Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Anniversary Amore Blog Hop

Good morning everyone and welcome! 
Today, I am happy to be taking part in my friend Candace's Anniversary Amore Blog Hop!
My sweet, talented friend Candace has put together a great Blog Hop today complete with a fabulous line-up of talented crafters to help her celebrate her one year blog anniversary!  There are also going to be some great prizes along the way.  And, if you leave a comment on each blog, you will be eligible for some great prizes by our wonderful sponsors Pink By Design, EAD Designs and Pretty Little Studio.
So, before we get started, if you came to my blog from Erica at My Cricut Craft Room, you are in the right place.  If you just stopped by my blog for a visit and would like to start at the beginning of the hop, head over to Candace's place at Scrappin Two Little Princesses.  If you should get lost along the way, I will have the complete line-up at the end of this post.
Now...onto my project.  I tend to keep every little note, every drawing from my grands, ticket stubs and small mementos of everyday life.  I find myself sticking them in drawers, pockets, the bottom of my purse and all over the place.  I really love these little tokens and the memories they hold for me, so I decided to make a special "home" for all my little souvenirs of everyday life....
 (click on photo to enlarge)

Recipe:
* I started with a plain, paper-mache, heart shaped box that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I didn't have a shade of paint that I really liked, so I mixed a couple that I had on hand - Linen and Baby Pink, both by Folkart.  I painted the entire box with my mixed paint.  Letting it dry completely between coats, I used 3 coats of paint...

* Next, I hand cut banners using 6 different patterned papers.  I used paper from the Flea Market paper stack by Colorbok and the Valentine Sweetheart paper stack by K&Company.  After cutting each banner, I inked up the edges using Versafine Ink in Vintage Sepia.  After inking up the edges, I adhered my banners all the way around the bottom portion of the box, leaving a small space between each banner....


* Now, it's time to start on the lid!  I traced the heart shaped lid onto my patterned paper and cut out the heart about a half inch smaller than my traced line.  Then I distressed and inked up the edges and adhered it to the lid.
* Using the Cricut cartridge, Art Philosophy, I made 3 roses from pink cardstock.  I cut two roses at 5 inches and one rose at 6 inches using the image found on page 68.  I inked up the roses with Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick, assembled them and gave them a sprinkle of coarse glitter.
* The leaves are also from Art Philosophy.  I used the image found on page 43 at 3.5 inches.  I cut it out twice on my patterned paper and twice on green cardstock, then glued the printed image to the solid cardstock for more stability.  The edges were all inked up with the Vintage Sepia ink and sprinkled with more coarse glitter.

* I also hand cut a banner for my sentiment.  Using the Vintage Sepia, I stamped my sentiment from the beautiful stamp set Enjoy The Journey by Pink By Design.

* Now it's time to put the top of the box together.  I used my hot glue gun to layer first the leaves, then some off-white tulle.  I tucked my sentiment banner under the leaves and glued on the roses.  The final touch was a couple of beautiful stick pins by Close To My Heart...
* I covered the rim of the lid with some beautiful, dark brown, velvet ribbon and some pink pearls...


And, that's it!  I hope to preserve many special memories in this pretty, heart-shaped box.  And, I hope you have enjoyed the time you've spent with me today.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog in order to qualify for one of those awesome sponsor gifts! Oh...before I let you go...I also have a gift to give away to one lucky follower today...
(Cuttlebug embossing border set Measure By Measure and Cricut's Jubilee cartridge)
All you have to do to enter this give-away is
1)  Be a follower of my blog
2) Leave a comment on this post
I will choose a random winner on Friday, February 17th.

One last thing...here is the complete hop line-up in case you should get lost along the way...

47 comments:

  1. Your box is gorgeous. love how you inked around everything it gives it so much depth, fabulous job!!

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  2. Oh, my goodness! The box is gorgeous! What a beautiful place to store your beloved treasures!
    Carolyn
    http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

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  3. Lovely job on the heart box. Thanks for the chance to win. Already a follower.

    Tami
    scrappinrabbitdesigns.blogspot.com

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  4. Gorgeous box! I love the banners!

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  5. Oh wow this is so pretty. The flowers POP!

    http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/

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  6. Wow, beautiful box.
    I'm your follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Hugs,
    Julia
    http://paperandscrapscreations.blogspot.com/
    jivazquez5@aol.com

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  7. This is such a pretty box. Love the banners down the sides and the sparkle on the leaves. Thanks!

