Saturday, January 24, 2015

Retro Kitchen banner using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Retro Kitchen digital kit and Kitchen Queen Digital Stamp Set

You know I always love the retro goodies from Crafty Secrets, and this Retro Kitchen digital kit is SO awesome!  For those of you who are somewhat scared of the word digital, because your a traditional scrapper... don't be afraid... because this was created just by printing off the papers and images and using them traditionally. I hesitate when I use the word digital for just that reason at times.  I think for some who aren't familiar with using downloads and CD's they think you have to have lots of digital skills to use them. That is so far from the truth.  Certainly you can manipulate things  in an amazing way if you choose to use them that way, but you can also just print them off and use them like you would any other papers and ephemera.  But with the option of printing them time and time again!    The next thing people ask about is the price of ink for printing.  Sandy (owner of Crafty Secrets)   tested out many different inks and found that the inks from INK Farm printed fantastic and were by far the most reasonable.

Sandy has done lots of research on free digital software and low priced quality inks and and posted them here for your use.  Heartwarming Vintage Blog tips on free digital software and low priced quality inks

You can see in that post a code for an additional 15 % off at Ink Farm for Crafty Secrets Customers

Here is the link to the kit I used to create this banner ( you can click to see the banner larger)

Retro Kitchen Digital kit 

Here are some individual shots of the banner pieces so you can see them closer.  The banner pieces are at AccuCut die.   AccuCut Pennant Die P1317

I am in LOVE with these papers!!

 I also used a few digital stamps from the
Kitchen Queen Digital Stamp Set
like this plate, knife, fork and spoon.  I used diamond glaze over them to give them even more dimension.

I also wanted to make sure you were all aware of the sales going on.  You can check them out at Crafty Vintage Girl.

Wyatt and Emmett were here for a while yesterday while there momma was teaching Zumba.  We had Chocolate pudding. lol


I cant top that.   

Wishing you all a chocolate pudding sorta day :)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A new card using Crafty Secrets Digital Dog stamps and class photos

Hi everyone!   I hope your week has been a good one. Good here. The sun was even out for a while today again. Yesterday was gorgeous. I was so glad the girls coming for the class had a nice sunny day to get out in.  I'll share some photos from class, but first of all I wanted to share a new card with you.
You know me and my love for dogs, so it's no surprise I am loving the cute digital dog starmps from Crafty Secrets.  You can see them HERE.       A while back I used one of the little dogs to create a Valentine card. This time for one of my dog loving friends :)
( the papers are also from Crafty Secrets)  You can see all their products here at Crafty Vintage Girl

and on the inside... also one of the digital stamps from the set.

I'm excited to be joining the first ever Little Blue House Media Team.   Today is my Designer spotlight if you have a chance to pop over :)   HERE

My class yesterday at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk was a blast. These girls were so much fun.  Because space is somewhat limited and I wanted everyone to have plenty of room to spread out for painting, misting ect... I kept the class small.  I love teaching any size class , but a small class is always extra fun and personal. We chatted like crazy!  And in the end still learned a lot and came away with gorgeous canvases. Each one so beautiful and unique!    These ladies came from Lincoln, Dodge, Columbus and Fremont to attend. Huge thanks!

Here is the main image.  Then each personalized with their family name.   They were printed on heavy watercolor paper for texture.

I used  Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage CD to create the main image for this project.  You can see all the Crafty Secrets CD's here at the Crafty Vintage Girl site. They are all filled with gorgeous papers and ephemera to create with!  

Lots of new and vintage goodies to choose from to embellish their canvases.
I try to make something for each class. This week chocolate chip cookies.

We learned lots of techniques.  It was so cool to see the girls, ... even the ones who had never used any of these techniques before just jump in head first and have a blast creating!  LOVED that!

***Huge thanks to Lynda Cerny for having us at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk (North Bend NE) and to Sandy Redburn for always allowing me to teach with her beautiful products!! If you are on Facebook, please follow them, you wont be sorry. They are both so full of inspiration and ideas!!!

Amazing group of ladies.

Is that yummy or what?  Look at all that color bending and texture!  Diana made this.  And it was her first time coming to class and using these techniques! WOW!

So now today it's unpacking and putting away all the class supplies and then I think we will do a little of this.


I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

As always .. thanks for stopping by. I know I always say that, but I hope you know  how much it really means to me.  THANK YOU!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Canvas Techniques Class at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage images, paints, mists, sencils, stamping,.....

I rested up today after a weekend away and now I'm preparing for my Tuesday class at Floral Finds and Glorified Junk.   It's a Canvas Class.  If you live near there is still 2 openings at this point.   I'll copy and paste the description I posted on Facebook below.  ( if you are interested please email me at )  

**TWO opening left in this class **

Here is My Class January 20th (Tuesday) at 2pm at Florals, Finds & Glorified junk ( near North Bend NE) We'll be making this 11x14 canvas using paint, mists, stencils, stamps ect. You'll learn a number of different techniques in this class and leave with a beautiful canvas. The main image ( created from Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD)  will be the same for all, but you will have a choice of colors of papers and of embellishments, so you can create it with your own personal style. Of course you'll have all the help you want :)  It will be a fun creative time. Since we want to have plenty of room to spread out and work .  Class cost $20
note: if your taking the class I will print out your family name (or whatever name you want, if you let me know) a head of time so you have it to add to your canvas the day of the class.
Huge thanks Lynda Cerny for giving us such a fun place for these classes

Here are some closet ups , so you can see the techniques.   

