Love the Little Things Shadowbox – Crafty Secrets Blog Hop and Linky Challenge

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

Love the Little Things in life

Hello, and happy August everyone!  Another month has flown by, and it’s time for the August Linky Challenge at Crafty Secrets!  This month the design team was challenged to create a mixed media project for your inspiration, so I created a shadowbox bursting with flowers and butterflies.  Take a look:

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I began with 4 images from the digital Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, which I sized in Microsoft Word and printed on plain white cardstock.  Then, I printed some of the gorgeous papers from the Birds and Blooms Digital Paper Collection (designed by our very own DT member Sheila!)  and set about distressing edges and layering.

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

I cut out the frame and butterflies using my Silhouette Portrait; the frame was a Silhouette design, but the butterflies were actually a digital stamp from the Sunflower Set.  I used the trace function, a process I detailed in this post a few months back!

Love the Little Things Shadowbox for Crafty Secrets Blog Hop

After agonizing for way too long over the position of each individual flower, I finally got up the nerve to actually glue them down.  I ran cream ribbon around the edges of the frame and then sat there staring for a while, wondering what was missing, until it occurred to me — glitter!  It’s really amazing what a little sparkle can do to pull a design together.

And there you have it!  I hope you found this inspiring because now it’s your turn!  Visit the rest of the Crafty Secrets Design Team for some great inspiration, then upload your project using Crafty Secrets product to the blog for your chance to win a special prize!  For prize details, deadline info, and other bits, head over to the Crafty Secrets Blog.

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Teresa Horner, Victorian Paper Queen *

Creating the Scroll

Creating a Scroll embellishment

1. Print your image

2. Cut your image, leaving plenty of space at each end

3. Roll the ends and glue.  I chose to roll one end forward and the other backward.

4. Shape the scroll, then use foam squares to help it keep its shape when adhering it to your project

That’s it – hope you enjoyed!  Have a lovely day 🙂

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A Joyful Eastertide Card

A Joyful Eastertide card by Paper Melody's.  Made with Crafty Secrets Easter images

A Joyful Eastertide Card

Hello everyone, and happy almost-April!  Spring has finally sprung and Easter is almost upon us, so I thought I’d make a card to celebrate.  Take a look:

A Joyful Eastertide card by Paper Melody's.  Made with Crafty Secrets Easter images

The paper is from the Radiant Collection, and the “Joyful Eastertide” image is from the new Easter Floral printable.  The little tag is from the Victorian Easter Eggs printable.  For some reason, I thought it would be fun to add star-shaped glitter to the frame.  I always seem to forget how much trouble glitter can be!  But it does give such a nice sparkle 🙂  I made the flowers by hand – actually, I made way more than 3 (it’s addictive!), but restrained myself from putting them ALL on the card.  Gotta save some for later!  Anyway, here’s the inside:

A Joyful Eastertide card by Paper Melody's.  Made with Crafty Secrets Easter images

The sentiment is from the Easter Blessings digital stamp set, and as you can see I played with more glitter.  Why not?

That’s it for today!  Let me know what you think!

A Set of Floral Birthday Cards

Set of Floral Birthday Cards by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets images

A Set of Floral Birthday Cards

Hello again!  I have FOUR cards to share with you today! Exciting, right?  Ok, confession, they’re very simple cards that are all very similar… because they all go together in a SET!  How about that?  Check it out:

Set of Floral Birthday Cards by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets images

The images are from the Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD #2 by Crafty Secrets. I just opened them in Microsoft Word, sized them appropriately, and added a text box with “Happy Birthday.”  Then I printed, fussy cut, and added glossy accents and glitter.  Here are the other 2:

Set of Floral Birthday Cards by Paper Melody's using Crafty Secrets images

I stamped and embossed the backgrounds, layered them onto coordinating card stock, then wrapped each with ribbon.  The sentiment images are popped up on foam squares.  I won’t show you the inside because I just repeated the layered paper and left it blank.

That’s it for me!  What do you think?

Have a lovely day!

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party – Go Green for Spring!

Upcycled Easter Basket by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party.  Using Easter images and digital stamps from Crafty Secrets along with recycled scraps

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party – Go Green for Spring!

Happy March, everybody!  We’re this much closer to Spring…who’s excited?!  I know I’m ready for sunny skies, green trees, and blooming flowers, not to mention some warmer weather.  To get in the spirit of things, this month’s Crafty Secrets Linky Party is all about springtime!  Here are the details:

GO GREEN! Gardening/Botanical theme with upcycling twist

Everyone is ready for a dose of springtime by this time of the year. Let’s feature flowers, green, growing things, garden journals or farm images in our projects this month. Easter banners, Easter baskets, home décor would be great ideas! Use an “upcycled” item in your project: a bit of corrugated cardboard, packaging material, paper bag, twist ties, jars and bottles or anything else that would normally go to the landfill.

