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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Country Blessings Tag

I will be sharing four projects a month for Crafty Secrets. I will share one large project at the beginning of each month as part of the monthly Blog Linky Party, plus three other projects during the month. 

I made a mini album for my August Blog Linky Party project. (Click HERE to see it.) This page that I made for the mini inspired me to get creative with kraft tags. 

I used a Graphic 45 kraft tag for a page in my mini, and I loved how it turned out!

Here is the reverse.

The tags for the mini inspired me to create a "farm fresh" tag to share with you today. I grew up in central Pennsylvania, right in the heart of farm country. My dad lived on a farm until he was 10 and my mom lived on a farm until she married my dad at age 18. Many of my aunts and uncles lived on farms, or had orchards, or just had HUGE garden patches. We did not have a farm, however, at times we had a calf, chickens, and rabbits, not to mention various dogs and cats. So, yes, I was a country girl. I moved away when I was 18, for the city and the suburbs, but I am still a country girl at heart.

I created a shabby, county tag - just because I love the colors and I ADORE roosters and chickens. I used a Graphic 45 kraft tag for my base. I rubbed the edges with Vintage Photo ink. 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. 

The fancy rooster is an image that I cut from Farm Fresh Creative Scraps. I used scissors to cut a rough edge, as if this was a torn and aged piece of paper. I inked the edges of Mr. Rooster with Vintage Photo ink. I also trimmed out the sentiment from the Creative Scraps sheet.

I added a cork star, cut from cork paper using a star die cut template. I tucked a chicken "stamp," which I cut from the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, behind some ribbon and twine. I also added some paper leaves and a few berries that I found rolling around in the bottom of my decorative florals bin.

That lovely, cream lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon (Jennifer Natural Crochet Lace). The gingham ribbons are ends that I found in my ribbon bag. The canvas "ribbon" is a scrap left over from a project I did earlier in the month. {Using it up, Boss, using it up!}

This tag will make a wonderful addition to a card, mini album, or scrapbook page. Or, it would make a great gift bag decoration, or a gift tag. The back is covered with kraft cardstock, so it would be easy to stamp or write a sentiment to a special friend and then attach this to a package. 

I hope you enjoyed this Crafty Secrets post! Come back on August 27th for my next Crafty Secrets project!

Crafty Secrets products:
Creating with Vintage Patterns CD 1
Farm Fresh Creative Scraps
Mini Vintage Creative Scraps

Other products:
Tag: Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album
Canvas Fringe, Cork Trading Cards: Canvas Corp
Lace, Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Jennifer Natural Crochet Lace, Black/Cream Gingham and Plaid
Twine: May Arts
Button: Maya Road
Berries: Michael's Crafts
Leaves: Prima
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Die cuts: Spellbinders Stars Five
Deco scissors: Provo Craft
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots; Aleene's Tacky Glue

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Faith - Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps

I hope you were able to check out the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August Release. Click HERE to see my release day project. And click HERE to see my SNSS DT blog post. 

Today, I am sharing another card using some images and die cut shapes from the August Release. This is a "just because" card, mostly because I need a reminder to cling to my faith in the rough times. It is easy to have faith when things are easy. It is harder to have faith when life tosses you into a vat of lemons!

Corrie Ten Boom was a remarkable woman of faith and I love this quote. If you don't know who Corrie Ten Boom is, please Google her. She was a remarkable servant during WWII and her story is life-changing.

I created this card by first embossing a piece of white cardsotck with an embossing folder. Since I wanted to use the beach-themed stamps from the SNSS August Release, I decided to ink my embossed paper with blue inks. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Faith stamp set onto white cardstock, and then I cut it out with a circle die. I sponged on some pale blue ink and matted the circle with a black scalloped circle. I then stamped two sand dollars from the Flourish Seashells stamp set and colored them with Copics. I use the matching Flourish Seashells die set to cut out the images.

I used foam tape to pop the sand dollar images off the card. I also used a Wink of Stella pen to add some glitter to the center of the images. 

As always, I used some scraps and stamps to decorate the inside of the card.

