Crafty Secrets July Linky Party, Announcement and Giveaway

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party, Announcement and Giveaway

Announcement, announcement, announcement!

It’s the first of July and that means it’s  time for another Crafty Secrets Linky Party!…but before I share this month’s project with you, I have a little announcement to make.  Did you notice anything different about my blog today?  See the new badge over in the side panel? Starting today, I am on the Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage Design Team!  Talk about being happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Sandy Redburn, owner of Crafty Secrets invited Elizabeth Lincoln and me to join the team earlier this month.  As soon as I managed to pick myself up off the floor, I responded with a hearty “YES!” 

Those of you who know me are aware of my love for all things vintage, and nobody does vintage better than Crafty Secrets.  The very first stamp I ever purchased was the adorable Little Chef set…and the rest is history!  LOL  I’m over the moon to be working alongside one of my crafting heroes: Vicki Chrisman, and her amazing design team :Michele Kovack, Darlene Pavlick, Melissa Bove, Rebekah Faries, Sheila Rumney, Elizabeth Lincoln and now ME!  ‘Scuze me for a moment…I have to get up and do a little happy dance! So the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party is my maiden voyage, and I can’t wait to get started

A Little Bit of Ink…and Some Digital Magic, too

Crafty Secrets has always had gorgeous papers.  Their Radiant pad was always one of my favorites, but is now out of print.  So I was tickled pink when Sandy decided to release it in a digital format.  I know, I know…I was reluctant to make the move toward digital, too.  I’m not as computer savvy as all the “youngsters” out there, and the thought of working with digital images made me nervous.  Plus, I just like the process of inking a stamp and putting it onto paper. 

But you know what?  Working with digital papers, images and ephemera is not that hard!  And you know what else?  It has some really distinct advantages: you have a never ending supply of paper on hand because you can print off as many copies as your little heart desires.  No more need to hoard a favorite pattern because it’s your last piece.  You can just print more.  Now, for a paper addict like me, that’s a dream come true!   You can also combine digital crafting with traditional crafting (this is called hybrid crafting.)  And that’s exactly what I did with this card:

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party01  I used the Radiant digital files to print off these fun papers.  The pink and white polka dot and the pink and black hounds tooth papers were printed right off my computer onto regular cardstock in a matter of seconds. I then pulled out one of my all time favorite clear art stamp sets: Glamour GirlCrafty Secrets July Linky Party03   Don’t you just love this sassy lady? (Pssst…of these clear art stamps are on sale!  Click the link and you can see the whole set. ) She was stamped onto watercolor paper twice using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored one image in with my Spectrum Noir markers, then cut both images out, using foam tape between the layers to create dimension.  Crafty Secrets July Linky Party03 (4)

I also stamped the martini twice using foam tape to layer the colored images. I stamped one of the fancy ladies in hats,matted the image with black cardstock and covered it with Glossy Accents.  This way, your stamped images can be used as embellishments, which is fun…and it saves a ton of money!

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Making a Custom Button from a Digital File

The other thing that is great about digital files is that you can use your computer to  size objects to go with your project.  I wanted a fancy black button for this card, but didn’t have a real button that was quite what I was looking for. I went into my Button Up digital file, re-sized this button to the exact size I wanted it, then printed it out.  I used a 1″ punch to cut it out, then cut three 1″ circle out of an old cereal box.  I glued these together, placed the button image on top, pierced the holes with my craft pick and sponged a little black ink around the edges to cover up the chipboard.  The button was tapped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. (Use your craft pick to clear the embossing powder out of the button holes before you heat emboss.)  I added a little Diamond Stickles and voila!  Almost instant designer button…for practically free.  Now, that’s exciting!017 (3)

You know I love to line envelopes, right?  (I have a tutorial on creating custom envelopes here.) In lining this envelope, I discovered another great thing about using digital papers and images: I printed the papers on plain printer paper!  They were easy to work with and didn’t add weight to the finished product, making it less expensive to mail.  How great is that?

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party07  Custom envelope flap…

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party08 Custom lined envelope…

Crafty Secrets July Linky Party09 …and a little stamp on the front, just for fun.

Hmmmm…I feel as though I am forgetting something…oh, yes…

A Giveaway!

To help  celebrate becoming a member of the Crafty Secrets Design team, Sandy has generously offered a $25 gift certificate for me to give away to one of my lucky followers. To win, just leave a comment on this blog post, telling me what you love about Crafty Secrets.  I’ll close the entries on Sunday, July 7th at 6PM EDT , and announce the winner right here on Monday.  How exciting is that?

