I haven't had any blog candy recently, so it was perfect timing when Sandy at Crafty Secrets offered to send the Crafty Secrets designers a handful of the new Vintage Images & Journal Notes booklets to share. Sounds like a great blog candy offering to me!
Sandy recently released four different booklets of journal notes. I'm always impressed at the fun images Sandy finds to include in her vintage booklets, and these are no exception! There's one booklet specific to Summertime with great floral images and seasonal images like vacations, the fair, the beach, etc. Another booklet is dedicated to Childhood images with sweet kids, animals, and lots of images that remind me of books my Mom read to me when I was a kid. Another booklet is all about things Homemade. Wonderful fruits and veggies, sassy ladies in the kitchen, and clever expressions. The fourth book is all about Birds and Botanicals. It is a wonderful collection of images.
I was really excited to see the finished books! I find that using a combination of stamping and vintage images is a really great, and quick, way to put together projects.
On the Simple Life card, I used the adorable image of the Kewpie kids playing in the haystack. I was THRILLED to find this image in the Summertime Journal Notes booklet! It's one of my favorites of all four booklets! And the sentiment is so very fitting for my life on the farm.
Lately, I'm really drawn to adding real stitches to even the smallest of projects, like gift tags, cards, and altered journals (add the stitches to layers before you adhere them to your journal!). On the Simple Life card, I used a combination of straight and zig zag stitches for a real "homespun" look. The textures of the twine, texture and colors of the papers in combination with the sewing and feel-good image, make this a truly handmade from the heart card. The tree branch stamped in the background is one of the images from the recently released Bird Lovers Clear Art Stamp set.
Now...about the blog candy! If you would like to enter your name into the drawing for a set of the new vintage Images & Journal Notes booklets, leave a comment on this post. I would like to know what technique you're drawn to lately on your crafting projects. Also, be sure to leave your name on your post! I will choose 1 lucky name from all comments (randomly of course) on May 1st at 8pm Central. The person chosen will receive one of each of the four new booklets, courtesy of Crafty Secrets.
Also, be sure to check out the Crafty Secrets blog, Heartwarming Vintage, for more ideas using the new vintage booklets!