Quick-and-Easy Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and creating a card for your loved one doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s Jill Cornell here today with two card ideas that are perfect for kids or that special someone. The first card is 3-1/2”x6” which is a unique size that fits easily into a 5”x7” envelope.

The focal point on this card is the chipboard heart covered in tiny, jewel-centered flowers by Petaloo. A fun ribbon bow and simple rub-on sentiment make this card very quick! Add a machine-stitched border for extra texture.

For the second card, I covered the front with two patterned papers, two punched patterned paper borders, and this great “Bee my Valentine” chipboard sticker from We R Memory Keepers. Chipboard stickers are the perfect quick embellishment because they add a design element and dimension at the same time.

The sticker had holes on either end that I covered up with pearl brads from American Crafts.

These cards are so easy to duplicate for multiple people on your Valentine’s Day list. Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Valentine’s Day Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Ideal for your Valentine’s Day décor, dainty hearts and sheer lavender ribbon add a special touch of elegance to this unique wreath – the perfect way to greet guests this February 14th.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Wreath, 2” thick, 12” wide
  • White embossed flower paper
  • Round mirror, 7”
  • Dried moss
  • Lavender two-tone sheer wire-end ribbon, 2-1⁄2” wide, 3 yards
  • Feathers, three each: pink, purple

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Pink, Peony Pink, Wild Orchid
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics White Pearl Paint
  • Scallop decorative-edge scissors
  • Zipper-lock plastic bag
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, hammer, paintbrush, tweezers

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere moss to top and sides of wreath, covering completely. Place mirror in plastic bag. Turn mirror upside down on concrete surface; break with hammer. Using tweezers, carefully adhere mirror pieces to moss as shown. Wrap and twist ribbon around wreath, tying into bow at bottom right.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use decorative-edge scissors to cut six hearts from paper. Drybrush heart surfaces Peony Pink and edges Baby Pink. Drybrush surfaces again with White Pearl. Drybrush details Wild Orchid.

STEP 3

Bend center of hearts upward, with edges back, to make them appear dimensional. Adhere feather to back of each heart; trim at bottom. Adhere hearts to wreath. Adhere extra moss to wreath as desired.

by Mary Ayres

 

Love Bear Clay Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This Love Bear Clay Pot is not only adorable and cute, but its message is one to spread to all this Valentine’s Day!

Materials

  • Clay pot (body), 2-1⁄2”
  • Wooden ball (head), 3⁄4”
  • Flat wooden shapes: medium circles (ears), 3⁄4”; large ovals (arms), 2”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Camel, Country Red, Milk Chocolate, Gooseberry Pink, Honey Brown, Sea Aqua, Cadmium Yellow, Country Blue
  • Blue ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 3⁄8 yard

Tools

  • Paintbrushes: round, #6, #8; soft round, #3; liner
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Kid’s Choice Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape

Directions

Size

3-1⁄2”x4-1⁄4”

Love Bear

1. Basecoat body, ears, arms, and head Honey Brown; drybrush Milk Chocolate.

2. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Transfer the following: face to head (with bottom of face 1⁄2” from bottom of head), paws to arms, lettering to body, legs to front sides of body.

3. Basecoat muzzle, paws, and heart Camel; top flowers Country Blue; bottom flowers Gooseberry Pink; leaves Sea Aqua. Drybrush cheeks Country Red.

4. Transfer remaining details. Use marker to draw buttonhole stitch and stitch lines around heart, muzzle, paws, and legs. Adhere head and arms to body, and ears to head. Use masking tape to hold pieces in place while drying.

5. Tie ribbon around neck; trim ends.

by Mary Ayres

Sweet Valentine Treat Bags

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and giving something sweet to someone I love is my favorite way to celebrate!  It’s Jill Cornell here today with quick-and-easy treat bags to fill with goodies for someone special. (Complete supplies and instructions can be found in the February 2013 issue of Crafts ‘n things).

I simply took glassine bags (which are somewhat transparent) and filled them up with treats. Then I decorated each bag. Pebbles, Inc. has a beautiful Valentine-themed collection called “With Love.” For the first bag, I added a transparent doily from Maya Road and a punched paper border. I folded the bag over and then clipped a gift tag, punched heart, and masking tape sticker to the bag with a decorative clothespin.

For the second bag, I cut a paper doily (found at craft stores) in half and punched a heart border strip from patterned paper. The bag was folded over and then I added another gift tag, masking tape sticker, punched heart, and tied the gift tag with twine before adding the cute clothespin.

Finally, I punched a heart border strip, added another transparent doily, and the gift tag with punched heart and masking tape sticker. I added a ribbon bow to the top of the tag and clipped it to the bag with a clothespin.

And now I have beautifully decorated bags to share with someone special!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)