Thursday, April 19, 2012

CD #3 Preview & Update , Vicki's New Bow Die, My Happy Bird, May Day Printable Link

Hi Everyone,   

I'm so excited to finally show you the cover of CD 3, Creating With Vintage Typography and some of the other files that will be included!  This third CD was truly a labor of love. It became an obsession to try and include everything people had asked for and then so many life changing challenges happened...

  
Cindy, my graphic designer for the last 8 years developed a benign tumor in her eye and was off 4 weeks with surgery and Shelley our shipper was off 6 weeks with major back surgery.  I'm so happy to say they are both doing great now but it's been a long and difficult recovery.  During this time DT leader and dear friend Vicki lost her beloved mom and dog.  Our Design Team finished their 6 months and I was in such limbo I never even offered a DT call and only added friend Marilyn and some long time fav ladies stayed. Jessica our office manager left for college but thank goodness is returning.

I got so stressed out I decided to change the business and simplify life and I'm still busy trying to sell off a bunch of our products to focus on our best sellers and start licensing designs. You all screamed 'Keep the Clear Art Stamps' - so yes we are working on NEW Stamp Sets and Creative Scraps - plus some new great projects I will share soon!

First, we need to get Cd 3 off to the manufacture but need to add some inspiring samples!   Diane, my ad lady did the 2 ABC Nursery Rhyme papers and Astrid from Sweden did 4 papers but Cindy did everything else!  Please tell me what you think of these 36 designs?

  I hope when you click them on they get big enough so you can see the variety.  I showed the  other sheet of 6 Bingo cards before so there will be 12 total.

 The ABC flash cards turned out so cute, I'm going to print them on fabric and make a little book for my niece & nephew. If you recognize the pretty diamond paper it's from our Earthy Paper Pad which was sold out until Scott found a couple of cases marked wrong, so there are a few left. There will be blog tutorials for printing on tissue, using image transfers, decoupage, water slide decals on glass & furniture, iron transfers and more!  

NOTE: Our Barber Shop Papers are going on a Men's CD and but will also be available as a digital download soon and there will be new Men's Scraps next month!


Vicki has a brand new die design that makes really cool bows and check out the 3D shadow box she created with one! She has a little tutorial showing how she stamped the bow using our Farm Fresh Stamp set and step by step how they go together. She's selling them in her Etsy Shop.  The roosters are from a pair of prints on CD #2, Creating With Vintage Illustrations. 






I also wanted to show you this adorable vintage paper  standing bird who is parked in my kitchen window.  The bird is a printable paper template on CD # 2.


As you can see I just poked him inside the plant but he stands and this sample is just printed on the least expensive cardstock from Staples with 'no-name ink' from the Ink Farm and he/she is still cute enough to make me happy when I wash dishes!


 I spotted this adorable card that Sara - iscrapnXS made, who was also the random.org winner at our first Linky Party. She used an image from our Sweet Stuff Stamps and you can see her  Splitcoast Gallery here.




 Look at this cool altered house Diane from Art of Craft in New Zealand created. I love how she used the beach child from our Seaside Stamp set and placed her in the garden as she really looks like a garden girl!  Diana sells our stamps in her NZ store and has all the amazing videos like this Tim Holtz Ticket Die video I recently posted where she uses our Bird Notes, Garden Girls and Wonderful Woman stamps.


 I almost forgot - here is the link to print for a previous May Day Printable image from one of my old antique books that's fun to color.  The link goes to a higher res copy than the one below



Lastly, I love this new Asian Mango Slaw recipe from skinnytaste.com  I don't think I've seen a recipe I didn't think looked yummy yet.


I love to read your comments and hear any suggestions!

See you soon

Sandy
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15 comments:

Lee said...

Firstly, I'm glad your assts. are on their way to wellness. I'm super excited to get my hands on some of this. I love the CD cover and wow wow wow, sounds like you need a little R&R, you've earned it. Love the card and rooster.

Rene said...

Wow, I pray that your staff continues to heal. That's a lot to deal with. As usual, your samples are fabulous. The alphabet cards are super, super cute. I'm also happy to hear that more men's products are coming--that's always a challenge for me.

Angela Fehr said...

sounds like things have been crazy - I hope it all calms down and your staff starts feeling better!
I love the flash cards and I'm so glad you'll still be making stamps!

Becky Green said...

LOOOOOOVE EVERYTHING you've showed us!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!!!! From the Barber Shop papers to the Egg Collecting Chart! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!! :)

Carole Miller said...

Happy to hear things are getting better. Bring on CD#3. Can't wait to be able to order it. Love what I see.

Carole

pooky225 said...

love it all, the cd looks fabulous think i might be tempted to get all the cds!! keep up the great work, i love all your things.

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Sounds like you are getting to the place where you can see some light at the end of the tunnel : ) New CD looks wonderful and I am excited to hear about the guy products coming out!
Have A Great Day!

Ann Marie said...

First, I am over the MOON that you're keeping the clear art stamps!!!!!! Huge sigh of relief, lol. I can hardly wait to see the new sets! And all the hard work has certainly paid off...I LOVE everything from the new CD!! Between the stamps, scraps and CD's, we can't help but create beautiful things :)
So glad to hear that things are finally starting to settle down for you all, too!

VAWM said...

Sandy, everything is awesome. I love CD #3. I will have to add it to my collection. Hope all is well with you.

A Work In Progress said...

I usually do not consider CD's but I have to say these images are making me change my mind. I have now put it on my "must have" list. Glad to hear you are not doing away with the clear art stamps. I just love them and your customer service is great. Hope things calm down for everyone soon.

Debbie K. said...

Sandy, your products are OUTSTANDING and I'm so glad you are still keeping the business going. Sorry you were stressed and things were falling apart. Life has a way of taking us on roller-coaster rides sometimes. Glad to hear things are getting better for everyone, though. Your CD's look amazing and I absolutely LOVE your little paper bird. So sweet!
- DebbieK

kathy/North Carolina said...

You have really had a tough row to hoe! But in spite of it, the CD images are just glorious! Can't wait to purchase it. I'm glad you're keeping the clear stamps and scraps...I adore them. I'll have to check out the website for sale items. Hope things settle down now for you. Blessings!

Jill Norwood said...

First blessings to all of you and continued healing and health. Wow what a couple of months it has been! I know how hard it can be as I just lost my husband to brain cancer 8 weeks ago after a 1 1/2 year battle. I pray wellness for all of you that are going through illness - it is no fun!!! Blessings to your caregivers too!

Love the look of the new CD! Love everything! I am starting to work on teacher appreciation cards and would love to see some vintagey teacher images or more school related things - books, desks, chalkboards, kids walking to school or other things that could be used for teacher gifts, cards, bags/boxes. Love the alphabet sheet and mini pages already shown! Can't wait to order it!!!

:) Jill / Seattle, WA

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Thanks so much everyone for all your positive feedback and support! Jill, we added a vintage 'School Days' title to finish off the school papers I sent you to have a peek at.

John said...

LOvE EVERYTHING you've showed us. thanks for sharing.
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