Monday, September 2, 2013

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party Time!!!

Hello my friends!

First I'd like to wish all my U.S. friends a very HAPPY LABOR DAY!  
Hope you're having a fun filled weekend!
The 1st Monday of the Month means it's time for a new LINKY PARTY at Crafty Secrets and holiday or not ... we are here and having fun!!!

We chose not to have a THEME again this month but the team has gone OVER THE EDGE with fabulous tutorials of all sorts of projects to inspire you ... PLEASE be sure to pop over to their blogs and check 'em out!!  Here are the links to make it easy for you to pop in.
Just create a card or whatever you like using some Crafty Secrets products, link it at the September Linky Party post on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog and you have a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Crafty Vintage Girl Store! And just for entering, you will automatically get a $6 CS gift card for free!!

Join Our Linky Party 1st Monday Each Month 
with $50.00 Random Winner !

Anyone who knows me is aware that I do a couple of craft shows in the Fall of each year and with that in mind, I'm working on many cards, gift card holders, tissue box covers, etc.  
SO ... today I'm working on ...
Full Size Christmas Card - Gift Card Holder Cards.

Other than my card 'sets' which are A2 sized, I've gone to making A6 size cards mainly.  Which I cut from an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock at 6 1/4" and 9" ... folded at 4 1/2".
While in bed the other night I was thinking ... why not leave that extra 2" on the end of the card, score it and make it into a gift card holder card!!  SO THAT'S WHAT I'M SHARING WITH YOU TODAY!!!


  For my 1st card I've used medium blue cardstock for my base card which I thought looked 'wintery' with the Crafty Secrets CD#5 Retro Christmas pattern paper I chose. I even used some of my left over scraps to punch out snowflakes for the inside cover. 

My cover image is another one of my FAVORITE holiday stamp sets called 'Winter Wishes' #DAS-L46 which is now available in DIGITAL form giving you even more flexibility when creating.  This set brings back wonderful childhood memories for me since my sisters and I spent a LOT OF TIME outside with Mom & Dad enjoying every new snowfall by building a snowman!!  I've had this set for awhile now and can't believe I'd never inked it up!  Well ... today's the day!!!

Other items used on this card are:  Martha Stewart Icicle punch, Memory Box Snowflake corner die, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers for coloring and Stickles 'Waterfall' for sparkle.

For my 2nd card I went with a little more of a nostalgic look by using Crafty Secrets CD#6 'Vintage' Christmas pattern paper and tags.

My my inside sentiment I've used the same stamp set as above.  Sparkle was created by doodling with Stickles 'Holly'.  The red bow on the card front is from the Cheery Lynn Designs #DL143 Ornamental Wreath & Bow die set.  After die cutting from red card stock, I cut the bottom streamers off and moved them more to the sides under the bow so as not to hide the top of this adorable tag!

Inside for my gift card flap, I chose to punch this adorable snowman/tree border with a Martha Stewart punch I purchased several years ago.  Remember, if you want to punch a border, do that before you put your Scor-tape on the sides to hold the panel in place for your pocket.

I just LOVE the images on this paper ... I've used it over and over again in SO MANY ways!!!

Now, last but not least, for my 3rd example today I've created a card with a little more 'modern' look/style but still using papers from these two FABULOUS Christmas CDs.

A few touches of ribbon (and a gift card inside) is all that is needed to make the recipient of this pretty holiday card smile!!  Quick & easy cards with lots of STYLE by using these amazing holiday papers, ephemera and stamps from the Crafty Vintage Girl Shoppe.  Please be sure to pop over and check out all the amazing products available for purchase & instant download!

  Helpful HINT:  Here are just a few other items available (on SALE NOW) that would work perfectly when you're working on your holiday cards, projects and gift card holders.
SS19 - Little St. Nick
SM21 - Snow Bunnies
SM22 - Christmas Joy
SM27 - Season's Greetings
As well as my all time favorite Seasonal & Christmas Image Booklets


A few additional challenges to enter into:
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes (must use stamp) - Card #1
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Christmas Card Challenge - Something New - Card #1
Glitter n Sparkle - Anything Goes - Card #1
The Glory of Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes - Christmas
A Gem of a Challenge - Use 2 backing papers - Card #3
CraftyHazel's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas

Thanks for sticking with me through this lengthy post and PLEASE ... come join us at the September Linky Party ... I can't wait to be inspired by your creations (always am!!!)

God Love Ya!


  1. Awesome Darlene, boy I can use this tutorial! I think this year... gift cards are going to be big around here! The kids are just at that point where it's a the "perfect" gift. Your projects are always beautiful. Wow I cant get over how dimensional that green paper looks!

  2. Such a clever design, Dar! Love it! That little snowman punch is adorable! You always have such great to visit you and get inspired. Have a great Labor Day! xoxo

  3. Oh what beautiful cards these are - thanks for linking for our Glory of Christmas 'anything goes' challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for September - I'd love to see it there too. x

  4. What beautiful Christmas cards! Thank you for the tutorial!

  5. Wow what gorgeous gift card holders you have made. I can't even pick a favorite from them. Love the images. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a beautifully blessed week.

  6. You definitely celebrate Christmas with snow in Ohio, we celebrate with rain here in Vancouver. I love this snowman scene and all the gorgeous papers you used for your cards. I've got to get organized this week and get Halloween out of my mind and Christmas in.
    Cheers, Elizabeth

  7. Beautiful! Love it all! Thank you for joining Christmas Card Challenges! Karen N, DT

  8. I guess in Ohio making a snowman in the winter is a given every's rarely possible in Vancouver. I love all the cards but my favourite is the snowman as it brings back some great nostalgic memories for me as well.
    Cheers, Elizabeth

  9. Great card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  10. What a great idea for a gift card holder! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

  11. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I just lobe these cards.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Hi Darlene, I'm on my computer in Barcelona and just wanted to say how wonderful each of your Christmas Cards look! Also thank you for sharing all your ideas in so many great Linky Parties

    Hugs from Sandy

  13. Great cards Darlene! I love the snowman card but they are all wonderful. We get snow in Alabama once every couple of years and we have to build very fast and small snowmen before the snow melts (LOL). Hugz!

  14. go girl!!! You have been on a creative roll, that's for sure!!! All are very unique and pretty!!!

  15. Thanks for adding for my CHNC challenge extra for September - hope to see you again soon. x

  16. Two beautiful gift cards Darlene! A good idea as well! I love the vintage image on the top one. Thanks for joining our anything goes challenge at ATSC, Marlies

  17. super cards
    thank you for joining us at glitter n sparkle
    lindyloo x

  18. Lovely cards, thanks for sharing with us at a gem of a challenge
    Hugs Kelly DT

  19. Lovely thanks for joining in at glitternsparkle

  20. A gorgeous creation. Thanks for joining us at CHNC Extra this month. Carol Guest Designer x


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