Feb 08

Hershey Bar Valentine

A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.

Hershey Bar Valentine!

One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape.  Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate.  I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you.  Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.

Bonus Idea!

You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures.  They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper!  Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers.  Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size!  The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar.  And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.

Hershey Bar Valentine

I love making little treats like this to share with others.  I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new.  I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂  If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!

Quick and Easy Valentine Ideas

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Quick and easy Valentine ideas are just what we need with only a couple of days left to prepare.  The 2 ideas I have chosen for today are simple to put together and don’t require a lot of supplies.  These would be great to take to your coworkers, send to teachers or even give to your hubby (which is where the peanut butter cups are going).

Let’s take a look at the first project….

Sour Cream Container

quick and easy valentine ideas

These are easy to make and you can whip out a lot in a short time.  To create this container you simply take a square of Designer Series Paper and glue it in a tube shape.  Then glue the ends of the tube closed, pinching one end closed from front to back and the other end closed from side to side.  Be sure to add your treat inside before sealing it!  My example was made with a 4 X 4 square.  I put a couple of miniature chocolate bars inside.  You can use larger or smaller squares and make this in whatever size you need to hold your goodie.  I embellished my quick and easy Valentine with a stamped greeting and some rhinestones.  It is headed to Indiana to my daughter. 🙂

Another quick and easy Valentine idea is to grab some cellophane bags, fill them with a treat and make a simple topper for the bag.  Here’s my sample…

Cello Bag with Topper

Quick and easy valentine ideas

To add a greeting I simply punched a heart and hand lettered a sentiment.  This topper is stapled closed, but I used the punched heart to hide my staple.  My husband loves this candy and so this will go to him on Friday.

These are just a couple of quick and easy Valentine ideas.  If you have some other suggestions please share them in a comment.  Please share this information on Facebook or Twitter if you think your friends might also want some tips for fast treats.

Jan 02

One More Day….

One More Day!

Supplies for this project: Stamps – Gorgeous Grunge (wood 130514, clear 130517), Pennant Parade (wood 128697, clear 122742). Cardstock – Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685). Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads – Crumb Cake (126975), Cherry Cobbler (126966). Other – Full Heart Punch (119883), Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155)

One More Day!

I don’t want anyone to miss out on their last chance to purchase items from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  You only have one more day….  Many of these products will be useful for your projects year round.  Check out the cute Valentine’s card I made using the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  These colors and patterns are perfect for February projects.  

At the bottom of this post you will find a link to the pdf file that shows which of the stamp sets from the Holiday catalog are being carried over to the next catalog period.  Remember, if it isn’t on this list, then you only have one more day to order it!  There are several accessories that were very popular and are being carried over to the Occasions Mini Catalog. That catalog will go active on Jan. 3.  These accessories include:  Silver 1/8″  Ribbon, Silver and Gold Foil Cardstock, Chevron Border Punch, Label Bracket Punch, Gold and Silver Metallic Encore Stamp Pads, Gold and Silver Stampin’ Glitter, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Decorative Window Gift Boxes, Mini Muslin Bags, White Stampin’ Chalk Marker, and the 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.

Once again, if it isn’t on that list or included in the pdf below, then you only have one more day to order!

Hope you find some time to craft this month.  Share your creativity with others to encourage them, love on them, or simply bring a smile to their face.  If you need some inspiration check back here as we’ll be posting new ideas all month long!

Happy New Year!

JoAnn

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Jan 18

Get ready to Sale-a-brate!

Just wanted to remind everyone that Sale-A-Bration starts on January 25 and goes till March 31. This is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale event of the year. For every $50 you spend you earn a free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice. Host a workshop of at least $300 and earn a free Sale-A-Bration product, in addition to the generous hostess benefits you already recieve. And the free options just get better every year. This year, in addition to stamp sets, your options include a paper pack, a ribbon & button pack, a digital content CD, and even decor elements! I love free stuff!

With February just around the corner, I have been working on some Valentines items. Here’s a peek at something you may see again at my next workshop.

This project uses the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. And if you think she is sweet, wait till you see what’s inside!

Let me know if you are interested in hosting a workshop during Sale-A-Bration or you would like more information.