Month: August 2012

New Members at Crafty Creations!

Hello!   We are welcoming  8 new team members to the Crafty Creations team this term.  I just wanted to take a moment to extend a warm welcome to them all and let you know that if you are followers of CCC that they would be delighted to hear from you over there!  Or if you like you can go directly to their blogs below to say hello. Helen Lou Corrinne Anna Meighan Evelina Tonya Michele I am so happy to be on the team with these amazing ladies!   By the way, the CHALLENGE is to make a SUMMER SCENE, so come join in the fun!!  Have a creative day everyone!  Deena 

Inspired Artisan: Anastasia of Percival Road Designs

WELCOME  to another INSPIRED ARTISANS FRIDAY FEATURE!!  Please help me in welcoming Anastasia, here to tell us a bit about her craft today!   Hi Im Anastasia from Sydney Australia.  I  work part time in Finance so in my spare time I love to create and get as creative as I can!  Im a mum to two active boys and wife to a supportive guy, we live in a great city with beautiful beaches and lots of parks. I got inspired to start making and creating things after discovering craft blogs and the whole blogging community! What handmade product do you to sell on Etsy and what is the name of your shop?   The name of my Etsy shop is ‘Percival Road Designs’ and I make paper goods – collage style tags and cards, gift tags and toppers. I also make table decoration and favors for weddings and baby showers. I started selling supplies like ribbon, tape and bakers twine – love all that!  I also have a flea market section for paper ephemera and vintage books. Do you sell your work elsewhere?   I …

Gems and Twine Masculine Style

One of my nephews left on an adventure of his young lifetime…leaving his small hometown of Stratford Ontario for whatever he may find in Medicine Hat Alberta!   I snapped this picture of him and his Dad, my brother, the night before he left. So proud of you Paul!!  I hope you enjoy every moment of your journey!  Hey big brother,  don’t be too sad to see him go…he’s all grown up, you’ve done a wonderful parenting  job,  and now you have a great reason to travel out West! Alright, now moving onto my card for the Crafty Creations Challenge… Our challenge this week at Crafty Creations is GEMS and TWINE, so I’ve tied some multicolored twine around the base and added  star patterns of gems. The image is from our sponsor, San’s Designs!  It’s called Hangin’ Out. I loved the sketch  from Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge so I designed my card using it, and I’m entering this in their challenge too. Have a great day and come join in the challenge at Crafty Creations!  Deena 

Bookmark Templates Freebie

Just in time for BACK TO SCHOOL!  I have these fun bookmark templates for us from MY MEMORIES! Download the FREE Templates here: and Here’s what I did to personalize some of these bookmarks for my boys: Using MyMemories Software to Customize your Bookmarks Download template file and install it into your software DON”T HAVE THE SOFTWARE? It’s easy to order, inexpensive, and fun to use! SAVE 10% : Use Code STMMMS31200 Using MyMemories Suite, choose Create Album From Designer Template and select your project download. Now you can customize the provided template with digital photos or embellishments. I simply added their names, chose their photos and inserted them and presto!! OR download template, open, print and cut out, and embellish with your own supplies. TIP: You can right-click on the white guide and lock it in place to keep it from moving while you are working. Make sure this is the top layer of your project before printing. Have Fun!!  Thanks for stopping by!  Deena

Inspired Artisan: JULIANN of Lotus Blossoms Designs

WELCOME BACK  to another INSPIRED ARTISANS FRIDAY FEATURE!!  Please help me in welcoming Juliann, here to tell us a bit about her craft today!    My name is Juliann Thomas and I am an Illustrator and Potter. I have always loved creating and following my artistic passion has been a fun journey! I studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and received my BFA in Illustration and Sculpture. After an exciting move to Texas, I began working for a large-scale mural company in Dallas, creating highly-detailed murals for PF Chang’s Restaurants. It was exciting using my Illustrative and Painting skills on such a large scale. After a few years I began my own mural company and continued creating for Restaurants and Private Clients. Now with the arrival of my little one I am working on altered art to sell at my Etsy shop so I can raise my daughter while continuing to feed my creative side daily! What handmade product do you to sell on Etsy and what is the name …

Five Darlings Birthday Card

I’ve made a birthday card for a 5 yr old for this week’s Crafty Creations Challenge.   It’s a color challenge using the OLYMPIC RING COLORS…blue, black, red, yellow, green! A Day for Daisies is the sponsor this week and I’ve use Five Vintage Darlings for my image.  I’ve colored it digitally with chalk using Corel Painter Essentials, and the card was digitally designed using elements from My Memories Suite Software.  What does that mean? Well, the whole card except the added dew drops is a one layer printed card front.  The banner and the matted image, as well as the stitching are all digitally applied.  The chipboard number is also a digital element.  When I was satisfied with the layout and elements, I print the card front.   I added it to a white card base for a more layered look, added the dew drops and took the photo of the finished card outside.  I love how the sun sparkles off the dew drops! Have a creative day and I hope you’ll join us …

Can You Digi It?

Hello friends, Have you seen the  challenge at CAN YOU DIGI IT?  BIRD is the WORD is the theme and you have until Aug. 13th to enter! Some of my newest A Creative Need  images are perfect for this challenge too!  Have a look… Feathered Friend Garden Shelf Garden Palette Don’t forget to pick up your FREEBIE for the month HERE too!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you all have a wonderful, creative day!!

Inspired Artisans: Carolyn’s Cards and More

Hello! Happy Friday! Please help me welcome CAROLYN from Carolyn’s Cards and More to our Inspired Artists Friday Feature! Hello Carolyn!  Tell us a little about yourself.  Hello! I have been a mom for the last 30 years.  I have been married to the same man for 32:) years. I have moved around the country for the last 30 years.  My family and I have lived in FL,VA,GA,IA,IN, and now NC. WHAT HANDMADE PRODUCT DO YOU TO SELL ON ETSY AND WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR SHOP? I sell handmade cards, wedding and birthday favors and discontinued CM products. The name of my shop is: Carolynscardsandmore. DO YOU SELL YOUR WORK ELSEWHERE? I do sell for Creative Memories. I love scrapping and do it more as a hobby than a sales person. I usually order the minimum each quarter, but have been able to do that for 16 years! I have some great friends that I have meet over the last 16 years. We usually always get together at least once a year. Last …

Cool and CAS Treats and a FREEBIE challenge!

A few clean and simple cool treats with some of my NEW IMAGES today!  A CREATIVE NEED is sponsoring the Crafty Creations challenge this week and the theme is COOL SUMMER TREATS.    To encourage you to come out and play with us this week I have a FREEBIE for you too!  If you play along using my FREEBIE, link it here (in comments) as well as at Crafty Creations for a double chance to win a prize!!  EVERYONE who uses this freebie on their project and links it HERE as well as the Crafty Creations Challenge blog by August 7th 11:59 pm est. will get 1 FREE IMAGE (“LEMONADE”) from my SHOP!   YES!! EVERYONE wins!!   Just be sure to comment/link it HERE, AND AT CRAFTY CREATIONS!!   A single winner at Crafty Creations will recieve 3 images, and the “LEMONADE” digital image if they have used my freebie and linked it here!  DOWNLOAD HERE I’ve used this image in my first card here… I like coloring in just bits and pieces of …