Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Coordinated Ensemble

Here it is late January, and I'm still writing up my to-do-list for the new year.  So many things to take care of.  One of my resolutions is to carve out crafting time a few times a week.  Until I get this prioritized, I have decided to re-post favorite Valentine's Day theme projects.  Here's one which includes an entire coordinated ensemble.  Enjoy!

A heartfelt handmade gift means so much, both to the giver and receiver. You know how much love goes into making something special, so it is equally important to know who your recipient is as you create it.

I decided it would be fun to create an entire coordinated ensemble of altered artwork to mix and match for a good friend or two.

Finding vintage-style coordinating scrapbook paper online a few years ago, I loved it so much that I bought all that was available. It's a subtle Valentine mix of dark red, soft yellow, sage and black -not a hint of pink or bright red in the bunch.
Since I just altered a wood photo frame (see February 2 post), I decided to create coordinating items, adding a small notebook, pillar candle, clothespin clips, a large spiral notebook, a note holder, and of course, a glass jar filled with chocolate.

Here is the beginning of my embellished mini notebook. I found these small spiral notepads (with pens) on our recent visit to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- in the college bookstore for less than $2 each. Here are the before and after notepads.
And here is it is shown with the matching pen and altered clothespin clip. Embellishments include ribbons, chipboard circle stamped with "Friendship is a work of heart," a wooden bead and metal heart charm, and of course, the coordinated scrapbook paper.

And a surprise envelope inside for love notes or perhaps a sweet gift card?
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And a few stamped images throughout the pages.
...the large spiral notebook
...matching tile coasters embellished pillar candle

and this altered glass hinged jar full of kisses--chocolate kisses!

And a photo of the complete ensemble:


  1. So cute! I found you through The Blackberry Vine. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Hi Doreen - I love your Blog!
    You've been awarded!!!

    Hope you're having a great week!


  3. Love this! Thank you for sharing found you over at Blackberry Vine!! I'm your newest follower!


  4. This is a fabulous gift set and I love the colors. You are going to make someone really happy.

    I would love it if you would hook this project up to my new linky party:

  5. Wow, so cute! I would love for you to share this at my Valentines Party @!

  6. I want some chocolate kisses too! Saw you at One Artsy Mama. I host a weekly fri-monday linky if you would like somewhere else to link. I am also hosting a fun Valentine contest and your valentine posts can be linked up for a chance to win some fun prizes. Hope to see you soon.

  7. What a cute idea! This is SO adorable. Thanks for sharing!

    I am now your newest follower!

  8. This is fantastic! Love how everything coordinates. And of course I love the chocolate kisses :) Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a nice comment. Love your embellished notebook and the other goodies you made! - Suzanne

  10. So many fabulous ideas! Where do I begin? :)

  11. Hi there! I just came over from the bloglist on Katherine's corner. You are very talented. I'm finding a treasure trove of amazing bloggers!

    I just followed you and wondered if you'd be willing to do the same. Thanks!

  12. Thanks for linking up, and good luck.

  13. I love everything! Off to check out your other posts


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