Monday, 14 December 2009

Snowman Bottle Case

December 14, 2009

I cannot believe that Christmas is getting closer by the day. By the time you know it, it is Christmas Eve.

Today will be a quick post to show you my version of a snowman made with a bottle. My sister sent me a picture of the snowman her friend Frankie made, then she sent me a picture of her version of that snowman and so today I am posting the one I came up with.

This snowman is made with an empty bottle of Startbucks Frapuccino. I started using a glue line on the middle of the body and attaching pieces of a glittery branch for the snowmans hands. You can also use a glue gun to attach the branch pieces. Then I dabbed some Aleene Glitter Snow all over the bottle. Used an extra dabbing of snow to attached the gift and the Christmas tree. Set the bottle to the side until the snow hardens. Meanwhile cut a piece of felt, 12x3/4 inches, frey the ends to make the scarf. For the head you can either use a styrofoam ball or a Christmas ball. For this project I didn't have the right size of styrofoam ball so I used the Christmas ball instead. I once more dabbed the snow all over the ball and set it aside to dry. I proceeded to make the hat out of black foam, ribbon around the hat and a decorative piece. Once the body and head were completely dried, I placed some black studs for the eyes, foam carrot for the nose, foam circles for the mouth and buttons going down the body.

Here is the link to the ones I got inspiration from.

Have a warm cozy night everyone.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Cooking and/or Kitchen Crafty Secrets DT Blog Hop

December 7, 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.

Shortbread Cookies

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.

Vicki Chrisman
Pam Hooten
Michele Kovack - Prize Giveaway
Michelle Van Etten
Melissa Phillips
Flo Teixteira
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


November 26, 2009

I would just like to great all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving. May you all enjoy this day with family and friends.


Monday, 23 November 2009

Crafty Secrets DT Blog Challenge Lacey Happy Holidays

November 23, 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:



Saturday, 21 November 2009

Christmas Joy Poinsettia

November 22, 2009

Today, DRS is sponsoring the sketch challenge over at Card Positioning System. It is such a fun sketch to create with. So if you like sketch challenge, come and take a shot at it.

For my card, I used the Giant Poisettia stamp from DRS Designs. This was stamped 3x on white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink then colored with Copic markers. After it was colored I cut out the 3 images. The first time I used the whole image and cut all around the edges. For the second 2 images I cut the flower only and removed the leaves. I then coated all three images with stickles and let completely dry. After is was dry I assembled all three layers and just rotated the flowers a tiny bit to make it look fuller. I also curved the flowers and leaves on each of the layers to give it more dimension. I used a Holly Berry brad to hold all 3 layers together. Here is a close-up look at just the poinsettia.
For the rest of the card, I die cut a beige cs with the Labels 8 die from Spellbinders. After I cut the panel, I then proceeded to emboss it, do a little shading and then sprayed it with Old Lace Glimmer Mist. After that the sentiment (Yesteryear Christmas Greeting) was stamped onto the panel with Tuxedo Black ink. Panel was matted with deep red cs and I also added some green half pearls. Paper that I used for the background is from the Wonderland Paper Pad of Cosno Cricket.

Now come on and take a look at what the other DRS Designs DT members have created as well as projects posted on the Card Positioning System blog.

Happy Weekend, everyone.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

November 18, 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

November 17, 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

A Happy Thanksgiving

November 16, 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

November 15, 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

A Thanksgiving Wish

November 11, 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.
November 11, 2009

Earlier this month I mentioned that I started a 2 month term as Guest Desinger for DRS Designs for the months of November and December. I am happy to say that today is my first day to post a card in the DRS blog.

Here is a sneak peak of the card. To get all the details please visit the DRS blog.

Enjoy your day.

Monday, 9 November 2009


November 9, 2009

Today DRS is sponsoring the sketch challenge on the 2Sketches4U blog.

Here is the sketch that Kazan has prepared for this challenge.

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

Merry and Bright

November 8, 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

Happy Holidays

Novembere 4, 2009

Card that I am posting today was made for the Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.

Stamped the Cutie Pie Christmas Helper from DRS onto off-white cs with Tuxedo Black Memonto ink and then colored it with Copic markers. Added some Glossy Accents to the Christmas balls on the tree and gold glitter on the star using a Gold Glitter pen from Sakura. For the sentiment I used a rub-on. Image panel was then matted onto red then brown cs. I stamped my second image which was a Fireplace (from DRS) onto another off-white cs with Rhubarb

Stalk Memento ink and used a blender pen to add more color to the bricks with the same ink that I used to stamp the image. I cut out the brick portion of the Fireplace and placed it behind my main image. Added some Dot Sparklers Class A Peel stickers to the triangle portion of the sketch layout.

Have a wonderful evening everyone.

Monday, 2 November 2009

DRS Guest Designer for November and December

November 2, 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

And the Winner Is .............

November 1, 2009

With the help of RANDOM.ORG Integer Widget: "True Random Number Generator

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 ( 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

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge and a Give-a-way

October 30, 2009

It is time for another Crafty Secrets DT challenge organized once more by out Team leader, Vicki Chrisman. Today's challenge is to create a "Bird" themed project.

In addition to this challenge, it is my turn for the $30 Gift Certificate draw that Sandy, owner of Crafty Secrets, is giving away to one lucky winner. Very simple, you just have to leave me a comment on my blog together with a little blurb on what Crafty Secrets product you have used in any of your projects. I give you up to the stroke of midnight on Halloween eve to leave your comment and I will then select one lucky winner.

Now on to the project I will share with you today. For my "bird" theme, I used 3 adorable images available in the "Birds and Blossoms" Creative Scraps. There are actually 22 adorable images to create with. I also used a frame from the Square Sweet Chips chipboard, which is also from Crafty Secrets.

First of all I covered 2 frames with a DP from the Pastel Paper Designs and 2 images that I placed back to back between the 2 frames. I then used a Clear Star Metallic Sakura pen to add some glitter to the bird and flowers in the image. All around the edges of the first piece, I added some Diamond Dust and Crystal Snow together with some Prima flowers that were sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist. Added a flower button to the Prima. For the other side I used the other 2 images, one for the inside of the frame and another that I cut out as accent piece to go hand in hand with the "bird" theme. I also used some pearl pebble embelishments on the frame. Now to hang the frame I stringed some pearly white and blue beads and attached it between the frames.

I sure hope that you enjoyed viewing the project I shared with you today. Please visit the rest of our Design Team members individual blogs and most especially the Heartwarming Vintage blog which has another surprise give-a-way. All the links to these blogs I have conveniently listed below for you.

Melisa Waldorf - Guest Designer

Enjoy the rest for your Friday, Halloween and weekend.


Friday, 23 October 2009

Baby Boy Postcard Kit

October 23, 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

Christmas Creative Scraps

October 13, 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

Crafty Secrets World Card Making Day Splitcoast Challenge

October 3, 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

September 26, 2009

Happy Saturday to everyone. Hope you all are enjoying this sunny weekend.

I have a lot of card challenges catching up to do. Today I am posting 4 cards for different Crafty Secret challenges over the last 2 months in different sites:

Paper Craft Planet
Splitcoast Stampers

First 2 are for Darlene's Paper Craft Planet challenges.

The third card is for Julie's challenge over at Paperee.

And the fourth one is for the Crafty Secrets Forum challenge over at Splitcoast stampers.

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

Thanksgiving Day

September 25, 2009

Today is a special day for the ladies of the Crafty Secrets Design Team as we are having a Crafty Secrets Design Team Blog Hop. So please join me in visiting each of the DT members blog listed in the links below and see the beautiful work that they have prepared for you today.

Vicki, our beloved team leader has asked us to make a project using any CS stamp set and your card or layout should be a different shape or size.

My project for today uses the Thanksgiving stamp set and Sweet Chips Chipboard from Crafty Secrets. The stamped images were stamped on an off-white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Image was colored with various colors of Copic markers then die cut and embossed with the Labels 4 nestabilities from Spellbinders. Edges were distressed by sponging Tea Dye distress ink and also lined with a gold metallic gelly roll pen from Sakura. The panel was mounted on to burgandy cs and sprayed with Old Lace Glimmer Mist. I covered the Sweet Chips chipboard with burgandy cs and a DP from the Radiant Paper Pad of Crafty Secrets. Edges were also lined with the gold metallic gelly roll pen. Added a gold ribbon to finish my project.

Now it is time to take a look at other projects prepared for you by the rest of out team. Simply click on each of their names and you will be amazed at what they have prepared for you.

Don't forget to also visit the following sites of Crafty Secrets and Heartwarming Vintage Collection.

Hope you all enjoy this beautiful Friday and coming weekend.


Saturday, 12 September 2009

A Merry Halloween

September, 12, 2009

First of all, just want to say hello to all of you. I have not been blogging for over a month now. First, I was away on vacation, then came home to a very slow computer. Had to bring it back to factory settings and then on top of that had problems downloading the driver to my all-in-one printer. Well, I have not yet solved the slowness problems of this computer. I think it is finally giving up on me after 4 years. Time to get a new one, but that will have to wait for awhile. So, I you do not see me joining in with the challenges I normally participate in, or have not posted comments on your projects and blogs, please forgive me. It is hard going from blog to blog with a very slow computer.

I have a post tonight for a challenge that Lori Lynn posted 2 weeks ago in Splitcoast Stampers entitled "playing with plaid". This is the front cover of a Halloween Mini Album that I am making. Black plaid DP that is cover the Sweet Chips house is from the Earthy Paper Pad of Crafty Secrets. Used one to the Halloween images from the Haloween Postcard kits and used the heart, square and start embelishments that come with the kit. Used some Spider Wed ribbon on the back of the window frame, added some cut up ribbon to the ring, then pumpkin ribbon to the bottom portion of the house. Roof top was made with a lacey scallop border punch.

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend,


Monday, 3 August 2009


August 3, 2009

Today I am sharing 2 cards.

The first cards was made for Darlene's Crafty Secrets challenge last week over at Paper Craft Planet. The flower pot was made using DP from the Pastel Paper pad and the Lattice border die from Nestabilities. All flowers were made using the Daisy Heads and Flower Creations 3 dies of Spellbinders along with DP from the Pastel Paper Deisigns pad. Sentiment is from the Garden Girls stamp set of Crafty Secrets. For this card I was inspired by this cute Flower pot hanging that I saw at the MLS blog.

For my second card, I was playing around with Flower Soft and the Classic Frame die from Spellbinders. I got inspire by this tutorial that I found on Markies Mom's blog. Bunch of flowers is from the Thanksgiving stamp set of Crafty Secrets which is stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and collored with Copic markers. I then used flower soft on the flowers. The frame surrounding the main image was made using the Classic Frame die and following Faith's tutorial. Ribbon was made using 'bow easy'.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Happy Golden Anniversary

July 23, 2009

Here is a card I made playing around with the new Lattice Pendant die that was revealed by Spellbinders last month. I really had lots of fun making this card.
For this card, I die cut 25 pieces of the little square lattice die cut from the set using cream colored cs. I then used a Gold Spica Pen to outline all the edges of the cut. Adhered the pieces to my cream colored based using Zig 2 way glue. Die cut the bigger center Lattice Pendant, embossed it and then sponge the exposed parts before removing it from the die. Went around the edges with the Gold Spica pen once more. Used the bigger pieces from the cut parts which I raised with double sided foam tape and place them back on the spots they came from. Die cut the smaller center piece and used the same technique on sponging and outlining. Then got gold cs and free cut it to mat the center pieces. Before placing all the pieces onto the card base, I adhered some ribbon with was colored with Pale Sepia Copic markers. The 2 ends of the ribbon was inserted into the holes from the die cut and tied in a knot.

New Crafty Secrets Thanksgiving Stamp Set

July 23, 2009
Sandy revealed the new Thanksgiving Stamp set in the Heartwarming Vintage blog last Saturday. This set will be available in the CHA Show in Florida. Here are a few card samples that I made using this large stamp set that has 22 separate stamp images.
This first card was stamped with the girl and boy pulling the wish bone. Image was stamped with Tuxedo Balck Memento ink on cream colored cs and colored with Copic markers. Used the Labels 4 nestabilities to die cut the layers on the card which was lightly sponged with Antique Linen Distressing ink. Background paper is from the Earthy Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets. Added some half pearls around the image. Ribbon was a cream colored ribbon that I colored with Pale Sepia Copic markers. I really love how this Copic color gives a golden color to the ribbon..

