Valentine’s Day Pillow Boxes

February 11, 2017

Good Morning,

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Today I am revealing my prototypes for Valentines Day gifts for my son’s classroom. If you have been following along you know I, have been sharing a few different possibilities in the past couple of weeks. I finally came across something that has some substance but easy to mass produce and put together….the pillow boxes.

These can easily be made on the Silhouette with minimal gluing needed. When still flat the box measures 6.65 h x 6.417 w (Silhouette Cameo measurements). Once assembled the box measures 5 1/2  x 2 3/4.  This file also comes with a large “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box)  I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.

This file also comes with a large “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box)  I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.

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I love polka dots especially red and white, so for this one, I used an echo park dots and stripe 8×8 pad.  The Happy Valentine’s Day is the cutout portion of the word from the Black and White box.  To add a little something extra I tried adding my latest obsession, Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal Drops in “white” to make an underline flourish. While I like the raised shiny look, my hand dexterity is not as skilled as my mind envisioned.  I need to practice…but not on 50 some boxes.pillow-box-dots-1

The third box I did with some leftover Graphic 45 “Mon Amour” paper and tags. I have to say it is my favorite and will most likely be given to Hubby.  I think the decorative base with the stronger colors looks good with this type of box and I like how the well the 3 x4 tag worked look on here.

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In the end, I am leaning toward the idea of using Kraft with red baker’s twine and a tag. This way I won’t be as upset to see kids throwing away the boxes if its Kraft versus my Graphic 45 paper.  I will do an update post once I decided on the paper and make them all.

Thanks for following along on Valentine’s Day Project Journey.

I always love to hear from everyone and their ideas.

Until next time…

 

 

Valentine’s Cup of Sweetness

February 10, 2017

Good Morning,

 

 

Today I am sharing this tea cup I found on my Valentine’s Day quest for my son’s school. When I spotted this cut file in the Silhouette Store I knew I wanted to make it. It is actually considered a box (lidless) designed by Lori Whitlock.  While it may not work for the kids I think it strikes just the right tone for a teacher and staff gift.

Let’s get into it……

The completed tea cup measures approx. 2 5/8 (across the base) stands at 3 5/8 tall with an opening of 2 1/8. There is plenty of room to add a generous portion of treats. This cut file was relatively easy to put together. For the cup itself, you will need one sheet of 12×12 paper. It cuts two large pieces to form the base and sides of the cup. Then for the decorative layer (included in the file)  you could use either a 12 x12 patterned paper or a 6×6 pad would work as well.

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Bo Bunny’s “Head over Heels” collection  (circa 2013) has been hoarded in my stash since it came it out.  I finally decided it was time to break into it. I used it to cover the front and back and keeping things simple I used a flower piece from the 12×12 chipboard sheet. It was tempting to want to put a lot of embellishment’s on it but since I am giving out about ten and make something for the classrooms, I decided to be easy on myself and keep it simple.

As the title says this is a generous cup of sweetness as it can easily hold 20 to 30 pieces of Hershey Kisses. I could also see it holding cocoa packets, coffee or maybe a gift card with some other small items. OOOH! Bath crystals or heart shaped soaps would be nice too, then again chocolate works nicely. 🙂

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post of what I finally decided to make for the kid’s classrooms.

Are you making anything this Valentine’s Day?  Please feel free to share in comments about your crafty project.

Until next time……

 

 

 

Valentine’s DIY Frame

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a DIY  frame to share made from scraps of chipboard and Graphic 45 Mon Amour.  The idea was to make something simple I can quickly put out as a little Valentine’s Day decoration but not so intricate it is hard to put it away after the fact. What I really like is there isn’t any glass to be broken by a dog and three boys.

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The Base

I started with chipboard just shy of 2 mm thick

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and cut to 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 then covered it with the “True Love” sheet (black with writing) from the 8×8 pad.  I then layered it with another piece of chipboard cut to 4 3/16 by 6 3/16 and covered with the flowers paper.

 

I had a perfect piece of chipboard that had already been scored with a 1/4 inch gusset and enough width to make the frame stand firm. I could have done a hinge but having the extra gusset gives the angle I am looking for and added stability.

 

The Back and Stand

 

I am putting this on a sofa table, so it was important to cover the back as it will be seen from all directions.

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The striped stand with the gusseted top for stability.

I used just a basic black cardstock for the backside of the larger chipboard. Then  I was able to use a scrap from yesterday’s treat box. On the backside of the Bella Blvd. hearts is this black and white stripe design. I thought it was the perfect addition to the blank frame back.

