Friday, February 3, 2012

Fun Ideas for Valentines – and special savings! - Save 20%

On the heels of yesterday’s Valentine Treat Bag tutorial, I thought I’d share a few fabulous goodies from Lettering Delights for other Valentine projects! I just can’t get over how many adorable items they have! I also want to be sure you know about the special they are running: save 20% on $20 purchase with code: InLove!

I just love good old-fashioned “conversation hearts” candies, so these items really caught my eye! So much yumminess!

Conversations Projects -

Conversations Projects -

And then these cuter than cute “Love Bites” sets! If I had little ones at home still, I  would just have to send some of these to school with them! Open-mouthed smile And the one that says “It’s not a CROC, I love you” – can’t you just see attaching that to a fun pair of CROCS for your favorite valentine?? Open-mouthed smile

Love Bites -

Love Bites -

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Blessings to you!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Papercraft Project: Valentine Treat Bag


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and thought I’d share the steps in making a yummy little treat bag to give out to your favorite Valentines! Open-mouthed smile I recently came up with this little treat bag and just loved how it turned out, so I decided to make up several like it to give out to family this Valentine’s Day.


Since I was making several, I decided to dig into some of my immense papercrafting stash and use up some beautiful papers & other crafty items I’ve had around for a while.

I started by cutting out my topper base layers:

  • 3” squares of red patterned paper
  • 2 1/2” squares of a coordinating patterned paper

(My patterned papers were older ones from Calambour’s Love Letter & Persia Collections)

I scored and folded them, then inked the edges of all with:

  • Fired Brick Distress Ink by Tim Holtz

I then adhered the layers.


As I said, I’m making a number of these! Smile


I printed out my sentiments in dark red on white cardstock using:

  • Pupcat font

I trimmed them, then inked them with:

  • Mustard Seed Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
  • Fired Brick Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
  • Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink by Tim Holtz





Next, I cut the center strips:

  • 2 1/2” x 1/2” textured patterned paper

I inked the edges with red, then attached 3 brads to each:

  • 1/8” antique copper brads



I punched out several hearts from patterned papers of yellow and red, and inked their edges red.

  • Double-heart punch by EK Success


I adhered the yellow hearts atop the red hearts (or vice versa), slightly offset.


I adhered all pieces to the toppers, using pop foam squares for the sentiment pieces.




I filled my treat bags with candies, then attached the toppers to the bags with staples at each end of the middle paper strip.

  • 3” square mini poly zip bags
  • Metallic orange staples



And here it is! Open-mouthed smile


For special gift-giving, I cut out a heart tag from white cardstock using mini pinking scissors, punched a tiny heart in the corner, and inked the edges.


I placed the treat bags inside these cellophane Valentine bags, attached the tag with a twisty, and there we go! A fun treat for someone special on Valentine’s!


I’d love to hear if you make up any of these Valentine treat bags, so be sure to come back and leave me a note! Smile


Have you heard? I am excited that the folks over at COLOURlovers are opening a new site, Creative Market, as a marvelous new resource for “handcrafted, mousemade design.” If you join now, before launch, you get a $5 voucher to spend at the site! Join here: Creative Market

Blessings to you!

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