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May 2015 Linky Party New DT Member and DT Challenge: Anything Goes!

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the May 2015 Linky Party!  This month is "Anything Goes" so as long as you feature Crafty Secrets products in your project, you are eligible to win the prize!  Since Sandy just released a bunch of wonderful new digital goodies, that will be the prize bundle for this month.  One randomly chosen participant will win all of the following:
We also have the winner from Sandy's Facebook and Blog giveaway to announce!  Erin Glee and Sue Weiss-Fredrickson have both won our two newest (and totally fabulous) Digital Art Stamp Sets: Down on the Farm and Vintage Hardware!  Congrats! You can read all about these wonderful new sets and see some samples HERE

 We also have a really exciting announcement to share with you as we have added a new face to our design team.  Teresa Horner has joined our ranks! Many of you are probably already familiar with her beautiful blog, Victorian Paper Queen, but for those of you who haven't met her yet, you are going to love her work.


Teresa designs for Spellbinders, Really Reasonable Ribbon and several other teams.  She loves to create and has been doing artsy things all her life. She loves to draw, paint, make jewelry and especially create with paper. She loves history and enjoys traveling around the world to see other places and meet new people.  She is an avid photographer, gardener, and also loves to sew.  Teresa is such a fun-loving and talented person, and I know you are going to love her magical paper creations.  Here's a sample of a project she made for a recent Crafty Secrets/Really Reasonable Ribbon cross-promotional.


Be sure to welcome Teresa to the Crafty Secrets family!  We are so excited to have her join us!

Now, on to the design team samples.  This challenge snuck up on our team, but the girls all managed to create some wonderful cards and projects to inspire you. Michele Kovack and Gloria Stengel are unable to join us this month.

I used the new Pastel Tile Papers, Digital Vintage Garden Scraps and ephemera from the Typography CD to create a layered, feminine card.  You can read how I chose the color palette on my blog, Kathy by Design.


Darlene Pavlick is getting ready for wedding season!  She also used the pastel tile papers along with our beautiful Vintage Photo Scraps to create a romantic mini album.  This tile paper looks 3-D..and when I first saw Dar's pretty project, I thought she had used an embossing folder!  It's amazing!
You can read all the details on her blog, Dar's Crafty Creations.


Diane Hover's project is going to make your mouth water!  It features  ripe, red strawberries from our Digital Vintage Garden Creative Scraps.  Her cheery gingham papers are from our Kitchen Memories Digital Download. I love her photo with that red rooster peeking out from behind the card!  You can satisfy your craving for strawberries with the wonderful recipe for Strawberry Pie that she shares on her blog, Nellie's Nest.


I have always wanted to know how to watercolor, and when I saw Elizabeth Lincoln's gorgeous watercolor roses, I was completely blown away.  She shares wonderful tips for painting digitally printed images on her blog, Paper Pass Times.


Ginny Nemchack captured sunshine and glued it to this bright and beautiful layered card.  She used the sunflower images from Vintage Garden Scraps and papers from Creating with Retro Christmas CD #5.  It's good to remember that our Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving kits contain wonderful papers that can be used all through the years.  Ginny will show you how she built her card when you visit her blog, Polly's Paper Studio.


Melody Clement stitched her heart out on this great vintage card that uses a darling couple from our Digital Vintage Photo Creative Scraps. If you want to learn how she created her wonderful frame, be sure to visit her blog, Paper Melody's.


Shantaie Fowler created the cutest tags ever by combining images from our Digital Mini Creative Scraps with vintage buttons and button cards.  I love the sweet color palette she used, and you can see more pretty tags and get instructions for how to make your own at Inking Pink.


Sheila Rumney has created a card that is gloriously soft, feminine and vintage.  She also used our Vintage Photo Creative Scraps along with our Digital Sewing papers.  Don't you just love that vintage lace?  Read all about the creation of this card at Sheila Rumney Design and Photography. 



The newest member of our team, Teresa Horner has a beautiful Mother's Day altered box to share with you.  She used our Little Blessings Creative Scraps and the wonderful crackle textured paper from our Digital Radiant Paper Collection. You can learn all her tips and techniques at Victorian Paper Queen



To encourage you to play along, we are providing a free digital image and paper.  Just click on the image, download and save to your computer.  You can use these images in your Linky Party Project if you would like to, but it's not required.  As long as you feature Crafty Secrets products you are eligible to win.

This sweet image is taken from our Digital Garden Creative Scraps.  I simply cropped the image and sized it for you to use. Please remember - this image and the paper are only for people who want to join in our Linky Party.
Here's the Free Paper for those participating in the Linky Party.  It's reduced to 8 x 8 inches, a better size for the image above. This paper is just one of the pretty pastels found in our Birds and Blooms Paper Collection designed by our own DT Member Sheila Rumney.


