Saturday, April 16, 2011

Blog Giveaway, Great Copic & Watercolor Cards, Video Tutorial & Pretty Scrap Samples

Hi Everyone,  Sorry for the delay with this blog post, life got in the way.  I do have a fun Giveaway for 3 of the Image & Journal Notes Booklets we just had reprinted and I picked our Happy Easter stamp Set but the winner can pick any items worth $35.00 if they prefer and we will cover the shipping. I will announce a random.org winner next Thurs, April 21/11.


I like the changes and colors in the revised Birds & Botanical and Childhood so much more I put the old ones on sale ($2.00 off) for $4.75 while quantities last. The Christmas Booklet was fine and didn't need many changes.


DT Member Heidi Blakenship designed this stunning birthday card using our Poppy Clear Art Stamp set, with the Dragonfly.  The border and the background text stamps are from Artsy Banners and the pretty sentiment is from our Angel Blessings SetHeidi gives great step by step instructions HERE on her blog

Look at this super pretty 3D Shadow Box that DT Member Julie Campbell created using an AccuCut Portrait Shadow Box ( by designer Vicki Chrisman) and embellishing it with our Altered Fairy and Love Mail Creative Scraps. The pearls and ribbon add extra pretty appeal.


Julie also made this lovely thank you card after winning a great prize package. The bashful lady is from our Girlfriend Creative Scraps and you can get details HERE on Julie's Blog.


I have a couple of very charming cards by Tammy Roberts our Guest Designer last month .  I love the sunny warm yellow of this card and how well it goes with the pinks and image from our Little Blessings Creative Scraps.


Tammy used one of the poems from our Love Mail Creative Scraps on this card
and it turned out so pretty!  You can see the posting HERE on her blog


Remember last week when I posted a link to the video Beate Johns did on how to paint with bleach?  She sent me a link to a new Video Tutorial she made on Stamping With Bleach  and she used our Love you Mother Clear Art Stamps.


I have more inspiring and fun cards by our April Guest Designer Sophie La Fontaine!        On this adorable card Sophie used the little girl and rose from Thinking of You, She drew the picture frame, window and curtains and stamped the border. The barn is from our Down on the Farm Stamp set, the little house is from the mini stamp set in our Family Postcard Kit.


This card crack me us with the way Sophie stamped the barn again and the sheep reading from our Book Lovers stamp set. She used a Cuttlebug and Divine Swirls for the sky and you can read all the details and full supply list HERE on her Splitcoast Gallery.

Here is a new card Sophie stamped with our Feel Better stamps and colored with Copic Markers. I like the way she has the nurse holding a big flower she stamped with text and how she just painted a long stem.

This card is older but I wanted to show how she used the same Feel Better set and has the nurse holding the medicine tray and drew a bed for the little bear stamp from the set.
I wanted to show you the 'Story of Me Stamp Set' that Sophie used on the next card, so you could see how she transformed the little boy into a little girl.


Recipe Book Girl - Sophie says; "I made this card for my niece and so turn the boy into a girl I drew little hairbows and pigtails, added ruffles to the socks and shorts, cut off the top tuft of hair. Oh, also I colored the shoes like black Mary Janes."  Stamp sets used: Child with book from Story of Me, Shelf supports from: Frame It, Foods & "Recipes" from: Kitchen Classics, Wall design from: Floral Art, Girl on book's cover and decorative shelf from mini stamp set in: Kitchen Mail Postcard Kit
Car Lover Boy Sophie says; "I made this card for my nephew Luke who loves cars and I had fun painting flames on the car." Clear Art Stamp sets used: Boy with Book: Story of Me, Large & small car and flag: Car Classics.  Word ‘Imagine’ from Story Time Vintage Postcard Kit

Don't forget to enter our Giveaway by leaving a comment here on the blog.  

I came back to edit this and ask a couple of questions if you want to include any feedback in your comment. Do you prefer to have stamp sets with several separate pieces you can build with, or do you like layered collage style designs better? Do you ever buy digital stamp downloads or would you be interested? 

