Monday, July 07, 2014

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party - Guest DT

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Good morning! I am one lucky bug because I get to be part of Crafty Secrets July Linky Party! I am joining the Crafty Secrets design team this month, and we are sharing some wonderful tutorials featuring papers, stamps, and ephemera from Crafty Secrets

I have been a long time fan of Crafty Secrets stamps and vintage ephemera, so when Kathy (the DT Leader) asked me to be a guest for July, I jumped at the chance. Ok, so maybe I asked begged HER to allow me to guest design...that sounds a bit more like the truth...

Here is my vintage, summer-themed card!

As soon as I saw this image in the Summertime Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet, I knew she was going to be my focal image! She's adorable! I collect vintage "ladies" and she is a wonderful specimen for my collection. The little booklet is FILLED with other fun images, too!

I created an odd card size this time. For some reason, I made a 4 1/2 x 6 inch card. I love to make top-fold cards, and you cannot make a top-fold 5x7-inch card in the landscape format unless you have 14-inch paper! So...I compromised. 

I trimmed some decorative plaid paper to slightly smaller than the card front and wrapped it the bottom with lace and twill before attaching the paper to the card.

I trimmed out a cream mat, approximately 1/4 inches larger than the image, and tucked it behind the lace. I then added some "wave" designer paper, cut slightly larger then the image. 

I trimmed out the sea-bathing lady, and rubbed the edges with ink. To give the image more dimension, I attached it to a scrap of chipboard, and then added foam adhesive to the back before attaching the image to the card. I attached the image over the top of the lace and twill.

Using a small label punch, I punched out the sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Summertime Printable Sheet. I rubbed the labels with ink and attached them to the right side of the image. I added a blue sequin and a tiny, twine bow.

I cut a strip of stamp images from decorative paper. I folded them and wrinkled them, then attached the strip to the bottom of the image. 

From the  Summertime Printable Sheet, I used a circle punch to punch out the "photo" of bathing ladies. I also punched a few circles from lightweight chipboard. I stacked all the circles to make a dimensional embellishment. I added the circle to the lower right of the image.

I love a bit of whimsy on my vintage cards, so I created this pipe and spigot to look like it was going to "rain" on the lady's umbrella. 

I finished off the card front by adding a few vintage-looking flowers here and there. 

But, you know that I also have to decorate the inside...

When you open this beauty, you see a pocket for holding notes and a gift card, plus a journal spot!

I covered the card panel with decorative paper and then I made a gift card pocket out of more paper. I trimmed images from the Crafty Secrets Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet and the Vintage Girlfriends Image and Journal Notes Booklet and tucked these journal blocks into the pocket. I also added a "stamp" trimmed from the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps.

I stamped a sentiment onto cream cardstock and trimmed it out with a circle punch. I added the sentiment to the pocked, and topped it with a sequin and a tiny twine bow. This is perfect for adding a gift card or some gift coupons!

I covered the other inside panel with decorative paper and a large journal spot trimmed from the Crafty Secrets Seasonal Image and Journal Notes Booklet. I stamped the sentiment onto the "banner" of the journal spot. 

I hope you enjoyed my guest spot project for Crafty Secrets!

Now, hop on by and visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets team!

Crafty Secrets Blog, Sandy Redburn Owner
Gloria Stengel, Guest Designer - YOU ARE HERE
Kathy Clement, DT Leader
Michele Kovack
Darlene Pavlick
Shelia Rumney
Elizabeth Lincoln

Now for the fun part...Each month you are invited to share your creations during the Linky Party. Simply create a new project featuring a Crafty Secrets products and link it to the BLOG and you’ll automatically receive a $6 store credit. One lucky participant will randomly be chosen to win a $50 shopping spree in the store! If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, you can download FREE images from the Crafty Secrets blog; just look in the sidebar! 

Crafty Secrets product:

Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Smooth Natural
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Mother Goose, On the Boardwalk (8x8 pads)
Stamps: Gina K Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Lace, twill: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine: May Arts
Sequins: Craft Medley
Flowers: Petaloo
Metal pipes: Prima Junkyard Findings
Punches: Stampin' Up
Pocket die: Taylored Expressions
Adhesive: Scor-tape; Scotch  3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue


  1. Oh how i love your card. Those images are perfect with the papers you have chosen, and I especially like how you decorated the inside of the card, too. TFS your lovely creation!

  2. I am swooning. The layers, the details...the whimsical spigot, the amazing colors and the, Gloria! You knocked it out of the park! Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer this month.

  3. What a wonderful bathing beauty....just love the vintage days of past...wouldn't it be fun to have swimwear like that it!! The addition of the spigot is so perfect.....I have never seen one like is so cool!! Love the entire piece...a fantastic "piece of art'!!

  4. This is gorgeous, Gloria. Love all of the elements on your card... especially the metal pipe and spigot. It really adds fabulous interest and dimension. Looking forward to your inspiration with the Crafty Secrets team!

  5. OMG! I just knew I was going to find some amazing inspiration in your creation today! SO HAPPY you are joining us through the month and look forward to being further inspired by your talent!
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the spigot idea ... so cute! This is just fabulous Gloria and once again ... thanks for ALWAYS inspiring me!!

  6. Pure Gorgeousness. Love all the pretty details. Hugs, AntoinetteT

  7. Love your card! Thanks for joining us and can't wait to see what you will be creating.

  8. Wow Gloria, I really love your card and how you finished the inside with the pocket and all the images and sentiment! I also love that cool plumbing pipe.

    Great job, thanks for sharing. I'm so happy you are going to be a DT Summer Guest!


  9. Perfect inside and out. As you know I love that pipe and tap and it's placement is perfect. The fold you did on the strip of stamps is so much more interesting than a straight strip would have been, I'll have to remember that. I also love the tags. So happy to have you aboard for the summer.

  10. AMAZING. I love all the layers and details you incorporate into your cards. And I love the pipe and spigot you created here!!!

  11. wow Gloria, you are the queen of cards .... enchanting and innovative xoxo

  12. LOVE this sweet card! TFS!

  13. love the inspiration you share with the inside of your cards

  14. Typical Gloria Style! I just love this cutie pie image and the colors are just so gorgeous. Your creation definitely says "Summer Fun"!

  15. Oh my goodness; the plumbing is incredible! That is the cutest, most whimsical detail I have seen in a while! Wonderful card, fabulous creativity, Gloria!

  16. You know I love this card! That plumbing? Brilliant!