Monday, October 24, 2011

Crafty Secrets Design Team Gift Bag/Envelope Challenge

This month we were challenged to make an envelope gift bag! It is an awesome way to use up recycled envelopes and make very inexpensive gift bags. I made mine for the guys in my life to hold sports tickets. I chose a baseball theme and used the 2011 Crafty Secret Clear Stamp set called Play Ball. The ink was a super easy choice for me. I used Ranger Distress Inks in Barn Red and Faded Jeans.

To make the bag I followed this tutorial. It was super easy. The hardest part for me was getting my big hands to be coordinated with the folding of the bottom. It took me a bit of patience, but the outcome is so worth it!

I also want to show you a hybrid card I made using the Creating with Vintage Patterns Crafty Secret CD that I am so fond of. For this card I designed the background in Photoshop and printed it out on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock. I then added the stamped title using the 2011 Clear Stamps entitled Grand Greetings. Finally I added one dimensional embellishment. Easy and I can print the JPEG background again if I want to create a similar card.

Be sure to check out all of the other design team members' inspiring projects! I know I will be.

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Vicki Chrisman Team Leader
Pam Hooten
Heidi Blankenship
Linda Duke
Michele Kovack
Amy Teets
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Fauve van Maanen
Julie Campbell
Gini Cagle
Jan Hennings
Tammy Roberts
Victoria Warren Mears (You are here!)
Viola Mahr

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<3 Victoria

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Daddy's Girl - Crafty Secrets

I just recently found this photograph of my dad and me. I believe that my grandpa made my dress. Not sure where we were going, but it was somewhere special! I love the shades of brown papers from the Crafty Secret Creating with Vintage Patterns CD. I recolored the journaling tag from a lovely soft pink using a sepia filter so it would coordinate more with my chosen papers.

This layout is based on my October sketch over at Scrappy Chic Cafe. Please join us for the reverse challenge. Check out the DTs awesome Halloween items and vote for your favorites. You might even chose to lift one or two before Halloween arrives.

This CD is so versatile, I have used it for digital and hybrid projects. What I really love is that I can print the same pattern over and over. So if I create a coordinated mini album, I just can buy white card stock and print the design multiple times.

Watch my blog over the next weeks for a special give away to one of my followers. If you aren't a "follower of record" please consider joining my blog so you don't miss a RAK opportunity.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Throwback Halloween - Crafty Secrets

Wasn't my DS cute in 2004? This year we are going as a mummy. Each year requires mommy to get more creative. So we are off to the store to buy a white long sleeved shirt and miles of gauze which we will dye with black tea for that aged mummy look! I really love making costumes.

This LO was created with the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Patterns CD. This CD is so versatile, so many more possibilities! Thanks for stopping by!