Surfing the net…

Jan 18, 2009 by

There is no supply list post today as you already have the list of products needed for this weeks projects. This being the case I thought I would surf the net to see what fun things I could find. Lets just say there are a LOT of Valentine projects out there. Below are just a few of my finds. Have fun looking.

Heart Candle Wreath

Keepsake Rose Hearts

Lovely Table Setting for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Decor

Entertaining Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Projects for Kids

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“Be Mine” Altered Office Tag…

Jan 19, 2009 by

This is one of my favorite projects in this workshop. I love it’s simple feel. Reminds me of a possible Valentine my grandmother would have made for my grandfather. I also like the little fingerprint smudges placed to resemble that of someone who just finished eating a little chocolate sweet.

Altered Tag

Supplies Needed:
Office Tag
Miniature Flower Bunch
Velvet Trim
Brown & White Baker’s Twine
Small Rhinestone
Ledger Paper
Dresden Trim (Pink)
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown)
Adhesive

Tools Needed:
Scissors
Distressing Tool (Tim Holtz has a great one)

Instructions:
1. Optional: Using a sewing machine sew a straight stitch all along the inner edge of your tag
2. Distress and lightly ink the edges of your tag
3. Adhere a small bunch of flowers to the center of your tag
4. Cut a strip of velvet trim approx. 1.5″, trim each end
5. Adhere over stem of flower bunch, attach twine bow on top of velvet trim, attach rhinestone to center of twine bow

Altered Office Tag

6. Type or print “Be Mine” onto ledger paper
7. Distress and lightly ink edges
8. Adhere saying to tag just below flower bunch
9. To make it look as though someone picked up the tag with a little chocolate on their fingers just add a slight amount of Creamy Brown Ink to your fingertips and gently touch the tag so you transfer a slight fingerprint.

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First you might want to practice on a scrap piece of paper. Once you get the inked fingerprint the shade you want go for the tag.

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Vintage Valentines…

Jan 20, 2009 by

These sweet valentine cards were given to Purell Williams as stated on the back from several of his classmates… Barney, Mary, Harold, Emory and Hugh. I can only imagine the excitement these school kids had while sharing their Valentines. Inside the card given by Mary reads…

If I could get your ear a minute, Here’s what I think I’d whisper in it. ~I L*** Y**

I can only imagine the gasp heard all around on the playground.!

Vintage Valentines

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Felt Heart Ornament…

Jan 21, 2009 by

This simple to create felt ornament can be used to decorate a bottle of wine during a Valentine’s Day dinner or given to a friend with a sweet sentiment written on the back. I think several of these grouped together and placed on a feather tree or plain wired type tree would look very sweet as a Valentine’s Day centerpiece. Several could even be strung together from baker’s twine to create a little garland. I love the simplistic look of red felt next to an old book page. Something so sweet about this combination that always makes me think of years past.

Felt Heart on Wine Bottle

Supplies Needed:
Red Felt
Book Page
Crepe Paper Streamer
Golden Rod Stickles
Embroidery Floss
Gold Button with Rhinestone Center
White Seam Binding or Ribbon

Heart Template (You will only be using the medium and large sized hearts for this project. The smaller template will be used in another project.)

Tools Needed:
Needle
Scissors
Decorative Scissors (Pinking)
Adhesive

Instructions:
1. Print heart templates, cut out
2. Trace large heart template onto book page, cut out using decorative scissors
3. Trace smaller heart onto red felt and onto chipboard, cut out felt heart using decorative scissors and chipboard heart using straight scissors
4. Cut a piece or crepe paper streamer 12″ long, fold in half and gather at the folded end all along the end, pull tight, double knot (here is a ribbon flower tutorial)
5. Accent edges of crepe paper flower using Platinum Stickles, let dry
6. Adhere rhinestone button to center of crepe paper flower
7. Adhere White Seam Binding to back of Heart to create hanger
8. Adhere book page heart to the back of chipboard heart and on top of seam binding hanger
9. Adhere felt heart to the front of the chipboard heart
10. Adhere crepe paper flower to center of felt heart

Crepe Paper Rosette

11. Create bow using Seam Binding or Ribbon and adhere to top of heart near hanger.

Felt Heart

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Vintage Valentines…

Jan 22, 2009 by

These valentines were given to Purell from Mary Elizabeth and Paul with a simple little greeting of “Be my Valentine.” I love the outer edge on each card. They are cut so beautifully. I think accenting these with glitter or Stickles would make a gorgeous valentine.

