Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine Candy Box Album

Do you ever pick up a craft book at the store, and even though clear instructions are given, wonder how on earth you could possibly make what your eyes are seeing. This was the case with Delight in the Details held in hand at JoAnn's for more than a year. I absolutely fell in love with the project entitled Candy Box Album Cover. This year I have enough learned skills to give the project a go.

A heart cut from chipboard (a cereal box will do) is traced on the back side of card stock. Scallop cut around drawn line.

Using chipboard heart as a pattern, cut a second heart from cardboard, a third from printed paper. Glue stick all layers together for a nice sturdy base. I call this the "Sandwich Method". Glue Sandwich to chipboard heart.

Backside of album is covered with printed paper cut slightly larger than drawn line. Don't forget to punch  hole with each sheet of paper added for jump ring.

Spread thin layer of Tacky Glue with a few drops of water added to thin slightly to outer edge of first one half of heart including scallop, apply glitter,  and then other half, apply glitter; set aside to dry.

View Image, Print 8x10 sheet of paper, or Print Preview, choose Percentage right for you.

PAPER CRAFT TIP: To create a smaller sized pattern of the original heart shape and maintain same shape, trace half of template onto folded paper, create smaller size needed by keeping pencil line same distance from original drawn line.

Project: Cut from cardboard one small heart, cut one printed paper heart. Glue stick together.

Six layers of alternating red and white crepe paper length of circumference of heart  is sewn slightly off the center line of width of crepe. (You can sew again a scissors width away from first sewn line to be able to use both halves of crepe) Cut 1/8" slits up to sewn line length of crepe.  BEFORE SEPARATING CUT CREPE hot glue sewn edge to edge of small heart. Separate crepe.

Hot glue smaller heart to scalloped base.

Cut (4) 3" strips of  white satin ribbon 5/8" wide, 3" strips gold ribbon 1/4" wide, layer gold over white and staple ends together.

 Hot glue two ribbon pieces together twice to be placed underneath rosette created. Lightly twist length of 1 1/2" wide wired ribbon.

Hot glue a first turn of the ribbon to create a center. (Back shown) Twisted ribbon is then circled around center, hot glue last turn underneath rosette created. Hot glue to ribbon loops, hot glue to crepe.

Valentine's Day was the very first holiday I celebrated with my husband who gave me a heart shaped box of chocolates such as this. I slept with that box on my nightstand for months to come and kept small mementos of our dates together inside.  In the days to follow I will be creating the pages of my album to recall the wonderful crafts I have made to celebrate Valentine's Day this year.


Wanda said...

I LOVE your creation!!! May I have the pink one if it is possible?
My email address is'
thank you,

LindaSonia said...

I would take either kit! Another wonderful creation!! LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

Evelyn said...

Just beautiful! I would love to win one of your kits - either would be wonderful. Evelyn (elh1960@yahoo.com)

Debby said...

I recently found your blog and I am so happy I did! I'm so inspired by your work. I'm making the pipe cleaner Valentine puppies. I would love to have one of your candy box kits, the red one if I had a choice, either would be great.
Thank you for sharing!

nanapeggy said...

I am always a little late to get in on the action here. I would love to have one of your kits, either one. Your work isjust lovely. All the stitching you do is perfection, and I just adore your stories. You are special, thanks for sharing.pegbeut@cox.net

VintageCrafter said...

Oh my goodness! What an amazing creation!!! I just love the whole project and absolutely adore the red kit. I would be over the moon to win your giveaway. Thank you for the detailed instructions...I am excited to try making one of these great hearts:)

Folksie Linda said...

I loved your story about Valentine's Day E! I too love it as my birthday falls on the 9th so it has been special to me every year! I would love to win your giveaway.. not fussy at all about the color! Thanks for the givewaway..so sweet of you!

Pieceful Bits said...

Do I see pink and glitter?!!! I would like the pink kit..aw heck I really love red too!
I love your rosettes!

skybluecrayons @ yahoo dot com

Pieceful Bits said...

OH..and congrats on the design team!
On my way to Jenny's now.

Linda Ruthie said...

Another lovely creation! Thank you so much for showing how it's done. I really must indulge in some crepe paper.

Cindy said...

Elizabeth I agree with Linda Ruthie..the crepe paper is a much have!!

These are adorable..the lucky ladies will be happy!!

I remember my hubbies and mine first Valentin..I still have the heart shaped vase (In storage) that he gave me with my first ever dozen roses..I love those memories!!

Looking forward to your crafts with Jenny.

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

Oh Elizabeth, I would love the red one - I adore red! I think I'm ready to start papercrafting - I've been looking through your older posts the last few days, searching for just the right one. (I really liked the gnome - I know he's not paper, but there's no denying that he's adorable! But I couldn't find him under Christmas Crafts - did I just go by him too fast, or is he not there yet?) Anyway, I'm not sure I'd be a good candidate for either color - I tried reading the instructions and got confused, so I don't know if I'd make it right or not! But I'd love to give it a try! Thanks for giving me a shot at it, anyway! Leslie Anne

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I really don't think that you ever sleep. You are like a factory of crafting...a new project practically DAILY! I thought I crafted alot, but boy you take the prize...endless inspiration and always something new!

