Heartfelt Creations June 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

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Heartfelt Creations June 2021 Alumni Blog Hop: Home on the Farm Exploding Tea Party in a Box

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations June 2021 Alumni Blog Hop!  The hop starts here and continues through Monday, June 28th at 11:55 PM EDT.  The Alumni Team has a wonderful lineup of inspiration for you this month.  You will want to visit each blog to soak in all the wonderful ideas and techniques.  Be sure to leave a sweet comment, because one randomly chosen comment from a mystery blog will be chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Card.  Woo-hoo!

The winner of the hop will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page and Blog on Wednesday, June 30th.  If you are the winner, please send an email to  socialmedia@heartfeltcreations.com within 72 hours to claim your prize. Please write “Winner of the June 2021 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line.  You can find a complete list of all the blogs in this hop below.

Hello Chickie!  Home on the Farm Exploding Tea Party in a Box

My inspiration project for this month’s hop is a great gift idea for your favorite fan of Farmhouse Style.  Summer always reminds me of the freshly mown fields of hay from my childhood in Vermont.  Is there a sweeter perfume anywhere?  So I turned to the country images of Heartfelt Creations Home on the Farm collection to create this 4″ x 4″ Exploding Box.

Each side of the box depicts a different scene from country life.  And how much do we love this fresh green plaid from the Home on the Farm Paper Collection?

If you get tired of looking at one side of the box, just turn it to take in a different scene.

Classic Sunflowers

Decorate the lid of your box with a cluster of Classic Sunflowers.  I like to fill the center of my sunflowers with Czech Beads.  Create a little doily beneath the sunflowers by cutting a card center with the Basic Circles Die. Then tuck in some sweet gingham and burlap string bows and buttons to finish the arrangement.

A Peek Inside

Remove the box lid, and the sides fall down to reveal the tea party in a box and a lovely mini album.

How to Build a Barn Box

Here’s how I made the barn in the center panel.

  • First, die cut 4 barns from the paper pad.
  • Now cut (4) 1″ hinges from your paper scraps. You want these to be the same height as the walls of the barn.
  • Then cut 4 more hinges to go on the bottom of each die cut barn
  • Next, score the hinges in half.
  • Then lay the barns down side by side with the edges butted up against one another.
  • Now adhere one side of the hinge to the side of one barn, and the other to the side of the barn it is butted up against.
  • At the same time, adhere half of a hinge at the bottom of each barn.  These need to line up precisely with the bottom edge of each barn.
  • Repeat this for all the barns.  When you get to the last barn, you will need to stand the barns up and shape them into a square.
  • Next, place adhesive on the other half of the hinges at the bottom of the barn and adhere to the base of the center panel.

Now you can fill your barn up with tea goodies.

I added some individually wrapped cookies, 4 tea bags, 4 packets of honey, a mini wooden honey dipper and a vintage demitasse spoon inside my barn box.  What will you put inside yours?

The Mini Album

Each of the 4 box walls is a page in a little mini album.  The top and bottom walls are tri- fold flaps with room for photos and journaling.  Use magnets to keep the flaps closed.

The side walls are little pull out accordion albums.  How fun is that?

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what inspiration the rest of the Alumni Team has prepared for you.  Here is a complete list of all the blogs in this hop.

Kathy (You are HERE)








Remember to look for the winner announcement on the Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page and Blog on Wednesday!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping along!




30 thoughts on “Heartfelt Creations June 2021 Alumni Blog Hop

  1. 1sassy1

    I love this box and what a surprise to open it and find the adorable barn and cup of tea gifts. It’s easy to image how much the recipient would love to receive this. Beautiful!

    Sandra Smith
    Queen Creek

  2. Sara Barker

    Being a farm girl myself, you know I instantly fell in love with this exploding box! Love all the imagery on those papers and how clever to use the plaid as a background. I can never see a sunflower and not think of you, Kathy! Great design, as always with lots of surprises!

  3. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a darling, magical box! This paper collection is so warm and full of sweet farm images. The chicken border around the top really made me smile. I like that you usued different scenes on each side. Whenever you need a change, just turn the box! What a wonderful design you have created with those mini albums and the barn in the middle with all of those goodies is just fabulous! What an awesome gift this would make. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  4. soozyb2013

    You know how I love my chickens! What an amazing project Kathy, that would have taken me days and days. You have done an amazing job, love those papers. I too love the smell of fresh cut hay or lawn. There is just something about it. Love this box! Stay cool. We are in a heat wave, a bad one.

  5. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness Kathy!!! You’ve done it again! You’ve sure outdid yourself this time!!! This is so Awesome …I don’t know where to begin! But sure am glad I’m able to see this Amazing project!!! I have some catching up to do …literally…couldn’t see …just had cataract surgery recently and am trying to catch up on your projects a little at a time. Absolutely adore every section of this Explosion Box! …every little detail is so Amazing! Just Adorable! Thanks for sharing another Beautifully Unique Kathy Original! I have a mountain of Kathy Crafts awaiting to come to life! Thank you for sharing so much …big hugs, Suzy Q

  6. lorisloan57Lori Sloan

    Wow wow wow!!! Your exploding box is fabulous! I haven’t made one yet, but this one has all the bells and whistles! And I have this set…yippee! Now I just need more free time to play. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas! I have a vacation week coming up….craft room here I come!

  7. Helen Budz

    Oh My!!! Only you could come up with this party in a box. It’s such a creative way to use the Home on the Farm collection, especially with those mini album walls. Of course, the sunflower box top is a true summer finishing touch. tfs-stay well. Hugs.

  8. Linda Eaton

    This is fantastic! One of my favorite collections and you have really inspired me. Definitely going to give this one a go. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

  9. Martie Rollin

    MaryH has said it all, Kathy! Personally, my favorite feature is the floral display on the lid…sunflowers, summer and smiles all come together on this project. WELL DONE!!

  10. Terry Law

    Oh my! This is just so fabulous Kathy! These sunflowers are just great! My favourite! And I often visited my aunt’s farm and so this theme is near and dear to my heart! Love all the little details you’ve added. Definitely will be making this is the near future! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  11. Linda Reed

    Wow! Awesome Explosion Box. Definitely very creative and beautiful. Love all the added touches. Wonderful gift.

  12. Jacquelene Langeman

    Fantastic exploding box! The mini album unfolding from the box flaps is awesome! Than khou for the step by step tutorial.

  13. Rebecca Nicklin

    I need to quit my day/night job so I can do more paper crafting! What an inspiration you are, Kathy. Love, love, love this one!

  14. Janet Ormerod

    Absolutely stunning, so many ideas included in this project that I will incorporate in my crafting of explosion boxes. You have added so many interesting features, it is beautiful and practical. Thank you, I appreciate your creativity.

  15. Peggy

    Love this exploding box, what a great idea to put a mini album on each side. Boxes are my favorite things to do, I definitely am going to try this.

  16. Cheryl Wells

    I love the Explosion boxes and you have taken them to a new level with this!! Absolutely wonderful – beautiful work, Kathy!!

  17. MaryH

    This is the best one yet that I will reference for many projects to come! Ah, in this project your bright, ingenious thinking is both inside and outside the box. How could you not like a project that embodies so many uses [as a decorative item, a gift, and practical usefulness (tri-fold flaps)]. Love, love the depicted gleefulness in this barnyard theme. What a clever idea cutting out the four barns from the paper to create a dimensional barn for the center of the box, to house all those yummy tea items. Inspired making the sides fold out to store pictures/narrative. Love all the extra touches like the fence that has such dimension standing out from the side. I love the Kathy touch and unlike Mies van der Rohe’s succinct utterance, “less is more”, you have proven more is more leads to perfection! Your creative juices are so much better than mine, thanks for the inspiration! (I know it is too hot and not practical to include, but I do miss the chocolate…)

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