Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sugar and Spice

I wanted to share a little tag I created for a friend who recently had a baby girl.  It was really simple to make but I think it's darling.  I love the simple things!

The images are both from Crafty Secrets' Baby Girl Digital Download.  I love the little 'Made with Love' tag.  The background paper is also from CS.  So precious! 

I inked up the edges in Spun Sugar and dyed the bow the same color. 

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies used:

Crafty Secrets Baby Girl Digital Download
Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Papers (comes in Digital or CD)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar
Martha Stewart Doily
Flowers:  Various Fiskar Punches
Viva Pearl Decor Pen (Flower centers)
Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Creepy Coasters

Happy Wednesday!  I decided to mix it up today and make something other than a card so I pulled out a few ceramic coasters I purchased a Michael's on clearance a couple of weeks ago.  I think they turned out pretty well.

The images are from Crafty Secrets' Vintage Halloween Jumbo Kit available for instant download.
Each image I used was created from a gift tag in the kit.  I simply cropped and resized each tag and traced the coasters on each image.

After inking up the edges with Tim Holtz' vintage photo distress ink, I topped the images off with Glue n' Seal.  Great stuff!      

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Happy Sunday! I spent a good portion of my afternoon making flowers for this card but then decided the paper was just too pretty to cover up! Oh, well. I will have a head start on a future project.

This is my last entry for the Crafty Secrets Linky Party this month. You can submit up to 5 entries for a chance to win $50 in their online store. 

This little image is just darling. I purchased this as an instant download from their 'family' collection. I love how they're giving each other a 'big squeeze' (my toddlers reference to a hug).  

The frame is an older Sizzix die cut on Tim Holtz' tattered rose paper. I used the same color for the background paper. 

The beautiful rose paper is from Crafty Secrets' CD1. This may be my favorite paper ever. I wish I had wallpaper like this in my home!

Well, that's all. Below are the flowers I didn't use, lol.  I will see what I can come up with for next time. Have a wonderful evening!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Autumn Leaves

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has a fun weekend ahead of them.

This morning I decided to make a Fall card as we are scheduled to hit 108 temps here in Arizona...a gal can dream!

The image is from Crafty Secrets, of course. They have some great downloadable items on their website available for instant print. Check them out and submit up to 5 entries for their monthly Linky Party which gives you the chance to win $50 in their online store.
The image is so beautiful I didn't want to add a ton of embellishment to the card and take away from its beauty. 

The leaves were cut from a Tim Holtz die. I inked them with various distress inks and then went over them with a corresponding leaf stamp set. I used an embossing pad to stamp on the 'veins' and then brushed over them with vintage gold perfect pearls. I added brown and white baker's twine that came in a small Martha Stewart Christmas Twine set from Christmas 2012. 
The green background paper is from a Fall paper stack I purchased at Joanne's last fall. 
The little orange leaf is actually ribbon that I got at a little mom and pop store in town. I love it because you can cut one or a whole string and it is reasonably priced. I also purchased the brown polka dot ribbon from them as well.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Harry Potter

Hi there.  I wanted to share something I have been working on.. My son just turned 10 and is a huge Harry Potter fan so I wanted to make him something to go along with all of the Potter themed memorabilia in his room.

I wanted to make a memory box of so he could have a nice variety of themed items. I will give you a breakdown of each section. 

The top section was pretty easy. I believe I got the argyle paper at Hobby Lobby a year or two ago in their loose paper section. Next, I downloaded the HP font 'lumos' off the Internet (yes, there is such a thing), typed out his name, printed, and cut. I distressed it with TH vintage photo and used clear crackle paint to give it a bit of character. I also printed the lightening bolt from the Internet.

The background paper in the box beneath is actually the wallpaper from the Gryffindor Common Room. I wanted to do a couch and fireplace but couldn't find anything small enough so I let it be. 

The Hogwarts emblem, Hedwig, and photo of Moaning Myrtle were all found and printed from the Internet. Don't you just live the toilet seat? I found that in the dollhouse section at the craft store. 

The tiny box on the top left is hard to make out but it represents the deathly hallows...for all of you Potter fans, you know what I am talking about! I printed off a picture is the resurrection stone, broke a toothpick and painted it brown for a wand, and spritzed an iridescent ribbon to make the invisibility cloak.

