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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

Studio Snapshot – Valentine’s Day

Most of my studio time this past week was in preparation for Valentine’s Day. I made cards and place cards. I loved playing with embellished brush lettering.

Here's the Valentine's Day card and envelope I made for Marge.

Here’s the Valentine’s Day card and envelope I made for Marge. She always makes me such great cards, I wanted to give her one too.

 

After playing with brush lettering for the place cards (see Studio Snapshot -Valentine Place Cards). Below are the finished place cards.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

These are the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

I used different colors for each of the 7 different names. I also made each of the borders just a little different.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

Although each of the names are a different color and have a different border, they look great together. That’s because the lettering on all the names are similar.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

You can see my practice for the place cards, Studio Snapshot – Valentine Place Cards.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

This is my favorite of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. There seems to be a whimsical nature to the letters here.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine's Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

One of the 7 place cards I made for Valentine’s Day Sunday Brunch. Obviously, this one is mine.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Paper Origami Mandalas for Valentine’s Day

This past week I got the urge to make my paper origami mandalas in reds and pinks. I pared them with a red shadow box frame, and they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

All the paper origami mandalas were made with left over paper scraps. I used eight 1″ by 4″ pieces of paper to make each mandala. Each of the eight pieces of paper were folded many, many times.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine's Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! Paper Origami Mandala in shadow box frame.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn't look good in a red frame, so it's not framed.

The pink on this Paper Origami Mandala didn’t look good in a red frame, so it’s not framed.

Links to how to make these and other mandalas and rosettes are on last week’s blog post: DIY – Tea Bag Folding & Paper Origami Rosettes.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY – Valentine Envelope Gift Certificate Booklet

Gift certificates are great Valentine’s Day gifts. Who wouldn’t enjoy a foot massage or dinner at their favorite restaurant or even just hugs and kisses. To make these gift certificates super special, I’ve made a booklet out of red envelopes. The envelope booklet makes a wonderful presentation for the gift certificates.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Valentine Gift Certificate Booklet open looks a bit like an accordion book.

Firs,t I found some red envelopes at my local Staples store. Any color envelope will do, but I decided on red. Once I knew the size of my envelope, I designed my gift certificates to fit in that size envelope. You can make your own gift certificates using your computer or stickers or just write your gift certificate by hand on a white piece of paper.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I made 8 Valentine gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

I found these red envelopes that seem perfect to hold the gift certificates.

Glue the inside flap of one of the envelopes. I used glue stick because it doesn’t cause the paper to curl as much as a wetter glue would do. Place another envelope on the inside flap you just glued (see photo below).

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Glue the inside flap of the envelope and place another envelope on top. Continue until you have used all your envelopes.

Insert your gift certificates inside the envelopes. It now looks something like an accordion book.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

Here the gift certificates have been placed in the envelopes.

All that’s left is to wrap it up into a pretty package. I used one white and one red ribbon and tied the booklet together.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

The presentation of these gift certificates makes the gift feel super special.

Originally I was going to use 8 envelopes, but I liked the look and feel of 6 envelopes. You can use as many envelopes as you want.

Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine’s Day, 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

Long-Stemmed Heart Bouquets

Today I put my vase of Long-Stemmed Hearts on my dining table. I love these hearts. I know I’ve posted these photos before, but I just couldn’t help but share them again. They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and they are one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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.

Lately I have been playing around with paper hearts. My favorite I have dubbed the Long-Stemmed Hearts. I started out making the traditional red heart. Then I decided to make 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.

Purple, blue and teal long stemmed hearts.

Purple, blue and teal Long Stemmed Hearts.

Warm colored long stemmed hearts.

Warm colored Long-Stemmed Hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don't always need to have red hearts.

Purples and blues go together well. You don’t always need to have red hearts.

Here I went with cool colored 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 water them.

I hope this inspires you.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Chocolate Mice From Hershey’s Kisses

In anticipation of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival, I’m sharing how to make these really cute mice made from chocolate kisses (and a little bit of paper, the ears). The Chocolate Festival isn’t until March, but I like to be prepared, especially for chocolate.

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 will be demonstrating how to make these little mice during the First Friday Art Walk on March 6, which is also the first day of Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival.

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 am making a whole bunch of little mice to share with friends on Valentine’s Day. They will be placed as table decorations on numerous tables where I will be having Valentine’s Dinner.

