Monday, September 01, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #15

(If you are looking for my Crafty Secrets September Linky Party project, please click HERE.)

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #15 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes September 14th at midnight PT.

Challenge #15 All the Pretty Flowers
This challenge is for all of you flower hoarders! Maybe you hoard pre-made flowers. Maybe you hoard flower punches or dies. Maybe you hoard flower stamps. "Dig" out those flowers and use them on your project!

It is no secret that I love flowers, or that I love to hoard them! I especially love to MAKE my own flowers! I love nothing more than making a flower cluster on a project! They are the #1 reason why my cards and projects get so lumpy! 

Here is a cute Halloween card for you! This card is an odd size - 4 1/2 x 6 inches. I have been making more of this size lately. It is just that wee bit larger than a standard A2 size, giving me just a bit more room to "pile it on"!

Heartfelt Creations sent each of the design team members a set of flower stamps, and although I did not have the matching die template, I still made my own flowers! I stamped the Sun Kissed Fleur stamp set onto cream cardstock with  brown ink three times, to make sure I had enough of each size flower. I then fussy cut each flower by hand! {oh, yes, I did!} I inked each flower with yellow and orange ink before building each bloom.

Once I had the flowers inked, I used my embossing stylus to shape them prior to assembly. Once the flowers were all finished, I decided to jazz up the centers! I found the sparkly jack-o-lantern button in my stash! He's so cute! And check out that funny cat button! I wanted a spider to sit in the web, but I could not find one, so I used the cat instead!

All of the paper for the card is digital paper from Crafty Secrets! I printed each pattern at 8 x 8 inches onto cream cardstock. (I use an Epson Photo printer, which does not print at 12 x 12 inches, unfortunately.) The cute image is from the Crafty Secrets Vintage Halloween Image and Journal Notes pad. Simply adorable!

The light bulb that is peeking from the flowers is from Prima, but it is clear, making it a bit hard to see, so I glued some text paper to the back of it. So cool! If course I added a "button bow" and a tiny postage image!

Naturally, I had to decorate the inside! I used my "dripping goo" punch to create a few areas to write a message. The background paper is Crafty Secrets digital paper. It's so pretty! I have found a new love in digital papers! I never run out of a print, that's for sure!

I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with a die template. 

I hope you have fun with this challenge! How can you not love a flower challenge! (If you want to try some of the great Halloween and Fall products, you can get THIS huge pack for $19.95, regularly priced at $72!)

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone (on vacation)

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray

We have two prizes this time! Therefore we will have TWO winners! One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Crafty Secrets.

A second winner will receive this prize, donated by Heartfelt Creations.

For more information about each company, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Craft Secrets Products:
Vintage Halloween CD #4
Vintage Typography CD #3
Halloween Images and Journal Notes
Seasonal Calendar Creative Scraps

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Stamp Set

Other supplies:
Digital Stamp: Gloria Stengel Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Dies: PapertreyInk spider web; Stampin' Up Apothecary Labels
Punch: Martha Stewart
Buttons: from stash
Light bulb: Prima
Twine, Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Glitter: Elizabeth Craft Warm Diamond 
Embossing powder: Ranger Sticky
Gems: Recollections
Glitter pen: Wink of Stella Clear
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scor-tape; Glue Dots

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party

(For my Craft Hoarders Challenge #15 post, please click HERE.)

Good morning! Welcome to the Crafty Secrets Design Team September Linky Party ! (I do have two posts this morning, so make sure you click the link above to see the second post. It just happens that the Crafty Secrets blog party post is always on a one Monday a month you get slammed! {wink})

The Crafty Secrets designer challenge for September is...Fall/Halloween. I went with a fall project, but if you want to see a Halloween project, please check HERE! I have been sharing some fun rooster projects on my blog lately, and had the big idea to continue with that theme and make a matching set of gift-giving items!

Today, I will share with you how to create the gift box, the decorated gift bag, and the two fancy envelopes in this set. (You can see the information for making the large rooster tag HERE, the chicken gift card holder HERE, and the rooster greeting card HERE.)

Creating a gift-giving set, or even a set of matching cards is pretty easy. Once you have your supplies and theme picked out, just make multiples of your cards, or make matching envelopes and gift bags! 

