Friday, August 22, 2014

A Crafty Secrets desk set ...

Happy Friday Everyone!
Here we are at the start of another wonderful weekend!
WOW this week has been SO BUSY I haven't even posted anything new since Tuesday (so NOT like me!)  And, my weekend's going to be extremely busy also since it is time once again for the 3-Day Annual Morgan Family Reunion!  YEP!  THREE days!! 

But, before that all begins, I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on earlier in the week.  I have had this wonderful My Time Made Easy Card Catch All template for several years now and FINALLY got around to playing with it!  And, with all the fabulous digital papers/images available through Crafty Secrets, I knew it was time to GET CREATIVE!

This was a lot of fun to create and you could add SO MANY other elements to this desk set organizer (unfortunately I ran out of time to do so). 
I have used the Crafty Secrets RADIANT digital paper for my organizer as well as my cards.
The dragonfly on the corner of the box came from the FREE Digital Summertime Printable.   There are SO MANY wonderful images available on this sheet!  I wanted him to be a bit larger so with the file being DIGITAL I was able to enlarge, crop, print and fussy cut him just the perfect size for today's project.  I did add a bit of crystal effects to give his wings the shine.

For my note cards, I printed another 8 1/2x11 sheet of Radiant paper and created with a variety of themes in mind.  Keeping in mind I wanted to get all three cards from one printed sheet.

For this first card, I have used the Coffee & Tea Set.
I'm fortunate enough to have both the digital set & acrylic stamp set (no longer available) to play with and chose to use them both.  That is how I was able to add the coffee beans to the side embossing as well as the flower centers.

For my second card, I have used the Down on the Farm Stamp Set.
This is still a Clear Art stamp set that I've stamped directly onto the Radiant digital paper and colored in with my Spectrum Noir pencils.  A fancy button that just happened to be laying on the table made for a beautiful flower center!

And for my final note card, I used the left over scraps of my sheet of Radiant digital paper and the Vintage Silhouettes Clear Art stamp set.  The Clear Art stamp set is not longer available in acrylic form but is now available as a Digital Vintage Silhouette set and still a very adorable set for your collection!

Well time is flying and I really must get busy around here!
I hope you've enjoyed my project and hope you'll pop over to check out all the amazing products available at the Crafty Secrets Store!  
Before I go ... another quick reminder!
Sandy has promised to put together a Fall themed Blowout Sale package along the same lines as our current wonderful Summer Blowout Sale Kit.  Have you seen it yet?  (My friend Terri just purchased it and she said it is AMAZING and the one stamp set alone is worth the price of the entire kit!!!!  
This amazing sale pack contains nearly $80 worth of Crafty Secrets goodies for just $19,95 plus $4.95 Priority shipping.  We are trying to empty out our U.S. warehouse so that Sandy can stop making the commute from her home in Canada.  It's an amazing deal.  As soon as she has the Fall sale kit put together, I'll be sure to share it here.

If you'd like more Crafty Secrets inspiration, be sure to visit our wonderful Pinterest Page where you will find hundreds and hundreds of amazing samples, tutorials and ideas for using your Crafty Secret Goodies.  We also have a Crafty Secrets Facebook Page where we share product samples, news and other goodies.  Our goal is to keep you inspired!  Please let us know how we are doing.  If you have ideas for Digital Art Stamp sets or papers that you'd like us to develop, let us know!  Sandy has thousands and thousands of vintage images in her workroom.  What theme would you like to see next?

Okay that's it for me today and probably the entire weekend!
Hope you have a FABULOUS day and thanks again for taking time to stop by my blog!
As always . . .

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DRU - Merry Christmas ...

Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by!
It's my turn once again to share an inspirational creation over on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog using dies & etc. from the Dies R Us Store.  I've recently received some of the fabulous new Christmas dies available so that's the direction I took for today's card.

The items from the Dies R Us Store are:

The background panel was done on white cardstock and sponged using Memento 'Bamboo Leaves' green ink over this beautiful Memory Box Christmas stencil.
The bells were actually cut 3 times.  Once in white so I could color the ribbons/holly with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, 2nd time with blue shiny paper for the bells and the 3rd time with silver shiny paper for the inlays on the bells.  SO MANY things you could do with this die!!

Have you started your holiday cards yet?
There's NO time like the Present!
Pop on over to the store and see all the fabulous holiday goodies just waiting for you to purchase and play with.  Your friends & relatives will be amazed with the cards they receive from you this year ... so many fun dies available ... WOW!!

Here are a few points of interest:
Stop by Dies R Us, we're always adding new companies and dies! 
Don't be left out of Special purchase discounts or new arrivals…sign up for our newsletter today!
Shipping costs are AMAZING and now they've opened up a LOYALTY REWARD PROGRAM ... you really need to pop over and check it ALL out for yourself!
And ONE MORE THING ... come join in our challenge fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog (prizes available!).  New challenges open on the 1st and 15th of each month with wonderful DT inspiration!

A few challenges I'd like to share in today:
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Amusing Challenge - Die Cuts
 My Perfect Life - Anything Goes Christmas
Craft-Dee Bowz August Challenge - Anything Goes w/handmade bow

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a FABULOUS DAY!!!
As always ...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quick Treat Pack Tutorial

Happy Weekend Everyone!
I was blessed to be able to link up once again with some old High School girl pals last evening for dinner and of course I couldn't go empty handed!  Just wished I had not waited until Thursday afternoon to come up with an idea!  LOL!

But before I share my idea with you, I'd like to share a photo of 'the gals'!  And what a wonderful group of ladies it is!  HOW FABULOUS that each time we get together a few more school mates join in ... last evening there were 12 of us and another half dozen that wanted to come but had prior commitments!  I just think this is so awesome after 40+ years of being out of school!  So many stories to tell ... what wonderful fun!  The evening just flew by!

Don't they look FABULOUS??
I am SO blessed to call all of these ladies my friends!
 Each one is an inspiration to me in one way or another! 
 Girl Friends are THE BEST!!!

Okay back to my project!  Here are the little treat packs I made for my gal pals!!

Anyways ... I had one of these little 'gift card/treat' packets sitting on one of the drawer units at my workstation and a light bulb went off in my head!  I thought, those could be made up rather quickly and since I have an entire bag of Hershey Nuggets on the shelf waiting to be used for the Nugget Boxes I make for my craft shows ... why not create these little treat packets as an after dinner treat!

I thought I'd quickly take a few photos along the way so if you ever have this happen you would have a QUICK & CUTE gift to hand out to your friends too!  

You will need:
1 - 12x12 sheet of decorative paper (single or double sided)
Corner Rounder
Scoring Tool

You can make THREE packets from one sheet of 12x12 paper!

Step 1:  Cut your 12x12 paper at the 6 3/4" length, then cut into three 4" panels.
Step 2:  From the leftover, cut a 3" x 12" strip ... then cut that strip into 2" pieces (6)
Step 3:  Score your 3" x 2" panels every 1/2" and fold in accordion fashion

Step 4:  Adhere one end of the accordion folded gusset panel (making sure the decorative side faces OUTWARD if single sided pattern) and adhere to each side of your packet panel.

Step 5:  Add a strip of adhesive to the TOP of each gusset ... fold INWARD to create the packet
Step 6:  (option) Round the corner on the LID portion of the packet.

 Step 7:  Fill with the goodies of your choice

Step 8:  Use Velcro tab closures or simply tie closed with a pretty ribbon as I have.

A few challenges to share in:
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Something Old (design paper is at least 5 years old)

I hope you've enjoyed this little project/tutorial!
The girls LOVED them and I was so happy to put a 'chocolate' smile on each of their faces!  LOL!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
As always . . .

Friday, August 15, 2014

"His Love Given to Thee"

Hello again my friends ... 
forgive me for having a 2nd post today but I've been trying to get this card made 
and posted ALL WEEK!  Just can't wait another day to share it with you!

It's for the sketch challenge over on Our Daily Bread Challenge Blog
and the deadline is Sunday evening.  
Going to be a busy weekend so, NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!!!

You should take a moment and pop over to see what everyone is creating with this fun sketch.  I really like this one and will be keeping it in my files for future reference!    Here's my card for today . . .

So what do you think??
Should I leave the inside of this card BLANK so it would have plenty of room for someone to write a note/short letter to someone who needs encouraging words?  OR SHOULD I turn it into a SYMPATHY card?
I look forward to hearing what you have to say on the subject!

Let's see if I can find a few other challenges to share in today . . .
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic Challenge - Craft Item you've never used before (seashell charms - entire pack has been in my stash for at least 3 years)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Something Old (seashell charms)
Stempelsonnen Challenges - Stamp as Mail Focus (hand colored)
Sweet Pea Stamps Challenge - Embossing
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Well, I'd better get moving.  I have to leave shortly to drive over to Pennsylvania and link up with about a dozen of my (old) high school girl pals for dinner and an evening of chit chat.  It's a 2 hour drive so I won't be chit chatting tooooo long!  LOL!
Thanks so much for stopping by and I really would appreciate you opinion on this card!
As always ...

