Tub of love

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There are so many beautiful images over at The Graphics Fairy sometimes it’s hard to choose. The vintage Valentine and heart images are no exception and I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to use all the ones I would have liked. My project for this week’s Brag Monday provided the perfect excuse to use several of the images. I am also going to enter this over at Anything But A Card for their “Share the Love” challenge.


This was so easy to make and the sort of project that I love doing. The idea had been floating around in my head for several weeks so I’m thrilled to have finally made it. It’s similar the little cone I made for New Year but this time using a little wooden canape cup from Pipii which is where I also got the cone from. You could use a paper cup or even a little flowerpot. I covered the pot with some vintage paper from my stash and gave it a coat of Tim Holtz crackle paint both to seal it and to cover up the joins!


Whilst that was drying, I printed out all the images I was going to use – they all come from The Graphics Fairy. To get the right sizes I print them out in black and white first, not committing to colour until I’e got them right. I edged all the images with gold glitter. I added a pair of wings, from the white moth image, to the little clown and used a glue pen to add gold glitter to the hat and costume and red glitter to the shoes and main heart. I love the effect the glitter has and it’s a shame you can’t really see the shoes once everything is in place. I popped a red glittery heart into the clown’s hand. To secure each image in the pot I used my glue gun to stick a cocktail stick, painted with gold leaf pen, to the back of each one.





Once the pot was dry I trimmed the edge with pleated pink crepe paper and red mini pom pom trim before filling the inside almost to the top with floristry foam. I covered the foam with gold tinsel to create a little nest. I stuck the “To My Love” words to a red heart and hung this from the side of the pot with some cherry baker’s twine. I arranged the images before adding bows, a button and some paper flowers. The big red heart is a foil covered chocolate.




P1030051It’s well worth hopping over to Anything But A Card to have a look at everyone’s amazing ideas. I think this would make a lovely place setting for special meal for two, or you could hide a little gift (maybe a ring?!) under the chocolate heart. Now, how do I plant that idea in Mr Beez’ head?

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