Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Ideas and Tips - 5 new articles



Welcome to the September Linky Party and DT Challenge!

Hello, Friends!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader for Crafty Secrets here to welcome you to our September Linky Party and and Fall/Halloween Design Team Challenge!

It's Labor Day weekend  in the USA and Canada so I think a lot of us are enjoying an extra day in our weekend to relax, spend with family and get crafty!  It's perfect timing, because each of the ladies on our design team has prepared a wonderful tutorial to share with you as well as an inspiring project to get your creative wheels turning.  What fun!

Before I get to the DT Projects Party projects, I want to share some news.  As many of you know owner Sandy Redburn wants to go completely digital and has all her printed stock on sale 50% off but she has also just put together 6 amazing theme packs for $19.95  at over 70% off the original retail price! They include: Summer, Girlfriends, Christmas, Little Boy, Little Girl and Halloween. 


  You will find all of these amazing blowout packs on the front page of our online CraftyVintageGirl.com Store.  Don't miss out on these and they would also make amazing Christmas gifts for your crafty friends and family members!

Sandy is also offering a wonderful FREE DOWNLOAD with any order through September8th (when it will change to a new free gift).  So you could order one of these lovely blowout packs and receive these beautiful Seaside Printable Cards for free.  They  would make beautiful gift tags, greeting cards, bookmarks, labels or journaling pages.

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Fall/Halloween Themed September Linky Party and Guest Designer

Now, let's get this Linky Party going!  We are happy to have another wonderful Guest Designer this month.  Glenda Brooks of Magpie's Corner is our honored guest in this September Linky Party.  Glenda has been on various design teams, and is a recent addition to our Linky parties.  She has fallen in love with the vintage style of Crafty Secrets, and has added her amazing talent for card making and hand made flowers to this sweet Halloween card that uses our Digital Halloween Printables.  She has a tutorial for making those gorgeous flowers, and for adding dimension to that wonderful wrought iron fence.

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You all know how much I love fall flowers, so I created an 8x10 canvas that combined papers from our Digital Vintage Halloween Jumbo Download with images from our Digital Garden Memories Stamps and Digital Garden Printables.  I was so inspired while working with these images that I wrote a poem about the beautiful fall asters I made to go with the project.  My TUTORIAL is on stamping onto printed paper.

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Michele Kovack is shaking things up with a complete tutorial for making this darling Halloween Shaker card.  She used our Vintage Halloween Creative Scraps as the base for her project. I love the orange and black sequins peeking through! So fun!

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DT Member Shelia Rumney created a great digital Halloween layout using our Creating with Vintage Halloween CD 4.  Her tutorial will show you step by step how to layer these papers and images. 

 

 If you're looking for a cute idea for Halloween treat bags, you'll want to be sure to check out Darlene Pavlick's project!  She also used our fabulous Halloween CD #4 which is loaded with yummy papers, images, Bingo cards and ephemera.  Just look how adorable these little bags turned out!

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Elizabeth Lincoln has a tutorial for making this amazing dimensional fancy fold card. She also used the Halloween CD.  You can see how very versatile this CD is, and how many different looks you can create when using it.


 Also going with a Fall theme, Gloria Stengel has created a delightful gift ensemble using our Vintage Patterns and Vintage Typography CD's.  She also used our Digital Radiant papers and our Down on the Farm and Farm Chicks Art Stamps to assemble this wonderful set.  Her tutorial will guide you through the process of making the box and envelopes.  She'll also share tips for creating a coordinated gift giving set and Gloria also runs the Craft Hoarders Challenge which Crafty Secrets is sponsoring #15 now and again on Sept 15th.

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I can't wait to share Diane Hover's frightfully fabulous altered clock project with you!  It is so imaginative, so FUN and absolutely beautiful.  Diane used our Halloween CD and put her creativity cap on for sure!  Take a look at this wonderful project! Visit her blog for a complete tutorial.

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Melody Clement  has a great tutorial on building a Halloween pizza box to hold special treats. She put our Halloween CD to good use, combining papers, ephemera, borders and Bingo cards in making this "Not too spooky"  treat box.

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I've saved DT member Shantaie Caudill-Fowler's beautiful place setting for last.  Burlap is so trendy right now, and she has used it beautifully here.   Shantaie used our gorgeous digital Thanksgiving Collection to create this little silverware pouch that would also serve as a take home gift for your holiday parties.

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Wow!  That's a whole lotta inspiration!  I bet your fingers are itching to get busy creating with your own Crafty Secrets goodiesWell, that's the whole idea!  Go visit each design team member's blog for inspiration, then create a NEW project that features Crafty Secrets product and link it up here before midnight PT, Sunday, September 14th 2014. You need not follow the Halloween/Fall theme to play along, but it's always fun if you do.  The design team will be visiting your lovely blogs and then one of you will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift card in our online store (sorry the gift card can't be used on the Sale Packs).  Each participant will receive a code for a $6 credit at the store, so everybody wins!  The winner will be announced right here on Wednesday, September 17th.  If you don't have any Crafty Secrets goodies, just look in the sidebar of this blog where you'll find a huge list of free downloads so everybody can play along.

