Birthday Card using Crafty Secrets Vintage Patterns

Birthday Card by Paper Melody's, using Creating with Vintage Patterns CD #1 from Crafty Secrets

Birthday Card using Crafty Secrets Vintage Patterns

Happy Monday, friends!  We got a nice taste of Spring last week…and then it got cold again!  What’s up with that?  I’ve been holding a silent protest in my studio by making loads of paper flowers and flowery cards.  Here’s one of those cards, made with images from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD #1 by Crafty Secrets.

Birthday Card by Paper Melody's, using Creating with Vintage Patterns CD #1 from Crafty Secrets

The background paper started as a black png image, so I opened it in Photoshop and changed it to blue and white.  Then, I sized the frame, flowers, and sentiment in Word, printed everything, and started fussy cutting!  The lacy background came from a punch in my stash.  Some ribbon, glitter glue, and a few rhinestones finished the front off nicely.

Birthday Card by Paper Melody's, using Creating with Vintage Patterns CD #1 from Crafty Secrets

On the inside, I used the same frame and background paper, plus a coordinating image from the CD.  Easy!

Don’t forget to enter your Crafty Secrets project in the March Linky Party!  The linky closes at Midnight, PST on Sunday, March 15th, and you could win a bundle of paper springtime goodness valued at more than $25.  There’s a precious free image and digi paper for you to use, or to add to your stash, so be sure to grab that while you’re there.

Have a lovely day!

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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 *

You Make My Heart Sing Card with Crafty Secrets

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

You Make My Heart Sing card with Crafty Secrets

Hello again!  Who’s ready for spring?  I know I am – and we’re not even the ones getting snow!  Cold weather and I don’t get along, and I miss flowers blooming and green everywhere, so I made a card to bring a little Spring inside 🙂  This card would also make a nice non-traditional Valentine, and you can find it in my Etsy shop.  Take a look:

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

Does it remind you of Spring?  I used stamps from the Bird Notes digital set and papers from the Vintage Valentine Kit by Crafty Secrets.  Those gorgeous corners and the lace circle (which reminds me of a bird’s nest) are Silhouette designs that I sized and cut out with my Portrait.  Here’s the inside:

You Make My Heart Sing card by Paper Melody's, made with Crafty Secrets digital stamps and Silhouette designs

I left it blank on the inside so it’s more versatile, but I was sorely tempted to add “Happy Valentine’s Day” right there in the middle!  What can I say, I’m in Valentine-creating mode.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂

Spring Butterfly Burlap Canvas

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Spring Butterfly Burlap Canvas

Spring seems to have sprung, finally!  I suppose I should wait a few days to see what the weather is going to do before I get too excited 😛  I can’t wait to share this project with you though.  It’s a very different kind of project for me, and I hope you enjoy it!

Butterfly Canvas 1

It started when I found these 8×10″ burlap panels on one of my many trips to the friendly neighborhood Michaels store.  They came in a pack of 3, and while I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, I knew I could have a lot of fun.  Then, on a subsequent trip to Michaels, I found a gorgeous pad of 12×12 paper by DCWV called The Primrose Stack and immediately this project started forming in my brain.  Love it when that happens!

I began by choosing the papers I was going to use and doing some fussy cutting.  Then, I started layering paint onto the panel.  It wasn’t working exactly as planned, so I moved on to the next step and tore some print-patterned tissue paper, glued it to the panel, and distressed it a little with some sandpaper.  Then, I grabbed my watercolors and went to town, and that worked better than the acrylic paints.

butterfly canvas 4

I used my Garden Weave Spellbinders die to cut out the decorative corners, then covered them in VersaMark and clear embossing powder.  I repeated the process a couple times, then spritzed the corners with a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  The whole treatment gave the corners more of an old ironwork feel.

Next, I made a few custom flowers out of coordinating paper and rifled through my stash for more flowers.  It took quite a long time to arrange everything exactly the way I wanted, but eventually I was ready to glue.  After gluing everything into place, I hand wrote the sentiment and added “butterfly” with silver glitter stickers I’ve had forever.  The final touch was the addition of the metal butterflies from Graphic 45.  They’re easy to bend and add really delicious dimension.

butterfly canvas 2

And there you have it!  A new decoration for Spring 🙂  I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the lovely weather 🙂

Watercolor Thank You Card and CHACB Challenge #4 Sneak Peek!

Watercolor Thank You 3

 

Watercolor Thank You Card and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #4 Sneak Peek

Hey everybody!  Lots of stuff is happening in life right now, so I’m afraid I’ve gotten off schedule.  Hope you don’t mind 🙂  The good news is, most of the stuff that’s happening is really good stuff!  Hooray!

I have a couple things to share with you today.  First, a sweet and simple Thank You card just in time for Spring…in just a couple days the temps are supposed to be back in the 50’s here!  Hooray!  Away with the cold!  Away with the freezing precipitation!  In with Spring and flowers and sunshine!!!

Sorry, got a little carried away 🙂  Here’s the card:

Watercolor Thank You 1

 

I started with a 4 x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock then stamped the floral image with VersaMark and embossed it with white powder.  Then, I used my blending tool to add just a little Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn, and Tattered Rose Distress Inks to one side of the cardstock.  Next, I got a wide paintbrush saturated with water and started “painting”- I pulled the ink across the cardstock with the wet paintbrush to create a softened watercolor look.  I dried that with my heat gun then used one of my Spellbinders dies to punch out a window.  Finally, I stamped and embossed the sentiment directly onto the card base, added a couple rhinestones, and popped the cardstock up on foam squares.

The inside is simple, I just repeated part of the stamp and the watercolor technique in one corner:

Watercolor Thank You 2

 

Done!  It was super quick and easy, and would make a really lovely set (if I ever get around to it…)

And now, what I know you’ve all been waiting for!  Yesterday was the 3rd Monday of March, which means it was time for the 4th Challenge over at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog!  I’m one of the guest designers this month, so my project will be posted next week.  In the meantime, here are the Challenge #4 guidelines and my sneak peek!

Challenge #4 Show Some Sparkle, Glitz, or Glam!
Graphic 45 is our sponsor this month. They are known for their fabulous vintage products and papers. To pay homage to their glamour and style, create a project that shows off your hoarded sparkly items. Show some glitz! Pump up the glam! Use the photo collection below for extra inspiration. You need not match the colors or style of the photos, just use them as inspiration. Notice the glass, gems, pearls, metal, glitter! What do you hoard that is “sparkly”?

Are you inspired?  I saw that box in the lower left corner and immediately started getting ideas.  For more inspiration, check out all the projects made by the CHACB Design Team!  Here’s a little peek at my project:

CHACB #4 Sneak Peek

Don’t forget to enter your project at Craft Hoarders Anonymous by Midnight on Sunday, March 30th for your chance to win a fabulous prize from our March sponser, Graphic 45!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day 🙂