After 11 and a half years together, my guy and I have decided to tie the knot. While there are so many decisions to be made, I knew right from the get-go I wanted to do as much ourselves as we can.. I think our wedding will be a reflection of who we are at this stage in our lives and I want our decor, theme, invitations etc to really speak to who we are. Of course this means involving my crafty side, and for our Save the Date cards I knew I wanted a post card style card. After searching and pricing and getting ideas I decided to jump right in and start our DIY with simple and easy Save The Dates.

Using blank backed photo papers in a 4×6 size I printed a photo that we had taken earlier in the year. It was such a fun time to find a great spot and have a photo shoot using a camera remote… thank goodness for my new DSLR!


In my Word program I used columns and a 4×6 template to add my written details and to leave an address spot and to write a little note to the recipient. Originally I just wanted to stick a stamp on them and mail but we decided to put them in envelopes instead to protect them.


My Crafty Secrets Postcard stamps were perfect to add some finishing touches and the “postcard” image. I just love the delicate flower pattern..


SO easy and you can customize the stamps to your colour schemes too. I chose not to heat emboss the images, but that would also be fabulous.


I’m so pleased with the end result. They came together fast after all the printing was done and a fraction of the cost of getting them done elsewhere..and if I need to add more guests I can simply click, print and stamp.

Hooray for DIY!


Welcome to another new challenge at The Shabby Tea Room. This week I’m your host and ask that you create something special using:

Today I used the Enchanted Lantern template from our shabby sponsor Creations by AR. Play along and you could win 2 files of your own to create with!

A little hard to add ruffles to a lantern but I did add frilly layers to my flower here..

A little pink trim and green bow finish it off.. I just adore this template and will use it again and again! Be sure to pop over to the rest of the Team blogs to see what templates they got to play with this week.

Debbie- Paper Sweeties

Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

Rebecca- Paper Primrose

Tracey- Trace Elementz

Starr- The Paper Chase

See you in the Tea Room.


Happy June everyone! The Crafty Secrets girls and I are back to share some more fab tutorials and invite you to join our Linky Party for June. All you have to do to play along is to create something with fabulous Crafty Secrets products and link it up here on the blog.

Today I’m here to share with you a tutorial to create a gardening gift. I had seen a few tutorials online and decided to try my hand and share with you all today. This is for a seed packet gift package for someone to start a garden.


I started with 3 paper bags. I like to up-cycle so these have logo’s on the backs from where I had gotten them. But don’t worry. You won’t see them once we are done. Put the logos facing inwards towards the centre bag. Both the front and  back should be free of logos. Using hot glue I glued all of the bottoms of the bags together.


Next I took my bean packet and set it on the bag and measured so that I could trim the top of the bag so they don’t stick out of the top.


Once I marked a line I cut slightly above it to account for my border punch. If you don’t want to use a border punch, just leave it plain or use pinking shears. For either of the latter options you can cut right on the line.


Once you have your tops punched or cut, using hot glue again, join the back of the front bag to the middle bag and then do the same for the back bag. You will end up with 3 large pockets. Now we are ready to cover the front and back.


Here I’m using gardening papers from CD 2- Creating with Vintage Illustrations and the font included with the new Flower Garden digital set. Since I have 3 pockets I’ve divided up my seeds into 3 categories.


Printing 2 of the patterned papers,I used the brown paper bags and traced around them, then leaving about a quarter inch around each edge I cut it out and scored 1/4 inch on both sides. This will allow for us to join the front to the bag. I used a tape runner to add adhesive here.


The scored paper should fit just in the first fold of the side of the bag. Repeat the process for the back side and this is what it should look like.


Add the divider labels to the tops of the bags and add your seed packets.


Embellish the front and add a large ribbon to tie the packet to keep it from opening up. I created a little rhyme to add to the front to explain what the gift is…


All tied up and ready to give to someone to help them start a garden. You could add a pair of cute garden gloves as well.

Be sure to see what the other DT members have created this month:

Vicki Chrisman (Team Leader)

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Melissa Bove

Sheila Rumney

Be sure to get crafty and link up for the chance to win a gift certificate to use in the shop🙂
Stay sweet!



This week over at The Shabby Tea Room Debbie is our host and she has set a tea- themed challenge for us! She asks that we create a card or project using:

*COLOURS from the photo

*TEA theme


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Paper Sweeties is our sponsor this week and if you play along you could win two stamp sets! I used the Join me for Tea set today.


We can’t wait to see all of your creations in the Tea Room this week. Be sure to check out the rest of the Shabby Girl’s blogs:

Debbie- Paper Sweeties

Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

Rebecca- Paper Primrose

Tracey- Trace Elementz

Starr- The Paper Chase

Happy Crafting!

Calling all gardening lovers… Have you seen all of the fab, brand new digital stamps over in the Crafty vintage girl shop? If you haven’t already, you need to check them out. Such great stamps to satisfy any gardening lovers crafty soul!

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Today I’m popping by with a quick simple card to showcase one of the new flower stamps in the new Flower Garden set. Gorgeous, large flowers to add to any crafty project. I printed mine out a few times and coloured them by hand with water colour pencils then fussy cut them out. i used a couple different thickness 3D foam tapes to get different levels to my bunch of flowers.. I just picture walking by a garden fence and seeing bunches of blooms.

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Speaking of garden fences, I painted and distressed a wooden fence piece I had lying around and used a great patterned paper from CD #1-Creating with Vintage patterns..

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There’s lots more great flower images to choose from in this stamp set. Be sure to check this one out and the Vegetable Garden stamp set located in the shop:)
I’m off to do some gardening of my own!
Happy weekend!


REBEKAH- Birthday Present Mini cards (1)

In my little circle we’ve got a lot of upcoming  birthdays, which means a lot of presents. With all the celebrating, and little time, I needed a little something to attach to gifts. I was able to whip up a couple mini present shaped cards, using some of my Crafty Secrets printed paper scraps. I usually put all of my scraps in a file folder just for this occasion. The idea came to me after seeing these on the Moxie Fab site awhile ago. Instead of Washi I used pretty paper scraps.

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It’s so much fun to mix and match papers. Stick them all together overlapping slightly and then after adding some lace and tying a ribbon around, securing to a small card base. Super sweet and simple. The gorgeous sentiment is from the Crafty Secrets “Angel Blessings” set. Add any kind of embellies… sky’s the limit.

REBEKAH- Birthday Present Mini cards (2)I hope you’ll try your own present shaped mini’s.

Happy Crafting:)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! The Shabby Girls are back with a brand new challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room with Starr as our hostess! This week she asks that we create a card or project using:



This week we have Janet back as our sponsor, and I’m using the beautiful Sweet Colour Paper 1 for my background today. Such a pretty pastel pink.. and those roses… swoon!


A pretty Crafty Secrets corset turned into a dress… along with a Paper Sweeties sweet sentiment. Just love the thought of getting all dressed up for an afternoon tea party. Play along with us this week and you could win collages from Janet!

Be sure to stop by the Shabby Girls and leave some love:

Debbie- Paper Sweeties

Lenet- To Scrap or Not to Scrap

Rebecca- Paper Primrose

Tracey- Trace Elementz

Starr- The Paper Chase

Have a creative week peeps! See you soon!