Old School Valentine

Valentine-angledGood morning crafters!  Today,  I have another project to share with you using a great DCWV stack called Jet Black (available at Jo-Ann).  I have been using this stack a lot in the last few weeks for all things Valentines – from a masculine card to cookie sleeves to treat poppers!  Today, I thought I would share a little shaker card that brought me back to my paper crafting roots!

Now, I have a confession to make –this card was created with just some paper, ribbon, ruler, a good old fashioned craft knife and some adhesive.  I simply figured out my paper sizes, traced the letters on the back and cut them out.  Once I glued on the clear film (which happened to be recycled backing from stickers), I added some foam tape, filled the letters with confetti and I was all done!  No fancy tools needed!

Valentine-closeupNow that is not to say that I didn’t try to create this with fancy tools, but at the end of the day, the ones that were there for me when I needed them were the same ones I was armed with when I first started making cards and paper crafts (I will save you gory details of what went on before I decided to go old school – let’s just say that my cutting machine and I are on the outs right now).

And at the end of the day, it’s fun to know that every part of this card is handmade – right down to the slightly “wonky” letter O!  It may have taken me a bit longer to make, but this little 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card is all me (and DCWV and The Ribbon Resource of course)!  It kind of makes me want to go and cut out a bunch of valentine hearts like I used to when I was a kid – you know, the ones you made by folding the paper in half first!  I think I may have caught the “old school” bug!

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Valentine Sweets

Good morning crafty friends!  Today, I wanted to give you a little sneak peak of a project I have up over on the DCWV blog today!  Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and while I am a huge fan of chocolate, I thought it might be fun to try something a little bit different! 

Cookies sleeves!!!  Whether you make your own or pick some up from your favourite store or bakery, these little sleeves will make you want to give yourself a little Valentine treat!

This stack is called Jet Black and it is available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts. Come on over to the DCWV blog for details!   And if you love it as much as I do, I created a card earlier this month for May Arts for our Cardmaker hop that you might want to see!

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Cardmaker Hop

Good morning crafty friends!  I am so excited for you to be popping by today!  The Ribbon Resource has teamed up on CardMaker‘s Valentine-themed hop today, and there is all sorts of love on the internet today!

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Originally, I was going to put together some treat containers, but I decided to tackle a card for two reasons – one is that I haven’t been making a lot of cards lately, but the other is because I wanted to see what I could come up with for a more masculine card.  There are all sorts of pretty paper and cute stamps for Valentine’s Day, but what could I find in my stash that might work for the guys in our lives?

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I love black and white for Valentine’s Day!  I think it provides an awesome contrast to just a pop of red – a heart cutout like I did here or a button or just a bit of bling.  There are all sorts of great graphic black and white papers out there – this one happens to be from one of our partner companies DCWV (the stack is called Jet Black).  And here’s a little tip for you – raid your don’t put away your Christmas-themed paper yet!  You will find all sorts of great red patterned paper that will work for Valentine’s day – some might be filled with candy canes and Santa’s but I guarantee that you will also find some generic reds that will be perfect (like this polka-dotted one that I found).

Cardmaker-bowNow cards usually feel really naked to me without a bow, so I topped this one off with 3/4″ Chevron Twill in black and white. I love this size for cards – I can get a “puffy” look without a huge amount of bulk.  I actually had a tutorial up at The Ribbon Resource on how to tie this bow (it was even with this ribbon – check it out here).


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Now, if you feeling like the bow is a little to “girly”, there are still some great things you can do with the ribbon to add texture!  Off on one side, I actually just looped a piece of the Chevron Twill and glued it in between to pieces of paper I was layering.  It’s a subtle detail, but it breaks apart the predictable lines, adds some texture and definition.  If you are only going with the loops, try two of three up one side of the card!

Well, I will not keep you any longer because you have a lot of hopping to do!  There are giveaways along the way from (like $two $25.00 gift cards to the RR), so make sure to comment and enter where you can!

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Christmas Hop with DCWV

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Good morning crafters!  I am really excited about today’s post!  This week, two of my favourite companies are teaming up for some Christmas crafting fun, and today is one of my days to share a little project with you!

Every  Christmas for the last three years or so, I have gone on a bit of a chocolate bar wrapper kick!  I love making these little wrappers – not only do they serve as greeting card, but they have a yummy treat inside for the recipient that pulls out in such a fun way!

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The ribbon holds everything in place until the recipient is wants to break in!  Not only can you make them in any size you want, but they also won’t break the bank even if you are making a whole bunch!

For this version, I teamed up the Merry Memories DCWV stack with three different ribbons from the Ribbon Resource:

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The canvas ribbons are perfect for this project because they are really smooth and slide nicely against the paper.  At 3/4″, they are also just the right size to create a substantial bow that is a good proportion to the treat you have tucked inside!

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Oh, and the mini pompom ribbon – I mean come on…how cute is this stuff!  It adds a perfect bit of texture to make the sentiment really stick out.  I think I might be a bit obsessed with this ribbon for the Christmas season!

There are three of us up today for May Arts/Ribbon Resource that have projects to share with you today!

And don’t forget to pop on over to the Ribbon Resource blog as well as over to DCWV’s blog to find out more about this week’s fun and to be entered into the giveaway!  Both companies have multiple chances to win, so make sure you get your name in!  Thanks for stopping by!

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