Monday, February 2, 2015

Crafty Secrets February Linky Party & DT Challenge

Hello Dear Friends!
Well, it's the first Monday of the Month and that means a new challenge over at Crafty Secrets!
This month we're throwing a virtual Valentine Party and you are invited along as our guests of honor!  Create some cute Valentines for friends and family, create a romantic layout, or make “off the page projects”for home décor.
Today my DT project is something for MY SWEETHEART this Valentine's Day!
Even though we are both watching our 'food intake', we all need a little piece of 'sweetness' from time to time so I've created a box filled with Hershey Kisses to give him on Valentine's Morning!

Let's get started , , ,

First you will want to print out your choice of design paper from the Crafty Secrets Digital Vintage Kit.  As well as any of the ephemera you'd like to decorate your box with.

You can go ahead and put the bottom part of your box together and set it aside.
It is the lid that will get all the attention today.

For my decorate heart window
I have chosen a die set from Crafter's Companion
Die'sire called 'Heart Doilies'

It just so happened that my Spellbinder Classic Heart dies (OLD)
worked perfectly to cut out my 'window'

Now that you have the opening cut out of your heart ,(I have die cut both heart panels since I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the larger or smaller heart at the time.) it's time to cut the same opening out of the lid of your box.  As you can see, I decided to go with the bigger heart that hangs over the lid edges a bit.

Center your die cut heart on your lid front and re-insert the heart die into the opening you have already cut from the heart.  Tape with removable tape to hold it in place while you run it through your die cut machine to make the same heart cut in the lid.


You know all that clear packing material your die & stamp sets come in?
Well, THAT is what I use as my 'window' material.
I can't begin to tell you how many of these I threw away before realizing how many other uses they had.  Also make wonderful die cut flowers that you can color with alcohol inks ...etc, etc.

By using the next size larger of my Spellbinder Classic Heart dies, I'm able to die cut a window large enough to glue into place and have room to spare.

I've actually used my all time favorite white glue ... Art Glitter 'dries clear' designer adhesive.
On the reverse side of my die cut heart I have run a bead of glue then placed my clear window and set aside to dry (doesn't take long).

Once dry, glue your heart down over the opening in your lid and
you are ready to decorate and fill with your choice of goodies!

Since I'm giving this box of goodies to MY VALENTINE,
I chose to fill it with KISSES!

I hope you'll give this a try and of course you can create a box like this for so many other occasions!  You don't need a heart on the front ... a simple rectangle, square or circular window would work just fine.  Have fun!

Challenges to share in:
Design Team Showcase #4 - DT only (Jan 24th - Feb 7th)
Glitter n Sparkle Challenge #122 - Anything Goes
Great Impressions February Challenge - Love Love Love
Jellypark February Challenge - Love is in the Air
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #3 - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - include a Heart
My Sheri Craft Challenge #149 - Valentine's Day (include a heart)

Now it’s your turn! Visit each of the design team blogs listed below.  Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring ANY Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog no later than 
11:59PT, Sunday, February 15th.   
You do not need to follow this month’s theme to play along.  
If you do not have any Crafty Secrets goodies ...
  • check the FREE DOWNLOADS located in the sidebar of the Crafty Secrets blog.  
  • Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post,
  • let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. 
One lucky player will be randomly selected to win our fabulous Vintage Valentine Digital Kit.  
To thank you for playing along, we’ve included one free digital stamp and paper to get  you started. 
Feel free to use these images, or any Crafty Secrets goodies in your creation! 

Links to our fabulous TEAM:
Darlene Pavlick (you are here)  
and, this month's Guest Designer Vicki Chrisman

Thanks for stopping by!
As always . . .


Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Goodness, Dar! This is such a clever project...and one that everyone will want to make. Your tutorial is so nicely done...and now I'm craving chocolate! LOL I love the die cuts, the wonderful embellies and that cute, cute cupid! Thanks so much for creating such a "Yummy" project!

Diane said...

A beautiful box for your "sweetie" which I am sure he will much appreciate maybe along with a few "real" Valentine kisses..LOL.....a fun way to give some sweets without over doing it....great tutorial!

Mynn xx said...

What an awesome creation!!! LOVE the beautiful use of dies and papers! The embellishments are perfect, too, and I thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

JD/ Jill said...

Great project...thank you so much for sharing.

Marge said...

What a FABULOUS box to hold a few Valentine chocolates -- YUM!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us @ My Sheri Crafts!!!

Jacee said...

What a lovely gift Darlene, great tut too!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Gloria Stengel said...

What a great tutorial for creating the box with the "heart hole"! Wonderful project!

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful to have the skill set to make something special for that special person in your life. In this "instant" world nothing says love more than hours spent. Hubby will love this and the chocolate inside. Thanks for the great tutorial, your tutorials are always so easy to follow and accurate.

Maria said...

What a wonderful Valentine box created for your husband! He will love it! It's just gorgeous! And, thank you for the tutorial! Did you get lots of snow? We were a level 3 here today. Take care and have a great week!:-)

NanaConnie said...

Hey, Darlene, I know hubby will take priority but you did send one of these to my house, right? lol Fantastic make! I'm so glad you decided to play along in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Li'l Patch of Crafty Friends this time around. Good luck and I hope you're going to play with us again soon.
NanaConnie DT

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Darlene you always have the best box and clever album tutorials and this one is in there. I love how you brainstorm to recycle stuff and how you die cut the heart window. I've been on a cleaning rampage but you make me want to hoard all my recyclables. Thanks for posting all the photos - inspiring!

Hugs from Sandy

Patti J said...

Your hubby will love this! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions!

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhh, a super cute box design with great instructions! Thanks for that! The packing material makes a super sturdy window, too. Making note to self. Love the heart die window frame. So pretty, Darlene!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Fabulous design, love this.

P.G. Lamb said...

What an adorable Valentine gift box! Thanks for sharing it with us at My Sheri Crafts.

Shantaie said...

I love that you repurposed your plastic containers to use as a window! great tips for using dies to create a unique box and a sweet treat!

Vicki Chrisman said...

Always amazed at the time and effort you must put into your tutorials Dar. It shows... they are fantastic! Adorable project!!!

Sheila Rumney said...

Such a cute project. Great tutorial.

Michele Kovack said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Aurora Aurelia said...

cute box... perfect for valentine ;D Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 3rd challenge.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge.. Good luck ;)


Kim Rippere said...

Cute box!

Thanks for entering Design Team Showcase.

Design Team Showcase
{Craftisan Studios}

Wendy said...

Gorgeous project..Thanks for playing along with us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge this fortnight.
Wendy xx

Jellypark Challenges said...

Brilliant idea, thanks for sharing over at Jellypark Friends :o).