Monday, March 4, 2013

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party . . .

WOW!  Can you believe it is MARCH already!?!
And, since it is the 1st Monday of the Month ... that means it's time again for a Crafty Secrets Linky Party and DT Challenge at the Heartwarming Vintage Blog!   You could be the winner of some FABULOUS Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage goodies so be sure to pop over, check it out and play along!

You don't even have to follow a theme ... just create something with any of the Crafty Secrets/Heartwarming Vintage products to be eligible!  How easy is that!!

This time around the DT is creating with SPRINGTIME in mind!  And I can certainly attest to the fact that Springtime is on MY MIND!!! 

For this creation I have used a FABULOUS image from one of the 2-sheet Victorian Floral Easter Eggs digital set at the Crafty Secrets 'Crafty Vintage Girl Store'.   You get 4 fronts & backs for only $2.99! Now that's a deal!  The design I used is a 'new' Trifold Shutter Card that I spotted over at Sandy Allnock's blog.  The difference in this design vs the original Trifold Shutter card is that there is extra space to write or add a sentiment.
The light pink panels have been embossed using the Sizzix/Cuttlebug 'swirls' embossing folder.  A few little Prima flowers with Stickle centers was all the embellishment needed.

Other Challenges:
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Spring or Pastels
Creative Stamp Friends - Spring Colors
Fashionista Challenge - Pink
Forever Friends - Lots of Flowers
House of Gilli - Anything Goes + Pastels
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Victorine Stamps - Anything Goes

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Another fun SPRINGTIME creation I came up with also utilizes an image from that same 2-sheet Victorian Floral Easter Eggs digital set at the Crafty Secrets 'Crafty Vintage Girl Store'.   This time I chose to do a 'Window' card.

SU Groovy Guava cardstock, White cardstock, Cantaloupe Vellum, Spellbinder Classic & Scallop Oval dies, Cheery Lynn Designs B117S Fanciful Flourish Sm die, Cheery Lynn Designs DL112 Exotic Butterflies Sm, PunchBunch Cherry Blossom punch, PunchBunch 'Big Sky' punch

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AND ... one more card today and this one is TOTALLY DIGITAL!  I have used various images/papers/sentiments from the Creating with Vintage 'Typography CD#3'.  These CD's are jam packed full of amazing images, paper, embellishments, etc., etc.!  Believe me, they are SO WORTH the money and they even offer instruction on how to use the cd's!!!

 When using digital images from a CD like this, I typically create my card front using Microsoft WORD.  Pulling in the background paper I want to use and size it to my card front size then just continue to bring in and resize each piece until I have what I want.  Really not difficult once you get going!!  
On this card I have utilized 4 different files.  I have left to inside blank so I can write a message to my girlfriend in Toledo.  She too is looking forward to Springtime!

I hope I've inspired you today, but if you are looking for even more inspiration, check out my team mates blogs listed here:
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to will join in our March Linky Party fun! 
See you there!
And, as always . . .
WAIT ... WAIT ... there's more!!

PLUS, this month's Free Download Gift when you place an order on our CraftyVintage Girl Store is   Bouquets of Joy!

Isn't she adorable!!   Hurry on over and place your order!!


  1. All these are so beautiful Darlene!! You do such nice work!

  2. Each of your cards has a great technique Darlene and they are all so pretty!

    Also, thank you for the gate fold tutorial you posted as well


  3. love these bright and colorful card

  4. Beautiful, beautiful cards! Such nice detail on all of them.
    Corrine Ann

  5. Beautiful, beautiful cards! Such lovely detail on each of them.

  6. WOW those are beautiful cards, love them all. well done.

  7. Fantastic cards, the images are gorgeous!

  8. These are lovely creations Darlene! Thanks for sharing - I posted my first entry today and I will be doing more as well - I have 3 post card kits!

  9. Stunning cards Darlene!! Beautiful work as always my sweet friend!!


  10. Such pretty images Darlene- the 1st card- the egg is fabulous- but gotta love the 2nd card layout and frame- so cool!!!

  11. Wow, what a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at the creative stamp friends. Doreen

  12. Wowzers Dar, these are, love the vintage look and these are as usual, STUNNING!!!!!I love visiting here as it is always so inspiring!!! Hope to see ya' in May at Joan's will be here before we know it...yeah!!

  13. Darlene, All the cards are fantastic but your first card Victorian Floral Easter Eggs is just stunning. Love all the colors. So beautiful.
    Hugs Patricia

  14. They are all so pretty and unique in their own way. With lovely details.

  15. Beautiful collection of cards, loving all the flowers. Thank you for joining in the Forever Friends Monthly Challenge. Donna x

  16. Your creations are gorgeous :0)))

    Thanks for joining us at the creative stamping Friends ;0)


  17. Lovely bird image! lovely cards. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network
    Geraldine M
    CBN DT


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