Monday, September 1, 2014

Guest Designer for Crafty Secrets September Challenge Linky Party

(This is my second post of the day...If you are looking for my Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Post, please scroll down)

Good morning all you Crafty Secrets lovers out there.  It is September 1st. and time once again for a new Linky Party over at the Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Blog!  I have been asked to be a guest designer for this challenge and I'm so very excited to be playing with these very talented ladies of the Crafty Secrets Design Team!  The theme the design team is following is Fall/Halloween but you can create anything using Crafty Secrets products to enter the challenge.

I had so much fun making this card and I want to share a little bit about the process with you.

When I make flowers I start with stamping the petals and cutting them out.  Sometimes I use white card stock and color it with ink, but here I used the orange card stock because I wanted to match the orange in the image.  I dampen the backside of the petals with a tiny bit of water and then take a burnishing tool and burnish the card stock.  This  helps to break down the fibers of the card stock and enables you to shape the petals the way you like.  I then turned the petals over and pinched the edges to form a peak and set them aside to dry.  Once dry, the petals are sort of hard and the shape is set.  I then added the black stamen and the pretty Gala Glitz for the centers.

Next I took plain white seam binding (I buy it by the roll and always have plenty of white and off white on hand) and Ranger Distress Inks and colored the seam binding to match the flowers.  I used Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door.  I started by putting some of the ink on my craft mat and spritzing it with water then I wet my seam binding and then dabbed it into the color.  The spiced Marmalade was sort of blah so I then put down some Barn Door and ran my seam binding through that and it brightened the color considerably.  Don't be afraid to play with your supplies...just jump right in and begin!  When I was happy with the color I scrunched the seam binding into a tight ball and laid it aside to makes it all wrinkly and that makes me happy.

My card is 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" and has a black card base.  I used a piece of digital paper to add some interest to the base card and then started adding the elements. I used images from Crafty Secrets (CS12-05 Halloween Creative Scraps and DP2 Halloween Printable Sheet)  So many adorable images it was hard to pick which I wanted to play with.  

Then I cut out the fence die cut and rubbed it across the edge of my desk and curled it a bit...that gives it a more dimensional look.

 I tied a bow and added the flowers and my card is all finished.

Now it’s your turn!  Visit each of the design team blogs listed below and leave them some love.  We all love hearing from you! 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, September 14th.  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.On September 17th,  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!  I can't wait to see what you create!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Glenda Brooks- Guest Designer (You are here)

Crafty Secrets CS12-05 Halloween Creative Scraps
Crafty Secrets DPS-12 Halloween Printable Sheets
HCPC 3608 Arianna Blooms PreCut Set (Heartfelt Creations)
HCD 748 Arianna Blooms Die (Heartfelt Creations)
Orange, Green and Black Card Stock
Dimensional Tape
Spellbinders Wrought Iron Die
Spellbinders Captivating Squares
Seam Binding
Ranger Distress Inks
Gala Glitz in Gold


craftieodmae said...

Oh Glenda, you out did your self!!

Sylvia said...

So cute Glenda, love the colors and that fence! I love Halloween just like you! Happy Monday!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh a happy smile to my face when I saw this lovely card ! A great pairing you and Crafty Secrets. Love both of your special styles. Have a fun Labor day.

Diane said...

Beautiful Halloween card!!! Love all the added details and those GORGEOUS flowers.....and I learned something about the seam binding, much easier to color it "your way"!!! Have a great day!!!

Darlene said...

SO, SO glad you have come to share your amazing talents with us at Crafty Secrets! Your flowers are ALWAYS so life like and your designs - FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips/tricks with us! AWESOME card creation Glenda!!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Thank you Glenda for being our Guest Designer this month and for this fabulous Halloween card you created! of course I adore the image you used but it's all the little details you added that make it really special!


Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Glenda, this is one of the prettiest Halloween cards I've ever seen! Your flowers just stop me in my tracks. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial, and for joining us as our guest designer at Crafty Secrets this month! Hugs!!!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so happy to have you join us as a guest designer for the month. This creation is wonderful and the flowers are jaw droppingly (word!) fabulous. Thanks for the great tutorial. I use the stylus a lot but I have never tried dampening the paper first. I'll have to give that a try.

Carolyn said...

Beautiful card! I just love how the green pops and that it is not the lime green one usually sees on a Halloween card.

lost coast scrapper said...

Glenda, this card is just amazing..I love the flowers & binding...just beautiful!!!

Candy's Creations Blog said...

Sweet card! Love the colored seam binding and that little witch is adorable! Nicely done!

Sheila Rumney said...

Glenda, this is beautiful. Love how you curled the edges of the flowers! Thanks for joining us!

Starla said...

LOVELY!! I NEVER (EVER) get tired of looking at your flower creations

Gloria Stengel said...

I am not sure if I love the adorable little girl, the ribbon, the fence, or the flowers the most...oh I just love it ALL! What a great card. So happy that you are our guest this month at Crafty Secrets!

Patty Sue 2 said...

Your flowers always amaze me....I can't believe how lovely they are...mine always look like wadded up paper! LOL! Wish we lived close so I could pop in for a lesson!

Leslie Miller said...

Of COURSE they asked you to be a guest designer. You do amazing things with Crafty Secrets goodness! Oh, how I enjoyed and appreciate your brief but simple to understand tutorial on the flowers. I'm going to bookmark this post. Someday...

Dianne said...

Hello Miss Glenda, thanks so much for visiting my nest, now my internet provider is finally all fixed, I can start visiting again.
I love you show us the process how you created this card and it is BEAUTIFULLLL, as all your cards always are.The design is wonderful and those flowers are GORGEOUSSSS,I'm in love with that bow it's scrumptious and beautifully dyed, your inspiration is always boundless, thanks for sharing...

Carol Hurlock said...

This is just beautiful. I love the way you did the fence. Glenda-you know your flowers are always so pretty. You need to take Course 3 & 4 of Wilton Cake Decorating. They teach you how to make flowers with Gum paste and fondant. You would be a wiz at it because it is almost the same as doing them with paper. I have been taking the course to make my son's wedding cake. They you would be able to decorate your cakes like your cards!!!! lol
Bear Hugs,