The card is all topped off with a fantastic bow. I love this wired, white chevron ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Make sure you stop over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog to see what's going on! We have a new release every month! Here is a peek at my August Release post. {I don't have a stamp or die set in this release...but keep your eyes peeled for September!}

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: Flourish Seashells, Faith
Sweet 'n Sassy Dies: Flourish Seashells
Cardstock: WorldWin Treasures Textured Black, White; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Classic Scallop Circles Large, Nautical
Embossing folder: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bubble Wrapping
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Feathered Peacock, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Squeezed Lemonade; Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Fireberry
Markers: Copics; Zig Wink of Stalla Clear
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blog Tour Feature - and My New Tote!

My dear friend, Kathy, has featured me on her blog! It is such an honor for me to be featured, and Kathy has some really sweet things to say! I hope you will hop on over to her blog, Kathy by Design, and check out the Blog Tour! You can learn more about Kathy, and the other designers whom she is featuring! 

Kathy is a wonderful friend and an amazing crafter. Her vintage style is a wonderful blend of "homeyness" and shabby chic. Besides being a talented paper craft artist, Kathy is a Sister in Christ, and a very loving and giving person. I cherish our friendship. We chat on the phone or via Internet chat, and we laugh until our sides ache! I thank Kathy from the bottom of my heart for the feature! 

I will be doing my own feature on  August 31st, so check back and see who I have picked!

One thing before I go....  A few weeks ago I was on a rant on Facebook about not being able to find a replacement for my very old, very wrecked All My Memories Totally Cool Tote. Well, I found THIS bad boy, which is really an electrician's tool carrier! {My Pop would be so proud of me!} It is sort of manly, but...I am always more about function than looks. {grin}

The price was right, so I ordered it. It is a tad larger than I expected, but I love it! It is the perfect size for all my tools and "junk" and sits on my desk. It is a bit heavier than my other tote, but I don't travel out to crops very often, so I think it will work.

The tote is 11 x 10 x 19 inches. You can see all my great stuff in there! It even holds my small trimmer and my ATG! My bigger trimmer fits if I wrestle with it a bit. The bottom zips open and contains a plastic container for storing odds and ends. I like to keep all of my tools handy, and I use everything in this tote on a pretty regular basis. {Ok, yes, I have a LOT of scissors!}

There are tons of pockets and places to put all of my many tools. I have it loaded up! I don't mind the black and khaki color. I have enough pink and teal tools in there to satisfy my girlie side. 

And there you have it. Tote crises averted! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Just Relax!

Hello! Today is my day to post on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog. The Design Team has been sharing projects from the August Release. If you missed the release, click HERE

There are times when we all need to be told to RELAX! I created a card with a soft color palette and a relaxing vibe!

I used the NEW August Release Beauty By the Sea die set and the Beauty By the Sea stamps

I found some old photo slides in my stash and decided that one would make a really cool backdrop for my starfish cluster. I stamped the starfish onto printed paper and then colored them with Copics. (The paper has a faint text background.)

I added some postage cancellation marks that I punched from printed paper. I also added some fun items - a tiny bottle of sand, some old resistors, and some burlap. {I was an electrical engineering student once, so yes I have resistors! Don't they look like tiny nautical something or others?!} 

For my second cluster, I used another of the stamped, colored, and die cut starfish, along with some twine and another punched postage mark. I also stamped the RELAX! sentiment from the Beauty By the Sea set and cut it out with a banner die.

I love how this card turned out. I love the beachy colors and the embellishment clusters just make my day!

You know I must decorate the inside of the card. I stamped the Scripture from the Beauty By the Sea stamp set onto the printed paper. And there lurks another starfish!

I wish all of you a good day. Thanks for looking and for commenting! I love your comments.

Make sure you stop over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Blog to see what's going on! We have a new release every month! Here is a peek at my August Release post. {I don't have a stamp or die set in this release...but keep your eyes peeled for September!}

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Dies: Beauty By the Sea
Cardstock: WorldWin Treasures Textured Deep Brown
Printed paper: Prima Seashore
Other dies: Spellbinders Mix'd Media Elements
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Markers: Copics
Twine: May Arts
Pearls: Recollections
Photo slide: unknown
Burlap: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Resistors, Glass Bottle: Sky Blue Pink
Sand: Oceanside, CA beach {smile}
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue

Monday, August 18, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous - Challenge #14

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #14 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes August 31st at midnight PT.

