Friday, December 30, 2011

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge ~ thank you and Crafty Secrets Splitcoast Shop Hop Sale

I have  a two-fer for today, a Vintage Cafe Card Challenge and a Crafty Secrets Shop Hop sale!!
The VCCC was to make a thank you card and Crafty Secrets is having a huge sale, so I used their papers from the Creating with Vintage CD and their Vintage Labels and Sweet Kids stamp sets. The only stamping that was done is the frame and thanks sentiment, the rest is the papers from the CD, beautiful papers! 
I used Martha's flower border punch along the edge and Tim's tissue tape on the inside edge.
The white seam binding is colored with Bundled Sage Distress Stain. There is Kaiser rhinestone bling and pearls, Antique Linen Distress Stickles are on the the stamped frame edge and the dragon flies wings.

Now, go and check out the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge and play along for a chance to win some goodies and then head on over to Crafty Secrets to catch some great sales!
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Smiley from

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

Iris tag

Good Morning!
It's almost Christmas, are you ready? I am, finally.

I'm sad I couldn't play along in Tim and Mario's 12 tags, if I ever retire, I'm on it baby!
I decided to make a tag using one of Tim's older sets, Fancy Flourish that you can buy at Inspiration Emporium. Don't forget to use my code ieirisgarden for your 10% discount!
When I saw the set in their store, the iris popped out at me and then I read the sentiment, that sealed the deal, I had to have it! Wow, it really gets you thinking, you know?
 I had so much fun digging in my bellie box for my tag. I used an Ideaology fragment charm, I covered the back of the charm with book paper and Glossy Accents. I put the Philosophy Tag on a Memo Pin. I cut the flower petals with my Tattered Florals die out of Kraft Resist paper, the leaves are cut with my Spellbinders Foilage die. The center of the flower has ideaology Foilage Findings. I glued the flower on top of  Ideaology Regal Wings. I stamped the iris with VersaMark ink and poured on the white embossing powder and heated it. I colored my tag and did the distressing with Ranger Distress Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs ink and a blending tool. My sentiment and flourish are stamped with Archival Jet Black ink. The white trim along the bottom is from Walmart. I did the faux stitching with a tracing wheel.
Have a beautiful Christmas my friends!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Crafty Secrets ~altered Christmas decor

Good Morning!
My mom gave me this Christmas decoration several years ago and I hang it from my wreath on my front door every year. I've had to repair it a couple of times, I can't make myself throw it away, I love the vintage look and the memories. The top is a piece of wood, it used to have plastic greenery on it, but, thats long gone. The red pieces are a thin metal, thicker than foil with gold vintage letters and snowflakes on each one spelling NOEL. I've thought about making one from paper and now is the time. 
I started out with an empty toilet paper roll for the top, but, it wasn't long enough to suit me. Then I thought paper towel roll, but, my paper towels were not empty by a long shot. I looked around my stamp room and saw my basket of wooden spools and decided that would work!
I printed out some pretty floral paper from the new Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD  by Crafty Secrets and wrapped it around the spool. Seems my last couple of Christmas projects have been pink, thinking out of the box I guess. I glued some tinsel in the ends of the spool to hang it by.
The next step was the hanging banners with the silver bells on the ends. I cut some celery cardstock for each letter, printed some pink paper from the CD and attached that to the celery cardstock. I cut the ends of the banners with a double scalloped punch, put in silver eyelets and hung the bells through the eyelets, the silver ribbon was on the bells, they were name tags. I got them a couple of years ago at Pier 1 on clearance. I added Martha White Gold Glitter on the edges. I cut some rosettes with my Alterations  Mini Rosettes die and sprayed them with spray adhesive and added the glitter. I stamped the letters with my Crafty Secrets Artsy Alphabet stamp set in Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick ink and punched them out with a scalloped circle punch. I covered them with VersaMark poured on clear embossing powder and heat embossed them. I put them in the freezer for a few minutes to harden, then I bent them so they would crack.
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Friday, December 16, 2011

