Monday, April 06, 2015

Crafty Secrets April Linky Party and DT Challenge

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party and DT Challenge! We are partnering with Really Reasonable Ribbon for an "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge! Y'all know how I love some ribbon! 

I made a springtime card to share today, using some of the pretty ribbon from RRR along with digital papers and images from Crafty Secrets!

It is no secret that I love RRR and adore Miss Bonnie, the owner. I spent time on the RRR DT in years past, and I am still a frequent Blog Hop Guest! Bonnie simply cannot get rid of me! {grin} I had a blast pairing the lovely ribbons from the April Club with the beautiful Crafty Secrets papers!

Really Reasonable Ribbon sponsored the Design team this month, giving us the beautiful April Ribbon Club collection of ribbons to add to our projects. Here’s some info about our sponsor.

Really Reasonable Ribbon is the ribbon source that has been meeting the needs of the crafting community for over 15 years. We offer a large variety of ribbon in sampler packs and mid-length pieces along with full spools at discount prices. We offer a wide variety of grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, baker's twine, seam binding, sheer organza ribbon, wired ribbon, gingham ribbon, satin double ruffle ribbon, crochet lace, mulberry flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and much more. Our products are perfect for card embellishments, scrapbooks, hair bows, gift wrapping, sewing and DIY wedding projects to name a few.

Our orders ship same or next day and we offer excellent customer service along with very competitive pricing. We also carry a wide variety of hair accessories including plastic headbands in a large variety of sizes, french clips, snap clips and alligator clips.

Please visit our Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Blog for great ideas and project inspiration. You will find new tutorials each month on how to use ribbon in a variety of different projects. We also feature a new Challenge on the 1st and 15th of each month and we would love to have you play along."

To create my card, first trim a piece of ivory cardstock to 12" x 5" and score at 6" on the long side to make a 6" x 5" top-fold card. Trim tan music note Birds and Blooms Digital Paper to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and sponge the edges with walnut stain ink. Attach the paper to the card front. 

Trim blue and pink script Birds and Blooms Digital Paper to 5" x 3 1/2" and sponge edges with walnut stain ink. Mat blue paper with ivory cardstock cut to 5 1/8" x 3 5/8". Stamp sentiment in the upper left corner of the blue paper with black ink, and attach the blue panel to the lower right corner of the card with foam tape.

Print the Birds and Blossoms Digital Download twice onto ivory paper at 8 1/2" x 11". Trim one robin image and sponge the edges with walnut stain ink Attach the image to the card front with foam tape.

Use Deco Art American Decor Chalky Finish (Heirloom) paint to paint a white, resin heart frame (Prima). Allow the paint to dry completely.

Once the paint is dry, gently sponge the raised surfaces with Walnut Stain ink. Allow the ink to dry. Then, sponge a bit of white pigment into to a few raised areas of the frame. Allow all ink to dry completely.

Glue the resin frame to the top of the bird image. Create a triple bow from Delicate Stitched Satin Aqua ribbon and glue to the left edge of the frame. Create a triple bow from the Roses with Scalloped Edge Grosgrain Aqua ribbon and blue on top of the satin bow. Glue various flowers and leaves to the left edge of the card. Glue several flowers to the ribbon bows.

Trim bird nest Birds and Blooms Digital Paper to 5 7/8" x 4 7/8" and sponge the edges with walnut stain ink. Attach the panel to the inside of the card. Stamp sentiment to the top of the panel with black ink. Fussy cut the second robin image printed from the Birds and Blossoms Digital Download and attach the image to the nest image with foam tape.

Hop (no pun intended) around and see what the rest of the team has made! I am sure they will knock your socks off!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Crafty Secrets shared some awesome goodies with the design team at RRR, and they will be featuring those projects on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog from April 3rd through April 11th, so you will want to pop over for even more inspiration from the RRR Design team.

To play along with the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party Challenge, simply create any project that features Crafty Secrets products and add ribbon or trim to your project. You do not have to use Really Reasonable Ribbon to play along, any ribbon or trim will do.