Below that is the Hall of Frames which includes Salazar Slytherin, Godric Gryffindor, and Helga Hufflepuff. I printed the pics off and added them to charms I purchased. 

The Lady in the gold frame is the Fat Lady...I promise I did not name her that! I found the frame at Michael's in there dollar bins. 

Below the Fat Lady is the Great Hall.  I used a dollhouse table and hung floating candles from the ceiling. 

To the right is the potions classroom and a barrel of butterbeer. My son and I were fortunate enough to go to Universal this year (just the two of us) and we are obsessed with the stuff! We even made butterbeer cupcakes for his birthday!

Next, is the winged keys and lock from the end of the first book. I drew, painted, and cut the wings. 

My favorite box is the sorting hat. I printed him off and glued him to a dollhouse chair I painted. I love the argyle background and the mini house banners above. Very HP!

I added a pic of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, Platforms 9 3/4,  and the Mirror of Erised. 

The final section contains some Quidditch scrapbook accessories I purchased, the Whomping Willow and flying car, the symbol of the deathly hallows (made from toothpicks and paper), a golden snitch I made from a wooden ball, and a Sirius Black wanted sign (I apologize for cutting the photo in half).

I believe that is all. There really aren't too many HP items for purchase out there so I printed the majority from the Internet. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for looking!

Oh, Baby!

Happy Fourth!

I have been dying to make a card with Crafty Secrets' baby girl digital download. I just love anything vintage pink! I plan on submitting this in their July Linky Party along with a few other entries. 

I printed out the image and adhered it to a background that I colored with Tim Holtz' 'tattered rose' favorite color in his collection. Next, I added faux pearls using Viva's pearl drops but I think I need to work on how to round the drops out instead of having them peak, lol. Any tips out there?

The two background papers are from Crafty Secrets' CD #1. I 'stitched' them together with a Close to my Heart stamp I purchased ages ago. 

I colored the roses and footprint to match the papers. The roses were cut from a spellbinders die, the leaves from a sizzix die, and the footprints were from a punch I purchased at Hobby Lobby. 

Thanks for looking. God Bless America!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Christmas Tweet

Hello, again!  Another Christmas card for the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party.  I used the Vintage Christmas download for this card.
I usually like to make my own cards but I wanted to give one of their templates a shot and it is so easy! I can see it will be a great time saver if I ever have to make last minute cards at Christmas...and I usually do!

The background paper is absolutely beautiful. I meant to go back and see if CS included it as a single paper as well but haven't had a chance.  I imagine there is some way to digitally 'capture' that pattern and make it yourself but I am not sure as I am very new to the digital world.

 After I cut out the image, I inked the edges with some vintage photo, scored the card, and used my exacto knife to cut out the bird detail.  The only embellishment I added was the holly in the top left corner and I simply punched that from a Martha Stewart punch.  Now I am thinking I could probably add a little gem to the bird's eye...

Thanks so much for looking and have a wonderful day!

Snow Babies

Hello, there!  I have been playing around with the Crafty Secrets Vintage Christmas download and wanted to share a card I made.  I must admit I have no digital experience whatsoever but am slowly getting the hang of it. I am going to submit this card in their July Linky Party.

I decided to use the snow darlings image for this project.  I just love the shade of gray/muted silver of their little outfits.  I know most probably don't think of pink at Christmas but I wanted to pick up the pink ribbon on some of the hats and I think it turned out really well.

The background paper is from CS CD1, I believe.  I hope I got that right!  I don't think there is a single CS item I don't love!

I used a spellbinders set to cut the snowflakes and inked them in Tim Holtz' tattered rose before finishing up with a bit of Martha Stewart glitter. 

The crinkle ribbon is also from Tim Holtz' line. I just sponged a little ink on my mat and wet it to spread the ink until I got the color I wanted. 

The two buttons have not been glued down and I apologize for not having a completely finished project, but I intend on pulling silver thread through the holes before applying permanently.  I simply haven't had time to run to Joanne's the last two weeks!

That's all.  Thanks for taking the time to look.