Thursday, October 30, 2014

Crafty Secrets - It's Your Day

I have a quickie card to share today. I love the Crafty Secrets digital papers, and wanted to really show off a few of the fall-themed designs. I created a very simple card, but the paper is so pretty!

I printed paper from the Digital Thanksgiving Collection. at 8 x 8 inches onto pale cream cardstock. That lovely image is from Digital Flowers Printable Sheet. I love sunflowers! 

I decided to create this as a birthday card, but you could use it for any occasion. The little greeting is cut from the Altered Fairies Creative Scraps.  

The sentiment for the inside is from the Digital Card Sentiments collection. You can print the sentiments at any size, onto any paper. So versatile. 

Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Digital Thanksgiving Collection
Digital Flowers Printable Sheet
Digital Card Sentiments
Altered Fairies Creative Scraps

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Natural, Cocoa
Twill: Schiff Ribbons 1/2" Natural
Mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Die: My Favorite Things Chevron Shapes
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Announcement!

Heartfelt Creations is announcing the 2015 Design team today! You can bet your boots that I am one happy and excited camper! Here is the line-up!

I am sure you recognize two of my Craft Hoarders Anonymous Teamies - Debbie Seyer and Kathy Clement on that list! Congratulations to them both, and to all the other designers. I am happy to see some other familiar names and to get a chance to make some new friends! 

I have wanted to work with Heartfelt Creations for a long time, but I never felt that my skill set was up to their standards. I took a chance this year, and it paid off! I feel so blessed to finally get a chance to work for such a great company, and I am over the moon that I get to play with such amazing products! 

I am giving thanks today, that is for sure! My first new projects will appear in a few weeks, so stay tuned!

ETA: I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who voted for me to be part of the team! It means the world to me that you think I will do a good job with the Heartfelt Products! I will try not to let you down!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas Blog Hop

Good morning, Blogger Peeps! Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas (in October) Blog Hop! Today the SNSS Design Divas are featuring our favorite SNSS Christmas stamp sets just in time to give you plenty of inspiration for your holiday card making.  We hope you will join the fun and leave some love behind as you visit each blog (via the Link Tool below)!

I created a tag to share. This tag can be used as a package topper, or tied to a gift bag, or used to give a gift card. Have a set of pretty tags in your stash is always smart! I am featuring the Christmas Morn stamp set today. This set comes with wonderful sentiments that you can mix and match, plus lovely silhouette images!

The tag is a Regular Tag Staple from Graphic 45. I love these kraft tags! They are approximately 5 3/4 x 4 inches - the perfect size! A package of tags contains six tags and sells for around $4US. I stock up on these whenever I see them on sale! 

I stamped the tree from the Christmas Morn set with white ink. I heat embossed with sparkly white embossing powder. This type of embossing powder contains glitter! How awesome is that?! Once the tree was cool to the touch, I used spray mist to add some shimmer. Then, using the end of a paint brush, I splattered the tag with white acrylic paint. 

I rubbed the edges of the tag with white ink. I used twine, velvet flowers, and some floral sprays to create a Christmas flower cluster for the tag. I use a lot of left-over odds and ends to create these clusters. You don't need much, and the small bits and bobs make a great embellishment.

I stamped two sentiments from the Christmas Morn stamp set with brown ink onto a scrap of paper. I trimmed the greeting into a flag shape and added it to the tag. The finishing touch is the fun, plaid ribbon.

I'm sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we're inviting you to create a Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery by clicking the Linky Tool below!  

Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store! The winner will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Christmas Morn Stamp Set

Other products:
Tag: Graphic 45 Kraft Regular Tag Album
Designer paper: Graphic 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (scrap)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Christmas Plaid, Burlap String (Ivory, Red) 
Embossing powder: Hampton Art sparkle white
Flower: Petaloo
Floral spray: Michaels Crafts
Mists: Dylusions White Linen; Tattered Angels Chalkboard (chalk)
Paint: Folkart Acrylic Wicker White
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
Adhesive: Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Autumn Greetings

I am up on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog today. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, smells, and textures of autumn. I have a created a quick and easy card for you today, to celebrate the season!

