Monday, 21 June 2010

Crafty Secrets DT Technique Challenge

June 21, 2010

It is time for another Crafty Secrets Design Team challenge. For this month we are focusing on techniques. Today \i will share with you a technique that I saw being used in someones blog. I am not sure who's blog featured this technique but when I saw it I knew right away that I wanted to try it out with the Vintage Postcard kit of Crafty Secrets.

This technique is a 3D Pyramid Layered Image and it uses one of the 6 images that you can find in the Beat Buds Vintage Postcard Kit as seen in the picture below ... I used the bottom image for my project.
 I first cut all around the image and 2 of the smaller pieces that come with the set.

Then I used the Labels 4 nestabilities from Spellbinders to cut out the different layers of the pyramid. For this I just used one image. You can also use 6 different copies of the same image to make your layers. I was trying to be thrifty and decided to try it out with one only. I also cut out the the same layers in full using a cream colored cs so that I could adhere the different layers of the image on it. This is how it looks combined with the cs.

Once that was done, I embossed each layer with the spellbinders Labels 4 die, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distressing ink and then proceeded to layer them one on top of the other. This is what it looks like after doing that.

You can see how the layers look when they are stacked one on top of another pyramid style. The bottom layers was adhered to the chipboard piece that comes in the kit. I then used a file to remove the excess piece from the bottom layer and decorate the top with glitter, some cut out stamped butterflies (this stamps also comes in the kit), 2 embellishment images (also from the kit), gold leafing pen for the bottom edges and ribbon. For the backside of the postcard, I used more stamps from the kit and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distressing ink. All this can be seen in the next few photos...

This is how the finish project looks like front and back when it was all finished.
 I also added a glass hanging ornament that you can find in the Vintage Findings package.


 Time to take a look that what the rest of the Design Team have to share with you today. Please take a moment to click on each of them below and it will link directly to their respective blogs...

Vicki Chrisman - DT Leader
Marisa Grosson - that's me ---- you're here

Lastly, don't forget to keep up-to-date on the latest news that Sandy shares in the Heartwarming Vintage Blog and the Crafty Secrets site.

Enjoy the day,


Wednesday, 9 June 2010


June 9, 2010

There are so many new stamp sets that Crafty Secrets has come out with lately. One of them is the "Bonjour Merci" stamp set which I have used for my card today.

This card was made for 2 challenges happening over at Splitcoast Stampers. The first one is Darlene's Tuesday Crafty Secrets Forum challenge to use something old, new and borrowed in your creation and also for the Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

I stamped the pretty image of the girl holding a bouquet of flowers with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on white cs and colored it with various Copic markers. Then the sentiment was stamp above the main image. Cut the image using the oval Coluzzle template. Then matted the oval with a green designer paper from the "Home" Photo Mats from My Mind's Eye using the large Oval Scallop die from Spellbinders. All the designer paper used for this card is from the same collection of My Mind's Eye. For the center panel I used the Shell border punch from Martha Stewart the added lacey ribbon, half pearls and a scrunched up flower that I die cut using the Flower Creations die from Spellbinders.

To go with the theme of the Crafty Secrets Forum challenge:

Something old - used an old lacey ribbon that I had in my stash for a while now
Something new - the just released "Bonjour Merci" stamp set from Crafty Secrets
Something borrowed - a technique I found in Sherry Cheever's and Linda Duke's blog on scrunching up die-cut paper flowers by spraying it with Glimmer Mist and scrunching the flower up until it dries (with the help of a heat gun)

Here is a close-up shot of the flower. I held all the pieces of the flower together with a yellow brad and then used glue on top of the brad and sprinkled some glass beads over it.

Hope you all are enjoying your evening.


Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Domestic Goddess Creative Scrap

June 2, 2010

This card was made for the Tuesday Crafty Secrets Forum challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Host for the challenge is Lori Lynn and she has asked that we use use cardstock, recycle a paper bag or use kraft colored dp for our project. Sketch for the layout of the card is taken from today's Sketch Challenge which is also featured at Splitcoast Stampers.

I used kraft colored cs for the base of the card and all the images on the card are from the Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps from Crafty Secrets. These easy to use sheet of images now come printed double sided and are so versatile in any crafting project. DP around the main image is from the Earthy Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets. I used a Martha Steward border punch for the matting of the center strip behind the images with the aprons.