Monday, March 2, 2015

Go Green! March Linky Party, DT Challenge & Giveaway!

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the Crafty Secrets March 2015 Linky Party, DT Challenge and a great Spring Giveaway!  I think everyone is ready for a little dose of Springtime right about now, so our theme for the design team challenge this month is "GO GREEN!"  We are featuring flowers, green growing things, garden journals, St. Patrick's Day projects or Easter projects this month.  The unifying theme is GREEN.  And just to make the design team put on their thinking caps, we added in an optional challenge of using something recycled or "upcycled" in our projects.  What fun!  I've had a sneaky peek at all the wonderful projects this month, and I know you are going to be thrilled!

Sandy also has a wonderful Spring Giveaway for a lucky winner who will be announced next Monday, March 9/15. To enter just leave a comment and say what your favorites are in this gift pack.

You don't need to follow the theme this month in order to join the Linky Party, but it's always fun when you do.  We make it easy for you to join the festivities by providing you with a free download that you can use to make up your project, if you wish.  Here's the 2 free downloads for this month's party.

This beautiful paper is from our Digital Garden Paper Kit and the sweet little girl is from our Garden Girls Digital Art Stamp Set.  To download, simply click on the image and save to your computer.  We can't wait to see what you make with this month's free gift!

And what fun is a party without prizes?  This month's prize is really fantastic!  One lucky participant will win a wonderful prize pack.  One quick note about prize eligibility: You can use any product or theme you choose to join the Linky Party, but to be eligible to win the prize pack, you must use Crafty Secrets products in your entry.

Now, take a look at the fabulous prize package we have for you this month:

Our digital Garden paper pack with 18 sheets of garden themed designer papers, includes two sheets of seed packet images, vintage garden catalog sheets, a garden maze and beautiful botanical papers.

In addition, you will receive our gorgeous Digital Garden Printables  with 16 ready to print images in a re-sizeable format.   These are some of my very favorite Crafty Secrets images, and I think you will love them, too!

And that's not all!  To help you get ready for the Easter Bunny, we will include our darling Bunny Kids Gift Bag and Tag Set.  These would be so cute on the table at your Easter celebration.

That's a prize package that's worth more than $25, so you will definitely want to join in the fun! that the details are out of the way, let's get this party started and see how our design team has met this month's challenge.

We have a lovely guest designer joining us this month.  Karen Letchworth is the blog administrator over at Word Art Wednesday.  Her personal blog, My Cup Runneth Over features Karen's delightful vintage cards and projects.  You'll definitely want to check it out.  Let's meet Karen!

My name is Karen Letchworth, and I'm honored to be Guest Designing this month for Crafty Secrets.  I've been in love with Crafty Secrets for as long as I can remember, and really enjoy working with their sweet products.  I retired from a hospital administration job a few years ago; and now enjoy being a home-schooling Mom, wife of 30 years to a handsome police officer, and spending lots of time in my craft room.  I hope you will stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, and that you will all be sure to play along in this month's Crafty Secrets Linky Party.  I can't wait to see all your sweet Crafty Secrets projects!

  Karen used our beautiful Friends and Flowers Vintage Cuts on the focal of her pretty card.  Visit Karen's Blog to see all the details and to get her tutorial on how to use tea stain to add the perfect vintage vibe to your projects.

As DT Leader, I did some serious upcycling by adding paint and texture to a cardboard fruit basket and filling it with decoupaged eggs.  The papers are all from the beautiful Garden Papers Kit and you can see my blog post with the details on how I put this fun project together.

Darlene Pavlick came up with the most creative upcycling project!  I just love this wonderful planter she created using our Digital Garden Papers Kit!  I'm not going to spoil the fun and tell you what she used to make this!  You'll just have to visit her wonderful blog, Dar's Crafty Creations to find out!

Diane Hover from Nellie's Nest wows us once again with this frilly, festive and fun trio of Easter Baskets she created using the  Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps with a great Image Transfer Technique and and Tutorial!  You have to check out her photos to see how the images become semi transparent and blend into the painted pots so well.

Elizabeth Lincoln has a wonderful tutorial on how she created this 12" pillow shaped gift box with this glorious collage featuring our Vegetable Garden Digital Art Stamps!  I am just swooning over the sweet little watering can and garden implements she's added.  You can learn how she pulled it all together on Elizabeth's Blog - Paper Pass Times.

Ginny Nemchak gave a Plain Jane notebook a major facelift by combining these sweet images from our Best Buds  postcard set with papers from our Retro Christmas and Vintage Typography CDs.  She'll show you how she combined all these fabby layers at her Polly's Paper Blog.

 Gloria Stengel made an accordion fold home decor/mini album using some really fun bits of "trash" that she turned into treasures.  She used papers from all our CD's along with our pretty Love Mail Scraps.  If you visit Gloria's Scraps of Life Blog she'll share her tutorial for making this gorgeous bit of home decor and links to all the products she used.

Melody Clement created this super cute Easter Basket using our Adorable Easter Eggs Digital Prints and a stamp from our Spring Chicks Digital Art Stamps.  Take a little trip over to Paper Melody's Blog for all the details.

With Saint Patrick's Day right around the corner, Michele Kovack created a stunning greeting card using an image from Seasonal Vintage Image and Journal Booklet and printable papers from the Garden Collection.  Pop over to Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker to get all the insider information on Michele's beautiful card.

If you've always wondered where the Easter Bunny lives, well, Shantaie Fowler has the inside scoop!  She created this wonderfully whimsical bunny village using our Double Sided Papers and Spring Bunnies Digital Art Stamps.  Hop on over to Shantaie's Inking Pink Blog to learn what surprising item she used as the base for her bunny houses.

