Monday, January 31, 2011

A Bucket of Valentines!

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This week's challenge is "Anything BUT a Card".  (Egads, always my most challenging challenge!)  I can't alter worth a hoot!!  My brain just want's to do cards.  But, I gave it a whirl!!  And it was a blast!!  Give it a try all!  Post your project, un-card, or anything you created that is not a card over on the Woodware USA Blog ASAP to be included in the January drawing for a FREEEEEE Woodware set!!  Yahoo!!

For this challenge I used the heck out of the "Lot's of Hearts" set!  This set is amazing, 18 stamps included, easy to color and wonderfully versatile!! Love it!!

I cheated and made cards...six of them, but they're little (3x3) and I put them in a not-card thing.  So it's not a card, it's my Valentine bucket.  (Anything but a Card -- check.) 

I alterered this little bucket that came with a bag of gummy bears in it... I ate the gummy bears a long time ago (hee hee!).  But saved the little clear bucket "just in case." 

Turns out, my little bucket fit little 3x3 cards and envys perfectly!!  (Can you see them inside the bucket??)

I cut out six 3x6 card bases, punched a 3/4" square hole in the front of three of the cards, cut a square scallop using Nesties, then punched a 1" square in those and positioned the (now) scalloped frame over my 3/4" square hole.  The insides are a variety of the different stamps from the "Lots of Hearts" set, and all colored using only R22 and E25 Copics. 

Wanted to show you how fun the "Love You" image from this set is.  I curved the image onto my acrylic block and stamped it onto white CS so it is banner-looking!  I colored in just the little heart in the middle of the sentiment.

Next, I punched a large heart in the front of the other three card bases using SU! Large Heart punch.  I cut them out just as they were, and adhered them over my heart hole.  Fun, right?!!  I outlined this card with dashes using a Signo with gel pen.

To decorate the outside of the pail, I randomly stamped a variety of the images from the set onto two 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" white cardstock panels.  Each of the panels are different (i.e. random!).  I colored in the images with the same R22 and E25 Copics and adhered one to the front and one to the back of my bucket with ATG gun tape. 

My embellishes on the bucket include Large scallop border punch by EK Success (around the top brim),  Paper Studio crocheted trim, and a few half-back pearls. 

For the lid, I used my Nesties to cut a perfectly sized circle of PTI Summer Sunrise CS.  I punched SU Early Espresso CS with SU! Large Scallop punch, ran my tape runner around the back side edge of the Espresso scallop and adhered Paper Studio crocheted trim.  I layered the trimmed scallop with a white circle scallop (SU!) and a 1" circle of Cameo Coral CS.  The sentiment I used in the center is from Woodware's "All Through the Year" set.  The lace bow embellishment is Jolee's Boutique Baby Patches.

And finally, I didn't know what to do with the handle, ribbon just didn't look right.  So I adhered a die cut scalloped heart and large heart with dimensionals in between and tied them together with Waxy Flax fiber and a Gina K button.

I know this was a long post!  Thanks for sticking with me!!  Be sure you head to the Woodware USA Blog to join in the challenge and see all the other AMAZING inspiration there!!

TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!


Rachel Hope said...

What an amazing project!!! I LOVE it!!!

martina's kaartjes said...

really great project !!l ove it !
greetings, martina

Corinna McGregor said...

Oh that bucket is so adorable!! I'm with you, I get all out of sorts when I do something that doesn't lay flat on my desk. lol :D

Julia Aston said...

Oh my gosh Anne! love your bucket of cards - the word banner looks wonderful across the cut out heart! Great colors on this too!

Emily Leiphart said...

This is a stunning project, Anne! The bucket is decorated beautifully and I love all the details on every single one of your cards! The word banner across the open heart is fabulous!

Tina said...

Your bucket came out great. And, I love the cards you made to put inside. What a great idea. Much better than candy! Good job!

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow Anne I absolutely love your project! The altered can with the valentines is brilliant and I love how you took us step by step through your creative process! Awesome!!!
Hugs, Harriet

Lou said...

WOW< the write up came out great! I love your project, you are so creative!!! Hugs

isu.alum said...

Fabulous Pail Anne! Love the deelish color combo and that you coordinated everything so perfectly. Love that set. I just bought a tin like this so now I've gotta make something WORTHY!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE IT!


One4Joy said...

ya did great with the bucket and all those cards inside, Anne! I'm right with you on the altering stuff...

Nancy said...

Anne, I am blown away by your bucket! It's a bucket of pure genius!! I can't believe how much you used this wonderful set!! BRAVO!!