Papers:  White cs, Black cs, Hot Off the Press 'water' dp
Stamps/ink:  ODB 'Anchor' and 'The Mighty Sea' stamp sets/ Versafine Onyx ink
Accessories:  Spellbinder Classic & Scallop Oval dies, Darice seashell charms, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and pencils, Cuttlebug embossing folder

A snack while you wait ...

WOW!  Can you believe it's the end of yet another week???
Where has the summer gone ... kids are starting back to school ... home canning season is in full swing and you know what will be flying here in NE Ohio before we know it!  YIKES!!

I have a fun little 'giftie' idea for you today.  Hope you like it!

I have to admit, I've had this idea swimming around in my head but when I saw it similarly done over on Heidi Blankenship's Blog 'Embellished Dreams', I knew I just had to 'get it done' and shared!  Heidi used product from  The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and Graphic45 papers . . . 

I have used product from the Crafty Secrets Store 'Crafty Vintage Girl' and the product I used today is the Digital Barber Shop Kit #D-116.  There are SO MANY options available at the CS store that you could use for a project like this.  My container is simply a clear A6 card box which I've purchased through  I have these clear boxes in various sizes ... did you know you can actually mail your dimensional cards in these boxes?  Yep ... costs typically around $2 to mail via USPS.  I've inserted the digital paper into a Word document to resize it the length I needed for around the box.  Printed & fussy cut the ephemera then added a little 'manly' string, fall leaf button and VIOLA!  

I guess I'll be handing this box of almonds to hubby next time I cut his hair!  Afterall, I did steal borrow the almonds from his stash for my project! LOL!  He commented the other day that he didn't realize he had been eating so many almonds ... ssshhh!  Don't tell him where they disappeared to!  LOL!

Here are a few challenges I'd like to share in today .  .  .
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge - Anything But a Card
All Crafts Aug/Sept Challenge - Anything But a Card
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Fussy Cutting

Before I go, I want to share the news about the wonderful sale Sandy has going on right now in the shop.  She has assembled a fantastic goodie box of Summer themed stamps, journal booklets, Vintage Cuts, Creative Scraps and more at an amazing price!  Look at all the beautiful materials you get for just $19.95 plus $4.95 shipping:

You can click on this photo to get an even better look at all these beautiful projects.  There's even a beautiful album included so you can scrap your summer memories with ease.  Here's a list: 
You can order as many of these super summer sale kits as you'd like.  They'll make great birthday and Christmas gifts for all your crafty friends.  The link to finding these in the online store is Summer Super Pack Blowout.  No code is necessary, just click on the link to order.

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a FABULOUS weekend and I'll see you back here next week!
As always . . .

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's Tea Time ...

Hello my friends!  
Hope your Thursday is off to a great start!
I discovered I had a 'free' blog day today, so I decided to join in one of the challenges that has always inspired my 'vintage side'!  And, that is the Shabby Tea Room Challenge Blog!
This is their photo inspiration ...
and, we are to use Pink, Black, Pearls and Flowers on our creations.

I hope you're not tired of seeing Tri-Shutter (fancy fold) cards from me because there are several I need/want to create for my upcoming Fall Craft Shows and by playing the challenges using this fold, it just helps me be that much further ahead of what I'll be needing!


So here ya go ... my creation for the challenge is 'another' tri shutter fold creation ... hope you like it!

I have several tri-shutter card bases cut/scored and it just so happened there was a light pink one in the stack ... so THAT was my starting point.  All product used on this card will be shared at the end of my post.  I have had this Elizabeth Craft (#714) teapot/cups die set for quite some time now and today they just screamed out for me to use them. 
They are actually an 'outline' set so once I die cut them on Pink Pirouette paper, I glued them down to a piece of black cardstock using E6000 spray adhesive and fussy cut them out with my Fiskars swivel craft knife.  There is probably a matching 'solid' die set ... I really need to look into that!  LOL!

I really like how the Eucalyptus Stickles pops on these die cuts ... so pretty IRL!
I hope you've found a fun challenge to join in today to express YOUR style!
I must have an OLD SOUL because Vintage design really speaks to me!

Hopefully I can find some other fun challenges to share my card in today ...
Just Inspirational Challenge - Pearls and Lace
Card Mania Challenge - Birthday Party
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Fussy Cutting
Little Red Wagon - Happy Birthday
Scrapper's Delight - Anything Goes with Die Cuts

Lots to get done so I'd better make this short & sweet!
Have a wonderful day and thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to stop by my blog!
As always . . .

Papers:  SU Pink Pirouette, The Paper Studio 'Harper's Boutique', Graphic45 'Botanical Tea', White cs, Black cs 
Dies:   Elizabeth Craft #714 teapot/cups, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Anastasia Border' #B136,
Accessories:  Graphic45 'Botanical Tea' chipboard accessories, Michaels gingham ribbon, Wild Orchid roses,

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sisterhood of Crafters - Your FAVORITE Color!

It's time once again for another fun challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters!
Today, Diane is our hostess and she's asked us to use our


on our cards/projects!  Well, all who know me know my favorite color is PURPLE ... of any and all shades!  So, that of course, is the color my card is based on today!!

The gorgeous design paper I have used on today's card is 12x12 'Violet Crush Collection' pack from KaiserCraft.  'Sistah' Diane introduced me to this paper pack and in fact, she offered to split the pack with me since she knew how much I loved the color & designs.  Isn't she a good sistah!  LOL!

I have to admit it was a little difficult cutting into this beautiful paper but once I made that first cut I just kind of went crazy ... even finished the inside with another corner of this one 12x12 sheet.  

AND, I was having fun doing a bit of clean up by utilizing the butterfly & flower that were laying on my craft table.  The under cut for both butterfly and flower were actually cut from FUN FOAM.  Yep, that's right!  It cut perfectly and gives my card a little extra POW! of dimension!   I will certainly be keeping that idea in mind for future projects!

I kind of went a little crazy with just grabbing things in shades of purple to use on my card.  Hence the 3 shades of satin ribbon ... the fun foam ... the pearls ... but I think it all came together quite nicely!!!

A few challenges to share in:
Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #178 - Favorite Color Combination (shades of purple)
Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #48 - Anything Goes
{Pin}spirational Challenge #120 - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenge - Flowers
Eureka Stamps Challenge #120 - Things with Wings

NOW it's your turn!
Create a card using that color and then come share it with us at

You have TWO weeks to join in the fun 
we have a prize offered for this challenge.  
Pop over and check it out!

See you there ...

Papers:  SU Lilac cs, KaiserCraft dp
Stamp/Ink:  SU/Versafine Onyx
Accessories:  Offray satin ribbons, Elizabeth Craft 'Butterfly Silhouette & Overlay 1', Kaiser Pearls, Memory Box 'Cheshire Branch Outline & Background', Plum Fun Foam, Cheery Lynn Designs 'Add a Flourish' die set, Craft-Dee Bowz bow making tool

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!


Hello friends!
No I haven't gone totally bonkers, I've just been playing around with some of my new items from the Dies R Us store.  It's like a 'meat locker' here in my cave after having a new central air system put in last week and since I'm sitting here with long pants and a sweater, I figured I'd create something fitting for the temperatures down here.
(Afterall, it might be in the 80s outside ... but the snow will be flying before we know it!)
OMG what am I saying?  The cold must be getting to me!

Enough fooling around ... here's my INSPIRATION card for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.
If you've not checked out the daily inspiration from the team on this blog site ... by all means pop over and take a peek ... there is such a wide range of styles using the dies, stencils, and now stamps available at our Dies R Us store.

The store items I have used on today's card are:

Other product used:
White cardstock, Silver Matte Metallic paper
Tim Holtz 'Tumbled Glass' Distress Ink, 
large sponge dauber, pop dots

This card was so much fun to create!  After sponging around this fabulous snowflake stencil, I got a little adventurous with the 'shadowing' technique I used for the mittens.  You'll have to pop over to our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog for the details on this technique.

Remember, if any of these items are OUT OF STOCK, just click on the PUT ME ON THE WAITING LIST button and you'll be notified by email when it is back in stock.

Thanks for stopping by and please be sure to check out DIES R US!

Have a fabulous day! And, as always ...

Monday, August 11, 2014

SFC3214 - Isn't That Charming

And today it's all about those CHARMS!  
Whether it is a real jewelry charm, a die cut of a charm or even a sticker of a charm ... it all counts and we'd love to see it at the Squigglefly's SFC3214 Challenge.

Today I've used an image by artist Angela Charles called 'Jean Boy' and I have actually given him a new pair of jeans by paper piecing his pants with blue jean fabric paper.

To me, this guy looked like a guy with a bit of an attitude, who was willing to work and Get 'r Done!  Or maybe he's one of those 'car buffs' who doesn't mind sticking his head under the hood and 'kickin' it up' a notch!  LOL!  Either way he would need some tools so I supplied him with this awesome Wrench that I purchased at the Adventures in Stamping Convention in Akron a few years ago at the Inky Impressions Booth.  I'm pleased to say I know Nicole (Inky Mama) personally and she not only has some fabulous images but some really cute 'props' to go with them.

So dig out those charms and come join us at the Squigglefly Blog for this fun challenge.
If you need more inspiration, by all means pop on over and check out what my team mates have created ... what a fun & creative group of ladies!!

Hope to see you there!
Have a great day ... thanks for stopping by ... and as always ...