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

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

Happy chocolate, Candy

DIY Folded Paper Heart Garland

After making a whole bunch of heart ornaments for the front window of the Ashland Art Center (see my last post, Paper Valentine Heart Ornaments), I decided to make some folded heart garlands.

Folded Paper Heart Garland

Folded Paper Heart Garland

I started with three colors of paper, a red, a dark pink, and a purple. I also used a variety of beads. Most were #6 seed beads, but I used a few other sizes of beads to go with them. I liked the contrast of the different sizes and shapes of beads.

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

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

I used a text weight paper. I started with an 8.5″ by 11″ paper that I cut into quarters.

Steps to make the folded heart for the garland.

Beginning steps to make a folded heart for the garland.

1. Cut an 8.5″ by 11″ piece of text weight paper into quarters.

2. Fold the paper in half horizontally and again vertically. Cut a rounded corner shape like in the photo #2 above. Hint: Make a paper template of your desired shape once you have a shape that you like.

3. Unfold as you can see in photo #3 above.

4. Fold into a fan shape as in photo #4 above.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

Next 2 steps in making folded paper heart garland.

5. Poke a needle through the center of the “fan” as shown in #5 above.

6. Cut a piece of string, embroidery floss or thread the length you want  your garland. Put a knot at the bottom and string a few beads on the garland. Then thread the needle through the center of the “fan” hole made in #5. See #6 above.

Hint: Start from the bottom of the garland and go up. The first garland I made I started at the top and went down. The second garland I made was much easier to make because I started at the bottom and went up.

Gluing the first heart on the garland.

Glue the first heart on the garland.

7. Put glue stick on both sides of the inside of the “fan” to make the first heart. Also at this time glue the thread down too, pulling just a bit to make sure the beads are tight against the back side of the paper.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

First heart on the garland. Now continue up the garland.

8. Close the two sides of the paper against the thread. Hold for a little bit to be sure the paper is secure. Now you have your first heart on your garland finished.

Keep adding more folded paper "fans" and more beads to your garland.

Keep adding more folded paper “fans” and more beads to your garland.

Add more beads and hearts until you get your garland the length you want. Then tie a knot to secure the top bead and tie a loop at the end so you can hang the garland.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

Folded Paper Heart Garland finished.

I got the inspiration and basic instructions (which I have modified a bit) from Kate’s post on Red Ted Art.

This is a fun project that will add a little pazzaz to your Valentine’s Day decor.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Valentine Paper Heart Ornaments

There’s a First Friday Art Walk every First Friday in Ashland. All the galleries are open late and people meander the streets and visit lots of galleries. It’s fun and festive. This past First Friday, in my studio on the 2nd floor of the Ashland Art Center, I demonstrated how to make my paper heart ornaments. An emphasis on reds and pinks I thought would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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

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

I wasn’t the only one who liked those paper heart ornaments. The executive director of the Art Center asked me to make a bunch more of them to put in the gallery window for a Valentine display.

These paper Valentine Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are made from polka dot scrapbook paper.

So, this past week, I’ve been making lots and lots of Valentine paper heart ornaments. DIY directions are on my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments for the Ashland Art Center front window.

I have used this paper for lotus flowers too.

Paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments.

I watercolored the paper before making this paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament.

I watercolored the paper before making this paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments were made from a paper I have been saving for over 20 years.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments were made from a paper I have been saving for over 20 years. Time to put the paper to good use.

This paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament was made from scrapbook paper.

This paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornament was made from scrapbook paper.

The heart ornament on the right is made from one of my paste papers.

The heart ornament on the right is made from one of my paste papers.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are so fun to make.

These paper Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments are so fun to make.

Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments sitting on two papers that will soon be made into more ornaments.

Valentine Hanging Heart Ornaments sitting on two papers that will soon be made into more ornaments.

As I said earlier, the instructions are in my blog post: DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments.

Enjoy, Candy

DIY Hanging Paper Heart Ornaments

I decided it would be fun to make place cards for the four of us who went out to a noontime Christmas Eve dinner yesterday. I wanted the place cards to double keepsakes for the four of us, so I decided to make paper heart ornaments and attach our names to the hanging cord.

The heart ornaments double as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner. I calligraphed our names on gold paper and slipped the hanging cord through a hole I punched in the paper.

The heart ornaments doubled as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner. I calligraphed our names on gold paper and slipped the hanging cord through a hole I punched in the paper.

They were a big hit, not only to my dining companions, but to those at neighboring tables. I have decided that I will demonstrate how to make them during the First Friday Art Walk on January 2. In case you can’t make it to Ashland, Oregon on January 2, I’m including instructions below.

Here I have traced around my heart template on the back side of my chosen paper.

Here I have traced around my heart template on the back side of my chosen paper.

After finding a pleasing heart shape, cut the heart out of heavy paper and use it as a template. Trace around the heart template on the back side of the decorated paper you want to use for your heart ornament. I suggest either a heavy text weight paper or a light weight card stock paper.

Note: It is much easier to fold your heart in half if you are folding it with the grain of the paper. If you don’t know about paper grain direction, you can learn about it on my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.

Cut six hearts and then fold them in half.

Cut six hearts and then fold each of them in half.

Cut out six hearts, then fold them in half as shown in the photo above.

Glue the back sides of half of two of the hearts together using glue stick.

Glue the back sides of half of two of the hearts together using glue stick.

Glue the back half of one heart to the back half of another heart. I use glue stick for this.

Hint: I find that if I use glue stick on both pieces of paper, they will slide a little so it a lot easier to align them.

Always put the glue on the wrong side of the paper. It ends up looking like a heart book with all the wrong sides glued together.

Always put the glue on the wrong side of the paper. It ends up looking like a heart book with all the wrong sides glued together.

In the above photo, the first two hearts have been glued together, almost like a page in a book has been glued closed (the glued hearts are on the right, the one to be glued to them on the left). Now glue the back side of one of the “pages” to one folded back side of one of the remaining 4 hearts.

Three hearts have now been glued together.

Three hearts have now been glued together.

Continue gluing one more heart. The above photo shows three hearts glued into what almost looks like a book. Add one more heart by gluing just the wrong side of the paper.

Four hearts have been glued and two remain to be glued.

Four hearts have been glued and two remain to be glued.

Glue another heart.

Five hearts have been glue together and only one more heart remains.

Five hearts have been glue together and only one more heart remains.

Glue the last heart.

Glue the last heart.

Glue the last heart to the others.

Now you have what looks like a heart book.

Now you have what looks like a heart book.

Cut a piece of string or cord long enough to form a loop and the top of your ornament and hang below it too.

Cut a piece of string or cord long for your heart ornament.

Cut a piece of string or cord long enough to make a loop above your heart ornament and hang below too. You could use a ribbon, but a cord is easier to hide in the fold of the ornament.

Tie a knot and lay the cord in the spine of the ornament.

Tie a knot and lay the cord in the spine of the ornament.

Double the cord and tie a know about 4 or 5 inched down from the top of the cord as shown above. Lay the cord in the middle of what looks like a heart book. See photo above. Then glue the two remaining wrong sides of the paper together to finish your heart ornament.

Make know at bottom of ornament.

Make knot at bottom of ornament.

I think it finishes off the heart ornament to have a knot at the bottom too. Cut your hanging cord to whatever length you like.

Two of my heart ornaments. The name tag can slip through the top hanging cord.

Two of my heart ornaments. I made name tags on gold paper, put a hole in the tag and slipped the name tag on the top of the cord. These made wonderful place cards (see first photo on this blog post).

You now have a hanging heart ornament.

Two hanging heart ornaments.

Two hanging heart ornaments.

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 Revisited

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.

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I decided I would revisit a post I did last January on Long-Stemmed Hearts. It is a favorite of mine and I hope you enjoy it again too.

Lately 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

 

DIY Cube Heart Box – Template Included

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made from one of my handmade paste papers.

With Valentine’s Day coming next month, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and playing around the theme of hearts. This is a simple box that closes with two flaps that come together to make a heart. I call it a cube heart box.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Heart cube box made from a digital print of one of my handmade paste papers.

Just print out the template on the back of a piece of decorative paper, cut on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines and use a bit of glue on the flaps to hold it all together. To close it, gently bend the top flaps in and slip the tabs of the heart together.

Click here to download the template.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

Cube heart box made out of one of my handmade paste papers.

I designed my template to fit on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper, but you could enlarge or reduce the size if you need a larger or smaller box.

Three cube heart boxes.

Three cube heart boxes.

What to include in your finished box? My friends say that you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

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