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge ~ gift cards

Good Morning!
Today is another Vintage Cafe Card Challenge and the challenge is to make a set of 4 gift cards measuring 2x3. 
I used my Spellbinders labels 8 die, it's almost the perfect size for the cards. I scored and folded my Neenah White cardstock and laid it over the top edge of the die a tiny bit so it wouldn't cut the edge making it open from the bottom. Then I cut my patterned papers from the Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas 6x6 pad with the same die and adhered those papers to the card. I added a line of glitter along the curved pink paper. I stamped the sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Christmas Mail stamp set at the bottom with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink. I punched my house with a square punch and added glitter, the roof tops are a square cut in half. I punched the twig with my Martha punch and added glitter to that too. I punched a hole in the upper left corner and threaded Martha bakers string through to make an attachment for the gift. I built some vintage button snowmen and added the tiny pom-pom trim to the bottom.  
Now it's your turn! Make a set of 4 2x3 gift tags and upload them to the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge blog for your chance to win some great supplies and get inspired! There are some amazing paper crafters all over the world, you can see some of them on the VCCC blog!
Remember, if you place an order at Inspiration Emporium from my links don't forget to use my coupon code ieirisgarden for a 10% discount!
Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge ~ glitter

It's the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge again and the design team girls are choosing themes. It's my turn and I challenged the girls to use glitter on their cards. Who doesn't love using glitter?! 
 The base papers are from the new Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD. I added the frame from Crafty Secrets and the birds are from the Alterations Mini Bird & Cage set and the scroll is Maya Road. I painted the birds and scroll with white acrylic paint and sprinkled on the Martha Stewart glitter while it was wet. I didn't have to paint the frame, it was already white, I just added glue and glitter.
I stamped the tag with a heart from the Crafty Secrets Grand Greetings stamp set in Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick ink and added the white Kaiser Pearl. All of the distressing is done with Gathered Twigs ink.
Now, it's your turn. Head over to the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge blog, upload your sparkly creation for a chance to win some fab supplies!
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Monday, November 28, 2011

Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD 2

Good Monday Morning!
Today I want to show you another tag I made with the new Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD #2.
Have you checked it out yet? You can find all the info about the new CD on the Heart Warming Vintage Blog. You can check out the major changes going on at Crafty Secrets too, Sandy and Scott are scaling down, and that is something we all need to do to keep our sanity, LOL!
This is one of my fave papers from the CD #2. I used a journaling card from a Creative Scrap and added the paper covered chipborad heart to that.

I got the coffee stained flowers from a junk sale, it looks like they are made from tea stained coffee filters. The chipboard heart leaves are coved with tissue tape, I love this stuff, so easy to use. All of the distressing is done with Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs ink.

Check out the designers blogs, the list is on the left, they are wroking up a storm on new samples for this new CD, you'll be inspired!
Remember, Sandy is selling out all of her stamp sets, everything is on sale but the new CD's and Creative Scraps, I'm SO happy she's keeping the Creative Scraps!
I hope you have a great Monday, thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it my friends!
Smiley from

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crafty Secrets new CD Creating with Vintage Illustrations

Good Morning!
This week the Crafty Secrets DT ladies are showing you new designs from the second new CD, Creating with Vintage Illustrations!
There are so many fun designs, papers, templates, frames, layouts, wait until you see!
Sandy has some big news too, big changes are coming to Crafty Secrets, more about that later.
 This is a tag I made with the new CD.
I printed the paper for the tag base, the floral paper for the mini dress form and the sentiment.

 I had these DMC floss cards that I'd picked up at a flea market and I got this spool of string at a junk sale in Mtn.View for like a $1. I wrapped the string around the floss tag and distressed it with Ranger Gathered Twigs ink. I put the buttons on quilting pins with Glue Dots to stick through the floss tag. 
Here's a teacup I made from the template on the CD. I printed the paper design on cardstock, then I turned it over and ran it back through printing the template. I cut it out and folded it on the score lines, it's really easy. I added an Alterations Mini Rosette that I covered with Martha Stewart glitter. I sprayed the rosette with Elmers Craft Bond spray adhesive and glittered away! Wouldn't these be cute name tags for place settings?
Crafty Secrets is going to change their Clear Stamps to Digital CD’s and all the stamps will go on sale starting this Friday!  Why? Owner Sandy Redburn says her husband retired last year and they want to simplify their life. “With over 200 stamp sets and over 100 printed products it’s time to clear the clutter and make room for some exciting new changes!  