I decided to put a bunch of paper scraps to good use for this project and made an Easter basket!  Take a look:

Upcycled Easter Basket by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party.  Using Easter images and digital stamps from Crafty Secrets along with recycled scraps

That adorable image is from the Adorable Vintage Easter Eggs digital sheet, to which I added a digital stamp from the Easter Chicks stamp set.  I just sized and layered the image in Microsoft Word, printed it out, covered it in a couple layers of clear embossing powder, then layered it onto a scalloped oval die cut.  I didn’t want to distract from the cute image too much, so I kept the embellishments simple, adding just 3 flowers.

To make the basket, I used strips of recycled cardstock I had leftover from a set of wedding invitations.  I folded each strip lengthwise and added some glue to make them stronger, then started weaving.  The base is 5 strips by 5 strips, then the ends are folded upwards and new strips are woven around to make the sides of the square basket.  I added glue at the joints periodically to hold everything in place as I was working.  When the basket was at the desired height (3 strips), I trimmed the ends, folded them down, glued them in place, and added the corrugated cardboard trim (saved from a box I tore apart from another project).  The handle was easy – I just took another strip, glued one end to the inside of the basket, bent it carefully over, and glued the other end to the other side of the basket.  Then I wrapped it with satin ribbon and some hemp cord, and it was done!  The basket is filled with little strips of decorative packing paper that came from a gift basket – for some reason, I hadn’t thrown them away yet, but since they were perfect for this project I’m glad I kept them!

Now it’s your turn! Create a NEW project featuring any Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up on the Crafty Secrets BLOG by Sunday, March 15th at midnight PT.

To thank you for playing along, you’ll find a FREE gardening digital paper and printable over on the Heartwarming Vintage BLOG that you can download and use in your project. Or use any Crafty Secrets goodies you might have in your stash to play along. We also have dozens of FREE DOWNLOADS that you can use in your project. You do NOT have to follow the theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.

One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25!  The prize package includes Digital Garden Papers and Printables, the Garden Girls Digital Art Stamps, and the Bunny Gift Bag and Tag set.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) *Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life *  Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio  * Special Guest Designer Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over *

Craft Hoarders Anonymous School and Office Supplies Challenge

Flower Journal 3

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16 Altered Notebook

Hello everyone!  I’m pretty excited about today’s post for a few reasons : 1) It’s another guest designer project for the Craft Hoarders Anonymous blog, 2) I used lots of pretty flowers, 3) it really stretched my creativity because it’s not my typical greeting card or wedding stationery.  Woohoo!  Here’s this week’s challenge:

Challenge #16 Who Loves School and Office Supplies?

Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paperclips, notepads, folders, and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up! Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply on your project. 

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy’s Stamp Gang, a $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy’s Stamp Gang store!

love school and office supplies.  Office supply stores and office supply aisles in regular stores are some of my favorite places, right up there with craft stores.  For whatever reason, pens and paperclips and notebooks get me excited!  Guess I’m in the right profession then, huh?  Anyway, I’ve had 7 blank composition notebooks sitting on my bookshelf for months…ok…it might actually be approaching the years level now…and I rarely touch them because they take more thought, time, and materials than my typical cards (see Reason #3 at the beginning of this post).  Well, I decided to put one to good use for this challenge, and boy am I pleased with the result!  This month’s sponsors were Crafty Secrets and Heartfelt Creations, so I used Crafty Secrets paper, images, and digital stamps, and included lots of flowers (Heartfelt Creations has incredible flower stamps and coordinating dies, but since I don’t own any – yet – I figured I’d just embrace the spirit by using my own flowers).  Take a look:

Flower Journal 1

 

I began by printing the Big Leaves and Roses & Music papers from the Crafty Secrets digital Garden Papers set.  Then, I layered the “Journal” digital stamp onto one of the frames from the Garden Printables, and printed that and some flowers from the Flower Garden Digital Art Stamps set.  I colored, fussy cut, and set about covering the notebook.  I added some gold embossing powder to the Roses & Music paper, tore the edges, and used a little Vintage Photo distress ink to add some age.

I created the daisy/sunflower using my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, and the rest of the flowers and gold leaves are from my little stash of Prima flowers.  You might remember from several earlier posts that I hoard these like precious jewels.  They’re beautiful and I love them and I never want to run out.

Here’s the inside of the front cover:

Flower Journal 2

I have to admit, I ran out of steam a little bit on the inside.  A few digital stamps and the same lace and ribbon, and I called it a day.

Now it’s your turn!  What kind of school and office supplies do you hoard?  Get them out and create something to share with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!  Visit the blog for challenge rules, design team inspiration, and the linky tool to share your project.  This challenge closes at Midnight PST on Sunday, September 28th, so hop to it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