Tag Archives: Happy Valentine’s Day

Hanging Heart From Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar

While traveling, I am not able to make February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar. There just wasn’t enough room to pack everything. I purchased both the calendar as well as the custom paper pack, so it’s going to be fun to make this once I get back home.

Hanging Heart, February’s paper project from Helen Hiebert’s 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

This is Helen’s photo of the hanging heart she made. The instructions for making this are included in her calendar, one project for each month of the year.

This is very similar to the hanging hearts I shared in December 2014 and February 2015.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper. My instructions are my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

If you are interested in getting your own calendar see: 2017 Twelve Months of Paper Calendar.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Hershey’s Kisses Chocolate Mice

I made these Hershey Kisses Mice last year for Valentine’s Day. They were very a big hit, especially when I gave out over 150 of them to friends and acquaintances during Valentine’s Day dinner.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper.

A bunch of mice made from chocolate kisses. The ears are made from paper. Perfect favors for Valentine’s Day.

The following quote about chocolate is dedicated to my friend, Sophia.

Chocolate comes from cocoa
which comes out of a tree.
That makes it a plant,
Therefore, chocolate counts as salad.
The end.

Now for the instructions for making your salad.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Here are the steps to make your chocolate mice.

Steps to making your mice (the numbers below refer to the numbers in the above photo):

1. Get 2 Hershey’s Kisses. I got a package or red, pink and silver kisses and another package of gold kisses.

2. Remove the printed paper message from the kisses.

3. Glue googly eyes on one of the kisses. I suggest using a liquid glue for this step.

4. Cut a 4″ length of bakers twine, put a knot in one end and insert the unknotted end into one of the kisses where you removed the message paper.

5. To make the ears, cut out 2 ovals out of brown paper and two smaller ovals out of pink paper.

6. Glue the pink ovals on the brown ovals. I suggest using stick glue for this step.

7. Glue the paper ears on the kiss with the googly eyes. I suggest a liquid glue for this step.

8. After the glue on the paper ears has dried, glue the two kisses together. I suggest a liquid glue for this step. Hold the two kisses together for a little bit to make sure the glue adheres well. Your mouse is now finished.

Two chocolate kisses mice.

Two mice made from chocolate kisses.

I realize that the ears are the only part of these mice that are made from paper. But, they’re so cute, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey's kisses.

Chocolate mice made from Hershey’s kisses.

I have a friend who said she couldn’t manage to make them with her nephew because he kept eating the kisses before they could be made into mice.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine's Day colors too.

These chocolate mice are so easy to make. And in Valentine’s Day colors too.

I put the mice on the tables as Valentine’s Day table decorations. They really made the tables look festive.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine's Day.

These are the start of my table decorations for Valentine’s Day.

Be sure to make extra mice because you’re sure to get requests for more.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

The chocolate strawberries were delicious.

Happy chocolate, Candy

DIY – Square Envelope With Interlocking Heart Closure

After designing my square Valentine’s Day card, I decided to make a square envelope to go with it. I wanted an easy envelope, but one with a little extra pizzaz. So here’s my square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My square envelopes with interlocking heart closure.

My valentine cards are 4 inches square. By trial and error, I found that a 6 inch square made the perfect size for my card to fit in.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

First I located the center of my paper, then folded each of the corners up to the center.

I started with a 6″ square piece of paper. On the inside of the paper I drew pencil lines (from corner to corner) to find the center of the paper. I folded each of the corners of the square to the center of the paper (see photo above).

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

Next, I glued hearts to the outside corners of the square paper.

To make the interlocking hearts, I cut hearts out of gold card stock and slightly smaller hearts out of paste paper. Most any colored or decorated papers will work. I glued the gold hearts to the corners of the envelope. I glued so that the corner of the envelope just peeked out of the “v” of the heart.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next, I glued the paste paper hearts on top of the gold hearts.