This main image is created and printed on watercolor paper to give it texture.

We'd love to have you join us!


 This weekend we had to say goodbye to a beautiful person, taken away too soon by cancer. Our cousin Myrna was never without a smile! and you never heard a complaint from her.... not even when things were at their very worst. She will be missed by so many.

 (this photo was taken of her and a a few years ago)

We left for South Dakota Friday ( Dan and I both disappointed again that because of his work hours he couldn't join us).  My sister Jan and brother-in-law Keith hit the road.   Both my parents families originated in South Dakota and all my my siblings but my next oldest brother and I were born there. So it's always been a big part of our lives.  Many, Many trips there over the years, visiting Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, ect..    So many memories.   

Although it was so sad to say goodbye, seeing family that you don't get to see often and miss, always helps.  And being in a place that is  filled with so many happy comforting   memories is a big part of that also.
I took this photo on the long drive out to the cemetery which is on a hill not far from their family ranch. The name of the cemetery is "Spotted Tail" if that isn't beautiful enough.  It's simply an amazing place.  It seems so untouched.  
Speaking of the long drive out to the cemetery .. on the highway... before we ever started onto the dirt road. I was so touched by the respect of others on the highway.  People actually pulled off the highway as they saw the funeral persession  coming.  
Thank you good , kind, thoughtful people of the world. We need more of this.

 While we were in South Dakota, in between everything else, we did some driving.... 

out by our Aunts and Uncles old farm lands and homes. Although its sad to see the buildings either gone or in disrepair the memories are still there.
I remember my Aunt Pauline teaching me how to milk a cow in that barn. ( or at least try)

 And gathering eggs in this chicken coop was my very favorite thing to do.

Like I said the paint my have weathered away and the glass my be broken..but the memories ... I still have them!

I got to see my cousin Barb, who was back for the funeral ( dont mind our puffy eyes, this was after the funeral).  Barb stayed with us when our boys were just little and we lived in Fremont, while she attended Nursing school at Midland college there.  

I was a Bridesmaid in her wedding at this little church, here in SD.  ( many years ago)

We also got to spend some time at my Aunt Viv's ( our momma sisters) house while we were up there.  and take her out for dinner. Does she make 91 look amazing or what?? 

As you can see, it was kind of an "old home" weekend for us. All of us.  My brothers and there wives came up for the funeral also so we were there together. I wish I had a photo, but it just wasn't an appropriate time for photos. 
I'm thankful for family, for memories and for a good weather weekend for us to travel, ( because if you know anything about NE and SD, January is not usually prime travel time) We lucked out.  As our sweet cousin Myrna .... shes flying with the angels.

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Thanks for letting me share friends!
I hope your week is wonderful!


Monday, January 12, 2015

"BE mine" Card using Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage

Have you seen the super cute digital dog stamps that Crafty Secrets has?  Yes, you know I'm a dog lover.. but even if I wasn't a freak for pooches, I'd love these... because they are adorable.   And are so many different ones.  You can see them all here  Digital Dog stamps
With Valentines Day coming up I decided to put a pup to use delivering a Valentine. The Little frame and the papers are also from Crafty Secrets.  You can see all their goodies here at Crafty Vintage Girl.

I baked these Cherry Chip Cookies today.  I had planned to make them at Christmas but time got away from me.  I've posted this recipe before a few years ago and found out a couple of things.  One... lots of people liked them... and Two.... cherry chips aren't a staple in grocery stores in every state. Some people couldn't find them.

But if you can, these cookies are easy and yummy!   A friend gave me this recipe many years ago. I used to make them for the boys when they were little. They were Jarad's favorites.

Cherry Chip Cookies   375 Degrees - 12 min

2 1/4 cups flour
1/8 teas salt
1 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1teas almond ext
3/4 cup cornflakes
1/2 package cherry chips (reg or mini)

Sift together flour and salt. Cream butter and sugar.  Mix in egg yolk and almond ext. To butter mixture add four and salt. Mix until smooth. Stir in corn flakes and cherry chips. Roll in to 1 inch balls and press down with fork ,sprinkle with sugar. 

Super easy!

I put them in the freezer.  Now, I hope that is enough to keep me out of them. (probably not..eek).
 Hoping to be able to make a trip up to South Dakota to my cousins funeral if the weather permits. Another beautiful kind person, taken from us too soon by cancer.
 While we are there we will visit with the Aunts and Uncle on the other side of the family also.  I thought I'd make some cookies and muffins to take along.

Wishing you all a great week. Stay safe and love each other.


