Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hearts in a Tree


I made these hearts for Valentine’s Day and hung them up in the tree in front our apartment to surprise Rem.


The tree already looked pretty even before I added the hearts, covered in blossoms. It snows down white petals if you give a branch a little shake.


People driving by smiled and some waved or gave me a thumbs-up.



Rem thought I was out taking a walk in the neighborhood.

He was amazed when he saw all the hearts.


Here’s some of my favorite hearts:





Next January I’ll put up a post on how to make these hearts.

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Sweet Little Valentine’s


Although I didn’t need any new supplies for making my Valentine card this year, I couldn’t resist embellishments.

I’d already decided on a color scheme of pink and turquoise, with brown paper (reused from grocery bags). I think the brown balances out the other two colors and keeps them from being too sticky-sweet. Browsing in Once Around in Mill Valley after Craft Gym I picked up a few rolls of washi tape: gold arrows on pink background, white X’s on turquoise background, and the little skinny white tape with tiny gold printed love and gold hearts.


I also got these Fancy Frills border stickers by Doodlebug Design.


My inspiration for the design were these Downton Abbey Vintage Valentine’s on Doodlecraft, which I saw on Pinterest. Natalie Shaw of Doodlecraft used little brown cards embellished with lace and trim where I used strips of paper and washi tape, but with a similar result.


Since I was using small leftover cards in cream and chocolate brown, and I also had a few sizes of small envelopes, I cut up brown paper grocery bags for the card fronts. It isn’t really sturdy enough for the card itself, but it worked as a layer.


I used gold foil saved from inside of chocolate wrappers to make little hearts using a heart punch.

The other tip I picked up from Doodlecraft is the great graphics at The Graphics Fairy. This fabulous site has over 5,000 free vintage images and is a great resource. I chose the images I used on my cards and shrank them down to about 1.5 x 2.5 inches, or slightly larger, before printing.


I used a glue stick to adhere the pages of printed images to card stock, cut them out with a paper trimmer and embellished each little picture with a date stamp, buttons, felt flowers, foil hearts, ink borders, sparkly little dot stickers, washi tape, etc. These are the centerpiece of each card and I stuck them to the card fronts with Zots glue dots.





For some of the time spent on this project, I’ve been alone at my craft desk, or with the company of Kitty McNiblet who lives across the patio in our apartment building, but visits often. Here she is relaxing in the position I call “kitty loaf.”


Last weekend I spent a lovely day making Valentine’s, eating a delicious lunch and talking and laughing with friends from grade school. We call our creative gatherings Craft & Flash.

My sister, Kathleen, joined us and brought her young dachshund, Stella. The hostess, Clare, also has a dog, Trip, who was SO nice with Stella, even when she took his chew toy!




I stamped the inside of the cards with this stamp from Oh, Hello Friend, which I also picked up at Once Around. A few years ago I purchased some printed masking tape from this site and the order came with a tag with the same phrase, which has been on my bulletin board ever since.







The back of the cards are stamped, signed and dated.


I will give some of my Valentine’s away in person and some are being mailed, so the small envelopes are tucked into larger ones, big enough for mailing. After breakfast out with a friend yesterday, we stepped into PS Paper in San Anselmo and I came home with this Bird with Love Note stamp from Savvy Stamps.


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Pleated Paper Heart Garland


I love a simple project that takes little in the way of both supplies and skill. These pleated paper hearts are easy to make and the results are really pretty. I learned how at Once Around in Mill Valley at the wonderful Tuesday evening free Craft Gym and their inspiration was here.  Although that post is in Swedish, she has great photos that show the whole project and it is to follow.

The hearts remind me of shells with their fan-like folds. They work best with lightweight paper (text weight) though I’ve seen them made from heavier card stock too.  You can make them any size and they look great made kind of short and plump, like these, or longer and more narrow.


I used brown kraft paper, old sheet music and some lightweight scrapbooking paper in pale green and coral pink prints. For the two heart samples I’m using to show the technique, the smaller piece of paper is 3.5 inches by 7 inches and the larger one is 6 inches by 12 inches.

You want a curved end on each short side of the page. Either trace a large circular item, such as a bowl or plate to get a curved line on each end of your paper, or free-hand trim the paper.

Cut along the curved line. I folded my paper in half to make the cutting a little simpler.


When I cut this out, I actually cut the curve a little deeper on the sides, to better form the heart shape.


Now unfold the paper and from one long side, fold it accordion style, with folds between 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide.


I opened it out a bit for the photo.  If you have a bone folder, it is helpful for making crisp, sharp folds.

Fold the pleated paper in half to form a heart. Carefully glue the two halves together. I like to use Tombow mono adhesive, but a good glue stick will work as well. Just pinch it together and hold it for a bit and don’t pull on the pleats until the glue has dried.


The finished heart is about 3.75 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall.


The larger heart is about 5.5 wide by 5.25 tall.


To thread baker’s twine or string to hang the pleated hearts, use a big needle or a small hole punch, and sting them along the twine.



When I looked at the Swedish blog I saw she hung her garland from higher on the lobes of the heart – either way will work.

Here’s the finished garland.



Here you can also see the Heart Strings that I keep up all the time.  I put up two other garlands: Needle Felted Hearts, and Punched Paper Heart Garland.


More Heart Strings are in the corner by the windows.  On the front door is another Craft Gym creation: my Coat Hanger Heart.


The apartment is decorated for Valentine’s Day. I’ll show  you some Valentine’s in my next post. You can use the search bar for other Valentine projects  – put in “Valentine” and “card” and you will pull up more than a dozen posts.

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