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« on: January 07, 2008 03:28:08 PM »

My house looked a bit sad when I took down all the colorful holiday decorations, so I decided to start early to put up some color for Valentines.



I put this in Paper Crafts, since this can easily translate to other holidays, or be made to match any decor.  I'm going to make an 'Americana' red/white/and blue one for my Mom's Classroom, and then I think I'll make some for my craft and sewing room next!

First, I made a template that would print 9 fat hearts to a page.
I printed them on white and other colored cardstock.



I layered tissue paper, torn doilies, book pages, paint, rubber stamping, and lots of tiny bits of paper and such.  Then some got glitter, machine stitching, or paint pen decor.



Cut them out (after gluing to another sheet of cardstock for sturdiness)
  

I added a piece of ribbon, strung through holes in the sides (my new Crop-a-dile was handy for that!) and tied them together!

   

I heart them. Smiley

There are many more pics of the process and the garlands in my Flickr.

I'm hoping to swap them with friends that make ATCs, each of us can send a few to each other.  I think that would be really fun!



ETA: I made a webpage with the template in both Microsoft Word and as a PDF, download it, print, and make your own! Smiley
Check the page and let me know if it works for you:
http://originalyouth.com/HappyHearts.html

This should be easier cause everyone can get it without emailing me.
I'd love to see if any of you make some!
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008 03:32:52 PM »

They are actually very pretty!!
I really like how they are not plain little red and pink hearts...they have a lot of character! Cheesy Nice work!
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008 04:50:47 PM »

I think these are just lovely.  I am really drawn to this type of papercraft lately and yours are particularly pretty.  And you're SO right about how empty the house looks without the holiday decorations!

Thanks so much for the directions - I would love to make some of my own.  (My hubby and I tend to exchange things that have those conversation hearts on them, and this would be great for that!)
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2008 05:49:33 PM »

I think these are just lovely.  I am really drawn to this type of papercraft lately and yours are particularly pretty.  And you're SO right about how empty the house looks without the holiday decorations!

Thanks so much for the directions - I would love to make some of my own.  (My hubby and I tend to exchange things that have those conversation hearts on them, and this would be great for that!)

Thanks!  Just let me know if you want the template, it prints 9 per page, nice and close.  The only way I know is to email it to people, cause I'm not sure I know how to upload it the right size to Flickr or my website.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2008 07:06:22 PM »

ETA, I think I figured it out!

Try this for the template.  You can just print the whole page of hearts on cardstock in Microsoft Word.

http://originalyouth.com/HappyHearts.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2008 09:35:25 PM »

Wow-that looks just great and is a great idea! Everything does look so drab with the Christmas decorations down.  I think I'll put my kids to work on one. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2008 06:14:13 AM »

Those are so bright and cheery and fun. I really like the use of different ribbons and rickracks to tie them together.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2008 11:13:24 AM »

I would never have guessed how you made them Shocked That is such a cool way to do several at a time. It's like Racky's inchies-other people manage to find such cool shortcuts where I stumble through. What a great place Craftster is Kiss Kiss Kiss

I am a valentine's day baby, so I tend to really get into hearts-these are really terrific Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2008 11:47:39 AM »

Those are so bright and cheery and fun. I really like the use of different ribbons and rickracks to tie them together.
Thanks!  In theory, you could string them along with one continuous ribbon, they would look much 'cleaner'.  Since I want to swap them with friends, I opted not to do that. Smiley

I would never have guessed how you made them Shocked That is such a cool way to do several at a time.

Thanks!  I do the 'background' on the entire page at a time, it's not as messy that way!

Here's another example:

That one has LOTS of variety in what I glued on there, and some similar elements too.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2008 11:57:34 AM »

I love those, OY!
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