Monday, October 20, 2008

Hello Girlfriends! Samples, Printables, Prize & Shows!

Hello Girlfriends!

* Please Note: I posted this a couple of days ago but the link to the free printable wasn't working, so now that it's finally fixed I'm letting the newsletter go out to subscribers.

This big pink inspired post includes:

* Links to FANTASTIC Samples by Our Talented Design Team and Others!
* A Free Printable Vintage Image and Poem
* A Chance to WIN a Girlfriends Prize Pack for You and a Friend!
* Upcoming Consumer Shows I want to Invite YOU to Come See Us At!!!

I will warn you – this is long winded (I got carried away) and took ages to put it together but it’s worth it! I had dreams of having this ready by early afternoon, then Nicole was off sick, our hot water tank died and I forgot I had to take my van in to be fixed after the plumber left today…Geeeezzz, I hate it when time gobbling life gets in the way!

I posted the winners to the Childrens and Christmas Give-Aways yesterday HERE in case you missed it! Winners were: Denise and The Squared One

In honor of
October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to celebrate our new Support the Girls Clear Art Stamp set, of which we donate $1.00 from each set to help woman afflicted, our design team has created some fabulous samples to celebrate the joys and priceless value of friendship, girlfriends and the ‘sisterhood’ we share as women!

I’m also going to donate a small portion of sales this month from all of our girlfriend theme products in our Booklets, Stickers, Cotton Scraps and Glamour Girl Clear Art stamps to one or more women’s charities. I’m currently reviewing my favorites and will announce next month. I also sponsor a little boy in Africa and a girl in Argentina (more details another time) and I love kids – but this time it needs to be for women helping women – who in turn help their children!

So for all you ladies that already own or plan to purchase any of our girlfriend/women’s theme products and you are WONDERING WHAT to CREATE???
Here are some Super ideas from our Design Team!

Vicki Chrisman (This Art That makes Me Happy)
Come see all these great cards Vicki created!

Anna Wight (Sweet Miss Daisy)
Anna is the ‘Queen of Coloring’ as you will see here!

Heidi Blankenship (Embellished Dreams)

Marisa Grossman (Marisa-isa)
This card Marisa created is super FUN!

Pam Hooten (Iris Garden)
A fantastic project with a link to our Printable Calendar

Vivian Peters (Vivlyn Design)
Look at the colors and sweet embellishments used here!

Lisa Zappa (Shabbychick Junk)
Lisa couldn't participate in this challenge but she has created so many girlfriend theme projects and she is a breast cancer survivor! She's busy teaching this weekend at a big
Crop for a Cure here and see this cool sample!

Here are even more samples to inspire you!
These samples below are all in our Online Gallery (with more details and supplies) if you use the 'Search Box' and type in words like Support, Girlfriends, or Woman

This mini album that Vicki created is so popular at every show. It’s made from 2 of our long rectangle chipboard album pieces that she cut in half and decorated with images and journal spots from our "Summertime" Image and Journal Booklet. Stickers are from the "Wonderful Women" sticker sheet. You can see more inside pages and get the details HERE.

Marisa embellished this wonderful journal using paper from our Radiant paper Pad, Support the Girls and our Artsy Alphabet Clear Art Stamps.

I love the way Anna did this random stitching and colored the bra and garter belt on this card and popped them up! Stamps from Support the Girls Clear Art Stamp Set.

Lisa's card is so eye catching here with the pink & green paper and ink combo she used to stamp the background words and add the lady on top with the ribbon and flowers ties it all together.

Pammy-Jo's card has great contrast and I love how she stamped and cut out the bra and sentiment and did her bottom scallop with the ribbons, button and pearls! Support the Girls Stamps and Radiant Paper Pad used.

Betty (alphabetty) posted this adorable album she embellished using our Wonderful Woman Stickers. I really like the way she did the lacing on the side and fed paper 'ribbon' through both our garter stickers. Our graphic designer, Cindy, used actual garters from her aunties old corset and these stickers are die cut on cardstock - so you can feed real ribbon through them!

