Friday, January 25, 2013

Be My Valentine

I l.o.v.e. this time of year. 
Rainy days, hot popcorn,
catching up on movies,

Right around early February, I invite friends over for a Valentine's craft-fest, also known as Creative Therapy!  I provide inspiration and all the supplies they need to create an altered art project. 

Next week we're going to make this adorable Valentine's gift, embellished with ribbon, rub-ons, wood hearts, tags, stamps and, of course, CHOCOLATE!  [I thought that would get your attention.]

Valentine's gifts

Starting with a plain tin "take-out" style box (which comes in red, white and silver), I added an "only YOU" rub-on to the front of the container. Then I glued a wooden red heart to the clasp that locks the lid in place. I found some puffy stickers, and adhered a "Be My Valentine" sticker on this heart.

Ribbon adds so much color and texture to a project.  I gathered a combination of red, white and black ribbons, and tied about a dozen 5" strands to the handle.

Then I stamped "sealed with a kiss" onto a circle tag, embossed it, and tied it to the handle as well.

The last step is adding the chocolate kisses! I lined the bottom of the tin with shredded paper, and then filled it to the top with red & silver Hershey Kisses. 

I got a GREAT DEAL: when the holiday candy went on sale [50-75% off], I bought several large bags. After eating removing the green pieces, I used the red & silver wrapped kisses for this Valentine's project. [No one will be the wiser.]   If there are any leftovers, I'll save the green kisses for St. Patrick's Day!

Valentine's gifts

The best part of these craft-fests is that everyone has their own style when it comes to choosing their ribbons and embellishments.  This means that every project looks different, making it truly unique.  I love spending a few hours together with my friends while we relax, chat, and craft.  Creative Therapy is just what the doctor ordered!

 What are your crafting plans over the next few weeks?
Want more Valentine's ideas? 


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  1. This sounds like so much fun. My friends prefer I do all the work, but I really don't mind - altering stuff is so relaxing. Love the Valentine's box.

  2. so cute! Hmmm, my plans? I hope to do a few more projects with my cameo :-)
    I linked over from The Answer is Chocolate
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  3. Doreen, what a wonderful, wonderful creative experience and tradition you've created for your friends! I love both the concept and the creative Valentine project. Wish we were neighbors!


  4. Creative Therapy. What a great idea. I'd love to do something like that with my friends. I invited some folks over a few years ago to make Christmas tags, and we all had a blast. It's been too long since I've had a girl's craft night. You've inspired me.

    Atta Girl Amy

  5. Creative therapy and chocolate! Just what the doctor ordered.

  6. Just gorgeous. And wanted to let you know that this is among my features tomorrow from Friday's link party.

  7. I have a friend who puts together fun crafty get togethers like this from time to time and it's always a blast. Love your cute idea!

  8. These are beautiful! What a great idea. Memories and great projects, too! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Have a wonderful week. :)


  9. I have a few Valentines paper-craft decorating boxes...that I have shared. They are so much fun to do this time of year!
    Hope you have a great week & get to drop by & link up again soon @

  10. Sounds like loads of fun! I had invited some of my friends for a craft party last February... it was a hot chocolate crafting party. It's always fun crafting with friends. I love what you have planned for your friends. You can send the green Kisses my way if you would like ;)

  11. I love this for V-day...just alter it! I would love to have you come link up your favorite posts at 'Or so she says...'. The link party will be open until this Tuesday. (Sat-Tues, every week.) Hope to see you there!

    Mariel @ Or so she says...

  12. oh this came out very nice, great job thanks for sharing

  13. Such beautiful ideas! LOVE that red and white baker's twine - I have that and have used it on TONS of projects! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week!


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