Vintage Christmas Goodies with Crafty Secrets

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 15 Vintage Christmas Goodies with Crafty Secrets

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Before we take a look at my Vintage Christmas Goodies, I’d like to take a moment and update you on recent events in my life.  On November 4th, my husband Dale began to have a burning sensation in his chest whenever he exerted himself.  He was seen by our family PA and told he needed an immediate cardio workup.  The tests revealed a major blockage in a critical artery to the heart.  When the cardiac team took him into the cath lab, they found that the main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and three other major arteries were 98% blocked.  On Thursday, November 7th, he underwent a successful quadruple bypass surgery. 

Prior to this, I had felt strongly impressed to schedule a bunch of blog posts for the first two weeks of November, and worked hard to get projects completed, photographed, edited and blog posts written.  When this happened, I knew why!  Those of you who follow my Kathy by Design Facebook page probably saw my update there.  But I just wanted to fill the rest of you in so that you know what was going on.  We are now home from the hospital and Dale is recovering beautifully!  It’s a miracle…no damage to the heart muscle, and he’s taking daily walks to build up his stamina.  I am so blessed!  To those of you who prayed and  sent me messages of encouragement , I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  You’ll never know how much it meant to me.  This is a long recovery process, so if my posts are a little less predictable, or my projects are a little less detailed over the next several weeks, you will know why. 

Creating With Vintage Christmas: CD #6

I love the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD from Crafty Secrets. This amazing collection contains over 175 vintage Christmas designs, papers, images and templates.  I shared the Christmas banner I made with images and papers from this CD with you earlier this month.  Well, I barely scratched the surface, and had to go back to find more wonderful ideas and images to share with you today.

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 01  Let’s begin with this fun Vintage Christmas Card.  One of the things I love about this CD is the variety of printables you’ll find there.  The Santa on this card is one of the printable gift tags from the CD.  There are 4 different designs, each beautiful in its own special way.  This Santa gift tag makes for a perfect focal on a card.  I began with a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base, covered it with a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangle of the Santa collage paper, also printed from the CD.  I cut an oval doily into pieces, spritzed it with Crushed Shells Glimmer mist and glued it down onto the Santa collage paper.  I ran a 1 1/2″ wide piece of crushed silk ribbon between the two doily halves, and added a bow.

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 04  The Santa gift tag was distressed, inked and popped up on foam tape, and the card was nearly done!  I used the border paper from the CD to make the snowflake rosette, and added a printable ticket to finish things off.  Three little Christmas stick pins were added behind the rosette. Quick and easy….just what I need right now!

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 03 Can you see the jingle bells tied around the bow?  They really jingle, and add such a festive touch to this vintage card.

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 16 The little postage stamp is from one of the Christmas Sticker sets. I mounted it on green canvas paper, also printed from the CD and then trimmed around it with my postage stamp scissors.

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 07  The interior is decorated with more paper from the CD, another border piece and a poem I wrote.  This card came together so quickly, I had time to tackle another project.  Don’t you love when that happens?

I used another of the printable tags to create a little money/gift card ornament.

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 08  I simply cut out the printable tag, backed it with more paper from the collection and then stitched around it on three sides, forming a pocket on the right hand side.  It’s sized exactly right for a gift card, tickets to a show, a wrapped Ghiradelli  chocolate packet or cash.  You can even hang it from the tree.  It came together so quickly….I had time to make one more little item for this trio of Vintage Christmas Goodies:

Crafty Secrets November 18 2013 12  This sweet little pyramid box will make a great gift container, or you can print a bunch of them and use them as place cards on your holiday table.  They would also be mighty sweet displayed on a mantle or side table.  I just added a little ribbon, twine and more jingle bells.  The pyramid is a template…you just print it on your home printer, cut it out, fold on the lines and assemble.  It literally takes less than 5 minutes to do that.  Then you can dress it up as I did, or use it as is.  It’s adorable either way.

With everything we’ve just been through, my time to prepare for the holidays has been shortened by a couple of weeks.  Having beautiful images, papers, templates and tags like the ones I’ve shared with you here today will make it so much easier for me to decorate for the holidays.  I hope you’ll check out the Christmas items in the Crafty Secrets online store.  Sandy has so many great tools to help you make your season merry and bright!

I have a feeling that this Christmas will hold special meaning for each member of our family. The bonds between us are closer than ever before, and we are more aware than ever of the precious gift of Life.  Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my trio of Vintage Christmas goodies with Crafty Secrets. Be sure to leave me a comment if you have a moment.  Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. 

Until next time…



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9 thoughts on “Vintage Christmas Goodies with Crafty Secrets

  1. ncguygirl

    Wow, beautiful vintage designs! I love, love, love all of them! All the added embellishments just take them over the top, and I know they are even more beautiful when seen in person. Great job!

  2. marjiekemper

    How lucky you are that Dale was seen in time for such a wonderful outcome! I’m so glad to know you are home and that he is healing. (I did wonder how all those blog posts were coming!) Rest, relax, restore yourselves… what a special Christmas, indeed!

  3. Anita Houston

    These are super super super extra extra extra GORGEOUS!!! I love the papers, and the embellies you made to go on them. Cool designs too, especially the holder. So elated Dale is recovering and is at home again. Hope you are getting rest too.

  4. Darlene Pavlick

    Somehow the first thought that comes to my mind when I see your new posts is “OMG … WOW! is that beautiful” … as was the case this morning! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that card and the other two projects are just as adorable and creative!
    SO glad to hear Dale is coming along so well … I know all too well how scary this journey can be! But, he’s on the right path now and it’s just going to take some time!
    HUGS to you and thanks (once AGAIN) for inspiration … did I say WOW yet? LOL!

  5. Jan Ross

    Good Morning Kathy:

    I’m so sorry about your husband and I didn’t know anything. So glad that we are living in the USA where our doctors are some of the best in the world. You couple that with prayers and your husband’s willingness to do all that he can to strengthen his heart, you have a recipe for complete recovery. This will probably give the both of you a completely new outlook on everyday life. God bless you both and your family. Let us know from time to time how he is doing.

  6. Glenda

    You know how when you see something you are drawn to a certain area of the project? Well I went straight for that snowflake. How wonderful! Also the little bells were genius! So creative. Glad all is well with you!

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