I can't wait to see what you make!

Until next time, on behalf of Sandy (who will be the beautiful mother of the bride this coming Saturday, September 6th!) ....

 

I wish you joy and creativity,

Kathy Clement, Design Team Leader for Crafty Secrets


     

Get Crafty and Save Over 70% on Super Sale Blowout Packs in 6 Fab Themes!

 Hi Everyone, 

It's Sandy and I've been away from the office helping our youngest daughter Chelsea with wedding plans as the big day is this Sat, Sept 6th! I promise to do a big wedding post with photos and some great tips we've learned but today I need to tell you about 6 fabulous Super Sale Blowout Packs for $19.95 each - which is over 70% off the original prices!  Yep - this is our BIGGEST SALE EVER as I need to get rid of all my printed stock and stamps so I can focus on our digital products and I want to pass on the savings to you before I contact a liquidator 


So, please tell your friends and help make my shipper busy! Hey - these would make great gifts for crafty people.  Also  be sure to come back this Monday for our Sept Linky Party and DT Challenge and watch for continued posts with COOL samples using a bunch of this sale stuff!

This is the Baby and Little Girl Collection!   Just look at all the fantastic goodies in each of these and there are some extra embellishment goodies my shipper and I found to add but it's first come - first gets. Shipping is $4.95 and by priority mail. 


Here is a link to the Baby and Little Boy Sale Pack and it's filled with so many adorable images, a Pastel Paper Pad, Little Boys Outfit, a Natural Accordion and a Wood Album and so much more!

Look at all the fantastic goodies in each of these! We found some Radiant Paper Pads and they will be included in this Girlfriends Sale Pack until they are all gone and then they will have a Pastel Paper Pad.

Here's the Summer Sale Kit. I didn't spend much time making it look pretty as summer is almost over but this pack has some fantastic stuff like a Large Art Blooms Clear Stamp Set and a Garden Gate Tattered Angels Cream Album, plus Cotton Scraps, Creative Scraps, etc., etc.


Here's the Halloween and Autumn Sale Pack which is loaded with cool stuff!


Here is the Christmas Super Sale Pack which include 2 Medium Clear Art Stamp Sets, a Frosty Memories Cream Album and tons of great vintage Christmas images for dressing up your holiday cards and projects.

Lastly, there will also be a Cooking and Family Sale Pack Collection - but I need be 'Mother of the Bride' first and get this wedding over. So by mid Sept we should have 10 to 12 great new Kitchey Printable Papers which will go on a CD along with our Retro Kitchen Cuts and Kitchen Classics Digital Stamp Set - PLUS all the other goodies listed below! 


Lastly I wanted to show you a great Digital Tutorial by DT Member Sheila Rumney on how to use the Cookie Cutter tool in Photoshop Elements, add a drop shadow and more! Sheila used our Digital Radiant Paper Download - and we also found some Pads added them to the Girlfriends Sale Pack. 


 DT Leader Kathy Clement has been posting here on the Blog for me and revving up our Design Team adding new members, guest designers and there have been so many great new projects posted - it's worth it to checks out some past posts and links!

 Okay, don't forget to come check out our Linky Party and DT Challenge this Monday, Sept 1/14.

Thanks so much for your support and feedback, it's truly appreciated!
 
Sandy Redburn
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Inspiration, Information and Linky Party Invite

Hello, Friends!

Kathy here with another dose of inspirational projects from our fabulous design team!  With summer winding down and school winding up, I know everyone is extra busy,and when you do have time to get your craft on, it's nice to have ideas to wake up your creativity, so I'll be sharing some fabulous projects with you here today.  

Before I get into that, I want to remind you about the wonderful Summer Super Pack Blowout Sale.  Crafty Secrets is going all digital, but before we can really do that, we have to empty out our US warehouse.  Sandy has been busy putting together some amazing creativity kits for you to enjoy.  Right now, I only have photos of the Summer kit, but there is a Halloween kit, Christmas kit and others in the works, so be sure to check back here and cash in on this amazing opportunity.  Here's a peeky at what you get in the Summer Super Pack:

This pack is valued at nearly $80, and it is yours for $19.95 plus $4.95 Priority Shipping.  One of our lovely customers left this comment on our Facebook Page:
"Fabulous package. I couldn't believe everything I got. Now to get busy using it."

