Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crafty Secrets - Trick or Treat

I cannot believe it is the last day of September! Where has the year gone? I admit, I am ready for fall and cool weather, but here in southern California, fall is a tease. We will probably continue to have some hot weather for at least another month!

To get you ready for Halloween, I have a cute vintage card to share.

I love vintage Halloween images and Crafty Secrets has a boat load of them! This cute little girl is from the Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes Booklet

I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card from black cardstock. I added some digital papers that I printed from the Digital Garden set and the Vintage Halloween CD #4. I am loving digital papers. {I know, the world my be ending!} I love that I can print my favorites again and again and again! 

I created a flower cluster, using some paper flowers, leaves, and stamens. I added a ticket, which I cut from the Halloween Creative Scraps

The "treat" bingo card is another digital item from the Vintage Halloween CD #4. That CD is filled with wonderful images!

That fantastic spiderweb bow is made from ribbon and twine found at Really Reasonable Ribbon. The spiderweb satin was is part of the September Ribbon Club, but it can also be purchased HERE by the yard.

This is a lumpy card, filled with dimension! My favorite kind! 

I used the Halloween Fun stamp set to add the corners to the inside of the card. I also used the same stamp on the printed paper on the front of the card. I stamped in gray ink to give a bit of shadow effect. This stamp set is currently available as a DIGITAL download.  

To create the sentiment, I first loaded the "best wishes" word art from the Grand Greetings digital set to Adobe Illustrator. I then added the other words using the text tool. I printed the sentiment onto cream cardstock and cut it out with a die template. 

I hope you enjoyed my Halloween card! Thanks for stopping by!

Check out this Halloween and Fall Sale Pack! Get them while supplies last! If you would rather have a Digital Pack, click HERE to see what's included! 

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!
Crafty Secrets products:
Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes Booklet
Digital Garden paper set
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Halloween Creative Scraps
Halloween Fun stamp set
Grand Greetings digital stamp set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Treasures Black; Neenah Natural White
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Close to My Heart Grey Flannel
Ribbon and Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers and leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts
Button: Bo Bunny Mamma-Razzi
Die cut: Sizzix Framelits Apothecary Accents
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac

Monday, September 29, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - 5th Monday!

For every month that contains a fifth Monday, the design team members at Craft Hoarders Anonymous take turns sharing their creative spaces and storage tips. You will get to peek into the design team's craft spaces and see how they manage to "contain" their hoarded supplies!
The designers who are sharing their craft spaces and storage tips this month are

You can click on the designers' names and go to their blogs to check out their great spaces and storage tips! 

Also this Monday Hoarders has a BIG announcement to share with you! We want to introduce the NEWEST member of our design team. Please welcome Wendi Robinson! Click on Wendi's name and you can go to her blog and have a look around.  We are so pleased she decided to join the team! {Wendi and I go "way" back to our days at 365 Cards! I am especially pleased to bring her on board to fill the empty spot!}

Now, for some other good news! We have decided to extend the due date for Challenge #16 for one more week! You have until October 5th at midnight PT to load up your challenge! 

PS - Here is a link to visit my studio space, in case you missed it before. Click HERE

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beary Bountiful Autumn - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Hello! I have created a cute fall card for you, using the Beary Bountiful Autumn stamp set from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps September Release.

Rhubarb is getting is scarecrow on! I created an A2 size, top-fold card. I stamped Rhubarb (that's the little bear's name) with brown ink and colored him with Copics. 

I layered on some fall-themed papers that I found in my stash. I also stamped the greeting with brown ink, and then I used a die cut template to cut it out. If you look at the stamp set, you will notice that the exclamation point is missing from my sentiment. I confess...I cut it off! Sometimes, I perform emergency operations to my stamps, such as cutting them apart! I found, that with most of my inks, the exclamation point was looking a lot like a third "L" so I just cut it off. {gasp!}

I wanted to mix in some teal accents with the traditional fall colors. I found this fantastic ribbon in my stash. It's so pretty! 

I used the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Leaf Silhouettes die set to cut some leaves for the inside of the card. This is a great way to use up those small paper scraps! I stamped a second sentiment from the Beary Bountiful Autumn in brown ink.

Thanks for looking!

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Beary Bountiful Autumn
Leaf Silhouettes die set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Cinnamon; Neenah Natural White
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Boo to You; Bella Blvd One Fall Day
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Markers: Copic
Pen: Signo Uniball White
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Small, Labels One
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Guest Designer for Leaky Shed Studio

Hello, Gang! This is my second project as the September guest designer at Leaky Shed Studio! I have loved playing with the amazing chipboard items! If you have not seen these AMAZING chippies, visit the Leaky Shed Store!

I have created a Christmas card for you! I know, for some of you, it is way too early to think about Christmas cards! But, it is never to early to compile ideas!

I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card, using lots of layers, chipboard items, and flowers. This is a lumpy one, and will require extra postage and a padded envelope. You could also use this idea to create a home decor item!

