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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Crafty Secrets Free Printable Calendar

Hello friends!  Sandy is giving us all a gift of a 2012 Free Printable calendar and sheet music!  YIPEE!  I had a little time this morning as my daughter, SIL and Grands are visiting relatives.   I decided to make an Envelope Album using Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Patterns and the free printable calendar.  I love these papers and they remind me of vintage wallpaper.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge: Childhood Theme

Hello friends!  It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood because today celebrates my first post as a member of Crafty Secrets Design Team!  I have a couple projects to share.  The first is a Gatefold Mini Album and you can find a tutorial HERE.  All of the papers are on the CD!  The second is a little game tin I found at the local Dollar Store.  I just added some of the beautiful papers from the new Crafty Secrets CD, a sweet image and sentiment from Childhood Journal and Images.  The board and pieces are magnetized so it’s a perfect game to travel with!  

Get your "Creating with Vintage Patterns CD HERE!

Travel tin

All of the designers are have been busy creating Childhood projects so be sure to hop to all their blogs for some fun and inspiration!  Also, the CD is now available and it’s filled with so many gorgeous papers and Sandy is adding some new items to the store and  I’m in love with the frames, CD and cutest little note pads EVER!

Heartwarming Vintage Blog
Crafty Secrets Website

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Enjoying time with the GRANDS!

My daughter, her hubby and 3 kiddo's are here for two weeks and we've been enjoying some time with the Grands :)  Camree is 2 months old now and Cadee is 7...Mr Kale is 6!  They grow so quickly and since they live in another state I don't get a chance to see them as often as I'd I'm treasuring some time with them.  My sister visited yesterday and we had Vanilla Latte's with Cadee and Kale.  They love coffee loaded with sugar and flavoring!  LOL!
I think Cadee and Kale are budding artists!  They've spent a lot of time in my craft room painting, doing some mixed media pieces and using LOTS of glitter :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Robin’s Nest Design Team Announcement

I’ve got to share some pretty exciting news!  I’m on the Design Team for the Robin’s Nest…woo-hoo!  Beautiful products and paper..what more can a girl ask for?  LOL!
robins nest I’ll post my first project on July 2nd!
Here’s a list of the designers and their blogs.
Terri Sproul (Coordinator)
Clare Dempsey:
Becky Conley:
Tenny Kusuma:
Peg Rounds:
Gini Williams Cagle
Kristine Keller;
Irit Shalom (Guest Designer)
Check out the shop HERE!
and if you’re in need of some inspiration, check out the blog Smile

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Splitcoast Stampers Crafty Secrets Challenge #177

Are you up for a fun challenge?  Crafty Secrets Group is challenging us to create with a check pattern.  Think ginghams and plaid!  I used some October Afternoon paper and a Crafty Secrets image.  I added a shabby bow and a little burlap to give it a country look Smile  Speaking of Crafty Secrets you’ll have to stop and see what they’re adding to the store.  I love the frames and Creative Scraps they’re adding and can’t wait to work with them!  Check it out here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Robin’s Nest Project: Dig Life!

Check out the Chattering Robin’s blog for some super cute project ideas! Robin’s Nest shop is full of goodies :)
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Altered Eclectic Reader
Vintage Eclectic Reader, Multi Medium Matte (Claudine Hellmuth), Gold, Bronze and Copper Perfect Pearls (Ranger), Cardboard Gear and bottle cap (Basically Bare), Gold embossing powder (Stampendous), Heat Embossing Tool (Paper Studio), Hot Glue Gun and Melt Sticks (Glue Arts), Butterfly image (Crafty Secrets), Gnome image (Altered Artifacts), Ink (Memento), Elmer’s Glue, Vintage key, Vintage letter stamps and game pieces.
Step 1- Start with a cardboard gear.
Step 2- Gather paintbrush, multi medium and bronze, copper and gold Perfect Pearls.

Step3- Place a dab of multi medium (about the size of a penny) on scrap paper.

Step 4- Add a sprinkle of bronze Perfect Pearls onto the multi medium and mix with a paintbrush.
Step 5- Using the paintbrush, dab the bronze mixture on different parts of the gear.

Step 6- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the gold and copper colors.
Step 7- Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the gear while the mixture is still wet.

