Crafty Secrets September Linky Party – Trick or Treat Box and Tutorial

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Crafty Secrets September Linky Party – Happy Halloween Treat Box and Tutorial

Happy September, everyone!  Today is the first Monday of a new month, which means it’s Linky Party time at Crafty Secrets!  This month’s theme is Fall/Halloween, so I came up with this neat little Trick or Treat box using papers and images from the Creating with Vintage Halloween CD.  I’ve got a tutorial for you on how to make the pizza-box-style treat box later in this post, but first, my project:

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This little guy measures 4 x 4 x 1″ – perfect for a cookie, candy bar, or other treat.  I chose my papers and borders from the Halloween CD and arranged them digitally in Word, then printed it all on one sheet before assembling the box.  Here’s the inside:

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After I assembled the box, I printed the bingo cards and jack-o-lantern stamp from the CD, then colored the stamp with my new colored pencils.  The “Happy Halloween” stamp came from my stash.  Arranging the elements on the top of the box to my satisfaction was probably the hardest part!

Now it’s your turn!  Visit each of the design team blogs listed below.  Then create a NEW project of your choice featuring Crafty Secrets product and link it up to the blog no later than 11:59PT, Sunday, September 14th. 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, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project. One lucky player will be randomly selected to win a $50 shopping spree in our online store.  Each player who participates will receive a $6 credit to the online store.  We’ll be popping by to leave you some lovely comments on your blog post, too. Thanks for playing along, and good luck!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Glenda Brooks, Magpie’s Corner

And now, the

Pizza Box Tutorial

in pictures!  If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact me and I’ll do my best to make my directions more clear!

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That’s it for me!  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to enter your own Crafty Secrets creation in this month’s Linky Party before Midnight PST on Sunday, September 14th.  There are lots of free downloads in case you don’t own any Crafty Secrets goodies, or you can pick up one of the new themed kits Sandy has just put together!  Remember, you don’t have to follow our Fall/Halloween theme, and you get a $6 store credit just for participating.

Have a lovely day!

Free Printable of the Month – June, Father’s Day

Free Printable of June – Happy Father’s Day!

Hi everybody!  I’m just popping in really quickly to give you the free printable for June.  Unfortunately, I’m a day late and I don’t have an example card for you.  I was hoping to have some time yesterday to get the card made, but that didn’t happen!   So, I figured a free printable without an example would be better than a free Father’s Day printable after Father’s Day.  There are actually a couple options included in this printable, and I hope you enjoy using one or both of them!

June Printable

Have a lovely day!

Yarn-Wrapped Letter Wall Art Tutorial

Hey everyone!  I’ve spent the last several days working on orders and decorating our new apartment.  There’s a lot of wall space, and the walls are a lovely painted cinder block…in other words, I need lots of wall hangings.   I’ve got several paintings, a couple photos, some toilet paper roll art, but there was a spot on my wall that was begging for something special.  I decided to make a yarn-wrapped “C” (for our last name, of course!) and make a tutorial about it!  So here you go:

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Step One, open Word and type whatever letter you want to make.  Change your font and the size to get it just right, then adjust it so you’ll only print the outline of the letter (save on ink!).  I chose Times New Roman font, size 675.  Print it and cut it out.

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Tape your letter to a piece of foam board (that’s what I used), heavy cardboard, or chipboard, and trace it.  Then, cut it out!  I found it easiest to use an exacto knife in a sort of sawing motion to cut through the foam board.


Letter Collage

Grab your yarn, glue the end down, then start wrapping!

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The end can be a little tricky the way I did it…it would probably be better to cut a few small pieces of yarn and glue them across the ends before you even start wrapping.  I just sort of made all this up as I went along!

And finally, here’s the finished product!

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As you can see, I added some gold twine and a nice flower to go with the surrounding paintings:

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What do you think?  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to (try to) answer them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Another Birthday Card, Custom Background Paper, and DIY Washi Tape

Happy Friday, everybody!  I have another birthday card for you today, but not just any birthday card.  This birthday card is based on this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, has custom-made background paper, and features washi tape that I made myself!  Whew!  That’s a lot for one card to handle 😉

First, the Mojo Monday sketch:

And now, the card:

