Thursday, May 3, 2012

Altered Dress Form, Crafty Mothers Day Ideas, My and Vicki's Giveaways!

Hi Everyone,

I finished altering my dress form and I will come back this Friday with a full tutorial showing how I decoupaged the sewing pattern pages and also created a fabric skirt by printing pages on fabric I ironed to freezer paper that will be on CD 3, Creating With Vintage Typography. It was so easy I'm pumped to make more fabric!  ** CD 3 will be available in 2 - 3 weeks as our manufacture is backed up but I have a Giveaway and so does Vicki!

 Today I wanted to show you a bunch of great samples with a Mother theme so you will have time to create something for Mothers Day if you have a mom or any nice lady you want to honor.

Here's the form when I started out

A handcrafted gift is personal and can become a cherished keepsake and there are oodles things you can create that would make wonderful gifts and I will list some below but a handmade card tops the list for Mother's Day projects and look at all these all beautiful ideas like this stunning card Viola Mahr created  - Oops- I just saw it was a mini album using images from our Birds & Botanicals Booklet but it would make a great card as well.

I Love the way Viola cut the tulips out and stamped 'Mother' with our Love You Mother Stamp Set.  I'm giving away this stamp set and a copy of CD 3, you just need to leave a comment here.  As we won't have the actual copies of CD # 3 for a couple of more weeks - I will send the lucky winner an invitation to access the CD online and send them a copy ASAP.  A random Winner will be announced this Monday, May 7/12 with our 2nd Linky Party.  Come join in and submit a project!

Pam Hooten created this gorgeous card also using our Love You Mother Stamp Set. I love the way she stamped and cut out the little blossom stamp to add it to the branch and her details like the little pearl centersNOTE:  If you notice the spelling error it was fixed (you should be your cheer).

I love this poem and the pretty flowers and look how Heidi Blankenship used a gold metallic pen around the edges of this postcard from our Family Vintage Postcard Kit and a Clear Gelly Stardust Pen to outline the petals.


Tammy Roberts designed this angelic card using images from our Little Blessings Creative Scraps

You can give Mom a coupon for a lunch date, a movie or outing together as a gift and turn your coupon into a card like this sweet one that Melissa Bove created using our Love You Mother Stamp set

Here is the inside of Melissa's card ( the typo has been fixed on this stamp set but if you have a 'bad' one, please contact us and we will send you a new poem).


You can give a gift card for your mom's favorite restaurant or store like the way Lisa Zappa created an envelope to hold a Starbucks gift card for her Mom.   

If you stop and think of what your mom loves, then see if you can incorporate the images or theme into a handmade gift. If she is a Grandmother she may love a photo keepsake starring her Grandchildren, a gardener would enjoy a gift with beautiful flowers.  You can even add small photos or images to these Bottle Caps and make a set of magnets or glue on push pins for her bulletin board.


Did you see my last post with our Free Printable Sweet Mom's Box Template and how to create labels?  There are also some links to past Mother theme Printables and then I remembered we also have a fun Printable Vintage Crown and Tussie Mussie and the crown would be perfect Mother's Day Hat fit for a queen.


You could create a special scrapbook page for your mom and frame it or add it to an album to give as a gift and add more pages to over time. You don't need to do the traditional 12 x 12" album - you can make it any size and style.  I love the colors and patterns Victoria used on this digital layout using CD # 1, Creating With Vintage Patterns and she can print it in any size to create a mini scrapbook page or a card for her mom.


Viola Mahr created this pretty digital page using papers and embellishments from CD # 1.


Julie Campbell has created several scrapbook pages for family memory albums and I love how she used images from our Childhood Booklet to convey her Mother's passion for doll making.  You can see a wonderful layout on Julie's blog about her Granmother's quilt


I love how Sheila Rumney created this digital layout and cut a heart shape from one of the papers from CD # 1, Creating With Vintage Patterns. The hankie is also a PNG file , which means it has been cut out (even the lace edge) so it can be layered over other pages.


Here are some of the 2" Bottle Caps we are selling in mixed packages that Vicki turned into magnets using our Domestic Goddess Scraps


Don't forget to enter Vicki's Giveaway for all these goodies shown below (including some of the Tattered Angels Embossed Frames we are sold out off and some other great goodies!

Also, pull out out your Crafty Secrets supplies or a recent project and post any sample in our Linky Party that starts this Mon, May 7 and runs for a week.  A random winner will receive a $50.00 Gift Certificate to shop in our store.  It's also a fun way to share ideas.

