December Linky Party with Crafty Secrets

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Good Morning Peeps! It’s the day of our December Linky Party with Crafty Secrets.  The theme for this month was anything goes. So I’m all like…you know maybe I need to make a non-Christmas project..just to see if I remember how. I think I managed okay.  You should be coming to me from the wonderful and lovely Miss Kathy. If you’re just getting started you can click HERE to go to the beginning. I created a Butterfly Card that I think will be perfect for just about any occasion….

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For my tutorial I’m demonstrating adding texture to your projects simply by covering with a small stencil and and filling in with texture paste or whipped spakle. I added a quatrofoil to the left corner of the patterned paper and a live sentiment to the top right.  You want to do this after you’ve trimmed and inked your paper and after the ink is very well dried so it won’t run under the Spackle.

Butterfly Card Crafty Secrets 4Butterfly Card Crafty Secrets 2Butterfly Card Crafty Secrets 1I’m using patterned papers and images from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD from Crafty Secrets. I’m also using the fabulous Chantilly Lace Frame Die from Crafter’s Companion and Chevron Striped Twill in Champagne from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Okay now click on over to the fabulous Miss Michelle to keep on hopping. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

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Retro Tags with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Peeps! Still workin away on Christmasy projects. Hard to believe it’s only 3 weeks away.  Today I’m sharing some retro inspired tags…they are tooo fun.

Retro Tags Set 1 Retro Tags Set 2 Retro Tags Set 3 Retro Tags Set 4 Retro Tags Set 5I’m using the Creating with Retro Christmas CD from Crafty Secrets. Snowflake on Red Satin Trim and Ivory Burlap String and Sweetheart Blossoms from Really Reasonable Ribbon and a whole kit and kaboodle of jazzy little retro inspired embellishments like tinsel trim, felt candies, printed clothespins, painted bells and snowflakes.

Okay that’s all for me if you need me I’ll be kitting all day lol..thank goodness for netflix to keep me company! Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Winter Birds Card with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Paper Peeps! Just a quick post today to share a lovely nature themed winter birds  Christmas card.

Seasons Greeting Winter Bird Card 1I’m using a sweet postcard image with lovely birds on an evergreen branch. Don’t they just make ya feel all warm and cozy?

Seasons Greeting Winter Bird Card 2I choose neutral colored background papers to give this card a more natural feel.

Seasons Greeting Winter Bird Card 3All of these layers are very well inked to keep them from getting muddled.

Seasons Greeting Winter Bird Card 4I’m using a combination of Petaloo and Really Reasonable Ribbon Flowers to create this lovely arrangement.

Seasons Greeting Winter Bird Card 5I trimmed a teeny weeny image out and added it to this sweet little silver charm then add a nice thick layer of Glossy Accents to create a perfectly coordinated charm then added it to the card with a twine bow , painted jingle bell  and itty bitty flowers.

Crafty Secrets Supplies~ Creating With Vintage Christmas CD, Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Supplies~Chevron Striped Twill in Champagne, Antique Gold Burlap String, Red Gypsophila, and White Open Roses.

Okay that’s all for me…wishing you all a happy and productive day with lot’s of time to be creative : ) G

November Linky Party with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Peeps! It’s time again for another fun Linky Party with Crafty Secrets! The theme for this event it Sugar Plum Fairy. Isn’t that dreamy???? This is another “Anything But a Card” challenge. Christmas gifts, banners, mini albums, canvases, home décor, stockings…celebrate the Season with anything BUT a card! You should be coming to me for our dear Miss Kathy…if not…hop on over there first so you can start at the beginning.

I created a sweet and softly colored Christmas wall hanging with lot’s of glittery accents, flowers, jingle bells and all sorts of yummy trimmings from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I’m also using the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD and the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD from Crafty Secrets.

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Please enjoy a super easy tutorial on how I customized the flowers for this wall hanging….

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Other supplies from Really Reasonable Ribbon~Chevron Striped Twill in Pink and White Magnolias.

The next stop in the par-tay is the lovely and talented Sheila who has a fabby project I know because I had a sneak peek! Don’t forget to leave her a little love for sharing her inspiration : )

Okay that’s all for me. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

 

October Linky Party with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Peeps! Time again for another fun Linky Party with the Designers at Crafty Secrets! Theme: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart! This month we are focusing on our blessings. You can share Thanksgiving table decor, Place Cards, Wall Hangings, Thank You Notes, Hostess Gifts, Gratitude Journals, Layouts, Mixed Media Canvases…anything that has to do with counting our blessings, showing gratitude and being thankful.

You should be coming to me from Diane’s Blog.

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I created a Thankful Birds Wall Hanging using Birds and Blossoms Creative Scraps, Creating With Vintage Patterns CD.

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I’m also using trims and flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon~Canvas Color Band Ribbon in Brown, Burlap String in Brown, and Sweetheart Blossoms.

I wanted to show you how I created the wreath…. I started with some wired berry garland from the floral dept at the craft store. I’m not really exactly sure what it’s supposed to be called as it’s just labeled as accessory.  Anyhoo…I got 2 colors of whatever it is and set to work.

IMG_7033I started with the light colored berries and made myself a good sized loop. Enough to get the packaging trough easily while I worked.IMG_7034Then I wrapped it around again to start filling it in. Remember it’s wired so you can shape it after you get all the layers done.

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Now add the darker colored berry and offset it a bit so all the berries won’t get bunched up together.

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IMG_7038It’s pretty already but I added some Sweetheart Blossoms to it.

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My natural instinct with flowers is to glue on as many as will fit….but for this  I liked a bit of the wreath base showing so less is more. But only this time!!!!!

