Hi guys! Welcome back to Song of My Heart's Valentine blog series! We are already on Day Three--click here to see Days One and Two, if you missed them, and then settle in for the rest of a very fun week!
This week is PAYBACK for my BFF Penni talking me into a Halloween blog series (my least favorite holiday and her very favorite!) I love Valentine's Day and every year I make her a HORRIBLE card, all frilly and fluffy with gobs of pink and glitter. I pulled a part a feather boa to use once, that should tell you a little about these cards! LOL!
For not liking Valentine's day very much, however, Penni sure rocked it with her conversation hearts centerpiece!
Is that not adorable? All you need to make this great container is two vases, one that fits inside the other with enough room to drop candies down between them to fill the space. You can do this with glass candle-holders, too! Penni said to make sure to tell you guys that it's a lot easier if the vases are straight-sided instead of curved.
Real-Life Tips & Tricks #1: Penni made a cute cake-topper banner with long lollipop sticks (you can use bamboo skewers or thin wooden dowels, if handy) and baker's twine and sequin string. The Sweetheart Punch created the quick heart pennants in colors to match the candy (Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and So Saffron) the Brushwork Alphabet stamp set (use block letter handwriting if needed).
With a challenge like that, I took up the gauntlet and tried to match the theme. This conversation hearts door wreath was as easy as pie to make!
Real-Life Tips & Tricks #2: I traced a dinner plate on heavy chipboard, then traced a salad plate inside that circle, and cut out a sturdy, hollow ring for my wreath. Wreath bases are so expensive and who wants to make another trip to the store, anyway, right? Then I punched out a LOT--I mean a LOT of heart punches, and adhered them overlapping each other using Liquid Multi glue (you can also use hot glue but Multi gives you a couple extra moments of flexibility in placement.) The last layer of hearts (the ones with words) are attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.
We discovered that the Thoughtful Banners stamp set was just perfect for creating a variety of funny and sweet conversation heart sayings. Don't know if the Stampin' Up designers ever thought about that use, but it worked out great for our needs! If you don't have this handy set yet, you can use any small, block-letter sayings that are appropriate.
Real-Life Tips & Tricks #3: You may think you're SUNK for quick Valentine projects if you don't have any red paper or own a red ink pad. But you're not off the hook that easily, honey! Our color scheme today is all PASTELS. Don't panic if you don't have any specifically-Valentine products to use. You can still pull off a handmade holiday without the red and white. And if you don't have a heart punch? Trace and cut any heart shape--you may not want to attempt the wreath, however : )
Then we just went nutso... we made party straws, favors, a hostess gift... it was just so easy to put hearts on everything! The hostess gift, wrapped in a continuous chain of conversation hearts, is made with one of the acetate-sleeve 3x3x3 inch White Gift Boxes. So fun and FAST!
Real-Life Tips & Tricks #4: don't have the size of cellophane bag needed for your candies? Use self-sealing Clear Envelopes! You can fold the flap down and secure it in any shape necessary--a roll, a square, a rectangle--or leave it the regular shape and tie a bow and cute tag around the excess, like we did here.
Good times, huh? Wouldn't a conversation hearts theme be just so cute and easy for your next party? Grab your heart punch and let's play! And if you DO need supplies and want to place an order, there's plenty of time to get your products and make some of these ideas before Valentine's Day arrives. Click here to Shop with Lyssa!
See you tomorrow for Day Four!