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Saturday, 26 February 2011


Dear Reader

Here's my blog celebrating this year's Valentines Day. Went to town on my table (shared with family in case you're wondering!)...... and it all got a bit pink with hearts everywhere. I love a theme!

And here's my Valentine's project. Yes, it's a Laura Denison project design - promise I will post something else soon! I made the box for Maurice so kept it fairly plain and there's not a flower in sight, if you ignore the tiny red rose on the charm. And it's too tiny to count!

The papers are Parisiene Anthology by Pink Paisley. I absolutely adore them and had to give myself a good talking to along the lines of "for goodness sake it's just paper Anne" in order to bring myself to use them. I may have to get them again! All the metalware is Tim Holtz apart from the little tag which is Making Memories. The edging is Boyes. I love this kind of crafting - creating something 3D from a bit of card and paper is so satisfying !

Inside the box is a little matching mini album. The cover paper is another "saver" - this time a My Minds Eye glittered bird paper. Other papers are Pink Paislee again.

I put a few love tokens inside the box including a little altered wood heart. I bought it as a Christmas decoration from B & Q for pence in the sale after Christmas. Paper is from Running with Scissors sale and I think it's Bo Bunny - sides inked with Brilliance Ink Pad - Starlight Black. Charm is another from Making Memories.

I also made some postcards to go in the box to my own design and taste. As a starting point I found some love quotes. I always think it's easier to start projects with the words and design to them. I tried to finish all the postcards in half an hour - from thoughts to finished item (not including the fronts of the postcards which are all stamped like postcards and which I'll post another time - forgot to take pictures - ooops). Some took a little less time some a little more but I'm trying to keep focussed on projects or I can spend ages looking for some charm that I know I've got somewhere but have lost.

First one is very simple - three cuttlebugged hearts on some Valentines Bo Bunny paper - edged with a Martha Stewart punch and decorated with some Jenni Bowlin buttons.

The second uses some paper from the Running with Scissors sale, a die cut star from my stash 'vintaged' with some inks and a bit of wax supported by a fancy paper clip from Habico (RWS), a 7 Gypsies card and a little bouquet of roses made from tiny paper tea roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The third postcard I used a scrap of vintage writing paper from my stash, another scrap made into a doilly using a MS edging Round the Page punch, a Making Memories charm and a lock and key cut out from a Spellbinders die and then distressed with inks and wax. I also embossed a heart into the doilly using my Christmas present the Cropadile Three (thanks Moz).

No 4 was the quickest card to make. Some more of the Bo Bunny paper, a pair of wings stamped with a Tattered Angels stamp in Archival Coffee then cut out and a little cherub charm from my stash. I just loved this quote.

No 5 uses a lovely die - the Tim Holtz birdcage which is very cute and versatile. Backing paper is a scrap of Martha Stewart nature paper (love all the bird names) . I gave the bird a crown. After all Love is 'King' !! The eagle eyed will spot another of my deliberate mistakes a missing pearl. Wish I could say it was deliberate and I was echoing the 'broken' theme, but it would be a lie! It fell off!

And for those of you still awake the final card and my favourite No 6. Moz and I both love piano music and I thought this was a perfect quote to use some paper I bought from Running with Scissors and a little charm which I think came from The Works. The flower is from a scrapbooking class and never got attached to the page lol I've added a lovely big 'diamond' jewel to its middle. This is just one from the box of jewels Maurice bought me for Christmas!!! I added a velvet ribbon and bobs your uncle there were my postcards finished.

Have a good week! Anne x

1 comment:

  1. Wow wow wow, this is the little box Anita have just made, yours is stunning Anne, I love how you kept it masculine ( as always mine ended up looking like an explosion in a flower store !) THe little postcards and matching mini are amazing too, I have no idea how you manage to cram so much into your already superbusy schedule, your table looks lovely, tres chic, hope you are both well, Dad said Maurice was looking much better last time he saw him - hope he is finally on the mend - have a fantastic week xxx