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Cool, right?  I started with the background paper – a sheet of clean cream cardstock, taped around the edges to leave a border.  I used my ink blending tool in a swirling motion to apply first salty ocean and then walnut stain distress ink, then spritzed the paper with water, flicking a few bigger drops for a splatter effect.  When the ink had reacted just enough, I dabbed off the excess water with a paper towel and then used my heat tool to dry the paper completely.  Then, I stamped the patterns with vintage photo distress ink and StazOn Stone Gray, removed the tape, and buffed the edges with more vintage photo.  I layered it onto a piece of grey-brown cardstock and sat back to admire my handiwork…and realized that I didn’t want to cover it up!  I started this process with the Mojo Monday sketch in mind, and now I couldn’t go on because I didn’t want to cover up the special paper.  Eesh.  So, I set it aside for the night, and when I came back to it in the morning I had an idea!  Washi tape and vellum!  They’re just transparent enough not to totally overpower the background while still adding pattern and layers.  Next problem – I don’t own any washi tape 😛  Easy solution – make my own!  Then I get the exact pattern and colors I want.  Perfect.  The rest of the card went smoothly after I found the right button 🙂

Here’s a closer pic of the background paper, to try to capture some of the intricacies:

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Sometime soon I’ll make tutorials for you guys on the techniques I used to make the background paper and DIY washi tape.  Then you can have fun with it, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

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Wedding Wednesday: What to Include in Your Wedding Programs

Hello, everyone!  It’s another Wedding Wednesday, and since I don’t have a new design to show you (yet! I’m working on a couple things I’m super excited about), I thought I’d write an informative post.  Several of the brides I have worked with haven’t had the slightest idea where to start in regards to what information to put in their programs, so I’ve come up with a list of wedding program “must-haves” and thought I’d share it with you all! Hopefully it will be of some help to all the other brides out there who just don’t know where to start and want to know what to include in wedding programs:

The Basics

First things first, make sure you’ve got the basic information somewhere.  Who’s getting married?  What date?  What time?  Where?  Usually this information is found on the front or first page of the program and looks something like this:

Alice & Joseph

November 9, 2013

Six o’clock in the evening

First Presbyterian Church of Badin

Badin, North Carolina

There are several little variations possible, including (but not limited to):

  • include full names (Alice Jane Smith & Joseph Timothy Matthews)
  • add a line like “The Wedding Ceremony of” or “The Marriage Ceremony Uniting” or just “The Marriage of” before listing the couple’s names
  • include the day of the week; Saturday, November 9, 2013
  • leave out the time of day

The Wedding Party

Let your guests know who’s who and give everyone the recognition they deserve for being a part of your special day

  • Officiant
  • Parents of the Bride
  • Parents of the Groom
  • Grandparents of the Bride and Groom
  • Great-grandparents, if present
  • Maid or Matron of Honor
  • Bridesmaids
  • Flower Girl
  • Best Man
  • Groomsmen
  • Ring bearer
  • Ceremony musicians
  • Ushers
  • Guest book/Registry/Program attendants
  • Wedding director
  • Honored guests

I’ve had a couple people ask about including family members who are not present; generally only those present are listed with the wedding party, but often a line or two is added at the bottom of the list honoring those who “could not be with us today” or “are watching from heaven,” etc.  It’s really up to you!

The Ceremony

This section lets your guests know what’s happening, what to expect, and when to expect it.  It can vary greatly from one wedding to the next, so be sure to check with your officiant and/or wedding director to be certain you have included all pertinent information.  Here are some general guidelines:

  • Prelude
  • Seating of Grandmothers and Mothers
  • Processional
  • Bride’s Processional
  • Order of the Ceremony (specifics generally provided by the officiant)
  • Recessional

Be sure to list the titles and composers of musical pieces, titles/verses of any special readings, their author(s), and names of readers, hymn numbers and in which hymnal they can be found, and any special instructions (for example, whether guests should stand, kneel, remain seated, holler and dance and carry on, or to see the back of the program for the words of a verse they’re all supposed to recite).

Other Stuff

There’s always more!  “Other Stuff” is what makes a wedding program more personal.  Here are a few ideas:

  • Include a thank you note to your guests for coming, everyone who helped make your big day a success, your parents for making it all possible, etc.  I’ve had couples write one or two lines and I’ve had couples write novels.  Some people don’t even worry about this part.  On my designs, notes typically go on the back of the program. If they’re short they might fit on the inside.  If you have a multi-page program, you could write thanks on the very first page.  So many options, I know!
  • Add a line informing your guests that you have made a donation to a charitable foundation in lieu of giving favors
  • Write a quote, Bible verse, or poem that has meaning to you as a couple
  • Display your monogram, initials, or a nice wedding-themed image for a touch of personalization

I hope you found this helpful!  If you have any questions or concerns, are interested in placing an order, or just want to say howdy, feel free to contact me!  Thanks for stopping by!