Monday, June 3, 2013

Crafty Secrets June Linky Party & DT Challenge

Hello again my friends!
(If you are looking for my creation for the Squigglefly Challenge, please scroll down ... thanks!)

It's the 1st Monday of the month and that means time for another LINKY PARTY over at the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog.  AND, the challenge for the design team this month is all about

Remember, you can use ANY Crafty Secrets product for your creation entry!  
We LOVE seeing what you have to share with us! 

Have you checked out all the new digital gardening images available?  They are FANTASTIC and so much fun to create with!  I decided to make a piece of Garden Wall Art for you today and although I fully intended to have a step-by-step tutorial for you I must apologize and vow to do better with that on my next project (sneak peak at the end of this post).

 I started out on the right foot (in regards to the tutorial) but then had computer/printer problems and while hubby was [in my space] trying to remedy that problem I was continuing on with my project and TOTALLY FORGOT to take photos along the way!  Thankfully I had printed off several things before my printer decided to go haywire!  Grrrrrrr~

I've selected images/papers from CD#2 Illustrations as well as the new DAS-114 Flower Garden Digital stamp set. Of course my adorable garden 'subject' is from the Garden Girl digital set.  I loved her as a clear stamp and even more so now that she's digital and I can make her larger for creations such as this wall hanging. 

To give a more rustic appearance, I have inked the edges of all my images using Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress inks and a large sponge dauber.  I also used up a few scraps of paper from my Radiant pack for this creation.

After printing and cutting out several pieces I thought I could use on this project or 'the other project I'm working on (will post later in the week), I just started laying pieces out on my background paper until I was happy with how it looked.

So what do you think???
Here's a look at the final result!

Using more of the Radiant scrap of paper, I created a handmade flower using the new Sizzix 'Susan's Garden' dies.

My bird perched on top is also from the CD#2 and ties in perfectly with my focus image I think!  So EASY ... just print, cut out, score & glue ... PERFECT 3d addition!

Below I have added a couple CLOSE UP photos so you can get a better view of some of the detail. 

 Please be sure to check out the amazing 'garden related' creations/tutorials the rest of the team has to inspire you with today!  They are quite the talented group of ladies!!

  I want to encourage you to enter our Linky Party and post any sample you have created.  Don't be shy, you can enter one sample or multiples using any of our products and  you might be the random winner of a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate and all the other entries win a $6.00 CS Gift Certificate.   So, COME ON . . . what do you have to lose???

A couple more challenges to enter:
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Things With Wings
Di's Digi Designs - Winged Things
Paper Creator's Crafts #9 - Anything Goes
The Hobby House Challenge #1 - Anything Goes
Five Simple Things: Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Any Winged Creature
Sweet Pea Stampers - Birds of a Feather
MilkCoffee Challenge - Load on the Flowers
Creative Moments #18 - Lots of Layers

Thanks so much for stopping by today and before I go . . . here's a sneak peek at my 'OTHER' project that WILL include a step-by-step tutorial ...

Wishing you a fun-filled day and as always . . .

Recipe for this creation:

Papers:  Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage 'Illlusions' CD #2, Crafty Secrets 'Radiant'
Accessories:  Sizzix 'Susan's Garden' dies, Tim Holtz distress ink, large sponge dauber, Art Glitter glue, x-press It High Tack Foam Mounting Tape, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Fiskars swivel craft knife, Mod Podge


  1. Love this...and love the birdie "perched" on top!!! A wonderful "piece of art"!!!

  2. How neat is this Dar?! LOVE it, especially that bird...very unique!

  3. Stunning card, love all the sweet elements you pieced into this! ~Diane

  4. Gorgeous card, very nice details !
    Thanks for your participation at the Paper Creator challenge !

  5. Cool plaque Darlene and yes, the 3D bird looks great perched on the top!

    Thanks for sharing

  6. A gorgeous creation and thank you so much for joining us at the Hobby House Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx

  7. Wow Dar! This is fabulous! You've been busy! Can't wait to see your other masterpiece!!

  8. What a lovely wall art project you have made. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “birds of a feather” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  9. Beautiful art piece you made, love all the details! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  10. Lovely vintage creations with fun details.

  11. This is a sweet piece, I love the garden theme and the wonderful details. Caught up with you through Inspire me Friday, Lisa

  12. So beautiful Darlene!! A wonderful piece of art! :)


  13. Lovely project! Thank you for joining QKR's Challenge this week.
    Ruza, QKR DT

  14. Beautiful project. thanks for joining us over at Di's digi dsesigns. xx

  15. Darlene, this is gorgeous! Love all the elements.

  16. What a fantastic project - perfect for the Winged Things challenge at Di's Digi Designs
    Thanks for joining in, good luck and hope to see you at the Beautiful Borders challenge starting today, Donna ♥

  17. Gorgeous project. Thanks for joining in our "Things with Wings" challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x

  18. Beautiful!. Thank you so much for joining us at the Hobby house. Jen xxx


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