Challenge #14 Button it Up!
Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

The Craft Hoarders Anonymous team is having a BLOG HOP today with the Altered Pages Design Team! Both teams made some wonderful projects for the button challenge! Make sure to check their blogs! For the full list, scroll down!

Here is my button project. I will preface this by saying that my daughter, my mother-in-law, and I are all HUGE Lucille Ball fans...hence the photo of Lucy Ricardo. {grin}

I love the episode of the I Love Lucy where Lucy tries to learn to sew. It mirrors my experiences with sewing machines EXACTLY! I found this amazing photo from the show, and it is priceless! 

My layout was further inspired by THIS layout by Melinda Spinks, which I saw on Pinterest. I loved her use of the different squares as her background. I wanted to copy that idea, only in a grungy, messy, mismatched sort of way. I dig WAY DEEP into my hoard of papers, and found lots of things that would work for my layout.

As soon as I saw this sentiment stamp in the Stitches Sewing set that Altered Pages gave to me, I had the rest of my layout idea! The sentiment made me think of how watching I Love Lucy keeps me laughing...keeps me in stitches!

I knew this was going to be a heavy layout, and it would be more for displaying than for placing in a scrapbook, therefore I attached my base paper to a sheet of sturdy chipboard. The designer paper is Black and Ivory Paris from Canvas Corp. I rubbed the paper with Range Distress Vintage Photo ink, and then I did a wash with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint Light Gold. I washed over that with Ranger Distress Stain Picket Fence.

To create my layered blocks, I cut out 16 pieces of EXTRA THICK chipboard, 2 x 2 inches. I then trimmed printed paper, digital images from Altered Pages (Antique Sewing and Vintage Sewing), and tissue paper to 2 x 2 inches and attached one image or pattern to each chipboard block.

I stamped directly onto a few of the blocks, to create some collages. I have tons of sewing-themed items in my stash. The issue was not what to use, but what NOT to use! 

I added the blocks to the base page, overlapping some, and also overlapping a few of the blocks with the photo. I cut the mannequin from chipboard and from printed paper, and overlapped some of the blocks with "her." Using Canvas Corp canvas and tissue paper, I created a die cut flower.

I used ruler printed twill to create a rolled rose. I used Scor-tape to attach two pieces of twill, back to back, so that where would be a print on both sides. Then I rolled it to make the rose, which I topped with a wood button.

I carried the sewing theme further by making a button card from a piece of 7Gypsies packaging. I trimmed the chipboard packing to size, and used a die to punch a "hanger hole" into the top. I then stamped some button-themed images onto the packaging with archival ink. I tied on a few "fancy" buttons.

I found some small wooden spools in my stash, so I wrapped on with twine, added a pin, and made an embellishment with it.

This was such a fun project! I love that when I look at it, my eye goes directly to the photo of the beautiful Lucille Ball. Every time I look at her photo, I start to giggle! Now, hoarders, I hit the mother lode of hoarded stuff on this layout! I hope you had fun looking!

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

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett

Now, for the Altered Pages team!
Altered Pages Blog
Roni Johnson
Trisha Too
Daniella May
Stephanie Siatta
Tonya Trantham
Robin Horasanian
Debi Tullier

Barbara Rankin
Lyneen Jesse

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Altered Pages!

In addition to the prize Craft Hoarders Anonymous is offering to one of our participants, Altered Pages is also offering a prize! All you have to do is leave a comment during the Altered Pages and Craft Hoarders blog hop and you will be entered into a random drawing for an Altered Pages Blog Gift (a Set of Japanese Oil Pastels and a huge Ephemera package)!

Altered Pages was started in 2003 to sell collages and ephemera. As of 2010, under new ownership, AP became a mixed media website with a remarkable Design Team and active Blog, while still creating awesome collages in virtually any genre. The company also offers many original ART Kits and has acquired the Mailbox Muse Kit club. Family run and appreciative of your support!

ALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY, that's what we believe in at Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge. Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too! Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let's GO.

