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12.15.2010

Crafty Secrets



{Reported by Bethany Kartchner}






I discovered Crafty Secrets products a few years ago in my local scrapbook store. To say that I went a little crazy that day and melted the credit card would be a serious understatement. If you like whimsical, vintage, sweet images, this company will have your heart all a flutter too.


Crafty Secrets produces quite a few different products including clear stamps, stickers, postcard sets, chipboard sets, journal pads and double-sided sheets with images (Creative Scraps). They also have many themed sets including women, beach, seasonal, baby, children, cooking, etc. You can take a look at all of their themes here.

I created the following video to introduce you to this amazing company.



Let me share a few still images of the products that I used in my projects.





What I like:
1. I love the variety of products available. From images printed on fabric to postcard packages, there is something for every project.
2.The quality of each product is unparalleled. Plus, those images are simply adorable! I love each one!
3.The stamps are really high quality with fine details that turn out beautifully. Initially, each set seems pricey, but not when you factor in quality and details as well as sheer volume. (You get quite a few stamps in each set.)

What I dislike:
1. I would prefer the Creative Scraps packs to be one sided. In order to take advantage of all of the images, you need to purchase two of them.
2. I find the Crafty Secrets' website to be difficult to maneuver. I can't see the product images well and I find that frustrating. I would also like to see more projects and layouts on their blog. They feature many gorgeous cards, but I'd like to see a bigger variety.
3. If you are want to quickly pop out die-cut images, you won't like this company. All of their products require quite a bit of fussy cutting. Personally, I have a good pair of scissors and I don't mind it, but if you are in a rush, you may not like snipping so much.

What I made:
I wanted to do something interesting with the postcard kit so I used one of the postcards in a sweet centerpiece perfect for a baby shower. (I'm always looking for cute baby shower ideas, aren't you?)

Materials: 3 white candles, tulle, ribbon, Crafty Secret Baby Boy Vintage Postcard Kit, Melissa Frances tinsel, Shimmerz Blingz, white eyelets









This is what the postcard looked like before I tied it to three white candles.

The back was stamped using the stamps that came in the kit and watercolored using pencils.


On the front of the postcard, I added a little Shimmerz Blingz and a few words snipped out of the background paper, but left the image basically alone.


You could use any of the Crafty Secrets postcard kits for this project. Or, you could back some of the larger images with heavy cardstock or chipboard for the same result. I'm loving this idea.


I also made four different layouts using Crafty Secret images as embellishments. (I just couldn't stop once I had started...)

Materials: Crafty Secrets School Time Stickers, Bazzill cardstock, DecoArt Sand Stones, Americana paints, American Crafts Thickers

I'm seriously in love with these cardstock-weight stickers! I backed them with black cardstock to help them pop more. They are a great weight, stand up well to inking and are very versatile.




(If you are interested in a quick video on how to make the faux stone background in First Day of Kindergarten, visit my blog.)

Next, I used the Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps and stamp sets to create I'm Here for You.
Materials: Crafty Secrets images and stamps, Bazzill cardstock, Stazon ink, fabric, machine and thread, Donna Salazar pattern paper, button, paperclay embellishments, American Crafts Thickers


A close-up shows Crafty Secret Banner stamps as well as a few quote strips and images from the Creative Scraps sets. I really like those quote strips.



In Sweet, I combined the texture of lace and muslin with the vintage images.

Materials:Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps and stamps, My Mind's Eye papers, Bazzill cardstock, lace, muslin, My Little Shoebox sticker letters, Shimmerz paints

The wings and crown are part of the Altered Fairies Creative Scraps. (My favorite one.)


Finally, I created What a Hoot using pieces of a journaling sheet, Creative Scraps images as well as many different clear stamps.

Materials: Crafty Secrets stamps, Journal notes and Creative Scraps, colored pencils, Americana Paints, Prima flower, StazOn ink pad


I stamped one of the banner stamps from the Artsy Banner set onto an old page and cut it out. The film strip and mouse stamps are from the Photo Studio set.


In conclusion, I would highly recommend Crafty Secrets products to anyone who likes a vintage look. They are not the least expensive products on the market, but they are very well made and quite unique. When you buy their products, you are buying quality and I like that. I think that their Journal Notes offer a good bang for your buck and if you are a stamper, you will absolutely love their stamp sets for their high quality.

