Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thank You!! - Crafty Secrets CD #2 - Little Birdie Tag

Good morning blogging friends! Before I get started with my projects today (yes, I have some artwork to share!) I want to say a HUGE Thank You to all of you for all of the wonderful comments, emails and phone calls!! Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, links, information about books, home remedies and all of your support!!! It means SO much to me!!! I haven't been on the computer much the past several days, I have just been taking it easy and trying to relax and feel better but I have been reading through all of your wonderful emails. Thank You!! Thank You!! THANK YOU!!!!!

I also want to say I guess I was kind of surprised with all the emails from people who also have RA (in the crafting industry), or friends and family who suffer from RA and other diseases that are similar. I want you to know that I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Yesterday, I was feeling a little better so last night I sat down to do a little creating. Luckily the past few weeks I was working ahead on several projects so I will still be able to have artwork to post while I am working on feeling better and getting my medication regulated.

Sandy from Crafty Secrets made some Big Announcements yesterday on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog! She is releasing a second CD, Creating With Vintage Illustrations. You can pre-order the CD or it will be available for Black Friday.

The CD is filled with over 200 files and let me tell you the images are Beautiful!! All this week the Crafty Secrets DT will be sharing projects made using the New CD on their blogs. Sandy also has another great announcement so be sure to click HERE for all of the details.

I think the best thing about having digital images is that you have so many choices--and we all LOVE to have choices, right? LOL! Here is one of the projects I made using an image from the New CD2 Creating With Vintage Illustrations.

This sweet little birdie image is in black and white and prefect for coloring. I tried something new, well it's not new but it is new to me. ;-) I have had a set of Prisma colored pencils for almost two and have never really used them. My dear sweet friend, Linda Duke has been telling me (Forever) that I really need to try the Prisma colored pencils. She told me I would love them, but I just kept putting if off. I guess I was thinking that it would be a lot like the watercolor pencils and even through I like the watercolor pencils it always seemed like I really, really had to work to get the colors to blend the way I wanted them. Well, yesterday I went to Linda's blog and she had the most Gorgeous card posted and she colored it with Prisma colored pencils so I thought I just have to give this a try--LOL! I think Linda is the queen of Prisma colored pencils!! Linda, if you read this I hope you are proud of me. ;-)

I printed the image on Simply Smooth Ivory from Discount Cardstock. Then I used a pointed q-tip and baby oil to do the blending and I was very happily surprised at how easy the colors blend. Now I am going to want all the colors!!

I layered the colored image on to a piece of Posh Milk Chocolate Felt from Discount Cardstock and then embellished the tag. The ribbon is from the Shimmer Satin Bright Assortment and I also used Penelope Natural Crochet Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I also added a vintage button at the top.

Along the bottom I added Gold Leaf trim from RRR and 2-Tone Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossom, 5/8'' Baby Pink Open Roses, 1/8'' Burgundy Closed Rose Buds from Wild Orchid Crafts. I just received my first order from Wild Orchid Crafts and I LOVE their products!!

I also added a few tiny green leaves from I Am Roses to mix in with the gold leaf trim and paper flowers.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day and things don't get too crazy for everyone trying to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hugs & Smiles,

Crafty Secrets: Creating With Vintage Illustrations
Paper: Discount Cardstock Simply Smooth Ivory, Posh Milk Chocolate Felt
Inks: Prisma Colored Pencils
Accessories: Really Reasonable Ribbon Shimmer Satin Bright Assortment, Penelope Natural Crochet Lace, Gold Leaf trim; Wild Orchid Crafts 2-Tone Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossom, 5/8'' Baby Pink Open Roses, 1/8'' Burgundy Closed Rose Buds; Antique Button; I Am Roses Tiny Green Leaves; Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue


  1. this is absolutely beautiful!!!!! Love the leaves and flowers!

  2. Oh WOW!!! This IS gorgeous!!!!!!! Love the coloring too :)

  3. So beautiful! What a great job! Love it.

  4. Have you tried Gamsol? It's an odorless mineral spirit used for blending colored pencils and other mediums. Inky Antics has some, I got mine at Archivers a while back.

  5. I love your little bird, and YES I'm very proud of you LOL!!

  6. Your tag is beautiful, Heidi! Does baby oil make the image greasy? I've never tried this method of blending. I love the addition of the lace and flowers - perfect! TFS Hugs!!

  7. I love love LOVE this birdie tag. It's so sweet.


  8. Heidi, really stunning! I love how you used the leaves.

  9. The tag is absolutely stunning! love the idea of baby oil and with water color pencils...I have them and love them but this is new way to use them and thanks for sharing! :)


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