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Valentine Countdown

Pinterest is exploding with amazing ideas for creative Valentines these days.  When I saw this PIN, I knew I had to try and make these fun airplanes!  As I clicked through to the post for the instructions, I found 7 more darling projects featured on a blog hop.  I instantly realized that these inspiring projects were perfect for creating a little Valentine Countdown to send to my sweet nieces!


Here’s a peak at how each day turned out:


I used Skip to My Lou’s darling printable to complete the first day’s surprise.  My little instruction note encouraged my nieces to help “pick out an outfit for ‘Suzy Sunshine’ each day of the countdown week or to even draw/design one of their own!”  I utilized die-cuts, stamps, a paper heart doily, ribbon, punches, and coordinating papers to finish the design.


I combined two of the featured blog hop projects for Day 4.  I used my silhouette to create a fun heart box, which I filled with Hershey Kisses along with the cute printable from Catch my Party.  I lined the bottom of a second handmade box with Skittles and placed the darling printable from P N P Flowers on top.  Aren’t those heart flaps adorable?!


I included a stamped tic-tac-toe board to fit inside a small “I LOVE YOU” envelope based on inspiration from Nest of Posies XOXO Tic Tac Toe Valentine post.  I packaged this cute game with printable envelopes from Camille Styles.  I tucked a few favorite pics of my nieces with Olivia into these fun envelope designs.


Day 2 was all about racing paper airplanes designed by Kami at NoBiggie.  I bundled these cuties into a little paper bag decorated with Washi Tape and sticker letters.

And, finally… Day 1’s surprise involved quite a few colorful rubber bands:


I fell in love with the saying featured on Paper and Pigtails: Let’s Band Together and Be Friends Forever!  Kori’s design inspired me to experiment with some digital files from Jessica Sprague’s online store.  I used paper from the Blowing Kisses collection and a shape by Carina Gardner to highlight 4 new rainbow loom bracelets for my nieces.  (I checked the “colorize” button on the paper to transform the pink background into a beautiful aqua!)


I packaged everything up in a fun Valentine box from Michael’s.


That’s it…  5 Days of fun inspired by super talented bloggers!!  Be sure to check out the Blog Hop to see each blogger’s creative project and free printable designs.

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Create Inspiration Party: Winter Wishes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s January Blog Party!

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The temperatures might still be below freezing, but I have a cozy project to share today that will warm your heart.  If you are looking for a fun gift to share this winter season, consider crafting a fun snowman note and tag from the Winter Wishes digital collection.

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I paired these fun tags with some hot cocoa and chocolate goodies as a surprise treat for my neighbors.  Here’s a look at some of the details:


To make the main graphic, start with a 5×7 blank document.  Then, layer your paper, elements, and text to create a beautiful winter scene.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • I used Carina Gardner’s Photo Tag2_6 to make my Snowflake wishes banner.  Note: I utilized the stroke option to create a gentle navy outline around the whole shape.
  • I clipped the snowflake elements to the upper banner so they were contained within the white space.
  • I created a separate text box for each line of the snowman poem to easily manipulate the spacing.
  • I used the paint brush feature to create a mound of “snow” under the penguin’s feet.
  • I added a blue pearl the center of the banner snowflakes.

Jessica’s collection of Photoshop and digital scrapbooking classes are amazing for learning how to manipulate layers and create masks.  They are full of invaluable tutorials that make this type of project super easy!

The cute poem is actually a combination of several phrases from THIS PAGE and THIS POSTHere’s my attempt at combining my favorite rhyming phrases:

The air is cold, the snow may fall… the winter season is here for all!  When it’s so cold you want to holler and hoop, it’s time to bring out the Snowman Soup!  Sending you warm winter wishes, hope you enjoy these treats and dessert dishes!

You could modify this version, use the inspiration phrases, or have fun coming up with your own rhymes!


The circular winter wishes tag features glittered edges, layered Nestability die cut shapes, punches snowflakes, and a rhinestone!


