Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

Digital Vintage Garden Scraps for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

Hello, Friends!

Where oh where did April go?  I simply cannot believe that it is already time for the Crafty Secrets May Linky Party!  This one sort of snuck up on me, but I did manage to get a card made, thanks to the awesome new Digital Vintage Garden Scraps from Crafty Secrets!  Oh, how I love these beautiful images! Take a peek at the sample page.

garden-scraps-preview-web-etsyYou could make dozens and dozens of gorgeous cards, a fabulous garden mini album…beautiful botanical wall  hangings…the possibilities are endless!  But that beautiful onion seed packet caught my eye, and I worked it up into a layered card. You don’t usually think of onions finding a home on a feminine card, but I think they worked great here.

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets

Kathy by Design/Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

I don’t really have a tutorial this month, but I will tell you how I went about putting this card together.  Once I had selected the beautiful focal image, I inked the edges with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and then stitched it onto Lost Lagoon cardstock from Stampin’ Up.  I looked through my papers and realized that the blues in the onion advertisement would look great with the new blue pastel tile paper from Crafty Secrets.  Each layer in the card is inked with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, and this helps to unify all the different layers.  I also stitched all the layers with that same shade of thread.  I tucked in bits and pieces of the sepia prints from the Garden Scraps along with ephemera from my favorite Typography CD.

You would laugh if you watched me create these layers!  I move things around and around and around, here and there…I take away, I add in…I try this and that, and finally I come up with the combination of layers that makes me happy.  I have been known to snap a photo of the card with my phone at this point, so that I can glue it all down the exact same way!

May Linky 2015 05I painted my rusty garden fence with Picket Fence Distress Paint, just lightly brushing it over the surface to give it a weathered look.  I liked it, but it made my card look a little too dark.  So, I wove the strip of cream mesh ribbon in between the pickets to solve that problem.  I had a little wooden sign that I wanted to use, but it was dark brown.  So I painted it with a couple layers of Picket Fence Distress Paint and then brushed it lightly with Stormy Sky Distress Paint. When the paint had dried, I stamped the word “Beautiful” and a couple of flourishes on top. The wooden key was painted the same way.  The thing that really pulled everything together was the double bow tied with both aqua and white delicate stitched satin ribbon and the pretty flowers on the fence.

Here’s a peeky at the inside.

May Linky 2015 04I thought the “layers” sentiment was appropriate for this onion card!  Sometimes I crack myself up!

OK…now it’s time for you to visit the rest of the team and see what they have cooked up to inspire you this month.
DarleneDianeElizabethGinnyMelodyMichele Shantaie SheilaTeresa

Be sure to link up your project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG so that you can be eligible to win this month’s prize package.  Details and guidelines can be found on the Crafty Secrets BLOG.

Thanks for stopping by!





17 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets May Linky Party

  1. thecobweboriumemporium

    Incredible colours, fantastic images and I love the Onion advertisment! You pull everything together so beautifully Kathy. I wish I could do this as naturally as you do. It takes me forEVER to bring a project like that completion.

    Fabuloso card. I love it enough to buy it in a heartbeat. ~ Cobs. x

  2. Diane H

    Beautifully layered and put together…..I love the way you think…so smart to take a quick photo as I can’t tell you how many times I get something “just so” to my liking and then forget what was where when adhering!! Another beautiful project my friend…just love the colors with those onions…who knew…lol!!

  3. Sara Emily Barker

    Well, if you crack yourself up, imagine what you are doing to us! I love the pun, and would have never thought of using the onion seed pack image, but it makes good “Scents” (see, two can play at this game!), I really love this card, and you and I have been drinking from the same creative water fountain, it seems! Gosh, you put so much work and love into your cards and creations, Kathy! Please have a peek at my latest post to see how I was able to incorporate your stamps into it. Not what I intended; I wanted to use the heart with the keyhole, but I was inpatient and went with something else to cover the hole in my birdhouse. Thank goodness, there are so many other crafty things rattling around in my brain! I hope you enjoyed your getaway! Big hugs! Sara Emily

  4. pollyspaper

    I would have bet that a card with onions on it could not be beautiful….but then I’d be wrong! This card is amazing gorgeous and it has elebenty hundred layers so I am swooning!!!! I’m such a fan of your work!!!! Huggs from Ginny!

  5. Dawn Skene

    Beautiful card with so many little details! Love the images in the Digital Vintage Garden Scraps. So cute with the sentiment!

  6. frougirl3

    wowsa I’m loving all the layers, and I may have to try taking a snap of my trials with my phone to see what I like better love that 🙂 it did make me smile to think of you swirling it all around to decide where what should go!

  7. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, love your layers, an the inside sentiment cracked me up.Maybe they are Valhalla sweet onions.. good and sweet. gotta have onions for flavor.

  8. Judy B

    Beautiful Kathy. Love all the layers and design of this card. Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Jan Ross

    Layers – crack yourself up – you are so funny. That picket fence paint is a great resource. Love the onion card – reminds me of my garden too. Did you sprinkle something on your little blue flowers to crystallize them?

  10. carol

    Great card Kathy. The colours are beautiful and the ribbon sets it off well. Love how you can come up with something as simple as onions and create something fabulous. X

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