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RRR Hop: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box

Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Blog Hop! You should be coming here all inspired after having visited Karen’s lovely blog.   I’ve created the cutest little Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box to share with you today.  It’s all decked out with the RRR Blue and Yellow Ribbon Mix and ready to party.

These are the gorgeous ribbons in the July Ribbon Club.  I love all the ribbon club assortments, but this one is especially beautiful.  The colors are just so perfect for summer crafting!

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Tag Box with Eileen Hull Card Box

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Summer parties, here I come!  The base for this tag box is Eileen Hull’s Card Box Die from her Book Club I Collection.  I’ve decorated the box with beautiful Botanical Tea Papers.  Then I added a lovely border strip to the bottom of the box.  Next, I wrapped the top of the box with the gorgeous Capri Blue Plaid Ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.

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This sweet little banner is from the original Botanical Tea Collection.  To make it, twist Natural Burlap String until it begins to coil in on itself.  Then, tie knots on either end of the string and adhere to the box base with hot glue.  Next, I threaded some of my precious vintage pearl buttons and adhered them between each banner.  The finishing touch is a beautiful Beaded Fancy Flower from my Etsy shop.

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The back side of the box is just as pretty as the front!

Botanical Tea Party Tag Box: The Tags

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I created a trio of tags to slip into the box.  These are Graphic 45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags from the Celebrate, Party, Cheers assortment.

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Each tag is topped with a different ribbon from the Ribbon Club Assortment.  This one is topped with the 5/8″ Yellow Poppy Print Satin Ribbon.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Party Box by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06Tags are always more fun when they are interactive.  Create a pocket and tuck in a tea bag and tag for extra fun!

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Top this lovely tag with some chipboard and summery Capri Blue Taffeta Ribbon.  Do you see the sweet little teacup charms?  I’ve attached them  with Natural Burlap String.

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This tag opens to reveal a little gift card pocket.  Use magnets to hold it shut.

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This festive tag is topped with two ribbons: 3/8″ Capri Blue Checkerboard Satin and 3/8″ Blue and Yellow Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

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This tag also has a magnetic folio attached to it.  I’ve tucked some sweet cut apart images into the pocket.

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The back of each tag has room for a photo or a note.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what fabulous creation awaits you on Linsey’s lovely blog.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete blog list at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Finish the hop at the RRR blog where you will answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  This will enter you into the drawing for a free July Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not already signed up for the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas present every month of the year.  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop: Here a Chick, There a Chick, Everywhere a Chick, Chick!

Hello, Friends!  What a fun day I have for you today!  I’m taking part in the Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop along with the rest of the crazy creative designers on the Crafty Secrets Team.  Each design team member has used the new Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps, or the new Digital Chicken Farm Print paper…or both to create a fabulous chicken themed project to inspire and delight you!   If you are coming here from the Crafty Secrets BLOG, then you are right on track. If not, you can go back to the Crafty Secrets Blog and follow the links.

I’ve created a gift ensemble that is really something to crow about.  This card, gift tag and gift box has a great country feel with it’s red and black color palette and wonderful rooster images.  Can you imagine how much fun it would be to find this grouping on your birthday breakfast plate?

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 03The card is made with a 5″ x 7″ black card base.  I cropped the corners with a punch, then used the black random text paper from the Vintage Typography CD to build my base layer.  I printed out the red and white check paper from Creating with Vintage Patterns CD and matted it on black paper.  I sized the tag from Farm Chicks and then layered the chicken wire stamp over that.  The wonderful rooster image was sized, printed colored and inked then treated with UTEE to give it an epoxy finish.  I added bits and bobs from my stash to create a card that’s as fresh as a country breeze.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 04The inside of the card has a fun tag that I built digitally with the chicken wire and border stamps from the collection.  My cute pig sticker is from the Office Altered Sticker Pack, which is on sale for 99 cents in the online store. I’ve used these stickers throughout this project.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 05I had a ball with the rooster image, as you can see here!  I stitched this one onto a tag that I printed from the collection.  I really gussied it up with loads of gingham ribbons in red and black,  burlap string and some cosmos and sweetheart blossoms.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 06The tag opens up to reveal another little tag that uses the cheeky singing rooster from the stamp set.  All the sentiments are included in the stamp set…which is loaded with 40 different images!

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 09I used kraft cardstock to build my little candy box.  You can find the tutorial for that HERE.  I printed out the fancy French Chickens, fussy cut them and covered them with UTEE.  When the embossing powder cooled, I gently bent the label to crack the epoxy finish, then inked it with Vintage photo ink to make it look like old, cracked glass.  I added more stickers, a little black key, burlap, twine and flowers to decorate the top of the box.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 08I used more of that great red and white check paper matted on black cardstock to cover the sides of my box, then added a drawer pull and a little word scrap from my stash to finish it.

Crafty Secrets Farm Chicks Blog Hop 10The inside is filled with candy, but it could easily hold a watch, tickets to a ball game, a gift card, or any small item that you wanted to present in a fun way.  The image inside the lid is from the Garden Creative Scraps, which are also on sale.

Every great blog hop needs a prize, and one lucky winner will receive their very own set of the Farm Chicks Digital Art Stamps and the digital Chicken Farm Paper, too. To win, simply visit every blog listed below and leave a nice comment.  Then, finish up this hop on the Crafty Secrets BLOG and let us know that you’ve visited all the blogs and left a comment.  The winner will be randomly chosen from one of the blog comments on one of the designer’s blogs.  How fun is that?

From here, you should strut on over to visit Darlene’s fabulous blog.  She has a wonderful project to share with you, and the next link on the hop!

Thanks for hoppin’!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Arianna Blooms Sticky Note Box Tutorial

Arianna Blooms Sticky Note Box Tutorial for Heartfelt Creations

Hello, Friends!

Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t use sticky notes? I use them to make lists to help me stay on track with my work, I use them as bookmarks, and I even use them in my crafting when I want to mask off an area, or secure a stencil or die to paper. But since my desk can get a little, <ahem> messy when I am working, sometimes I can’t find my sticky note pad. Not to worry! I’ve designed an attractive flip top box to hold my sticky notes and keep them neat and tidy. The best part is, I can always find them on my desk, even when it’s in an uproar. Here’s a step by step tutorial so you can create your own sticky note holder. Oh, and they make great gifts, too! Enjoy this Arianna Blooms Sticky Note Box Tutorial!

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Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
HCPC 3608 Arianna Blooms Stamp Set
HCPC 3609 Arianna Blooms Bouquet Stamp Set
HCD 748 Arianna Blooms Die
HCD 747 Arianna Lace Die
HCD 751 Cut, Mat, Create 2A Die
HCD 745 Luggage and Tags Die
HCD 743 Raindrops on Roses Die

HCDP1 241 Arianna Blooms Paper Collection
368770 Scor-Pal
459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit
159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat
Bridal Embossing Powder

Other Product: SU Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, and Strawberry Slush Cardstock; SU Strawberry Slush Ink; Tea Dye Distress ink, Clear embossing powder, heat gun; Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose Distress Paint; Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist; Diamond Stickles, Glue, 3 sticky note pads, foam dots; non-stick craft sheet, cosmetic sponge; ½” corner chomper tool

HC Tute December 19 31Directions:

HC Tute December 19 01Gather  your supplies from the list above.

HC Tute December 19 02Stamp the Arianna blooms onto Pink Piroutte Cardstock using Strawberry Slush Ink. Heat emboss and die cut with the Arianna Blooms Die.

Watch the You Tube VIDEO that shows you how to shape the Arianna Blooms.

Once you have shaped and stacked your flowers, proceed to the next step.

HC Tute December 19 03Create a small puddle of Distress Paint on your non-stick craft sheet. Pick the paint up with a cosmetic sponge and dab onto the petals of your finished flowers.

HC Tute December 19 05While the paint is still wet, cover the petals with Bridal Embossing Powder. Heat emboss.

HC Tute December 19 06Spritz the finished flowers with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle Mist. Set the two small flowers aside for now. Die cut the center pieces from the Arianna Blooms die using yellow paper from the collection. Shape as shown in the video and glue into the center of the flowers. Set the finished flower aside for now.

HC Tute December 19 07Cut TWO 6 ½” squares from Crumb Cake Cardstock. Score at 1 ½” and again at 5”.  Turn 90 degrees and repeat.

HC Tute December 19 08Crease along the folds, creating valley folds on all four sides of the square. Repeat with the second square.

HC Tute December 19 09Label one crease square “TOP” and set aside. With the remaining square, cut from the score line to the first crease line on the top and bottom of the square.

HC Tute December 19 10Turn the square over, and glue the 1 ½” squares in each corner, as shown.

HC Tute December 19 11Fold the tabs and glue to the inside flap, as shown. Repeat with the other side.

HC Tute December 19 12This is the base of your box. Set aside, and now we will build the top.

HC Tute December 19 13Cut from the score line to the first crease on the bottom of the square. On the top of the square, cut the 1 ½” squares out completely, as shown.

HC Tute December 19 14Glue the bottom tabs and the 3 ½” flap at the top of the square.

HC Tute December 19 15Tuck the two square pieces inside the lower flap, just as you did on the box bottom.

HC Tute December 19 16Attach the 3 ½” flap on the top of the square t the outside edge of the back side of the box base, as shown. You have just created the flip top for your box.

HC Tute December 19 17Use a ½” corner chomper to round the back edge of the box lid. This is the edge that is closest to the “hinge” of the box base.

HC Tute December 19 18Here is your box base.

HC Tute December 19 21Cut FOUR 3 ¼” squares from the Arianna Blooms Paper Collection and ink the edges.

HC Tute December 19 22Glue one panel onto to bottom of the inside of the base and one onto the lid of the box.

HC Tute December 19 23Glue one panel on the box top and one on the bottom of the box.

HC Tute December 19 24Cut FOUR 3 ¼” x 1 ¼” strips from the paper collection.

HC Tute December 19 25Use the corner chomper tool to round the corners on two of the pieces. Then ink all the edges on all four strips using Vintage Photo Distress ink.

HC Tute December 19 26Glue onto the sides of the box, matching up the rounded corners with the rounded corners on the box.  Now we can decorate our box!

HC Tute December 19 30Die cut both lacy flowers from the Arianna Lace Die, one from Whisper White Cardstock and One from Strawberry Slush. Die cut the medallion from  Raindrops on Roses from Whisper White Cardstock. Stack these elements on the top of the box in this order: medallion, pink lacy die cut, white lacy die cut, and finally, the stacked flower. Die cut 2 butterflies from the Arianna lace die and stack together, as shown. Glue in the lower left hand corner of the box.

HC Tute December 19 28Use the ticket die from HCD 745 to cut out the artwork ticket. Mat with Strawberry Slush cardstock.

HC Tute December 19 29Finish shaping the two small flowers that you set aside earlier. Make one into a rosebud. Die cut several sets of small leaves using HCD 751 Cut Mat Create Die 2A. I used green paper from the collection for this.

HC Tute December 19 31Finish decorating the top of the box, as seen here. Add Diamond Stickles to the little butterfly.
I attached a vintage rhinestone pin to a small crocheted doily and then hot glued this onto the front of my box. This becomes the “knob” used to open the box.

HC Tute December 19 35To finish the inside of the box, add a small matted ticket to the artwork. Stamp HCPC 3609 Arianna Blooms Bouquet onto the top page of the Sticky Note Stack. I have 3 sticky note pads inside the box, each measuring 3 ¼”. Now your box is all ready for gifting!

