Aaah, summertime! Time to kick back and relax! Time to make time for summer fun: beach trips, hiking in the mountains, camping out under the stars, lounging by the pool, reading a book in a hammock with an iced cold lemonade by your side! However you like to spend these wonderful, lazy, hazy days, we are celebrating summer in the July Linky Challenge and Blog Hop. Each member of our design team has prepared a special "Summer Fun" themed project to share with you along with helpful hints and tutorials to help you in your summertime crafty pursuits. I'm sharing a sneaky peek of each project here with a link to each team member's blog. We hope you will hop along with us and then link up your own summer fun Crafty Secrets project using the Linky tool at the end of this post. Let's hop!
My tutorial contains tips for making a collage that works...and how to incorporate product packaging in your project.
Dar shares a tutorial for making a super fun fancy fold card.
Diane will show you how to add fabulous texture to your projects.
Elizabeth Lincoln is unable to join us this month as she is busy sewing her niece's wedding gown. She'll be back in August.
Ginny demonstrates how a lowly paperclip can be used to create a fabby embellishment.
Melody will share how she put together this adorable accordion album.
Michele will show you how she made a cutie pie wall hanging for her kitchen!
Shantaie will instruct you in the fine art of adding layers of texture.
Sheila will show you how to create a special icon for a very famous Mouse.
Teresa has a fun travel themed journal to share with you.
Now that you've been inspired by the design team creations, it's YOUR turn to get your craft on! Use any Crafty Secrets product in NEW creation and then link it up below. You don't have to follow the Summer Fun theme to play along, but it's always fun when you do. You DO have to use Crafty Secrets products in your project to be eligible to win this month's prize package.
One lucky winner will be chosen on Monday, July 20th
and will win a $25 DIGITAL shopping spree
in the Crafty Secrets online store
. You'll be able to fill your shopping cart up with an amazing array of DIGITAL papers, DIGITAL art stamps, and DIGITAL printables...anything your heart desires up to $25 in value. Now that's worth playing for!
To thank you for playing along, we have an image and paper that are a perfect match for our summer fun theme. You may use them in your project if you wish. Please do not share these images with others. They are for your personal use only, and intended for use by those who choose to enter the challenge. To download this month's free images, simply click on the image, then save to your computer. I've sized this image to 3.5" x 2" for you, so it is ready to go!
This adorable retro camper is from our Digital Summer Printable Sheet
. You can purchase the entire download in our Crafty Secrets Store for just $1.95. It contains a dozen vintage summer themed images and word titles. It's one of my all time favorite digital printable sheets.
To go with this stylish little camper, you can use this beautiful yellow gingham paper from our Retro Kitchen Digital Kit
. Just left click to open the image, then right click to download to your computer. You can size the paper to print 8" x 8" so that it will print on most standard printers.
Our Retro Kitchen Digital Kit
is packed full of fun retro style kitchen papers and all sorts of fabulous kitchy images perfect for creating recipe albums, cute greeting cards, scrapbook pages and kitchen decor. Includes 34 designer papers, 4 recipe cards, 3 tab dividers, recipe book cover, a sheet of blank labels, a sheet of color kitchen labels, our Kitchen Time Cuts sheet, plus a folder with 46 wonderful retro images saved as PNG files! You can purchase the entire set for just $11.95 in our online store.
I know by now your fingers must be itching to dig in and create, so go visit the DT blogs, leave them some bloggy love and then get your craft on and join our Summer Fun Challenge by linking up your project below. You have until midnight PT on Sunday July 19th to link up. The design team will be stopping by to take a peek at your lovely Crafty Secrets Creations, and the winner will be announced on this blog on Wednesday, July 22nd.
On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!
DT Leader, Crafty Secrets
ENTER YOUR SUMMER FUN CHALLENGE PROJECT FEATURING CRAFTY SECRETS PRODUCTS HERE:
Happy Summer! I don't know what it's been like where you live, but here in North Carolina, summer has come on with a vengeance. We had two weeks straight of temperatures near or at 100 degrees with high humidity, fierce thunderstorms, heavy rain and power outages. We finally woke up to a rain washed world with clear blue skies, a lovely summer breeze and normal temperatures yesterday. Now, it's time to get out and mow the lawn, which grew like crazy during the storms. And that reminded me of a really fun free summer print that I thought I'd share with you here today. This free download is for personal use only. Just left click on the image below to open it, and right click to save to your computer where you can then print it out and use it on a card, a layout, on a flour sack towel, put in a frame or make up into a pillow. It's really cute!