Next I glued the slightly smaller paste paper hearts on the gold hearts. This was the first time I used Zig 2-Way Glue. It was like using liquid glue in a ball point pen. I liked the ability to be very accurate with the glue. For those of us who are usually messy with glue, this looks to be a great alternative.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

My Valentine card now can slip into the envelope. The hearts interlock, sort of like the flaps of a cardboard box.

These envelopes cannot be sent through the mail. The ones that I need to mail will have to be put into a larger envelope. That’s okay as I think these envelopes are too lovely to be spoiled by postal cancellations.

Close up of square envelope with heart closure.

Close up of square envelope with interlocking heart closure.

The envelopes can be made in different sizes, as long as they are squares. A 7.5″ square creates an envelope that’s perfect for a 5″ square card. Experiment with different sizes of envelopes and hearts. Have fun!

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Close up of a square envelope with interlocking hearts on a paste paper background.

Scrapbook papers would make for great envelopes, hearts for the envelopes and cards too.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine card as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

This photo shows the inside and outside of my valentine cards as well as the square interlocking heart envelopes.

Play with this envelope and see just how creative you can get.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Making Heart Garlands

I think what I like most about Valentine’s Day is hearts. I love hearts! And around Valentine’s Day, I get to play with them for weeks on end. Over the years I have made a number of different heart garlands. So here’s a bunch of them along with instructions or links to the instructions from past blog posts.

I used red, dark pink and purple papers along with some beads to make this paper folded heart garland.

My Folded Paper Heart Garland is made with red, dark pink and purple papers along with thread and some beads.

Below are some photos of a super easy heart garland. All that is necessary are strips of paper and a stapler. It’s a perfect activity to share with a young child.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

A strip of paper and a stapler are all you need to make this heart garland.

For this garland I cut 3/4″ strips out of a couple of 8 1/2″ by 11″ red papers. You can use multiple colors to make you heart garland. You can use double sided scrapbook pages too.

You can see the staples on this photo.

You can see the staples on this photo. The staples are actually hot pink staples which were a gift from a friend. I love how they look on this garland.

And, should you want something a little more “professional” looking, just use glue instead of a stapler. Glue stick dries quicker than a liquid glue, but any glue will work.

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2" x 6"

Red and white heart garland made with strips of paper 1/2″ x 6″. I used glue stick rather than staples on this garland.

Another heart garland can be made by sewing paper hearts, like I have with the heart garlands below.  While I prefer to sew by hand, you could use a sewing machine which would speed up the process.

"String of Hearts" hand sewn with metallic gold thread (about 6' long)

Rainbow Heart Garland, perfect for any time of year, not just Valentine’s Day!

I like to fold 2 hearts together and sew them with a coordinating thread. I use either embroidery thread or waxed linen thread. I add a few beads at the bottom and a loop at the top.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers that are now blooming.

My Spring Heart Garland has bright colors that remind me Spring flowers.

By changing the colors of the hearts, I have made heart garlands for more than just Valentine’s Day. I have used green hearts for St. Patrick’s Day, spring colored to celebrate spring and pastel pink and purple hearts for Easter. You could even make a red and green garland for the Christmas season. You can find instructions for this type of garland on my blog post: DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Heart garland in colors perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

Did I mention that I love heart garlands? My folded heart garland is my favorite of all garlands. I made this one last year and I have had it hanging in my studio ever since. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Not exactly a heart garland, but you could make multiple and make them into one, is the hanging heart ornament. Instructions on my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

One of my paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Happy Valentine’s Day Cards

My studio time this week has been minimal as I have been working on cleaning and organizing my garage (lots of art supplies stored in there), and locating all my tax records. I have had time to package and put together a few Happy Valentine’s Day cards.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

As usual, my cards are 5″ by 7″ and fit into a standard 5″ by 7″ mat or frame.

Happy Valentine's Day cards

Happy Valentine’s Day cards

These cards are prints of an original gouache and ink piece I did on Arches cover, a printmaking paper.

Happy Valentine's Day card

Happy Valentine’s Day card

Enjoy, Candy

Hearts I’ve Shared on Facebook

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

These hot pink and gold hearts were punched out, then sewn on embroidery thread. They made a wonderful little garland.