HC Tute December 19 34I hope you enjoyed this Arianna Blooms sticky note box tutorial, and that you’ll have fun making these little boxes throughout the year.  Instead of sticky notes, you could fill them with candy, a gift card, buttons or jewelry. The boxes are so quick and easy to make….you’ll want to make dozens and dozens of them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party (Custom Box and Fun Fold CardTutorials)

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party

Good Monday morning, and welcome to the  Crafty Secrets August Linky Party!  Each month, Crafty Secrets issues a challenge to the design team to use new materials in a fresh, fun way and to share that information with you in the form of a tutorial.  Then, we invite you to play along with us by linking your Crafty Secrets creation to the Heartwarming Vintage blog.  Just click on the link above, use the Linky tool to upload a photo of your project along with a link to your blog or online gallery and one lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the Crafty Secrets online shop!  That prize will go a long way, because the shop is loaded with sale items and wonderful bargains on digital downloads.  So it’s definitely worth playing along, don’t you think? So, let the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party begin!

Beach Time Custom Box and Fun Card Fold Tutorial

I had promised some of my followers a tutorial on how to make your own custom card box, so that is the direction I went in for this design team challenge.  My regular followers know how much I love the beach, so I chose the newly released Bathing Beauties digital art stamp set to make my fun fold card and custom box tutorial.  I have always loved the sassy  bathing beauties in this wonderful set of 24 vintage images, and I hope you will, too. 

This is a photo laden post, so you might want to go get yourself a nice cuppa or a tall glass of something cool to drink before we start.  Ready?  Ok…let’s get this show on the road.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 22  Here’s a look at the finished card and custom box.  To make this project, or one like it, you will need the following supplies: Radiant Digital Paper Collection, Bathing Beauties Digital Stamps from Crafty Secrets, Bathing Beauties Clear Arts Stamp Set (optional…but it is on sale, and there are only 3 sets left!) Travel Creative Scraps (also on sale!), a 5×7 kraft card base, a scoring tool, 2 sheets of heavy cardstock (one kraft, one the color of your choice) script stamps, coloring medium, beach embellishments of your choice, white glue, glossy accents, Versamark ink pad and brown and blue ink pads, foam tape, and ribbon. 

Fun Fold Card Tutorial

I think you are really going to love this  design.  It’s a mix between a mini album and a card and while it looks impressive, it’s really very easy to make.  Let’s begin by taking  a good look at the finished product, then I’ll show you how to make your own.

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Here’s the card front.  It looks like a standard cutaway card front….until you open it!

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 16 It opens out like a little booklet or mini album.

Each fold in the card can hold another die cut page…how fun is that?

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 13  Here’s another photo to give you a better idea of what the card looks like when fully opened:

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I began by printing out six 5×7″ papers from the Radiant Paper Collection onto plain white cardstock.  I used my Spellbinder Mega Nestabilities Curved Rectangles to cut 5 of the largest die shapes for the card.  I used the white crackle finish paper to line the folded bits, and the die cut labels became the “pages” of the card.  I also saved one of the evacuated die cuts to use as a frame on the last page of the card.  You are simply gluing these rectangles back to back over the folds so that they match up and this creates pages that you can flip through.  Here are the diagrams for the card fold:

Begin with a 5x7 kraft card base.  Open it flat on your scoring tool.  Score every 1 5/8" until you reach the center of the card.

Begin with a 5×7 kraft card base. Open it flat on your scoring tool. Score every 1 5/8″ until you reach the center of the card.

Fold the first score line into a mountain fold, the second score line into a valley fold,, the third score line into a mountain fold and the final fold into a valley fold.

Fold the first score line into a mountain fold, the second score line into a valley fold,,and the third score line into a mountain fold .