For this gift set I chose a rooster theme with several coordinating digital papers from Crafty Secrets. I chose red "picnic" check, chicken wire, book text, and fall floral prints for my papers. I chose kraft, cream, and black as my neutrals, and I added pops of red, yellow, orange, and green. I also used the same trims throughout: cream canvas, cream lace, kraft twine, and black/cream gingham ribbon.

Let's take a look at how I made the gift box and matching tag. The box is 4 x 4 x 4 inches, the perfect size for a baked treat, a candle, or other small gift.

I also created a matching lid for my box, which I decorated with fall blooms. (Please keep in mind that I live in southern California and my fall colors may not look exactly like yours. However I did grow up in Pennsylvania, in a PA Dutch community...hence the roosters!)

I wanted my box to be very sturdy, so I created it from WorldWin Papers lightweight chipboard. This type of chipboard is about as heavy as 2-3 sheets of high quality cardstock. I takes the score lines well, and is easy to manipulate. 

Using the We R Memory Keepers gift box scoreboard, I created a 4 x 4 x 4-inch box from a 12 x 12 inch sheet of the chipboard. I taped the top closed with a piece of removable tape. That way, I can place a gift inside, and seal it, but the recipient can easily open the box.

Since I wanted to decorate the top of my box, I created a lid from kraft cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock to 6 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches. Using a score board and stylus, I scored 1 inch from each edge. I trimmed to the sore line on each left-hand corner to create tabs, and I used a strong adhesive to glue the tabs to form the lid.

The lid fits snug to the box, with enough room to decorate the box. Before adding decor, I rubbed all the exposed edges of the box and lid with Vintage Photo ink.

I printed the Crafty Secrets digital papers at 8 x 8 inches onto cream cardstock. I cut four pieces of the floral, from the Radiant Paper Collection, to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches and used the pieces to decorate each side of the box. I rubbed all the edges with Vintage Photo ink. I cut one piece of the red picnic check paper (Vintage Patterns CD) to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 and attached it to the bottom of the box. 

I wanted to decorate the lid so that the box could also be a home decor piece for the gift recipient. Since the lid comes off, I did not have to worry about what I added to the top. The lucky gift-ee can just lift off the pretty lid and open the box to get to the gift!

I cut one piece of the chicken wire paper (Vintage Patterns CD) to 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 and attached it to the top of the lid. I created a few paper rosettes from the digital paper scraps to add to the lid. I filled in the empty spaces with flowers and other floral embellishments. I added some twine and a button to one of the rosettes.

I stamped the sentiment from the Farm Chicks stamp set onto cream cardstock with black ink. I fussy cut the banner and then rubbed the edges with Vintage Photo ink. I added the sentiment to the box with foam squares.

I trimmed four pieces of the red picnic check paper to 7/8 x 8 inches and wrapped them around the box lid. I created a small gift tag from a kraft tag to which I added a bit of the red check paper and a stamped rooster from the Down on the Farm stamp set. I tied a bit of twine to the tag and looped it over the button on the top of the box. 

To complete the gift set, I created a matching gift bag. Once the bag was finished, I tied the large rooster tag to it. See directions for making the large rooster tag HERE.

The bag is a simple kraft bag, 8 1/2 x 5 1/4. I buy them in packs at Michael's. 

I trimmed a bit of the floral paper to 5 x 5 1/4 and rubbed the edges with Vintage Photo ink. I wrapped a bit of white lace around the paper, about 2 inches from the bottom. 

I used a bit of the black and cream gingham and some floral embellishments to create a cluster on the left edge of the bag. I used a circle punch to punch out an image from the Farm Fresh Creative Scraps, which I glued to a flat bottle cap. The rooster tag matches perfectly and makes a lovely gift tag!

I shared a gift card holder and a greeting card in this same theme. Now, I will share how to spice them up by making your own matching envelopes!

I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board to make my envelopes. You can make many different sizes, and if you are good with math, the sizes are only limited to the size of your base paper! 

My card is 6 x 4 1/2 inches, therefore I used the measurements on the score board for a 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch card.

I used kraft cardstock and rubbed all the edges with ink. I lined the envelope with chicken wire paper prior to gluing the envelope closed.

To decorate the envelope, I used scraps of digital paper and cream lace. I also added a floral embellishment and a stamped image. If I wanted to mail the envelope, I would "tone down" the decorations!

The card slides into the envelope, and you have an extra-special card with a matching envelope!

