Monday, 6 October 2014


Is it just me or is life speeding by far too quickly these days. I returned late Thursday night from Edmonton and I'm pleased to say after 3 weeks I have moved my Mom, listed and sold her house, and got her settled and happy in her new place. It feels good to be back to my patient husband, peaceful household, and of craft room. I have an easel card to share with you for our October Linky Party with a tutorial to follow showing you how to make your own. One of the themes this month is recipes and the smell of cinnamon always comes to mind in the fall. Hopefully you can read the recipe for these tasty cookies clearly enough to make them.

I used Crafty Secrets "Kitchen Classics", "Sweet Stuff" stamps sets and "Cooking" printable sheet images for this project and as luck would have it Sandy is presently offering a great package with most of the images I used here "Cooking and Family Pack".

I finally cut into the last piece of this wonderful tartan paper I have been hoarding, but it was for a good cause. The white lacy trim is a Spellbinders die, the images come from all the Crafty Secrets sources I mentioned. How I made the giant spice cookie is a secret. Come know me better than that, I always share my secrets. I die cut 2 scalloped hearts (Spellbinders) from craft paper and glued them together. I browned the edges with copics and fancy iced the top with a stencil and Dreamweaver's paste. The sugared top is exactly that SUGAR. I just kept adding cute little cooking items until it looked sufficiently interesting.

The lower base part of this card is pretty obvious. I used a doily, image of a cinnamon spice jar, image of measuring spoons, and my family recipe for spice cookies. What I'm particularly proud of here is the cute little oven mitts. I cut them out of a sheet of gingham I printed off in a really small size and flipped them over and took a stylus to the back, and the little bows... you may remember I did a tutorial on (How to tie teeny tiny bows)  It's finished off with a heart button stopper to rest the top part of the easel card against.


You can make this card in any dimensions you want, basically whatever size you want for the front face you cut a length twice that dimension, fold in half, and then fold the half in half again. For this card I used an 11" piece of cardstock and cut 5 1/2 inches for the width. You can follow the dimensions I have provided. The folds are from the left edge: 2 3/4 mountain fold, 2 3/4 valley fold, 5 1/2".In addition cut a square 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" for the front face.

Place 2 strips of 2 sided tape as shown.

It's difficult to see what I did in this step but the instructions make better sense. I have rotated the card so that the panel with the tape is at the top. Crisply fold the valley and mountain folds so it lies very flat. Lay the separate 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" front piece on the exposed tape so that it is stacked directly on the tape lined up with the bottom perfectly.

It should look like this. Now decorate it the way you like and add a stopper to the bottom piece to stop the front face from slipping down. 

“Now it’s your turn!  Visit each of the design team blogs listed below.  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. 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!”

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader

Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations

Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life

Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s

Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker

Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink

Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography,
Special Guest

Lee Ann Barrett, Add a Little Dazzle,

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