Fancy Favor 3×3″ Notes Tote

Early last week, I was excited when Stampin' Up! announced that the Filled With Love stamp set was going to be available until February 14, because I had not yet had a chance to blog about this cute little project. 

So, today I'm getting the project ready and taking pictures, and then I double-check the info from Stampin' Up! only to learn that they had made the announcement by mistake!  They had really meant to say that only the Love Patterns Designer Series Paper would be available through Valentine's Day.  The Filled With Love set is still gone!

Oh fine!  Now I find out!  After I get this post nearly done!  Hmmph! 

Well, this little notes ensemble is too cute to NOT blog about, so just substitute your favorite saying and a heart from the I {Heart} Hearts set, and you'll be good to go!

Filled With Love Notes Ensemble

I created this versatile little tote of 3×3" notes specifically for Valentine's, but you could easily change the stamp images to create a cute box of Thank You or Thinking of You notes!  What a great gift idea for teachers, co-workers, the women's group at church, MOPS friends, and more!  You could also fill it with chocolates or other goodies instead of note cards—much more YUMMY!

Filled With Love Notes Basket Fancy Favor Notes Tote

The basket is super easy to create when you have the Fancy Favor XL Bigz Die.  I die-cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler 12×12" Textured card stock, then folded on the score lines (use the Extended Crease Pad for best results) and secured with a couple of pieces of Sticky Strip (always use Sticky Strip for your 3D projects for the best hold).

Next, I cut a 8-1/2 x 3/4" strip of card stock for the handle and decorated it with beautiful Victoria Crochet Trim.  It's easy to adhere, just lay one line of Sticky Strip down the entire length of the piece, then scrunch the lace as you press it into the adhesive. 

The handle was then attached with a Silver Brad on each side.  Holes were punched with the 1/8" Hole Punch.  I left the brad a little loose so that the handle would move.   

Filled With Love Notes - handle

Double Pinking Hearts Border

One of my favorite parts of this project is the intricate border that I created by combining the Pinking Hearts Punch and Scallop Trim Border Punch. 

Filled With Love Notes - hearts border

Isn't it fantastic?!  It's really easy to do, too!  Think of when you folded paper to cut snowflakes or hearts when you were a kid…same concept.

First, fold a strip of designer series paper (card stock may be too heavy to punch through two layers).  Then you'll align the fold of the paper just inside the tips of the "pinking" points, like this:

Filled With Love Notes - pinking punch

The closer you are to the bottom "pinking" points, the bigger the diamond shapes will be. The closer you are to the top "pinking" points, the smaller your diamonds will be. 

Filled With Love Notes - pinking fold   Filled With Love Notes - pinking unfolded

After you punch, your fold looks like the first photo above and unfolded looks like the second photo.

Filled With Love Notes - pink 2   Filled With Love Notes - pink 3

If your paper fold goes below the points (but still not touching the bottom cutting edge), you'll get a different looking border, but still pretty!

Once I punched my Pinking Hearts border, I used the Scallop Trim Border Punch on one edge for added pretty!

Accordian Flower Embellishment

Filled With Love Notes - flower closeup I used the Double Pinking Hearts Border technique on my accordian folded flower, too!  The flower is created with a strip of 12" long Cherry Cobbler Designer Patterns paper.  I started with a 1-1/2" wide strip before punching.  Score every 1/2" down the entire length of the strip, then accordian fold, bring the ends together, and secure to a 1" circle punch with Sticky Strip or Glue Dots. 

If you need a better visual for making these, head over to Dawn Olchefske's Accordion Flower Rosette Tutorial.

Filled With Love Notes - brad

To finish off the flower center, I added a Antique Brad and Crochet Trim.  In the picture above, you can see that I wrapped the shanks of the brad around the lace to hold it in place, and trimmed the shanks with Craft & Rubber Scissors to keep them concealed.  Attached with Glue Dots.

Filled With Love Notes - noteFilled With Love Heart Note Cards

I only created four note cards, but you could easily fit up to 10 of the 3×3" note cards with Mini Envelopes.

Cards are 3×6" Very Vanilla card stock folded in half with a matching Cherry Cobbler Textured card stock base. 

The heart stamp is from that doggone, still unavailable, Filled With Love set.  It's punched with the Full Heart Punch, and layered on more Cherry Cobbler card stock die-cut with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit. 

I used the skinnier Chantilly Crochet Trim for a scrunchy lace border and one little Basic Pearl on the heart.  So pretty!

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Too Cool News For Me!

I'm SO very excited because I'll be moving to a new house very soon and I'll have a whole new, much larger Too Cool Stamping Studio!  I've got lots to do to pack and move and get up and running again, so things may be a little crazy and I may not be able to blog as much, but I'll try to keep up as much as I can!  I just wanted you to know what I'm up to behind the scenes, in case you don't see me as much.  Things are about to get VERY interesting!  EEEEeeeee!




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