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!
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