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:
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 Girl. 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.
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!
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!
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?
Hmmmm…I feel as though I am forgetting something…oh, yes…
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,