Sunday, February 28, 2010

OCLDT02~ and the Crafty Secrets give-away winner is......

Good Morning!
I have a winner to announce and a sketch challenge to tell you about!

First let me tell you about the Friday Our Craft Lounge Design Team Challenge!
Every Friday there will be a new sketch chosen from one of the the DT members cards. Go to The Lounge and check it out, there will be a prize given away every month to the winner. So be sure and upload your card for a chance to win!

Here's this weeks sketch from a gorgeous card Charmaine made...

and this is my take on it...

I stamped the Vintage Swirls stamp with VersaMark ink on white cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I used my Ranger Distress Spiced Marmalade & Worn Lipstick inks and sponged them on, the embossed swirls pop through the ink!

I sponged the ink on the sheet music before I punched out the layers for the flowers.

Supplies: Stamps - OCL Vintage Swirls & Big Thanks. Paper - GP white, Regal Rose CS, vintage sheet music. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, VersaMark. Acces. - Rose Pink Crafty Sparkles, clear Embossing Powder, buttons, Martha Stewart pink bakers thread. Tools - Spellbinders Labels 8, sponge, heat tool, Big Shot, Zutter Round It All, scalloped circle, Martha leaf & cosmo punches, tracing wheel, Scor-Pal.


OK, now, what all of you Crafty Secrets commenters have been waiting for!

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Diane Jaquay said...

That frame is so completely GORGEOUS, I'd love to give something like this a try!!

Diane, please contact me ASAP with your mailing info for your goodies!
(if I'm not contacted within 3 days, March 4th, I will pick a new winner, sorry, but, I have to do this to give someone a chance to win)
I hope you have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Love Potion frame and a give away ~ Crafty Secrets

Good Morning!
Booooo-zeeeee, it's cold here, it was 25 this morning, ouch, that hurts!
We have been lucky on the last couple of snow storms, they are going north and south of us, YAY! Although, an insured told me yesterday, that the number of foggy mornings in Aug. determines the number of snow storms in Feb., if thats true we have one to go Smiley from
I have a lot to share today, so sit back and have yourself a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.
I'm showing you another one of Vicki Chrisman's 3D die frames I just finished. You can order them from Crafty Secrets now!
I saw the cutest flowers on my friend Michele Boyer's blog that she made from a tutorial here. I changed it up a little by using sheet music instead of patterned paper and I stapled all the layers together instead of using a brad and then I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist to give them the color. I really love how they look, I used my Martha punch for the leaves.
The sentiment says "There's a wild little women in each of us", heehee.
I stamped the bottle from the Message in a Bottle stamp set with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink and the No 9 with Black Soot. I painted on some Glossy Accents to make it look like glass. The frame background and cut out hearts are stamped with the Cupcake Party set. I didn't see it on the Shop-a-tron site, but, you can contact Sandy about it. Her contact info is on her blog.

Look at this fun image, this image and sentiment are from the Girlfriends Image & Journal Notes booklet.
Now it's give away time!!
This is whats up for grabs, the Crafty Secrets medium Mouse Party stamp set, 2 Image & Journal Notes booklets, Childhood and Little Dolls and 6 rolls of American Crafts ribbon.
All you need to do is leave a comment and I'll let Random .org pick a winner on Monday March 1st. EASY PEASY!
Here's my cheesecake card I made with the Mouse Party stamp set. The images in the set are so cute!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Don't forget to comment so you have a chance to win!!
Have a warm day!

Friday, February 19, 2010

OCL Golfin' Gramps ~ Armadillo

Look at Golfin' Gramps by Our Craft Lounge, isn't he cute?
I love that we have a gramps to go with granny now, think of the possibilities!
Grandparents cards, mother and fathers day cards, humorous cards and all the other stamps that come with the Granny & Gramps sets, my mind is spinning!