Some of you have may not realize that we have closed the old Shopatron website. All our fabulous vintage goodies are now available in one place in our newly streamlined online store
. We have loads of new digital products
there: Digital Art Stamps
, Digital Printables
(including everyone's favorite Vintage Scraps an Vintage Cuts), Themed Kits
that are loaded with images, papers and vintage prints, and beautiful PAPERS
, too. I think you will find the prices are surprisingly affordable, the selection is huge and it's so easy to just download to your computer. Instead of having to wait for the postal service to deliver, you'll have your product ready to use in just a matter of minutes.
But if you love our original Clear Acrylic Art Stamps
, Creative Scraps
, Vintage Cuts
, and Journal Booklets
, and other items from our Heartwarming Vintage Collection
, we still have a great selection of those in the store. And, they are all on sale for at least 40% off, as Sandy is trying to close out her warehouse. Teresa
used our Words from the Heart Celebrations and Joy Quote
s along with our Creating with Vintage Typography CD
to make this gorgeous wall hanging for a baby's room.
also made this pretty and practical "To-Do List" using our beautiful new Birds and Blooms Digital Papers
and Digital images from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD. That CD is worth its weight in pure gold!
If you're not familiar with these lovely new papers, they were designed by our teammate, Sheila Rumney
. They have a wonderful botanical feel to them with birds, flowers, wood grain and soft pastel colors. You get 24 fresh and beautiful papers for just $7.95. You just print them to whatever size you choose, or can use them for great digital scrapbook pages.
has created some really cute vintage cards using our Digital Vintage Photo Scraps
. I'm so excited that these are finally available in digital format, because you can enlarge these great images for use on larger projects.
used our Retro Kitchen Kit
to make a super cute pop up card for a bridal shower. I just love the fun papers she found in the kit, and the exuberant new bride who pops up on the inside of this kitchsy card.
is always thinking out of the box, and I just love the cute pink barn she made using our Down on the Farm Digital Art Stamps
. This jumbo set has all 52 amazing images just waiting to be made up into a farm fresh project. It's loaded with great images for the guys (tractors, cute farm boys, farm equipment) and great feminine images, too. Shantaie used the barn stamp, colored it pink and worked her amazing card magic on this delightful project.
is a genius when it comes to digital design. She pulled this great image from our wonderful new Father Digital Download
. This download came out in time for Father's Day, but is perfect for any masculine project. Sheila combined the wonderful fishing image with papers from our Creating with Vintage Typography CD
So whether you want to create with digital products or traditional products, Crafty Secrets has got you covered. You'll love the sleek new layout of the ONLINE STORE
, the responsive search engine and amazing variety of vintage and retro goodies we have for you there. If you haven't visited in a while, you really should stop by!
Also, you'll want to get ready for our July Challenge and Blog Hop that will go live right here on Monday, July 6th. We're celebrating summer with a whole host of fun projects from the team. We'll give you a sneaky peek and links to their blogs along with a free digital image and paper for you to use in our monthly challenge. There will be a great prize package for one randomly selected participant. So tell your friends and dig out your Crafty Secrets goodies so you can play along.
Thanks for stopping by today! On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!
DT Leader/Crafty Secrets
Thanks to everyone who played along in the June Linky Challenge
! We put all the eligible names in a hat and the lucky winner is:
from 2 AM Scrapper
! Hooray! Helene used our Bedtime Kids Digital Art Stamps
and moon and stars paper to make this adorable card for her grandson.
Congratulations, Helene! Sandy will be contacting with the info you need to claim your prize!
Well, it's almost Father's Day! Are you ready? If not, our Father Digital Download
can be used to make some really cute cards really fast! Take a look at this cute card from DT Member Sheila
. I just love the texture that the burlap background adds to our stylish steampunk puppy!
And if Dad's an angler, we've got you covered there, too! I love the touch of glitter Sheila
added to this great vintage image!
As someone who struggles with coloring an image, I'm always blown away by the beautiful coloring that Michele
adds to her projects! Just look at the gorgeous hens in this card she made using our Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps
! You almost feel as though you could reach out and touch those brilliant feathers! And that gingham bow and flower just pop off the card front!
