Monday, January 6, 2014

January Linky Party, Design Team Calendar Challenge and 2013 Faves!

Welcome to Our January Linky Party - Come Join In!
Design Team Calendar Challenge - Check Out the Samples!
My Fave DT Samples in 2013 - See 3 from Each Member
Digital Stamps Coming - * little delay

Welcome to our January Linky Party where you can add a sample(s) you've created using any of our products and receive a $6.00 Coupon and 1 winner will get a $50.00 gift card!  Scroll to the bottom to check our the entries which can take place all week and don't be shy - come post something!!   

I'm doing my post from Arizona as Scott and I are down here for the week fixing up a rental house we are going to sell. We're sleeping on a air mattress and sort of 'camping out' while we paint and fix it up. *I've had some internet problems and haven't been able to add the next batch of Digital Stamps yet - but they are coming shortly!

Today is also our Design Team Calendar Challenge and look at these fabulous samples and tutorials  the team has created you have to check out all their links below!  Plus, here's the link to the New Free January Printable Calendar Month if you missed it.

  Kathy Clement  New Team Leader!  Bird Tag Calendar

Vicki Chrisman  Flip Desk Calendar

Michele Kovack  Art Calendar (using our Free printable)
Darlene Pavlick  Collage Calendar Card 

Rebekah Fairies can't join us today but see her samples below

Sheila Rumney  Winter Digital Calendar Card 

Elizabeth Lincoln  Art Calendar (using our Free printable)

Cherry Nelson  Valentine Calendar Card 

Guest - Julie Campbell    Journal Calendar Page

Vicki and Kathy have traded spots and Kathy is going to be our New Design Team Leader.  After all these years Vicki deserves a break but she is still on our Team - thank goodness!

Julie Campbell is joining our DT Challenge today (see here beautiful Calendar Journal page on link above)  but I've also picked 3 of my favorite samples from each Design Team Member during 2013. Julie hasn't been on our team for awhile so her's may be a bit older. 

 Julie has been creating fantastic art journals and she used our Halloween CD4 on these pages

This was a pendant Julie made with our Fairy Wishes - now Digital Stamp Set and the images are all larger and re-sizeable with the fairy writing 6" tall!

I like these cool altered pages Julie created using Barber Shop Digital Download Kit

The next 3 samples are by DT leader Kathy Clement who creates amazing mini albums and this one is a tag holder using our Girlfriend Scraps and Girlfriends Booklet

 Look at this beautiful layered card Kathy made using our Garden Girls digital stamp set

I also loved this seaside album using our Bathing Beauty Digital Stamps 

Here are 3 samples I picked that DT Member Vicki Chrisman made but it was really hard to pick 3! 
Vicki stitched this album using one of the poppies from our Digital Poppy Stamp Set

I adore this clever gift card Vicki made using paper and the birdie from CD7 Sew Decorative and how it folds out to hold the gift card.

This big wall canvas turned out really cool Vicki also created with CD7, Sew Decorative 

Here are 3 picks from samples by DT Member Michele Kovack. I adore this card using our Rose Stamp Set and Michele colored it with Inktense Pencils

If you click on the card below you can see the beaded snow globe which looks all frosty from our Snow Globes Set

I cheated here and included 3 of the great cards Michele made using our Vegetable Garden Digital Stamp Set

Here are 3 great samples by DT Member Darlene Pavlick and I love how Dar created this fold our card using our Valentine Download Digital Paper and Image Kit. 

This was a fabulous album Darlene designed with a step by step Tutorial using our sewing papers and most of the images are also on the Sewing CD7 (except for some Button or Bobbin Card Printables. 

I think this card is so pretty and clever the way Darlene designed it to open and using our Easter Blessing Stamps

I love everything about this card Rebekah created using Vintage Silhouette Digital Stamps 
Papers are from CD 1 Creating with Vintage Patterns.

I'm not sure if it's the colors or the way Rebekah layered these large blooms to look 
like flowering bushes but I really like this card  

Here's a great spring card Rebekah created with the seed packet from our Garden Download Kit set, garden tools stamps and baby chicks across the bottom are adorable from our Spring Chicks Digital Stamp Download.