The gift card holder that I created, doesn't really need an envelope, but it is always fun to really go all out sometimes when you give gift cards!

Again, I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board to make the envelope. I chose the measurements for a 3 x 4 1/2 inch card. I printed the book text digital paper (from the Creating with Vintage Typography CD 3) onto cream cardstock and edged it with Vintage Photo ink. Before I glued the envelope together, I lined it with the red picnic checked paper.

I wrapped the envelope with a bit of canvas ribbon, tied in a knot. I added a paper rosette and a button.

I also added some twine and another button to the top of the envelope. The fun part about making your own envelopes, is that you can choose the orientation! I wanted my envelopes to "open at the top" so that is how I arranged the flaps before gluing them! 

The gift card holder slips neatly inside!

I hope that you enjoyed this gift set and batch of tutorials. I loved making all of these Autumn-themed rooster projects! 

Now hop along and see what the rest of the team made!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Kathy Clement, DT Leader  
Elizabeth Lincoln
Glenda Brooks - September Guest Designer
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE

Create a new project featuring a Crafty Secrets products, link it to the CS BLOG, and you’ll automatically receive a $6 store credit. One lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree in the store! If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, you can download FREE images from the Crafty Secrets blog; just look in the sidebar! You have until 11:59PT,  Sunday September 14th to play!

Come and play along! I mean you get $6 just for linking up your project! How can you pass that up! And a $50 shopping spree for the winner...come on, people! Make something and link 'er up!
Crafty Secrets products:
Vintage Typography CD
Vintage Patterns CD
Radiant Paper Collection
Farm Chicks stamp set
Down on the Farm stamp set
Creative Scraps: Farm Fresh 

Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Kraft; Neenah Natural White
Chipboard: WorldWin  Papers
Tag: Recollections
Bag: Michael's Crafts
Bottle cap: Bottle Cap Company
Canvas fringe: Canvas Corp
Flowers, leaves: Petaloo, Prima, Wild Orchid Crafts
Floral sprays: Michael's Crafts
Button: Maya Road
Ribbon, lace, and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Gift Box and Envelope Score Boards; Stampin' Up Circle punches; Tim Holtz Rosettes dies
Adhesive: Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scor-tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Tour!

Grab a cup of coffee or a tall drink, because this is a long post! 

A few weeks ago, my very dear friend, Kathy Clement (Kathy by Design) featured me in her Blog Tour! She had some great things to say about me {blush} and she also featured a few other wonderful designers. Please check Kathy's post HERE.  

Before I share my own tour, I want to say a few things about Kathy. We met when we were both on the Really Reasonable Ribbon design team. I became a mentor, of sorts, to Kathy and we struck up a lovely friendship. When I started my Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, Kathy was the first person I asked to be part of my team! Not only is Kathy a wonderful designer and a loyal and hard worker, but she has the ability to make all my rough parts smooth! By that I mean, she brings out the very best in me. As a Sister in Christ, Kathy really walks the talk! We have become more than cyber-pals...we have become true friends! I thank her for her wonderful blog feature! 

Now, as a way to Pay it Forward, I am supposed to feature three designers and then they are to feature three, and so forth. Well, most of my designer friends are also professional designers and they are BUSY! So I am featuring FIVE, in the hopes that at least one or two of them will have the time to pay it forward!

Andrew Roberts, Down Under Crafter

I first "met" Andrew via my work with Graphic 45. We became cyber pals and Facebook pals as we talked about all things Graphic 45! I encouraged Andrew with his Graphic 45 work, marveled at his skill, and high-fived him over being the dad of SEVEN kids! Andrew has a style that is vintage, but clean and layered, and he makes the most AMAZING dimensional creations and  boxes! He is now part of the Graphic 45 design team, as well as having other creative irons in the fire! And he has 7 kids, did I mention that?! He is a wonderful inspiration to me and a sweet guy. It is always fun to chat with him, especially given the fact that he lives in Australia! I hope you will visit his blog and say, "HELLO"!

Jacquie Southas, What Did I Do Today?

Jacquie is one of my "real life" friends. We first met around 2007 or 2008 at our local scrapbook store. We were both in a monthly club at the store, and one evening I noticed this "new lady" sort of following me around the store. It turned out that we were both homeschool moms! We struck up a friendship that included our homeschooling journeys and our love of crafting...and the rest is history! We live near each other and hang out as often as we can, considering our busy schedules. 

