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Friday, 9 January 2009

...Happy Valentine's Day






I hate to leave Christmas behind (and I haven't quite yet - few things to show you soon,) but When a box of goodies containing these glorious My Minds eye papers arrived at my door, I had to jump into Valentines mode.

My friend Beverly Nash is opening a store soon (card making/scrapbooking supplies of course) and she sent me these papers. Beverly is one of the loveliest people I know and she is working extremely had to get her store ready, she's hoping for a February opening but she also hopes to be online soon - I really hope you all pop over to her Blog and check out the IMMENSE amount of work this lady has undertaken.

Anyhow the upshot is that very soon there will be a new place for you to go if you are handy to Dover, Tennessee, and also a new place for you to go if you are handy to the internet!!

In the meantime I think Beverly is taking requests by email which you can find on her blog, or even leave a comment - I know things are hectic for Beverly at the moment so go easy on her!! I can't wait till opening day!! It's going to be fantastic and Beverly so deserves every success, she has worked SOOO hard - you folks have no idea. (Good luck Beverly and God Bless!)

Back to the pics, I had an idea for a cute gift box in the shape of a tower and I made the original for the Guest Star Stamper monthly competition over at PTI. It's in the January comp so you won't be able to see it yet, but credit for this version must go to my 8 year old daughter. She saw my other one and drew me a diagram of a Rapunzel (you know, she of the long hair) looking out the window in a tower.

I grabbed the papers Beverly sent me and got to it - I am so happy about how it turned out!! It's not that I think I'm wonderful, it's just that my daughter really, really likes it. I think it's the perfect Valentines treat for anyone's little girl, I have to make another one now for my other wee woman.

I Used PTI Dark chocolate cardstock as my base and stuck sections of patterned paper to that. I cut the wee window out of the paper and folded it out to make shutters, lining it with some of the dark chocolate cardstock that I had run through the cuttlebug in a textured embossing folder, I used this for the tower roof as well - I rubbed it over with PTI cream ink to pick out the detail.

A piece of recycled clear plastic from a PTI carrier sheet (those things your stamps come on) is the actual window and I used a 1/2 inch circle punch to cut Lavender moon cardstock to make Rapunzel's face. Same punch to cut the crescent shape that makes her wee wimple thingy and the triangle for the hat are the lovely Gold shimmer cardstock also from PTI. Her 'hair' is a random piece of yarn that was lying around here, probably for 10 years or more waiting to be needed.

The patterned papers are all from the My Mind's eye 'Quite Smitten' collection, and they are all over the card as well - beautiful papers that go so well with chocolate, mmmm chocolate - I thought I'd fill my box with Chocolate fudge brownies - I cut them into smallish squares and they stack up quite nicely in the tall box, wrapped a little baking paper around them to stop them gooing up my box.

Thought the "Be my Princess?' sentiment was quite appropriate since this was going to my wee daughter and I used the wee PTI alphabet stamp set. Since I was too lazy to line it up neatly, I used the excuse that I wanted a 'whimsical' touch, and let it wobble all over the place. Embossed it with white embossing powder to give it strength to stand out.

Scalloped and plain heart nestabilities on the card.

The 'flagpole' s a cocktail stick inked up with dark chocolate ink.

Hope it tickles - and don't forget to click over to Beverly's place!!

25 comments:

  1. That is awesome! I just love it. It looks like your daughter has some of your talents as well. I hope your PTI entry does well. Oh and those brownies look very Yummy! LOL! -Molly B

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  2. Oh my, your talent just amazes me!! This is beautiful!

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  3. I think your 2 little princesses are very lucky to have such a talented Mommy!!! These are just delightful, Claire!!!

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  4. Oh my Claire.... that is amazing...and that brownie looks amazing. Can I be your valentine?? LOL!!!! Keep the great ideas coming!!!

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  5. This is absolutely adorable! I'm sure you are your little girl's hero right now! I know my little one would LOVE this!

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  6. Just darling, Claire!

    And those paper look good enough to snack on, lolol!

    TFS your amazing project!

    ~Hugs, Deb

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  7. That is so stinkin' cute I can barely stand it! Great job.

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  8. This is so fun Claire! What a great idea and I love how you used that pretty paper and have every last detail just perfect!! :)

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  9. Such beautiful projects! I love the nested hearts, especially. Oooh, and the brownies...yum!

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  10. Claire, this is absolutely darling! Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  11. THUD! These two projects are FANTABULOUS! Girl, you have really gone all out with your crativity.

    Thanks for your continued inspiration.

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  12. Now Claire, your tower is wonderful of course...but it's the brownies that I crave!! Off to see what I can dig up in the kitchen!

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  13. Awwww this is just way too sweet Claire...I just love it!

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  14. What a super, super creative container and so cute! And the brownie looks yummy. Fantastic! Can't wait to see when everything is posted on PTI.

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  15. Oh Claire - you have done it again! What a wonderful project you have created! Your Rapunzel and the castle tower are fantastic! And the chocolate brownie looks yummy! Well done!

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  16. Claire, this is adorable! You never cease to amaze me with what you create! Fabulous!

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  17. Truly Claire, the only word that comes to mind for this project is simply "enchanting"! This is off the charts adorable. You really do need to share your layout pattern for the tower! I've not seen anything like it. You are amazing! Best, Curt PS I've posted my new valentines on my post. Go have a look when you have a minute!

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  18. I love this Claire! You are so creative! My little girl would love that little castle full of brownies!
    PS that Bev is just wonderful isnt she!

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  19. It is beautiful How did you make
    it. My grandaughter would love it. Susan email nomoney56@aol.com

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  20. Hi Claire- just stopping by from the PTI forum to thank you for the nice welcome :) So glad I came by because I love your blog and this project is amazing!! I adore MME paper and I love what you've created with it- so would my 5 yr. old daughter!

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  21. Claire, that is fantasitic!!! I can't wait to see the January GSS version of your tower! You are amazing!

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  22. Its lovely Claire and you are right - what makes it so special is that your little one loves it!

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  23. that is just AMAZING, Claire!!!

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  24. Precious! I don't have a wee girlie person in my home so I won't be making a Princess themed bag but I suppose I could alter it for my son... He could be my prince. :o)

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations

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