Now, on to some delightful projects from our very talented design team:

 Diane Hover has been making some great "off the page" projects using our digital Radiant Papers  and her electronic cutting machine.  Check out this clever autumn crate she made out of paper!  The cute photo on the end is made with our Digital Garden Papers.  This set of papers is loaded with beautiful ephemera as well as wonderful images that make it easy to put a quick card or project together because everything goes together.  I love having printed images to use with beautiful papers, don't you?

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 Gloria Stengel has been putting together a wonderful gift set using  our Farm Images and Stamps. She promises a "big reveal" for our Linky Party on Monday, September 1st.  Take a look at this chic "Country Blessings" tag she has made as one of the elements:
 
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Gloria used our Farm Fresh Creative Scraps to put this sweet tag together.  I love the little chicken tucked in behind the bow, and the great checkerboard and chicken wire papers that she found on our Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.  You'll want to keep an eye out on Gloria's blog as she reveals each new addition to this Country French set.

Darlene Pavlick has also put together a really cute desk set made with papers from our Radiant Papers and the dragonfly from our beautiful Digital Summer Printable Sheet. The little holder contains cute notecards, and would make a wonderful gift.

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She's added stamped images from several different sets, and you can find all the links in THIS blog post.

I have been digging into my Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD and have found some truly gorgeous images there.  I made this Life as Art Card using my Paintshop Pro tools and a little digital crafting.  The more I work with digital, the more I love it.  I was able to write my own sentiment right on the painter's palette, and then print it off.  So cool!  I also figured out how to digitally match papers to my project, and share about that in the blog post. 

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 DT member Melody Clement has been working with our wonderful Sew Decorative CD. 
She shares some wonderful ideas for working with digital images as well as this pretty card:

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I just love the way she printed her images so that the dress form lines up perfectly with her sentiment.  And that bow makes me feel a little weak in the knees!  

Be sure to check out Sheila Rumney's wonderful Photoshop Friday post where she shares a tutorial for this soft, romantic layout celebrating her anniversary.  I love how dimensional this looks, even though it is an all digital project.  It's gorgeous!

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Dale and I took advantage of a beautiful weekend, and escaped to Topsail Island for the day.  I had been longing for a walk on the shore, and made this Mermaid Tag using another image from Creating with Vintage IllustrationsI wanted to use our pretty Digital Mermaids Stamps  along with the beautiful beach scene from the CD.  I threw in some shells I'd gathered for good measure.

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 I'm sure many of you are anticipating a nice, long Labor Day Weekend.  Be sure to set aside some time to be in your craft room, as Monday is the launch of our September Linky party.  There will be another opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate to our online store, and everyone who plays along receives a $6 store credit.  The design team has been challenged to create tutorials with a Fall/Halloween theme, so it should be a really fun party.  I look forward to seeing you there!  I hope you have a safe and FUN Labor Day weekend, as we all say good-bye to summer and welcome Fall.  

On behalf of Sandy Redburn (whose daughter will be married in about a week) I wish you joy and creativity!

 

Cheerio,

kathy


     

August Linky Party Winner and DT Samples

Hello Friends!

Did you all have a great weekend?  This is the first weekend in ages that we did not have rain, so Dale and I ran away for a quick overnight trip to the beach.  Of course, it started to rain almost as soon as we arrived, but we just got in the car and drove down the beach until we reached an area where the storm had already passed.  We had the whole beach practically to ourselves and it was glorious.  We walked on the beach for miles, and Dale found more than 2 dozen shark teeth to add to his collection.  I found a few pieces of beach glass, so we were both happy as clams.  After a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, we went right back to the beach and walked until sunset.  I didn't take my phone with me, so I have no pictures to share.  I'll do better next time, I promise!  I hope your weekend was equally relaxing.  

Well, we have a winner for the August Linky Party!  This month, we had 13 entries.  I went to random.org and punched in the numbers and here's what came up:

 
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Number 11 is Birgit!  Congratulations, Birgit!  You have won the $50 shopping spree at Crafty Secrets Crafty Vintage Girl Online Store.   Here's a peeky at Birgit's winning entry:

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Birgit used our Garden Creative Scraps to make two beautiful cards.  We're so glad you played along.  Sandy will contact you with a code for you to use on your shopping spree. She'll also contact the rest of the clever folks who played along to give you the code for your $6 credit at the online store.  Many thanks to all who participated.  There were some great projects this month.  I can't wait to see what you all bring to the September Linky Party which will open on Monday, September 1, 2014. 

The design team has been working up some fabulous samples to inspire your creativity.  I just love this clever card DT Melody Clement made by combining our Barber Shop Kit with our Mustache Men Digital Art Stamps. All these wonderful papers came from the Barber Shop kit.  Isn't it fun?


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Darlene Pavlick also used images from the Barber Shop Kit to make this cute snack/treat box. These would make fantastic gifts for the office, for teacher appreciation gifts,  or as stocking stuffers.  Yes, I said stocking stuffers!  Christmas will be here before we know it!


