Monday, February 4, 2013

Crafty Secrets Linky Party & DT Challenge

Well here we are at the beginning of another month and you know what that means!
Yep, it's time for another Crafty Secrets Linky Party and DT Challenge over on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  I hope you'll come join in the fun ... YOU could be the winner of a $50 Crafty Secrets prize package! 

February's Linky Party theme for the DT is LOVE!

 FOR YOUR ENTRY ... It doesn't have to be a love theme, it just needs to use a Crafty Secrets product.  A winner will be announced next Mon, Feb 11/13 to recieve a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate and everyone that enters will win our New Easter Egg Tags Printable Sheet - Here's a peek at 2 of the sheets and I will come back and post the aged 'back side greeting side' later today.  Sug retail $2.95

 Of course me being the over achiever that I am (LOL), created something with all three of the themes I mentioned.  First I made a Valentine Goodie Box using the D-117 Vintage Valentine Digital Kit.  The images & pattern papers are from this kit.  
Other items used are pink cs, white cs, Martha Stewart doily lace border punch, diamond Stickles, Spellbinder Heart Circles die, Cheery Lynn Designs B117S Fanciful Flourish small, DL112 Exotic Butterfly small, B147 Olive Branches, Michaels Celebrate It paper flowers, dimensional tape

Next is an Anniversary card which was created using digital papers & images from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD-1.   Additional items used on this creation are red cardstock, Kaiser pearls, Stickles, dimension tape, JustRite sentiment stamp & Gold Pilot marker for edging on main image.  After designing my card front in Word using these digital papers and images, I printed it twice giving me the option of cutting out one of the images and one of the lacy strips to pop up for added dimension.

Inside view

And lastly  is a card of LOVE which could be used for a variety of occasions!   For this card I have used the Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp set DAS-S11 "Message on a Bottle".  The pink printed background paper is from the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit mentioned on my first project. 

While talking with a friend from Illinois on the phone Friday night (waving Hi to Bette!), she mentioned a 3-step stamping technique.  As she was described it, I made a few mental notes and thought it would be perfect for this card.  I first cut one piece of white cardstock 2" x 3" ... another at 2 1/2 " x 3 1/2" and a third piece at 3" x 4".  I stacked them together using removable tape and started my stamping.  Once the stamping was done, I matted each panel with red cardstock and adhered them together to make my focus panel.

Other items used on this creation are:  Kaiser pearls, paper flowers, Sticles, Prismacolor marker, red cs, black cs, Michaels Celebrate It ribbon, Versafine Onxy black ink.

A few other challenges I would like to enter are:
Broken Box Stock - Be My Valentine
 Brown Sugar Challenge - Go Red/Hearts
Card Makin Mamas - LOVE (cards only)
Creative Corner Challenge - Love and Hearts
QKR Stampede - Love is in the Air
 Simply Create Too - Valentine's Day or Hearts
Cheery Lynn Designs - Add A Flourish
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes LOVE
Anything But A Card Challenge - Share the Love
Dream Valley Challenges - Valentines
Eclectic Ellapu - Wedding Anniversary
Gingerloft - Love Is In the Air
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge - Valentines/Love
Great Impressions - Have A Heart

 Well, that's it for me today (bet you're glad of that!  LOL!).  
I hope you will come join in the fun at Crafty Secrets ... here are the simple rules:

1. Sample must use some type of Crafty Secrets product. 
2. Photo added must link to a Blog, Website or Online Gallery 
2. No links to Etsy Stores or Shopping Carts please

Please Visit Our Design Team Blogs for more inspiration!


  1. Gorgeous projects Darlene... each and every one of them!

  2. Wow Darlene. What fabulous projects. I especially love that gorgeous box.

  3. Gorgeous creations and what an awesome little valentines gift box.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  4. Wow, Darlene...great projects! I love how you used message in a bottle. I need to pull that one out. The anniversary card is gorgeous, too. Did I miss the deadline date for the challenge?

    1. Hey there Kathy! Sorry I forgot to post it ... here's the details: It doesn't have to be a love theme, it just needs to use a Crafty Secrets product. A winner will be announced next Mon, Feb 11/13 to recieve a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate and everyone that enters will win our New Easter Egg Tags Printable Sheet

  5. So many pretty projects - love all of the gorgeous embellishments on your box!! You really out did yourself : ) Stay Warm!!

  6. Oh Darlene, that box looks great! Perfect for Valentine's. Thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  7. Gorgeous projects!! Love the beautiful box and the vintage images!

  8. What awesome inspiration for a fabulous challenge - how wonderful is that prize! The Anniversary card is my favourite! Thanks for sharing your beautifully executed projects!

  9. Darlene, your box top is just beautiful, what a wonderful Valentine keepsake. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge blog.

  10. Woow, you have made some really gorgeous creations here! Don´t know where to begin :-)... Love the choice of colors, the designs and details are fabulous and perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at QKR Stampede.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    QKR Stampede Design Team Member

  11. Fabulous project! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at 613 Avenue Create. We hope to see you in the neighborhood often. Good Luck!


  12. Wow Dar, now these projects are knock out gorgeous!!!! The box is so detailed and so very beautiful!!! I might have to head on over to Crafty Secrets......have a nice week my friend!!!

  13. Fabulous project. Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges this fotnight. Marlene DT (cardsmadebymarlene)

  14. Beautiful projects! Ty for sharing with us @ Simply Create Too


  15. fab thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

  16. Gorgeous projects! LOVE them all! You have inspired me! Thanks so much for joining in on our challenge this week at Cheery Lynn Designs!

  17. Wow.. Fabulous projects.. Great to have you joining us at Brown Sugar. Good luck.

  18. Stunning creations you have made, the box and card are just so beautiful! =)
    Both the red cards are wonderful, I have done a few with triple layers and they turn out really good! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  19. Every one of these is a wow creation sweetie. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Crafts 4 Eternity.

    Cathy DT

  20. Everything is stunning Dar! Love it all! That box is amazing!!

    Hope all is well!


  21. Gorgeous projects. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar this week.

  22. love the colours, thank you for joining us at Glitter n sparkle challenge blog good luck and hope to see you again soon.
    AJ dtm

  23. Darlene, So pretty and just love the vintage look on the gift box and the anniversary card. Your friend had such a nice idea with the 3-step stamping technique that for sharing it with us.

  24. Looks like you've been busy. They are all wonderful projects with sweet details.

  25. Such a sweet little box with lovely details. Your colour scheme reminds me of strawberries and cream - delicious! Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

  26. So gorgeous card. I love embellishments. Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenge.

  27. Fabulous projects Darlene! Thanks for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this week!

  28. Great projects - perfect for this season of love! Thanks for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  29. Wow these are fantastic projects, Darlene!! Thanks for joining the Great Impressions Stamps February "heart challenge"


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