Good Thursday morning, folks! Hope the week is treating you well so far. Just a couple more days ’til the weekend, so hang in there! Since this is the first week of the month, it’s time for the Crafty Secrets June Linky Party.
I really look forward to these linky parties every month. It gives me a great reason to get out my Crafty Secrets stamps, papers, CD’s and ephemera and create some vintage goodness. This month, Crafty Secrets has released a new garden themed digital download that is really fun to play with. I had both the flower garden and the vegetable garden sets to play with. I also broke out one of my favorite clear art stamp sets: Garden Girls. It’s no longer available in a stamp set, but you can get the digital version by clicking on the above link. Here’s what I came up with:
Now let me begin by saying, I have been totally intimidated by the whole digital stamping craze. I’m an old fashioned gal, and I love inking up a stamp and putting it onto paper. But I also totally love vintage images, and the ones produced by Crafty Secrets are the best I’ve found anywhere. So, when Sandy Redburn, the owner, decided to discontinue my beloved clear art stamps, I had no choice. I had to adapt. So, for this hybrid project, I digitally printed the seed packet image (which I love!!!) the papers and the flowers that are on the twine bow. And you know what? It wasn’t hard at all! I just selected my images, copied them, pasted them into Word, sized them where I wanted them to be, and printed them out. It really doesn’t get much easier than that!
I cut the center panel of the seed packet out with a craft knife, colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then created a scene (no…not that kind of scene…although I’ve been known to create a scene..LOL) using the traditionally stamped and colored images. It was a ton of fun!
This shot gives you a sense of the dimension in the scene. I used foam tape to pop up the picket fence and some of the other small elements. The cutaway portion of the seed packet was backed with paper that I printed from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD. The pretty seed catalog page is also from that CD. The flowers were stamped digitally, colored , shaped and stacked, then added to the twine. Here’s a peek at the inside:
So, tell me, How Does Your Garden Grow? Do you ever use digital products? Or are you strictly an ink and stamp kinda gal or guy? I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed using the digital products, and at how easy they were to create with. I have a long way to go, and much to learn in this area, but this card convinced me that it’s worth learning how to do. There’s plenty of time to play along in the Crafty Secrets June Linky Party. Just create anything using any Crafty Secrets products, link it to the June Linky Party blog post and you’re in! There’s a lovely prize for the winner, and Sandy always sends a $6 gift certificate to everyone who participates. So what are you waiting for?
Thanks for stopping by my blog again today. I hope you have time to do something creative, make something beautiful, or do something kind. I love sharing my work with you, and I love reading your comments; they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,