Shaker Valentines with My Favorite Things

4 valentines I made a bunch of shaker-card valentines, using a new die from My Favorite Things. As soon as I saw Love Centerpieces from MFT, I knew that I had to have it, and that I wanted to dig out my stash of sequins and make some fun cards. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 50 PM Usually, when I make shaker cards, I use foam tape for the center layer.  This time, I tried something new by running the die through with some fun foam, and then used scissors to expand the spaces a bit for more bling room. This let me keep each letter separated, without having to build structure with foam tape. I just used Scrappy Glue to adhere the layers together. Photo Feb 07, 1 29 56 PMI wandered through my local paper crafting store to find patterned paper that would coordinate with the different solid colors I chose. Red valentineI have quite an accumulation of sequins from Doodle Bug, Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn, but I have to give a shout out to the Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins. They add such a nice silvery shimmer, without being too distracting, especially if you have other colors in your mix! Photo Feb 07, 1 29 46 PM Here’s what the back of the cards look like: Photo Feb 07, 1 30 11 PM FYI: I made custom square envelopes for these cards (5″ a side), which meant extra USPS First Class postage ($0.70 to $0.91). I’ve pinned a reference sheet on First Class Postage here, but I have had good luck using two “Forever” stamps for my shaker cards and/or square envelopes. Photo Feb 07, 1 30 37 PM Supplies not mentioned in the post:

Solid Paper: Paper Source and Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Doodlebug, Authentique, Crate Paper

Clear Plastic: Dura-Lar .005

What are you making for Valentines Day?

Spooky Halloween Matchbook Candy Holders

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I’ve made an exciting discovery:  the Sizzix Matchbook Notebook die makes a box that’s the perfect fit for a Ghirardelli square! I immediately gathered halloween papers and trims and set to creating.

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I really got a lot of use out of my Tim Holtz rub-ons.  I like adding some spooky words and phrases to make sure the recipient knows that this is a scary treat.

hand scale box

To close the boxes, I attached eyelets and then tied a bow with some Lawn Fawn twine.

witches brew

Glitter!

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I’ve been waiting for a reason to use this 3D eyeball!

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I actually hate siders, but put fear aside to decorate one box.  Maybe the “Poison” box will provide the bug spray??

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Here’s a wicked witch, stamped and heat-embossed on plain card stock. Stamps are by Waltzingmouse.

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My favorite “inside” decoration. The background is Distress ink.

 Ghirardelli makes a Pumpkin Spice Caramel square (delicious, btw) that would be seasonally appropriate, but any flavor square would make a nice “grown-up” treat for a friend.

Box-making Fun with the WRMK Envelope Punch Board

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I was very interested to read the post on Ellen Hutson’s The CLASSroom blog, all about the WRMK Gift Box Punch Board (which I don’t yet own), because there were also instructions for creating a little gift box using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board (which I do own). I made my own gift box and was delighted by the possibilities.

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