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Blessing Box

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A few years back I saw an idea in a magazine for something called a Smile Box.  I incorporated that idea into what I call my Blessing Box.  A place to jot down little moments from your life that make you smile and make your soul happy.  It’s a very simple process, you remove one of the included papers and write down the moment and then place the note back in the box. When life throws you just a few too many curve balls and you think you might not be able to take one more step, laugh one more laugh, see one more ray of sunshine on a gloomy day you remove your messages and reflect back on the simple times that have given you joy.  That’s what life is all about, not momentous life shattering events, how many of us actually have those? Most likely the happiness we derive in life is from little things that brightened our day and made us so glad we were here at just this precise moment in time.


For my Blessing Box I used Heartfelt Creations gorgeous new paper collection Floral Key.  Oh my word these papers and images are just unbelievably beautiful!  On the front of the box the paper says Prayer, a Key for the Day and a Lock for the Night. The key actually had a picture of a key printed on it but I chose to take a metal key and hot glue it over the top of the printed one to give that 3 dimensional look.  I also fussy cut the flower corner and popped it up on a cardboard mat, glued it over the printed flowers and then added a layer of Glossy Accents over the top of the flowers.  The top of the box is completed using a metal corner adornment.  (All the metal pieces were gifts from two friends who did a little EBAY shopping and shared with me, isn’t it nice to have such generous friends?)

The box base is a wooden cigarillo box someone had sent me a long long time ago and I had it in a drawer that houses items I plan on altering.  This was just the prefect size for my box.  You could use anything you might have on hand, a box like this, a cardboard box you’ve saved and want to repurpose or a box you’ve purchased from a store.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Stain around all the edges of my box to give them strong brown color.


The inside has a fussy cut heart from the paper with a mat behind glued to the inside top.  I again used heavy cardboard cut just smaller than the heart to pop it up. I like using the card board in places like this because it gives an even dimension to your item and provides a sturdy base.  I inked around the lace of the heart and used some Wink of Stella glitter.  All the insides have been covered with strips of paper and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I tied all my little memory note papers with a piece of hemp and attached a metal key.  Hiding under the key on top of the notes I added my message about the Blessing Box.   The note papers were stained with a combination of coffee, antique linen Distress reinker, Walnut Stain distress ink and Lindy’s Steampunk Sepia Starburst Stain.

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Around the four outer corners of the box I added some bent metal filigrees (again from the generous hands of my friends).  If you don’t have access to metal pieces like this you could leave the corners with just the decorative paper or cut corners from a die like Spellbinders Corner Flourish.  The bottom is covered with paper and the four corners have metal findings from Prima for feet.  Check out my video for a look at the box before I started, how I stained it, choosing the papers and the finished box.  I hope you’ll consider making your own Blessing Box for yourself or a friend.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Visit me on my blog A Soul’s Heartbeat or my YouTube channel nwlady1949

Supplies from the store:

HCDP1 238:   Heartfelt Creations Floral Key 12×12 Paper Collection

TIM 19534: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Supplies from my stash: Wooden Cigarello box, Metal embellishments, Glossy Accents, Prima Junkyard Findings, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Stain, Antique Linen Distress re-inker, Lindy’s Steampunk Sepia Starburst Spray, Pearl,



Candy Roll Gift Idea

Monday, October 14th, 2013

My daughter had a double birthday party last weekend and we needed a gift idea for two four year olds, so I came up with this fun Candy Roll Gift idea. What four year old doesn’t like candy??? I know none. Therefore, I let Claire choose some candy and we made it into a candy roll. It’s funny how I felt like I didn’t have a lot of time to shop for a present, but I sure had the time to make these…and it probably took a little longer. It was fun! I got my feet wet with some of the new spellbinders and I’m loving them. I’m a little convinced that girly scrapbook items are kind of like baby clothes….they’re more fun to get when they’re girly. I guess I’m biased, being female and all. :)

I took the candy and put it in a plastic gift baggy. I tied one end and cut off the other, then tied that side as well. I wrapped my main paper around the roll and placed the decor on top. I didn’t fully adhere it to the bag until I was done just in case I needed to adjust, which was helpful! One shout out that I MUST do is for the Spellbinders Medallion Nine. This little Die D-lite is so much fun, beautiful, and cute all at the same time. I posted a bigger picture so you could see a little more detail.



Also, the Spellbinders Blooms One turned out to be far more adorable than I was expecting. These are the little daisies shown below. I love that you can flare out the pedals to give it the 3D effect! So cute!



On our boy present we used more of a birthday theme with the QuicKutz Party. However, I must tell you that the Penny Black Edge to Edge stamps are what really got me excited for these! Ah! They have the cutest sayings that I would actually put on any card or gift.



Have so much fun! These are so fun to make and they are awesome presents!

Products used:

DCWV Blue citrus paper pack

S5-193 – Spellbinders Tile Works

S2-039 – Spellbinders Medallion Nine

S2-044 – Spellbinders Blooms One

14704975 – BoBunny Autumn Song Brads

AF-101 – Hero Arts black Ink

30-164 – Penny Black Edge to Edge Stamps

62831 – American Crafts Chromatix Markers

Bag, Candy, Ribbon, Quickutz Party Dies

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Penny Black Mimi’s Farm

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I am loving all these adorable stamps that are coming out this year!! Seriously, I never thought I’d be a huge stamper, but I’m having more and more fun with each one, and Penny Black’s Mimi’s Farm is no exception. It’s adorable! The minute I saw it I knew the exact project I wanted to do (which never happens) and I couldn’t wait to get started!