Although I must admit, each time I look at the one of the little boy it makes me think he might have just eaten his special Valentine’s box of candy or at least sampled a few of the sweets inside. To me he looks so mischievous.

Vintage Valentines

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Secret Sentiments Box…

Jan 23, 2009 by

Everyone loves a little surprise and that is just what the recipient of this secret box will get… a sweet little surprise. When the box is opened they will find a little heart with Hugs and Kisses awaiting.

Secret Sentiment Box

Supplies Needed:
Acrylic Paint – Rose Petal (Making Memories)
Acrylic Paint Dabber – Metallic Silver (Ranger)
Fine Silver Glass Glitter
Crystal Lacquer
Ledger Bookkeeper (Making Memories)
Chipboard Heart
Miniature Pink Flowers
Paper Mache Box 1.75″ W x 2.5″ L x 1.5″ H
Pink Sand Seam Binding ½” (Martha Stewart Crafts)

Tools Needed:
Bowl, Tray or Paper Plate (for glitter)
Decorative Scissors (Pinking)
Scissors
Strong Liquid Glue
Off White Thread (optional)
Paint Brush
Sewing Machine (optional)
Spoon (for glitter)

Instructions:
1. Paint outer top and sides of Paper Mache Lid Silver, allow to dry
2. Paint underside of Paper Mache Lid as well as inner and outer portions of Paper Mache Box Rose Petal, allow to dry
3. Paint Chipboard Heart Silver
4. Cover top of Paper Mache Lid with a thin layer of Crystal Lacquer, while still wet hold lid over a bowl, tray or paper plate (I prefer a paper plate, once finished glittering, fold paper plate in half just a tad and pour glitter back into container, super easy clean up) apply Antique Silver Glass Glitter using a spoon, now apply Crystal Lacquer to one side of Paper Mache Lid, while still wet apply Antique Silver Glass Glitter, repeat steps until all sides of Paper Mache Lid are covered with Antique Silver Glass Glitter, set aside and allow to dry. (I placed the underside of my lid on top of a paint bottle so the sides would not touch and adhere)

Easy way to dry let lid dry

5. Cover top of Chipboard Heart with a thing layout of Crystal Lacquer, while still wet apply Antique Silver Glass Glitter as instructed above, allow to dry
6. Cut a 6 inch piece of ½” Pink Sand Seam Binding, wrap around the Millinery Flowers stem twice, double knot
7. Cut Ledger Bookkeeper patterned paper using Pinking decorative scissors to 1.5″ x 2.25″
8. Optional: Using a sewing machine, sew a straight stitch all around the edge of your paper rectangle, bend edges upward to give a distressed look

Machine Stitched Ledger Paper

9. Using a strong Liquid Glue, adhere paper rectangle to top of glittered lid
10. Using a strong Liquid Glue, adhere Miniature Pink Flower bunch on top of paper rectangle

Altered lid

11. Adhere glittered Chipboard Heart onto the inside bottom of Paper Mache Box

Surprise Inside

12. Adhere sentiment XOXO just underneath glittered Chipboard Heart place lid on top of box

Finished Box

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Sweets…

Jan 24, 2009 by

Infinity bowls are really fun to use around the holidays. I have this bowl filled with Hershey’s Kisses. Underneath I filled the empty space with red metallic garland with hearts and cupids attached. Then I added a strand of red lights. The strand is battery operated so no cord shows. The bowl is placed on top of some pink tulle that I gathered. It looks so festive at night.

Infinity Bowl with Kisses

At the dinner table for our red dinner I place lollipops at each place setting for the girls.

Heart Lollipops

After dinner we have this wonderful Chocolate Fondue and Heart Marshmallow treat by Williams-Sonoma. This is our big treat and it is so good. They have LOTS of great sweets for your sweet. I especially LOVE this! Not a sweet but what a beautiful decoration.

Soooo Yummy!

