Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I Remember Making Valentine's

Whenever I get out the red and white paper to make Valentine cards it brings me back to my childhood.......We'd spread out all our heart stickers, doilies and red and white construction paper (remember that?) on the dining room table and go at it!

At school, I loved hanging a decorated brown paper lunch bag on the front of my school desk or along the wall at the back of the classroom where everyone would drop in little cards we brought for each other. When my sister and I got home from school we'd spread the Valentines all over a TV tray where our mum let us leave them for a week and we'd look at them over, and over, and over again! (and checking which ones were from BOYS!)

So that's where my thoughts were as I made this sweet little Valentine Box using stamps from the brand new Valentine Set called Sweet Hearts releasing later today from Waltzingmouse Stamps! Here's what the back of my box looks like.

I made 6 little 3x3 Valentine cards to tuck inside the box.

I made all the cards with the same colors and papers but used different stamps on each one. Can you believe how many great stamps are in this set??? And I still didn't use all of them!
These little cards could be tucked in lunch boxes or left on pillows or car seats. Wouldn't it be fun to be surprised by one of these little tokens of love?!

I just love the two arrow stamps with this set.
I stamped the same sentiment on the inside of each card - overstamping the red heart.
If you'd like to make one of these boxes you can find a tutorial here.

Basically - the box is a piece of card stock 5 3/8" x 8". Holding the 5 3/8" side along the top of a Scor Pal - score on left and right edges at 1". Holding the 8" side along the top of a Scor Pal - score on left and right edges at 3 1/4" Cut as shown below on the left.

The cover is a piece of card stock 4 3/8" x 2 9/16". Score at 1/2" on all 4 sides. Cut as shown below on the right.

Here's the whole package again - Of course - you could just fill the box with Hershey Kisses - Yum!!
So what are you waiting for?!?! Hurry over to Waltzingmouse and snap up this set before it's gone! She'll be releasing it at 7 pm her time (Ireland)
AND - check out Claire's blog for more gorgeous samples using it! She has another new set called Faux Fun that you need to check out too!

What are your childhood Valentine memories??

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Valentine Set
Paper: white, kraft, Poppy Red - PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Poppy Red - PTI
Accessories: Scor Pal, Scor Tape, Heart die - Sizzix, Lacey punch - Martha Stewart, Zutter corner rounder 1/2", Fancy Tags Shapabilities, Saddlestiched Pure Poppy Ribbon - PTI, heart gems - Amuse


Claire Brennan said...

Pure unadulterated awesomeness Julia!!!! Thank you!

jdmommy said...

You continue to amaze me, GF!! What a fabulous project, and the stamps are wonderful. Yes, I remember all that....making the cards, decorating a bag to take to school...don't forget, I'm much OLDER than you are!!!

Busym1 said...

Wow! Awesome! Hugs,michelle

anya said...

Julia, these are fabulous! I love the box - thank you so much for the tutorial! I bet this will come in handy. I remember decorating shoeboxes for Valentine's Day - oh the memories! ;)

Anonymous said...

OH my goodness Julia!! This is just one adorable project!! I love it!! Thanks for showing the box tut and I just LOVE the little arrows!! HUGS

Diane Jaquay said...

Ooooh, your cards and box are just DARLING!!!

Deb Neerman said...

LOVE, love, love this Julia! The l'il cards are just adorable ... love those stamps!

LOL yes, you brought me right back to my childhood Valentine-making days.

Stay warm!

~Hugs, Deb

Bonnie said...

You are so fabulous with these things Julia!! This is gorgeous - and really - aren't Valentine colours just the bestest ever??!! I remember making those Valentine sooooo many years ago - my heart just beats so fast when I think about my Grade One crush and how he made me a special Valentine - It had messy glue stuck all over and it stuck to all the other Valentine's and they ripped - it was over right then! lol! How shallow was I?!

Charmaine Stack said...

Julia, this is such a sweet project and your story brought back fun memories. TFS!

Joanne (jojot) said...

I am so impressed by all these Valentine themed creations.....As aa retired teacher, I too have many V-day memories connected to the making of cards....thanks for a trip down memory lane

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Super cute! The box is adorable and so are the little cards that go inside!

Velta said...

Oh Julia How adorable this is! What a cute Valentines gift to give at the office...that way my buddies can use the cards to give out! Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

OMGosh how incredible is this!!! Not only is the box fantastic (love the lace border) but all the cards are gorgeous too!!!!

My Little Space said...

Julia, your projects are absolutely stunning !! Your box and cards are amazing.