This is what your card will look like from the top

This is what your card will look like from the top

and this is what it will look like from the side

and this is what it will look like from the side

Next, I copied and pasted the bathing beauty images I wanted to use into Microsoft Word. I sized them where I wanted them, then printed them out.  I used smooth white cardstock that works well with alcohol markers, because that is how I wanted to color them.  Once the images were colored, I treated them with Glossy Accents and Stickles and set them aside to dry.  I fussy cut them from the paper, and used foam tape to secure them to the “pages” in my card. Once I had all my pages decorated, I carefully glued them onto the folds, making sure that the edges of each die cut piece lined up with its partner.  This way, you can’t tell from the outside that there are so many fun surprises inside the card.  I finished the card off with a bow and a posy.

One of the fun inside images on the card...I added Stickles to make the surf look sparkly.

One of the fun inside images on the card…I added Stickles to make the surf look sparkly.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 14...and here’s the flip side of that page, so you can see how the die cuts are lined up. 

Custom Box Tutorial

Often, when you make a really dimensional card like this, it won’t fit into a standard envelope.  That is when you need to make your own custom card box.  It is such a simple process, but it makes for a great presentation, and provides a keepsake box that serves as a gift all on its own.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 17  Here are the directions to make your own custom box:

Select two very heavy weight pieces of card stock.  I generally  use a piece of kraft cardstock for the base of the box, and then a coordinating piece of color cardstock for the lid.  For this card, I wanted the depth of the box to be about 1 inch deep.  The basic formula I use to determine what size I should cut my paper is as follows.

Measure your card’s width and height.  I added 2 1/2 inches to each of these measurements because I wanted a box that was 1″ deep and I also wanted there to be enough space around the edges of the box that my card would fit.  I cut both pieces of my cardstock to

7 1/2″ by 10″.Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 01  

Next, I scored the base of the box:

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 02 Then  folded all four score lines with a bone folder.  You will see a small square in each corner of your folded cardstock.  You will cut as follows:

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 03 Cut from the base to the fold line, then from the center of each tab to the score line.  This becomes the flap that you will glue, fold and insert inside each corner of the box.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 04 Use a strong white glue on each triangular piece, then fold under the adjacent box side.  Secure with clothespins or metal clips for about 5 minutes to give the glue a chance to set up.

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While the box base is drying, you will create the lid.  Start by scoring the lid at 7/8″ on all sides.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 06  Use a bone folder to crease each side, and cut the corner tabs as before, but do not glue the lid together until after you have decorated it.  This will make your life sooooooo much easier!

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 07 Once you have decorate your lid, follow the same steps to glue each corner.

Crafty Secrets August Linky Party Box Tutorial 20I stamped on my box using images from the original Clear art stamps and a script stamp and postmark stamp from Artsy Banners.(This collection is only available in digital format now. I used the original clear art stamps.)  Then I cut images from the Travel Creative Scraps, treated them with Versamark and UTEE and gave them that wonderful vintage cracked glass look.  ( You can find a tutorial on how to do this technique here.)I layered on some fun brads, seashells, a bright tropical flower and my box was complete.

Line your box with tissue paper, if desired, add the card and a bow, and your gift is ready for giving!

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Let the linking begin!

So what will you make for your entry in the Crafty Secrets August Linky Party?  You could make your own version of this custom box and fun fold card, or something entirely different.  Be sure to check out the other designers’ projects, as they will be sharing wonderful tutorials and crafty inspiration on each of their blogs.  And be sure to link up before August 12th, so that you can have a chance to win that $50.00 gift certificate!

That’s it for me today, folks!  Thanks for hanging with me through this looooong post.  I hope you were inspired!  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding these instructions.  (I find it’s a lot harder to tell someone how to make something than it is to make it myself. )  And thanks for all your kind comments.  I read and respond to each and every one because they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

PS…I’m also linking this project up to the Frilly and Funkie By the Seaside Challenge: http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/2013/08/by-seaside.html

 

 

 

 

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