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Jackie and Michelle


Monday, July 4, 2022

Tag Book, Box, and Shadow Box Shaker Frame Tutorial, a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

 Happy 4th of July! Hi, and welcome back. Today I have this fun tutorial to share.  

This is a project I made with leftovers from a swap/collaboration project I made with Bobbie Weaver...that hasn't been shared yet because I need to send it tomorrow. (Once we have received each others projects we will share the tutorials and reveals!) I mention this in the video, and here is the link to Bobbie's YouTube page so you can check it out and subscribe so you won't miss it! Bobbie is one of our fantastic designers at Country Craft Creations, and I'm excited that she contacted me to do the upcoming swap project, and thrilled to have one of her creations in my collection!

The Paper Jungle with Bobbie Weaver I'm using Echo Parks "Let Freedom Ring", that I purchased from Country Craft Creations. You can find this collection here. I used the Heartfelt Creations dies to make the tags. They are currently out of stock, but you can check back as they are getting restocked. Artisan Cardstock: Red, Navy and Baby Blue, White. There ribbon, book ring, charms, button, and shaker elements are from my stash. Below is the cut list. This is a very simple project, and I hope you enjoy it! Tags: The die cuts them roughly 4 x 6. If you don't have the die, just cut them and create your own. I covered the fronts with patterned papers and the backs with white Artisan Cardstock. Box: 2 - 7 3/4 x 7 3/4 Shaker Shadow Box: 1 - 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 (Sized for a 3 x 4 journal card) Shaker Frame: 1 - 3 7/8 x 4 7/8 Acetate: 3 3/8 x 4 3/8 I mention a link to my "Easiest Ever Shaker Tutorial". Here is the video for that tutorial.

I have tried to make sure everything is accurate. If you discover something or have any questions, please let me know. Have a great holiday, and I'll see you soon with another tutorial!

Monday, June 27, 2022


Good morning. Here’s a fun little project for you, a Mixed Page Mini Album. This is the 4Th project using Heartfelt Creations “Rustic Sunflowers”. This is a walk through/talk through project. I hope you enjoy it! 

My new design team project is coming from Country Craft Creations ( http://countrycraftcreations.com) and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to share it with you!!

Have a great day and stay crafty!  

Monday, June 20, 2022

Rustic Sunflowers Letterboard Project, a Country Craft Creations design team project

 This is a great project that I think you will love and have fun with.  I wanted to create a letterboard…they are still very popular.  I had the idea of making one with paper.  Because of the nature of this, I was able to use up a bunch of scraps from my stash!

Welcome back to the 3rd design team project for Country Craft Creations (https://countrycraftcreations.com)  using the awesome collection "Rustic Sunflowers" by Heartfelt Creations.  

I did the original project using the design team package with Carta Bella’s “Farmhouse Summer”.  In the tutorial I’m using Heartfelt Creations “Rustic Sunflowers”.  I hope you enjoy it!

There are a few things you need:

I used scraps/leftovers from two design team packages, Carta Bella "Farmhouse Summer" 


and Heartfelt Creations "Rustic Sunflower"


Brown Artisan Cardstock for the Frame/Tray

1 - 12 x 11 3/4

2 - 11 3/4 x 3

2 - 12 x 3

Black Artisan Cardstock for the “tubes” (this is where the scrap stash came in handy)

1 - 11 x 10 3/4

21 - 11 x 2 1/2  Yes, you need 21 of these...believe me, the end result is worth it!  :)

Artisan Cardstock is available here:  https://www.countrycraftcreations.com/collections/artisan-cardstock

The “T” pieces for attaching items to the board, I made these with brown cardstock:

1 - 12 x 3

1 - 12 x 2

I used a length of Seam Binding to make the hanger.

The seam binding can be found here, https://www.countrycraftcreations.com/collections/seam-binding

I also used Art Glitter Glue and Score-Tape from Country Craft Creations, which can be found here, https://www.countrycraftcreations.com/collections/adhesives

Items from my stash included corners for the tray, lady bugs, butterfly dies and punches,  and flowers.  I hope you enjoy the project.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Tag Pocket Flip Album Tutorial

 Welcome back for the second project I'm making using the Heartfelt Creations collection "Rustic Sunflowers". This is a design team project for Country Craft Creations.  https://countrycraftcreations.com

I made this fun album that has a removable graduated pocket piece that holds graduated sized tags.  There is a lot of room for embellishments and pictures, and the possibilities are endless for what you could do with the basic design of this album.  