I paper pieced his clothes and the ground on the tag. Gramps is sportin' a goatee Smiley from I used Platinum Sparkly Fluff for that and his hair. His clubs have Glossy Accents on them for some shine. Everything is distressed (of course) with Vintage Photo ink and a blender tool. I added a few stitches here and there with linen thread.
I made the tag to attach to the box of golf balls, a cute gift for a golfer friend!
You could even use granny as a lady golfer, just use the accessorie stamps from this set with her, how cute would that be?
Supplies: Stamps - OCL Golfin' Gramps, SU! Itty Bitty splatter background. Paper - GP white, Cosmo Cricket Fleurtise, tag. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. - OCL Platinum Sparkly Fluff, twill, brass brads, SU! tiny clip, Glossy Accents, linen thread. Tools - Spellbinders Labels 8 die, Big Shot, blender tool, Scor-Pal, pinking shears, Creative Memories circle cutter, 1 1/4" circle punch, Martha Stewart circle punch.
OCL is hosting a new Friday Sketch Challenge, go check out the deets at The Lounge, I think there will be prizes involved!!
This little critter was in the flower bed at work yesterday. I was right on top of him with my camera and he could care less, he wasn't afraid at all. He was just rooting around for something to eat. Armadillo's came into AR. a few years ago, I think I heard they came in from OK. They ar e related to anteaters. He's so ugly, he's kinda cute, look at his little pink nose! I've never got to see one this close up, usually they are dead on the side of the road.

Funky looking little dude, huh?
I hope you have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Crafty Secrets Color Challenge

This month Vicki has challenged the design team with ways to use color in our stamped projects.Smiley from
For my first project I have used Copic markers to color the Queen from the new Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps Greetings from Wonderland set, a super fun set for all the Alice in Wonderland fans!
I took a small plain white box and covered it with paper from the Pastel Paper Pad. I added the lace around the lid and I punched 2 pieces of the paper with my Marvy Giga Scalloped Square Punch. I glued one on the bottom of the box and attached the Queen (isn't she funny, she just cracks me up) to a scalloped square for the top and glued that to the top of the box with Zip Dry glue. I glued the game pieces on the bottom of the box for feet.
She has bling on her belt and her For You sign is covered with Glossy Accents.

These are the Copic markers I used to color the Queen.
You don't have to be an expert to use these markers. Most stamps have the shaded areas in the stamp itself, especially detailed stamps like Crafty Secrets.
I like to color over a darker color with a lighter color to make the area lighter, almost like lifting the color in places. You can add color to the same color and darken areas this way and then blend it with the lighter color marker.

I always pick my patterned paper and cardstock first, then I match my Copic marker colors to my paper.

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I altered these dominos with Adirondack Alcohol Inks, I used Red Pepper and the Silver Mixative on one and Red Pepper, Bottle and Silver Mixative on the other . These are smaller dominos, about 3/4 x 1 1/2". I got them from a friend a few years ago. I attached a pin/bale on the back and strung pink cord through it to make a necklace. The stamp I used is from the Greetings from Wonderland set. There is a great tutorial here by my friend Cindy Lyles at SCS for this technique.

Here are the supplies I used for the dominos. Each piece is always different and the domino necklaces and pins make great little gifts!
You can get most of the supplies I used from electicPaperie or StarLitStudio, the varnish came from Michael's.
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I added color to this Eiffel Tower with glitter, I love glitter! I printed it out on pink cardstock like Sandy had suggested when she was giving this download away with a purchase. I applied Scotch Tacky glue with a small brush and dumped Martha Stewart White Gold glitter on the tower and the pink glitter on the flag. It's SO SPARKLY in real life!
Make sure you check out the other DT blogs to see what they did with color!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Sneak Peek OCL ~ Spring Sketches

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This is the last day of the sneak peeks for Our Craft Lounge. Have you been enjoying all the great peeks? I know I have!
This set is called Spring Sketches, beautiful set!

I love the look of these flowers in this set, they look like, well, sketches, just gorgeous and oh so easy to color or paper piece!

I stamped the tulip twice and cut out the middle petal and popped it up for dimension.

Supplies: Stamps - OCL Spring Sketches, SU! Itty Bitty Backgrounds. Paper - Cosmo Cricket Early Bird, GP white, SU! Not Quite Navy, Celery. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, SU! Celery, Copic markers. Acces. - buttons, stick pin, ribbon, brad. Tools - Spellbinders Scalloped Rect. Classic Small, corner punch, tracing wheel, Scor-Pal.
Run on over to The Lounge and the other designers blogs to find some more peeks!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is a make-n-take HB and I did at the retail show at CHA. It's a tiny pin cushion, I love collecting pin cushions and this was right up my alley! Look at those gorgeous velvet flowers, they were made with a handmade press based on an antique press that was used to make silk flowers year ago, cool, huh? I LOVE stuff like this, with a history, KWIM? Needless to say, I walked away with a flower press from the booth.
I'm thinking I really need the leaf press now Smiley from
I hope you have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Sneak Peek OCL ~ Vintage Roses

Good Morning!
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Here I am with another Our Craft Lounge sneak peek. This time I'm showing a card I made with the new Vintage Roses stamp set illustrated by Marianne Walker. Isn't she pretty? This set is perfect for Mothers Day cards or any occasion for a special lady in your life.

