Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love Struck!

This past week I've been consumed with working on my Idea-ology CHA projects (you guys are gonna go crazy for the new stuff!) and haven't had a lot of extra time to make anything to share on my blog. Last night I decided to take a little time and create something for a couple different challenges: Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything But a Card, and Hels' Sunday Stamper - Gold.

I just bought the new Sizzix/Tim Holtz Valentine's dies this past weekend and have been using them like crazy - I think they are so cute! For this project, I started by creating a little hanging treat box from the Technique Junkie 3D and Fun Folds CD. By the way, thanks to those of you who've purchased it! If you've never heard of it, the 3D and Fun Folds CD is produced by the Technique Junkie newsletter - some of you have thought it's my creation, but I can't claim credit. I did design work for it and Pat Huntoon was gracious enough to let me offer it to my readers (I get a little commission whenever you buy it through my link!). You can read more about it here, but please purchase through my link below so I get credit! :-)

The box was created from kraft cardstock and then painted with a Snow Cap Dabber. After it dried, I embossed the top portion with one of the border dies from the new Sizzix Valentine Texture Fades collection. In order to flip the border and create a mirror image, I slit the Texture Fade on the fold, leaving just a bit to hold it together. I don't know if I would recommend that to anyone, but like Tim says, you can always tape it back together! The border along the top is made from Kraft Core'dinations paper that was cut with the Sizzix Vintage Lace die, sanded, and glittered.

Isn't this just gorgeous??? I used the Mini Lovestruck die to cut my little cupid, then covered him with gold glitter. The heart was cut with the same die, then painted with a Snow Cap Dabber and sanded. The xoxo (from Tim's Stuff to Say set) was stamped with black ink. Underneath my cupid, I have a rosette that was cut from Kraft Core'dinations and glittered. To make it even prettier, I added a ruffle using Tim's District Market tissue paper. In the corner I added a banner cut from kraft paper using the Tattered Banners die. The sentiment is from Tim's Stuff to Say stamp set.

Another new die for me is the Mini Flourish - so cute!! I cut my flourishes from light chipboard and painted them with a Pitch Black Dabber, then sanded lightly. The little penguin peeking out is from the Valentine's paper in the Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash. Just behind the flourish, you can see a little strip of rosettes from the Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings set.

All of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium. Don't forget, if you use my coupon code - stamptramp - you will save 10% off your order!! They have great prices on shipping too, so be sure to check them out through the links below.

Sizzix Mini Love Struck Die
Sizzix Mini Flourish Die
Sizzix Paper Rosette Die
Sizzix Borders Texture Fade
Sizzix Tattered Banners Die
Sizzix Vintage Lace Die
Kraft Core'dinations Paper
Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash
Idea-ology Lavish Trimmings
Stampers Anonymous Stuff to Say Rubber Stamps
District Market Tissue Paper - Terminology
Ranger Adirondack Dabbers - Snow Cap and Pitch Black
Idea-ology Sanding Grip

Finally, here is the link if you're interested in purchasing the 3D and Fun Folds CD. If you love paper crafting, this is the CD for you!

Oh, one more thing! I know this is getting a little long, but I wanted to show you my Movers and Shapers storage. Awhile ago, there was a discussion on the All Things Tim Yahoo group about ways to store these little dies. Someone suggested using a silver platter (remember when the Brady kids entered that contest as the Silver Platters? I still love that song!). Anyway....I started hunting around thrift stores and estate sales and found some cheap! I think this one only cost $2. You definitely need to have a magnet with you - I had some at home that I thought would work and they didn't. I love storing them this way. When I get time, I'm going to drill holes in the corners and mount it to the wall by my Vagabond.

Thanks so much for visiting - have a great week!!


  1. Gorgeous project Shelly! And, how cool to store the dies that way! I've been thinking about what to do with mine...I might have some of the old trays laying around. Brilliant!

  2. Lovely creation Shelly, love your Cupid coupled with the rosette. Fabulous storage idea too. I need a bigger room LOL. Tracy x

  3. So stink'n cute!!! What an awesome idea as well! Beautiful work here!

  4. Brilliant, I tell ya, Brilliant!!!


  5. Love your Valentine art! It's beautiful!

  6. Hi Shelly. As always...this Valentine piece has your special touch of brilliance! Love the cupid and rosette together. Well...I love it ALL! <3 Candy

  7. Awesome Shelly! I love the Cupid- love the Rosette! Fun Fun!

  8. Shelly, your treat box is "love"ly!!!!!

  9. Beuatiful! Love how you layered the rosette, and your cupid is too cute!

  10. Shelly....this is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

    love it xx


  11. This is just gorgeous! Love all of it. The glitter cupid, the glittery rosette, the beautiful stamps...etc. Very clever storage for mover and shapers indeed. I'm keeping this in mind!

  12. Love the idea about the tray! I ran into my kitchen and remembered I had one given to me many moons ago that is doing nothing but taking up space. And the cool thing about it is, it was given to me by a Swedish exchange student that lived with us over 30 years ago. Now I will think of her every time I make art! Thanks for sharing. Love the valentine.

  13. A totally yummy little vintage goodie! I love the glittered cupid and how you layered him over the rosette. You do such awesome things with the paint dabbers and are inspiring me to play around with them more. Can't wait to see what you are making for CHA!!!

  14. I am glad you found time to make a project to share with us Shelly.
    The Cupid is adorable and the rosettes always look great in the tissue tape, this is a lo0vely piece of work.

  15. Stunning creation! Fabulous details and a perfect Valentine treat! Thanks for the tray tip!


  16. Absolutely STUNNING creation Shelly.... love love love it! Your storage idea for the M&S's is a grand idea... mine are chucked into a Distress Ink storage jobby lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  17. Oh this is C.U.T.E !! Can't wait to see your other creations !!

  18. That tag is amazing! you're really making me want to add that cupid to my collection! I have my movers and shapers stored like that too...I spray painted mine white and it makes it look kinda fun and vintage...if you can't find one that you like the original color of, it's a nice fix :)

  19. What and INGENIOUS idea for storing movers & shapers. Love the look of old silver trays.
    Your rosette /cupid combination is so charming for that special Valentine. TFS
    Vicki B in OP NY

  20. Gorgeous tag Shelly!!!! Love your storage idea!!! That would make them so much more handy than what I'm doing!

  21. Totally awesome shelly, love all the different elements.

  22. Shelly - I've been oooowing and aaahhhhing over at Tim's blog today and I have to say I can't wait to see what you made for CHA!

  23. I LOVE this! It is amazing, and I'm going to try to use some of the ideas for a tag. My cupid die should arrive any day now! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step as well.

  24. Such delicate Valentine colours and layers with the gold... The cherub is a real darling and a big must have methinks. Hope you will enjoy seeing your CHA makes in the spotlight very soon...
    Thanks so much for joining in with the challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

  25. Oooooooooooooo love what you did, love the color combo!

  26. Gorgeous tag, Shelly! Beautiful detail and layering...as always. :) Your work is always perfection! Congrats on being listed as one of Tim's Noteworthy Valentine Blogs!!! You deserve all of the recognition you get! <3 Candy

  27. Shelly,
    What a wonderful project, it's beautiful and so many wonderful details. Love it!!

  28. Wow, Shelly, this is lovely! And a great tip at the end.
    May your Valentine be wonderful.

  29. Lovely work love that cute little cupid and the cheeky penguin peeking out x

  30. An excellent idea for the die storage!


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