Jacquie has a wonderful clean style of crafting. Her cards are, at first glance, simple, but on closer inspection, wondrous works of engineering! She uses many techniques and creates bright and innovative projects. I can spend hours trying to figure out just how she achieved each creation. Each of her projects has a depth and dimension that is truly spectacular! Our styles are polar opposites, but we both have a love of tools and techniques, which means we spend a lot of money; Jacquie is my chief enabler! 

Karen Thede, By Design, with Karen

Karen is another of my local friends. We met right after I moved to CA in 2005. I had lived for 10 years in Minnesota and Karen grew up there, so we had a "connection." Karen is one of those people who is generous, giving, kind, and just has a heart of gold. She is one person in my life that I know if I call her, no matter the hour or day, that she will do her best to get to me with whatever help I need! 

Karen has a style that is very unique. She is the master of making these folded creations that start out as a flat piece of paper and the next thing you know, it is a book that flips and folds out and becomes this 3D item that boggles the mind. I am forever asking, "How did you DO that?!" Karen is not afraid to try new techniques and new products. She is a fountain of crafty knowledge! She is also the design team lead at The Rubber Cafe, so we have worked together creatively a few times, but we always have our best fun when we attend an event or have a crafty shopping trip! We laugh so HARD!

Melody Rupple, A Paper Melody

Melody is yet another of my local friends. Along with Jacquie, Karen, and a few other gals, we make up a sweet group of about 10 crafters. I doubt  you have ever seen such a talented group all in one place! Melody is one of those crafters who, when we first met, was super shy about sharing her work. I think she really had no idea how AMAZING she is! Some of you already know her, as she is a designer for My Favorite Things, and has been a Splitcoaststampers Dirty Girl, among other things. If you have never seen her work, please check out her blog!

When I first saw Melody's work, she had a very layered style, and she used a lot of printed papers and sewing! Her cards are so beautiful that you just want to display them! In the past few years, Melody's style has changed a bit. She has been using a lot of mixed media techniques, and exploring another side of stamping and scrapbooking! She excels at creating her own backgrounds. Her work is always of HIGHEST quality! I love having a chance to see her work up close and personal! When we meet up, I always make sure to request a show-and-tell time!

Pam Bray, Scrapbook Flair

Pam and I have been cyber pals for a long time. I cannot even remember when we first met each other. We have been on a bunch of design teams together over the years, and Pam is currently on my Craft Hoarders team. We have a wonderful friendship and mentoring relationship. She is my mentor just as much as I am hers. We love to share with each other, encourage each other, and help each other overcome our crafty issues. I think Pam is probably the best all-around crafter I know! She can do just about any type of paper craft out there! She writes amazing tutorials, shares her work freely, and is an all around good egg! 

Not only is Pam on many design teams, but she also designs stamps and chipboard items for Sin City Stamps. Her work has been featured on HSN, in many magazines, and all over the internet. She has a knack for making elaborate dimensional creations, lovely cards, and wonderful scrapbook layouts!

Now for the About Me portion of the post. I am supposed to answer a few questions so that you can learn about me. My long time readers can take a break now, and let the newbies read this part! {wink}

1. What am I working on?
That's a tough one. I tend to be working on several things at the same time. Ok, truth time, I tend to be working on one thing while I am planning 10 other things! Right now, today, I am working on a Halloween card project that you will see tomorrow, and planning projects for a big stamp release for a few weeks. {sneaky peeky time!} 

I just finished up a large project set that will be revealed here tomorrow! I am still on a few design teams and I am taking one guest spot per month. I am working at about 30% capacity of what I was last year at this time. I am close to my "max capacity" considering my health issues and the fact that I am still homeschooling my youngest son.  

2. How does my work differ from others of my genre?
First, I don't know that I have one genre and I am not sure I fit into any particular genre 100%. I think I differ in that I try to make the best use of the product I am using, and I try to make something that everyone can relate to. I enjoy creating, and I want that joy to shine through! 

I think my Vintage projects are well constructed and pleasing to the eye. I love adding the unexpected into each project. I don't care for "messy" and unbalanced vintage crafts. I try to make sure that, even in a busy environment, the eye has a place to rest.

