Monday, February 6

Young at Heart - Let's Make Valentines!

Hello Monday! We have a brand new challenge for you this week - Young at Heart! It's all about Valentine's and we are showcasing the Simon Says Stamp brand this week! We would love to see you use your Simon projects, but if you don't have any, not to worry, join us anyway. 

We have a brand new guest designer for February - Nicola, from Dublin Ireland (one of my favorite places!) who has a great blog, Paper Profusion for you to visit. Fáilte, welcome Nicola!!

I decided to make a Valentine card box and some monster valentines. It's going to be a gift for mother and son - she gets to keep the box, and he gets the monsters!

I had a chocolate box in my stash to alter, so I began with this part of the project, figuring it would need more drying time. Lucky for me, the paper liner was still in it, because it made the perfect template for tracing the valentines, and it turned out to be a great texture tool!

I started off by covering the box with Simon's Vintage paper.

Next step, I painted it with Paper Artsy Mahogany, I didn't want it too girly with just pinks. I dry brushed the paint on many areas to keep a lot of the text visible. 

Next, I added the pinks, and used the liner (once I removed the shiny sides) as a texture tool and love the design it creates.

I added a natural ribbon around the edge and touched it with the Mahogany to keep it cohesive.

Finished up the cover with hearts from Simon's Sketch Heart and Hearts Mingle dies, stamped image from Simon's Monster Hugs, and some pops of Diamond Glaze around the edges. It's looking rather vintage, but that UBMINE? adds the young touch, I think.

I used the paper liner from the box to cut out the hearts, once I had stamped my images using my MISTI. I used Distress Markers to color, and stayed with the same color selection for all of my valentines - keeping it simple. Then I added dots of color around the edges with Ranger's Enamels. 

I touched them up with some simple embellishments and Diamond Glaze. Since I did not have any googly eyes, I tried making my own by dropping a large bubble of Diamond Glaze on the monsters' eyes, and letting it dry overnight. 

Young at Heart? I think so!

Now it's your turn to share your interpretation of Young At Heart! I can't wait to see what you do!!

As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to shop at their store!



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  1. What a cute box, Maura, and I love all the sweet Valentine's inside. Adorable!!

    Cathie ♥

  2. This is definitely Young At Heart Maura!! A wonderful and fun blend of young and old and you've sure hit the nail on the head for a Mom and Son. Love all your paint work and decoration on the gorgeous box and the monster valentines look brilliant! Thank-you so much for your lovely introduction!! I am majorly impressed with your including a "cúpla focal" in Irish! " Tá tú go han-mhaith ar fad"!! Nicola x

  3. Fabulous box Maura :-) I love that the box itself is vintage and so pretty and the cards inside are perfect for a young 'monster' :-) the whole design is super cute :-)

    Lols x x x

  4. This is such a great idea to alter that box. The shape was perfect! I love how you covered it with old book paper and colord in red. Cute and funny with the monsters inside :-) Hugs xxx

  5. Fun idea. And a great use of the Mahogany :-)

  6. What a fun idea!!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful project!!!

  7. What a fabulous project idea! I always love to see ordinary objects re-imagined and Snoopy has never looked better! I really like your mom/son vision for this project and I'm sure they'll both get such a kick out of this! And on the monster cards, I love the bright colors and how you stamped one of the monsters off the side of the heart. Very clever and such a fun creation!

  8. What a fun way to upcycle a box of chocolates! I love it, so fun! : )

    Simon Says Stamp!

  9. adorable project and recycle idea!

  10. What a fun idea and such a great project! This is fabulous Maura...I just love the originality of this piece! Hugs <3

  11. This is such a fun and beautiful creation, Maura. I love the fabulous decoration you made on the box and cute images on the hearts. :)

  12. Cute box Maura! love so much how you recycled it! Super fun project! barbara

  13. what a fun project Maura and love all the cute images on the hearts within...clever girl...hugs kath xxx

  14. Such a super fun project Maura and a great take on the challenge! Love your altered box and all the fun hearts.

  15. Such a fun valentines project, Maura. Love that you've used a heart shaped box to spruce up. Hugs, Sandra


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