 

 

 

Trim

I have had this beautiful cream 1 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon sitting in my stash forever that was perfect for this project.

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Leftover charms from making a mini album. Love the hearts and the key.

I wrapped it around, tied the bow then glued the tails down for a cleaner look. Going through my embellishments, I found these heart and key charms that seem to go nicely with the overall look of the frame. They are attached by using a light cream colored floss by Graphic 45. I gave them a little room to move but still be front and center. To add just a touch of bling I used the Kaiser Craft Rhinestone strip (approx. 12 inches) to go around the edge of the inner chipboard frame.

 

 

Finishing and Other Idea Options

I finished the project with a black and white photo of my youngest. I was thinking another option would be to not use a photo but really go town with tags, flowers and maybe a stamped sentiment. Another thought, instead of using a stamped sentiment maybe cut out Happy Valentine’s Day in one of the popular fun handwriting fonts.

 

Hope this gave you some ideas for your scraps of projects past, I would love to hear about them.

Until next time….

 

 

Nuvo Crystal Drops -New Obsession

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

This is just a quick share on adding to my latest product obsession, Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal Drops.  During the holiday season, Blitsy crafts had a  sale on these I couldn’t resist.  Here are my latest additions.

 

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Left to right: Wedgewood Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Pale Gold, Violet Galaxy, Rhubarb Crumble

 

These are currently one of my favorite products, it is embellishment in a bottle. Now they are offering some with sparkles. I picked these up with the fanciful thoughts of finishing some mini albums before Christmas. The pale gold went nicely with the Graphic 45 Christmas collection. While that didn’t work out at least, I thought ahead for Valentine’s Day!

If you are not familiar with these little bottles of dimensional fun, they are the equivalent of enamel dots. They work on all kinds of projects and materials by offering a nice finishing touch. I have used them on a scrapbook page as a way to finish a die cut, such as our orange tree in this layout below. They are also nice to add that little something to add to a corner or empty spot.

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Pictured drops are Ripened Pumpkin, Apple Green, and Buttermilk. The tree’s oranges are done with Ripened Pumpkin.

 

Anyways, I would love to hear from you any fellow “collectors” or enthusiast how you use them. This is a safe place if you would like to share about just your collection that is okay too. 🙂

Until next time.

*I am not compensated by Tonic Studios or Blitsy just sharing products I think would be enjoyed by my readers. 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes​

February 1, 2017

smaller-valentines-boxGood Morning,

I feel the need to apologize for being down these past couples of months, the end of the year brought a series of personal/ family issues that needed to take precedence. Things are still crazy but more of the “good” kind of crazy.  My heartfelt appreciation for those of you who are still with me.

Now, let’s get into today’s project.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I have started to work on some projects that are for home decor as well as gifts for my all my son’s school teachers and friends.  I am trying to figure out the best treat holder for mass production as I have about 50 plus I want to produce.

The Silhouette store had this cute little “3D Cracker Box” file by Lori Whitlock with finishing options of hearts, oval cut-out, and the oval scallop frame. This box cuts to over 9 inches (flat) which means one piece of 12×12 per box ( can get a little expensive for mass production). It folds up into an 8.5 inch (heart tip to heart tip) by 2inches with a depth of an inch. The length of the box portion is 5 1/8 in x 2 in. x 1 in. this creates a generous amount of treats.

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The paper is by Bella Blvd from their 2016 Valentine’s Collection

The file allows for either a window to be cut or to cut an oval layer to write or stamp on. Using the layer option I cut an oval piece of acetate little larger than the opening.

Tip: If you have not cut acetate on your Silhouette before I recommend using the cardstock setting (thickness) but slow the cutting speed down from the recommended speed.

Once the acetate was cut, it was a matter of getting it lined up securely. Acetate has a beautiful look, but it is a material that requires some care when handling. If using liquid glue, it is important to not have a 3-year-old distracting you. If it smears, the glue residue has to be removed which can be some work otherwise, it leaves a “fogged” spot. To help finish off the top of the window I added the scalloped oval to finish the edges.

Hershey Kisses dressed in their Valentine finery seemed like the perfect treat to pair with this box.  Then it was just a matter of adhering the flaps and tying the ribbon on each end.

Tell me what you think of this treat box in comments. There will be more treat box options coming this week along with some Valentine’s Day decorations.

Until next time……..

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