Monday, October 6, 2014

Designing with Crafty Secrets

Hello Everyone!

I have the pleasure of being guest designer at Crafty Secrets this month. I love their sweet vintage images and am honored to be working with such great products and such a talented team!
Welcome to the October Linky Party! 

I am working with the brand new Thanksgiving Release.  These two cuties just had to be colored!  I love the detailed images and they are just so doggoned adorable!  I colored them with Copics and then fussy cut them out (yes, I really did!).  I printed the sentiment and die cut it out with MFT's Award Seal Die.  I framed the sentiment with the wishbone.

I 'fall for' texture and burlap is one of my current 'go to' items.  However, on this card I did not want to add too much bulk, so I embossed my kraft card stock to look like burlap.   How do you emboss a burlap look without going out to buy yet another embossing folder?  (I know- you already have too many folders, just like me!)  I used a piece of burlap, my tan embossing mat and a thin shim and was able to get nice, deep impressions. I also added a little bit of texture to the sentiment panel.  If you are like me, your embossing machine is well loved!  I am still using the original plates with my Big Shot and they are very rough from the amount of die cutting I have done on them.  I sandwiched my sentiment panel between the cutting plates face down on the rough, scratched up plate.  I added a couple of thin chip board shims and ran it through the Big Shot.  This gave my panel a hint of texture, but nothing overpowering.  I tried to get a good picture of it for you, but it is still hard to see in the photo.
My gold background paper is also from the new Thanksgiving Release.  Isn't it scrumptious? I love the deep, rich, earthy colors.  I added more texture with embossing, linen thread and an elegant seam binding bow.  This will go to my parents, who live in Florida.
Now it’s your turn! Visit each of the design team blogs listed below. Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog ( no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, October 19th. You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along. If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies, check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog. Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree in our online store. Each player who participates will receive a $6 credit to the online store. We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Lee Ann Barrett-guest designer- You are Here!
Kathy Clement, DT Leader
Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations
Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest 
Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes 
Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s 
Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker 
Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography

I am linking my card up to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, 'Falling For...' and Craft Hoarders Anonymous, Happy Fall Y'All. 
Thanks so much for visiting and have a blessed week!

Lee Ann  :)

Supplies Used-
Stamps- Crafty Secrets Digital Stamps
Paper- Crafty Secrets Digital Paper, SU Early Espresso and Crumb Cake, Neenah Solar White cs
Other- Copics, SU linen thread and faux wood button, dimensionals, burlap, seam binding, SU Vintage Wallpaper ef, MFT Fishtail Flag Stax and Award Seal Die-Namics, Kaisercraft journaling tag


  1. Oh my gosh, what fantastic tips for embossing without folders! There have been so many times when I've wanted a burlap texture, but abandoned the idea because I don't have the folder. I can't tell you how excited I was to read your post! Thanks for being our Guest Designer this month!!

  2. Beautiful and stunning card. and what a great idea for the plates are so worn and split here and there they get caught in my machine now and them and I have new plates to use, too..LOL!! Love having you as our guest designer this month and looking forward to your next projects!!

  3. What a sweet creation Lee Ann! Your coloring and design are fabulous! WOW what a great embossing tip ... you clever lady!! It's so nice having you as our guest designer this month! Can't wait to see MORE of your amazing work! Happy Day to you!

  4. A huge welcome to the team Lee Ann. I love the card you made with the dear little pilgrims and those Big Shot tips are most welcome, particularly the one about utilizing the scratch marks on the plates for just a bit of texture. Brilliant!

  5. Hi Lee Ann and thank you for being our October Guest Design Team Member! I adore your Thanksgiving card and how you did it 3D and popped up the children. The colors and embellishments you used look wonderful!


  6. Love what you have created with this vintage image, Lee Ann.

  7. Gorgeous. Love the texture you achieved here.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  8. Beautiful, love the layers and textures! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. Wow, this is gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  10. I love your little colored images. Very cute. The addition of burlap is always a homerun! This is just adorable!

  11. Love the colors and textures. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  12. Lee Ann, this is a work of art! I love every little detail, but especially love the fussy cut pilgrims. It's gorgeous! Thanks for being our guest designer at Crafty Secrets this month!

  13. Gorgeous love all the layers and the the print from Crafty Secrets. Thanks for joining us on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

  14. Gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us as a guest designer.


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