Friday, February 11, 2011
Hi everyone – Happy Friday! It’s Kylie here with a few sweet hybrid treats just for you!! :o)
It’s been a little while since I went all ‘crafty’ with my Valentine’s Day gift-giving – so, this year I was determined to bring the FUN back! …and FUN, I certainly had!! First, I went straight to the Shabby Shoppe’s Confection Collection section (don’t say that too fast! LOL!) to help me out! I love them all, but decided on the quintessential, sweet-as-anything XOXO (it’s currently on SALE!)! I hadn’t had a chance or an occasion to use it until now and I was very excited to start. I chose three designs (easier said than done – they are all super-adorable!), printed, trimmed, folded and pasted – SIMPLE! Then in true Kylie-style I just had to add a few “embellishments” – if you’ve seen my scrapbook layouts in the gallery you know that I have trouble keeping things “nice and simple”. LOL!
With some assistance from the Sweetie Pie papers and a few craft odds and ends, here’s what I made:
Gift one: To the sweet little take-out box, I added a small paper rosette. I needed to make my rosette quite small and therefore used plain paper for easy folding. I began with 3 strips of paper – approx 5cm x 7cm (2” x 3”) each. Bottom and top were trimmed with scallop craft scissors – you can leave yours straight, whatever you prefer! Fold each piece in a concertina fashion, starting at the shorter side. Tip: the smaller the folds, the fuller the rosette. Next, fold one piece in half and adhere its ‘middle join’ with double sided tape – repeat with the other two concertina pieces so that you now have three fan shaped pieces. Use double-sided tape to stick all three together to form your full-circle rosette. To finish, I added a little Sweetie Pie flower, a button and some ribbon – these decorations are optional and you can be as elaborate as you wish! :o)
I also made another rosette up for a cute lollipop – thought that would look a little jazzy-er than all the branding! With this rosette I punched out a decorative border on the top and bottom before folding.
Gift two: For the purse I added a layered flower. I cut out some petals using my scallop scissors – 5 petals for each size. I chose just two sizes but you can add more or less – all depends on how full you want the flower and how large you can afford to go. Use your imagination with the petals – any size you like, any shape you like, trimmed however you like! For my two sets: large size – 4cm, small size – 3cm. For a little added sparkle, I gave each petal a coat of Mod Podge Sparkle. I put a little hole at the bottom of each petal and folded it in half to give it a “spine”. I then lined the petals one behind the other, with the smallest to the front. I put a fastener through the lined-up holes and then fanned out the petals. I added a little decorative flower to the front with a glue dot and a ribbon at the back and then secured the flower to the purse. Here is another flower I put together to illustrate my steps.
Gift three: With the crayon box, I added a cute little paper heart with a little 3D twist. I simply cut out four hearts I printed from Photoshop (clipped with Sweetie Pie papers). Heart size was approx. 4.5cm in length. Take three of the hearts and fold in half – this helps you trim evenly plus the folding helps the final look evolve. Trim each one slightly narrower than the last. Place each heart on top of each other – largest to the back. I stapled mine down the centre fold but you could also hand or machine stitch for a different look, or even just a thin line of glue on each heart to stick together. To hide my staple I wrapped some string around the heart. I then attached the heart to the box with a glue dot.
These are just three super-simple ideas to dress up your hybrid projects from time to time. Maybe you might even attempt one or more over the weekend for your sweet Valentine wishes! :o) I’m sure the kids will love to give these a go, too, as each project can be modified to suit any age level!
Wishing you all a lovely, lovely weekend! Be sure to check out our Layout of the Week winner on Monday!! It might just be YOU!! :o)