Valentine’s Day care package gifts

Hello.  I have been making small gifts from paper to put in Valentine’s Day care packages I’m sending to my daughter, a college student I’m mentoring and a few other loved ones living out of town.

Tic tac mint holders are one of my favorite things to put in care packages since they are inexpensive, small and cute.  For these Tic Tac holders I used a free svg cutting file  from Simply Crafty svgs.  The box was easy to assemble and I used the heart cut-outs from the front to decorate the backs of the boxes.  The papers I used were “Darling” by crate paper (left) and “My Story” by My Mind’s Eye.

I used this Silhouette cutting file to cut out the pieces for this nail polish holder.  I added a bottle of red nail polish for an easy gift.

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This pencil decoration cutting file is by Lori Whitlock.  She offered it as a free file a few weeks ago on her blog.  I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  I added a Valentine’s Day pencil for a quick gift for a student.

I used a free cutting file from Dreaming Tree to make these cute boxes which I plan to fill with chocolate candies.  Dreaming Tree is also offering a free tootsie pop holder cutting file for Valentine’s Day that I want to try.

For the candy box on the left I used the paper “Story” from Authentique.  For the box on the right I made the cutting file smaller so it would fit on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper.  I then did a “print and cut” using my printer and Silhouette Cameo to cut out the paper pieces.  The paper patterns I used are from “Lucky in Love” by Dani which I downloaded from Snap Click.  I have become a big fan of $1 Wednesday on Snap Click and I usually download a few paper patterns each week.

I have finally gotten my Silhouette Cameo to reliably read the registration marks and cut out the printed designs so I have been doing more print and cut designs. The Cameo registration reading always fails on the first try but usually works the second time after I click on the retry automatically selection. (I have no idea why this happens but at least it is predictable.)  I also have to be sure to line up my cutting mat with the arrows on the left and to have plenty of light shining on the cutting blade area.

I really like the “Lucky in Love” paper patterns and have used them for several projects. For this card I used one of these patterns for the background.  This card was designed by Lori Whitlock.  I have enjoyed making many of the cards from Lori’s series of pop-up box cards.  Lori’s files are color coded and easy to cut and assemble.  The finished card fits nicely in a square envelope.  I don’t recall ever seeing a real hedgehog in person but they look really cute and cuddly on the card.

 

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Shaker Elements for Cards

Hello.  I wanted to share a quick method I discovered for making shaker-type decorations using clear vinyl and Silhouette double-sided adhesive sheets.  I originally purchased the clear vinyl at Hobby Lobby in the fabric area to make these cute pouches with vinyl cut-outs.  Then I got side-tracked making these shaker decorations with the vinyl.  I am excited about making the shaker decorations with other shapes for birthday cards and other holidays.

Here’s a step-by-step description for making the shaker decorations:

First, here is the finished product so you know what we are working toward:

Heart shaker 1

The supplies I used were Silhouette double-sided adhesivedouble-sided adhesive clear vinyl, a background paper and paper for the frame on top.

 

 

 

Clear vinyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first step is to cut out four hearts.  Going from left to right in the photo below, the first heard is the background paper, second is the double-sided adhesive frame, third is the clear vinyl (on top of pink paper so I can see it) and the fourth is the top frame.  In the Silhouette Cameo software I used the offset feature to make the frames from a heart shape.

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Next place your shiny decorations (sequins, hearts, stars) in the middle of the background paper.  I grouped them in the center so they wouldn’t get caught in the adhesive.  Then peel off one side of the adhesive heart frame and stick it to the edge of the background paper.  Then peel off the other side of the adhesive and stick the clear vinyl on top so that the vinyl covers the shiny decorations.  The adhesive is sticky and the vinyl is difficult to see.  If your pieces don’t line up perfectly don’t worry about it.  You can always trim the decoration at the end with scissors.

Heart shaker 2

Finally use a Tape Glider or other tape adhesive to glue the frame paper on top.  (I tried using Martha Stewart gel adhesive but it wouldn’t stick to the vinyl.)  I then shook the decoration to disperse the shiny decorations in a nice pattern.

Heart shaker 1

I used these shaker decorations on my Valentine cards.

Valentine shaker red

Valentine shaker pink

The paper used in the pink card is Stamped Hearts from the Paper Studio.  The background paper in the red card is from My and My Big Ideas.   The “love with straight arrow” design is by Jamie Cripps.   For the red card I used the Sizzix embossing folder French Script.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cute Elephant Valentine Card

Cute Elephant Valentine Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cheery heart border was a free download file today in the Freebie Friday Newsletter from My Scrap Chick website.  The border was perfect for this sweet Valentine elephant paper piecing pattern from the Silhouette Design Store.  I used a Silhouette sketch pen to draw the marks on the elephant’s trunk after my attempts at cutting the marks didn’t work very well.

–Debbie

 

Valentine Cards With Rosettes

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I love rosettes.  They seem to go perfectly with Valentine’s Day crafts.  The paper called “Adore” by Authentique made very pretty rosettes.  As usually happens to me I had a few unexpected problem.  I used pink heart brads to fasten the vellum to the first card so that adhesive wouldn’t show through the vellum.  But I did this as my final step and the brad backs were visible on the inside of the card.  (I covered them up with paper hearts.)  Another problem was that as I was heat embossing the vellum bits of the embossing powder clung to the vellum around the stamp.  I tried blowing on it and tapping the vellum on the table but I couldn’t get rid of the extra sprinkles.  If anyone has a way to get rid of these extra sprinkles I would appreciate hearing about it.

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Valentine Rosette 1

 

 

Special materials used to make these cards:

Papers:  “Adore” from the collection Lovely by Authentique and “Darling” from the collection Fourteen by Crate Paper Inc.

For embossing:  Perfect Medium stamp pad by Ranger, Red and Gold Glitter embossing powder by Paper Source

Stamp:  “be mine” by craft smart from Michael’s Stores

Punch:  “Heart” from Martha Stewart

Brads:  Recollections Glitter Hearts Brads

Silhouette Cameo design:  3d rosette by Lori Whitlock