I stared out by painting a selection of Leaky Shed Studio chipboard items with a coat of white gesso. Once the items were dry, I sprayed them with Tattered Angels Chalk Chalkboard Mist.

The large chipboard circle is actually the center piece from the Clock #1 chipboard item! (Never throw anything away!) I sprayed the chipboard with Tattered Angels Kiwi Glimmer Mist and then dried it with my heat tool. It gives a marbled look to the chipboard.

I created a white, top-fold card from 4 1/2 x 12-inch cardstock, scored at 6 inches. I trimmed the red paper to 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches and distressed the edges before adding it to the card. I trimmed the plaid paper to 4 3/4 x 5 3/4-inches, distressed the edges and added it to the red panel. (The printed paper is from the Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas collection.)

I used Scor-tape to attach the cheesecloth to the center of the card. I glued the chipboard circle to the card, and then added the twine with Scor-tape.

I trimmed out the main image from the designer paper, and matted it with red paper. I attached the image to the card with foam squares.

I used the Keyhole Fancy as the base to build my flower cluster. I used a clock image cut from the designer paper, and then added flowers. To mimic snow, I added a bit of white gesso to the red flowers.

I glued the Flower Corner Small  to the left corner of the card and added the postage image to the top.

I tucked several Watch Parts around the edges of the image.

Once the card was all put together, I used a pint brush to splatter it with Tattered Angels Creme de Cocoa and Crimson Glimmer Mist. Unfortunately, too many splatters ended up on the little boy's face! I saved the card by using a circle punch to trim out a second image. Then, I layered the circle over the main image with foam squares.

I hope you enjoyed my shabby Christmas card! Thanks for reading! I enjoyed my guest spot very much!

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!

Leaky Shed Studio products:

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Textures Cascata White
Designer paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (12x12, 8x8, 6x6 pads)
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cheesecloth: fabric store
Gesso: Liquitex White
Spray mists: Tattered Angles Chalkboard Chalk, Glimmer Mist Kiwi, Creme de Cocoa, Crimson
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Circle punches: Stampin' Up!
Decorative scissors: Provo Craft
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-tape

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crafty Secrets Vintage Santa

I know! It is September and here I am, acting like the local craft store and putting out Christmas stuff a month before Halloween! But, don't be hating on me! It is so HOT here that I am trying to think snowy thoughts! 

I printed out some wonderful, digital items from Crafty Secrets and created this vintage Santa card. It makes me think of snow, hot chocolate, and sugar cookies! {And it's about 80 degrees here, and super humid! Yuck!}

I have a thing for vintage Santa images. I decorate with them at Christmas, and every year I buy one vintage Santa ornament. I started the love affair with Old St. Nick when I was first married because my husband liked the old fashioned images. He has "gone off" Santa in recent years, but I find that I still enjoy the vintage images, so...there you go!

I created a 6 x 4 1/2 inch, top-fold card using white cardstock. I added kraft as well...think sugar cookies!

I printed the digital papers and the Santa image from the Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas CD #6. I also printed one sheet of paper from the Retro Christmas CD #5. You can see that bit in the upper right corner of the card. 

I added a bit of cheesecloth and some twine behind the main image, just to ramp up that vintage vibe!

I used a deckle die cut shape to trim out the Santa image. It really does look tattered and vintage!

I poked around in my stash for some Christmas floral bits. I found some velvet flowers and some other odds and ends, and created this cluster.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Season's Greetings stamp set. This set is ON SALE for $5.95! What a steal!

I added a strip of the digital paper, and a ticket image, also from the Vintage Christmas CD.

I hope you will forgive my decent into Christmas so early in the year! {Especially when you see what is on the blog on Thursday!} But, enjoy a cookie on me!

Check out this Christmas Collection Pack on SALE! It is loaded with goodies for making all your Christmas cards! Set them while supplies last! This collection includes the Season's Greetings stamp set that I used for this project!

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!
Crafty Secrets products:
Season's Greetings stamp set
Vintage Christmas CD #6 
Retro Christmas CD #5

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Textured Cascata White, Kraft
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Rich Cocoa
Cheese cloth: Pure Acres Farm
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers and leaves: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Floral sprays: Michael's Crafts
Snowflake button: Michael's Crafts
Wire: Artistic Wire
Die cut: Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scor-tape

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - September Release Rewind

If you have not had a chance to check out the new stamp sets and dies released by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps this month, head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store to see what's new! Visit the SNSS Blog for tons of inspiration from the team!

My second stamp set was released with SNSS in September. I am so happy with how they turned out!

This set is so versatile. I made a Thanksgiving card for you. This is a very simple card, not as much fuss as my "normal" cards. 

I made an A2 card from kraft cardstock, and then I layered on some pretty Graphic 45 papers from their An Eerie Tale collection.

I created the sentiment using the So Grateful stamp set. I stamped directly onto the kraft background. I love the combination of script and typewriter text together!