I think my Cute/Layered/Modern projects still have that bit of vintage flair that I love so much. I enjoy coloring images, and I enjoy modern prints, but I just need to have the bit of shabby tossed into the mix. I LOVE mixing prints. That is probably my signature style. I enjoying mixing prints from various manufacturers, as well as mixing within manufacturer. I enjoy the process of finding prints that "go together."

I also enjoy Technique Driven projects that use bold colors and interesting techniques. My other strength is in my eye for color and design - I was trained as an engineer! I love the puzzle of figuring what "goes" and what does not. I love to try to create a balanced project. The trick is knowing when to stop adding things!

I even love Mixed Media! It is not graphic or layered, it does not use printed papers. But, there is something so amazing about making a mess! I am  happy that I am not a "one trick pony"!

3. Why do I create what I do?
The short answer is...because I MUST! God created me to...create! It is inside me and it needs to get out! {grin} God also gave me the need to be a teacher. I want to INSPIRE other crafters to create, and I love to share my creations and to explain to my readers HOW to make them. Teaching is something that I just DO! It is sometimes difficult for me to create on demand for my job, but I also need that extra push to get out of my head and stop dreaming about projects and start making something!

4. How does my creating process work?
I wrote a post about my creative process some time ago. You can read that HERE. My process is messy and convoluted and just the opposite of how the rest of my brain works! I am very logical minded, neat and tidy, organized, very Type A. But if you see me in full creative mode, you would NEVER believe any of that! My work space is a chaotic mess, I am zipping here and there, doing this, doing that! I make myself crazy with my creativeness. I have to take breaks to do something orderly! I guess that is why I like to teach! It is orderly - step by step!

I have taken a lot of tests about how I think and work and about my personality. I get high marks in many opposite areas. I suppose I really do use both sides of my brain equally. I guess that is why sometimes, my whole brain goes on the same time! {grin}

Thanks for coming by for a visit! I hope you take the blog tour and say hello to my crafty friends. Come on back tomorrow for some new creations! Leave a message! I love to hear from you. I don't often have the time to reply to everyone, but I sure love read your comments! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Introducing...Sweet Perks Club!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps introduces....

How does Sweet Perks Club (SPC) work?
On the last Friday of the month Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps will share the next month's SPC bundle(s) (yes, there may be more than one to choose from!). The bundle(s) will consist of one stamp set and one coordinating die set---with all the quality you have come to know and love from SNSS. 

The NEW product bundles will be available to at a 20% discount with FREE SHIPPING for only 2 weeks! When the two weeks are up, the products in the bundle(s) will be made available for purchase on the website for the FULL retail price with the rest of that month's NEW release.

While saving 20% on brand new product is a pretty sweet deal, that isn't all! After all, it's called the Sweet PERKS club!! When you purchase one (or more) of our SPC bundles you will ALSO receive 10% off ANY additional purchases you make that month!! SWEET!

For those of you who aren't comfortable with committing to a typical club, YOU get to pick and choose when to participate. When you do, you get that month's perks, when you don't, you don't. Pretty simple, huh?

Of course, the savings are GREAT, but we're also throwing in some freebies to reward your continued club participation.

Check out these SWEET PERKS!

1. When you purchase 2 or more SPC bundles in one month you will receive a surprise gift in that month's SPC shipment. Who doesn't love fun little surprises? :) SWEET!

2. Once your total of SPC bundle purchases reaches 6 (within a 6 month time frame) you will receive a FREE 4x6 stamp set of your choice. YOU get to pick your FREE gift for fulfilling a typical 6 month club term. EVEN SWEETER!

3. Once your total of SPC bundle purchases reaches 12 (within a 12 month time frame) you will receive a FREE SPC BUNDLE of your choice valued between $25 and $30! THE SWEETEST!

Zip on over to the SNSS Blog for all the details! Keep you eyes peeled for the full September Release on September 12th! And yes, I DO have a stamp set in the upcoming release! {wink}

Friday, August 29, 2014

Country Rooster Card

Here is my last August project for Crafty SecretsLast week, I made a large, country tag (click HERE), on Wednesday I shared a gift card holder (click HERE) in the same country-vintage style! Today I am sharing a matching greeting card!

I love country prints, text prints, and roosters! Not in any particular order! So, I sure loved making this card! All of my background paper is Crafty Secrets digital paper from the  Vintage Patterns CD, Vintage Typography CD, and the Radiant Paper Collection. I printed the patterns at 8 x 8 inches onto off-white cardstock. I also rubbed the Vintage Photo ink onto the edges of the paper. I love the "aged" look. 

