Monday, June 21, 2010

Crafty Secrets Design Team Technique Challenge!

Well, today marks my first official challenge as a new member of the Crafty Secrets Design Team. Our esteemed leader Vicki and our Crafty Secrets boss-lady and owner Sandy have challenged us to create a project incorporating a tutorial...what fun!! It was really difficult to choose images and papers to work with because there are so MANY fabulous papers and vintage images and stamps and things, and Sandy has been so very generous sharing her delightful product. So, instead of doing just ONE project, some friends and I got together and did SIX! (lol)

We decided to create little treasure boxes, and spent the day happily crafting together, so you'll see several different results here. You might want to scroll down and look at the finished product so the steps will make sense to you.

This project meets the following challenges:

Zoe's Challenge # 1 (nice and girlie)
Charisma Cards (all about the bling)
Aly's Sunday Challenge (flower power)
It Takes Two (create a card and something else to match)

First step, we used square chipboard coasters (mine came from the "Old Fish Factory," a great little restaurant in Lunenburg Nova Scotia). I painted mine pink, although it's not essential to paint them, as you'll be covering them with paper anyway. I just didn't want the dark colours showing through the pretty papers.

Next, we made little "drawers." You can either use a matchbox as a template, or, if you're lucky enough to have an electronic cutter, you can cut them with that. Using the matchbox template, choose complementary colours cardstock, and cut four of each piece.

Score and fold each piece, along the outlines of your templates, and begin gluing them together, using clamps to ensure good adhesion.

The little drawers will look just like the drawer of your matchbox, of course.

Next, punch a hole in the centre of each for a drawer handle.

We used Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners as our handles.

Next, we glued the finished boxes on top of one of the coasters like this (sorry for the rotten image here, but at least it gives you the idea)

Next, we covered the top coaster with lovely Crafty Secrets patterned papers, and glued the coaster on top of the drawers like this:

We all chose images from Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps, and glued them inside the drawers, just as another little surprise for the recipients. Then we created a small easel card with complementary papers and images, and glued that to the top of the completed treasure boxes.

Here are some smiling faces of new Crafty Secrets fans! (I'm behind the camera) We had a WONDERFUL day together. I thought it was hilarious that we all chose the same image for the outside of our easel card!

Please DO stop by to visit the blogs of all the other designers for some beautiful eye candy and fabulous tutorials! Here are the links to their projects:

And here are links to the delightful vintage images and stamps from Crafty Secrets!

There are so MANY great new Crafty Secrets releases. One of my very favourites is the Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps set. Here's a link to a previous post where I used these on a set of *ahem* irreverent greeting cards. I just LOVE these images and sayings, and I know I'll be using them often!

Ooohhh, one last thing, DO stop by the Crafty Secrets blog too...some fun stuff happening me, you will NOT want to miss it!

THANKS for stopping by today, hope you have a great one!


Donika said...


Michele Kovack said...

This is awesome Deborah!!! Love this idea!!!

Unknown said...

OMG, this is stunning! I love how you created this fantastic box!!!!! Thanks for linking this up to Practical Scrappers!!!!
Kim xXx

Jan Hennings said...

Love your project and they're so much fun to make!

Vicki Chrisman said...

How fun! Awesome!

Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Co. said...

Your box turned out fantastic Deborah and it looks like you had fun making it!

Hearts Turned said...

Looks like you all had lots of fun, Deborah! Beautiful boxes!


Sara Zenger said...

This is wonderfully creative! Thanks so much for joining us at Practical Scrappers this week!


Pam said...

This is so cool Deborah! The ladies look very happy to be using Crafty Secrets products :)

Shelly said...

Hi! Gorgeous project for our challenge - great tutorial too, thanks for taking part at The Creative Cottage! Hugs Shelly ;)

Anonymous said...

Very cute! Great job!

Marisa said...

What a fun project.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Wow that is so neat and very pretty, great project!

Trish. said...

Deborah I think this is just fantastic, You always come up with something so special it takes our breath away.
Hugs Trish.

Unknown said...

Wow, love what you did such a wonderful idea!!! thanks so much for playing along with PIO.

Anna said...

Lovely ladies, and project! Thanks for joining us at PIle It On.

Shar B said...

Stunning project!!

Corinna Lyons-Revello said...

This project is really neat and looks way too hard for my old brain to do! LOL But thanks for providing the instructions!

Practical Scrappers DT

Suzanne C said...

That is a fantastic project! Love all the papers and the beautiful colors.

Nana said...

Beautiful project!
Thank you for playing with us at "PIO"!
hugs Nana

Helen said...

This is fab...would make a lovely gift!
Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!
Helen x

Jenny said...

Very cute love it Thanks for playing!! :) :) :) :) Sorry it took me so long to get around to visit, its been crazy around here. Hope your enjoying your summer!!! And hope you can play again this week!

1CardCreator said...

Love the tute! ~Diane

Sharon Field / Inky A*Muse-ment said...

Fabulous and fun, thanks for the tutorial.. what a great way to spend an afternoon!
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Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Deborah! What a fabulous project! Thanks for sharing it! :-)

Lillian Child said...

Fabulous, Deborah!!!

Stampinut said...

Hi Deborah! Hope all is well with you - not like you to be gone for so long! I miss you!

Stampinut said...

Hi Deborah, Sure miss seeing your work and hearing from you. Hope all is well. Not like you to be gone so long.


Katrina Hunt said...

cute box....and glad you got your background fixed!!!! (cardipaws from two peas!)