I will be back Friday with the Altered Dress Form Tutorial

Plus - don't forget to leave a comment here to enter our Giveaway!


Until next time wishing you joy and creativity
Sandy Redburn
Crafty Secrets

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113 comments:

Theresa said...

NO COMMENTS YET??? WOW. Your giveaway is fantastic! I would love to win any of the items pictured, let alone ALL Of them!!! WOW!!!

lupe martinez said...

I NEED these! you guys never fail to amaze me with your generosity and talents.

Kristin said...

I NEED that CD, in the worst way:) If I win I am going to be one of the happiest people on earth, the happiest will be the people I make cards and such for!!! Pick me!!!

Tarnished Rose said...

Awesome giveaway. But what is more awesome if the dress form you decoupaged. I love it! Here's wishing I could find one like it where I live so I could do something similar. It would look perfect in my antique booth.

Smiles~
Marilyn

Renee said...

Beautiful projects!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tini A. said...

ooohhh.. i love all these great works! Very very beautiful ideas.
Hugs Tini

Vicki C said...

Of course I'm not leaving a comment to win..lol...but I have to say I LOVE how the bust you created turned out.. and all the samples are gorgeous!

Becky Dunham said...

Oh my goodness! So much loveliness in one post! My poor brain cannot contain it all :) Love your dress form Sandy! And all of these gorgeous projects! I am putting each and every one in my inspiration file! Thanks so much for the chance to win some of your lovely goodies!

Caroline said...

So much inspiration! I have to get busy on Mother's cards. Thanks for helping me every step of the way. You never disappoint!

Dawn Sansone said...

I so want to find a mannequin and follow your lead.

missmacymay said...

Thank you for all the inspiration. Every item is a gem and perfect for that special lady. I will be using your free box template at my Mother's Day Afternoon Tea Party!! Please enter me in your giveaway I want it all!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a chance to win! May 7 is my birthday so fingers croassed.
Stacie D.

Becky Green said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! GORGEOUS PROJECTS!!!!!!! AND a WONDERFUL PRIZE PACKAGE to boot!!!!!!!!!! BE STILL my crafty heart!!!!!! :)

Loretta said...

I'm always very impressed with the designs and projects the crafty people make on this blog! One day I will find these items and make some too! Or I will come and visit you in Surrey. One day...I would love to win anything here.

rush said...

you certainly have shown alot of talent in one bunch. great give-away!

Elaine A said...

I love dress forms and yours is just beautiful. What a great idea! And the rest of the projects are so wonderful. What a talented group of artists!

Elaine Allen

Geri said...

Gorgeous projects today!! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!!

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh my word so many yummy designs and so much inspiration.
Thanks for always sharing

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win some great stamps AND the #3CD!!!!! Mary Werner

Emanuela said...

Very beautiful dress form and the cards as well!!!
I enter this gorgeous giveaway and I thank you!

Emanuela

Phyllis M. said...

Beautiful projects love them all. Wonderful prize giveaway and thank you for a chance to win. Love Crafty Secrets.....

Liz Hodgins said...

The cards are fabulous. Great giveaway. Thanks for giving someone the chance to win.

Wendy Whalen said...

I love all your products!! I can't wait for CD #3 and would love to win it. I have both of your previous CD's and they are wonderful!! I look forward to getting your emails as I love the projects in them. I wish I was half as talented as you are.

Tania M said...

I loved your giveaway and also all the ideas I got! Thank you so much!

pooky225 said...

Beautiful as usual. I love love love your stuff. Vintage is right up my alley.

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with your dress form and those cards are gorgeous. You never cease to provide us with such great inspiration. Melissa M.

Theresa Dagostino Forge said...

what pretty cards!! I always love the stuff on your site!

Rhonda Z said...

I would love to win! I love Crafty Secrets. I'll see you soon at the GASC in Texas!

Lynda said...

Wonderful ideas and projects! Thank you for sharing them with us.

kathy/North Carolina said...

Wow...so much beauty in one blog post. Very excited about CD#3!!!! Thanks so much, Sandy!

michele dietrich said...

love your stamps and would like to thank you for the op to will

NanaBeth said...

Beautiful projects as always!Thank you for such lovely inspiration.

Barbara said...

So excited about the altered dress form tutorial. Can't wait! The Mother's Day inspiration samples are all beautiful. Thanks!!

Pamela said...

I love the stamps and I always come away with great ideas. I can't wait to see what else is on the CD.

Appalachian Treasures said...

Love the mother's day projects. Thank you for the inspiration, can't wait to see The 3rd CD.

Christina said...