Note: I will be posting details on our first CD, Creating With Vintage Patterns next week and I'm over the moon excited!

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128 comments:

ilovepapillons said...

These cards are all adorable. Love the images and the colors are beautiful. Just lovely.

busymartha said...

The cards are beautiful, very inspiring! Thanks for sharing Sandi!

jennifer said...

lovely samples! the giveaway is awesome too! We had about half a foot of snow yesterday, it had but melted away before this round, sure am ready for spring to hang around a bit longer.

Sheri said...

Love all of the springy cards. We were having spring weather and then this front moved in on Thursday and it rained all Thursday evening and night and all day yesterday. The wind has been wicked. This morning it is cloudy but not raining but very windy - and it is only 34 degrees with a wind chill of 18! Spring is gone and we are back into winter.

Anonymous said...

Sandi I love all the Crafty Secrets lines! And your design team is so talented... thanks for the opportunity to win!

artfuljourneys said...

Love your vintage images. Such cute cards. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Judy said...

What a beautiful collection of projects!! Each one is gorgeous on it's own. Your DT's rock!! We have had warmer weather here, but it has been raining a lot. My hyacynths are up and blooming so spring has sprung, it would be wonderful to have the hyancynth smell all year long. TFS

Jan said...

Beautiful projects!

Jan said...

Beautiful projects!

otomys said...

The cards and projects are stunning - I love to visit your blog for inspiration and to see all the products available. I bought my first Crafty Secrets clear stamp set and Birds and Blossoms creative scraps in March this year at a local craft show and I am totally hooked by your beautiful craft products. Everything is so loveley and thanks for sharing your talent.
Regards from South Africa,
Amelia x

PaulineJ said...

I absolutely love this blog and look forward to it every day.
I would love to win your journal
booklets. They are fabulous. Thanks for the smile this blog creates every day. Pauline

Lillian Child said...

Great projects. I especially like the farmhouse with the swirled embossing background. Reminds me of the winds we've been having lately here in the heartland. And we had SNOW mixed with rain last night, so spring is definitely dragging it's feet in my neck of the woods! Always so delightful to stop by and see everyone's fabulous creativity.

Johnwayne1947 said...

Love all the vintage items! I would never of thought of them, but they are so cute. I used one image last year as an invitation to grandma's Tea Party. It was so cute! Thanks for all the ideas.

Erin Smetak said...

OMG, LOVE the journal pads! And all of those samples from the DT are simply amazing! Fabulous giveaway!!!!
As for weather, yes, it's definitely spring weather here! RAIN! LOL! Yesterday was sunny and beautiful and today rain! April showers bring May flowers, so I'm not going to complain! Too much! ;)

Heather said...

Such wonderful projects, I truly like all of them! I really enjoy seeing all the neat things that your design team comes up with. THanks for hosting such a fun giveaway!

bethann said...

wow. so inspiring all of them. beautiful. this is the best DT

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

All those projects are absolutely gorgeous. I'm feeling inspired!
Angela

Sassy said...

Spring? What is that! We woke up to snow again this morning. All these cards are too darn cute!

Cheryl said...

I love all these cards. The colors, and the creative details are wonderful!

Cheryl said...

I love all these cards. The colors, and the creative details are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Wow!! So much latent.First time on your blog and I love it.

Linda said...

Love all the inspiration. Thank you so much.

vicky said...

The cards are beautiful! Thank you so much for all the inspiration!

Phyllis M. said...

Wishing for spring here one of these days has been raining and now this morning woke up to snow on the ground will be so happy to have spring come soon. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and for a chance to win. Love all the crafty secret products.

Santie said...

I just love all the gorgeous cards and projects and vintage images!!!!!

Semounsey@gmail.com

jamielady said...

What a great way to stat my mornings with your blog and a cup of coffee! Its been raining forever here in Seattle and all these wonderful samples make me want spring to come even more!!