Now it's your turn!  Create something fabulous and link it up to this blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, May 17th.  A random winner will be chosen and announced here on the blog on Wednesday, May 20th.  We'll be popping by to take a look at your lovely artwork and we'll be sure to leave you some love!  I can't wait to see what you create!





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

Cheerio,
Kathy Clement/Design Team Leader, Crafty Secrets


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Giveaway for 2 New Jumbo Digital Stamp Sets - Down on the Farm and Vintage Hardware!

Hi Everyone, I'm excited to announce a Giveaway for our 2 New Digital Stamp Sets, Down on the Farm and Vintage Hardware. Just leave a comment here and tell me which set you like best. A random winner will be announced next Monday.  

All of these designs originally fit on a 6" x 8" sheet but now the images are larger digitally as you can see on sizes below. I added so many new designs - there are 51 total, they take up 2 preview sheets.

 

I'm so proud of this set as I didn't have any help from our graphic designer Cindy except to turn them into PNG files. They are all adapted from old drawings but I cut, pasted and drew in many new details, like changing the baseball cap on the farmer in #49 to a cowboy hat.   There is an array of country and farm theme images from illustrations of animals, barns, adorable children, farmers, tractors, country scenes, 2 poems and a hilarious mix of fun words and sayings.

 

Here's a preview sheet of past samples that were created with the original clear stamp set.  We still have a few Down on the Farm Clear Sets left but Our Farm Chicks Clear Sets have sold out and become a large Digital Stamp Download.


Here's our Vintage Hardware Digital Stamp Set which was originally a medium clear set that sold out and now has become a large set with 36 PNG files in black as well as brown. You can use the Faux eyelets to dress up plain punched holes on tags and mini albums, add decorative nail heads, buttons, columns, iron looking brackets, an iron fence, a decorative plaque frame, 4 ornate drawer handles, 2 large keys, a lock, 4 key holes, 4 hinges, 4 door knob plates, a door bell, a 11” measuring tape and more.
 

NOTE: if you know how to make SVG cutting files (or know someone who does) for die cutting with a Cameo Silhouette or similar machine please contact me at craftysecrets@telus.net .  I would love to have these available with the die software!


You can print the designs on color paper to suit a project like light brown, gold, gray, or try bright or pastel colors. You can color the designs with markers, metallic pens or try an embossing pen.


You can change the black designs to other colors if you want something eclectic like bright pink door hardware and I did a past tutorial showing how to change colors.


Here's a great card by DT Leader Kathy Clement she created with our new Garden Scraps Digital Set using the raspberry label. Love how she machine sewed her paper and the layers she combined.


I also have this pretty button card by DT Member Diane Hover she created with our Printable Button Card Set.  love how she matched it up with the lace doily paper from our Sewing CD #7 and added the pink embellishments.


 Our little pop-up store in Bellingham, WA is going great. If you are in the area please stop by and ask Lyssa the store manager for the opening special 25% off Coupon, good for any craft items! See address below

I hope you are having a great week. 
Come join us this Monday for our next Linky Party! 

Sandy Redburn Visit Our CraftyVintageGirl.com  Online Store    
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Toll Free Phone or Fax 1-888 597-8898
Local Phone 604 597-8817


Crafty Secrets Head Office
15430 78 A Ave.,
Surrey, BC V3S 8R4



Visit Our Pop Up Bellingham Store!

Crafty Vintage Girl with Red Barn Jewelry 

2 Prospect Street (Prospect and Holly St)

Bellingham, WA 98230
Closed Sun, Mon and Tues. 
Phone 360  389-5156

USA Mailing Address
250 H. Street, #436
Blaine,WA 98230
     


Farm Chicks Blog Hop Winner and Great DT Samples

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!  We had a great time with our Farm Chicks Blog Hop earlier this week, and hope you had time to hop along.  If you missed it, you can see all the great projects the design team put together in this blog post.   It appears that Sandy gets the Blue Ribbon prize for this wonderful Digital Art Stamp Set, as you were all very enthusiastic in your comments.  Thanks so much for hopping with us.  Now we need to announce the winner of the hop:

SueD was one of only TWO hoppers who remembered to leave a comment on every blog, and her winning comment was pulled from Melody's blog where she said:

"Love this card design inside and out. the pink gingham and burlap are perfect."

Congrats, Sue!  You win your very own set of our Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps and our Chicken Farm embossed paper, too!


               



I'm excited to let you know that even as I write this, Sandy is putting together another incredible farm themed stamp set with stunning images and clever sentiments.  It will be released soon, and we'll share it along with some samples to get your creative juices flowing.

Yesterday was Earth Day, and I spotted a couple of great upcycling projects that our clever design team ladies have made lately.  I wanted to share them with you here in honor of Earth Day.