Step 8- Heat emboss.
Step 9- Gather the bottle cap and add a thin layer of Elmer’s glue to the inside.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the inside and heat emboss.

Step 10- Using black ink, stamp letters on the vintage game pieces.

Step 11- Hot glue the stamped game piece in the center of the bottle cap.

Step 12- Cut out gnome image.

Step 13- Hot glue gnome image to the left side of the gear.

Step 14- Hot glue LIFE game pieces to the bottom of the gear

Step 15- Hot glue the back of the gear and press on to the book.
Step 16- Hot glue DIG near the top of the book.

Step 17- Cut out the butterfly image and add copper glitter to the wings.
Step 18- Hot glue the butterfly to a vintage key.
Step 19- Hot glue the key to the right side of the gear.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Splitcoast Stampers Crafty Secrets Challenge: Summertime

Dar is hosting this week’s challenge over at Splitcoast Stamper’s Crafty Secrets Group.  We’d love to have you join and all you need is some Crafty Secrets products!
I used Creative Scraps to make this little apron and love the saying!  LOL!  I’m a farm girl but I don’t know how well preserved I am!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Destination Honeymoon Envelope Album. Glue Arts and Crate Paper have teamed up!

Glue Arts teams up with Crate Paper!  These paper are just my style and were so fun to work with.  I love the cardstock, diecuts, brads and stickers.  Check out both blogs for some GREAT projects and lots of inspiration!
Finished size: 9" x 3.50"
Envelope Album (DMD), Glue Gun and Melt Sticks, Perma Tac (Glue Arts), Diecuts, stickers, paper and brad (Crate Paper), hand dyed seam binding

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Step1-Start with a 9" x 3.5" envelope album.
Step 2-Trace around the flap of the envelope closure with your favorite Crate Paper. Cut out.

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Step 3 Cut 8 sheets of 8.5" x 3" Crate Paper.
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Step 4-Using PermaTac, adhere the paper to the front and back of the inner envelopes.
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Step 5-Decorate as desired with Crate Paper, diecuts, stickers and brads.
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Step 6-Using hand-dyed seam binding, make a shabby bow.
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Step 7-Hot glue the bow in place on the front of the album.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

With Love Altered Box

Heartfelt Creations has the most beautiful stamps and dies!  They have some of the most talented designer's that help to bring their products to life!  Each of us has a unique style and I think that's what makes it fun!  It's always a pleasure to see what the girls create for us!

Finished size:  4" x 6"
Heartfelt Creations products used:
HCD701 Post Patch Die
HCD712 Bella Rose Die
HCPC 3363 Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set
Other supplies:
4" x 6" Wooden Hinged Box (Hobby Lobby), Pearls and paper (Prima), Antique Whit acrylic paint (Plaid), Glimmer Chalk (Tattered Angels) U-Cut It Dimensional Foam (Glue Arts)
1.)  Using Antique White, paint the wooden box.  Let dry.
2.)  Measure and cover the box.
3.)  Using the Posy Die, cut one of each of the second largest to second smallest flowers.
4.)  Mist with Light Pink Glimmer Chalk.  Let Dry
5.)  Use dimensional foam in between layers.
6.)  Add a generous bead of hot glue to the center of the flower and add small pearls.
7.)  Using the Bella Rose die, cut out 2 of the lacey leaves.
8.)  Hot glue the flower to the center of the lid.
9.)  Glue the lacey leaves to the left of the flower.
10.)  Add two gold leaves to the right side of the flower.
11.)  Stamp "With Love" near the left, bottom of the box.
13.)  Add a pearl/crystal border to the top of the box.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fly With Me Banner

Hello friends!  I had a great time making this banner and used so many products!  The letters and bird have been crackled and misted with Glimmer Mist and then I lightly rubbed with stickles.  I added some Prima and a couple of my favorite Crafty Secrets images.  The bird and bottle cap are Basically Bare.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It’s All About Flowers with Basically Bare

Hello friends!  Kind of a quick post today because I’ll be off and teaching a class at the RC on Main..check on the right side bar and you’ll see the beautiful frame class!
Basically Bare has the greatest bare products and this album is made using their acrylic flowers, chipboard and cardboard…so versatile and you can stamp them, emboss them, sew on them, paint them…the sky is the limit!  I’d appreciate it if you would take a moment and visit their blog :)  You’ll see more details there!
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