Lana said...

What inspiring projects they are just awesome!!!!!!!!! The Easter stamp set is so darn cute!!!

Kristin M. said...

These are lovely. Thanks for giving us all another chance to win!

Kristin

Emmy said...

OMG! They are all so cute! I kept scrolling down shocked by how cute the next one! You gotta stop setting the bar so high for the rest of us! lol j/k! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Cottagerca said...

vintage images are so pretty. like the birds and botanicals
ava
cottagerca

Evette K. said...

Wow did these cards blow me away! Love the old look of the little girl and boy. Any vintage look I love. Sure would love to win some blog candy. Thanks for the opportunity.

jasu said...

Lovely images. Inspiring work from Dt.

Angela Fehr said...

Great projects - that poppy card is amazing! It's snowing here!

onefasfilly said...

I love card making with a vintage touch and Crafty Secrets always inspires me. Hoping I win some goodies.

Carla said...

These samples are all exquisite, each is special in so many ways! I can't believe you've improved the note booklets. How? How could they be any better? I'm obsessed with them and use them all the time! I can't wait to see what you've done, Sandy!

Gybogi said...

love it! and great give away too... :) we have spring here in Hungary! sunshine and a little wind... :)

Pastila said...

Oh, so beautiful projects!!!

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea to use the embossed swirl background for the sky. The sheep reading is adorable.
carol b

McStamper said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for the give-away.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone is ready for Spring to arrive. Sun is out here and looks like it will be a nice day. I love all the cards, anything vintage.

Pam said...

All the samples are gorgeous! We are having beautiful spring almost summer weather.

Sheri said...

I love Sophie's card with the view of the barn out the window. So adorable.

Donna said...

I love all of today's samples, of course, but Tammy's card really caught my eye---the colors are just gorgeous and so uplifting!! I sure would love to win your giveaway----dying to get my hands on some of your new fabulous product!! Thanks for a great blog post and inspiring DT work!

Dawn said...

I love the images, the cards are beautiful, I'm in FL we are definetly having spring weather

Sue said...

Your site always inspires me. I stumbled upon it somewhere and now have it set as one of my homepages. Thanks so much.

Margie said...

Lovely collection of cards from some very talented people. We have Spring here at last in the UK and its been great getting out in the garden.

Lin said...

Lovely creations today, thanks so much for sharing! I always love these vintage images. Is it spring yet? I guess so, at least the April Showers part :))

Jana said...

I love the gorgeous cards and projects and images. I can't get enough of the vintage feel of your products and stamps.
Thank you for offering this giveaway!
terpstra1 at aol dot com

mylilangel24 said...

I love the nurse holding the big flower! I have that set, but never thought to have her hold a flower! How precious! I'll try that! Love all the inspiration here! Janice in Ohio

Francine Cronos said...

Gorgeous cards. Little peeks of spring weather, but we had a surprise snow storm several days ago.

JessicaK said...

OMG, I love the vintage focus for Crafty Secrets and how amazing these cards are. Re: the question of digital, I would totally buy those; They'd be great for resizing for cards, scrapbooking or items like tags.

debbiek said...

Beautiful cards. In answer to your question Sandi, I like images I can build with. Also like digital so those are good too:) Thanks for the chance at your give away!
-DebbieK

ScrappingDeb said...

Love the wonderful cards. I like stamps that work together, and although I'm trying I don't like digis as well!!

thecardcorner said...

Just amazing cards, very inspiring.
I love those easter stamps, I have been making quiet a few cards tonight.
Would love to win the give away!

kathy s said...

ALL these cards are so so sweet- I love having stamp sets with extra bits so I can change for the appropriate greeting - but then again I love ALL your stamp sets anyway even though I only have a couple of them Thanks for the inspiration.

Emma said...

So many card ideas, so little time! I love the vintage theme all over, too.

Sharon in Arizona said...

