Monday, July 7, 2014

July Linky Party and DT Challenge

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party and Design Team Challenge! 

This is Kathy Clement filling in for Sandy Redburn, who is enjoying a very busy summer. I'll be posting here for the next several weeks as Sandy works on her daughter's wedding plans, getting her house ready for sale and working on new releases for Crafty Secrets.

Before we get started, I have a little news to share with you.  Our wonderful design team members Cherry Nelson and Vicki Chrisman have stepped down from the design team. Cherry has a very full plate in her life right now, and is taking care of the home front. Vicki is enjoying exciting adventures while living "life outside the studio." We will miss the work from these two very talented designers. In particular, we will miss Vicki's wonderful contributions having been here from the beginning since 2007!  Vicki will continue her personal BLOG and she may join us from time to time. But keep your eyes open here for fresh new faces....good things are coming your way!

We also have a special treat for you this month as we are being joined by a wonderful guest designer.  My good friend and mentor, Gloria Stengel has decided to play along in the July Linky Party and I couldn't be more excited! Here's a little introduction to this wonderful artist and friend.

My name is Gloria Stengel and I have been hooked on paper crafts all of my life. I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "projects"! In 1990, I discovered rubber stamping and in 1996, I stumbled across "modern" scrapbooking. I love all aspects of paper crafting: card making, scrapbooking, mini albums, altered art, up-cycling, you name it! I am happiest when I am making a mess! It's the cleaning up part that I don't care for!
I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including three terms with Graphic 45. I also accept various guest design spots and work with online stores from time to time. I have recently started my own challenge blog, Craft Hoarders Anonymous. I think the name says it all.
I have a blog, a Facebook Fan Page, and a YouTube channel in order to share my creative work. Please visit my blog, Scraps of Life: for more inspiration. 

July Linky Party Details and Inspiration

The theme for this month's Linky Party is summer fun, and the design team has created some great samples and helpful tutorials to get your creative juices flowing. 

 For those of you who are new to the Linky Party, the rules are simple: visit all the blogs along the way and leave some love for these talented designers.   Then, get to work creating your own NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products.  You don't have to use the summer theme, but if you choose to do so, that would be really fun!  

If you don't have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a list of FREE PRINTABLES in the sidebar of this blog post. Just click, download, print and create!  Everyone who plays along will receive a $6.00 credit to the online store and one lucky participant will be randomly drawn to receive a $50 shopping spree!  Use the Linky form at the end of this post to add your project before midnight PT, July 13th,  and we'll be stopping by YOUR blog or online gallery (no Facebook galleries, please) to view your creations!  Be sure to link back to Crafty Secrets and let us know what product you used in your post. It's loads of fun! 

OK: Here's a sneak peek at the tutorials the team has prepared for you this month:
Guest Designer Gloria Stengel created this fabulous Summer card using an image from our Summer Image Booklet

Mini Beach Album by DT Leader Kathy Clement

By the Sea card by Elizabeth Lincoln 

Also want to remind you that Sandy has some wonderful SALES going on right now, and everyone that places an order this month will receive the beautiful Digital Summer Printable Sheet as a free gift.  She also has a few of the original Homespun Cotton Scraps available for just .99 cents! 

Thanks for stopping in!  We can't wait to see what you bring to the party this month!  Just click on the Linky Party link below to add your project!  

Wishing you Joy and Creativity,

Kathy Clement, DT Leader

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Cynthia said...

Fabulous Design Team hop! So sad to hear about Vicki and Cherry. Wishing them well in their endeavors! Looking forward to Gloria's inspiration this month.

Gloria Stengel said...

I am so happy to be the guest DT this month! I adore CS vintage images!

Vicki Chrisman said...

Gloria.... great guest DT project! Amazing beautiful projects by all the DT again this month! WTG girls!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Yes, we will miss Cherry and Vic...and we wish them well in the next phase of their journey. Stay tuned here...good things coming this way and some exciting announcements in the wings!

Ava Gavloski said...

Will miss the Cherry and Vic leadership. Taking a breather is a good thing.... The love will always be here for both ladies and the new additions will be lots of excitement.

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Beautiful samples! Thanks, ladies!

1CardCreator said...

Congrats to Gloria, what a gorgeous sample you made,all the dt samples are gorgeous. ~Diane