea 22, Katie 27 and myself at a Christmas party last week. They are fun to hang out with because they really have become best friends. When they were little and fought non stop I use to tell them they would be best friends one day and to never say anything they would regret. My heart swells up with joy knowing they have grown into such wonderful women. I love them so much!

Here are my 3 daughters with their sweet boyfriends Anthony and Ryan. As a mom you realize the most important thing you want for your children is their happiness and I'm so happy my girls are happy!

Lastly, I will leave you with the latest photo of our mascot Otis. My youngest daughter Chelsea was searching for his Santa suit today and somehow he ended up in his little devil suit. He is in need of a bath and haircut and so this outfit seems truly appropriate!


I'm going to post a great FREE Christmas download on my next post so come back and visit!

Wishing you joy & creativity!
Sandy Redburn
OwnerCrafty Secrets



Toll Free Phone 1-888 597-8898
Toll Free Fax 1-888 597-2578
Local Phone 604 597-8817

Crafty Secrets Head Office
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Blaine, WA 98230
Monday, December 7, 2009

Design Team Kitchen Challenge & Christmas Sticker Ideas

Hi Everyone,

In this Post:
Our DT Kitchen Challenge
Welcome to DT Guest Julie Campbell
Link to More Cooking-Kitchen Samples
Christmas Sticker Ideas
Calendar Idea Link

Today is our Design Team Kitchen Theme Challenge which DT leader Vicki Chrisman organized and I’m excited to share links to the fantastic samples our DT ladies have created! DT members Heidi Blankenship and Linda Duke won’t be with us this week but I want to welcome Julie Campbell, who is joining in as our Guest Designer! Please click on the links below to see what each lady has created. Be sure to enter to win the giveaways on both Vicki and Michelle’s blogs

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader (Recipe Box Giveaway)

Pam Hooten

Marisa Grosson

Michele Kovack (Hosting $30.00 Giveaway!)

Michelle Van Etten

Melissa Phillips

Flo Teixeira English Translator on Rt Side

Julie Campbell Guest Designer

Julie Campbell is a regular member at Splitcoast and a big fan of our products. She usually joins in the Crafty Secrets Challenges over there and takes turns hosting them. Needless to say – she has created some fantastic projects you can see HERE in her SC gallery! I adore this cute card she created using the old Cambell's Soup kids image from our Homemade Booklet along with the little boy and girl soup kids from our Kitchen Classics Stamp set.


DT member Heidi Blakenship is having computer grief and couldn't join in on our challenge but I love this idea she did with the tea bag from our Coffee & Tea Clear Art Stamp Set. It would be a perfect little gift for a tea lover.

Click HERE to see more kitchen-cooking theme samples in our online gallery!

We have so many cooking - kitchen theme products I've put links here to each of them so you can see what they look like. If you like our thiings, please ask your favorite retailer to carry them. Kitchen Classics Clear Art Stamps , Sweet Stuff Clear Art Stamps , Little Chef Clear Art Stamps , Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps , Kitchen Mail Postcard Kit , Homemade Image & Journal Booklet , What’s Cooking Stickers , Kitchen Time Vintage Cuts.


I wanted to share some creative sticker ideas for what you can create with our Christmas Memories and our Heavenly Christmas Cardstock Stickers.

DT member Linda Duke also couldn't join in our challenge today but I want to show you these beautiful gift tags and the box she created recently using our both of Christmas Sticker sheets with Graphic 45 Papers. Click HERE to see the rest of the tags and Linda’s box.



Look at these 2 very pretty tags that Melissa Phillips created using our Heavenly Christmas Stickers and the Fancy Alpha Frames from Tattered Angels.


I love this pretty ornament DT leader Vicki Chrisman created last year with our Heavenly Christmas Stickers and one of the Clear Tree Ornaments from Page Frames, Alcohol inks and Lumieres, along with Art Institute fine gold glitter.


We have so many new visitors I wanted to post the sheet again with all the samples Tanya Ilnicki, from Abbotsford BC, designed using our Heavenly Christmas Stickers for a previous class at Memory Weavers.


DT Member Pam Hooten made me this beautiful Christmas memory bracelet from Rusty Pickle using stickers she cropped from our Christmas Memories Stickers


Look at this fabulous folding box Jen Lowe had published a couple of years ago also using our Christmas Memories Stickers and Christmas Cuts.