Below is a cut list and a supply list for the project.  I used approximately 12 sheets of patterned paper for this and approximately 8 pieces of Summer Ivory Artisan Cardstock (which was my base color).  I also used a few sheets of Brown Artisan Cardstock as a contrasting color.  Have fun and I'll see you soon with another tutorial!

Links mentioned in the tutorial:

The Lay Flat Album Cover, https://youtu.be/VDrBoasyqtc

How to Make a Stacked Waterfall, https://youtu.be/rltR4X5awoM

Cutting List:


Chipboard, Heavy Weight

2 - 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

1 - 3 x 8 1/2


2 - 7 1/2 x 10 1/2

1 - 6 x 10 1/2

1 - 6 x 8 3/8


1 - 1 1/4 x 5 1/2


The closure is made from the pieces leftover from trimming the Graphic 45 tags, and will be discussed in the tutorial

Pages:  Please note that the sizes are a little out of the ordinary because of the sizes of the paper collection cutaparts

1 - 11 5/8 x 3 7/8

1 - 10 7/8 x 3 7/8

10 1/8 x 3 7/8


Chipboard, Light Weight

2 - 2 5/8 x 4 7/8

2 - 2 5/8 x 2 3/8

1 - 2 3/8 x 4 7/8


1 - 12 , 9 1/2



Chipboard, heavy weight, 1 - 2 x 4 1/2

Cardstock, 1 - 4 x 6 1/2 and 1 - 1 7/8 x 4 3/8


1 - 9 1/2 x 3 1/2

1 - 9 1/2 x 4 1/2

1 - 9 1/2 x 5 1/2

1 - 9 1/2 x 6 1/2

1 - 9 1/2 x 7 1/2


Artisan Cardstock (Summer Ivory and Brown) https://www.countrycraftcreations.com/collections/artisan-cardstock

Chipboard, heavy weight and light weight


Scor Tape, Art Glitter Glue


Heartfelt Creations Papers, "Rustic Sunflowers"


Magnets are out of stock at the moment but keep checking


Sizzix Dome, 2"


Graphic 45 Tags, large, 8 3/4 x 3 7/8 was the size I used, but you can cut your own as I also show in the tutorial


Seambinding, Goldenrod


Flowers https://www.countrycraftcreations.com/search?type=product&q=flowers*

The shaker sequins were from my stash. 

If I have missed anything or you have any questions please let me know.  Thanks so much for your support, I sincerely appreciate it!  Have a crafty day!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Rustic Sunflower Mini Album Tutorial, a Design Team Project for Country Craft Creations

 Hi and welcome back to my channel. Today I have a tutorial for you on my album made as a design team project for Country Craft Creations. I'm using the Heartfelt Creations paper collection called "Rustic Sunflower" and I think I have made a cute project. I was endeavoring to use the 6x6 cutapart pages for this album, and the other odd sized cutaparts in this collection. I made the album first to show you, and then we will be using "Heart Of Courage" from Country Craft Creations for the tutorial.

This album is unique, as I am using a different idea for a binding system. Although it is not the same, seeing this album by Bobbie (another Country Craft Creations designer) gave me an idea. I'll explain during the video. Also, I did a little something different in the cover, inspired by Nicole (another Country Craft Creations designer). Here are their links to their channels/videos. Bobbie, the video that gave me an idea is here...I love these little gems! Nicole's channel is here, and she shared the idea for the cover. Below is the cutting guide. This album doesn't take much, and as I said, it was built around the 6x6 cutaparts in the paper collection. Thanks for watching and I'll see you again soon. COVER: Chipboard 2 - 7 x 7 1 - 2 5/8 x 7 Cardstock 2 - 9 x 9 1 - 6 x 9 1 - 6 x 6 7/8 BINDING PIECES: 2 - 5 x 1 7/8 1 - 3 x 1 7/8 PAGES: There are two other smaller pages as part of this album, and it will be discussed in the tutorial. These all depend on the size of the cutaparts used. 4 - 12 x 6 1/2 SUPPLIES USED: Chipboard, heavy weight, 2 - 12 x 12 Artisan Cardstock, main color (I used Natural), about 8 sheets of 12 x 12 Artisan Cardstock in contrasting color (I used Brown for the Heartfelt book and Burgundy for the Hearts of Courage Book), about 5 sheets of 12 x 12 Heartfelt Creations "Rustic Sunflower" "Heart of Courage" by Country Craft Creations, it is out of stock right now but other great papers are available here, all exclusive to Country Craft Creations Seambinding, in Ivory, Deep Navy and Goldenrod Art Glitter Glue, Scor Tape and Foam Tape Prima Frames Flowers by Graphic 45 and 49 and Market STASH SUPPLIES: Lady bugs Brad, jump ring, chain and charms

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Gradening Journal


Hey, good morning and Happy Sunday!  I shared this on my YouTube Channel and it is a fabulous project!  It is not my design.  It is actually a combo project that I made using a tutorial from Sam at Mixed Up Craft and the ephemera and other items sent to me by Amanda at Your Creative Studio.  I love love love how it came out and I think you will too!

You can find the tutorial for this amazing journal by Sam of Mixed Up Crafts here. When I saw this I knew I had to make it. It was a fun project! But then so didn’t know how to decorate it. That’s when I received the beautiful box of goodies from Amanda of Your Creative Studio. I have an unboxing video here.  The main site for Amanda is here at Your Creative Studio.

This April subscription box was perfect to decorate this journal and create a gardening notebook. And also, this is just in time as we are planning some major yard overhaul this summer. In this journal I also used gorgeous seam binding from Country Craft Creations at so visit them also! Thanks for watching and stay crafty!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Victorian Sewing Box Tutorial is Live!!


Hi, and welcome back to A Creative Operation! Today I have the tutorial I did as a design team project for Country Craft Creations or my Victorian Sewing Box. I did a walk through of this project in a video you can see here. This project can be adapted to create an "album" or use as a gift box, the design is very versatile! Below is a cut list and a list of the supplies used. I do share how to make the hexagon patterns you will need to make this project using a compass! This project brought out the "math nerd" in me! If you use a cutting machine you can cut them out with that. If you are a member of Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations Facebook page, then you will have access to files for the Cricut and Silhouette to cut these shapes. Any of these methods will work to make the shapes. For the hexagons you will need to make patterns for shapes with the following side sizes: 3 3/4, for the box top 3 5/8, for the patterned paper for the box top, and/or the mat for the box top 3 1/2, for the box bottom (you will cut two of these) and one in the patterned paper for the box top 3 3/8, for the patterned paper for the box bottom For the box sides, 6 - 3 1/2 x 6 in the main color and 12 at 3 3/8 x 4 7/8 for the mats in the contrasting color. Pockets, 6 - 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 in the main color Inner box, 1 - 10 x 10 Lid Sides, 6 - 4 1/2 x 2 You will make one large hexagon in the main color, and two of the I used a variety of products from Country Craft Creations, including the paper collection "A Mother's Love" available here. I did use the 12 x 12 paper collection for both the walk through project and the tutorial project. I used Artisan cardstock for both projects. The first used Brown and Kraft, this tutorial project used Denim and Baby Blue. I also used the following: Seam binding lace

Pom pom trim Flowers You will also need Art Glitter Glue, Scor Tape, and Foam Tape. The items that I put in the boxes mostly came from Hobby Lobby (the sewing kit and the embroidery supplies). I used buttons and some flowers from my stash. If you have any questions please let me know, I'm always happy to help. I want all of my tutorials to be easy to understand and follow. Thanks for watching and have a crafty day!

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Altered Mini Brag Book, a Design Team Project Share for Country Craft Creations


Hi, and welcome back. This is a design team project I want to share that I think is a great way to use beautiful papers to upcycle found mini albums. I'm using the papers "Our Graduate" (and exclusive paper collection from Country Craft Creations) and "Timeless" (a paper collection from Authentique). I have used a variety of products, and I'll list their links below. Thanks for watching, and stay crafty! 

Please visit Country Craft Creations, you will love this store! 

Our Graduate paper collection Artisan Cardstock, I used Black, Pearl Sheen Natural and Pearl Sheen Gold Gold Mirrored Paper Seam Binding, I used Black

Art Glitter Glue Scor Tape Foam Tape Flowers and eyelets came from my stash.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Victorian Sewing Box Design Team Project Walk Through using "A Mother's Love" by Country Craft Creations


Good morning, welcome to Monday. I want to share this walk through for an upcoming design team project I'm making for Country Craft Creations. I'm using "A Mother's Love", which is an exclusive paper collection from Country Craft Creations, and it is just gorgeous. It's not only full of imagery for a mother's love for her children, but it also has a fantastic sewing theme! When I first saw it, I knew what I wanted to do. I made a Victorian Sewing Box! This project is simple, and I'll show you how to make the patterns for the hexagons. It's really easy, and once you know, you will be able to adapt that shape for future projects! So grab your compass and let's have some fun! I used Artisan Cardstock in Brown and Kraft. "A Mother's Love" paper collection (12 x 12). The pom pom trim can be found here. Flowers are from my past design team projects and from my stash, but there are amazing flowers here. 
Art Glitter Glue, this is a must have! I also used small wooden spools and buttons from my stash. Enjoy and I'll see you soon with a tutorial! Stay crafty!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Let's Make Some Cards!!!

 Hi everyone, welcome back. Today I have a tutorial for 4 different cards that I have been wanting to learn how to make. These are not my ideas, I don't know where they originated from, but they have many many many tutorials for these cards out there in video land. I have been sick, and watched a ton of tutorials since I didn't feel up to actually crafting. I decided that I wanted to make these cards, and figured if I didn't know how to make them, others may be in the same boat! Let's learn together!!

I will be doing the Herringbone Technique, the Cube Pop Up Card, the Triple Panel Card, and the Impossible Card. I made models from scraps leftover from my Country Craft Creations design team package that featured Carta Bella's "Farmhouse Summer" paper collection. For the tutorial, I am remaking them using the "Our Graduate" collection, exclusive to Country Craft Creations.
I am using Artisan cardstock, and Gold Mirror paper, also available at the store. I will have a list of supplies with links below. I don't have a cut list, but all measurements and how to's are in the tutorial, along with diagrams that you can copy down or screen shot for future use. I hope you enjoy the tutorial. I have more card techniques that I want to make, so I'm going to make an effort to continue with this type of tutorial. YAY! Thanks for watching, and stay crafty! Supplies: I tried to remember everything, but if I did forget a product, please check out the store and search in the search bar. You will find what you need easily!

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Unboxing goodies from Your Creative Studio!

 Hello!  Welcome back!  I have a different video today. I was contacted by Amanda of Your Creative Studio and asked if I would share this amazing box of journaling goodies. This package is beautiful, and I am excited not only to share it but also to use it!  

These kits are prefect for journaling, junk journaling, planning, card making, you name it! 

Enjoy the unboxing, and I’ll be back to share what I did with it very soon. Please visit the site and check it out. Thank you, Amanda!

Your Creative Studio

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Bloom Where You’re Planted Folio Project for Country Craft Creations

 This video will be a little different, as it is a "share" and walk through with descriptions of what I did.  I had a great time using the exclusive "Bloom Where You're Planted" papers from Country Craft Creations and the Photo Play Folio 3, which is also available in the store.  I will have a full list with links below.

The folio is a great kit, and can be used "as is", but you know me, I can't leave anything alone, and I altered it a bit to create a folio of my own.  I highly recommend the kit, and will be getting more for myself!

Thanks for watching...I will be back with more tutorials soon!

Products used include:

Bloom Where You're Planted, 8 x 8 paper pack, and the charm pack that goes with the collection 

Artisan Cardstock in Summer Ivory and Baby Blue

Seam Binding in Medium Blue 

Art Glitter Glue

Heart Felt Creations Album Tags and Accents  Die 

Photo Play Folio 3

From my stash I used a brad and two jump rings to attach the charm to the spine

Stay crafty, my friends!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Shaker Window Explosion Gift Box Tutorial

Welcome back! I have a fun new idea combining a shaker element with an explosion gift box for you today.  

This is a design team project for Country Craft Creations, and I'm using their exclusive collections "Love You Forever" and "Our Graduate". These, and more exclusive collections are available at Country Craft Creations.

For this project you will need the following...links to purchase them from Country Craft Creations are also provided. Explosion Score Board by We R Memory Keepers
Country Craft Creations Exclusive Patterned Papers Artisan Cardstock, 3 (12x12) sheets Art Glitter Glue and Scor Tape Sequins Acetate, one 12 x 12 sheet Flowers During the tutorial I used a brad and a tassel from my stash.

Thanks for watching, and I'll see you soon with another tutorial!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

1 1/4 Sheet Wonder Mini Album Tutorial


I have another tutorial, a design team project for Country Craft Creations, using Carta Bella’s Farmhouse Summer paper collection. This is a fun collection and I know you will love it!  

This album is a meander style album but I added a little bit more paper to make it a little bigger. It’s perfect for using up scraps or the 6x6 paper pad that I received with this collection. I also used Artisan Cardstock and seam binding from Country Craft Creations.  