Sometimes, all that you need to create a card is paper and a few sentiment stamps! Y'all know that I have a vast hoard of both!

I created a 4 1/2 x 6 inch, top-fold card (my NEW favorite size). I layered on the printed paper from my fall/Halloween hoard! I used black ink to stamp a sentiment from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set onto the bottom right corner of the striped paper.

The ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I like to layer ribbons as well as paper! The flower was a funky, hot salmon pink, but I sprayed that guy with some glitter mist and it's all orange now! {wink} I cut a small tag from a scrap of cardstock with the Mini Tags Die Set.  I stamped a tiny sentiment from the Autumn Bounty stamp set onto the tag.

I lined the inside of the card with more patterned paper and stamped another sentiment from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set onto the center of the patterned paper. I cut a second tag from a scrap of cardstock with the Mini Tags Die Set.  I stamped another tiny sentiment from the Autumn Bounty stamp set onto the tag.

Thanks for looking!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set
Autumn Bounty stamp set
Mini Tags Die Set

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Black and scraps
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Blackbird, Boo to You
Ink: Ranger Distress Spiced Marmalade; Memento Tuxedo Black
Mist: Tattered Angels Harvest Orange, Tuscan Sun
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Autumn Leaves Grosgrain, Tangerine Shimmer Satin
Flower: Prima
Adhesive: Beacon Fabri-tac; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crafty Secrets - Happy Birthday

I have been sharing a lot of fall and Christmas items lately, so I wanted to mix it up a bit and share something super girly!  printed some Crafty Secrets digital papers...all in pink!

I love the image from the Girlfriends Creative Scraps (part of the Girlfriends Sale Pack) and I printed some pink papers. to match. I printed papers from the Patterns CD #1 and Typography CD #3, plus from the Radiant Digital Paper Collection.

I added some flowers and sheer pink ribbon.

I poked around in my hoard and found a few pins to add, plus the fabbie fringe ribbon. I only had a small amount of the fringe, but it looks so amazing!

Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Girlfriends Sale Pack (Girlfriends Creative Scraps)
Patterns CD #1
Typography CD #3
Radiant Digital Paper Collection

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Natural
Ink: Ranger Distress Spun Sugar
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ribbon fringe: unknown
Pins: Maya Road, fabric store (pink)
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Monday, October 20, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #18

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #18 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes November 2nd at midnight PT.

Challenge #18 Layer It!
One good way to use your hoard is to use lots of it all at once! So, let's see those layers! We need to see at least THREE layers on your project! (Ink, paint, embossing, and mixed media products do count as layers!) Drag out all of that hoarded paper or those embossing folders that are in the back of the drawer. Use those stamps, dies, and punches! Show us the layers!

It is pretty easy to figure out that when I wrote that challenge, I was being selfish! Y'all know how I love me some layers!

I finally cut into the Graphic 45 Come Away With Me paper pad that I have been hoarding. This is a pretty new collection, so it is not too wonderful that I de-hoarded it! I also used a lot of my hoarded coffee-colored cardstock!

I know that I have scrapped that photo before. I needed something fast in order to get my photos taken, so I just added the Tower photo with a bit of removable adhesive. I will eventually use a different photo from my Europe trip...if I find time to print more of the photos!

I tried to count the layers...there are at least 12 layers! More, depending on how you classify a layer! I matted each paper layer with cardstock to make the patterns pop. My "normal" scrapbook style is to have a very clean and graphic base to which I added the "junk." I love doing a layered base like this. It does used a whack of paper, however. One trick to save paper, is to cut the centers out! If you make paper frames for this type of layering, then you have the extra paper for another project. 

I used some flowers and a hoarded clock for this cluster. I love the shade of blue in this collection, especially paired with the cream and brown!