Also sponsoring for August is:

Canvas Corp, based out of Springdale, Arkansas, is led by Randy and Christine Meier. Canvas Corp manufactures and distributes a line of craft, scrapbooking and home decor basics under the brand name Canvas Home Basics. Established in 2006, Canvas Corp made its entry into the market with a focus on products that offer great basic solutions for the craft and home decor markets. Joining the Canvas Corp umbrella of brands was BagWorks and 7gypsies in 2011 and the newest member of the brand team is Tattered Angels who joined in 2012.


Altered Pages product:
Stitches Sewing stamp set
Antique Sewing digital images
Vintage Sewing digital images
Sewing pattern tissue paper

Canvas Corp product:
Canvas Fringe
Damask Canvas
Natural Canvas
Black on Ivory Paris Cardstock
Back and White Printed Tags
Antique Brass Mini Hanger
Scrap packs printed paper
Collage Tissue: Numero kraft
Tattered Angels High Impact Mixed Media Paint Light Gold

Other supplies:
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Haberdashery; Papertrey Ink Button Boutique
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo; Clearsnap Colorbox Archival Wicked Black
Stain: Ranger Distress Picket Fence
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Couture, Steampunk Debutante, Domestic Goddess, A Ladies' Diary, Fashionista, Times Nouveau
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Circle punches: Stampin' Up
Dies: PapertreyInk Button Card; Taylored Expressions Handmade Charms; Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals, Sewing Room
Ruler ribbon: unknown
Pins: Maya Road
Buttons, wood thread spool: from stash
Twine: May Arts; Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Scor-tape; Cosmo Cricket Glubers; Liquitex Matte Gel Medium; Glue Dots
Packaging: 7Gypsies
Photo: printed from the Internet

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August Release

Welcome to the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps August 2014 ReleaseDies seem to be the trend in card making right now and Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has some fabulous new dies to release this month that coordinate with several of our summer stamp sets already available in the store! {This is a BIG post, so make sure you scroll down to see the project and the contest!}

Click HERE to purchase the bundle!

I have a project to share with you, plus a mini tutorial. 

I used the Happy Ocean Friends stamp and die set for this card. I love the cute, little sea critters! Plus, the dies are so easy to line up. I usually worry about coloring and cutting because I often mess up on the cutting part! But these dies are so easy to use!

I wanted my fish to "swim," so I created a little bobbing fish.

I stamped the goldfish image twice onto white cardstock with black dye ink. I colored both images with Copic markers. On the first image, I also stamped the bubbles with blue ink. I die cut the fish and bubbles image with a circle die template. While the paper was still in the template, I sponged on pale blue ink.

I used the Happy Ocean Friends die template to cut out the second goldfish. I sponged the edges with pale blue ink.

 I trimmed down an Action Wobble spring and attached the die cut fish to one end of the spring.  I attached the other end to the fish image which I had cut out in a circle shape.

Now, the die cut fish is popped up and sort of "jiggles"! 

I stamped a sentiment from the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set.

I decorated the inside of the card by stamping the images and sentiment onto white cardstock. I wanted to change the sentiment to "a birthday FISH for you"! But, that's just silly. {grin}

I used a lot of bright colors. I love the orange and blue combination. I think the orange twine looks like happy, orange seaweed. {Maybe not...}

Here is a peek at the card I will be sharing on Tuesday, August 19th, using products from this release!

I used the Beauty By the Sea stamps and die set! Lovely!

It wouldn't be a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Release without fun prizes and a challenge so here are the details!

One random commenter from one of the Design Teams blogs will be selected to win a 
$10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd! So zip on down and leave a comment!

Our Release Challenge this week is: Create a Summer-themed Card...and, Add a Die Cut!  You have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter. One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 25 participants (not including the DT), 2 winners will be selected to each receive a $20 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd. (Guidelines for the challenge are listed on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog!)

Just add your card to the gallery using the linky tool below. To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card in no more than 3 challenges. Remember, you don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter, although we sure love when you do!

Please use code SNSAUG2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.

Thanks for joining us today!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Dies: Happy Ocean Friends
Cardstock: WorldWin ColorMates Dark Coffee Brown; Copic Blender Card White; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Designer paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Fly a Kite
Other dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small; My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips
Templates: Kiwi Lane Designs Sentiments 1B
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Robin's Egg
Markers: Copics
Ribbon: My Favorite Things Orange Fizz
Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: unknown
Spring: Action Wobble
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue