Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

I am thrilled to be participating in the third Handmade Holidays blog hop.

My projects today include products from Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow.

I received this cute mini crate from Walnut Hollow and knew it would be perfect to hold items I use constantly.

I first spritzed it with ColorBox's new Glacier Lake Spritzer which is a dye ink spray.  Since I always make a mess when using sprays, ColorBox's Color Catcher is the perfect surface to catch all that extra ink!!!  The ink dries very quickly so  I was able to continue working on the crate. 
I gently sanded the crate then used Surfacez Ink in Fudge to add swipe additional color on to the crate.  This ink adheres to most surfaces easily and I was able to create an aged appearance as the ink got into the grain of the wood.
Next, I used Clearsnap's Design Adhesives and Designers Foils to add details to the crate.  The gold foils really added a nice pop of color.  And this crate perfectly holds my collection of Design Adhesives and Designer Foils.

This next project is Walnut Hollow's Small Lancaster Trunk and it's a beauty!!  So many possibilities exist when working with it.

I inked the entire piece with Fudge Surfacez Ink.  Since this ink adheres to most surfaces easily, it was perfect to use for a hint of color.  I didn't want to use paint because that takes too long to dry and since Surfacez Ink dries almost instantly, I could continue working with no down time.  Once I get involved in a project, I want to keep working on it!

I used assorted papers from Graphic 45's Secret Garden papers, cutting each a little smaller than the box then inking the edges of each with Fudge Surfacez Ink.  I wanted a bit of the wood to show throughout and the inking on the paper allowed it to blend together beautifully.

Once completed, I added some potpourri inside.  Wouldn't this be lovely in a woman's room - just remove the top to allow the aroma to run free. 


I hope you are enjoying the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  Please leave comments on each post along the way for your chance to win some great prizes.

Here is today's hop list:

Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com
Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/
Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/
Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/
100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/
ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/
Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul - http://scrapstuffandmore.blogspot.nl/
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/     HERE
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo http://samnadia.blogspot.com/
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
Sizzix - Lorine Mason http://lorinemason.com/blog/
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by today.



  1. Wonderful projects! Love them both. Love how the woodgrain stains unevenly in the crate and produces such a lovely effect. Gorgeous colors.
    <3 J

  2. Both of these projects would make great gifts!

  3. Love the altered/distressed wood projects!

  4. Stunning boxes. Wow. Esp love the G45 box.

  5. Beautiful boxes. I like to store the supplies I use a lot in pretty boxes. These are some great ideas. thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh Mother Goose! Love the crate and that Lancaster trunk is to die for!!! I absolutely love using items like this to store so many items in! Hubby says I am a hoarder of all things storage! LOL If he only knew how many storage items I really have! :-) TFS!

  7. Love the crate and the trunk is stunning

  8. Love the crate and the trunk - they are both beautiful!

  9. I love boxes SO much. The lil crate is so lovely. Then I saw the lil trunk. Amazing work. I just love both if them. Thank you so much for sharing you're ideas! Love.

  10. The crate and trunk are both gorgeous! The ink on the edges of the G45 paper and box work so well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Love both of your projects, got to go shopping!!

  12. Both projects are beautiful! tfs!

  13. Your projects are beautiful! I think I could use about a dozen of those crates.

  14. Both the crate and the box are lovely, I want them under my tree!

  15. Love your new crate! The Clearsnap Designer Foils are fab! Gonna have to invest in some of those babies. Your box is so pretty too. Thank you for sharing :)

  16. Your crate and trunk are just spectacular - I really love all of your choices to beautify them!!!

  17. Hmmmmmm Great techniques and tutorials. Makes me feel that I can do this. Your projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  18. I love this Secret Garden box! Great to see your work!