Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Motivational - Have A Heart

Betty Brett

Happy Monday, and welcome to Monday Motivational here at BettyBee's Buzz!!   Our theme for this week is "Have a Heart" and I am so pleased to bring you a different sort of tutorial.... one that was shared with us by Terri Moore, of Life with Terri.  She created a beautiful flower covered heart box, and offered the SVG file on her blog.  Please be sure to check it out, by clicking on her Blog Title, and leave her some love from us!    My version is featured above, and I will take you step-by-step through how I made it. 

Here is the computer screen, showing MAKE THE CUT, and the first pattern, which is the top of the box.

The Cricut cuts beautifully when directed by the computer program.  I chose Core'dinations Jewel Paper for this project.

The next image is of the side strips, which I cut at 1 1/4 inch, and then scored at 1/4 inch.  Fold along the score line.

In order for the strips to follow the shape of the heart, you clip the 1/4 inch edge all the way to the fold, with lots of little snips!

Here you can see how it glues to the edge of the bottom of the, now developing, heart box!  The little clothes pin helped hold the end while I worked the side.  I used Beacon's 3 in 1 Glue.

Next came the top for the box, so I put it in the Meadow Lark Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, and with a quick turn of the handle....
....this magnificent design appeared on the heart! 
Included in the downloadable SVG file is a VERY slightly smaller liner for the inside of the box.
When glued in place it covers the folded in edges of the sides, and leaves no unsightly seams anywhere. 

Here is the box all put together!  And now the REAL FUN begins!!
It's time to start to decorate the box!  I used Marco's Luxurious Pearl finished paper for the trim, and a Martha Stewart punch for the side.  To help the cardstock fit very easily, I pulled it through my thumb and forefinger slightly, giving it an easy curve.
And here we have a very pretty box, worthy of your very best treasures! (Like the beautiful earrings inside, made by my friend, Judy Ford!!)

But, I decided to add another gift to the gift :)

I created a small corsage, which is only temporarily attached to the box,

so someone very special can take it off, and wear it on her dress!  Wouldn't these be spectacular for a bridal party?  Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation, Birthday ... What ideas can YOU come up with? 

The HoneyBees are hard at work, buzzing around creating wonderful new ways to showcase Hearts this week.... we hope you will also Have a Heart and play along with us! 

Don't forget there is still another week for the LINKZ on the Silhouettes from last week, too!  Thanks to those who have already submitted your GORGEOUS projects!  They are terrific!  And Tori is just delighted to have inspired so many of you.  Don't forget to leave her some love, too! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  We really appreciate your visits to the Bee Hive!!!  We'll see you on Wednesday for the HoneyBee Showcase! 



June Houck said...

WOWZZZZ, Mizz Bee, this is gorgeous. I appreciate your explanation and step-by-step tutorial. You are the best :)

Now I am off to visit the inspirational Tori! Thanks for the link.

Rosemary said...

OMG!!!..Betty, I couldn't wait to see what you were talking about and I am in awe of your gorgeous heart box. Great tutorial and I must get that SVG cut..Thank you Terri!

BethanyR said...

That is very beautiful! Thanks for sharing step by step instructions....Check out my blog to see the Valentine's Day Wreaths I made for my SIL...

Beth said...

Oh Ms Betty the box is a gift in itself.......absolutely gorgeous, need to get busy so I have a project for Wed.
Thanks Terri for the use of your file and already know how much I enjoy your work.

Judy Ford said...

Betty this heart is beautiful as usual! and adding the corsage makes it 3 gifts in one! Thanks for sharing! you are a great teacher!!!!

Melissa said...

That is GORGEOUS!!!!

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

absolutely georgeous! fabulous tutorial as well!

Anonymous said...

love love love this heart box!