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Sheila Rumney has a wonderful project and post where she shares this layout of her creative space.  Wouldn't you love to see this in person? She used papers from our Sew Decorative CD and Art Studio Digital Stamps.


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Just look at this darling card Shantaie Fowler made using this image from our Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes Booklet.  I love the sweet glittery frame in the background!

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These Halloween images are sweetly vintage and not at all "spooky."  I love them! Sandy has promised to put together a Fall themed Blowout Sale package along the same lines as our wonderful Summer Blowout Sale Kit.  Have you seen it yet?

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If you'd like more Crafty Secrets inspiration, be sure to visit our wonderful Pinterest Page where you will find hundreds and hundreds of amazing samples, tutorials and ideas for using your Crafty Secret Goodies.  We also have a Crafty Secrets Facebook Page where we share product samples, news and other goodies.  Our goal is to keep you inspired!  Please let us know how we are doing.  If you have ideas for Digital Art Stamp sets or papers that you'd like us to develop, let us know!  Sandy has thousands and thousands of vintage images in her workroom.  What theme would you like to see next?

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I hope your week is off to a good start, and on behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you a week filled with joy and creativity!

Cheerio,

Kathy Clement

 Design Team Leader for Crafty Secrets

     

More Design Team Inspiration, Summer Blowout Sale and Linky Party Invite




Hello, Friends!


I am having such a great morning!  We've been socked in with grey skies and torrential downpours for the past week.  At first, it was kind of cozy, being tucked in the studio, working while the rain fell.  Then, after a couple of days, it got a little aggravating, getting soaking wet to check the mail, go buy groceries, take out the trash.  Just as I was ready to crawl into bed and hibernate, the sun decided to break through!  Hooray for sunshine!  It's amazing how much more energy I have today because Mr. Sun is shining brightly, the butterflies have resumed their fluttering ballet and even the birds are rejoicing.  It's a perfect day to share some fresh design team inspiration with you!


Did you see the fabulous masculine card DT member Darlene Pavlick created with papers from our Vintage Illustrations CD and our Car Classics Digital Art Stamps?  I love the monochromatic color scheme and the amazing card design. It's perfect for all the manly men in your life. She shares info on how she put this card together in her blog post.



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In spite of the rain, I found sunshine in this Butterfly Chase Card .  It's a basic gatefold card that uses a medallion front for a fancy finish.  The focal image is from the Vintage Illustrations CD and that beautiful pink damask is from the Vintage Patterns CD.

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Even though she's knee-deep in school preparations, DT member Michele Kovack found time to put together this flirty, feminine card using a digital image from our Love and Support Digital Art Stamps.  I am totally in love with her bow/flower combination and the soft coloring she uses.

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Sheila Rumney always does such a great job of capturing life's special moments in her Photoshop Friday posts, and I love this sweet digital layout she shared using our Digital Garden papers. If you are wanting to learn how to use digital design, her tutorials are a fabulous source.

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I know I shared a sample from DT member Diane Hover yesterday, but I simply must share the darling pincushions she made using our Printable Button Cards.  Wouldn't these make amazing gifts?  Although I'm not sure I could bear to part with them!


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Elizabeth Lincoln has the best sense of humor!  I had to chuckle this morning when I saw this whimsical card made with the frog in our Kewpies Digital Art Stamps.  It just leaps off the page!  I love the red eyes and the little fella that's playing the drums in the tall grass!


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OK!  These projects are as sunny as our weather today!  I just love them all!  

I also want to remind you to join in the fun at our August Linky Party!  We have some great entries this time! Linky Party Attendee Cammie M was so inspired by Michele Kovack's design that she worked up a project of her own using our Cutie Cats Digital Art Stamps to make this adorable Back to School easel.

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I hope you will join in the fun!  Everyone receives a $6 store credit just for playing along, and one lucky winner is randomly selected to receive a $50 shopping spree!  We even included a FREE DOWNLOAD so that everyone can play along.  You can't beat that! Be sure to link up before midnight Pacific time, Sunday August 17th.  The big winner will be announced here on Tuesday, August 19th.

Finally, don't miss out on the opportunity to cash in on our big Summer Blowout SALE.  Each Priority Mailer contains more than $77 worth of Crafty Secrets Goodies for just $19.95 plus $4.95 S&H!  That's an incredible deal, and a chance to purchase a lot of crafting goodness.  Sandy needs to empty out her US warehouse, and we reap the benefits!

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You may purchase as many of these creative kits as you like, but once they are gone, they are gone...so don't miss out!

Now I'm going to go get busy in my studio and get some work done.  August is our big family birthday month, and I haven't made a single card, so I'd better get busy!  Thanks for stopping by.  On behalf of Sandy Redburn...

I wish you joy and creativity!

kathy

     

   



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