Monday, 14 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Good Monday morning to you all. Today the Design Team of Crafty Secrets will be posting projects with a Cooking and/or Kitchen Theme. We also have a talented crafter joing us today and she is no other then Julie Campbell. It is so exciting to see what everyone comes up with. Each and every DT members has their own unique style. So I hope that you all have a grand time and get some inspiration from our projects.
My first project is a Recipe Box. For this project I used paper from the Raidiant Paper Designs, stickers from the "What's Cooking" Vintage Stickers, images from the "Homemade" Images and Journal Notes, and stamps from the "Kitchen Classic", "Little Chef" and "Wine Lovers" stamp sets of Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps.
My second project is Shortbread Cookies Baggies giveaway for Christmas. I stamped some Snowflakes from the "Vintage Christmas" stamp set with Opaque White Stazon Ink on the clear plastic bag. Tag was made using 2 other images from the same stamp set and it was colored with Copic markers.
And lastly, I would like to share with you the recipe I used for the Shortbread Cookies. It is no easy to make and tastes real good.
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup potato flour or potato starch
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 grams sliced blanched almonds
Sieve potato flour and all purpose flour together. Cream butter, add sugar and blend well. Add vanilla and mix. Graudally add in flour to butter mixture. Knead the dough for a few minutes. It it is too sticky, add a little more flour. Slightly crush sliced almonds by hand, then mix well with dough. Roll in little balls and tap with fork dipped in flour. Bake at 325 degrees oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Now it is time to take a look at the other DT members and our guest designer to see what they have in store for you today.
Michele Kovack - Prize Giveaway
Michelle Van Etten
Julie Campbell - Guest designer
And don't forget to check out the Heartwarming Vintage Blog and Crafty Secrets Site for added inspiration.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Excitement is in the air as we celebrated the Holiday Season. Today the Crafty Secrets Design Team is having a Christmas Blog Challege. And to top it of we are happy to have the talented Darlene join us in this challenge as well.
Today I have prepared a Christmas card made out of stickers from the Heavenly Christmas Heartwarming Vintage Sticker collection. Lots of card markers scramble to make last minute Christmas cards as that special Holiday nears. When you are pressed for time, all you have to do is grab one of the several stickers available from Crafty Secrets. Each of these sticker sheets are loaded with different elegant and fun images to help you make that special card for that very special person.
OK on to the card. The image of Santa carry a load of toys in his sack was placed on a deep red cs. I then free hand cut just around the borders of the sticker leaving about an eight of an inch of cs showing. The edges of the cs was outlined with a gold Sakura metallic gel pen. I then die cut and embossed an off white cs with the Lace Pendant die from Spellbinders. Edges of the piece was distressed with Walnut Stain distressing ink and lined with the metallic gold gel pen. This was then matted with the deep red cs. I used double sided foam tape to adhere the setiment "Happy Holidays" to the bottom of the Lace piece. Then I proceeded to die cut the corners (used the Lace Borderabilities) and centre edges (used a flourishy lace from the pendant set) with the deep red cs. Once again I outlined all the edges with the gold pen. Then to finish this card up I added some gold half pearls in various areas of the die cut pieces.
Now let me take you to the blogs of our other DT members who have created lovely projects for you today.
and our special guest:
HAPPY MONDAY EVERONE.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Here is a card for today's Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.
Sittin'Pretty Kitty a new release from DRS Designs was stamped 2x onto off-white cs and then colored with Copic markers. One of the images was cut and mounted on top of the other. Frame was die cut with the smaller frame from the Scalloped Edge Frame from Spellbinders. Background paper was embossed with the Snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Sentiment of Merry Christmas is also a stamp from DRS. Used ribbon for the final touch to the card.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
PammyJo has a challenge going over at the Crafty Secrets Forum at Splitcoast Stampers. It is a REDand GREEN challenge -----but it's not just for Christmas......what you say?
Well I used red and green and yes my image is a Christmas image. The cute image of the little cat and dog in bed on Christmas eve is from the Christmas Creative Scraps of Crafty Secrets. This 2 page sheet contains 22 really cute Christmas images and goes so well with any project for Christmas. Especially when you are in a hurry to complete something. The sentiment is also taken from the same sheet. I used the Scalloped Edge Frame from Spellbinders to die cut both the red and green layers. Added some sparkle to the card using a Sakura Glittle pen. Background paper is from the Eskimo Kisses paper pad of Basic Grey. And to finish this card off, I added some half pearls and a decorative poinsettia button.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Here is a card made for today's Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers - cutting "Outside the Box".
For today's card I used stamps from DRS Bountiful Basket and for the sentiment 2 Line Thanksgiving.
Image was stamped 2x on off-white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. First image was colored with Copic markers and cut all around the outline. For the second stamped image I used a colluzle to cut the circle shape and kept part of the image outside of the circle. Colored image was then mounted on top of this with double sided foam tape. Used the Labels 3 nestabilities for the frame. On the background paper I stamped the Sunflower/Pumpkin background stamp also from DRS with Pumpkin Spice. For the sentiment I used a stamp-a-ma-jig to align the Happy Thanksgiving which was on 2 separate lines.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Here is a card made for today's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast Stampers, who is Dawn (TreasureOiler). Congratulations Dawn, you have a beautiful gallery full of inspiration.
Here is the card I selected to case from Dawn's Gallery.
Being that it is close to the Holidays, I change the theme of the card to match the upcoming Holiday Season.
Stamps used for this card is from the Christmas Joy and Vintage Christmas stamp set of Crafty Secrets. Paper is Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey. Images were colored with Copic markers.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
This card was made for the Tuesday challenge over at the Crafty Secrets Forum. Darlene challenge us with a technique challenge with a twist - we have to use initials and select a technique listed in the Splitcoast resources with those letters.
For this technique challenge I used the first letters of my first and last name - MG
M - Masking
G - Gamsol magic
I stamped the image of the little boy and girl holding the wishbone from the Thanksgiving Stamp set of Crafty Secrets. Image was colored with Prisma Colored pencils and then used gamsol to blend the colors. The masking was done on the background paper that I made using the leaf and acorn image from the same stamp set. I masked either the acorn or the leaf as I stamped one to top of the other. Sentiment is also from the same stamp set and was stamped in the middle of the wish bone. Main image was die cut using the Curved Rectangles from Spellbinders. To finish of the card I die cut some leaves from Cuttlebug and added a double looped ribbon.
Monday, 9 November 2009
And here is the card I made just for this challenge. I used the DRS Circle Lily stamp set. I stamped the lily on white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink 2x. Colored the stamped image with Copic markers. For the first one, I cut around the circle going around the parts of the flower that were outside of the circle. For the second stamped image I just cut around the flower and leaves. The flower part was distressed with a distressing tool to bring more shape to the flower and the popped up onto the first flower image. This was mounted on to a yellow then black cs that was cut with the Labels 2 die from Spellbinders. Behind this panel I embossed the light blue cs with the Swiss dot embossing folder from Cuttlebug. The strips that go across the top left and bottom right were punched using a MS border punch. Added some blue dots to the strip.
For other projects using this sketch, head on over to the DRS blog and check out the other project prepared for you by the Design Team. The links to thier respective blogs are conveniently located on the side bar. There are more projeccts to look at in the 2Sketches4U blog as well.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Here is a card for Tuesday's Crafty Secrets Forum challenge.
This week Lori Lynn challenged us to use windows which either punches, chipboard frames, nesties or acetate.
Image for this card is from the Christmas Creative Scraps which was placed inside a frame from the Heart Sweet Chips. The frame was colored with Copic markers, stamped with the decorative star from the Christmas Joy stamp set all around the frame and then embossed with white embossing powder. After the frame was embossed I added some glue to the frame and sprinkled Crystal Snow glitter all over. Finishing touches to this card are ribbon, die cut snowflakes (embossed and sprinkle with Diamond Dust), red half pearls, and a panel punch with a MS border punch.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Some time ago, I sent in an application for DRS Guest Designer. I received word back from Cathy that they have selected me for the November/December spot. Today it was announced in the DRS blog and I am so looking forward to playing around with their stamps for the next 2 months.
