February Linky Party – Valentine Hershey’s Kiss Treat Bags and Tutorial

Valentine Hershey's Kiss Holders with Tutorial, by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

Crafty Secrets February Linky Party – Valentine Hershey’s Kiss Treat Bags and Tutorial

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today is the first Monday of February, which means it’s time for the Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!  Here’s the description of this month’s theme:

Love is in the air! Valentines and Music

It’s a virtual Valentine Linky Party! Create some cute Valentines for friends and family, or make “off the page projects” for home décor. Incorporate music or words to a song somewhere in your project. (Songbirds would work here, too!)

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  I chose to work with some images from the Vintage Valentine Digital Kit, which is full of beautiful Valentine papers, tags, and ephemera.  There were so many directions I could have gone, but I decided to make little treat holders – take a look:

Valentine Hershey's Kiss Holders with Tutorial, by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

Each little bag holds a single Hershey’s Kiss, and I think they’re simply adorable.  Just stick around for a bit to learn how to make these Hershey’s Kiss holders yourself!

There’s my project!  Now, go visit the rest of the design team blogs below and be sure to leave them some love. Then, link up your own Crafty Secrets project on the BLOG and you could win the entire Vintage Valentine Digital Kit! We’ve loaded a free image from the set into this month’s Linky Party post as our way of thanking you for playing along. You can download the image and use it in your Linky Party project, or use one of the FREE PRINTABLES found on the blog page. The rules are simple: Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, February 15th.  Remember, you don’t have to follow this month’s theme to play along, just use any Crafty Secrets goodies you have.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) *Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * NEW TEAM MEMBER Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio * Guest Designer Vicki Chrisman, This Art that Makes Me Happy

Valentine Hershey’s Kiss Treat Bag Tutorial

These little treat bags are perfect for giving just a little something special – a single Hershey’s kiss!  There are written directions below the collage:

Valentine Hershey's Kiss Holders with Tutorial, by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets February Linky Party

Step 1: Cut 2 strips of cardstock, one measuring 6.5 x 1.5″ and the other about 4 x 1.5″ (I have lots of scrap 1.5 x 11″ strips, and I wanted to use them…busted!).  Score the longer strip at 2.5″ and 4″, and score the shorter strip at 1″, 1.25″, 2.75″, and 3″

Step 2: Punch a 1″ circle in the middle of the short strip

Steps 3 and 4: Fold in the sides of the short strip, then glue the open tabs to the middle of your 6.5″ strip of cardstock

Step 5: Insert Hershey’s Kiss (or in my case, a Hug, because that’s what I have in my house) and fold sides up to form your bag

Step 6: Close your bag.  I used decorative scissors and a staple here, but in other examples I punched small holes and tied with ribbon or just used a spot of glue.

Step 7: Decorate your little treat bags and distribute them amongst your friends 🙂

Enjoy your Valentine making, and don’t forget to enter your Valentine project in the Linky Party!

Crafty Secrets January Linky Party – Tooth Fairy Box and Tutorial

Tooth Fairy Box made with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids set, by Paper Melody's

Crafty Secrets January Linky Party – Tooth Fairy Box and Tutorial

Hello, everyone and Happy January!  It’s the first Monday of this new year, and that means it’s time for another Linky Party over at Crafty Secrets!  This month’s theme choice was Pajama Party or Winter, and I went with the former by using the new Bedtime Kids Digital Stamp Set.  This set is so cute, just full of adorable images, it was hard to pick a direction.  I decided to use some of the Tooth Fairy-related images to create this box:

Tooth Fairy Box made with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids set, by Paper Melody's

Every kid needs something to put their lost teeth in!  This box measures 3x3x1″ and has a little envelope inside so the tooth doesn’t rattle around too much.  I love the fairy image from the stamp set.  She’s so sassy!  I sized her in Microsoft Word, printed her, then colored her with my colored pencils.  I added some glitter glue to her wings, fussy cut her, then covered her in Glossy Accents so she wouldn’t be quite so delicate.  After she dried, I popped her up on foam squares over some glitterized lace die cuts (Arianna Lace from Heartfelt Creations).  Stick around for a tutorial on the bow and button “pull tab” you see there at the bottom of the lid.

Tooth Fairy Box made with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids set, by Paper Melody's

Here you can see some of the stamping I did with the Twinkle Stars stamp set.  It’s no longer available in acrylic, but you can still buy it as a digital set.

Tooth Fairy Box made with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids set, by Paper Melody's

And here’s the inside!  The paper lining the box is a colorized black and white paper image from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD, and the images on the lid and envelope are from the Bedtime Kids set.  I did a little coloring and added lots of glitter glue, because everyone knows the Tooth Fairy loves glitter.

Tooth Fairy Box made with Crafty Secrets Bedtime Kids set, by Paper Melody's

There’s the back of the envelope, just so you can see the adorable little star button I’ve had in my stash forever 🙂

There’s my project!  Now, go visit the rest of the design team blogs below and be sure to leave them some love. Then, link up your own Crafty Secrets project on the BLOG and you could win the entire Bedtime Kids Stamp Set! We’ve loaded a free image from the set into this month’s Linky Party post as our way of thanking you for playing along. You can download the image and use it in your Linky Party project, or use one of the FREE PRINTABLES found on the blog page. The rules are simple: Just create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets, and link it up on the Crafty Secrets blog before midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, January 18th.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

Crafty Secrets Design Team

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Guest Designer Vicki Chrisman, This Art that Makes Me Happy *

Bow and Button “Pull Tab” Tutorial

I’m going to fill you in on a little secret – this box didn’t turn out as originally planned.  I intended to make a magnet closure, but made my box incorrectly, so I had to drop back and punt.  The little flap on the lid fits nicely into the box but was a little difficult to get out, so I set about making a sturdy, easy open “pull tab” made of bows and a button.  Here’s how I did it:

Fairy Box Tutorial

And there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team projects to inspire your own Linky Party entry!