You can see a hoarded, metal compass rose peeking out of this cluster. I have a few of these that I have been hoarding. They are expensive, so I always resist using them!

I hope you had fun looking at my layered project. I sure had fun making it!

Read the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Rules are HERE. 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
Wendi Robinson

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

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

Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Cocoa, Natural
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Come Away With Me
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Die: My Favorite Things Jumbo Fishtail Banner Stax
Clock: Sky Blue Pink
Compass rose: Tim Holtz
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Friday, October 17, 2014

Notepads for the Holidays - Crafty Secrets

October is half over! I read somewhere that there are only 10 weeks or so until Christmas! How is that possible?! Time gets away from me these days! Part of keeping myself on track is making lists. I love a list. That is why I am sharing a few decorated notepads with you today.

I printed some Crafty Secrets digital papers and had some odds and ends left from other projects and thought...hey, I can make some cute notepads for the holidays! You don't need a lot of fancy stuff to make these notepad holders and they are a GREAT way to use of scraps!

I created one long notepad in a Halloween theme and one "chunky" notepad in a Christmas theme. My family loves notepads, too so these will make fun decor and be super useful. These notepad covers are easy to make and are wonderful gifts for neighbors, teachers, and friends.

The long notepad is 8 x 2 1/2 inches. If you cannot find notepads in this size, your local office supply store can cut 8 x 5 inch notepads in half, usually for a small fee. (I think I paid $2 to have the dude at Office Depot cut 10 pads for me. He looked at me like I was a freak, but he did it. I just purchased a few packs of the 8x5 pads, took them to the desk where they do the photocopying, and asked to have them cut in half.)

To create the cover, trim black cardstock to 8 1/8 x 5 1/2 inches. Score on the short side at 2 5/8 and 2 7/8 inches. Cut printed paper to 8 x 2 1/2 inches for the front, back, and inside covers. I used the chandelier paper from the Vintage Halloween CD4. (The Halloween papers are also available as part of the Halloween digital paper pack.)

Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. I used stickers to spell out "LIST" across the top of the notepad (Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers). Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Halloween image to the left side of the cover (Halloween Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink. 

Create a "belly band" for your notepad. Trim black cardstock to 1 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches. Trim printed paper (also from the Vintage Halloween CD4) to 1 x 7 inches and attach to the black cardstock strip. Wrap the strip around the notepad and secure at the back. Make sure it is not too tight or you won't be able to slip it on and off the pad. 

Trim a ticket from the Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps. Use pale gray markers to color the candy image. Add the ticket to the belly band with foam squares.

I also had enough goodies to make a Christmas notepad, but this one is 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches. You can buy this size notepad in packs at the office supply store. They come in lots of colors, too. (I just have boring white!)

To create the cover, cut the striped paper to 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches. Score on the long side at 3 5/8 and 3 7/8 inches. The striped paper is digital paper from the Retro Christmas CD5, printed onto cream cardstock. (This paper is also part of the Retro Christmas digital paper pack.) Trim out the Santa image from the Vintage Christmas CD6 and at it to the front cover.

Trim music paper from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to fit the inside covers. (The vintage papers are also part of the Vintage Christams digital paper pack.) Add a scrap of paper to the top of the notepad to hide the "ugly" binding. Glue the notepad to the right side of the inside cover.

I added a Christmas image to the left side of the cover (Winter Printable Sheet). I rough cut the image with scissors and inked the edges with black ink.

I added a ticket from the Vintage Christmas CD6 to the back of the notepad cover.

Stop by the Crafty Secrets Blog to see all the news and fun projects by the Design Team. 
Crafty Secrets products:
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Halloween Treats Vintage Stickers
Halloween Printable Sheet
Halloween Greeting Creative Scraps
Halloween digital paper pack
Retro Christmas CD #5
Retro Christmas digital paper pack
Vintage Christmas CD #6
Vintage Christams digital paper pack
Winter Printable Sheet

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Treasures Black; Neenah Natural White
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Notepads: Office supply
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape