Hearts, Flowers and Music!

Crafty Secrets February Linky Party: Hearts, Flowers and Music

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Crafty Secrets February Linky Party!  We’re getting you ready for Valentine’s Day this month with a Love/Music theme.  I have a wooden Valentine frame that I’ve altered for you and loaded up with hearts, flowers and music.  Now it doesn’t get any more romantic than that! I also have a quick and easy tutorial for making fun little metal spirals that you can add to your projects to add loads of visual interest.  So go grab a cuppa, and a blanket…if it’s cold….and we’ll get started.

Kathy by Design altered Valentine Heart

Kathy by Design altered Valentine Heart

I found this scalloped heart frame during a recent trip to Michael’s.  It is made from lightweight, unstained wood and perfect for altering.  I painted it with a little DecoArt Chalk Paint in “Lace” and while the paint was still damp, I sprinkled it with Stampendous Shabby Pink Pastel “Frantage” embossing powder.  This gives a great shabby/chic finish and little bits of gold glitter are in the powder, so it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. I loaded it up with lots and lots of hearts, flowers and music paper!

CS Linky Tute Feb 2015 08All my papers, images and ephemera are from the Crafty Secrets Vintage Valentine Digital Kit.  I printed the red and black music paper, the Valentine Words collage sheet and the Valentine Flowers paper to measure 8″ square.  The LOVE tiles were given a UTEE beauty treatment, as was the focal image, which is one of the pretty tags in this kit.  I fussy cut various elements from the Valentine Words Collage, and one of the Sweetheart tickets from the kit and matted them with black cardstock so they would stand out.  I used my Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Dies cut out the flower layers from the Valentine Flower paper, then shaped, stacked and inked them. Dew Drops were added to the flower centers.

CS Linky Tute Feb 2015 11I layered the Romantique Garden Bleeding hearts die with some die cut leaves and swirly leaves and then began to “build” my layers.

CS Linky Tute Feb 2015 12This sweet metal bird nest was perfect as a topper for my sweetheart banner.

CS Linky Tute Feb 2015 09And this cluster of tickets, keys, hearts, keyholes and metal “springs” are just plain fun.

CS Linky Tute Feb 2015 10I used vibrant Red Twill to make my looped hanger and romantic bow, topping it with a little metal hook that I found in my stash. (Cleaning one’s crafty space leads to the delightful discovery of fabby doo-dads!)  Here, you can see more of the quirky metal springs, and here is how you make them:

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial

Kathy by Design Tutorial


The great thing about these, is that if you mess one up (like I did here) you can just re-wrap it and it will be alright.  I love stress-free crafting!

Kathy by Design altered Valentine Heart

Kathy by Design altered Valentine Heart

And now it is YOUR turn!  Go visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG where you will find some free digital images to download and use for your project.  Or, just use any Crafty Secrets product you have in your crafty stash.  Make a NEW project, and link it up the the Crafty Secrets Blog before Midnight Pacific Time on February 15th.  A random winner will be selected to win the entire Valentine Digital Kit for his/her own personal use! 

Our dear friend and former DT Leader, Vicki Chrisman has joined us this month as our special guest designer.  I’ve had a sneaky peek of her gorgeous project, and you are going to LOVE it!

Here are the links to the rest of the team.  We’re excited to welcome the fabulous Ginny Nemchak to the design team!  Be sure to visit her and leave her a warm Crafty Secrets welcome.  Now, on with the party!

Darlene ♥ DianeElizabeth♥ GinnyGloria♥ Melody ♥ Michele ♥ ShantaieSheila

Thanks for stopping by!  I can’t wait to see what you make!



22 thoughts on “Hearts, Flowers and Music!

  1. Karen L

    This is absolutely precious. I did get a project linked to the Craft Secrets Linky Challenge today. It was SO much fun creating my card. Thanks for inviting me!

  2. frougirl3

    wow….what a gorgeous over the top creation! I can only imagine the time you spent making this beauty! I love your coils that appear here and there on your frame, its a cool updated
    way to use wire!

  3. thecobweboriumemporium

    Wow! I’ve sat for far too long, gazing, looking and loving this project. The details of the heart just keep on giving. I spotted one thing and loved it … then spotted another – and loved it; then there was ‘that’ thing – ohhh, I loved that! And … it just went on and on. This whole work of heart speaks of what is the essence of *you*, Kathy. I love it.

    I wish I had even a microgram of your talent. It’s no wonder that everyone loves you and your art – you’re one of the bestest ever!
    Sending love (and crafty admiration) ~ Cobs. x

  4. Sandy Redburn

    Hi Kathy, yes, I agree about all the cool techniques you used and love all the layers and photos. Great job and thanks so much for hosting our Feb Linky Party and DT Challenge!


  5. Chana Malkah

    What a brilliant integration of so many crafting techniques. It takes real talent to create a project like this that does not drive the eyes “Crazy.” The viewer is first focused and then directed by the design to points of interest.

    Thaniks for the visual treat!

  6. Robin

    The comments so far have really hit the nail on the head! This piece of art is so layered up with sweetness and vintage-y goodness – my, oh, my! I always love that you give so many wonderful detail photos and explain the how-to’s. I’m going to have to look for those Michael/s frames – a great base for this incredible Valentine! By the way, what are DewDrops?

  7. elizabeth lincoln

    This took ages! I can’t believe all the processes you used to make this Valentine eye candy masterpiece. Where do I start… the flowers are amazing and of course the UTEE itmes are perfect. You even painted and embossed the wood frame and there is only a speck of it poking out! I loved seeing the close ups and the tutorial on the wire springy things is great. As I mentioned before “rich excess” that’s what Valentine’s and romance is all about. You also did a great job, once again, on the heartwarming blog.

  8. www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com

    I lost count of the number of techniques you included! This is one fantastic piece of home decor! I love the pink and red together. I love the flowers, but best of all are the vintage images! So adorable!

  9. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, WOW! what an amazing creation. super perfect. love hearts. thank you also for tutorial for wire. adds a special touch. Your amazing…..have a good day.

  10. Anita Houston

    I had to smile when I saw that little bitty frog trying to hold this big ol’ heart up! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So much to see on the frame, and love the wire coils…great addition! This will look super anywhere!

  11. Diane Hover

    This is totally awesome….I love it,..I have to check out the goodies to alter at MIchael’s more often…full of such beautiful Crafty Secrets products, it makes me swoon….awesome, my friend, awesome!! Oh wait I already set that…lol…I guess I really think it IS AWESOME!!

  12. Pamellia

    Just gorgeous Kathy! There are so many wonderful details here, I can’t possibly comment on all of them, so I think a big HOLY MOSES will have to cover it all! haha!! Just fantastic Kathy! hugs 🙂

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