IMG_7040For the finished wreath I added 4 orange and 4 brown. Then made myself stop however the voice in my head told me not to lol.

 

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Okay that’s all for me. Your next stop is Michelle. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Halloween Wands With Really Reasonable Ribbon and Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Paper Peeps. Dropping in on this chilly Fall day to share some vintagy Halloween wands created with fun Trims from Really Reasonable Ribbon for the new Challenge Halloween with Ribbon, printed papers and images from Crafty Secrets.

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I used the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Halloween CD printable papers and images.

Now it’s your turn to create something Halloweeny with Ribbon and link up with us to play along at Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

That’s all for me. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Halloween Stand Display with Petaloo and Crafty Secrets

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Hey there peeps! Happy Saturday to you all! I’m just dropping in to share a fun Halloween Stand Display I created with the Crafty Secrets Creating With Vintage Halloween CD.

Halloween Stand Display 1Not conventional Halloween colors….but it sure has a festive holiday vibe.

Halloween Stand Display 2I added the pumpkin face image to a sweet little scalloped tin then created a “wreath” with black netting ribbon and loads of Petaloo flowers and berry picks.

Halloween Stand Display 3Can’t go wrong with Black Plaid ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon for a generous loopy bow. I also tucked in some  Antique Gold Burlap String bows to break up the dark colors and to match the flowers.

Halloween Stand Display 4For additional detail I printed the tag sheet from the cd extra tiny and joined them to make a fun banner shape then worked it around and under the wreath.

Halloween Stand Display 5To give the image a nice finished edge I topped it off with Tim Holtz black tinsel trim.

Funny story about this project I think we can all relate to. As crafters we are always on the look out for great bases to start our projects with. We have a local discount store that I peruse occasionally to find unique shapes or objects I can layer up with paper and trimmings. Such is the case with this nice wooden stand. So I listed the project in the online shop and it sold right away to one of my fav peeps. In my efforts to locate a box I could ship it in…I neglected to take the sticker from the discount store off the back. Boy is she gonna get a laugh when she sees it. But hey…it happens to all of us and we learn everyday…so the moral of the story is…make fabulous art….but remember to check for stickers before you ship sold items lol.

Okay that’s all for me…wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

September Linky Party with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Peeps! Can you believe it’s time again for another fun Linky Party with Crafty Secrets?  Seems like time just flies this close to back to school. Our theme for September is Halloween with an optional Back to School theme. Create a project with tutorial for either of these events. Make a wall hanging, home decor, teacher appreciation gift, homework memo pad, bulletin board, party invite or decoration, decorated box, treat bag, school planner, goody tin or decorated pumpkin.

I created a card using the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD. So many great papers and images.

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These scrumptious ribbon trims are from the Haunted Halloween Mix Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon. You need all these ribbons..trust me…I’ve used them all already..I won’t have any leftovers of this kit!

Bingo Treats Halloween CArd 4I created a little wreath by winding into a loop some fun Halloween star garland and topped it with Mulberry Cottage Roses , Open Roses and larger Open Roses. I added a bit of sparkle with some glittery orange embellishments.

Okay now you gotta hop on over and check out the other project created by the teamies…they are just fabulous! Crafty Secrets Linky Party.

That’s all for me Peeps..wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

Authentic Tag with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Paper Peeps! I’m dropping in today to share a project I created with printable paper and images from Crafty Secrets. I love a tag..and if the tag has a bird…and if the bird has a crown…well how can it get any better? Easy..top it with beautiful flowers and ribbon trim.

Authentic Tag 2I printed the large tag image….then layered it on a 110lb cardstock base so it would support the bulky flowers and trim.

Authentic Tag 3Gorgeous White Roses and Delicate Stitched Satin Aqua Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and sugared blooms from Petaloo are perfect for this vintagy tag .

Authentic Tag 4I added an eyelet so the twine wouldn’t pull through.  The acrylic film ribbon from Tim Holtz if topped off with coordinating buttons.

Authentic Tag 1There are lots of foam spacers between the layers giving this tag loads of dimension.

Crafty Secrets Supplies….Creating with Vintage Patterns, Digital Birds and Blossoms printables, Chicken Farm Paper.

Okay that’s all for me…..off to see what kind of trouble I can get into. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G

August Linky Party with Crafty Secrets

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Hey there Paper Peeps. Time again for another fun Linky Party with the Design Team from Crafty Secrets. For this months theme we are challenged to create a mixed media project…something that can be used as home decor. I am so lucky to have a sneak peek of the projects and they are gonna knock your socks off.  I have used the images and papers to create a digital collage which I framed to create a wipe or dry erase board.  I had one before but the kiddos were just using it to leave me grocery lists ugg. This time it’s only to be used for nice notes and I love you’s.

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home dec 31. Start with a dry erase marker. 2. wrap marker in coordinating ribbon (be careful to place this so it will not be difficult to write with.)  3. Good ol Velcro to attach the pen to the frame. 4. attach small section of Velcro to ribbon on pen. 5. With hot glue carefully add a loopy ribbon bow to opposite side of pen. 6. Top bow off with button.

home dec 41. Store bought 8×10 frame. 2. Add digital collage inside the frame. 3. Attach pen to frame with Velcro.

home dec 2Write something lovely inside frame. I only wish this was my handwriting….I added it with the computer (she hangs her head in shame.) My handwriting is about as good as an average 5 year old so for the purpose of demonstration I let the computer do the work for me : )

Crafty Secrets Supplies:

$.99 Papers~Butterfly Fairies, Letter Press Journal. Vintage images from Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.

Really Reasonable Ribbon: Satin Swiss Dots on Black.

I encourage you to check out the other fabulous projects from the team..they are too awesome! Just visit Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage for the link list!

Okay that’s all for me. Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G