I made the lace flower and topped it with paper roses, ribbon and a button.

I love her hat and the way she's looking down admiring the rose.

Supplies: Stamps - OCL Vintage Roses. Paper - GP white, Basic Grey Bittersweet. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. - lace, paper roses, buttons, cotton string, pink gems, Jelly Roll Stardust glitter pen. Tools - SU! scalloped border punch, tracing wheel, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangle dies, Scor-Pal, blender tool.

Don't forget to check out the other designers blogs, the list is on the left, and The Lounge for more gorgeous peeks. There are 24 new sets coming out, lots of eye candy!
I hope you have a great day!
It's supposed to be a rainy day here, better than snow and ice, I'm thinking!
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Sneak Peek OCL ~ In Flight

Edited to add: Millie asked... Did you do anything more than ink the edges?
That's it Millie, I inked the edges of cardstock and patterned paper with Ranger Distress Antique Linen and a blender tool.
Good Morning!
I'm showing you another peek this morning of a new Our Craft Lounge set called In Flight.
It's a beautiful elegant swirly butterfly set.

I just had to dirty it up a bit.
Supplies: Stamps - OCL In Flight. Paper - gp white, SU! Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers. Acces. - Crafty Sparkles Ice Crystals, yellow Dew Drops, button brad, ribbon, clear gems.
Tools - sewing machine, Spellbinders Labels 4 dies, Scor-Pal, Creative Memories circle cutter, Tim Holtz blending tool.
Be sure and check out the other designer blogs and The Lounge for some more peeks, you'll be glad you did!

I hope you have a great day!
Smiley from

Monday, February 01, 2010

Office ~ Crafty Secrets

Good morning!
It's back to work for me today...ugh. I'm hoping my desk isn't piled high since I've been gone so long.
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I thought this would be a good day to show my file folder gift card holder. It's a regular size card scored at 3 1/2" and folded. I used my Tiny Attacher and stapled each side together so you can put the gift card inside.
This is one of my fave new sets from Crafty Secrets called Office, the typewriter is so cool, you can put 1 of the many sentiments on the paper in the typewriter!
I have a vintage PAID date stamp that I got at a flea market that I stamped over the patterned paper and the old record book paper.
Supplies: Stamps - Crafty Secrets Office, vintage PAID stamp. Paper - Confetti Cream, Classic Paper Pad, vintage record book paper. Ink - Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Copic markers. Acces. - SU! tiny clip, word blank and hanger by 7gypsies, brads, twill. Tools - Tim blending tool, Creative Memories circle cutter, corner punch, Spellbinders Labels 3 die, sewing machine, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, SU! spiral punch, Scor-Pal.
I hope you have a good day at the office!

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Tres Chic DePorc ~ Sneak Peek ~ Our Craft Lounge

This week we are sneak peeking our CHA release. We have 24 brand new stamp sets available at your favorite stores next week!

Don't you just love this diva piggy? I had a lot of fun with this one. She's all decked out and ready to party!
I used some Cotton Candy Sparkly Fluff on her dress so it's all sparkly and touchable! Her feather in her hat is covered with Eyeliner Black Sparkly Fluff too.

Supplies: Stamps - Tres Chic DePorc Our Craft Lounge, Paper - GP white, Basic Grey Bittersweet 6x6 paper pad, Pretty in Pink. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Copic markers. Acces. - Sparkly Fluff Cotton Candy Pink, Eyeliner Black, crystal stickers, pink sparkle gem by Hero Arts, black pearl pin, buttons, Martha pink string, May Arts ribbon. Tools - Martha flower border punch, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles, Creative Memories 1" square punch, tracing wheel, Scor-Pal.
Be sure and check out the other designer blogs and The Lounge for some more fun peeks!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I wanted to show you what we made in Tim Holtz class at CHA, so much fun!
Isn't it pretty?! We used flowers that were cut with his new die from Sizzix to make the roses and we grunged them up with his new Distress Inks. And bellied them up with his new buttons and hardware, ahhhhhhhhhh.
I hope y'all have a great day, the ground is still covered with snow here. I can't believe I made it home just in time!
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