I’m in the process of putting together some resolutions for this year, blogging and otherwise, and one word keeps popping to mind: Minify. Simplify. I feel like my life is soooo cluttered with stuff, with noise, with schedules and obligations, that I just want a clean slate! Anyways, I’m working on it, but right now, it’s #MyFavoriteBloggers theme month time. I bring up the whole “minify” thing because for this month’s theme project, I wanted to make a school valentine for J, but after scrolling through pages and pages of clever sayings and punny candies, all I wanted was the simplest easiest valentine possible. So here, hearts + chocolates = Chocolate Heart Valentine. Doesn’t get much more basic than this!
Of course, since I have a Cameo, I had to complicate matters a LITTLE bit by designing and cutting the card with the machine instead of by hand. I even broke out the sketch pen to do my writing for me.
First, I created a 2.75×3.75 inch card, which I guess is the same size as Project Life cards. Don’t know why I did that, I don’t do Project Life, but it’s a nice ratio for a card. The wording is done using the Calamity Jane font and a grey felt tip marker in the Silhouette pen holder. The heart is just a trace of a random heart clipart I found online. And the chocolate? Well, I had a couple while crafting. But I did save enough to do the valentine’s for J’s class – they’re Dove Strawberry Swirl heart shaped chocolates. I liked them because they were pink which matched my pink graph paper.
I’ve made the Silhouette cut files available for download. There are 2 files for this project, one to cut the card itself and draw the words, and the other file to cut the hearts. Remember that for the base card, you’ll need to switch to the Silhouette pen to draw the letters, and then switch back to a blade to cut out the cards!
To assemble, I had the Cameo create the cards and then I just glued the graph paper hearts onto each card. The chocolates were attached to the cards with a bit of double-sided tape.
You know, a lot of those clever school valentines are awfully cute, but I really couldn’t imagine my son going up to his best bud in school and saying “You Melt My Heart” or “I’ve Got My EYE on You!”. He’s just not that type. I’m not sure what type he is yet – maybe just the “Oooh, I WANT CHOCOLATE!” type. So, he’s going to take these simple cards in for his class, maybe with just a “Your Friend, J” written on the back. Minify minify minify. Simplify simplify simplify.
And since it’s #MyFavoriteBloggers time, here are the other HEART inspired projects brought to you by….dun dun dun… My Favorite Bloggers! And if THAT isn’t enough, head over to my holiday project gallery to see what I made for Valentine’s Day last year!
From left to right, top to bottom, here are this month’s #MyFavoriteBloggers: Marilyn from 4 You with Love, Sky from Creative Capital B, Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects, Bethany from Pitter and Glink, Lauren from Thinking Closet, Tara from Suburble, Nancy from Do Small Things with Love, Emily from The Benson Street, Kara from Happy Go Lucky, Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me, ChiWei from 1 Dog Woof, Melanie from It Happens in a Blink, and Kara from Petals to Picots.
Once again, from left to right, top to bottom: Printable Minion Valentine from The Benson Street, Easy Crochet Heart Pattern from Repeat Crafter Me, Free True Love Valentine’s Printable from Pitter and Glink, Glitter Heart Burlap Banner from Happy Go Lucky, Needle Felted Heart Key-chain from Petals to Picots, Simple Heart Chocolate Valentine’s from 1 Dog Woof, Handmade Valentines from Suburble, Solid Lotion Bars from 4 You with Love, Berrylicious Heart-Shaped Ice Cubes from The Thinking Closet, Felt Valentine Treat Pouches from Do Small Things with Love, Etched Champagne Flutes from Happy Hour Projects, Heart Owl Valentines with Your Kid’s Art from Creative B, and Heat Transfer Vinyl Heart Onesie from It Happens in a Blink.
And a bonus Stamped Heart Bracelet from Amy at One Artsy Mama!