Michele Kovack upcycled an ugly berry basket and made this beautifully embellished spring home decor project using our Victorian Easter Egg Scraps.  I know we are past Easter, but this is such a pretty project that I would be tempted to leave it out until summer rolled in!


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Ginny Nemchak upcycled a bit of scrap wood and turned it into this cheery retro wall hanging.  She  used our Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps.  I love the color palette, the shiny pop of the red buttons and those fabby vintage aprons, too! Her papers are from our Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and are the perfect match for the aprons.  Wouldn't this make a great Mother's Day gift?

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This last project is such a cute idea for Mother's Day,  a bachelorette party or bridesmaid's luncheon.  Melody used a stamp from our Sew Fashionista set and papers from the Radiant Collection to make this clever corset card. Melody has all the details on her blog.

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Oh, and I wanted to remind you to get ready for our May Linky Party!  It will go live on May 4th, and it's an anything goes as long as you use Crafty Secrets goodies theme.  So better get your craft on and get ready for the party!

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

Cheerio,
kathy
     


April Linky Party Winner

Hello Friends!

I'm just popping in very quickly to announce the winner of the April Linky Party Challenge.

The random draw selected lucky #3: Kate's Paper Nest as the winner of this month's prize!

Kate used our free digi image from our Birds and Blossoms Digital Creative Scraps and one of our beautiful new Birds and Blooms Digital Papers to make this lovely card.


Kate has won a $25 shopping spree in the Crafty Secrets/Crafty Vintage Girl online store where she can purchase any of our downloadable, digital products.  Have fun shopping, Kate!

Thanks to everyone who played along!  Our next Linky Party will launch on Monday, May 4th!  We hope you will join us!

Cheerio,
kathy
     

Farm Chicks Blog Hop and Giveaway



Hello, "Peeps!"  Welcome to our Farm Chicks Blog Hop and Giveaway!  I have some wonderful samples to share with you today, all featuring projects made with our fabulous Farm Chicks Digital Art stamps and our Digital Chicken Farm papers.  Sandy released these wonderful new products about a month ago, and the design team fell in love with them.  So we put our heads together and decided it would be fun to host a little "hen party" here on the blog, and invite you to hop along for fun and prizes!

If you haven't seen the new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, you don't know what you are missing.  This is such a great vintage stamp set that works beautifully for masculine and feminine projects alike.  It has awesome potential to be used as home decor, since chickens and roosters are once again all the rage.  And, it could make great place cards, party invites, table decor, and of course...cards!

The Digital Art Stamps Set has 40 "chick"  images and sentiments.  We think you will agree with us, these stamps are really something to "crow" about!

  

Our Chicken Farm paper is such a pretty shade of blue green...just like the beautiful Araucana Chicken eggs.  The paper appears to be deeply embossed, and prints beautifully on your home printer.


 

 Now, let's get to hopping!

I had a blast creating this rooster themed gift ensemble.  You can read how I layered the images and find a link to the tutorial for the gift box on my blog, Kathy by Design.



Darlene Pavlick had so much fun playing with these goodies that she created two cards, one for the hens and one for the roosters.  You can read all about them on her blog, Dar's Crafty Creations.



 Diane Hover used our Chicken Farm paper to make this sunny side up card.  She has all the details on her blog, Nellie's Nest.




 Elizabeth Lincoln's fancy fold card is Grade A Fresh!  Read all the details on her wonderful blog, Paper Pass Times.




Ginny Nemchack went a little French Country with this stylish card done primarily in black and white.  The images in this stamp set are so beautiful, you really don't have to color them unless you just want to.  Get all the details on Ginny's blog, Polly's Paper Studio.



Gloria Stengel created a clean and layered masculine card that really shows off the rooster stamp and the great texture you get when you add the chicken wire stamp.  You can read all about it on Gloria's blog, Scraps of Life.





Melody Clement used stitching and burlap to create the perfect nest for her pretty card.  You can see all the details on her blog, Paper Melody's.



Michele Kovack featured another rooster on a faux barn board and chicken wire background.  I love the bow treatment on this beautifully colored card.  See the details on Michele's Blog, Thoughts of a Card Making Scrapbooker.




Sheila Rumney captured the vintage vibe in this sweet and simple blue card. I just love the Mason jar filled with lace, don't you?  You can read about it on her blog, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography.


Blog Hop Rules and Prize

Be sure to visit each blog in the order listed above, and leave each designer some love, because one of these designers will choose the lucky prize winner, and we don't even know yet which blog it is!  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 22nd, and announced here on Thursday, April 23rd.  When you've visited each blog in the hop and left a nice comment, come back to the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog and let us know that you completed the hop.  That's it!  One of you will be chosen to win the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamp Set and the Chicken Farm Digital paper!


Hope your day is "eggstra" special!

Cheerio,
Kathy
Crafty Secrets Design Team Leader

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Blaine,WA 98230