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The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer: Crafty Secrets Beautiful New Roses Digital Art Stamps

Hello, Friends!

Have you noticed that the sun is rising later and setting earlier?  The early morning air is fresh and cool, and dew is on the grass once again.  It’s prime weather for roses, and everywhere I go in our area I see gorgeous rose bushes bending low with the weight of bodacious blossoms.  Just in time, Crafty Secrets has released a gorgeous new Roses Digital Art Stamp set, and I had a little play with it the other day, working up a feminine card that I call The Last Rose of Summer.

Crafty Secrets Brown Roses 01 The new set is amazing!  It comes with 11 black and white digital stamps with an additional 15 done in sepia ink. ( I used the Script Frame Rose in sepia to make this card.) This card was as easy as 1, 2, 3 to create!

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets: Sepia Roses

First, I printed the rose image off onto white cardstock. (I always use Core’dinations Great White cardstock.  It is the perfect weight and prints up nice, crisp images.)  The image is sized at 4.25″ x 5″.  Chalk inks and a spritz or two of Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer mist were all I used to color the image.  I did randomly sprinkle Aged Gold Embossing Enamel over the petals to give them an antique finish. The image was layered with pink glitter cardstock and chocolate brown cardstock.  I inked the edges of the chocolate brown cardstock lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then brushed all the edges with Versamark Ink.  Next, the edges were heat embossed with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. Finally, I stitched all the layers together with pink thread.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsI cut a Spellbinder Die (Decorative Elements Labels 47) from cream parchment cardstock and layered it beneath my card focal.  A 5″ x 7″ pink cardstock base was embossed with an Anna Griffin Embossing folder. (Regal Braid)   The sentiment is cut from a Crafty Secrets booklet: Words from the Heart (Love and Friendship) and matted with gold metallic cardstock.  I layered this over a scrap of fancy trim. A few pearls,Petaloo stick pins,  a pretty flower from my stash, and a hand dyed seam-binding bow finish the card front.

Kathy by Design for Crafty SecretsThe inside is finished very simply with neutral background paper from my scrap drawer and the rest of the sentiment from the Words from the Heart booklet.  Simple.  Elegant.  Easy.

To see more samples made with this lovely set, check out this post on the Crafty Secrets BLOG. Sandy Redburn, owner of Crafty Secrets, is hosting a  give away where one lucky commenter will win all four Digital Flower Stamp sets!  Woo-hoo! (If you don’t subscribe, you might want to…it’s free…and loaded with inspiration from the Crafty Secrets Design Team.) You can find these amazing digital art stamps in the Crafty Secrets online store.  They take card making to a whole new level.  I’m in love with the Last Rose of Summer!  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Farm Chicks

Crafty Secrets New Farm Chicks Digital Stamps

Hello Friends!

Happy Monday morning to you!  I’m expecting the grand girls at my door any second now, but I wanted to pop in quickly and share a cute card I made this weekend with the new Farm Chicks Digital Stamps from Crafty Secrets.  What a fun set of digital images and sentiments!

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Stamp/Kathy by Design

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Stamp/Kathy by Design

I printed the image for this card onto white canvas paper, and then shaded the whole thing with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I only colored the eggs and that fluffy little chick!  The wooden picket fence was painted with Picket Fence Distress Ink and then tapped with Vintage Photo DI to give it a worn, country look.  I stuffed fake straw behind the fence, added some black gingham ribbon and ivory sweetheart blossoms, to give it a real country feel. I even covered some of the blue damask paper with a bit of rusty screen.

Farm Chicks 02This is a large stamp set with all 24 of the original stamp designs plus 16 new stamps.  Chickens are “hot stuff” right now, and all the little add ons and sentiments in this new digital set are really fun to play with.

Farm Chicks DASI had a blast making tags and borders to my card, and I know I will be playing with this some more, as I just love the images!  They remind me of fun times spent with my dad when I was a girl.  Every Saturday morning, we would run errands together, and we always stopped in to buy fresh eggs from Mary Ellen, the “Egg Lady” in our small town.  The eggs were all different sizes and colors…but man they were good!

Here’s a look at the inside:

Farm Chicks 04I was able to layer the chicken wire stamp over the blue damask paper, and I just love the way it looks!

If you’d love to see more Farm themed products, you can find them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Crafty Secrets Paper Pieced Apron Note Cards

Hello, Friends!

Well, Spring has sprung in North Carolina!  My miniature daffodils are waving their pretty yellow heads in the plant pots on my front stoop. The cherry trees have burst into bloom.  The Bradford Pears that line are driveway are swelling with buds, birds are singing…even the spring peepers have started their happy chorus! Even though I’m not a gardener, this time of year always reminds me of my mom.  She could not wait to get out and dig in the dirt after our long New England winters.  She would get the laundry hung on the line, and head right out for her flower beds to give her precious posies some TLC.  When I found these adorable aprons in the Garden Style Digital Art Stamps, I knew that I had to make these paper pieced apron note cards to share with you.

Apron Cards CS 01These are standard sized 4.25″ x 5.5″ note cards on a kraft card base.  I printed out the gorgeous garden paper collage from the Digital Garden Papers and stitched it onto the pretty peach diamond papers.  I love the color combo!  It just says SPRING!

Apron Cards CS 02I printed the apron onto 4 different sheets of paper from the Garden Papers, cut them apart, and then paper pieced them back together again. Color was randomly added with alcohol markers.  I pleated the ruffle a little on each card  and popped the pockets up onto foam tape to add some fun dimension, then touched it with a little bit of Diamond Stickles for glitz and glam.

Apron Cards CS 03To finish off the flirty look, I added a simple square knot bow tied with shimmery Sheer Iridescent Peach Ribbon.

These would make such great hostess gifts…or just a flirty, fun way to send a little thinking of you note.  They are simple to make, so you could do gobs of them in and afternoon. Besides, paper piecing takes me back to playing with paper dolls.  It’s just plain fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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