Be sure to join in the fun at the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party.  All you have to do to play along is create something using Crafty Secrets Products and then add a photo of your project to the linky tool at the bottom of the blog post.    One lucky participant will win a $50.00 gift certificate, and everyone who plays along will receive a $6 gift certificate from Crafty Secrets.  Entries must be linked up by Sunday, so that gives you plenty of time to play along. Be sure to visit the other designers’ blogs; the links are in the opening paragraph of this blog post.

OK…I know this was a long post!  I just had so much to share.  LOL  Thanks for hanging in there with me…thanks for sharing my good news and the giveaway with your friends and family.  And thanks for always leaving such kind and thoughtful comments on my blog.  You make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,









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21 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets July Linky Party, Announcement and Giveaway

  1. Roberta S

    Congratulations to you, Kathy!! Crafty Secrets couldn’t have made a better choice for their design team!! I’ve always loved their vintage look; their stamps are sweet without being too cutesie. No other company has images quite like theirs, and their customer service has always been outstanding. They also always have plenty of beautiful, inspiring samples to get the creative juices flowing. So many kudos to you for joining a totally amazing group of designers–I’m sure you’ll fit right in! You rock!!!

  2. Birgit

    Congratulations on becoming a member of the Crafty Secrets Design Team! You’ll be a fabulous addition to the company. Your card is wonderful!

  3. Loulou

    Congratulations on making the Crafty Secrets team. Love your gorgeous card. That button is such a clever idea, but the lined envelope is total brilliance.

  4. Gail Scott

    Congratulations on being invited to the DT at Crafty Secrets – that is totally awesome and I would have been picking myself up off the floor as well! I am a bit late in getting something ready but will do today – it has been one of those weeks – we all have them – what I like the best about Craft Secrets is the variety of selections – I have the Barber shop collection and it is just great for men’s cards which are hard to come by these days and I do enjoy making them -enjoy your ride Kathy with Crafty Secret – your work is amazing! Have a happy Crafting Day! Gail

  5. Estelle

    I too love the vintage look. I’m not very savvy with the computer so doing digital is not my cup of tea. LOL I just love getting ink on my fingers and playing with the stamps. Maybe someday I will venture into the digital world but not ready yet. Welcome to the team.

  6. Debbie Kaste

    Congrats Kathy on being on the Crafty Secrets DT! Love your cute card and the envelope too. Can’t wait to see more of your work.
    – DebbieK

  7. Melissa Bove

    Welcome to the team Kathy!! We are SO Happy to have you joining us!!

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous!! Love the amazing envelope too!!!


  8. Jennifer Scull

    congrats on the new DT at Crafty Secrets! what a huge deal that is! they are so wonderful with all of their amazing vintage images and papers. that is one of the many things I love about them. you will have a wonderful time with all of the super nice people there. 🙂

  9. Starqueen

    Hi Kathy,
    Congrats on your new DT membership! I LOVE Crafty Secrets – they are just deliciously vintage! Have fun with your new assignment! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Broni

    I am SO not surprised, but totally thrilled for you! I think you’re a perfect fit for the Crafty Secrets team! Evidently Sandy did too! She’s so smart!!! Congratulations!!!

  11. Darlene Pavlick

    This is AWESOME!!! I’m so thrilled you have joined our team … I can see I’m going to find fabulous inspiration from your work! LOVE this card and the coordinating envelope is sheer genius!! FABULOUS!! Have a wonderful 4th and again … WELCOME!!!

  12. Elizabeth Lincoln

    Congratulations on joining the design team, it’s pretty heady stuff isn’t it? I have a long way to go before I’m all computer literate like you are but I start my learning curve tomorrow with a one on one computer tutor to help me go digital. Your work is amazing and you will be a huge asset to CS.

    Cheers, Elizabeth Lincoln

  13. Vicki Chrisman

    WELCOME TO THE TEAM sweet friend!!! So thrilled to have you with us! Gorgeous card! ( and love the coordinating envelope)

  14. Tanya

    Doors swinging wide for your gift and your character will surely keep you !
    I am so thrilled to hear the wide smile in your words….

  15. Melody

    HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY!!! I’m doing a happy dance for you! What’s not to love about Crafty Secrets? I love their stamps, I love their paper, and now I love that it’ll be even easier to get that paper through a digital file! Like you said, no more hoarding the last piece of your favorite pattern 🙂

  16. Lee Ann

    Yeah! And Congrats! What exciting news, Kathy! I have been eyeing the Crafty Secrets site for a while now as I really like their vintage goodies. You will fit right in there!

  17. ncguygirl

    Woohoo! Congratulations on joining the Crafty Secrets Design Team! I am so excited for you! I love their vintage designs, and what you creatively do with them as you did in this cool card. The “I want it all and I want it delivered” cracked me up. Love your created button – how clever! You continue to impress and amaze me!

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