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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’!




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!

















Birds and Blossoms Gift Box

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Birds and Blossoms Gift Box

Hello, Friends!  I have been having the best time playing with the new digital Birds and Blossoms Vintage Scraps from Crafty Secrets!  There are 4 downloadable pages filled with botanical images.  I’ve always loved these Vintage Scraps, but now that they come in a digital form, I find them to be even more versatile.  For today’s project, I made a sweet little Birds and Blossoms Gift Box using the images that used to be found on the inside of the original scraps.  I always struggled with which side of those images to use, as they were all beautiful, but now that I can print as many as I like, I don’t have that struggle any more.  Here’s a peek at my gift box:

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I printed out 2 8 1/2″ x 11″ copies of the inside page onto heavy natural cardstock.  Then, I used my Heartfelt Creations Gift Ensemble Die to cut the 4 gift box panels out.  I simply folded, glued the bottom and sides together and then folded the top flaps down to make my box.  You can fill it with all kinds of things: individually wrapped candy, gift cards, tea bags, hand made flowers, jewelry, tickets….any small gift will tuck neatly inside..  The finished box measures 2 3/8″ x 3 1/2″ so you can really fit a lot inside.

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I made a little bird nest out of Natural Jute Ribbon by just sort of folding it around into a circle and hot gluing it together. I didn’t want my nest to be glued to the top of the box, because then you couldn’t open it!  No fun there!  So I bent a quilting pin with a large head to a 90 degree angle, glued the head of the pin to the base of the nest and then just inserted the shaft of the pin into the little opening in the box.  I fussy cut the robin and the little birthday tag from the vintage scraps.

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All four sides are decorated so you can change the view if you get tired of it! LOL

Birds and Blossoms Gift Box 03You can put a small, inexpensive gift into this Birds and Blossoms gift box, and it still feels really special because of the packaging.  What would you put inside?

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I planted some new ideas for using the Birds and Blossoms Vintage Scraps, and maybe inspired you to try using digital images, too.  If so, I hope you’ll let me know in the comment section below. It will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

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Monochromatic Shadow Box for RRR Challenge 93

Hello, all you fabulous ribbon loving peeps!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!  I’ve prepared this monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93, because it’s a monochromatic challenge!  Makes sense, right? 
Here’s the theme for this challenge:

Monochromatic Theme & Ribbon
  (pick one main color/color family and you can add a colored image) 

I wanted to create something other than a card for this challenge, so I broke out one of my hoarded Shadow Box Die Cuts from the amazing Vicki Chrisman.  She designed these dies for Accu-Cut, and you can links to a tutorial on how to assemble and use them HERE.  You can find links to the shadowbox dies she’s designed HERE.    If you wish to purchase only the shadow box kits, you can find them HERE.  And now, here is my monochromatic shadow box
for RRR Challenge 93:

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I love the dimensional and interactive elements of these shadow boxes.  I used lots of ribbon from RRR and those precious WOC two tone blue sweetheart blossoms too.  Here are the links to the ribbons I used in this project:

Amelia White Crochet Lace
Leaves and Berries on Blue Mist Satin
Sheer with Embossed Center Light Blue
Diamond Satin Capri Blue
Silver Metallic Baker’s Twine
Bright Hemp Cord Set (just the blue hemp, which was frayed)

Most of them came from the February Ribbon Club Assortment, so if you have that in your stash, you’re all set!

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I love how dimensional this is.  It stands on its own little feet, like a vintage armoire, and opens to reveal a dimensional tri-fold interior. I used shabby embossing powders to create the background, Tim Holtz’ new bird stamps along with Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy. Let’s look at some photos of the shadowbox as it opens up.  You can click on the photos to see more details.

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You can see little metal bits that I altered to match, and the frayed hemp cord is attached to a wee pocket tag. And of course, I had to add feathers!

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The paper is all from Tim’s Shabby Chic stack.

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And I had to build a box to hold the shadowbox because it was so dimensional.  More gorgeious ribbon and stamping on the front of the box.

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Shadowbox and gift box side by side.

OK…now it’s your turn!  Dig through your stash and put together a monochromatic card, layout, altered art piece, off the page piece or ribbon themed project then link it up at
RRR Challenge 93 before midnight on April 30th. I’ll be stopping by to take a peek at your creative efforts, and I’ll leave you some bloggy love.  I’d love to hear your comments on my monochromatic shadow box….because your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Tattered Blossoms Gift Box Tutorial

Tattered Blossoms Gift Box Tutorial

Hello again, friends!  Just as I promised, I’m back with part II of my Tattered Blossoms Desk Set tutorial.  Yesterday,  I shared the tutorial for making the notebook part of this desk set.

009  Today I want to focus on the Tattered Blossoms Gift Box tutorial, and share some of the techniques I used for shaping the blossoms.  Ready to get started?

