Sunday, January 23, 2011

All Tied Up Over You! - PKS Let's Face it Friday X's and O's

This is a valentine card that I made for the Peachy Keen Stamps "Let's Face it Friday X's and O's" Challenge.

Starting with an A2 size card made from Michaels Reflection Gem paper in Red.  
Adding a 4"x5.25" cream mat.   
Stringing red with white polka-dot ribbon onto the mat, adhering it to the back with tape.  
Mounted the mat to the card.   
Cut one 2.75" heart from the Designer Calendar hiding the "Be Mine" text when cutting the heart.   
Stamped the face from my PKS Basic Doll set and colored in the tongue using my Martha Stewart Arts & Craft Marker Set.
Added cheeks to the face with chalk.   
Added the phrase to the top of the card and weaved the heart between the ribbons.   
Also added the XO sentiment at the bottom of the card after coloring the chipboard letters from Arts-licious.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Valentine Chocolate Tin, MPS Challenge

I created 4 Valentine Chocolate Tins for the MPS Design Challenge.   Robyn is choosing two new guest designers for her blog over at   For the challenge a new project must be created using the Cricut or Imagine and using Robyn's favorite colors of pink, green and brown.

Each tin will be lined with tissue paper then filled with hand dipped chocolates from The Parrot Confectionery in Helena MT ( and given to each of my kids for Valentines Day.    Just like each of my kids, each tin is different.   I used the same colors Pink, Green, Brown and White.

I started out with EK Success Lunch Boxes that measure 4.6" by 5.4".   For 3 of the boxes I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Watermelon and Citrus to color the base of the tins.   The 4th tin was left white.   Due to the nature of the Inks the two Watermelon tins each looks completely different, which is why this product is such a joy to work with.

I then used my Gypsy to cut two rounded rectangles from the Georges Cartridge for each tin.  I used DCWV Sweet and  Be Mine paper stacks.   Each rectangle is cut at 4.88" x 4".   This left a border around each side of the tin for a matted look.

I then used the following cartridges for three of the tins:   Smiley Cards (heart face),  Doodlecharms (Jar), Wild Card (heart), Accent Essentials (Flower).   Each of these embellishments was cut from scrap paper in pink, brown, green and white.   The flowers are layered with Pop-Dot between each one to give it a lift.

Each tin also includes a tag in shades of green with chalked edges in brown, the tags were embellished with a rub-on from American Crafts Mini Marks and 3 gems from I-ROCK.  The sides of the tins are punched 3 times using my large Crop-A-Dile, each hole is then secured with a large eyelet (green for the pink and white tins, pink for the green tin).   Through the holes I tied ribbon.   The handles of the tins were wrapped in ribbon.   Each tin sports 5 different ribbons.

One tin I created the words "Adore" and "Love" using Artsy-licious chipboard letters.  I also used around the block Tags on two of the tins, each tag secured to the tin by a ribbon tied to the handle then draped over the front of the tin.  One tin also sports a Vita Bella chipboard swirl by Yellow Bicycle, and a KI Softie butterfly clip.