Friday, 30 April 2010

Birdie House Stamp Set and $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway

April 30th, 2010

It is Day 5 of Crafty Secrets weeklong celebration for National Scrapbooking Day. Guess what, it is my turn to select one lucky winner for today's $50 Gift Certificate. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog, but you better hurry as I will be drawing a winner tonight and Sandy will announce the winners at the Crafty Secrets blog on Saturday, May 1st, National Scrapbooking Day. And that's not all for today, Sandy will be showing you the complete Birdie House Stamp set at the blog and like everyday this week she has samples to share with you and a free Vintage printable. Please check my post on April 26th which gives you the links to the blogs of our Design Team members who will be hosting $50 Gift Certificates on Saturday. There are lots of chances for that special person to win this week in our celebration of this special day.

And for this special day, I have 2 special cards to share with you. Both cards are made using the soon to be released 'Birdie House' Stamp set of Crafty Secrets. This medium size stamp set has 4 different types of Bird Houses (cage) with so much details on them, 3 sizes of birdies, 2 beautiful ornate branches, 3 sayings and 5 other ornamental pieces. A must have for all scrapbookers and cardmakers.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

My First Crafty Secrets Card and the Fun Continious

April 29th, 2010

Today is Day 4 of Crafty Secrets week long National Scrapbooking Day celebration. It is Julie's day to host the $50 Gift Certificate. So be sure to go to her blog and leave a comment. She will be selecting a winner tomorrow night and Sandy's will annouce the winners on Saturday.

Don't forget to check out the Crafty Secret's blog as well, Sandy has some more vintage printables and samples to share with you.

Come back tommorow to my blog as I will be hosting the giveaway tomorrow and have a special card to share with you using the newest Crafty Secrets stamp set (Birdies at Home) that will be available soon.

Card I am sharing with you today is my very first card using the Seaside stamp set by Crafty Secrets. From the first moment I started using their stamps, I was hooked. In fact, I would say that 80% of my blog posts were done using a product from Crafty Secrets.

I am also including the original post that I did back in May 2008 to describe the steps taken to product this card.

Sending You Sunshine
May 28th, 2008
This was for today's sketch challenge at Splitcoast. Most of the stamps used in this card is from Seaside by Crafty Secrets. The sand in layered 2 times and stippled with creamy brown. Ocean was heavily sponge with Aquatic Splash, Sea Breeze andOcean Depth. Sky also was sponge first with Aqua all over except for the sun which I masked. Second layer of the sky was sponge with Cyan and used scallops to mask the clouds. Last layer of the sky was done using Peacock. Sun was sponged with Summer Sun. Added little birds and larger birds. Added the lighthouse and watercolored it with grey/black. Each of the seashells were stamped individually and colored with a variety of colors (seashell, burnt sienna,papaya cream,pixie dust, creamy brown with blue/green and yellow highlights. Cut each image out and randomly placed them along the sandy beach. Seagull was stamped in Black StazOn on white cs. Used rope around the diamond with was sponged with Aqua. Sentiment is from MFT By the Seashore which was stamped on cs sponged with Aquatic Splash.
I totally enjoyed making this card.

Have a wonderful day full of sunshine and happines.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010


April 28th, 2010

Today is Day 3 of Crafty Secrets National Scrapbooking Day week long celebration. If this is your first time hearing about this, it is not yet to late to have a chance at winning a $50 Gift Certificate. Everyday, starting Monday, April 26th, one of our Design Team member is hosting the $50 Gift Certificate giveaway. To get a complete listing of who is hosting which day this week, simply scroll down to my post on April 26th. Today is Michele's turn for the giveaway. Simply leave a comment on her blog and she will select one lucky person. Sandy will be announcing the winners on Saturday in the Crafty Secrets blog.

I have another card to share with you today and stamps for this card is once more from the Mermaid stamp set of Crafty Secrets. I got the idea for this card some years back from one of the first card making magazines that I got. When I saw the assortment of shells that were included in the Mermaid stamp set, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I started of by arranging the different shell pieces on an acrylic block and then stamped the images onto vellum with Brilliance Moonlight White ink. I heat set the ink and once it was dry, proceeded to dry emboss the outline of the stamps with an embossing tool. The vellum was placed on top of a foam so that when I traced the outlines with the tool it would raise the portions of the image. Then I colored the embossed images with Copic markers. For the rest of the background, I used a grid to guide the holes that I poke all around the images. Border of the vellum was cut with a deckle edged scissor. The stamped piece was adhered to designer paper from the Pastel Paper Designs pad of Crafty Secrets with brads. Finished the card off with ribbon, pearl button and a memories tile.

Hope you are all enjoying visiting the blogs of our Design Team were you will find so much inspiration.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Day 2 National Scrapbooking Day Week Long Celebration

April 27th, 2010

Don't you feel the excitement building. Today is your second chance at a $50 Gift Certificate that Sandy is giving away. All you have to do is hop on to Pam's blog and leave a comment there, she will draw a number on Friday night and the winner will be announced on Saturday, May 1st.

In the mean time I have another mermaid card to share with you today. The image is another one of the many stamps you will find in the Mermaid Stamp set that was recently released by Crafty Secrets. The image of the adorable mermaid was stamped on white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then colored with Copic markers. Used a little bit of Liquid Pearl on the part were there was a pearl in the image. Around the image, just at the border of the die cut, I added some clear glitter from Glitter Ritz. Frame and label were cut using Spellbinders dies. Background paper is from the Radiant Paper Designs from Crafty Secrets.

Hope you all are enjoying our week long celebration. Oooops don't forget to pass by the Crafty Secrets blog, Sandy has some more news to share as well as another vintage printable.

Monday, 26 April 2010

National Scrapbooking Day Starts Now

April 26, 2010

Today, Crafty Secrets is starting National Scrapbooking Day Week long celebration. There are lots of prizes to be won ($500 worth) and free Vintage Printables. All you have to do to have a chance at a $50 Gift Certificate is create a sample and enter it to win or visit our featured DT member's blog and leave a comment. Each day starting today you will have a chance to win. Draws for the winning comment will start to be drawn on Friday night and winners will be announce on Saturday, National Scrapbooking Day - May 1st.

Before we start, let me introduce you to our newest DT member - Deborah March. What better way to start this week off with Deborah hosting the first $50 GC giveway. So hurry on over to her blog, just simply click on her name above and enter in a comment. You just may be one of the lucky winners. While you are visiting her blog, do take a glance around to see her beautiful creations. You certainly will not be dissapointed with the talent she brings to our team.

Following is a listing of the dates of our giveaways and the designers blog that is hosting the giveaway.

April 27th - Pam
April 28th - Michele K
April 29th - Julie
April 30th - Marisa
May 1st - Vicki, Heidi, Linda, Melissa, Michelle and Flo.

I also have a card to share with you today. Stamps used for this card is from the Mermaid stamp set of Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets. Background paper is from the Radiant Paper Designs which is also of Crafty Secrets. Other ingredients used for this card is Shell Border and Corner punch from Martha Stewart, lots of half pearls from Kaiser Craft, lace ribbon, Glimmer Mist and Antique Glass Finish Liquid Embossing.

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful Monday.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Crafty Secrets National Scrapbooking Day Giveaways

April 15, 2010

Mark April 26th on your calendar as starting on that day the Design Team of Crafty Secrets have something to give away each day until May 1st. Lots of inspiration to share with everyone in anticipation of National Scrapbook Day.