My very first card using stamps from DRS was made using the Candy Cane Cottage Stamp. The image was stamped 2x on white cs with Tuxedo Black Memnto Ink. I colored part of the image with Copic markers and for the roof top and ground I added some Aleene's Glitter snow. On the second stamped image I colored the candy canes, added Clear Glossy Accents and used some Glitter Snow once more to the ground, cut around that portion and adhered it on top of the first image with dimentionals. The image was then popped up onto a Labels 8 die from Spellbinders. On the die cut I stamped some snowflakes and embossed it with Clear Sparkle embossing powder and also added some dots with a white Signo pen. Background panels was made using the Large Original Plaid from DRS which was stamped at a slant, cut into strips and mounted on red cs. The strips were then adhered onto white cs, and then onto red cs.
Had lots of fun with with all these stamps.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
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The winner is comment # 54
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Rae C. said...
Stroke of midnight, huh? Cute! I got those darling vintage glam girls clear stamps not long ago, and I'm having a ball using them! So for now, that's my favorite product from CS!
Congratulations Rae, please e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) me your mailing address so that I can forward the information to Sandy for your Gift Certificate.
Thanks to everyone who left comments
Friday, 30 October 2009
Friday, 23 October 2009
Today's project uses 2 images from the Baby Boy Postcard kit, paper from the Pastel Paper Designs and stickers from the Baby Boy Heartwarming Vintage Stickers.
For today I am showing you the scanned images of my project. Once the weather improves I will
take the full shot of my finished project.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Not too long ago Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage came out with 2 new sets of Creative Scraps. Today I am posting 3 cards using the Christmas Creative Scraps. These are so easy and quick to use. In this sheet you get to play with 22 cute and adorable Christmas themed images. Once you get a hold of this you will want to get more.
For the first card, I used one of the Snowman images and mounted it on a die cut Fleurdelis Pendant die from Spellbinders. On the image and die cut I added some glitter snow. Sentiment is taken from the Snow Bunnies stamp set. Again I used one of the die cut from the Fleurdelis Pendant die set and also the Ribbon Tag Trio for my sentiment. Background paper is from Daisy D's.
For the second card, I used the Merry Christmas image and placed it underneath a die cut from the Curved Rectangles. I simply placed 2 different sizes together when I die cut it. Back ground paper is from Basic Grey. Used some ornament shaped brads and ribbon to finish off the card.
My last card uses the image of the 3 adorable kids on a snowy day. To make it realistics I covered the image with some Crystal Snow glitter. Background was made using several snowflake die cuts also from Spellbinders and I topped each of the snowflakes with more Crystal Snow and Diamond dust. White card base was distressed with Prussian Blue Chalk inkpad. Sentiment is from the lastest stamp set released by Crafty Secrets entitled Season's Greetings. Added some transparent Dew Drops on the sentiment panel.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Today is Work Card Making Day and our Crafty Secrets DT leader, Vicki Chrisman is hosting a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Go check it out and also the Heartwarming Vintage Blog as someone lucky can get a chance to win.
I have created a card for this special day and challenge. Stamped images are from the just released Seasons Greeting Stamp set of Crafty Secrets. Santa image was first stamped on white cs and colored with Copic markers. Used some white fun flock to add texture to the cuffs in Santa's suit. I stamped the image once more on red cs and embossed it with Black powder. Cut the Santa circle out and popped it on top of the red ornate circle. Diamond snowflakes were stamped 5 times on red cs and embossed with white powder and cut out. Background paper is from the Wassail paper pad of Basic Grey. Red strips were punched with a MS border punch. Used some Making Memories Holly leaves and brads to finish off the card.
I sure hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and this special World Card Making Day.
Saturday, 26 September 2009
If I have not posted a project yet for a Crafty Secrets challenge you had over the last 2 months, I promise to check them out and make something for them soon.
Take care everyone and have a wonderful weekend.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
For this third card I used yet another cute image from the Thanksgiving set. Same thing, it was stamped then colored with Copic markers. Used the Labels 4 nestabilities for the layers and cut the center of the one with the image with an oval coluzzle. Background paper is from Crate paper and the accent flower was cut from the DP. Ribbon was tied around the bunch of flower and added some half pearls on the 2 corners.