I started with Carina Gardner’s photo tag2_14 and sized this beautiful shape to take up about 4 one-inch squares on the background grid of my document.  Then, I added Winter Wishes Starry Night paper.  I also created a simple text box spelling out the words “Snow Wishes” in fun fonts, which would serve as my center embellishment.


All that’s left: Layering!  I used nesting die shapes to cut out each of my digital elements to give further dimension and interest.  I couldn’t resist adding some extra sparkle via punched snowflakes and a glittered border around the text “Snow Wishes.”

Cheers to crafting up some winter fun!

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Want to see more gorgeous projects from our talented team?  Be sure to click on each link below and prepare to be INSPIRED!

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Chez Nous: Valentine Cookie Cutter Garland by Tammy Circeo

Bugjuiced: Menu Planning Board by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: Winter Wishes by Candice Meyer **YOU ARE HERE**

Just a Pharmgirl: Valentine Cupcake Stands by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Valentine’s Day Treats by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our January party!  See you next month for some fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

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In the Workshop: Santa Cheer

This month for the Create Inspiration Team at JessicaSprague.com, I crafted a Santa Cheer package.  This DIY festive wine bottle served as a a perfect focal point to highlight two darling digital tags from the Aspen Frost collection.  Here’s a peak at the process of making these simple paper cuties:


Start with mini red wine bottles.

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  1. Wrap a 7 x 3.5-inch piece of red paper around the center section.
  2. Punch 2 scalloped borders for Santa’s coat trim that are approximately 7 inches long.
  3. Cut out a 7 x 1/4-inch piece of black paper for Santa’s belt.
  4. Create a belt buckle from a scalloped square punch.  Cut out the center of this shape using a small square Spellbinders Nestability die.
  5. Add pearl buttons to Santa’s coat.
  6. Embellish with ribbon and digital art tags!

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For instructions on how to make the wine bottle tags, as well as a look at my entire cheer package, head over to Jessica Sprague’s Blog.

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In the Workshop: Fast Christmas Card

I am having so much fun working mixing digital and traditional paper elements.  Here’s a peak at a super easy card that can be created in under 10 minutes after you’ve gathered all your supplies:

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Steps to making this card:

  1. Print out the Santa card from the Very Merry Christmas Element Pack #2 featured on JessicaSprague.com.
  2. Edge the card with a gold Krylon leafing pen.
  3. Layer the Santa card onto green patterned paper.
  4. Edge the green paper with a glue pen and immediately apply glitter.
  5. Adhere all pieces to a card base.
  6. Punch out snowflakes from gold metallic paper.
  7. Adhere snowflakes with glue dots and embellish with a pearl.
  8. Add a green twine ribbon bow to the finished product!

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Tip: Look for creative ways to use your punches!  The scrap pieces from this EK Success border punch produced perfectly sized snowflakes for my little card!

A beautiful, handmade card in a matter of minutes!

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In the Workshop: Handmade Halloween

I’m so excited to share that I’ve been selected as a member of Jessica Sprague’s new Create Inspiration Team!

Since joining The Dating Divas team over a year ago, I’ve really worked on my photography skills.  Jessica’s amazing digital classes have been such a blessing to start learn the ins and outs of Photoshop to complement this growing hobby.  Her easy to understand explanations and fun tutorials are by far the best I’ve seen on the web.  I am so honored to be joining her creative team!

Here’s a recent card that I made using online elements from The Snap Click Supply Co:


The “31” digital element serves as the focal point for this quick and easy card.  You can find this cute graphic in the Frightful Complete Kit.  I printed it out and die cut the image using one of the Spellbinders Labels 16 Nestabilities.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug machine one more time to emboss the image.


Then, I distressed the border using the Vintage Photo stamp pad from Tim Holtz.  I love how distressing the edges really makes the embossing effect pop!


I layered this element on gold paper edged with orange glitter, printed digital paper lined with a gold Krylon pen, and a brown paper card base.

A small purple witch’s hat served as the final embellishment.  I love adding a row of rhinestones to simulate a fancy ribbon or buckle on her hat!


I look forward to creating more projects using a mixture of digital and traditional paper elements!

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