I printed the text digital paper (Vintage Typography CD) onto off-white cardstock, and then I stamped the chickens (from the Crafty Secrets  Farm Chicks Stamp Set) with black ink. I used Copic markers to color the chickens. I added a black line with an artist pen to make the rooster stand out a bit from the hen behind him.

I cut the image out with circle dies. They sure are "purty" chickens! Since I used a cardstock that works well with Copics to print my digital paper, and I printed the digital paper with my Epson color printer, I did not have an issue with the background paper bleeding! Win-win!

I added some lace, gingham ribbon, and twine, as well as a wooden button.

I kept the same kraft, cream, black, and red color palette as my other projects in this set. I did add the floral paper this time, to sort of mimic the fancy feathers on the rooster. I stamped the sentiment from the Farm Chicks Stamp Set onto off-white cardstock, cut into a banner shape. I also created a little red check banner. 

I added another red check banner to the inside of the card.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you are enjoying my work with the digital papers! They are really wonderful to work with. I admit I was a HUGE skeptic, but now that I have been using them for a while, I am pretty pleased with the results. If only I had a 12 x 12 printer...

Here is a peeky at the matching large tag. See the post HERE

Here is a peeky at the matching gift card holder. See that post HERE.

I hope you enjoyed this Crafty Secrets post! Come back on September 1st or my next Crafty Secrets project! If you enjoyed these country-themed projects, you won't want to miss the post on Monday!

Crafty Secrets products:
Creating with Vintage Patterns CD 1
Creating with Vintage Typography CD 3
Digital Radiant Paper Collection
Farm Chicks Stamp Set

Other products:

Cardstock: WorldWin Kraft, Treasures Black; Neenah Natural White
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic; Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen
Lace, Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Edna Natural Crochet Lace, Gingham (black/cream)
Twine: May Arts
Button: Maya Road
Die cuts: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small, Classic Scalloped Circles Large; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots; Scor-tape

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Country Birthday Gift Card Holder

Here is the third of four projects that I am sharing for Crafty Secrets in August. I made a mini album for my August Blog Linky Party project. (Click HERE to see it.) Last week, I made a large, country tag (click HERE), so today, I am sharing a gift card the same country-vintage style!

I found the wood-grain mini bags in my stash, and I knew I wanted to make a gift card holder with one of them. They are the PERFECT size (4 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches)! I rubbed the edges of the bag with Vintage Photo ink. 

I cut two scraps of background paper to create a decorative element on the bag. My background paper is Crafty Secrets digital paper, from the Patterns CD. I printed the chicken wire and the tablecloth check patterns at 8 x 8 inches onto off-white cardstock. I also rubbed the Vintage Photo ink onto the paper. I love the "aged" look. 

I stamped the chickens (from the Crafty Secrets Down on the Farm Stamp Set) onto a mini, kraft tag with black ink. I edged the tag with Vintage Photo distress ink. I added some canvas "ribbon" to the top of the tag. I attached the tag to the mini bag and then added a tiny clothes pin to the edge of the tag. 

I wrapped some cream lace around the bag and tag, and then I added some twine behind the bottle cap embellishment. The "milk-bottle cap" is an image that I punched from Farm Fresh Creative Scraps. I inked the edges and then glued the cap to a flattened bottle cap.  

I stamped the birthday sentiment (Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Stamp Set) onto cream cardstock with black ink. I trimmed the sentiment with scissors and edged it with Vintage Photo ink. I used foam squares to pop the sentiment off the bag.

Tuck a gift card into the bag, and you have a sweet, country birthday gift!

Here is a peeky at the matching large tag.

Click HERE to see the full post for this tag.

I hope you enjoyed this Crafty Secrets post! Come back on August 29th for my next Crafty Secrets project! (And yes, it will be another matching project!)

Crafty Secrets products:
Creating with Vintage Patterns CD 1
Farm Fresh Creative Scraps
Down on the Farm Stamp Set
Farm Chicks Stamp Set

Other products:
Mini bag: Jillibean Soup
Tag: Recollections
Bottle cap: Bottle Cap Company
Mini clothes pin: Canvas Corp
Canvas Fringe: Canvas Corp
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon Jennifer Natural Crochet Lace
Twine: May Arts
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Memento Tuxedo Black
Circle punch: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue