Monday, December 7, 2015

December 2015 Linky Challenge & Blog Hop with FREE downloads and PRIZE

Hello, Friends!

It's the first Monday in December and that means it's time for another inspiring Linky Challenge and Blog Hop.  The Design Team has been as busy as the elves in Santa's workshop, and we bet that you're also caught up in all the wonderful holiday preparations, so this month we decided to make things easy on everyone and have an "ANYTHING GOES as long as you use Crafty Secrets" challenge.  That's right!  Feel free to enter any card, layout, canvas, mini book, home decor, altered art or what have you where Crafty Secrets is the star, and you're good to go.  Let's take a sneaky peek at what the design team has cooked up for you this month.

I spent a fun afternoon trolling through the hundreds of papers, printables, templates and images found within our amazing Creating with Vintage Christmas CD.  Oh, what a treasure trove of goodies I found there!  I created a fun new version of a pocket card with the cutest Christmas poem and some surprises tucked inside.  You will find some tips on how to alter chipboard and a step out on how to create the pocket on my blog, Kathy by Design.



Ginny took full advantage of our "anything goes" theme and created a stunning winter birthday card using papers and images from both our Creating with Vintage Typography CD and our Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.    She'll share a really fun tip for adding texture to a project.  You can find more photos and her tutorial on her beautiful blog, Polly's Paper Studio

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I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of the "rustic" style that is trending right now.  There's just something about that aged, rusty look that creates a wonderful feeling of nostalgia.  Michele tapped into that vibe and created a gorgeous rusty Ball Canning Lid ornament using this Old World Santa image from the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD.  She'll tell you how to make one of your own on her amazing blog, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker.  

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Sheila welcomes Christmas with a  digital layout that is so fresh and pretty and Christmassy that I can't stop looking at it!  If you are new to using digital products,  I highly recommend that you follow her blog as she shares amazing tutorials in her PhotoShop Friday posts.  Sheila also used our Creating with Vintage Christmas CD, and I just love the fact that it looks totally different from both my project and Michele's project.  That's the beauty of these CD's: they are so loaded with goodies that you can create and create and create and each project can have its own unique look.  Sheila will show you how to change the opacity of digital papers in a clear, easy to follow tutorial on her blog, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography.  

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Shantaie always has such fun and fresh ideas to share with us, so I've dubbed her "the funnest kid on the block."  This month, she dazzles us with a sparkly Christmas tree ornament that has a great Retro vibe.  And of course, she used our Creating with Retro Christmas CD.  If you'd like to learn how to make your very own Retro Styled Snow Globe ornament, be sure to pop by Shantaie's fun and fabby blog, Inking Pink

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Diane never fails to delight us with her Linky Challenge projects, and this month she has created a very clever 2016 Calendar Gift Card.  I would never have thought to combine images from our Little Blessings Creative Scraps  and papers from our Retro Kitchen Digital Kit with our FREE 2016 Calendar download, but she did and the result is nothing short of fantastic!  These would make such great gifts for co-workers, Secret Santas and friends near and far.  You will definitely want to visit Nellie's Nest to get the scoop on how to make these clever and innovative cards.


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And, here's some exciting news for you: Sandy has bundled our Creating with Vintage Christmas and Creating with Retro Christmas CD together at a special price of just $22.00!  You can find this special Christmas Bundle in the online store.  We are still working on emptying out our warehouse and prices have been reduced on dozens of your favorite Crafty Secrets goodies.  So after you finish the hop, you might want to take a little shopping trip and visit the store.  You've all been very good this year and deserve a little Christmas treat!

Come Play with Us!

Now, here's the really fun part!  Each month we invite you to play along with us in the Linky Challenge.  Since this month's theme is "anything goes" you can make anything you like as long as it features Crafty Secrets in the design.  Just link your project up below, and we'll be popping by to see what you've made.  And one of you will be randomly chosen to win a $25 digital shopping spree in the online store!  Just link your Crafty Secrets project up before MIDNIGHT on Sunday, December 20th.  The winner will be chosen on Monday, December 21st and announced on the blog on Wednesday, December 23rd, just in time for Christmas!  

And to thank you for playing along, we have a couple of free downloads to share with you.  These both come from our Creating with Retro Christmas CD, and you can use them in your Linky Challenge entry if you would like to do so.   But please note: these images are for PERSONAL USE only and cannot be shared, reproduced or sold. They are intended for those who are joining the fun this month.  Feel free to invite your friends to visit the blog, download their own copy and join the party.  Thank you! 


This cute Christmas Patchwork Quilt paper is loaded with creative possibilities!  I just know you all are going to create some fabulous projects with this one!  To download, just click on the image until it is full sized, then choose the option to save it to your computer.  You can print this out as 8x8 paper, 6x6 paper, or you can even crop the individual squares out and use them that way.  I can't wait to see what you make with this clever paper!



And how about this cutie pie retro snow couple?  I love that he is holding the mistletoe over her head, hoping for a Christmas kiss!    To get all the goodies on this  fun Retro CD, you can order it HERE. (PS: It's on Sale!!!) This CD includes all our Retro Designer Papers, Images, Ephemera and Templates! If you love Christmas and fun retro images like Santa, whimsical snowmen, adorable children and animals, festive frames, embellishments, words and more – you will love this series! A labor of love, this collection is packed full of a wide variety of over 170 fun Retro style images and festive embellishments for the holidays.

I'm so glad you stopped by today and I know you'll be inspired by the wonderful projects and tutorials our designers have prepared for you.  This is such a busy time of year, filled with hustle and bustle and long to-do lists.  We hope you'll take a moment or two for yourself: to be creative, to be inspired, to reflect and to ENJOY the holidays.  That's our Christmas wish for you!

On behalf of Sandy Redburn, I wish you JOY and CREATIVITY!

Cheerio,
Kathy Clement
Design Team Leader/Crafty Secrets

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2 comments:

KT Fit Kitty said...

Thank you for the awesome freebies! I was inspired as soon as I saw the Christmas Patchwork Quilt Paper! I just linked up my card and I hope you like it! Your DT projects look amazing and I'm off to check them out now. Thanks!

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thank you for the delightful freebies...I am loving all the fun designs the design team has shared. Off to visit each one. Thanks for the fun.