Cool dress... what a fun project! Beautiful cards and congrats on another CD! Thank u always for inspiration!
~Christina B.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I would so love to win, thanks for the chance. I love coming by to see all the wonderful projects!

Zora said...

Wonderful! Would love to be a recipient of the give-away.

Truth said...

These cards are beautiful! Any mother would be thrilled to receive one.

Sue C

Cynthia said...

Great samples and fabulous inspiration. Thanks for the chance to win the new CD, Sandy!

Kelly Reuter said...

Just love the Birds and Blossoms set and the beautiful spring florals and colors on these samples!

starqueen said...

Hi Sandy,
Beautiful cards and wonderful Crafty Secrets inspiration! I'm looking forward to seeing the completed dress form....and to getting CD #3. Thanks for sharing all the CS goodness!

Kathyf said...

These cds just get better and better. Keep up the good work. Your products and designer continue to inspire us.

iScrapNxs said...

SUPER fantastic projects!! Would love, love, love the 3rd CD! Been enjoying #2! Thanks, CS, for another chance to win your great products.

Rene said...

I missed this until I read your email! Beautiful, as always. Love the dress form especially.

Suzette said...

This is beautiful, and I love love love all the mother's day examples and inspiration! Thanks for chance for wonderful giveaway.

Deb Neerman said...

WoW, the Designers have out-done themselves ... these projects are amazing! LOVE the mannequin!!

Thanks for the chance to win this terrific giveaway!

Lauren said...

I am not sure if I posted a comment. Nevertheless, I love,love your site, your blog and your products. So glad you are there. Cannot wait for the new CD.
Lauren

Kaneka said...

Wow, lots of pretty cards. I'm getting ideas for mother's day cards.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Beth said...

The cards are great! Thanks for a chance to win.

{VICKI} said...

thanks for the chance

Zora said...

Oh how I would love to win this. Your blog inspires me to get out my supplies and start crafting. Love this site!!

Kymi-vi said...

Wow amazing win...could just have so much fun with this. looking forward to Etsy....
blessings to all your way
Kym

Red Dawn said...

THANK YOU for some great mother's day ideas! Frankly, I was stumped on what to do this year. Like everyone who sees your stuff, I would LOVE to win the CD and stamps. Thanks again!

Annette said...

I would LOVE to win this! I'm timid about entering the world of digi card making, this would be a big boost to get me started! Thanks!

RoxyShoppe said...

Love Crafty Secrets ANYTHING! Your stamps are so unique and vintagy!
Although my Mom passed away last year :-(.... I would still love to win and use for the other wonderful women in my life! Thanks for sharing Crafty Secrets...love the blog! Love the dress form idea! Looking forward to new CD3!

Pat said...

Amazing dress form and just love all the projects. Great ideas and great giveaways. Would love to win!

Carol said...

Love the stamp set. The cards and layouts are beauiful. Soft and feminine. Talented people!

Thank you for the chance to win.
Carol

Janice Gates said...

Such talent your team has. I would love to have the stamps to create tributes to my late mother, who was the best in the world!

kathym226 said...

Everything you make is so inspiring! Thanks for keeping the juices flowing!

Playing with Paper said...

Wow......so many beautiful projects!! I have to get going on my mother's day card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ellen Sedberry said...

First time I've been to your site-love it! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Joan Oquist said...

Since I love the first two cds, can't wait to see #3. I've used many of the papers with my senior card-making group, and we really enjoy them.

Sharon said...

Wow what great Mothers Day gifts and ideas your showed. And wonderful new item for someone to play with.
sdenimandlace1@aol.com

Patty Gugg said...

I am drooling over all the pretties! Love, love , love the vintage look.

Debbie V. said...

I can hardly wait for CD #3 already! It was a true blessing to have found Crafty Secrets and all the talented people on the design team. I love all things vintage so thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas and for the great products that make all of us look talented too!

Margie said...

Some lovely projects there - my favourite is Viola Mahr's gorgeous book. Wow, what a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win.

lavendarrose29 said...

Great projects. I am totally going to have to order one of the CD's. The prize pack is fabulous.

cindy p said...

Thanks for so many great ideas. I'm looking forward to retiring and having time to be just as creative as you!

Anonymous said...

You have so many wonderful ideas, can't wait to try some of the craft ideas and see how crafty I can be!

Susan said...

Wow--that dress form is amazing with these pattern pieces on it!
Love all those gorgeous Mother's Day projects. So many glorious ideas and inspiration!

Diane said...

All I can say you and your girls are AMAZING with your creativity! Would love to win the giveaway...I have already won with your shares!!!