This next card uses the fruit platter image which I again stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto cream colored cs which was distressed with Walnut Stain distressing ink around the edges. Image was then colored with various Copic markers The sentiment is also from the Thanksgiving stamp set and was stamp just below the fruits.
Below the image I used the new Lattice borderabilities from Spellbinders which I die cut and embossed. I then distressed the exposed parts of the die before removing it from the die cut. I inter-twined some ribbon into the holes on the die cut. Two accent die cut pieces on either side of the main image is from the Floral Accent Shapeabilities.

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.

This last card I am sharing with you today is another sentiment from the same stamp set. Sentiment was stamped on cream colored cs. I traced around the centre part of the pendant die and cut the cs out and sponge the edges with Walnut Stain distressing ink. I then adhered some Sookwang double sided sticky paper sheet to cs and die cut it with the Lattice Pendant die. After die cutting the piece I removed the backing and Sprinkled some Cinnamon Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter and burnished it with my finger to let the shine of the glitter come out. Love this technique which is called "Burnished Velvet". Layered the background with more cream colored and brown cs. Just free hand cut the background cs to match the shape of the die. On the top of the card I used the matching Lattice Borderabilities to die cut brown cs, added some half pearls and a strip of double sided tape with I sprinkle with Cinnamon glitter and burnished it with my fingers.
Hope you enjoyed the cards I have shared with you today.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Vintage Postcard Kits - Crafty Secrets

July 20, 2009

In just a week, the big summertime crafting event (CHA) will be taking place in Florida. For this event Crafty Secrets is coming out with their Vintage Postcard Kits. Check out the Heartwarming Vintage blog as Sandy has revealed 4 of the new kits that will be available at CHA. They are:

* Baby Girl
* Story Time
* Halloween
* Christmas

I have made 4 projects, 2 using 2 different images from the Halloween set, 1 from the Christmas set and another one from the Baby Girl Set. These postcard kits are so fun to use. You can make Postcards, banners, mini brag books, and the list goes on and on. The images can be dressed-up with glitter, fun flock, flower soft, pearls, beads, buttons, etc.

Here is the first hanging postcards that I made using the Halloween image. For this first Halloween hanging postcard, I added some black fun flock on the cats, used a black thin wire with beads as the hanger piece and then I hung one of the smaller images on a beaded wire. I wraps the wire around a narrow wooded piece to get it to curl up. Unfortunately, I didn't have the stamp set that comes with this postcard kit at the time that I made my first postcard, so I used stamps from the Halloween and Journey Stamp Set for the back of the postcard. All around the edges of the front and the back I used a gold Sakura gel pen.

The Second Halloween postcard was made using another image from the Halloween Set. This time I sprayed the front image with Sunflower Glimmer Mist, added some black glitter all along the edges, raised the stars on the hat, stamped some stars on the top edge of the image and added some orange and black rhinestones. For the hanger, I used a black wire that I added some black and orange beads. Again, I twirled the ends of the wire on a piece of round wood and then I added ribbon between the 2 holes. For the back of the postcard, I sponged some Summer Sun and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to try to get the same shading as the front of the postcard. Then I used stamps that came with the postcard kit and the owl image that was also part of the kit. The edges were sponge with Black Soot Distress ink.

This next one uses an image from the Christmas set. For the Christmas Tree, I used some Flower Soft for texture. Then sponged the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink and added gold edges using a Sakura pen. For the hanger I used gold wire that I twisted around a pen and added little holly buttons and one of the small images that I glued to the chipboard star.
And for my last project, I made a mini brag book. This is only the first 3 pages that I made before I bound it together with snap rings and ribbon. The front of the brag book and the 2 following pages uses images that is found in the Baby Girl Postcard Set. For the front cover I distressed the edges with Rose Romance and then added some white fun flock all around the edges. The flowers, creases on the bedding and the words were all sprinkled with ultra fine crystal glitter and a glue pen. The 2 inside pages uses die cuts from the Labels 4 nestabilities, which goes perfectly with the shape of the postcard chipboard. Did some stamping using the Baby Girl stamp set, buttons with stickers from the Baby Girl Vintage sticker and another postcard stamp image that come with this set.
Hope you all enjoy playing around with these great Postcard kits. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.


P.S. Sandy has some giveaways at the Heartwarming Vintage blog. 2 lucky winners will receive the 4 postcard kits and other one will receive the 2 stamp sets - Mouse Party and the Thanksgiving set.