Doesn't this gorgeous bottle look as though it came straight from a Victorian lady's dressing table?  Sheila Rumney used the jeweled butterfly and some pretty roses from our CD#2 Creating With Vintage Illustrations and shows how to add script writing from the Artsy Banner set behind the roses, erase parts and create an altered label.  Check out her Photoshop tutorial at Shelia Rumney Design and Photography.

Check Out the New Lower Sale Prices! 

Sandy has slashed prices again on all warehouse stock and there are so many fabulous deals! So if your wish list has been larger than your pocketbook, now is a great time to build up your crafty stash and save some serious money!


Now it's YOUR turn!  Simply create a NEW project featuring CRAFTY SECRETS products and link it up below before midnight PT, Sunday, March 15th and you could be the winner of our wonderful prize package this month.   We'll be hopping by to take a look at your wonderful creations, and we just can't wait to see what you make.The prize winner will be announced here on Tuesday, March 18th...and don't be surprised if we share some of your creations on our Facebook Page or even on the blog!  Now go get your craft on and link a project using the Linky Tool below:

On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!

PS - Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into our Spring Giveaway!

Cheerio, Kathy

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Nettie said...

Oh, I love everything in the goodie bag! My favorite is the Bunny Kids bag. The cute little kids remind me of the Campbell Soup kids from my childhood (many moons ago)
Happy Spring!

Diane said...

WOW...what a stunning post, so pretty and so full of Springtime goodness...cheers me up immensely from this cold weather. All the projects are beyond all make me proud to be a part of this team!!

DIANA L. said...

CONGRATS ON your GD spot Karen wow wow wow
Awesome design team projects and what a great prize for some lucky winner.

Lorna said...

Such cute entries today. I would love to win your Spring Giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

2amscrapper said...

Thanks for the freebies and great inspiration from the DT!

smokeysmom said...

Oh, my favorite are the Cotton Scraps, but really, they're all terrific. I don't usually join in on craft challenges, but I might just have to join this one! Thanks for the freebies:)

gaylemontayostudio said...

I love ALL of your graphics! They are so darn cute! My favorite is the gift tag and bag...thank you for the opportunity to win this great prize!!!

MsMad said...

All the DT project are fabulous, thanks ladies. For the favorite in the Spring Giveaway, it was hard to pick one,they were all adorable but I am a postcard collector so I would have to say the postcards. Guess I better get busy with a project to join in on the challenge.
Barbara Bird

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

OOOOHHHh thank you for the chance to win the give-away! I LOVE your artwork! My favorites are the little digital postcards.. I would just print out and send them out! I may just have to enter the linky party this month too.. I don't usually do that, but I'm so inspired already by all of the sweet artwork being created! Marilyn

Linsey R said...

Omgeee!!! These projects are ALL absolutely STUNNING!!! So so SOOOO beautiful ladies!!!! Yayyy Karen!! I love her!! :) I must toddle along now and go see each of these beauties up close and personal!! You are all incredibly inspiring, thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Not fair to make me pick one favorite! I love the collage sheets with all the springtime images. Thanks for the chance to win.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I really like the Religious digital art stamps! Very nice. God bless!

ILuvTheEucharist @

Linda Carson said...

The Spring papers are lovely and the stamps so fun!! Thanks for the freebies!!

ursula Uphof said...

Thank you for the lovely freebie. Love your site and will be back. Hugs, Ursula

Athena Roberts said...

Simply Beautiful! WOW. is so hard to pick a favorite in this beautiful collection. My momma and I are just now starting to make cards together. Your vintage collections are so beautiful and give us inspiration. We are keeping our fingers crossed that you pick us for the prize. Have a blessed day!
Athena and Momma ( Rose)

Ava Gavloski said...

Be proud, the team did an outstanding presentation showcasing Crafty Secrets...

Rene said...

The samples are just fabulous, as always! Thanks for your generosity in giveaways! Love your products!

Pattie J. said...

thanks for the opportunity to win such a goodie bag. I thought of the Campbell kids, and love them, an also could see the Jane Austin time with the ladies. so you can choose. Keeps us inspired.

Marlene F. said...

Thanks for the chance to win the spring bag.

It will make beautiful cards and pages.

Happy Easter Sandy to you, your family and your team.

loudowning54 said...

I love all of these products. Your stamps are always so fun to use. I love them. High quality and fun images.

cjgusloff57 said...

I love everything! No way can I pick just one favorite in this Spring giveaway!
Happy Easter to all!

Debbie K. said...

Such adorable projects! I love the little gift bag and the stamps. Hope I have time to enter a project as it would be so fun to join in the contest.

Primitive Seasons said...

What a great giveaway! I think I like the postcards the best. So vintage and so applicable to many projects. Come on Spring.......please!


It'sMe said...

Such lovely creations.Would love to be in with a chance to win such a lovely prize.Thank You.♥

Melinda Jarrell said...

This was my 1st visit to your website it was very inspirational all the ideas are great and made me think of spring especially the one with the three little houses that would look great in a fairy garden thanks for all the inspiration and I look forward to hopefully winning some wonderful prizes

The Paper Toile said...

Beautiful creations by the DT! So many spring goodies!

Ann said...

Thank you for the free images to create with. Lovely creations by Karen and the DT.

coco said...

ho i love everything, my favorite is the Bunny kids bag, so cute!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful DT inspiration! Lovely projects from Karen.
Thanks for the fun challenge and generous digital freebies.

nancy carroll said...

Oh, trying to choose one is so difficult, they all are so lovely, the postcards really are gorgeous. Thanks for the opportunity to win such lovely prize. I love all the DT's work for the challenge. So glad Kathy Clement sent me here!

ScappinSam said...

I always enjoy your posts and love your papers and designs. TFS.

Tracy said...

Wow, how can you decide. I love all of it.

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