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Supply List Week 2…

Jan 25, 2009 by

Supplies Needed:
Cream Felt
Pink Felt
Cream Embroidery Floss
Light Pink Embroidery Floss
2 Pearl Buttons
8 Miniature Flowers
Brown & White Baker’s Twine
Pink Tulle
Chandelier Pieces
Red Glass Glitter
Iridescent or Clear/Pearl Glitter
White Paint
Making Memories Paint (Cranberry) or any red paint that is close the color of your glitter
Elmer’s School Glue no run Gel
Maya Road Heart Chipboard Coaster (or use template provided)
White Crepe Paper Streamer
Cream Embroidery Floss
Smooth White Cardstock or Heavy Weight Computer Paper
6 Silver Eyelets
White Seam Binding or Ribbon
Red & White Twine or Red and White Embroidery Floss
Platinum Stickles
Red Chenille Bump Stems
White Chenille Bump Stems
Red or White Embroidery Floss
Silver Pipe Cleaners
Red Glass Glitter or Christmas Red Stickles
Iridescent Glitter or Diamond Stickles

Tools Needed:
Pencil
Paint Brush
Decorative Scissors (Pinking)
Scissors
Hole Punch
Eyelet Setter
Spoon & Bowl
Needle
Adhesive (Fabri-Tac)
Disappearing Ink Pen (Found in the fabric section)
Bowl, Tray or Paper Plate (for glitter)
Spoon (for glitter)
Strong Liquid Glue
Off White Thread (optional)
Sewing Machine (optional)

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Heart Pick…

Jan 26, 2009 by

This little cutie will look gorgeous tucked into a floral arrangement or placed in a small bud vase as it’s holder. Several of these running down the center of your dinner table which are staggered in height would look fabulous. And if you have a candlelight dinner the shimmer from the glitter caught by the candlelight would be gorgeous.

Glittered Heart Pick

Supplies Needed:
Maya Road Chipboard Heart
Making Memories Cranberry Paint
White Paint
Iridescent or Clear/Pearl Glitter
Red Glass Glitter
White Crepe Paper Streamer
Silver Pipe cleaner
Platinum Stickles
Embroidery Floss
White Cardstock or heavy computer paper
Rhinestones
Red Seam Binding
White Seam Binding

Heart Template

Tools:
Decorative Scissors (Pinking)
Elmer’s No Run Gel School Glue
Strong Adhesive or Glue Gun
Paint Brush

Instructions:
1. Print out Heart Templates (same template as in the Felt Heart Ornament) onto computer paper and cut out
2. Using the templates trace 2 Large and 1 Small Heart onto chipboard, cut out large hearts using pinking scissors, small heart using straight edge scissors
3. Paint large hearts using Cranberry paint or paint color similar to the glitter you will be using, let to dry
4. Paint the small heart white or similar to the glitter you will be using, let dry
5. Create a crepe paper rosette, trim to fit size of large heart center
6. Apply Platinum Stickles to the edge of your paper rosette, let dry
7. Apply Elmer’s No Run Glue School Glue to front of each heart, glitter 2 large hearts using red glass glitter and 1 small heart using iridescent or clear/pearl glitter, let dry
8. Print “Be my Valentine” onto white cardstock, Font French Script MT Size 26, cut out snip a V on the ends to create a banner look
9. Outline the edge of your banner using Platinum Stickles, let dry

Glittered Heart Pick

10. Attach crepe paper rosette to center of
11. Create a circle out of the Silver pipe cleaner and attach to the back of the small heart
12. Attach to the front center of one red glittered heart (I found using a hot glue gun worked best)
13. Attach your “Be my Valentine” banner on top of iridescent heart
14. Attach 3 rhinestones to the top of the iridescent heart
15. Using a strong glue attach silver pipe cleaner to the back of the front red glittered heart
16. Paint a small dowel cranberry red, let dry
17. Using a strong glue attach painted dowel to the back of the front red glittered heart
18. Attach second heart to back of dowel

Glittered Heart Pick Back

19. Cut red and white seam binding to approx., tie streamers at base of heart

Glittered Heart Pick

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Vintage Valentines…

Jan 27, 2009 by

These valentines are from Harriette, Meribal, Maynard and Carlie. I think Carlie and Meribal might have a little crush on Purell… here is what their valentines say…

MeribalI’m hopin’ and I’m wishin’ too for one word ~ can’t you guess? When I say, “Be my Valentine!” that you will answer ~ YES!

Carlie… I love you every single day a lot more than you think and if you’ll be my Valentine I’ll just be tickled pink.

I wonder who was able to tug on Purell’s heart strings the most and win him over?

Vintage Valentines

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