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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’!




Tattered Florals Tri-Fold Birthday Card & Gift Box

I can’t seem to get enough of spring images right now.  Every paper I reach for, every ink I choose seems to echo my heart’s longing for spring and flowers and singing birds.  So, when a dear friend asked me to create a special birthday card for someone special, I reached for my Tattered Florals Die, crinoline, and Distress Inks.  I also reached for this sweet bird stamp, which I absolutely love, but have never used.

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Creating the Card Base

I started with 2 blank cards which I joined together by gluing the left hand panel of one card onto the right hand panel of the other card.  This will give you a tri-fold card with a very sturdy base.  I then covered the front of the card with my designer paper and  cut a decorative edge.055 (2)

The white dots were added by dipping bubble wrap into white acrylic paint, dabbing off on a piece of scrap paper and then “stamping” onto the designer paper.   You can find a tutorial on how I created the tattered flower HERE.  The bird was stamped and embossed and watercolored.  043 (2)

I layered in torn tag on which I stamped the greeting, a sweet little bird image from Graphic 45’s Place in Time Collection, and another flower. 038 (2)

Tri-Fold Cards are triple the fun!

A tri-fold card is just a step down from being a mini book. Here is the first “page.”052 (2) You have extra space for personal messages or even to add a photo.  A tri-fold card will stand open, on its own for display purposes, too.  049 (2)Click on the photo for a larger image.

A Custom Box for your Tri-Fold Card

The one downside of tri-fold cards is that they rarely fit into a standard envelope.   And, when you add a tattered flower to the front of a tri-fold birthday card, it definitely won’t fit into an envelope!  The solution?  Make a box!

035 (2)  This sweet box was created by cutting two coordinating sheets of heavy cardstock to 8″ x 10 1/2″ .  I then used my Top Score tool to create both the box base and lid.  (The directions come with the tool.)  I decorated the lid with images from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Birds and Blooms and May Arts Ribbon.
Placing the tri-fold birthday card in the box turns it into a gift as well as a card.  And the box can be used for keepsakes, or re-gifted!

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Thanks for stopping by my little blog today.  If you have any questions about today’s project, just ask away.  I’m more than happy to help. I love hearing from you, and your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



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