Michle said...

I would love this album!!! You could surprise me with a color.


vivian said...

your just too darn full of creativity! Love everything you do E. sweet stuff..all.. the... time!!!

Mary said...

What a beautiful Valentine album. Your creativity is just boundless. If I were to get lucky, I would love the pink kit. I love seeing all your creations and your photography skills are awesome! Your pictures are always so clear and in focus...just the opposite of my pictures. Have a lovely evening!

annemarie said...

Oh how I would love this valentine kit - so pretty.

Aunt Kadra Louise said...

I thought I would check your blog tonight while listening to the State of the Union address by the President. I'm so entranced by your stories and crafts that I can't pay attention to the speech! My son has to keep telling me what is going on and rewinding it. lol I love the Valentine Candy box ablum! Zero calories but lots of yummy goodness! I would love to win a kit, red or pink. Today I was busy trying to make pompom chicks and the pipe cleaner puppies. I must say the puppies were a little tricky on the first one but the second and third were a joy and fast to make. I used some black puffy paint for the eyes and nose. I wasn't sure if my beads were the right size. Looking forward to more crafts! Kadra

My Vintage Mending said...

Miss E...I am so excited to see your talent showcased on someones blog. Just true talent that oozes from the felt and paper. Gorgeous use of the crepe paper. I loved your post on Miss Hannah. Nice to see the younger girls doing crafting too. Have a wonderful week!

Allison said...

Love them both. Hope you got my Valentine today. Allison

The Old Parsonage said...

I love to visit here. You are such an inspiration my friend. I would love to receive either kit - pink or red - they both scream romance!

Enjoy your night!

Anonymous said...

I'm fairly new to reading your blog...and have to say, I've gone waaaaay back to see the wonderful creations you have shared. You have such great projects and you're so generous to share them with your readers.

I would love either of the kits!!!


Nadine said...

What a "sweet" giveaway! I think that the pink kit is adorable!
I am always inspired by your blog, just wish that I could be as creative as you! :)


Petal Pink Rose Cottage said...

Hi Elizabeth! I know we've never met but I feel like I do know you! I read your blog daily and find it so inspiring, and I love your stories, you do make me smile! I'd love one of your creations! If I'd be sooo lucky to be picked Ohhhh! the pink kit for sure! Thankyou again for all the smiles! Linda My email address is silveribbon@gmail.com

Suz said...

I see you are just bubbling over with ideas again, E. I love what you have done with the boxes. The little kits scare me more. Someday I will surprise you!
Big, big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, this project is just wonderful! I absolutely LOVE valentine's day and this little book is perfect for it!I would love either kit if I were so lucky...too sweet! Enjoy creating and have a great day, xo natalea

Lisa said...

Always beautiful - I'm always inspired!
Thank you so much for the tip on the crepe paper. I'm going to give that a try. I made one of your cute little styrofoam birds the other day. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute as yours but I still love it.

Val said...

How beautiful, and very retro! I would love a kit of either color. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Nan said...

Oh the sweet Valentine you have created with that glitter, love it and the red checked ribbon rose, twisting very interesting, taking notes here. Thank you my friend.

Home and Heart said...

Elizabeth - How do you top yourself??? Just seeing them and learning from you is a gift to me!! *sigh* You never cease to inspire and touch MY heart!!!

Chele said...

Oh! So fun! I would love either kit if I get picked! michele.kerry@gmail.com

Linda said...

These are all so pretty...you're such a constant source of inspiration. And how generous of you to share your techniques with all of us.

JoAnne M said...

Your blog has inspired me so much. I was so delighted with your "pink poodles" that I stayed up late a few nights ago and made one. I left it next to the remote control where my husband would see it in the morning. It made him smile when he saw it and he could hardly believe I made it. Thank you for having such a delightful blog and making the world a brighter place. I would love to win one of your kits. My email is jmccoy@surewest.net
Thanks again...JoAnne

Pieceful Bits said...

Yay!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3 Julie

FourSistersInACottage said...

Once again, you never cease to amaze me!!!!
I love them both and would be thrilled to have either one.
Thanks so much for all you do for us.
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Carrie said...

so so SO cute!!!

Dapoppins said...

great tutorial! I kinda got lost at the sewing part, since I can't sew, and I'm so sloppy with measurements. Following directions really means you end up with some fantastic crafts, however!

The Tiquehunters Wife said...

Hello Dear Elizabeth!
All of your artwork is always a delight to my eyes. How I appreciate your work and gift of tutorials! Such lovely happy color and creativity, graced with words full of honesty and the living of this life. But more than that- it's just comforting to know your up and about and I would also be pleased if sometimes all you felt up to do was to post-"Hello".
Never Disappointed and with Love from the Cabin,

veronica said...

These boxes are beautiful. I have the delight in the details book. I wanted it for one of my Christmas gifts. I love the projects but i haven't tied anything. I wish i was as talented as you. veronica

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