Darlene G said...

Beautiful projects and your give away is amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pambi7 said...

I love your entire line. I have asked for your CDs for Mother's Day I hope someone is listening:)

Thank you for your very generous giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Yet more and more awesome projects -- you never disappoint! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Jan B.

Pattyjo said...

I love your website and all the beautiful things you create! Congratulations on another great month!
Pattyjo

Pat K said...

What a wonderful giveaway, would so love to win it! Thanks for the chnace!

Peggy said...

I just love your stuff--pretty much
all of it. Thanks. Peggy M.

Susan said...

Nanaroseboutique would love to make new creations!

♥ Sonja Bekker ♥ said...

O My Sweetness
This I Adore and I wish I would get something like this from my daughter in law really I wish.
I would want to have a change to winning because I love my mother in law she's a good sweet mom and loves everything we make together, you know she is 88 years young and still makes 3D creations ^_^" I'm proud of here and would love givving here a beautiful creation I make for here on Mothersday.

Thanks for letting me have that change !
With love
Sonja

Lyn S said...

What beautiful samples you have shown here Sandy! Gorgeous and inspiring!

Rema said...

Gorgeous projects and a great give away......

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

Another great giveaway of your fab new cd. Thanks for the chance to win, and thanks for the inspiration.

Ann Marie said...

Your dress form tutorial is really terrific Sandy. All of your tips and tricks are so helpful, I'm glad you included everything you did. I've never done anything like that either but your info is so complete that I feel brave enough to try it myself. The skirt is especially nice...it has me thinking of all kinds of projects to use the papers and technique on! Really great job :)

Julie T. said...

Truly a wonderful imagination! Makes me expand my horizons

Gwenn said...

What creative minds! I'm looking forward to summer vacation so that I can play, too. Simply beautiful!

olmatom said...

Very beautiful!!!

olmatom said...

Very beautiful!!

Vicky H said...

Can't wait for the new CD. It looks great!

Sasha said...
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Sasha said...

I am sooo looking forward to CD#3. I have your first two and cannot wait to get the new one. I love everything created by Crafty Secrets x

Cammie said...

WOW! LOVE the dress form! So many fabulous projects. I'm looking forward to CD #3.

Dpeters208 said...

Love the stuff for mom

kim said...

Love all your stuff! Another great item!! Keep up the good work. :)

Marlene said...

I love the samples you gave. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Linda said...

What goregou projects!!! Love them all. Thanks so much for the amazing inspirations and quailty products which your company provides, and a chance at a wonderful give away!!!

Heidi said...

These are some vinta-licious ideas! I want to get out my garden scraps and get to work! Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the chance to win goodies!

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

Some really great ideas here! Thanks for a chance to win some of your great goodies!

Anonymous said...

I would totally LOVE to win the great prize package!!! Thanks for the chance!stampin betsy at yahoo

sjgray said...

Thanks for the chance to win...love your blog.

misty said...

the cards are beautiful! I would love to win.

Lee said...

OmGosh I thought I'd left a comment already. WOW - I've been sharing Crafty Secrets with my friends, they love it as much as I do, I would love love love to win the CD. I'm looking forward to the linky party. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Bennett said...

Oh my- everything is so beautiful here! There isn't a single thing shown that I do not LOVE! You all are so creative and have such wonderful products to work with. Thanks for a chance at winning this awesome giveaway!

Tammy said...

I'm so excited for CD #3 to be released. Thanks for the chance to WIN one!! And that beautiful stamp set!!

Trina said...

I am so glad my sweet sis told me about this wonderful website. I love vintage! And I would love to win this cd. Thanks for the great ideas too...

Char Magnifico said...

WOW! The dress form is INCREDIBLE!! Beautiful creations throughout the page! Great ideas! This give-away is making me itch to get back into my studio room!

laura said...

This is one of my favorite blogs. I am always so inspired!

Jerry said...

Have a good time in Texas. My feet are finally keeping me away. I love your products and always visit your booths.

grammyklitch said...

Nice new goodies and great project ideas. I would love to win anything from your blog!!!

Jenny Reed said...

Love, Love, Love your vintage look!

Christine Schmidt said...

Sandy the dress form is too cool!! You did a FABULOUS job! You are so very blessed to have THE most amazing design team too!! They are all so talented and I get the most wonderful ideas from their creations. Thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

You are always an inspiration to me-thank you for all the ideas-cr

sharon r said...

I am always amazed at the creativity on your blog and in your store. I can never leave empty handed. Will see you at the convention.