Hi Sandi - WoW, what a great giveaway!!! I looooved this post; the cards are all so beautiful and adorable. I get so much inspiration from your blog posts. I like to purchase stamp sets that have pieces I can build on and I love digis. I have purchased several. Thanks for a great blog and for this giveaway opportunity. Hugs, Sharon :o)

LeAnne said...

All the projects are just adorable and so fun to peruse. I love collage-style stamps; I just don't have the patience to build anything! I look at Sophie's cards and amazed at the little scenes she makes. I do use digital stamps and would love to see CS have some, although I will never give up my stamps & ink! :D Thanks for the wonderful chance to win some goodies!

Kris said...

Lovely images to cheer me on a rainy saturday evening in Philly. Love to win the goodies.

harrahx2 said...

The imagination shown on all of these cards is beyond fantastic! To inifinity for sure. Love it.

missmacymay said...

I want to make every card you showed. I love, love, love them all. You guys are such an inspiration, Thank you.
Please enter me in your giveaway, I could really use them.

Renee VanEpps said...

Oh my.. all of these cards and projects are so very breathtaking! I'm so amazed at what these ladies can do with stamps and color!! Your questions: I love both! I can't imagine not having the sets, they are wonderful. I do like layered collage style for backgrounds and such. I do not buy anything digital for a number of reasons, but mainly because I prefer traditional crafting & I don't own a color printer or Copics. Thanks for the giveaway!

Victoria said...

All your products are such yummy goodness! Love the cards (especially the poppies). Thanks for sharing and the wonderful givaway!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such lovely pieces to make such pretty cards and other projects from! MollyK. at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

Melanie said...

Not spring like weather here yet but your blog always helps get rid of the rainy day blues!!

Keep up the good work and have a great day!!

Melanie

Yvonne said...

Beautiful cards and projects!

LindaMar1 said...

Great sample cards- wonderful for some inspiration. Looks like Spring is just around the corner, here on the San Francisco Coastal town of Pacifica.

Betty Sue said...

All of these cards are wonderful! I like stamp sets that I can build on and really do not know much about digital anything. Thanks Sandi for sharing!

Barbara said...

Your design team has done some great work! Thanks for sharing their talent with us and for the opportunity to win.

Linda Carson said...

What fabulous artwork by your design team! I like stamp sets w/separate pieces. I occasionally purchase digital stamps also. Thanks for an opportunity to win some Crafty Secrets!

pamboe said...

I love the clear stamp of the mother holding the child up in the air . . . such joy! I'm using it for my daughter's mothers day card

Cynthia said...

I am really enjoying the samples from Sophie! I am so anxious to see the CD release. In answer to your question, I guess I like the separate pieces for stamping best.

NanaBeth said...

I had never looked closely at the Book Lover's stamp set-it's adorable and you are so right-the sheep is hilarious.I have the Halloween Images and Journal notes-looks like I may have to buy a few more.

Jessica Canham said...

Thanks for all the gorgeous inspiration! The samples are beautiful and I find myself reaching for my CS stamps all time. Thanks for the chance to win! BTW, our spring weather is slow in coming, unless you count driving wind and rain today. However, the daffodils are out, so that's a great sign!

Janelle said...

Shari, glorious vintage images!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!
Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com

starqueen said...

Hi Sandy,
Beautiful samples and wonderful inspiration from all your creative ladies.

To answer your questions...I LOVE almost everything you come out with from Crafty Secrets, but I like working with images that are already "assembled". ("Seasonal Friends" comes to my mind.) I haven't worked with digital stamps or images, but if it's Crafty Secrets I'm sure I'll want to!
Thank you for sharing!

123idcrea said...

thanks for the chance to win. These cards are gorgeous ! great job !

Retta B. said...

Love all the cards! So much fun looking at all the new designs! Spring was here earlier this week, but deserted us before the weekend. We're hoping it's back soon!

rush said...

we just had the mother of all spring storms, complete with thunder, lightening and heavy winds and rain. i guess this is the trade-off for those beautiful daffodils last month. i love the cards you put up. so inspiring.