On my Facebook page, I have been sharing a photo every day on a particular topic (one topic per month). January was Hearts and February is Red. Yes, a little bit of an overlap for hearts and red. I just love hearts. So here are some of my favorite Heart photos.

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Covered Pencils

These are paper covered pencils. I love the hearts. You can see more paper covered pencils along with instructions on my blog post: Paper Wrapped Pencils.

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

These heart paperclips I made from regular paperclips I love colorful paperclips. Now I even have heart ones. What fun!

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn't include a heart.

I found this card when I was going through some old files. It was a proof for a wedding invitation for a friend a number of years ago. She actually chose a different design of mine that didn’t include a heart.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

This is how the above card looks when it is opened.

 

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files for some mail art envelopes for a blog post I am working on, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy only a couple years earlier and this was one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

This is a blast from the past. As I was looking through some old files, I found this. It is a proof that my mom did for a wedding that took place in 1977. I introduced my mom to calligraphy a short time before she did this. It is one of her earliest pieces of calligraphy.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed "Love Ya" in red with a stencil font.

For this card, I folded a piece of decorated paper I had left over from another project into the heart. Then I printed “Love Ya” in red with a stencil font.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

I made this using ink and gouache on printmaking paper.

Just to let you know, March will be Tools (as in the tools I use to make my art) and April will be A-Word-A-Day and May will be Flowers. Feel free to offer suggestions for future topics for months to come.

You can join in, too. Post your own Red photos on Facebook in February and tag them #MyFebruaryChallenge #Red #MyPaperArts.

See more at www.facebook.com/mypaperarts

Happy Valentine’s Day, Candy

DIY Crown Jewel Heart Box – Template included

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from a piece of decorated paper that was red on one side and had a wonderful print on the other.

I named this the Crown Jewel Heart Box  because the shape reminds me of the Crown Jewels. The above box is made out of light weight card stock. 

I discovered a puffy little box and absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve modified the box a bit and turned it into what I call a Crown Jewel Heart Box. I even made a template that you can download, so it’s very easy to make these cute little boxes yourself.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock that was sprayed with some purple ink. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box was made from hot pink card stock. I sprayed purple ink on one side of the paper. The heart shows the unsprayed hot pink. I love the contrast.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box looks lovely even when made in just red text paper.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box looks lovely, even when made in just red text paper.

I named this box the Crown Jewel Heart Box because the shape reminded me of the Crown Jewels.

Solid red or print, the Crown Jewel Heart Box looks great. The print papers I used to make the boxes above are both light weight card stock.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box in red, hot pink and purple text weight papers. Card stock or text weight papers work for this box.

The Crown Jewel Heart Box in red, hot pink and purple text weight papers. Card stock or text weight papers work for this box.

Print the template out on the back side of your chosen paper. Cut along the solid lines. Fold along the dashed lines. Then slip the two halves of the hearts through the slits and open the heart. You can either crease the heart halves or push them open gently for a softer look.

This Crown Jewel Heart Box works with either text weight or cover weight paper. Click here to download the Crown Jewel Heart Box template.

Enjoy, Candy

Long-Stemmed Hearts

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine's Day.

Long stemmed hearts in a variety of colors are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I have been playing around with paper hearts. My favorite I have dubbed the Long-Stemmed Heart. I started out making the traditional red heart. Then I decided to add pinks and purples. Why stop there? I got a little carried away and have made the hearts in all sorts of colors. Then it was time to play with different color combinations for the bouquets.

Long stem hearts 3

Purple, blue and teal Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Long stem hearts 4

Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Long stem hearts 5

Purples and blue look great. You don’t always have to have red hearts.

Here I went with reds, pinks and purple long stemmed hearts.

Here I went with cool colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Unlike roses, my Long-Stemmed Hearts won’t wilt after a week and never need watering. In fact, it’s highly advised that you don’t.

I hope this inspires you.

Enjoy, Candy