I've shown this card by Linda Duke (past DT member) before but it totally shows off the legs and sentiment from our Girlfriends Homespun Cotton Scraps, the cute Wonderful Women garter stickers, one of the retro ladies from our Coffee & Tea Stamps, plus the pink & black paper from our Radiant Paper Pad!

Here is the free printable I promised you! It’s from one of my favorite old cards I have from the late 1800’s. I had our graphic artist Cindy add this sweet little poem so they would match.

Click this: LINK to our Free Vintage Image & Poem. The small image below will not pop up larger so we had this link added to download it from our website.

You do need Adobe Reader to open up PDF files but it’s free and you can download it here.

After clicking the link to the large image, just click the right side of your mouse and save it to a picture file or on your desktop. You can open and print it later on paper or cardstock. Almost any picture program will let you print images smaller or larger in size, depending on what you wish to create. These would look stunning on cardstock, attached and hanging with pink or blue satin ribbon.
CLICK LINK HERE To Printable Image & Poem

Here is a photo of the Girlfriends Gift Prize Package that I will draw a random winner for and announce next Monday! I already gave one of these double sets away last month, but I know there are more of you that would love to win this blog candy for you and a friend! To enter, simply leave a comment HERE on this blog and tell me what friend you would choose. Please don’t forget I need to be able to contact you, so register with Google or leave your email!

Don’t miss Judy from Scrapyard 329, who will be at this show selling our products. Go find her booth early has she will have limited stock. This is one of the biggest shows that Scrapbook Expo hosts!

Nov 7 & 8/08 BC Creative Expo, Vancouver, BC, Canada!
Yippee - This is a local show for us, so I will be bringing everything – except the kitchen sink! Sorry, no classes this year but we will still have TONS of samples, wonderful make-n-takes and inspiring demonstrations by myself on Friday and by our talented DT member Marisa on Saturday! Of course I will post more info soon but you can get the show details here: at BC Creative Expo.

Nov 14 & 15/08 Creating Keepsakes Show Bellevue, WA
If you live in the area I hope you will come see us at this show! It’s one of my favorite shows to do every year and I just got word today that our head sample designer Vicki Chrisman can come to the show and run our demo table! Come discover Vicki’s secrets to adding vintage charm to your cards, scrapbook layouts and keepsakes!

Here are some photos from our booth at past shows we attended

Whew! I think I'm finally done! Don't forget to enter HERE for the Girlfriends prize Package! and tell me what friend you would pick

To find our products, please visit our Online Store Locator HERE

Wishing you joy & creativity!
Sandy Redburn

Crafty Secrets
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Anonymous said...

So cute all these things !

Louloupi from France ;-)

Morag Cutts said...

Lovely stamps and scraps. I adore the samples that you girls make - they are so inspirational.

I'm lucky enough to have lots of friends who share my passion for crafting and stamping. I'd choose a crafty friend for sure!

Morag x

Bunny B said...

Super cute samples! Lovely!
I would choose my best friend, who is my sister. She loves crafts too! :)

bunnybx at gmail . com

Anonymous said...

My friend is actually my niece(s) they both scrapbook and one makes cards. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great selection.

Darlene said...

Fantastic post Sandy ... so glad you are back at the helm and I hope things are going better in your household today!! The samples are all awesome ... I have all of the GIRLFRIEND items ... now just need more time to create!! The blog looks GREAT!!

Anonymous said...

Oh! I would love this Girlfriend set! I'd pick my best friend Fay to share it with. She is one of the sweetest people on the planet. We've been best friends for over 35 years now. I know we'd have so much fun playing with these items together.

Anonymous said...

This is soooo great!!!! Jan B.

Juliana said...

I would definately choose my friend, Shelly. She is a sucker for vintage stuff and I would LOVE to see what she would do with it!!!

Bev said...

I love these stamps and all the things everyone has created with them! I visit often.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Erin Glee said...

This Girlfriend Giveaway package looks so fun~if I am lucky enough to win it, I would share it with my Mom, (who loves to blame me for getting her hooked on Scrapbooking)! Thanks for the chance!

Marlene (cards4u) said...

Another fun give away! Thanks for the chance to play : ) I would pick my friend Kay who is not only a stamper and crafter but who is currently being treated for breast cancer.

StampinCathy said...

WOW these are some inspiring projects! The stamps are awesome and I would love to play with these. My BF is about 600 miles away now. We use to get together all the time and share are love of crafting. I have found a few new stamping friends since I have moved. Thanks for a chance.

Anonymous said...

I would choose my friend Dar. Your booth is one of my favorites at CK in Bellevue. Looking forward to seeing it this year.

lovetostamp said...

What an awesome giveaway. If I were to win I would give the set to my reaaaaaaaally good friend Mary Anne - if I didn't she would shoot me!!! She loves everything vintage and so do I!

Tammy said...

This set looks like so much fun! I love the creative ideas that have also been shared. I could not pick just 1 friend so I think I would have a scrap party and we could all share! Now that sounds like fun and who can resist free candy with no calories. LOL
Thanks for the give aways!

Anonymous said...

I would share with my daughter and friend, Shannon.

Anonymous said...

I hope that I didn't miss this opportunity. This is a fabulous giveaway, thank you for giving us the opportunity.

ScrapAddict said...

Wonderful!! I'd choose my BBF, whose a scrapper too!!

Miriam said...

What wonderful Blog Candy! Anyone would love to win these things. The design team has done an amazing job with these products and have left us with lots of ideas and inspiration! Thanks to all of you. If I were lucky enough to win, I would share with my good friend, Starr. She is a wonderful friend and is always helping others. We share the love of stamping, vintage designs, and a "night out" every month at a stamping class given by design team member, Heidi! Thanks for the chance to win. I love all of your products!

2kolory said...

Wow!What a wonderful collection!I share my love for all vintage and paper crafts with my niece Anna.She is very nice and i hope we will have a great time to scrapbook together.I am sorry for my english,i'm from Ukraine and the scrapbooking in our country is like a newborn baby,but i hope it will grow up into a beatiful

Unknown said...

I would choose Cat Beaty, the owner of our lss and a dear friend.

Sena said...

Great items! I'd love to win this for my sister and I. Looks awesome! :)

Lisa Klingbeil said...

Love the samples! I would choose my friend Peg - she is always doing something charitable for others!! Plus she is super crafty.

Amy Johnson said...

Great post! I love your products. Thanks for all the free downloads too! I would choose my best friend DEBBIE. We've known each other for 15 years and love to spend time together.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to find your store. My neighbor and friend, Kay, is my stamping buddy. Thank you for the free picture and poem. Jerry

Book Bling said...

I would have to choose my Daughter-in-law. She is addicted as much as I am - actually she started it all!

LauraB said...

I would share theses stamps with my dear fiend Betsy. We have been "supporting" each other thru some really tough times the past few years. She is so reliable-like my best bra!!

Kelly C. said...

Cute Stuff!
I really enjoy your blog & newsletter! The team that does your work is fabulous! Keep up the great inspiring work!

Kelly C. said...

I'd pick my dear friend & neighbor Judy! She is so much fun to spend time with! (forgot to add this to my previous post...oops!)

Suzette said...

What an awesome set and y'all make such adorable things with them.

I'd have to pick my "crafting partna in crime"...Miss Veronica! Thanks so much for the chance to win. :-)

freida said...

What precious cards these are! The stamp sets ROCK! I would love the opportunity to play with them with my best friend, my 20 yr old daughter.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win. My friend Jeanine for sure - she's the one who started me down this stamping path ... and I'm so glad she did!

Anonymous said...

This is such a cute prize pack! How generous of you ~ thank you!

I have a friend that has a sassy-chic attitude to match this prize and I really know she would love this~ Her name is Lisa and she is a really talented gal who could really put these products to good use. I hope I win because this set was made for her and I'd love to be able to treat her. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I love everything! :D

Tink said...

I would LOVE to win anything from your Great site!

Anonymous said...

Darling!! Love these stamps, never seen anything like them before! I would share them with Sandy and Karen cause those chicks are awsome artists and inspire me to learn new techniques all them time.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful Girlfriends giveaway. I'd love to share this opportunity with my best friend Lisa!
Thanks for the chance to play :)

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

None of my best friends craft, but they enjoy receiving cards from me, so if I'm lucky enough to win, there are friends receiving a card made with the prizes. Thanks for chance to win!

Debby said...

I would choose my BF Kathy.

Anonymous said...

I love your samples! How creative! And pink is my favorite color:)
I would invite my friend Lisa. She and I love to get together and stamp/scrapbook and bounce ideas off each other.

Elaine said...

Hi Sandy!! I loved visiting you last year at the Bellevue CK convention! I cannot make it to any classes this year, but if I can get in to shop, I will!!

I'd choose my friend Debbie Wise. She is soooo supportive of not only her friends but her family (of course), co-workers, and members of her church...basically most anyone that she knows! She really deserves to win - and I would love to tell her that she's been picked! :)

Anonymous said...

I love all your stamps and the design team is truly inspirational. I'd share the girlfriend set with my boss, who is also a great and good friend. She loves to stamp too and it's fun to spend time with her.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

I have made a wodnerful on line friend...sue..whoshares my passion for all things related to share any ans all of my stamps and supplies with sue....withot a moments hesitaiton..

we always talk about what fun it would be..IF we lived near to one we would enjoy stamping together..we have like statesandinterests in mages..vinatge style things..and often find we like the same stamp sets etc...she knows my prefernces..and i know hers..without a doubt..

our on line friendship will have to sufficce for now...but she is definitely THE perosn id share something stamping related with..

Ms. Cheryl said...

OMG all this stuff is soooo pretty.feel free to pick me!! thanks, cheryl

Rosy C. said...

I would choose my scrap/card makin' bud. Not only do we support our scrap,card makin' addiction, but we support each other every time our hubbies deploy overseas. Always moving due to being part of the military, it is hard to keep friends. But, my best bud will always be around no matter what!!!
Thanks for the chance to enter. And love all those stamps!!!

Jan said...

I and 2 friends have had breast cancer & are survivors. Thanks for the support. Very cute stamps. I would share them in an instant with several friends. We make lots of cards.

Thanks again,

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful and a wonderful way to get the word out about awareness in a fun sassy way.

I would love to share this with my bff and sister Bridget. She's a wonderful person and I love spending time crafting with her....

lmb27 said...

I love this prize. I would share this with my very best friend, Robin.
We love to do all paper crafts. We get together as much as we can to craft or shop for more stamps.

Anonymous said...


Sandie said...

Oh so yummy goodies. I would probably find it hard to share............LOL, although I would definately share with my best friend Nadine.
thanks for the opportunity.

Luv Sandie

Karenladd said...

Lovely samples.........and I am a big fan of all things vintage!!
The prize package is super....I am nuts about those images and have a million ideas just looking at them.
The girlfriend I would choose is Shannon, who I first met online and then in person. She is a super scrapper and stamper and she would knock it out of the park with those wonderful stamp images!

SHartl said...

Love the samples and that prize package is to die for!
My girlfriend, is my MOM! She is the one who introduced me to papercrafting and stamping, and there is nothing I love better than to pull out all out supplies and spend the day getting inky! the Girlfriends stamp set is so fun!

Anonymous said...

I love this set - I'm a 6 year survivor as of July!
Great ideas you have posted here.

Anonymous said...

Oops, hit send to early, lol

The girlfriend I would share with is another survivor & crafty sister, Miss Jen!

Anonymous said...

I love your products and would love, love, love to win this particular set! I would pick my dear daughter who like me also likes all things vintage. These stamps, etc. remind me of the 40's and my dear mother. She died 23 yrs. ago at the age 63 of breast cancer.

Unknown said...

Love the stamps & ideas. Can't wait to try them.

Mary in Minnesota

Bose said...

I really loved the, this Sample Printables was unique, thanks so much!