Naomi said...

I just love your vintage stamps and I can't wait to get my hands on some! Your team came up with some beautiful designs and it's so awesome that you're local (I'm from the Fraser Valley). After seeing them used, I really want some of your Creative Scraps, too! As for what type of stamps I like..I think I prefer individual stamps that I can use together and build on...although, the collage type stamps have their uses as well...You guys are doing something right because I just NEED to get ALL of your stamp sets! LOVE THEM! The Vintage feel is just so charming. Keep up the good work! :)

Diana said...

The cards are so beautiful! To answer your questions, I can use elements of one set with others to build my cards, or use elements from a single set. Depends on what I'm doing...
In answer to the digi-stamp...I have no interest in that. I guess it's probably easier (especially on storage), but I prefer stamping the old fashioned way. :)
Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Diana

rebecca said...

Fantastic cards. Very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I love everything you show us. You are such a great inspiration. I am now becoming more adventurous with my cards because of you. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful samples as always! We've got spring weather here in NC with tornadoes and crazy weather everywhere!

Shawn K.

Diane K. said...

I love my Birds at Home set I just received. I would prefer to have stamp sets with several separate pieces you can build with. I love your blog, it gives me great ideas. I wish I knew how to use digital images, but I'm not there yet. Thanks for all you do!

Steph said...

I definitely like stamp sets with separated, so I can pick and choose as I want :)! I love Crafty Secrets, especially the scraps!!! I even bought two of Love Mail because I adored it.. Thank you for giving us a chance to win :)

Rain said...

What amazing designs! I prefer sets with many elementsthat I can use to create a card/scrap page. I haven't done any digital stuff yet, but maybe when I get a new computer. Thanks!

kathy/North Carolina said...

Gorgeous! And I have a real "thing" for the Birds and Blossoms note cards. They are splendid.

As to spring weather, we had tornadoes here in NC...too close for comfort, one went right thru our neighborhood! We are fine, and our house is fine, but some of our dear neighbors lost their homes. What a scary day!

Anonymous said...

love, love, love the samples, stamps, and all your products!

Beth said...

The journal books look lovely. I'm thinking they might be the inspiration I need to start a daily habit. I like individual stamps I can put together to make a project. Thanks for the beautiful things to see.

Karen L said...

What a great idea to turn the little boy imagine in to a girl by adding pigtails!! So cute.
I prefer stamp sets with pieces to build my own collage, rather than a pre-made collage. I like a lot of versatility!

Rebecca said...

Yes...green grass! Thank you for all the inspiration, I could create 24 hours a day.

Barbara said...

I like both types of stamp sets. They each have their uses. And, I have downloaded some digital art but am not sure how to use it. Could really use some instruction in that. Your design team has done a wonderful job, as always.

JensTreats.com said...

Absoultely LOVE the card samples. I am printing a few out so that I can CASE them. I really enjoy receving the emails from Crafty Secrets as it provides an abundance of inspiration.

Micki said...

OMGosh, absolutely gorgeous cards.... love the vibrant colors in Heidi's card and that 3D card.... wowsers. The other cards literally had my mouth on the floor. Gorgeous. :-)

Vicki C said...

Wow... totally Gorgeous samples!!

Thanh Vo said...

The books are just gorgeous, Sandy!

Stacey's Stamping Studio said...

love the samples. Very brilliant changing the little reading boy into a girl! Stacey R.

BurningRubber said...

What wonderful cards. They are all lovely.

SuZeQ said...

Oh yes, we're having Spring weather ... quickly moving into Summer. Believe we're to pass the 90 mark today; too early, in my estimation. LOVE the cards - ohsoinspiring!

Shirley said...

All the cards are beautiful - they are very inspiring on a wintery snowy SPRING day!! Shirley

Karen W said...