Have fun and stay crafty!

Monday, April 18, 2022

I have a new tutorial for Country Craft Creations...A Farmhouse Summer Folio!

 Hi all! I have my first tutorial using Carta Bella's "Farmhouse Summer". This is a beautiful collection that I am using from Country Craft Creations. You can find all of the supplies which include the ephemera and enamel dots here.

I have made a fun folio with some great interaction, but also a lot of places to put photos. Below are the cutting lists for the pieces. I also used Artisan cardstock in White and seam binding in Deep Navy and Dark Olive Drab. That's it! I kept this one simple and didn't even use flowers. I let the collection speak for itself. Cover Pieces: 2 - 6 3/4 x 8 2 - 8 3/4 x 8 Front and Back Cover Flaps for Popup 2 - 6 x 8 2 - 3 x 8 Mid Section Flaps 4 - 6 x 4 7/8 2 - 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 Accordion Pages and Pockets 2 - 12 x 8 2 - 6 3/4 x 4 2 - 6 7/8 x 4 That's it! Have fun with the tutorial and I'll see you soon with another tutorial! Stay Crafty!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Easiest Ever Shaker Tutorial

I have a tutorial for a “new to me” technique. I’m calling it the “Easiest Ever Shaker”. It’s a fun technique that may change shaker cards for me forever!

I’m using leftovers from previous  Country Craft Creations  design team packages.  Check out the paper collections in her store! 

I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, April 4, 2022

Variable Sized Page Journal Tutorial, a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

 Welcome to my Country Craft Creations design team project using the exclusive paper collection, "Dream of Home". This is a beautiful paper with vibes of country and vintage themes and you will love it.

I came up with a traveler's notebook style journal...I hesitate to call it a junk journal, but I guess in theory it is...the paper is just too pretty to call it junk. The idea came to me from using up scraps of 8x8 paper in a very old collection I recently found in my craft room. I will share that prototype and show you how it morphed into the project I am sharing today. I will also show you how sew the signatures and how to create the binding. As an added bonus I also made some ephemera to put in the journal and I share how I did that. In my design team package I received both the 12 x 12 and the 8 x 8 paper packs, and I did use both in this project. You will need one sheet of heavy weight chipboard, about 6 sheets of the 12 x 12 (which includes two of the cutapart sheets), and 17 sheets of the 8 x 8 paper. I used several embellishments, and the ones that are from Country Craft Creations I have listed below with links. You will also need journaling paper of some sort. I used a variety of paper in this project, but plain old copy paper will also work great. I used waxed bookbinding thread also for sewing the signatures. Thank you so much for watching. I do appreciate your support. Lay Flat Cover Tutorial, in case you haven't seen this. Dream of Home paper collection Chipboard Prima Rusty Metal Clips 49 and Market Flowers Graphic 45 Flowers Prima Say It In Crystals Lace Seam Binding, I used Dark Olive Drab From my stash I used some lace , a miniature photo frame and homemade paperclips.

Thanks for watching and stay crafty, my friends!

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Simple Stories Boho Baby Mini Album Tutorial, a Country Craft Creations Design Team Project

I have my baby tutorial up and available.  

I'm using the Simple Stories "Boho Baby" collection for the tutorial as it is my design team paper collection. I did the prototype in the exclusive Country Craft Creations collection "Baby Dreams Boy".  Please check out the store here.

I will share a walk through of the "Baby Dreams Boy" at the end of the tutorial. There is a walk through of the "Boho Baby" album at the beginning of the tutorial. I hope you enjoy the tutorial.  

There is an extensive list for cutting the main pages and the mats/interactions added to the album in the video description. Also, there is a list of the supplies used and where you can get them. 

Stay Crafty! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Fur Ever Friends Mini Album Tutorial

My Fur Ever Friends tutorial is live, I hope you enjoy it 😊

All of the information with supplies and cutting guide are in the video description. 

Thanks for watching. Stay crafty!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Explosion Board Gift Boxes! One Size Paper, 7 Different Boxes!

 Hi all...This is a quick tutorial on how I used my Explosion Scoreboard to make 7 different sized boxes, using the same size piece of cardstock.  

Actually, when you click the link in the video description, I also figured out more...21 sizes of gift boxes in all, square based and rectangular based. I had done this around Christmas but just now finished writing up the chart. (My new Fur Ever Friends Mini Album Tutorial will be finished uploading soon...so while we wait for that...)  

Happy Crafting!