Where and How Much:
Product: Crafty Secret Products
Manufacturer: Crafty Secrets
How Much:
$2.35-$24.99
Available Online: Crafty Secrets Shopatron Store, A Cherry On Top, Memory Villa, Blue Moon Scrapbooking


What do YOU think? Have you seen Crafty Secret products in your local scrapbook store? What do you think of them? Do you like their images? Leave a comment by midnight EST on Thursday to be entered to win a Crafty Secrets prize pack!

29 comments:

Arjanne said...

I think they make lovely products! I've never seen them in Holland, unfortunately!

NanaBeth said...

I love everything Crafty Secrets.Their artwork and the details on their images are incredible.Since there is no store remotely close to me that has their products, I order everything from their website.They have wonderful customer service.

Deb said...

Love Crafty Secrets! Our LSS's and big box stores don't carry them, but I've ordered items directly from their website and have been very pleased with their speed of delivery and customer service.

Melissa said...

Just checked out Crafty Secrets website. I am in Love! I put all of their stamps on my xmas list. I drool over vintage ephemera on a daily basis and would love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity!

Irit Shalom said...

Love them a lot. Have some stamps and 4-5 image books and they are just great for my vintage style
SO much hope to win

PamS said...

I have not seen this line in person but it looks great for vintage photos. I also don't like when they print two different designs that can be cut out on both sides of the paper.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy I found this site. We have only one craft store here and it's really not the best. Because of that, I miss out on seeing some amazing products. Thank you for making the video. It really helped to see the products "up close".

Debbie W from MT

Donna said...

I haven't seen this line in my LSS..but would love to, it's is adorable :)

klasickewpie said...

Crafty Secrets is my ALL TIME FAVORITE for products. Wonderful video highlighting Crafty Secrets, and the projects are so adorable.

Their blog is so full of eye candy, and be sure to check out their Design Team links as they will knock your socks off. ***Can you tell I'm a huge fan?***

CuddlyBunny said...

Bethany, your creations are gorgeous! If Crafty Secret needs more project ideas on their site ... I think you've just provided them!

Looks as if they have a lot of great stuff, too. I'm personally having a hard time looking away from the Alice in Wonderland stamps. Ouuuuu!!!!

Kathy said...

Wow---these are AMAZING! A really unique new item for me, and I am now heading over to check out all the different styles. I can see lots of uses for them, and your video was really helpful, too!

Joni Parker said...

I don't see much of their products around..I have a boys alpha of theirs from years ago that is really cute!! Good to see their stuff...this looks really cute!! Will have to search for their stuff or order online!! -- OMG..your layouts are DARLING!!!

Hollyk said...

This is a really nice new product.

Anne Thompson said...

These are great products and I love what you did with them! I'll have to check out their website. I've seen a few of their things in the stores but it sounds like there's a lot more available. Thanks for the chance to win some Crafty Secrets goodies! Anne, yourmainestamper

Shelley said...

Wow! this range would be perfect for my best friend who is virtually addicted to vintage images.It would be perfect for the gorgeous album she is making about her Mum - lovely!

Linh C. said...

I don't think I've seen Crafty Secrets before. I adore their sweet images.

annemk said...

I absolutely LOVE Crafty Secrets... I love vintage and their products are perfect for that. There clear stamps work very well with good detail. :)
anne

Hee Jin R. said...

Just adorable!

Jen said...

I just realized I have some of their product that I haven't used...you have certainly inspired me to take them out now! *smile* Oh my gosh, your LO's are amazing...I absolutely absolutely love how you paired the lace and muslin with the images...WOW!

Kelly Massman said...

They have some really adorable images! TFS! and for a chance to win!+

Anonymous said...

Love Crafty Secrets designs. Have not seen their stamps but the ones you show look great, especially the banner one. Thanks for a chance to win some of this product.

Kathy R

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [16 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

serena said...

wow wow wow! I have never heard of this company before. I love everything you have shown us here - both the products and your fantastic use of them.

Martine Labelle said...

I have two of their stamp sets and I love them! thanks for sharing all their other beautiful products!

Theresa said...

I have purchased several of their products, and I love them all! Would love to have more though! <3

jan said...

Your projects are adorable!! Nice designs! I have a couple crafty secret stamp sets that I am anxious to try! Would love to win some CS goodies!!

Shawninaz said...

I've been a fan of this company for several years and love the vintage look. I've not seen their product in store just online and at the CK conventions.

GottaScrapChick said...

I love everything Vintage! I have used several of their products before and I look forward to getting some of their clear stamps!

~~Mia~~ said...

wow, love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!