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EXPLORING ART is my thing - I love crafting - Altering things, Mixed-Media, Art Journalling and Card Making.

I would probably say my favourite styles of crafting are vintage, grunge, shabby chic and; Steam Punk.

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

It's Valentine's Day today where we're all supposed to reflect on the true meaning of Love.

For me it's spending time with my family and being grateful that we're such a happy family unit.
I send you all my good wishes.

I thought I'd like to share a couple of Valentines projects that I made. The first two are cards and the third a Tussie-Mussie Chocolate holder made from the chipboard inside of a toilet roll. It's amazing what you can make with these little rolls and a great way to recycle.


I layered black & gold card onto a white card base and distressed and slightly lifted the edges of the gold layer. I then added black  acrylic paint stenciled through sequin waste to some of the edges and then white acrylic paint circles made randomly with a bottle top. The heart was die-cut from corrugated card and sprayed red with Lindys Stamp gang Rudolph Nose Red Starburst Spray. I stencilled the two love birds with modelling paste and then painted them with black acrylic when dry. I attached a small wooden dragonfly to the right hand top corner.
I made a small flag from white card and attached it to a piece of white wire. I used a lable maker to type the word "LOVE" and adhered it to the flag. I created a small banner from white card and stamped "Birds" with Black Stayzon Ink. I attached the banner pieces to a length of gold elastic string tied into bows at the ends and adhered to the card across the corner.

In the bottom right corner a attached a small length of Music Note ribbon. 


On this card I used the front layer of a Knapkin which I adhered to the card front to create my background.
I then used a die-cut from Tim Holtz by Sizzix called Vintage Typewriter. I printed out my sentiment then trimmed and aged it with  Antique Linen Distress Ink from Ranger and then slotted it into the front of the typewriter to resemble a typed page. I slightly curled the paper with a pen to create dimension. I mounted the typewrite onto silver card and trimmed this to fit the die-cut, then adhered it all to the card front.

On the inside of the card I covered one side with Valentines paper from an old collection by Papermania. I created a pop-up spring using a strip of acetate which I folded concertina style.
I adheared one end of this to a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die-cut called "Love Struck", the bottom was attached to the card and covered with another die-cut heart by X-Cut.


I closed off the bottom end of the TP roll and painted the inside white. I then covered it in Valentines paper. I then adhered beaded trim to the bottom and lace to the top and bottom. I added several designs of pearl trim and created a handle from burgundy flat back pearl trim. I used another of the Tim Holtz cherub die-cuts to embellish the front. I made a flower from silver heart die-cuts and a stick on button which reads "I Love You". I attached this to a strip of acetate then attached this onto the side of the TP roll so it appears to be floating in the air. I then filled it with Heart shaped Chocolates and Valentines Chocolate pennies.

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