Monday, 3 February 2014

Valentine Linky Party

Here I am, with the help of my dear friend Darlene (Dar's Crafty Creations) with my brand new blog. I am so excited with the new Crafty Secrets digital set "Heart to Heart" I'm sure you'll agree it's wonderful.  After printing the 5 heart images I couldn't decide which one to use, they are all so beautiful, so I used them all and made a booklet Valentine for my husband.

This is the order in which I worked through this project:
1.  printed off the heart images and coloured them with copics
2.  placed the aqua punched paper trim around the heart (adhered to the back edge) Short Tutorial on how to do this following images
3.  painted the aqua trim with aqua H2O to add some shimmer.
4.  placed a tiny glue line around the heart (on the aqua trim) and glued the gold soutache in place
5.  added german gold ephemera, rhinestones, and pearls as embellishment to the images. Now as you all know copics bleed through even if you use copic paper so....
6.  cut 5 bright pink hearts the same size as the printed images and glued them on the back to cover both the punched paper and the copic bleedthrough.
7.  cut 5 velum hearts slightly smaller than the pink ones so the bright pink frames them.
8.  stamped in gold and embossed in gold Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How do I love thee..." on the vellum using Crafty Secrets "Artsy Alphabet" (you're in luck, there are still some available)
9.  placed a pink rhinestone at the top and bottom of velum heart to hide the glue dots.

Pages complete, I tied them together with pink silk ribbon slotted through the aqua trim. The bottom bow has 3 drops of crystal beads hanging from it. It fits in an A2 envelope but I will probably make a velum heart shaped one.

Front Cover
Gold butterfly and rhinestone scroll edge embellishments.

Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5
Paris page has gold ephemera birds, a fleur de lis brad, and a rhnestone scroll edge.

Pages 6 & 7
The angel image has a gold ephemera wing and the rhinestones spell love. The sweet lady has a gold ephemera crown, a gold shawl, and pearls in her hair.

Pages 8 & 9

Back Cover
The red heart is from some old jewelry, the blue bird is painted with H2O and I cut  around his forward wing and popped it out, the flowers are centered with tiny pearls, 2 gold birds finish it off.

How to bend a straight, flat punched strip around a circle.
For any sewers in the group this will be a no brainer. With fine sharp scissors cut the strip from what will be the inside edge to almost the outside edge. In the photo you can see the strip bent out to show you the cuts. Place 2 sided tape all around the edge and shape the trim around the curve. The gold soutache trim can be found at most fabric stores and bends around curves the same way as bias tape.

Please come join our February Linky Party where you can add a sample(s) you've created using any of our products and receive a $6.00 Coupon and 1 winner will get a $50.00 gift card!

Thanks for visiting Paper Pass Times. 
Make sure you visit the rest of the Design Team.

Cheers, Elizabeth


  1. WOW! This is an absolutely GORGEOUS project Elizabeth! Beautiful detail and design! Well done!
    I was thrilled to be able to help you get your new blog off the ground ... looks fabulous and I'm sure you'll have many wonderful things to share with us here... can't wait to visit more! Take care & stay warm!

  2. Wow! This is the most gorgeous, romantic mini album! I just love all the gold embossing and beautiful coloring. You have done an outstanding job putting this together. Great tutorial and such a good job on getting your blog up in time for the Linky Party! Hip Hip Hooray!

  3. SO Beautiful!!! and congrats on your new blog!!!!

  4. Dear Elizabeth, your little heart album turned out so pretty, I adore how you did each page and used our Heart to Heart Digital Stamps, colored and embellished them with the gold! The way you embossed the Artsy Alphabet Stamps in gold is amazing (I couldn't believe they are our stamps)!

    I linked to Spiltcoast so people could see your other wonderful samples but I can make you a Side Bar Button for your new Blog that will link to your Splitcoast Gallery. I will make a few different ones and feel free to say aye or nay or make any request.

    Thanks for being on our team and learning to play with our new digital stuff as well as the Clear Stamps. You've done a great job and I haven't been much help to you as you have a Mac computer.


  5. This is lovley and I am sure your hubby will like it very much - thanks for sharing your hard work - enjoy your week!

  6. Welcome to the blogging world, Elizabeth! This is a fabulous heart album. Full of vintage lovelies!