As the Clear Art Stamps sell out, they will be grouped into themes and sold on CD’s which will include inspiring samples, new images and printable papers.
This will be the SALE pricing on the Clear Art Stamps starting this Friday while supplies last.
Large Clear Art Stamps originally $24.99 on sale for $19.99, Medium sets reg $14.99 on sale for $12.99 and Small Clear Art Stamp Sets reg $7.50 on sale for $5.99!

So head on over to the Heartwarming Vintage Blog and check out all of the details.
You can see many more samples from the new CD on the designers blogs too, they are listed here on the left of my blog page.
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Smiley from

Friday, November 18, 2011

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge ~ birds

Good Morning!
It's time for another Vintage Cafe Card Challenge, and this time it's birds, use anything bird related. I have a crochet project to show you and some Our Craft Lounge news too.
But first, lets get to this tweet challenge :) I love to use birds in my paper creations and home decorating, so this was fun for me.

I used the cute 6x6 pattern paper from Fancy Pants called, It's the Little Things, love the colors in this paper!
I used the Alterations Mini Bird & Cage set to cut the bird & cage from a chipboard coaster. I paper pieced the little bird and painted the cage with Black Soot Distress Crackle Paint.
I used my MFT Jumbo Scallop die to cut the little birdie paper and added the black buttons that I threaded with black twine with Glue Dots. The oval is cut with my Spellbinders Oval Classic die (lg) and I used a black Copic marker to go around the edge of the oval to give it a little dimension. The sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets set Grand Greetings another one of my fave sets!

Now, head on over to the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge and upload your bird themed card for a chance to win some great crafty supplies!
I've decided to step down from the Our Craft Lounge DT. I think I need to slow down and breathe a little easier, seems I'm just so busy, busy ,busy and I want to relax a little more, ya know? I sure hated to do it, I love the OCL girls, I've been friends with them for many years, I know they understand and they'll still love me :) I adore my stash of OCL stamp sets and I can't wait to play with them just for fun!
This is what I've been doing during my TV time. I crocheted a cover for my iPad. I was searching online for one I could use when I want to pack it for travel. Then I thought, geeze, I can crochet one of these a whole lot cheaper than what I was seeing online! I have a magnetic cover from Apple for it, but, I wanted the added protection from scratches on the back of it.
For you crocheter's out there, I used Peaches and Creme cotton thread from Walmart, I don't remember the colors I used, if you want to know, let me know and I'll get them for you. I don't have any measurements, I just made my chain and measured it on the iPad as long as I wanted it and made a long rectangle, long enough to wrap around the iPad with a flap. I just used the single crochet stitch. For the ruffled edge I made scallops - slip stitch, single, double, single, slip stitch, easy peasy! I added 3 vintage buttons, the middle one buttons it closed, the other 2 are for decoration.
I hope y'all have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Challenge #90

Hi friends,  I'm a little late with my Our Craft Lounge challenge card this week, I've been super busy!
My hu-mungo Scentsy order came in and I've been sacking and delivering all weekend. There were a lot of happy customers, when you smell the scents it makes you sooo happy! :)
Also, I listed my for sale goods over at Splitcoast Stampers, HOLY COW, I've  been on my toes non-stop since I listed everything, but, that's a good thing!
OK - this weeks challenge is right up my crafty alley! 

I decided to use this vintage Christmas image from the OCL set illustrated by Marianne Walker called Vintage Ornaments. I stamped the sentiment on the tag with Rangers new Gathered Twigs Distress ink and added a piece of patterned paper that I cut with my pinking shears. I distressed the white seam binding bow with Ranger Distress Stains Spun Sugar and Antique Linen. I punched the holly leaves with my Martha Stewart punch and added the tiny jingle bells, I got those at Hobby Lobby. I distressed the tag with Antique Linen ink and my blending tool.

The papers are from the Holly Jolly Christmas 6x6 pad by Echo Park.
I cut the base for the main image with my Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles (sm). I paper pieced the ornaments and added sterling silver glitter to the garland. The ribbon is covered with Daiquiri Ice Sparkly Fluff. To distress the background image, I used my stipple brush and antique linen ink. I punched the snowflake with my Marvy yellow snowflake punch and covered it with Martha Stewart snow glitter. I put white Kaiser pearls along the scallops. I made faux stitching with my tracing wheel.
That's it, now it's your turn! Make a distressed card or project and upload it over at The Lounge for your chance to win a stamp set of you choice!
Have a great day!
Smiley from

Friday, November 04, 2011

Vintage Cafe Card Challenge ~stamps

Happy Friday!
It's the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge again and the theme is stamps as in mailing.
The first set that came to mind was Crafty Secrets French Mail, isn't the little mail cupid adorable? There are a lot of cute mail themed stamps in this set, you should check it out!