Here is the box opened up. This is an older project that Jenn had published in a Craft Magazine and it was very cool, so I will ask her if she has directions.


This cool little treasure box was made from match boxes that Jessie Hurley created and embellished with our Christmas Memories Stickers.
I had said I would post more calendar ideas this month but I noticed most of them are in our website Gallery so HERE is the link.

Don't forget to enter on Michele and Vicki's blogs to win stuff!

Wishing you joy and creativity
Sandy Redburn
Owner


Toll Free Phone 1- 888 597-8898
Toll Free Fax 1-888 597-2578
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
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cutie Stamps Arrived! Cool Christmas Ideas and More!

In This Post

Cuties Stamp Set is Here & Pam Hooten's Cards!
Christmas Santa Box Video & Angel Card by Beate Johns
Christmas Ornaments & LO by Vicki Chrisman
Christmas Baking Gift Tags by Lisa Zappa
Sweet Stuff Birthday Card by Darlene Pavlick
Sweet Stuff Layout by Heidi Blankenship
Splitcoast Challenge by Lori Lynn Washburn

Hi Everyone,
Our new Couple of Cuties Stamp Set has arrived and is shipping to stores now! This set turned out so adorable and I love this sweet card DT member Pam Hooten created with it! You can get Pam's instructions HERE on her blog and see 2 more very cute cards she designed with this stamp set! The photo of the stamp set seems to be missing on Shopatron right now so I've shown it below.

When this wonderful little candy box from Beate Johns arrived in the mail I was amazed at how beautiful and clever it is! Beate even created a video tutorial on making these boxes after she was inspired by Angie Tieman (the original creator) from Splitcoast. The boxes look easy (if you have a Scorpal). The fancy top was cut with a Top Note Die from Stampin Up and embellished using our Vintage Christmas Stamp set. We had a larger Chipboard Album in this shape that sold out but will be back later this month. Click HERE to watch the video (you need to login) and get the supply list from Beate on Splitcoast Stampers or view the video here on youtube.

Beate also created this stunning Christmas card using our Believe Stamp Set and I love the way the card sits up easel style! Beate stamped the decorative corners and flourish on the right side using our Serenity Prayer Stamp Set and she gives step by step instructions HERE on the Crafty Secrets section of her blog if you scroll down past the box and cracked glass tutorials. (you need to login)



Head DT member Vicki Chrisman created a set of 6 great tree ornaments using images from our Christmas Creative Scraps. You can see them all HERE on her blog and get the details. I love the way she turned some of them into mini shaker boxes and added shimmery snow. The fancy frames are here from Tattered Angels.


Here is a cute Christmas photo wall hanging keepsake Vicki also made using the snowman and lady with a sentiment from our Christmas Creative Scraps on one of the wood pieces from our Wood Clipboard Album. Red check paper is from our Earthy Paper Pad.

You can see the snow couple up close here.


Past DT member Lisa Zappa made this cute tags last Christmas but I wanted to show them again because they are perfect for dressing up Christmas Baking gifts. Lisa used our Mini Chef stamp set and the Merry Christmas stamp is from our Vintage Christmas set.


Another popular stamp set with a baking theme is our Sweet Stuff Set that Darlene Pavlick used to make this sweet birthday card.


Here is the same Sweet Stuff Stamp Set which DT member Heidi Blankenship used to design this special layout of one of her sons in the kitchen baking with her. Heidi used 'Labels' Spellbinders Nestabilities set to die cut cardstock to stamp on.


I wanted to tell you about a fun challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers that Lori Lynn Washburn is hosting. Lori made it easy for anyone to join in and post a sample created with any of our products - you just need to add any 5 embellishments/ Lori used 5 black rhinestones on this cute card she created using the trailer image from our Travel Creative Scraps. You can see all the samples in the Gallery HERE and get the details HERE.


I'm excited that our next DT challenge that Vicki is hosting will be Dec 7th and it's a Cooking/Baking theme , so be sure to come back and see what everyone creates!

Wishing you joy and creativity
Sandy Redburn
Owner

Toll Free Phone 1- 888 597-8898
Toll Free Fax 1-888 597-2578
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