Monday, December 3, 2012

Crafty Secrets DT challenge & Linky Party

WOW!  Is it Monday again already?
And since it's the 1st Monday of the month, that means it's time for a new Linky Party at Crafty Secrets.  What does that mean you ask!  Well ... not only does the Crafty Secrets Design Team share their projects by linking on the post on the Heartwarming Vintage blog, but it's open for anyone to link there also. All you have to do is create a project, card, layout, home deco project or anything you want using a Crafty Secrets product, post it on your blog (gallery, etc) and link up on the Heartwarming Vintage blogYou may be the $50.00 winner, but everyone who plays will receive a $5.00 Gift Certificate they can use in our

Over on the blog Sandy has been sharing all the amazing Christmas papers, image, stamps they have been putting together and I mean to tell you there are a TON of BEAUTIFUL things to create with!  I will share links at the end of this post where you can go to check them all out!

 This first card was created using the Retro Christmas Images & Ephemera.

The main focus of this card was created using THREE images which were brought into Word to create this little scene.  First I entered the 'Retro Frame Window' into a Word document ... next I entered the 'Retro Tree' and placed it behind the window frame and lastly I entered the 'Retro Word Merry Christmas' file in the front as my sentiment.  (Remember, these are all digital files and so easy to manipulate and resize to create a scene such as this.) The background paper, candy cane & buttons are also from this Retro Christmas downloadable set.  I have done a little fussy cutting on the buttons and popped up the candy cane for added dimension.  White satin ribbon was added to the bottom of the card and White Liquid Applique was used on the snow for even more dimension.  I LOVE how this card came together ... really easy, but looks like it took a lot of time!

Here's a close-up of the 'liquid applique snow' . . .


Would you like to see another?

 The creation uses a combination of images from both the VINTAGE CHRISTMAS Images & Ephemera and the RETRO CHRISTMAS Images & Ephemera sets.

I've used the same background paper as the 1st card and the other files I have used on this card are:
Retro Holly
Retro Jewel Star
Vintage Holly Music
Vintage Snow Angel Boy
Vintage Snow Angel Girl

First I brought the Holly Music file into a Word document then overlayed the Vintage Snow Angel Boy & Girl.  That created the FOCUS image for my card.  Next I printed out the Jewel Stars and Holly ... a little fussy cutting, placement on the background and VIOLA!   I did add White Liquid Applique to the trim on the angels coats and Crystal Effects to the Jewel Stars for added sparkle & dimension.
Here's a close up of the detail . . .

Please be sure to pop over to my team mates blogs and check out the fabulous inspiration they have to share with you today!  And remember ... Our Linky Party will run all week. 
  Vicki Chrisman
Michele Kovack
Melissa Bove
Rebekah Fairies  

I do have another project to share with you but so as not to overwhelm you with this posting, I will be back later in the day with that project.  Here's a sneak peek ...

Now it's your turn to share your Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage creations with us!  You say you don't have any of these products yet ... OH DEAR!  Well here are the links I promised where you can check them out and make your purchases:

Our Websites, Gallery, Store

  For those of you who already have some of these fabulous products, I hope you will dig out your Crafty Secrets supplies and create something or find a past favorite sample you want to share and post it here this week!  Looking forward to seeing your creations and promise to be back later with another goodie to share!  If I get the tree decorated in time, I'll do a step-by-step tutorial for you!  Cross your fingers!  LOL!

Here are a few other qualifying challenges I'd like to enter these creations into:
ABC Challenge - Holiday Cards with Bling (card #2)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
 Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Winter (card #2)
Lady Anne's Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends - Xmas (card #1)
Critter Sketch Challenge Blog - Christmas Anything Goes
 Hooked on Crafts Challenge - Christmas
 House of Gilli - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - Christmas 
My Craft Spot - Merry Christmas
Tammy's Scrapin' Corner - Anything Christmas 
UnstampaBelles - Christmas (no stamps)

THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by and I hope you've found inspiration in my work!
As always . . .


  1. Darlene these are just gorgeous and so beautifully crafted. Love how everything work so well together. Wishing you a wonderful Monday.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. This is so beautiful and fun! This is such a great vintage look and it looks so professional! Great job.

  3. Darlene: I was SO excited for you when I saw the announcement that you had been asked to join the Crafty Secrets Design Team - what an absolute treat for you!!! ...and for all those who get to see your sweet creations.
    I know we haven't talked since I stepped down at Shelly's, and I sure hope there are no hard feelings (at least from you). I so enjoy seeing your face on everyone's blogs - leaving your sweet and encouraging comments, and seeing your art here and there in challenges. If you ever get the chance, I would LOVE to have you play along at Word Art Wednesday. I'd love to see more of you!
    Hope you are doing well, and most of all - enjoying ALL your DT positions. You do a wonderful job in all of them, and I know you're a great blessing to each. Thanks for inspiring, sharing, encouragaing, and being a supportive crafter to others. I appreciate your efforts and wish you well!

  4. Darlene, these are stunning! I am a novice to digital creating, so I really appreciate your taking the time to explain the process of creating these hybrid cards. I am bookmarking this post.

  5. Darlene, these are stunning! I am a novice at digital creating, so I appreciate your explaining the process you used.

  6. Awesome projects as always Darlene!!

  7. Great cards!! I wish I were as apt with combining images as you are. Fabulous!!

  8. Darlene, these are all so wonderfully vintage...I love the extra dimension with the snow effect...just beautiful!

    On a side note....thinking you may want to check out my blog post for tomorrow (Tuesday) :)



  9. So fabulous Darlene! Gorgeous creations!

    Hope you have a wonderful week my friend!


  10. Beautiful projects Darlene! Hugs back to you from Chicago! : )

  11. One busy lady!~ Lots of beautiful designs. I need to get digital. Just love all the imagaes and papers you used for these. Enjoy the week.

  12. Oh Darlene you have created such a fabulous with these digital images, you have coloured them so beautifully too. Thank you for sharing with us at Lady Anne's. I hope we see you again.
    Love ~ Lady Anne xx

  13. Oh this is just gorgeous,thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Bloggers

  14. What gorgeous cards! The liquid snow creates such a wonderful effect!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  15. Wonderful vintage's beginning to look alot like Christmas, these are great!!

  16. Hi Darlene - these are great cards and they look like soooo much effort has gone into making them look so fab! Thanks for sharing your cards at Lexi's Creations this time in our "Christmas" challenge.
    Helen x (DT)

  17. Beautiful vintage projects!!! So glad you joined us at My Craft Spot this week!!!

  18. Two fabulous cards, love the vintage look and the liquid snow.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  19. Beautiful Christmas cards, your cutting looks perfect! Thank you for playing along this week at ABC challenges!

  20. Wow those are so fabulous. Love the dimension that they have but at the same time they don't look too bulky to mail out!

    Thanks for joining us as Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

  21. WOW! These are all so beautiful and so much detail, just amazing!! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot.

  22. Wow, amazing! Thank you so much for joining our challenge at creative stamp friends.

  23. Great vintage cards. You should add the first one into the Lollipop Ladies challenge. It fits the challenge this fortnight too. Thanks for joining in all the fun at Unstampabelles this month for Christmas!

  24. Hi Dar -you are doing some great creations with your linky party displays- thanks for sharing and have a great week!

  25. Lovely image and card, love the candy cane and buttons! Thankyou for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT


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