Happy Happy Friday everyone!! This week at TOFF we are celebrating Valentine’s day. I usually take the easy way out and purchase generic Hallmark cards for V-day but this year I decided to make my own Valentine card for the hubs It’s been a loooong time since I’ve made a Valentine (if I’m being honest I probably haven’t done it since grade school). Surprisingly enough I had quite the time playing with doilies and cut out hearts in my freshly cleaned and partially organized studio (baby steps guys, baby steps…I’m currently working/procrastinating on organizing my stamps). Here’s a pic of my Octopode Factory Chocolate box heart card…
I swear I tried to keep this one simple but “Clean and Simple” don’t seem to be part of my vocabulary. I drew my inspirations for this Valentine Card from a few different challenges. First and foremost TOFF inspired the Valentine’s day theme. Next was Simon, Says Stamp and Show with a recipe challenge (Torn edge, Distress Ink, Wings, and a button). Some of the heart charms on the ribbon tail were cut from an old ponytail holder I had when I was a kid (don’t hate my 80’s style) so here’s to up-cycling and another challenge at LESSology! Finally, the color scheme was inspired by the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World and this delicious looking Trigger photo…
With mouth watering and creative juices flowing freely I set out to the studio to create an elaborate Valentine for my LOVE
Using the trigger photo as inspiration I colored the Octopode Factory Heart images with Distress inks after stamping and embossing various swirl stamps in Colorbox Frost ink. To create the candy wrappers I scrunched up cup cake liners and fastened them to the front of the card with tiny brads. The hearts were mounted on foam squares.
A little googly eye action never hurt anyone….right? I found this nerdy Hello Kitty tin while cleaning my studio and thought it would be the perfect container for the itty bitty eyes I spilled all over my craft table. If you shake it and hold it to your ear you can hear the ocean!!
To create the base of the wings I used some Valentine’s day themed ribbon and gave it a running stitch to bunch it up (love this ribbon it’s been in my stash for ages…usefulness = PROVEN!). The doilies are vintage….found these beauties as well during studio cleanup in my big bin of vintage cards. They were part of a child’s Valentines day project from at least 3 decades ago (the box of vintage cards belonged to my BIL’s Grandma). The doilies were old and crumbly and full of tape…some might say unsalvageable. I laugh in the face of adversity I will give these crusty old doilies wings and make them fly!! I’ll also use them as my upcycled item so I can enter the Flights of Fancy challenge at Lessology. Funky ribbon, vintage doilies, feathers, glitter, glue, and star brads to attach….fancy flight indeed!
It’s hard to see the sentiment on the card in the photos so here’s a shot that is a bit more clear. It says “IF I had 10 hearts I would Love you with ALL of them!” I can’t take credit for this one however, found this on a printed AOL chat (hello dark ages from the past) between my sis and bro in law squirreled away in a box I THOUGHT contained my art supplies but instead held my Sister’s highschool mementos. Sheesh I should clean my studio more often…ya never know what you might find! Speaking of which, I also found an old Dymo labeler to print the sentiment out with. I gave the strip a coat of Gold Metallic Mixative to mimic the gold trim on a heart shaped box of chocolate.
To create the heart shape of the card I used the foam insert to an old box of heart shaped chocolates. What you thought I threw them away? Oh no I have a collection of them and use them to hold my various “Collections”. I have a quilted box that holds extra flower die cuts leftover from Paper flower arrangements and various other doo dads. My favorite one has a picture of Elvis on the cover and when you open it up it plays “Hunka Hunka burning LOVE”. That one holds my bottle cap collection….yes I collect bottle caps too….just paint me yellow give me a pet pigeon and call me Bert.
A Tim Holtz paper distresser was used to “tear” the edges of the hearts. They were then given a nice edge with some Black Soot Distress ink.
My last project involving Octopode Factory hearts (The Lonely Converstion Hearts Club) was a bit sour….er…downright bitter actually. These chocolate hearts are MUCH sweeter….and luckier in love apparently
Hope you will show us some LOVE at TOFF this week! I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun Valentine’s day project to make with kids…don’t touch that dial.
Have a Happy day!