It has been soooo hot here in North Carolina! Today it's just under 100 degrees! It's great weather for staying inside and getting my craft on! I'd love to hear from you! What have you been creating?
I hope you'll take a minute to visit the design team blogs, and to let us know what you've been working on. Sandy has some great new collections in the works, and I'll be back soon with more inspiration for you.
Until then, on behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!
Design Team Leader, Crafty Secrets
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you've had a healthy, productive week with room for a little fun thrown in, too!
Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you and/or your little people are planning to create something special for Dad, I have a new product that you are going to love! Our "hot off the presses" Father Digital Download
is filled with fun vintage images you can use to create birthday and Father's Day cards, layouts, mini albums and keepsakes for good old 'DAD'! There's a mix of 12 images and words on this printable page. It prints out clear and crisp (300 dpi jpg. file) and can easily be resized to make large or small projects. Best of all, you can use it again and again...just print from your home printer! Many of the images actually appear to be 3-D embossed images, and there's a great range of themes from silly, to cute to sincere. It's perfect for any masculine project you might need to make.
Darlene used the wonderful lion image and made a card that's fit for a king! She'll be sharing this on her blog, Dar's Crafty Creations
on the 11th, and you'll be able to get all the details there.
Sandy has a great free gift this month. Just place an order online, and add this brand NEW Retro Father's Day card
to your cart for free. I think this is such a cute (and easy) design!
If you need more inspiration for Father's Day or masculine cards, you can find them HERE
I'm super excited about our new Frogs in Love Postcard and Gift Tag Printable Set
! Oh, goodness...they just make me grin from ear to ear! In fact, as soon as I laid eyes on these whimsical images, my fingers began to itch, and my creativity went into high gear.
I "toadally" love the fact that these digital prints come with a post card. It makes it so easy to create a layered card like this one. My base paper is taken from Creating With Vintage Illustrations
. I know I say this all the time, but our CD's
are a wonderful resource for anyone who is limited by space or by budget. Each CD is crammed full of gorgeous images, papers and ephemera. Card making has never been so easy! You just pop the CD in your computer, choose the paper, image or ephemera you want to work with and print it out on your home computer. Easy peasy!
I found that these froggy images were addictive, so I made a couple more cards...because I was having too much fun to stop! I think these would make such darling engagement announcements or decor for a bridal shower.
This sassy Ballerina Toad just makes me grin from ear to ear! Wouldn't it make a great thank you card for your child's dance teacher? Or a birthday card for your favorite little ballerina? Or a great gift tag...yeah, I'm kinda in love with Frogs in Love! You can read all the details on how I made these fun cards on my blog, Kathy by Design
Here's a look at the entire 2 page set. You can order it HERE
. And since it's an instant download, you can have it in your hot little hands today!
Just look at that sweet bluebird with the sunflowers on Teresa's second card. I'm swooning!
I don't know what you have planned for your weekend, but I hope you'll find a little time to be creative. Our June Linky Party is in full swing, and we'd love to have you join us for the fun! We're celebrating the fellas in our lives this month, and the blog is loaded with tons of inspiration. You can find a free digital paper and stamp to download and then enter your project with the Linky tool. Did I fail to mention there's a fabby prize package? You can check it out HERE
And if you haven't visited our online store
in a while, you are in for a lovely surprise! We've had a facelift! Everything is looking fresh as a daisy, and the new search tool is really fast! Come on by for a visit and see what's new, what's on sale, and what you can't live without!
On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!
Design Team Leader, Crafty Secrets
Are we really halfway through 2015? Yes, we are! And that means it's time for the June Linky Party and DT Challenge. This month's theme is "Let's Hear it for the Boys!" and as you can probably guess we are focusing in on masculine projects...everything from sweet baby boys to cherished grandpas and every age and stage in between.
So many of us struggle when it comes to designing a masculine project, but I think that the inspiration provided by our amazing design team will have your fingers itching to create for the special guys in your life.
My sweet husband and I have a saying in our house: "If it isn't written down, it isn't going to happen." I keep a magnetic list pad on the side of my fridge so I can do just that. But every time I go to use it, the darn thing is missing. Seems that my hubby needs a list pad of his own. So with that in mind, I dug into my Creating with Vintage Typography CD
and printed out some great papers and images, turning them into a "Honey Do List" pad that Dale will always be able to find.