Building the Tattered Blossoms Gift Box

Yesterday, you stamped and die cut 4 sets of Tattered Blossoms.  We used one whole set and part of another set to decorate our notebook.  Today we’ll use the remaining flowers that I had you set aside.

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Using the Gift Ensemble Die and a 12″ x 12″ sheet of Antiquity paper, cut and emboss the 4 panels for the gift box. Score along the lines, folding the top and bottom flaps in and the eyelet side flaps out.  Join the side flaps together with tacky glue.  Use Aged Mahogany Distress Ink to sponge along all the sides. Fold the top and bottom to close the box.  Do not glue the box bottom closed.  You will need to use that opening to add your candy or gift card to the box.  (I didn’t realize this until too late…and while my box looks beautiful, it cannot be opened.)  You can decorate this box any way you choose, but I’m including the details on how I shaped my flowers just in case you want to know.

Shaping the large bloom

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Create the large bloom by shaping and layering a full set of the blossoms. (These will already have been colored with Distress Inks from yesterday.) Apply tacky glue to the center of each layer to hold the bloom together.  Use the dark brown reverse side of the smallest blossom in the very center of the bloom. Shape this blossom by using the 5mm stylus to press firmly into the center of the molding mat until the petals stick straight up.  Apply tacky glue to the base of the layer and use tweezers to help you place it into the flower center. Spritz with Perfect Pearls Gold Mist.  Use a heat tool to gently dry the blossom,shaping the petals as you work if necessary, and then use tacky glue to secure it to the front panel of the box.

Shaping the Rose Bud


To create the rosebud blossom, shape the individual blossoms so that the petals point upwards on the first three layers.  For the final two layers, use the dark brown side of the paper and shape the petals so that they point inward. Add tacky glue in between the three bottom layers about a third of the way up the sides of the stacked petals and gently press the layers toward the center. Wrap a rubber band around the lower third of the flower to help it hold its shape. Remove the rubber band after the glue has set.    Use the tweezers from the tool kit to slightly bend the petals outward. 

Pierce the center of the rosebud with a darning needle.  Run a corsage pin through the hole and attach to a bamboo skewer that has been cut to measure 3” in length.  Wrap the pin end to the bamboo skewer with red washi tape. Spritz with Perfect Pearls Gold mist. When dry, insert the blossom into the opening in the center of the lid.  Use tacky glue to hold it in place if necessary.

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Creating the smallest blossom

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Form the smallest bloom from the three remaining petals.  Use the 6mm stylus to press into the center of the blossom, all the way around the perimeter until the petals point upwards. Do this for each layer, staggering the petals as you layer them together with white glue. Spritz with Perfect Pearls mist. Gently heat dry, shaping the leaves as you work. When you attach this blossom to the box top, glue the bottom petals to the box lid, so that the bloom will lie on its side, as pictured here.

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Creating the Leaves

Use the Open Leaf stamp and Classic Leaf Die to create the foliage.  Stamp each leaf from the Open Leaf Set  onto Always Artichoke cardstock using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  Cover with clear embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set.  Repeat this process so that you have two sets of each leaf.  Shape them with the molding mat and tools, then tuck them in and around the blooms.  On the top of the box, I only added glue at the base of the leaf, near the stem so that my leaves would stand upright on the box.  Let some of the leaves trail down either side of the box as seen here:015 (2)

Creating the paper spirals

These are so fun and easy to make!  Simply cut a few 1/8 inch lengths of paper.  I used scrap pieces that were on my desk.  I sprayed these with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist.  While they were still wet, I carefully wrapped them around the barrel of a small paintbrush…thinner than a pencil.  I secured the ends with tiny pieces of tape and then dried them carefully with my heat gun.  When they were dry, I carefully removed the tape and slid them off the barrel of the paintbrush.  It worked perfectly!  I put a little bit of tacky glue on one end of each spiral, then tucked them in between the foliage and the blossoms. It adds a nice sense of movement and whimsy to the decoration. 016

Creating the Gift tag

This is the easiest part of all.  Simply cut the “Just for You” ticket from the cut apart page of the Antiquity collection. Mat it onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then mat again onto black cardstock.  Glue it in place on the box front and then add three little dots of gold stickles in the lower right hand corner.  See?  I told you it was easy!

Now that the box has been fully assembled, go back and add Gold Stickles to the centers of the large and small blossom.  Let them dry, fill the box from the bottom and you are finished!

Thanks for sticking with me on this two part project.  I know it was a long one, but I hope you feel it is worthwhile.  I can’t get over how elegant the finished product looks.  And how fun is it to have flowers on your desktop that won’t wilt, fade or die? I really like that idea.  I hope you’ll try making the Tattered Blossom Gift box and notebook yourself.  If I can help you in any way, just give me a shout.  You know that hearing from you makes me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,






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