Friday, February 10, 2012

Love is in the Air - Part 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Love is in the Air Blog Hop! If you've arrived here from Nicolette's Beyond Scrappin' blog, you are in the right place! If you are just joining the hop and wish to start from the beginning, please visit Lisa's blog.  In case you get lost along the way, the complete blog hop lineup is at the bottom of this post.

Each blogger participating in this hop is featuring a project having to do with Valentine's Day or Love. This super-fun hop will be showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature anything and everything to do with LOVE since that is what Valentine's Day is all about right!! You'll find an array of ideas throughout this hop. From decorations to gift ideas and more, we hope you'll enjoy each and every project along the way!! Be sure to leave a comment at each hop stop to show all the participants a little love. 
There will be another round of great projects tomorrow, so  be sure to come back!
We have three kids, and I always get them a little something for Valentine's Day.  So, my project for today is a gift pocket for each of them where I can tuck their gift.  My kids are all very different, so of course I chose to make each pocket different.  And what better way to do that than to make each one with one of my three favorite paper brands?  So, I have one pocket each made with Graphic 45, Echo Park Paper, and Close To My Heart.
Here are the details on each one. (You can click on the pictures to see them larger.)  All of the heart pockets were cut with my Cricut, using the Art Philosophy cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart.  They were cut at 11.5", and adhered after decorating using Scor Tape.  First up, for my 7yo son.  He hates anything that might be even remotely "girly", so I immediately thought of this cool "tin man" paper from Graphic 45's "The Magic of Oz" line.
I decorated the front of the pocket using popped up layered hearts of Grey Wool CS (CTMH), and the opposite side of the tin man paper, each edged with a black alcohol marker.  I added some chipboard tags from the same line, tied with baker's twine (CTMH), and a keyplate (G45 Staples).  For final touches I added a cardstock key cut using the Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge (due to size, I used the hid countours feature on the Gypsy to hide some of the smaller details), and the "hugs" and "kisses" labels made using an old school Dymo label maker.  (He probably won't like that part, lol.)  I used a simple cardstock strip for a hanger and attached it using oversized brads.
Next up, a sweet girly pocket for my almost 9yo girly-girl.  This one uses the Yours Truly collection from Echo Park Paper.  The grown-up and "fancy" feel of this collection just had her name written all over it!  I used the "Sweetheart" paper to create the pocket.
I again decorated the front of the heart using popped up layered hearts, cut from Cranberry CS (CTMH) and the back side of the "Rose Blossom" paper in the collection.  I again edged them using a black alcohol marker.  I added details using various stickers from the collection, including the alphabet, hearts, sentiment, and top hat.  Finally, I added a hanger of American Crafts ribbon, with the backing trimmed down close to the flowers in the ribbon.
Finally, the pocket I made for our 10 1/2 yo daughter.  She's our fun & funky tweenager who thinks she's too cool for any kid stuff, and definitely not the girly type.  So of course I had to go with the wild "Roxie" collection from Close To My Heart.  
I kept it simple and "mature" with popped up layered hearts using black CS and leopard print paper wrapped in bakers twine (CTMH).  I added a couple of smaller hearts cut from the zebra print and the tone on tone flower print.  I then stamped the sentiment using the Thoughtful Tidings stamp set - February's stamp of the month set from CTMH, and added a photo turn to the zebra heart.  Finally, I added a hanger of gold ribbon from my stash, and oversized Shimmer Designer Brads in gold (CTMH).

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  I'd love it if you decide to become a follower, or follow by email (above right).  And if you don't currently have a Close To My Heart consultant, I'd love if you signed up for my email newsletter (above left).  Please hop on over to Jamie's My Amusing Life blog next to see what she has to share with you!  And don't forget to come back tomorrow for more - I have a fun & unusual scrapbook layout to share with you...

The complete blog hop lineup is as follows:
Lisa Pontious -
Kristy Asche -
Doris Parker -
Nicolette Simpson-
Lori Brown - - YOU ARE HERE!
Scraps To Treasures -
Ashley Townsend -
Beckie -
Janet Royer-
Jessi Buehrle-
Angela Urell-
Kimi and Pamela -
Christina -
Mindy -
Janet Smith -
Erica -


  1. new follower and e-mail.. love if you'll visit me (i'm on blog hop too) SO LOVE the heart bags and where they are hung!!
    ps.. I too love Ctmh!

  2. new follower :) Love your project tooo cute!

  3. Love how you made a special treat bag for each one! Each one is great and I am sure they will love them:-) I am a follower...
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  4. these are adorable, so much added embellishment, definately made with love!

  5. very cute gift pockets!!

  6. Oh my goodness! I love this project! All the pockets are unique and beautiful!!! Great job! So glad to be in this hop with you!

    Bug Hugs,

  7. I am jumping up and down Lori! I love this!! :)

  8. I love me some CTMH! One of my BFFs' sells it! I love this project! You did an awesome job!!

  9. very sweet

  10. Those are awesome, very cool! Love your colors and the embellies are great!

  11. Too cute. Love 'em. New follower ;0)

    Be blessed, Beckie

  12. Your Valentine pocket are just fantastic.

  13. OMG so pretty...TFS your Talent!!!


  14. Your hearts are adorable. TFS


  15. love your valentine treats! Janet Royer

  16. wow these are just adorable! Super cute! TFS


  17. These are great! They make a nice decoration.

  18. What a fun way to give a gift! And it is wonderful that you designed each to match up with your kids personalities!

  19. Cute! I love how you hung them from the shelf. What a cute idea! TFS.

  20. New follower. Love your valentine boxes

  21. Such a neat project even decor idea! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  22. Thanks so much for sharing your Valentine's Holders with us. They are all so adorable. or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

  23. these are adorable! i really like how each one is decorated differently!

  24. Your treat boxex are super sweet I love how they fit each childs personality! I have the AP cartridge must look for that cut That is one awesome cartridge BTW!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  25. new follower too. love these little treat boxes. Great job!

  26. These are so cute!! What a great idea! : )



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