You only need four things to make these cute little animals. An ink pad, the stamp, and markers, and scissors. Pretty easy/basic necessities. I really wanted to take myself down memory lane and make a flannel board for my children. We had one growing up and I remember the fun times of making the billy goats Gruff go over the bridge to the green grass. I hope my kids love feeding the animals as much as I loved squashing that mean old troll! After I stamped, colored, and cut these out, I laminated them. Trust me…mine needed laminating. I had to take them away from my screaming 3 year old more than once before they were laminated. To make them stick to the flannel, I read that sandpaper is great. If you want my advice, it’s only ok. Maybe one sided velcro would work a little better. These fall off a little easy for my taste, but it does work.

(If you want the extra peices, google your heart out! I thought our animals needed a barn, so I googled one, printed, colored, and laminated.)

So FUN! It’s a hit! Now we can start counting chickens, cows, and horses.




Products used:

30-182- Penny Black Mimi’s Farm

AF101 – Hero Arts Hero Hues Black Ink

62831 – American Crafts Chromatix Marker Set3





Flannel Board

Hot Glue

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Crafting Christmas Project

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Christmas decorating in our house happens the day after Thanksgiving so Heather has been trying to finish up a few crafting Christmas projects she has been working on. This one is a large ornament that could go on a tree  but with the size of it we are going to hang it on our Christmas shelf. When we made the Halloween book there was a plexiglass circle that we did not use and so Heather came up with this idea for the spare piece and it turned out really cute. All she did was cut out a piece of velum to the same size as the circle and used the Hero Arts Heavens Rejoice stamp set to create a nice Christmas Scene on it. Then she grabbed some Tim Holtz holiday paper and cut it to size and put it behind the velum. All you have to do now is put the plexiglass, velum, and paper together–add some ribbon and there you have it a nice homemade ornament to add some Christmas cheer into your house this year.
















Have fun this year decorating you house up for the holidays. Other than it being really cold outside I really enjoy this time of year, it is amazing how Thanksgiving really gets us started with that holiday cheer that you can feel just about anywhere you go. Happy Holidays!



CL625: Hero Arts-Heavens Rejoice

93021: Tim Holtz-Idea-ology Paper Stash Holidays Past

1200-Want2Scrap: Mixed Media Album Jo Rotella Whats Cooking




Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Dress up your Thanksgiving table with Quickutz

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Quickutz has some really fun table decorations to dress up your table for the big feast. I remember making fun little crafts as a kid to put at each place setting just to give a little more “festive feel” as we sat down to dinner.

This year my family will be spending Thanksgiving at my parents house and so when I saw these die sets I thought that it would be perfect to continue the tradition by spicing up the place settings with crafts. These die cuts are a lot of fun because they are so simple that you can get out a bunch of paper and let the kids do all of the cutting, they really get into it. Really when you get going it takes very little time to do a bunch of them so everyone can have one. My kids made turkeys, napkin holders, and glass sleeves, make sure you order yours today so they will get to you in time for Thanksgiving just click here. I used Heartfelt Creations Classic Edition Collection for all the paper so they have a unified feel.
































I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving and we all have a lot to be thankful for. I hope this helps if you are struggling with decorating your table, just let the kids take over and do the crafts this year (one less thing to do right?). I hope your Thanksgiving goes well this year!



DC0201: Quickutz-Turkey

DC0204: Quickutz-Place Setting Kit

DC0389: Quickutz-Drink Sleeve

HCDP1 224: Heartfelt Creations-Classic Edition Collection 12×12



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Heartfelt Creations Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Welcome to our pumpkin patch using Heartfelt Creations Classic Edition Collections paper and Bo Bunnys Serenade paper. It must be the change of season because Heather always gets really crafty in the fall with all the holidays coming up. Heather has a lot of Halloween decorations but after it is all over, and we put all the decorations away the house seems really empty because we really lack in just fall decor. The paper on the front of them is great because it is fall theme not just Halloween. These pumpkins are also great because they can use up a lot of little scrap pieces that you have laying around that never seem to get used.

All you need to do is go out in the garage and find a spare 2×4 and cut them into smaller pieces, Some can be the same length but I like the one that has all different lengths. Sand the edges down a little and paint them orange. Next is the fun part, find different paper that you would want to use and Mod Podge to glue it on and the boards together. Last, just get out your embellishments and ribbon and add the finishing touches to it. Yes it is that easy!







I love this season! It certainly feels like fall is in the air and now in our home as well. Hope this helps you get excited for this fun season as well, Happy Halloween.


HCDP 1224-Heartfelt Creations: Classic Edition Collections Paper

13417435- Bo Bunny: Serenade 6×6 paper pad

4040- Want2Scap: Say it with Pearls, Le Creme

ST1030- My Minds Eye: The Sweetest Thing 6×6 paper pad


Mod Podge


Fuzzy Sticks



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

SpellbindersQuickutzProvoCraftScore-PalSizzixGraphic 45Die Cuts With A ViewMy Minds EyeHeartfelt CreationsJustRite Stampers