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Valentine Nugget Treat Bags

Hi friends! This morning I was looking for something on my computer, and I came across a folder entitled "Not Yet". Apparently on an organizing kick one day, I put all the photos of projects I hadn't blogged yet in a folder and then promptly forgot about them! There do seem to be a few little distractions in my life these days!  Anyhow, to my surprise I discovered these Valentine's Day treat bags I made very last minute last Valentine's Day for the boys' teachers.

Valentine Hershey Nugget Treat Bags by Julee Tilman www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com
I have always loved little Hershey nugget gifts. Even though they've been around for years and don't take much time at all, the recipients always seem so genuinely amazed by a bit of paper wrapped around a Hershey bar! {grin} The magic of stamping, right?

The papers I used for these are the Be Mine collection from Echo Park. It's been a favorite of mine for several years. I was happy to spy a bunch of collections of it at Tuesday Morning just this week, so you might still be able to find it.

I started by cutting strips of two different designs of Be Mine paper to cover the Hershey's Nuggets. I cut a 12" x 3 1/4" strip, then ran a line of sticky strip down one of the 12" edges with the design side up. Next I cut the strip into 1 1/8" sections and since they've all already got sticky strip on, I just had to pull off the covering on the sticky strip, wrap the paper around the nugget and seal. So much faster than adding adhesive to each wrapper individually! Once my nuggets were all covered, I started on the bag topper.

Valentine Hershey Nugget Treat Bags by Julee Tilman www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

For this particular bag I used a 4" x 4.5" a rose red cardstock piece, folded in half at 2" for the base layer. Next I stamped the 1.5" x 4" strips of white cardstock with the sentiment from More than Love. I matted this with a black mat, then cut some patterned paper pieces to use as accent.  The die cut hearts are cut with the Heart Quartet Die and then all layered together.

The bottom side of the card is stapled to the bag on each side, then I tied a bit of baker's twine around the top and secured the top flap with a piece of removable tape.

Enabler's List
StampsMore than Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Be Mine (Echo Park), rose red, basic black (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Accessories: Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), baker's twine, Hershey nuggets

Shabby Love

Hi friends! I'm back with another shabby chic card. When I saw the current inspiration photo at The Card Concept, I just couldn't help but reach for the new Love Story collection from Prima. It seemed the perfect fit. On a recent shopping trip to Tuesday Morning, I found this Love die and some bird embellishments, so I knew I had to find a way to incorporate them as well.

I started with a watercolor tag from Prima, watercoloring with the same watercolors I used in yesterday's card, then die cut the word Love from the center. I splattered some white and black indi ink and set aside.  Next I cut the love word again, then watercolored softly with the rose gold and inlaid.

This paper seemed to match the flowers in the photo, so I chose it as the backdrop, then started layering flowers from my stash.  I added some gold rose watercolor paint to some of them, then started in on the bird element.  It started out as a shiny silver bird, so I first coated it with a layer of heavy gesso, then added a whole lot of different colors of Finnabair wax to achieve the look I wanted.  I finished off with some white leaves, dusted with more of the rose gold watercolor and some vintage silk wax.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Enabler's List
Paper: Love Story (Prima), watercolor tag pad (Prima), white (Neenah)
Ink: Wild & Free watercolor collection (Designs by Rachel Beth), bombay india inks (Dr. Ph. Martins)
Accessories: flowers & leaves (Prima), Live Love Laugh die (Momenta), Salvaged stamped metal bird (BCI Crafts), paper distresser, vintage silk, white gold, rich copper, brushed iron Finnabair wax (Prima), hot glue gun

A Year of Joy

Hi friends! Welcome to another week! I had to take a short break from shabby chic cards to make a birthday card for my Dad. We had a joint birthday/Valentine celebration for him and hubby yesterday, since their birthdays are Feb. 14 and 15.  My Dad loved this card. He just turned 75 and it was fun to see the delight in his eyes as he paraded the card around to everyone to show them the "special" card I'd made. I think that right there is why I love cardmaking so much.. the delight it brings to the recipient.

Anyhow, I recently found a local artist that makes handmade watercolors and I had to give them a try. I love supporting handmade and local and these watercolors are such a treat. Packaged so sweetly and super fun to play with, with rich, creamy pigments. I may have *had to* help hubby out with my Valentine's present by ordering some more for myself from her etsy shop over the weekend!  LOL

I started by stamping the balloons from Birthday Bash in archival ink, then watercoloring with the two aquas. I like to keep colors simple for my dad, since he is red/green color blind.  I then made some rough masks for the balloon sections and splattered the two blues and the yellow over the whole panel.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Cake & Candles on the side and then accented with a bit of baker's twine. Next I watercolored two little wood confetti stars, then coated them with nuvo drops and layered together to accent the string.  A bit of black behind the side adds a bit of interest and also hides that my watercolor paper and card base aren't quite the same color of white. (twitch, twitch)

And there you have it, a simple and quick masculine birthday card.  Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous start to your week.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday BashCake & Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor distress cardstock (Ranger), white (Neenah), basic black (SU!)
Ink: letter-it black archival (Ranger), Wild & Free watercolor collection (Designs by Rachel Beth)
Accessories: baker's twine, wood veneer confetti stars, nuvo drops, paper distresser
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