Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine Gifts

I'm back again for my second post of the day and as I said earlier, its going to be a long are you sitting comfortably!!

Valentine's day is approaching, as I'm sure you are all aware, and my boyfriend and I don't usually buy each other individual gifts, instead we treat ourselves to something that we both enjoy...... eg. wine and chocolates..... yum!!

So as this is my first year of crafting for Valentine's day I thought I would make some little gift boxes to put them in.....however I did make one huge error which I will tell you about along the way!!! Katherina has set a challenge of valentine's gifts on her blog, so here are mine!

I had to make a card to go with everything... obviously! I had a stamped image of Melinda holding heart from some blog candy a while ago and I have just bought the heart accessory stamp, so they were perfect to use on this project.

I used the sketch from this week's Papertake challenge and I coloured the image with distress inks. I have added a little red stickles to the heart and some silver stickles to highlight her wings.

The paper was received in some other blog candy and I have embossed the silver panel with my d'vine swirl embossing folder.

This card also fits for ABC's challenge this week.

The sentiment was done on my computer using the font lucinda handwriting and I embellished with three small pearls, prima flowers, charms, a spacer and a pearl brad.

I kept the inside of the card nice and simple, using the same paper as I did on the front. I coloured the melinda's heart stamp in the same way as I did on the outside and embellished it with red stickles.

This is a close up of the gift box I made for me to match the card. I have used my nesties (once again!) and I have coloured and stickled the melinda's heart stamp as per the card.

I used my d'vine swirl embossing folder once again on the cream layer and I have pierced the outer egdes of both of the red layers. The paper around the side of the box is the same as the paper I used on the card. I finished off with three red pearls, although they do look a bit funny in the light.

I have never made a box like this before and I can tell you, it was a mission!!! However, I am pleased with the end result and I will have a go at making another soon.

This is the box I made for Jeff. I found a tutorial on SCS and adjusted the measurements so I could fit some chocs in..... and here is my error..... I can fit more chocolates in Jeff's box than I can in mine!!!!! How did I make that mistake???!!!!

I have the same theme of the d'vine swirl embossed panels but I have gone for a boyish blue on this one. I water coloured melinda's heart with whispers pens and I coloured the small hearts in with a silver gel pen. I matted it onto a silver scalloped circle and they are fixed to the box with foam pads along the bottom half of the circle so the lid can tuck behind the top half and it keeps it closed. Finally,
I embellished with two small cream pearls.

The bottle of Champagne that we have treated ourselves to has a nice green and gold box, so for the tag I used a green and gold theme. Once again melinda's heart has been watercoloured with whisper's pens and embellished with gold stickles. It is layered onto a gold circle made from mirrored card and the green background has been embossed with my d'vine swirl embossing folder.

The sentiment was done on my computer and I embellished with two small jewels. Instead of attaching ribbon of some sort, I made a small envelope for the tag to go in and once again, I embossed the flap with, yes you've guessed it, my d'vine swirl embossing folder!

Tag You're It Week 45 has a love theme and My Time to Craft Challenge 48 has a Gold theme so this tag fits the bill for them both.

So if you are still here, thank you for sticking with me through this mammoth post. I was going to put some pictures on of the boxes open with the chocolates inside, but I think there are more than enough pictures as it is!!! Each element of the project is different but I have tried to keep the same theme of hearts, swirls and pearls throughout so that they all match together. Thanks for looking x.


  1. oooh delish valentines gift sweetie! Love you boxes just gorge! LOL, I can't believe your bf will get more chocs, you'll have to sneak a couple of his when he opens the box hee hee!
    Hugs Tab xxx

  2. Hi Liza
    Gorgeous tag you have made that stamp look fantastic and love all your other projects too!
    Thanks for joining us this week!


  3. Oh Hun how clever you have been with these stunning gift boxes and tags, I think it is a fabulous idea to share the gifts. Your colouring is terrific and I love how you have used your nesties for the lid, just perfect.
    Hugs Jacqui x

  4. You have been busy!! Love the gift boxes and the card :)


  5. Everything looks lovely! Thank you for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

  6. wow have been busy and lots of delish valentines your tag and that beautiful heart image...thanks for joining in the fun at TYI this week
    Hugs Kath xxxxx

  7. beautiful

    thanks for joining us this week on ABC

    Hugs Jane x

  8. I love your fab gift boxes & tags Liza, great idea to use the nesties for the lid. Hope you have a great Valentines. Debbie x

  9. Wow how busy have you been?? lovely tag, great shading. Thanks for joining us this week and good luck in the draw....

  10. Wow...I love all your gift boxes and your card! ...and your tag is wonderful....great stamping . Love it all !

  11. What a lovely assortment of goodies you have made Liza, they all look great. Louise x

  12. Everything you have made is fantastic - you have been busy!

  13. Lovely Tag... and a great bunch of goodies! Have a lovely day!

  14. OH WOW what a beautiful eye candy. I adore everything you have created. -x-

  15. omg this is brilliant hun!!!! You have created an outstanding projecy!! Hope you enjoy it all today :o)

  16. Love the gifts you made Liza, they look fab! Can't believe he's getting more choccies though, that really is a big mistake! LOL.

    Have fun today Liza, happy valentinesday!

    xx Naoual

  17. OMW!! What fabulous creations you have made Liza - each one is a work of art!!

    hugs Bevx

  18. Beautiful gifts. I hope you've enjoyed your chocs. Hugs, Lainy xx

  19. Hi Liza, what fabulous gifts! Did your package arrive?

  20. wowza ~ lovin all your creations chickie ~ and such a yummy tag! that heart stamp is scrumptious!

  21. Great projects Liza! That card is stunning! Thanks for joining us for the PTW challenge!

  22. a fabulous collection of beautiful creations

  23. Beautiful tags, matching the boxes perfectly!

  24. wow so many creations they are gorgeous - thank you for joining us on abc this week

  25. Stunning creations. Thanks for joining in the ABC challenge this week.


Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message, they are all really appreciated.

Liza x