Sunday, 22 January 2012

Sweet Valentine

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! At my last technique class, we were showcasing things from Stampin' Up!'s new Occasions Mini that started January 4th. I love, love, LOVE this catalogue. So many great new tools and beautiful stamp sets. Here's a 3D item that we did: (CASE'd from Carla Blake at and tweaked a bit to simplify it as this was just one of three projects.
 Sorry I'm not the best photographer. My colour quality is a little off too. I used the Everyday Enchantment DSP (Designer Series Paper for you newbies out there) from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue (which starts TUESDAY!! EEK! Are you excited? I'm excited). Coordinating colours are Riding Hood Red, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, and Pool Party. Yum.
 Here's a different angle. To make the box (which contains two chocolates. I forgot to take a picture of it open - ooops!) you'll need the new Hearts Collection Framelits (Mini Catalogue Pg 6 Item# 125599) for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Cut out two of the largest Heart Framelit in DSP and two using the firm card stock backing that comes in each package of DSP. This helps it to be sturdy without being too thick for the Framelits. (They shouldn't really be used for anything heavier than that. Cut single sheets only or else you won't get a very clean cut).  Once you have all your pieces cut, glue them together (I prefer Tombow Multi for this). I sponged the edges of both hearts with Soft Suede Classic Ink. Then take an empty button or brad container and attach it to the heart top and bottom with glue dots. Wrap a piece of DSP around the outside of the container and secure with sticky strip.
The Fun Flowers Bigz Die makes such a pretty addition to the box, don't you think? I cut two of each size with the Big Shot using Riding Hood Red card stock and then stamped an image from Bordering On Romance (Mini Catalogue Pg 11 Item# 125480(W) 125482(C)) using Real Red Ink. (Mainly because I don't own the Riding Hood Red ink pad yet. I will soon, just not yet. Gasp). I also sponged around the edges using Real Red and I really like it. It's subtle and I was going for subtle. To bling things up a bit, we added one of the new Large Pearls (Mini Catalogue Pg 26 Item# 125577) which conveniently are self-adhesive having a glue dot on their backside. I then tied a bow using Lucky Limeade Organza Ribbon from the Sale-a-bration catty (sad looking, but still a bow) onto a trinket crown (for the king or queen in your life) and affixed with another glue dot. Love those. The finishing touches were a couple of leaves and a snippet of Crochet Trim. Gorgeous. Too bad I already showed my husband to see what he thought. Now I have to come up with something ELSE for him that he hasn't seen yet.

Do you like it? I think my stamp club liked it. They certainly liked the chocolates that were to go inside. Good thing I had extras. It's always good to create and eat chocolate. Gets the creative juices flowing...

Come back again. I've got LOTS more projects to share! Even some of my own never-been-seen-before-my-very-own-personal-creations!

Have fun!


Supply List:
Hearts Collection Framelits (Mini Catalogue Pg 6 Item# 125599)
Large Pearls (Mini Catalogue Pg 26 Item# 125577)
Bordering on Romance(Mini Catalogue Pg 11 Item# 125480(W) 125482(C))
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (IB&C Pg 215 Item#113439)
Fun Flowers Bigz Die (IB&C Pg 221 Item# 121812)
Trinket Crown (IB&C Pg200 Item# 121891)
Mini Glue Dots (IB&C Pg 206 Item# 103683)
Tombo Multi (IB&C Pg 206 Item# 110755)
Sticky Strip (IB&C Pg 206 Item#104294)

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