All You Need is Love

Da da da da da. All you need is love.... Hi everyone! Happy Friday! And doubly happy because tonight from 9-11PM Eastern is our Release Party over in the Verve forum. Be there or be square! LOL

I spent yesterday evening stuffing stamps, then all night working on getting the website ready and now it's almost 5:00 am and I'm typing up my blog post and hoping to get a few hours of shut eye before my sister comes to help me package more stamps! So I'd suggest you grab a cup of joe, because the sleepier I am the chattier I get! LOL

I have a couple of things to show you today. The first is a sneak peek of the final set, called Love's Flower. This set was inspired by two awesome quotes Jen del Muro and Jackie Pedro submitted. Jen picked a John Lennon quote with the idea that it would be a great quote for wedding cards. And Jackie picked a John Lennon quote wrapped inside a Charles M Schulz (the Peanuts creator) quote. I love them both! And of course I had to throw in a few flowery things and all-around sentiments to round out the set.

My project was completely inspired by the Peanuts quote and also counts for Sankari's 3D Challenge. I knew I wanted to make a little holder for a big ole' chocolate bar. And I must have been truly inspired because I even designed my own little box for it! Now, those of you who've been around my blog for the past few years know that I'm not one of those crafty people who are engineering boxes and things in my sleep. I totally try to leave all those measurements to the talented people who create templates and share them with the rest of the world. But I don't remember seeing a template like what I wanted, so I set out to make my own box. Now it's not rocket science and I'm sure I'm not the first person to think it up, but it's functional and I like it.

Anyhow, I'm a little too tired to go into the specifics of the box making, but if you want me to, I can do that at a later date. I started by inking up just the top half of the Peanuts quote and embossing it with Chocolate Chip ink on a Labels 6 Nestabilities die cut, then cut in half. Next I sponged around the inside edges with some Tattered Rose distress ink, then stamped the flower silhouette in chocolate chip on kraft cardstock and added a strip of cardstock embossed with the Vines Sizzix folder and finished off with an epoxy button from the Artsy.Licious line by Chatterbox.

For the inside I stamped the other half of the sentiment in chocolate chip and then tucked in a Valentine's Hershey Chocolate Bar. The pocket is about 1/2" thick, so it could handle some of the thicker candies like Reese's peanut butter cups, Twix bars, etc.

Okay, on to the coordinating card, which is a long card to fit Tosh's Any Shape But A2 Challenge. There's something in my cardmaking genes that always has to make a matching card when I make a gift box. Since I still had some sentiments from the Regal Heart Digi sitting on my desk, I decided to use the Happy Valentine's Day one. I cut and embossed it with long rectangles and matted with the long scallop rectangle nestabilities. The cardstock is from the Tropical American Crafts collection. I lined the two pieces up, taped together in back, then stamped the row of hearts from Thankful Hearts across the top and bottom with Worn Lipstick distress ink. The bottom border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch (Floral Lace). I then stamped that row of hearts repeatedly on a scrap of the coral paper and then punched out the hearts with an SU! punch. I finished off with a little vintage lace trim and a couple rhinestones to disguise the seam of the two papers.

Okay, I'm ready for a catnap. Hope to see y'all tonight! :)

25 comments

  1. This is wonderful! What a great idea.

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  2. love both the choc. wrap and the matching card!! "See" ya tonight!!

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  3. Wonderful, as always, Julee! I love the color combo that you chose - that quote is awesome and your big chocolate bar box is super!! Hope you get a bit of sleep before the party!!

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  4. I will definitely be giving these little parcels a try... good idea to wrap the bigger chocolate bars... love what you did with the quotes and colours.... I am very sad to report that the release for me is half way through Saturday and I will miss it 'cause I have to go to Australia Zoo for my god children's (twins) birthday party... now I know a lot of Americans would love to be catching up with Steve Irwin's legacy at Australia Zoo, but I would rather be at the Verve Release Party.... hope it goes off with a bang Julee... if the sneaks are anything to go by I will be hearing the bang from here!!

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  5. I so love the sentiments with the chocolate bar...such a great little gift for coworkers or someone you want to send a 'little something'! I'll see you at the party tonight!

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  6. Such a stunning & clever set. Gorgeous work! LOve those colours with the kraft. (and mmmm off to eat chocolate & listen to the beatles. hehehe) ;o)

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  7. OMG, me thinks Love Flower is a must have! I need this set big time!! What awesome creations!

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  8. My oh my oh my!! The sketch of the first is so unique and ULTRA COOL Julee!! Holy cow how I love it!! And your matching card is just as charming!! I'm always in awe of your stamping talent!!

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  9. these are stunning! I just love them!!!

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  10. What a beautiful set of examples for us to look at, Julee. Love them all :D Looking forward to tonite :D

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  11. I just became a follower of your blog. I just love the mixture of bold color you use. Just stunning! Thank you for sharing such a great project.
    Jacque

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  12. Julee...you're a busy woman and still manage to make awesome projects! looks great! Make sure you get your rest (smiles)!

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  13. I love them!! Can't wait to see the new sets!!!

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  14. I {heart} your box and card set! Love the colorus, and that long rectangle shape rocks!

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  15. Great design on the box...inside and out!

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  16. I love it Julee - love the quote being split up like that, such a cute idea. All the best for the release tonight!

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  17. Absolutely love this idea. Love what's in it too unfortunately :-)

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  18. this is a great idea and would love to make it. please post or email your pattern/measurements. mahalo from hawaii! hoku98@yahoo.com

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  19. You are so creative!! I love your designs and that box it fantastic!! Please know that we want you to share that template - how can we copy!!! :-) Can't wait until the release!!!

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  20. I LOVE both of these! The color blocking on the wrap is amazing...so simple, but so amazing!! Love it! And love that sentiment too. ;0)

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  21. These are FANTASTIC Julee!! I always ADORE your creations. I don't comment about it much because I'd just be saying the same thing every day, LOL!

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  22. Congrats on another wonderful release, Julee!

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  23. EEEK!! OK, you know I love EVERYTHING you do, but I couldn't resist leaving some love today. These are ULTRA awesome. I'm not sure if it's the Kraft that makes them so special to me or what!?!? hee hee! But I love them!

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  24. Julee, re: box making, I really hope you'll post instructions or a link to someone's tutorial. I'd love to make a chocolate bar holder for DH for Valentine's Day. Thanks for the delightful inspiration!

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