I used my new Sizzix Framelits Flowers die, I just got this set and I LOVE, LOVE it, so many sizes of these flowers, so many possibilities! I used papers from Fancy Pants It's the Little Things 6x6 pad. I stamped everything but the hearts with the new Ranger Distress Gathered Twigs ink and I stamped the hearts with my Ranger Worn Lipstick ink.

I distressed the white seam binding with my Ranger Distress Antique Linen stain, I love coloring my seam binding with the stains, it's super easy! The white trim is from a piece of fabric from a flea market, I cut off what I needed and added the Kaiser pearls.
I stamped the little postage stamp and 2 hearts, cut them out and sewed them on the tag, I attached the tag with a trinket pin.
Well, that's my card, now you make a stamp themed card and up load it to the Vintage Cafe Card Challenge blog for a chance to win some fun supplies, good luck!
Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Friday, October 28, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Challenge 89

Happy Friday!
It's pink week here at Our Craft Lounge, hope you've enjoyed the eye candy, I sure have!
Today's challenge is pink, pink, pink! Now, who doesn't like pink? I mean, really!
This post is dedicated to my mother-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, many, many girlfriends and sweet OCL DT leader Kendra Wietstock.

 I decided to make a banner with my new Sizzix dies, Framelets Rounded Tags. I love the shape of these dies, so many uses, make huge flowers with each die shape as a petal or cute shaped cards, love them!

I made these pink rosettes with my Alterations Mini Rosette Die, I wonder if it's possible to totally wear out a die, hmmmm, lol! I cut them out of my Vintage Shabby Paper Stash and added Cotton Candy Sparkly Fluff to the centers, see the little sparkles?
I stamped the Neenah Solar White base with my OCL Vintage Swirls stamp set in Ranger Distress Spun Sugar ink and distress the edges with Old Paper ink.  I've had these chipboard letters forever, they spell out, Hope. I don't remember who makes them. I covered them with Ideaology tissue tape, I love this technique with the tape, it's so easy and it looks great. I added some Ice Crystal Crafty Sparkles to the letters.
 I cut some white felt flowers with my Alterations Tattered Florals Die and added a white Kaiser pearl to some of them. The banner is strung together with pink pom-pom trim from Hobby Lobby and pink buttons.
Now, head on over to The Lounge and upload your pretty in pink creation, you could be the winner!
While I was taking my pic's outside, I spotted this little guy. It's a baby Praying Mantis, when they're this size they're cute. Not so much when they are huge and fall out of a tree on your head, just sayin. Ü
My Scentsy launch party was a huge success! Thanks to you who came and to the ones who placed orders. I have submitted the order and it will be here soon!
Remember, if you want to order, you can order from me at 
Thanks so much! 
I hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Monday, October 24, 2011

Crafty Secrets Challenge ~ envy's

Happy Monday!
It's Crafty Secrets challenge time and Sandy has given us a fun challenge this month! She gave us a link to a video on making little sacks or gift bags out of envelopes! We had to choose a theme for our little bag and mine is I Love You Ü
Instead of making a gift bag I made a little bag of love notes.  

 I've had these envy's with foil along the edge for a long time, I got them at a flea market. I thought it would be fun to use one and have a little bling along the bottom of my little bag. I used 2 of the gold metallic corner stickers from Crafty Secrets on the top corners to match the foil on the envy.
All of the images I used are from the Love Mail Creative Scraps, the little inserts are to write love notes on. I topped each one with trims, vintage lace and pieces of paper doilies, then I added vintage buttons. I covered the chipboard heart with book text and distressed it and everything with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool. The little stamp is attached to the heart with my tiny attacher. I love this little tool, you can attach something with out having a big ole staple on it. I stuck 2 little trinket pin hearts behind the stamp image.
Go check out the other design team girls and see how they used their envy's, check out the Heartwarming Vintage Blog too, Sandy always has fun stuff going on over there!

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Have a great day!
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