Friday, January 09, 2015

Fancy Pants Designs "Thank You" Card

I love all the Fancy Pants Designs Collections old and new. This is still one of my favorites.Wonderful Day
The bright cherry colors and patterns in this line are just what I'm needing in the middle of this super dreary January we are experiencing here in Nebraska right now.  Lets just say we have had  a  lot of sun-less days lately. A LOT!    You are probably going to see me using bright colors  in my projects for quite a while :)

Products used:  Fancy Pants DesignsWonderful Day Collection
                        Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesives


I'm pretty excited to announce that Ive been chosen to be apart of the The Little Blue House Media Team.
I'm really looking forward to this new adventure with this fun and talented group.    You'll be seeing me post more about what is going on with The Little Blue House, here on my blog in the months ahead.

What else is new?   Well, mostly I've been staying in and working on purging and organizing my closets, since it's been FREEEEZING here! ( and they really needed it)
I do love organization, but until the last couple of years, purging and getting rid of things wasn't something I was good at.  I was always one to want to keep everything .. thinking I'm sure I will need it, or use it one day. I don't know what happened, but one day that kind of changed and now I'm way better about giving things up. Trust me.. I still have plenty.. but I have gotten rid of a lot.
I finished my supply closet last night. This is mostly class supplies.   I am obsessed with labeling! lol   It's the only way I can try to have some sense of order to what I have, and to know where it is. 
Where we live now, is close to the river so none of the houses hear here have basements ( because of the high water table).  Our other house we lived it before moving here was a big old two story with a basement and a walk in attic.  Lots of room for storage.  Lets just say, adjustments had to be made when we moved here. ( Dan warned me, the garage rafters were at maximum capacity lol) I thought to myself... time for me to get rid of some things. Keep what I really need , love, or that are really important to me  .... and let the rest go.
Organization became a necessity.  A couple of times a year I have to do a little regroup of it all and see what stays and what can go.   I'm dreading the downstairs closet.   ...........ugh... its the worst

I do love how it feels when it's all done. I have two of the upstairs closets done.  I sold a couple of things. I took a couple things to the kids, a few bags to the Goodwill and I have a huge container of samples to sell to the local Scrapbook Store ( when they are back from CHA).  I even got Dan to go through some of his things. (that was the hardest) lol.

Well, if you dont hear from me.. I'm lost somewhere in the downstairs closet. ha!

Thanks for stopping by!
hugs all around!


Monday, January 05, 2015

Crafty Secrets January Linky Party

Today is January's Crafty Secrets January Linky Party day.  I'm playing along with the girls this month, and we are creating with the new "Bedtime Kids" Digital stamps.   You can pop over to the Heartwarming Vintage Blog for all the details. They love to have anyone play along, so please join in the fun!
I created a couple of projects with the stamps that would work for fun little signs, but there are lots of super cute images in this set also.  You can see them all here  and when you pop around to see the projects the rest of the DT have created you'll see the ones they have used.
The papers I used are also from Crafty Secrets. The paper bow is one of my die designs from AccuCut.

One more.  I printed this one out.  Colored it with markers. Cut it out and used Mod Podge to add it to this Dollar Store wood plaque that I painted.  Added a few ribbons, some gems and a button.

Be sure to check out what the girls from the Design Team have up on their blogs. You'll find all the links here below.  Also join in the fun over on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog for a chance to win.

Heartwarming Vintage Blog 

Thanks for stopping by :)   I'll be back later this week with a retro kitchen style banner I created using Crafty Secrets papers and digital stamps.

Have a super day!


Friday, January 02, 2015

Altered book for Photo Christmas Cards

Today I thought I'd share the book I started a couple of years ago to add my photo Christmas cards to. I shared it after Christmas last year, but when added this years photo cards I thought I would share again.  It's a good way to save those Christmas card photos you get in the mail instead of sticking them away after they have spent some time displayed on the frig :)
All you need is an old book with a good binding.

You can make the pages as simple or as elaborate as you want.    If you choose to drill two holes all the way through like I did and add rings, you can just punch holes to add larger photos.  ( this works great for the photo cards that have a front and a back)  This way you don't have to glue the back down. You are able to see both sides.

The card below opens so I can see the inside.

If you want you can do more mixed media , art journal type pages  with mists and paints. Add pockets, tags, ect..

Here is an example of one that is just a free page, not glued down. so you can see both front and back
of the card.

Like I said.. you can make it as simple or involved as you want. The idea is that in the end you have a fun altered book filled with photos that you can set out all year for people to see.  I just add to it each year.  It's fun to see how everyone's families grow from year to year.


Did you have a nice New Years?   We decided staying home and relaxing sounded good to us this year. Wes was here for a while, so I made our traditional  Water Chestnuts wrapped in bacon.  Basically had some snackies, watched movies and chilled. 
Yep.... a lot of this.

It was good :)

I hope you had a great New Years , whether you partied all night or stayed home and curled up on the couch :)     Here's hoping 2015 is AMAZING!!

Happy Weekend my friends!