To thank you for playing along, we have selected a pretty digital paper and a fun seasonal image that you can download from the Crafty Secrets Blog. You may use this on your project if you wish, or save it for another day. You may link any project you like, however if you wish to be eligible for this month's prize package, you must feature Crafty Secrets products in your project.

This month’s lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for any DIGITAL products in our online store! You can choose from our Digital Art Stamps, digital paper packs, digital printable sheets or digital Creative Scraps and fill your shopping cart to the brim with wonderful digital vintage goodies from Crafty Secrets!

Link your “Anything Goes with Ribbon” project to the Crafty Secrets Blog no later than midnight PT on Sunday, April 19th. On Wednesday, April 22nd, the winner of this month's prize package will be announced on the Crafty Secrets Blog.

I am entering this card into the RRR Things with Wings Challenge. I am also entering this card into the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge. They gave us the image below to follow, along with an "Anything Goes" theme. I love the springtime images and think that my card draws from the graphic, especially the soft blues and yellows in the photos!

Crafty Secrets Products:
Birds and Blooms Digital Paper
Birds and Blossoms Digital Download

Really Reasonable Ribbon Products:
April Ribbon ClubDelicate Stitched Satin Aqua ribbon, Roses with Scalloped Edge Grosgrain Aqua
Wild Orchid Crafts Flowers: Chrysanthemums, Cherry Blossoms
Bow-It-All Tool

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Smooth Natural
Flowers and leaves:Wild Orchid Crafts, Prima, Petaloo
Resin frame: Prima
Paint: Deco Art Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (Heirloom)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Frost White, Ranger Distress Walnut Stain
Stamps: Simon Says Stamps Sending Happy Thoughts
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; hot glue


  1. I love the fresh, springtime feel of this beautiful card, Gloria! The flowers, the beautiful altered frame, the papers and ribbon just shout springtime! It's truly lovely! Great tutorial, too! Thanks for another fabulous Linky Party Project!

  2. Gorgeous, Gloria! The spray of flowers is so happy, and the frame is the perfect touch!

  3. Gorgeous card Gloria. I love that digi image and your layered bow is fantastic!!

  4. Absolutely beautiful Gloria! LOVE your ribbon/flower cluster ... perfect accent to this perfectly framed bird image! What a wonderful idea! Thanks for inspiration!

  5. I like the bow combo. Beautiful card, as always. Thanks for some pointers on altering resin. Helene

  6. Beautiful card, Gloria! I love the colors and the sweet summer feel to it! It makes me yearn to see my gardens in bloom and the birds singing happily around me. :)

    Have a great week!

  7. Everytime I see that framed dear little bird I'm more in love with it. Thanks for the tutorial on how you antiqued the frame it sure looks better than the plain white version. So now I see how and why you tie such fantastic have been on RRR Design Team. Such a beautiful creation Gloria and a perfect season opener!

  8. Gloria, I love, love,love this! Gorgeous frame and such wonderful bows!

  9. wow you really transformed that little frame! I will be adding this to my "try it right away" list! I love your bow and floral spray too sooooooo pretty!

  10. Perfect! Like everything you create, this is brilliant. Adore the frame, the ribbons, the bows, the flowers,all of it!

  11. Love the framing around the bird, pretty flowers too!

  12. Gorgeous! Love how you framed the bird!

  13. have showcased both Crafty Secrets AND Really Reasonable so well in this gorgeous project!! Love the frame around the bird, beautiful spray of Springtime flowers...well heck, I LOVE all of it!!

  14. I love the ribbon you used on here! I am off to check out their site now. Thanks Gloria :)

  15. So happy you linked up in the RRR Challenge and i got to stop over. I just love your adorable birdy card and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Have a really wonderful week :)

  16. Beautifully! done. Gorgeous heart frame too. Thanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.

  17. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Gloria. THanks so much for doing such a beautiful job with the RRR April Ribbon Club trims. You're super talented, and we're blessed to have you share your talents with us.
    Really Reasonable Ribbon

  18. Beautiful card Gloria. Love the vintage and shabby look. The heart frame is lovely. Perfect to frame the bird. The flowers are so pretty. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.