Now I have 3 samples by DT Member Sheila Rumney who has been posting so many fantastic Digital Tutorials showing all sorts of tricks - I learn something every time! Sheila used paper and designs from CD 3 Creating With Vintage Typography

I will come back when Google will let me add the links but Sheila did a wonderful Tutorial using sample of her daughter with CD7 Sew Decorative

Okay, I think I loved so many of the sewing samples - I picked 3 before I had a chance to go through all the other themes  - but the colors and layout work so well here

Now it's DT Member Elizabeth Lincolns turn with 3 samples I picked including this artistic card she created using our Wine Lover Clear Stamps - also in a Wine Digital Download.

This card Elizabeth made using our Down on the Farm Clear Stamps has great colors and look at the cow bell!

 I just showed this card last month but I love Elizabeth's clever idea of adding the stamp with the kids at the table looking out a window from our Winter Wishes Stamp Set

Lastly for DT samples, here are 3 by new member Cherry Nelson including this cute gift envelope she made using paper and images from our Retro Christmas CD

Cherry made this pretty card and matching envelope with our Queen Bee Set

Lastly, I had to add this cute set of cards Cherry made previously using our Girlfriend Creative Scraps which are on all marked down to $1.95 for the double sided sheets

What was my fave project I did last year? This heart album I made for my sweetheart with our Heart to Heart Digital Stamp Download and I was pretty happy with some of my tutorials but I will just add a link to our Tutorial Pintrest Board as and start our Linky Party!

I really like the way my Fairy Garden Dome and Tutorial turned out that I made using our Altered Fairy Scraps. The little fairy kids I used remind me of my niece and nephew and I let them pick out their favorite pieces and they wanted everything!  

Also, the decoupage plates tutorial I did using our CD #2 Creating with Vintage Illustrations.

Do you have any past project you created using a Crafty Secrets product?  The only rule is it can't be something you've posted in our past Linky Parties. Each person will recieve a $6.00 coupon and 1 winner will get a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Card!  You have until next Sunday night to enter and can add up to 4 samples.  Have fun and show us what you have made!

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Sandy Redburn
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Sherry said...

Hi, do you have any tutorials on here to resize digis? I have some but can't figure out how to resize them, therefor, I don't use them, lol

Sheila Rumney said...

Love seeing all of the beautiful artwork!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Sherry, if you will check out Sheila's blog, she has wonderful tutorials. I'm just in the learning stage with digital images, but you can right click on the image, select copy, then open Microsoft Word, right click and select paste and the image will be in a new document. If you click on the image again, you can use the corner arrows to make it larger or smaller...any size you want. Hope this helps!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Hi Sherry, I don't see any email or way to contact you from your comment so I will leave a message here. Kathy is right, there are several programs you can use to re-size an image - just always be sure to save any new size with a new name - so you always have your original. Right click on the image with your mouse and a menu should pop up and look for 'Open With'. Many computers have Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Picture Manger or a program called Paint and you can open the image with one of those and re-size it. Try it and you will see it's easy! Also see our Tutorial Board on Pintrest which has more ideas and Paint is a free download from if you don't have it. I hope this helps.

Cynthia said...

Wow, that's a lot of inspiration! Fabulous creations, ladies.

jo said...

Loving all the inspiration.

Sandy, thanks for your comments on my makes. In answer to your question about whether the digital stamps are more popular in the UK - I'm not sure. I do love the clear stamp sets but only knew of 2 stockists over here and 1 stopped stocking them and at about the equivalent of $35 for a large set they weren't cheap. I do have quite a few sets of all sizes but I'm now starting to love the versatility of digital stamps and the fact they can be re-sized. I'll never get rid of my "proper" stamps though LOL!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Sandy :-) Thank you for another linky. Love your DT favourites - beautiful!

Diane said...

Beautiful designs by the DT...and so fun to see the favorites all reading the other comments, I learned a few things, and need to find your Pinterest board, too!!

Diane said...

Beautiful designs by the DT...and so fun to see the favorites all reading the other comments, I learned a few things, and need to find your Pinterest board, too!!