I have a step out tutorial on my blog, Kathy by Design
, so you can see just how simple it is to put one of these fun pads together.
With spring comes spring planting and lots of work in the yard. Darlene found the perfect image for a masculine card celebrating these events in our Down on the Farm Digital Art Stamps
set. I love the way she added the picket fence and die cut chicken and rooster. You can find all the information you need to CASE this card on Dar's blog, Dar's Crafty Creations
A man's home is his castle...and his garage is his kingdom! That's the cute message Diane attached to this clever gift box she made using our Car Classics Digital Art Set
. You could fill this up with candy, gift cards or nuts and bolts! It's such a great idea that I know you'll want to read all about it on Diane's blog, Nellie's Nest
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love baby boy cards! Our Baby Boy Printable Sheet
is loaded with darling images like the one Elizabeth used on this very cute card. The papers and ephemera are from our Digital Barber Shop Kit
. See the cute buttons on this card? They are made from paper, can you believe it? Elizabeth will show you how in a tutorial on her blog, Paper Pass Times.
Our Digital Barber Shop Kit
is a perfect resource for masculine projects, featuring 15 pieces of patterned paper and more than 40 pieces of themed ephemera. Ginny was taken with our fantastic Mustache Man, and created an amazing retro card using goodies from the kit. For a tutorial that will help you make the embellies on the card, visit Ginny's blog, Polly's Paper Studio
Gloria's term on the design team is over this month, and due to other work obligations, she will be unable to continue on the team with us. We are going to miss her beautiful designs very much, and thank her for all the wonderful inspiration she has provided on the blog. She'll join us for the Linky Party whenever she can. God speed, Gloria!
It's baseball season, and what man wouldn't love to receive a card that celebrates DAD with a baseball theme? Melody used our Creating with Vintage Typography CD
to make this wonderful vintage card. You can find all the details on her blog, Paper Melody's
Did you know that we have a host of free downloadable images
on our blog that are available for personal use
? Michele used this great fishing image
on her Father's Day card. Her background paper is from our Thanksgiving Digital Kit
. Our holiday
kits and CD's are loaded with papers that work for projects year round, making them an excellent value. I just love the way Michele uses sequins and ribbon to finish off this handsome card, don't you? Read all the details on Michele's blog, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker
This next project from Shantaie is so much fun! I love the way she used our Wizard of Oz Digital Art Stamps
to create this whimsical gift set. You'll want to be sure to pop over to her blog, Inking Pink
, because she has a tutorial that will show you how to make the awesome funnel that tops her gift box. Thanks, Shantaie!
For those of you who scrapbook, you are going to fall in love with this digital layout from Sheila! She used our Creating with Vintage Typography CD
to capture one of life's everyday moments. In her tutorial, she'll show you how to change the hue and saturation of a photo so that it blends with the papers. Sheila's tutorials are always clear and easy to follow, so I know you'll want to pop over to her amazing blog, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography.
It's almost Father's Day here in the US, and this darling gift ensemble from Teresa would make the perfect gift for dad. She used our Childhood Images Journal Booklet
and papers from creating with Vintage Patterns CD. You can find great photos and all the details on Teresa's beautiful blog, Victorian Paper Queen
Now it's your turn! Create a project using any Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up at the end of this post. As a thank you to those of you who are playing along
, we have a couple of free downloads that you can use in your project if you wish. You don't have to follow our masculine theme this month, but it's always fun if you do.
This is one of the papers from the Barber Shop Kit
. The retro colors are right on trend, and the pattern is perfect for masculine cards or layouts. Just right click and save to your computer. For personal use only
One lucky participant will win our NEW Father Digital Download
Sandy just finished creating - plus our Barber Shop Digital Art Kit
and our Mustache Men Kit!
Just think of all the fun you can have with the masculine papers and ephemera in this great kit!
But you can't win if you don't play along! The rules are simple: Create a NEW project using Crafty Secrets goodies. Please mention Crafty Secrets in your blog post, and let us know what products you are using. Then just link your project up before midnight on Sunday, June 14th. The winner will be announced here on Wednesday, June 17th. The design team will be stopping by to leave you some nice comments, too! In fact, we can't wait to see what you make!
Let's get this party started!
On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you joy and creativity!
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