I stamped the image from the  Autumn Bounty stamp set onto white cardstock and colored it with  Copic markers. I loved coloring this fall-themed flower bouquet.

My card still has a lot of layers, but it's not as bulky as most of my cards. I just do that to keep you on your toes! {wink}

If you have made a card using any of the new stamps and dies from the September Release feel free to add your card to the linky gallery below. Make sure to visit the other artists and see what they  have made!  The Linky List will close on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Thanks so much for joining me today…I hope you've enjoyed your visit!
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
So Grateful
Autumn Bounty

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Mocha, Kraft; Copic Xpress It Blender White
Designer paper: Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Markers: Copic
Pearls: Recollections
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Rectangle; Couture Creations Nesting Rectangles
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes September 28th at midnight PT.

Challenge #16 Who Loves School and Office Supplies?
Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paperclips, notepads, folders, and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up! Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply on your project. 

Yes, I sure do hoard school and office supplies! We are a homeschool family, which means we "need" lots of school and office supplies. Right?! I used some of my hoarded items for this scrapbook layout.

I also have a "thing" for old stuff, including old cameras. I found this photo on the Pottery Barn website a few years ago and saved hoarded it. I decided to print it onto cream cardstock and use it as my focal point for this layout. This layout is for my "book of me" album, where I scrapbook about all sorts of stuff that makes me happy.

I even dragged out my poor, sad Cricut Expression to cut the title for this page! I have had that thing for YEARS and rarely use it. I have been discovering some new love for it and even purchased a few new cartridges!

I used a lot of office supplies on this page: staples, paper clips, a memo pin, a mini file folder, a label from a label-maker. I also used paper that would make you think of school, including a bit of actual graph paper from my son's notebook! I used the clock paper (Graphic 45 Times Nouveau) because I wanted to convey the idea of time moving along and that photos are snapshots in time. {corny, but true}

I used the Prima distressing tool to rough up the paper edges. I also used a notebook edge punch to punch a few of the paper edges, for that "school-ish" look.

Talk about hoarding...I used up some of my hoarded washi tape, too! I don't even like washi tape, so I am not sure why I have a whole bin of it hoarded! I used some of it on this layout and it is really fun! One kind has the days of the week printed on it and the other looks like bits of old book paper. 

I wanted to make sure that I used our sponsor product, so I printed some digital papers from Crafty Secrets and used them to create the flowers. (A few of the other printed embellishments are from Crafty Secrets, too.)

I used Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamps and die template and the Sun Kissed Fleur stamps and die template to create the flowers. I stamped the images onto the Crafty Secrets digital paper with brown ink, and then used the die templates to cut them out. (I printed the digital papers onto cream cardstock.) I like the mix of black and dark brown on this layout. It gives it that sepia tone so common in true vintage photos.

I inked the flowers and leaves with distress inks, and then misted them with a bit if Lindy's Stamp Gang mist. The mist (or plain water) will make the flowers easier to shape. You only need a bit of moisture! Don't soak the poor dudes! Once the paper dries, the flowers will keep their shape and be a bit "stiff."

I used a foam pad and a few stylus sizes to shape the flowers and leaves. I really want THESE tools from Heartfelt Creations! They are on my wish list! For now, I am making do with what I have in my stash. 

I combined the flowers and leaves to make a fancy "photo corner" for my photograph. I tucked in a few bits, like tiny light bulbs and a clock, plus some small images. I added some gems to some of the flowers for centers. 

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy's Stamp Ganga $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy's Stamp Gang store!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang is the creative” baby” of Lindy Plakinger. She passed away in 2008 after bravely battling illness. She was a self-made cartoonist, loved drawing, crafting, designing new products, and creating her funny cartoon characters! One of her greatest joys was traveling to stamping and scrapbooking conventions across the US, demo-ing to her heart’s content with her sister, and giggle partner, Vicki!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang will continue, as was her hope, and dream. Her husband and daughter have taken over the company keeping her creativity alive. Tracey, (her daughter), has always been a “jar filler” in the background of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, but is now trying to fill some incredible shoes!

Lindy's luscious luster is all uniquely two-toned! With vibrant shimmery sprays, flat sprays, vintage sprays, embossing powder and lots more!

For more Lindy’s Stamp Gang please visit!


For more information about the design team sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!

Craft Secrets Products:
Vintage Typography CD #3
Sew Decorative CD #7
Travel Creative Scraps

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Stamp Set
Sun Kissed Fleur Die
Classic Sunflower PreCut Stamp Set
Classic Sunflower Die

Other supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Designer paper: Simple Stories Smarty Pants; Graphic 45 Times Nouveau; graph paper
Journalng cards: Project Life
Bingo cards: Maya Road
Washi Tape: Ki Memories, Tim Holtz
Embellishments: light bulbs, clock, staples, paper clips, memo pin, gems from hoard
Label: Dymo
Dies: Sizzix File Folder
Stamps: Ki Memories Flashback Click Click
Title: Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge
Distressing tool: Prima
Edge Punch: Stampin' Up
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue