Friday, February 8, 2013

Playing in Paradise 103 - A Loved One

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all been keeping warm and healthy.  The flu bug came knocking at our door this week, and silly us - we let it in.  So we are all stuffed up, tired and grumpy :(  I did get a new box full of goodies though, so that helped my mojo along :)  It also helps that the weekend will be here before we know it and I am so looking forward to getting some extra rest.  I think hubby and I will take turns :)

Well it is Friday - and that means it is time for a new Playing in Paradise Challenge!  This week it is my turn to host and I thought that with Valentine's day being just around the corner it would be fun to make something that is inspired by a loved one.  I hope you will join in!  You can make whatever you like using any product you like as long as it is for or about someone you love.  I'm looking forward to seeing all your creations!

For this challenge, I made a heart shaped treat box.... from scratch.  What can I tell you - it seemed like a good idea at the time!  I am really happy with how this turned out, but it took a lot of efforting.

I framed the cover with some seam binding ribbon that I pleated to create a ruffle.  The beautiful die cut was in my new box of goodies and is Spellbinders Fantastic Flourish 2.  I then added some Pretty Petals flowers that I coloured with Distress inks (tattered rose, tumbled glass and antique linen).  I finished it off with a twine bow and a quick and easy little heart charm that I made with a large Martha Stewart punch.  Want to know how to make your own tiny charms?  You'll have to pop on over to my Playing in Paradise post to see my super quick how-to.

The box itself was made with bristol board and heavy shimmery cardstock.  I covered it inside and out with pretty papers from Bo Bunny - Love Letters.  The sentiment is a banner cut out from one of the Love Letter papers.
If you decide to be adventurous and make your own heart shaped box - the lid opening should be 1/8th inch larger than the base to ensure a proper fit.  

If you haven't already been, pop by the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog to be inspired by the wonderful creations the team and our guest designer have made.  Then link up your own Valentine or project inspired by a loved one.  

Thanks so much for popping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.  I really appreciate them and love having the chance to visit you back.  I am a bit behind at the moment with this ugly flu, but will be catching up shortly.  I also want to welcome and thank my newest follower, Melanie!  So glad to have you along :)

Hugs and Happy Crafting!



Jessi Fogan said...

You let the flu in? Goofballs! I hope you get the chance to rest - it's the only way to kick it back out again.
Your project is AMAZING, Dawn - I can't wait to try your trick of embossing powder on the shrink plastic. That's too cool!

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW! This is stunning Dawn and definitely worth all your hard work. I love the design, gorgeous colours and wonderful detailing too.
Sorry to hear you have had the flu bug I hope you feel loads better soon.
Take care
Sue xx

fairyrocks said...

Hope you are feeling better Dawn. This little box is so pretty. Love your embellishment tut. How did you do that pleating so perfectly?
Keep smiling and creating

Notes by Nina said...

Your flu sound like a vampire, ask it to leave :). I hope you are feeling better. This box is stunning Dawn, I love the soft colours and beautiful details.

Michaela said...

Hi Dawn
OH WOW, what a supper heart shaped box! I have to say your efforts have really paid off! It is truly AMAZING and decorated beautifully!
Hope you feel better soon.
Michaela xx

Faye said...

Dawn, this project is just wow. X

Donna Ellis said...

Oh MY! "made with a little effort" ??? Looks like a lot of time, energy and love went into your project, Dawn, and it is gorgeous! I stand in awe (LOL) that you actually did all the pleating with the seam binding ribbon. It must have been fun embellishing it. A gorgeous project, Dawn. Of course, I've pinned it, tho it is likely my fumble fingers cannot perform the necessary functions to make a lavish gift like this. Thank you for sharing your incredible heart, Dawn, in more ways than one .

mixamatoasties said...

Wow, this is fab Dawn! Gorgeous creation.

Have a great weekend.

Susan xx

downrightcrafty said...

Beautiful so inspirational and love the vintage feel
Hugs Kate xx

Heather said...

A truly beautiful creation Dawn, so brilliantly createand scrumtious colours and papers - your details are very pretty!!!

Heather xx

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I checked out the how to for the embossed heart charm as well, what a great idea!

Take care of yourself!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! This is so stunning, I love the colours and that pleated ribbon on the edge looks so pretty, beautiful flowers too, love it
Lindsay xx

Marilyn said...

This is gorgeous Dawn! It looks like a ton of work but so worth it because it is so pretty.

Emily Keaton said...

This is such a beautiful heart shaped box! You embellished it perfectly. :-)