DT cards are gorgeous, I love anything CS!!! I don't use many digis as they are hard to color with copics because the ink runs sometimes. I like the stamps and booklets, scraps etc.

Larajc said...

I like several little pieces that I can build on. I have never been really good at layering, it takes practice. I also find the little peices seem to be more versatile to use with other stamps! Thanks for the chance to win!

Caroline said...

I thought this was going to be a quick browse but there are so many wonderful ideas, I could spend all morning with you. I like stamp sets with individual pieces but would love to learn other techniques. Thanks for the inspiration and learning adventure.

Rene said...

Wonderful cards and projects, as always!

Yes, I buy digital images and would be interested in some of yours. I like building my scenes (though I'm not as elaborate as Sophie) with individual stamps, but do work with collage-y stamps too. I guess I like a mix depending on my mood.

lmb27 said...

I always love checking to see what's new. It's always so inspiring!

lupe martinez said...

oh my, how i would love you win. it is so much fun using the stamps and paper scraps. love, love, the vintage images.

{VICKI} said...

I Never buy digital and am not interested in them.

I don't really use stamp sets that I have to "put together" my image (although if I Really liked one --I wouldn't let that stop me from buying it---I like having it already done for me.

background stamps are my very fave

Brenda Evans said...

Gorgeous cards - I love love love digital downloads - use them all the time. Would be wonderful if you provided some.

Carrie Zrodlowski said...

Great cards. I prefer to have separate stamps and I do not do much with digital.

Tammy said...

Those Easter stamps are adorable!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

A Happy Gardener said...

I am so happy I stumbled onto your blog from a post from Wee Folk Art! Love the art and the ideas.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Cute samples and the Story of Me set is adorable! I don't use digital images, just stamps, but I like the idea of small images for collaging as well as nice big focal point stamps!

Craftypagan said...

Those samples are so fantastic-I especially love the Storytime one!! what an awesome giveaway-I'm a big fan of Crafty Secrets!

Warm Wishes all the way from the Uk:)

Rowena

craftypagan at gmail.com

Just Me and My Shadow said...

Never bought digital stamps and I do like to have separate images in a stamp set to work with but then again, also like a collage so in answer to that...both! Thanks for the opportunity to enter your lovely giveaway.

Chrissie

Linda S. said...

The cards are beautiful and really show how several sets can be used together. Our weather has been semi-Spring because I have had to mow our lawn in between snow storms. Linda S. in NE

Anonymous said...

I love vintage and these are wonderful. I would love to win - they would look great in my 100 year old home. I am having so much fun decorating it. Thanks for the chance.

Joanna Grant said...

Wonderful projects, love them all!

E. Marie said...

What gorgeous cards. Beautiful work. You wanted a response to some of your questions. I really love a collage look. Also, I have played with digital stamps but haven't really adopted them as my norm. I like to feel a stamp in my hand.

Magic Gypsy said...

What charming projects and lovey samples!

Jacquie said...

Truly lovely cards and wonderful inspiration! I prefer stamp sets that I can build on. I also do like digitial vintage downloads to pring for myself to use on my projects. Thanks for the eye candy and the wonderful giveaway.

Lyn S said...

Awesome projects by the design team! So inspiring!

Suzie Button said...

what cute stamps, esp love the little boy/girl cards at the end! Thanks for a chance to win! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

SuZeQ said...

Oh wow ... what a generous giveaway. Your products are da bomb and I would love love love to be the winner.

Jac said...

I could happily spend all day here & at the links you give just admiring the lot :)
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Jac x

Christina said...

It's such a nice blog. I enjoy all the samples and talent here. Your images and stamps are so complimentary Can't wait to spend some time here and really see all you have.

kathy/North Carolina said...

I'm so jealous that you are getting to hang with Vickie! Give her a hug from me!

And, the cover to the new images CD looks amazing!!! I didn't see a price????

kathscrapper said...

I love the masculine images! So hard to find! I love printable paper and would love the CD!