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  8. Love your project! The colors are gorgeous! I'm a new follower! Thanks for the chance to win!
    purpleprincess214(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is beautiful! I keep small mementos as well, this inspires me to use something rather than a shoe box!! lol :)

    Im a follower,too :)

    http:/LeslieLovesPitBullsAndCrafts.blogspot.com

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  10. not sure I have been to your blog before, but I sure will visit a lot now,, as I am your newest follower. Got here from scrapguy, who is in the bloghop as well. I love love love the box, just my style. and the pictures are wonderful... thanks for the inspiration!!

    maureen
    moknowsallcrafts.blogspot.com

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous box. I just love the colors.
    cstephenson at q dot com

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  12. What a gorgeous box, Tanya. I love the flowers and how you decorated the sides. So pretty! :)

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  13. Oh this box are gorgeous!! Love Pearls around the box. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Hugs Nataliya

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  14. Can I Just say.... WOW!!! That is soooo BEAUTFUL and looks antique... You did a fabulous job yet again! :O)

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  15. This is SOO very gorgeous Tanya!! I love the glittery flowers, and the ribbon and the pearls and everything!

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  16. Your box ia amazing! I love it!! It so beautiful!!!! I am a new follower!!
    http://officiallycrafty.blogspot.com/

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  17. Hi Tanya :)
    I am a new follower of your blog. I LOVE your heart box~The banners on the side are awesome and your paper flowers are beautiful

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  18. this is gorgeous. I am a follower and I check your blog daily I love everything that you do, I also follow you on Pinterest
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  19. Beautiful job on this altered box. TFS & for the chance to win.

    Karen C
    emptynestboutique at yahoo dot com

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  20. Your box is beautiful! I love the colors, great job!
    scrappinandmore.blogspot.com

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  21. I just signed up to follow your blog! What a beautiful box!

    missstamper (at) yahoo.com

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  22. Tanya this box is amazing! I have several in a drawer just waiting on some inspiration! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea! msmith38652@gmail.com
    http://michelescraftroom.blogspot.com/

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  23. I am a follower. I love your box for your precious memories. The pink pearls really add to it.

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  24. Such a pretty box, the roses are just beautiful.

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  25. Forgot to mention that I am a follower of your blog. Not sure if I left my e-mail address last comment. Having a Senior moment.
    Myoriah@hotmail.com

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  26. Your project for today is stunning, I bookmarked this page so I can come back and try something like this at a later date!
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  27. Oh, that's beautiful! Great idea!


    http://auntanniecreates.blogspot.com/

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  28. Oh my goodness, how BEAUTIFUL that heart box turned out ... LOVE IT!!
    Blessings, Cheryl

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  29. AMAZING and GORGEOUS project!! I love the flowers and the way you decorated your heart box is outstanding:) Great job my friend!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  30. Tanya, this box is gorgeous. I love how the lid looks like a traditional Valentine and the flowers came out beautifully! I def want to attempt something like this. I'm already a follower but I grabbed your button for my blog! Thanks!

    -Michelle
    http://cardsbymeechelle.blogspot.com/

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  31. Love this box. It gives me some great ideas. I just purchased Art Philosophy and I love playing around with it.

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  32. Very pretty project. I live how it comes alive with the inking around the edges. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  33. This is absolutely gorgeous. I admire the time you put into creating a place for all your special memorabilia. The papers and color of paint with the bit of inking are wonderful together. I really love the realistic look to the flowers and foliage on the top!
    Happy to be a new follower and I look forward to being inspired by your talent.
    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful details!
    :O)
    Jessica

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  34. oh my goodess Tanya.... this is SOOOOO pretty!! You really knocked this outta the park!!!! Thanks so much for participating in my hop!!

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  35. Beautiful box and very professionally done.

    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Cindy :)

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  36. Beautiful box!! Love the banners around the edge :)

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  37. this is so beautiful . thanks for sharing such wonderful ideas. this is an awesome giveaway.
    http://craftywithjoann.blogspot.com

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  38. Tanya, this is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I just love how you used the banner shapes on the sides. Genius, I tell ya! Genius!!!

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  39. Beautiful heart box love the roses on the top they really complete it :)

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  40. I LOVE your box!! those banners .. the roses ... perfection!

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  41. omg! that is so cute. Great job!
    mjacobitz@gmail.com

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  42. Your box is so lovely - thank you for sharing the details. There is so much to admire, but I think that banner edge is so smart and beautiful! Lovely project!

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  43. This is gorgeous! WOW! I just love the finished look of your heart box. What a delight! Thanks for all the additional information too. I'm working lots these days and don't have much time for crafting - but I'd really like to give this a go at some point. It truly is stunning, Tanya!
    (Sorry I'm so late! I just read about your box at The Paper Boutique and had to check it out for myself. I'm SO glad I did!!)

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  44. Beautiful altered box, love the roses, they're perfect!

    lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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  45. Beautiful altered box, love the roses, they're perfect!

    lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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