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Valentine Inspiration...

It's the last day of the December Papertrey Ink countdown and today the team is here to showcase lots of ideas for creating cute valentine's for and/or with your kiddos!  My girls like to help me make valentine treats to hand out to their classmates (well, my youngest still does, my older daughter is getting too old!).  I have a few ideas for you today using some of the new stamps and dies coming your way this month.  Here's what I'm showcasing in today's projects...

  • Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love stamps and dies (a set filled with some sweet accessories for the Dress Up Dolls, + a cute puppy to dress!)
  • Jumping for Joy stamps and dies (super creative idea by Nichole for creating interactive "jumping jack" animals!)

All of these new products will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm ET on December 15th from Papertrey Ink.  

My first idea is a simple way to create a magnetic paper doll set using the dress up puppy from the new Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love set.  This uses a couple of easy to find items -- mason jar lids and cupcake papers!  The puppy and his accessories are cut from magnet sheets (covered with the white adhesive sheets so they could be stamped and colored), so he can be "dressed" with his sweater, collar, and leash.  The metal lid provides the perfect backdrop for the magnetic pieces to stick to.  I had some cute red gingham lids and white rings around the house that I picked up a few years ago, so they were perfect for this.  You can use regular silver lids, spray paint them if you'd like, or there are some cute ones on the market too if you search the web.  Also note that this project uses standard mason jar lids, not wide mouth.  


I started by adhering the metal jar lid to the ring portion using a hot glue gun.  I found it worked best to put a bead of glue on the inside of the ring, then press the flat lid portion into the glue.  A hot melt glue gun is going to give you a better hold than the cooler glue guns.  Then I used the Limitless Layers 1 3/4" circle die to cut a circle from the Adhesive Sheets.  I added the "I woof you" sentiment by using a combination of stamps and dies -- Keep It Simple: Love for the "I" and "you" and the Polka Dot Parade Alphabet dies for the "woof".  Since the circle was cut from the Adhesive Sheets, it's easy to just peel the backing and stick it onto the lid.


These little treat packets are filled with M&Ms...to do that, I simply put a small handful of M&Ms on a slightly flattened cupcake paper, placed the lid on top, and tied some twine around it to secure.  To make this step go a whole lot smoother, use a rubber band to hold the wrapper around the lid while you tie the twine.  It will hold everything in place for you.  Once you have the twine tied securely you can take off the rubber band.  Or, if you're looking to make these go together a bit quicker, just use rubber bands and forgo the twine all together. You can probably find some colored ones to match your project. 


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Supplies not linked, but available on December 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love stamp set and dies, Paper Clippings: Love Story Detail dies (small heart diecuts)

My next project uses Nichole's new Jumping for Joy set, which creates the cutest little "jumping jack" critters!  You can use the various elements in the set to make lots of different animals, but since I live in Iowa I thought I'd better use that pig.  :-)  I used the Jumping for Joy dies to cut him from Lovely Lady cardstock, then stamped his details (tummy, nose, ears) with Hibiscus Burst ink.  The Jumping for Joy dies have everything you need in order to make these fully functional -- pull the string and their arms and legs to up and down.  Nichole will have a video for you, detailing assembly, so be sure to hop on over to her blog to see that.  


I created a base to attach him to using the new Jumping for Joy Card die, which I stamped with a farm scene using the Petite Places: Barnyard stamp set.  The "sow much" sentiment is from the Jumping for Joy set.  I just had to use the tiny heart from the Jumping for Joy set to add some "smoke" to the tractor.  :-)  Such a fun project to put together!  



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Supplies not linked, but available on December 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Jumping for Joy stamp set and coordinating die collection, Jumping for Joy Card die

That wraps up my projects - thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back here tomorrow with a few more release projects -- hoping to squeeze in a few more Dress Up Dolls: Puppy Love projects using all of the other fun accessories in that set!  Not enough hours in the day!   If you'd like to see more projects using these fun new products, you can hop around to the other DT blogs...

Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
Kay Miller
Laurie Schmidlin