Have a lovely day 🙂

October Linky Party – A Thanksgiving Wish and Leaf Tutorial

Thanksgiving Wish 3

 

Crafty Secrets October Linky Party: A Thanksgiving Wish and Leaf Tutorial

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today is the first Monday of a wonderful, busy month, and that means it’s time for the Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!  This month’s design team theme is Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving, so I made this card using stamps and paper from the Thanksgiving Digital Collection .  This collection comes with so many images and patterns perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving cards, scrapbooking layouts, and even table decorations for your Thanksgiving Feast, so be sure to check it out.  Here’s the card I came up with:

Thanksgiving Wish 1I started by sizing the paper, turkey, and sentiment digitally in Word.  To give the sentiment the chalkboard look, I changed the color of the image and layered it onto a black oval.  After printing (and letting the printer ink dry!), I rubbed some white chalk ink onto the image for a chalkboard-that’s-been-erased feel.  I created a frame for my chalkboard with my Silhouette machine, some glimmer mist, and gold embossing powder.  The turkey comes as a black and white digital stamp, so I spent a while coloring him in with my colored pencils, then finished him off with just a little bit of gold glitter glue.  I’m very proud of that little turkey 🙂  Once I had all my digital elements printed and colored, I cut corresponding papers to size, created the leaves, and started layering.  Later in this post, I’ve got a tutorial for you on making those oak leaves!

I made another chalkboard sentiment and hand-colored turkey for the inside of the card, which I always like to make in the same style as the outside.  Take a look:

Thanksgiving Wish 2

 

Instead of the burlap and ribbon, I added a strip of kraft paper in an effort to provide some space for a little note…you could fit a little “love you” note in there, right? 😛 Ah, well, the best intentions…

Now it’s your turn!  Create a new project using Crafty Secrets materials, then upload it to the blog by Midnight PST on Sunday, October 19th.  Everyone who enters automatically gets a free Digital Download gift!  If you don’t have any Craft Secrets stuff, head over to the blog and check out the sidebar for some free downloads.  Remember, you don’t have to follow this month’s theme if you don’t feel like it – any new CS project will do! 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.  Be sure to visit all our Design Team Members (links below) for inspiration!  We all look forward to seeing what you create!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Guest Designer Lee Ann Barrett,  Greyt Paper Crafts *

Oak Leaf Tutorial

Alright, the long-awaited tutorial 😛  Here’s a close-up of the leaves:

Thanksgiving Wish 4

I’ll start out by telling you that I have a leaf die, but you could also print out the oak leaf included in the Thanksgiving Collection and fussy cut it if you don’t have a die.

Leaf Tutorial 1

Start by choosing your paper and crumpling it several times to create the appearance of veins, as well as a nice texture.

Then, hit it with some ink – I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Just rub the ink lightly across the paper so it gets picked up on the folds.

Leaf Tutorial 2

After you have die cut or fussy cut your leaves from the crumpled and inked paper, tap the edges lightly onto a VersaMark pad.  Any pigment ink pad should do if you don’t have VersaMark, just as long as it will stay wet long enough to hold the embossing powder.

Leaf Tutorial 3

Dump your embossing powder – I chose gold – all over the leaf, pour off the excess, then give the leaf a couple good flicks to create a slightly more speckled appearance

Leaf Tutorial 4

Heat set your embossing powder

Leaf Tutorial 5

I also like to add some glitter glue for a little sparkle if I don’t feel like messing with embossing powder

Leaf Tutorial 6

And there you have it!  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and please send me a link if you create a project using any of these tips – I’d love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and feel inspired to create your own Crafty Secrets creation for this month’s Linky Party.  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:

letter tutorial 1

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.

Letter Tutorial 2

 

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!

Letter Collage 2

 

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!

letter - finished

 

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

letter on the wall

 

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!

How to Sharpen Scrapbook Punches

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today I have a tutorial for you, very basic.  It’s something I’ve needed in the past and it was difficult to find, so I figured I’d try to make it easier!  So, with no further ado:

How to sharpen paper punches

 

what you'll need

 

what to do

 

I’ve found that quadrupling the thickness of the aluminum foil and wax paper makes it easier to punch through without getting it stuck in the punch.  Nothing worse than getting stuff stuck in a punch!  Here are a few extra tips:

  1. If the punch gets jammed, put it in the freezer for a little while.  This shrinks the metal just a tad and helps it get loose again
  2. This process takes more punching than you’d think.  Punch several pieces of aluminum foil before punching the wax paper and testing on another piece of paper
  3. If your punch is really dull, you can try some fine sandpaper- don’t overdo it though!
  4. Apply some lubricant if you need to, but be sure to only punch scrap paper until all traces of the lubricant are gone!  You don’t want oily residue on your gorgeous designer paper!

I’ve taken to punching aluminum foil after every couple of uses.  Regular maintenance yields the best results!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!