Hello, Friends! Can you believe it is already December? Where did this year go? It’s time for the Crafty Secrets December Linky Party…the last one for 2014. Our theme this month is Cooking, Christmas or Calendars and the design team has prepared some wonderful projects to inspire your creativity. We hope you will play along with us and link your own project using Crafty Secrets products to the Linky Party BLOG. If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets products, you can find dozens of FREE PRINTABLES by clicking on the link. Just download and print so you can play along. Everyone who plays along wins a little prize, and one lucky participant is randomly chosen to win a $40 shopping spree in the Crafty Secrets store. No reason not to play along!
Hostess Gift Recipe Box Tutorial
The holiday season brings on lots of parties and occasions where you need a little hostess gift. I’ve used papers and images from the wonderful new Kitchen Memories Digital Kit to alter a kraft gift box. My family loves appetizers, and every Christmas Eve we have a fun party where I make all our favorite appetizers and that is all we have! So I filled my little box with a bunch of my favorite appetizer recipes. This would make such a sweet hostess gift at a holiday party. It’s cute, it’s useful and could be used all throughout the year.
I printed my papers and the recipe cards from the kit. I used the clipping tool in PaintShop Pro to trim around the decorated recipe card so that I could size it to fit my box dimension. Then, I copied and pasted 6 of them into Microsoft Word to use as recipe dividers sized to 5″ x 3″. The 7th one, I sized smaller so that I could add layers of paper to my box top. You know how I love my layers!
All the edgses of the box were inked liberally with Black Soot Distress Ink. I cut the vintage grocery paper to fit inside the lid and bottom of the box, inking them liberally with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Here’s a look at the cover “in progress.” I sewed around the edges of the Red Tweed paper and matted it on a slightly larger piece of black cardstock. I also stitched around my cute vintage recipe card, then matted it with red and black cardstock. I love the vintage vibe you get with this red, black, cream and white color palette! I free-hand cut the little fishtail banners and glued them in the top right corner of the box.
I love this project because it is so simple to make and comes together in just a couple of hours. It would probably take you even less time to make, as part of the time I spent was in searching for the images, and figuring out how to bring the concept together. I added some vintage metal corners, some cute buttons and a perky bow made with Micro Red Gingham. Quick and easy, but very, very cute!
Here are the recipe cards I printed and cut out. I used my trimmer to go around the straight edges, so there’s very little fussy cutting involved. I thought about computer journaling the text, but in the end, I decided to use my own handwriting. It just seemed to fit with this vintage project.
I just had to show you this adorable cherry ribbon I found to line the sides of the box. I ran 1/4″ Scor-Tape around the perimeter and then pressed my ribbon down. It holds like a dream. I did the same thing on the bottom of the box, using the red micro gingham to tie in with the box cover. Quick and easy…because the holidays are busy!
Oh, the only other thing I did was print out the sentiment, cut it, ink the edges and treat with UTEE to age it. When the UTEE cools, you can bend the paper and create all those cool hairline cracks. I popped the sentiment circle up on foam dots to add a little dimension.
Here’s the links to the rest of the design team. We have TWO guest designers joining us this month. The fabulous Glenda Brooks from Magpie’s Corner joins us with her eye for vintage loveliness, and my very crafty friend Birgit Norton from Crafting While I Wait is sharing another of her fun, fresh designs with us. Lots of ideas and crafty inspiration await you as you visit the team:
Once you’ve visited all the designer blogs and left them some love, head on over to the Crafty Secrets BLOG and link up your project to the Crafty Secrets December Linky Party. You need not follow the theme, but it’s always fun if you do! You have until midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, December 14th to add your project to the link and have a chance at winning that fabulous shopping spree!
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