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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: joli coeur / valentine DIY bookmark. cute & easy on: February 12, 2007 07:15:00 AM

When i started this project it was more to find a funny and easy kid friendly activity to do with my niece and my nephew ...they trun out so well I started considering making some for LE boyfriend ...I had hard time picturing him with a book and such a valentin-Y stuff So I started experimenting other shape and ideas ...& the other days, I came back from work earlier and found one of the joli coeur, I didn"t have time to hide and say something like ... "wahouu trop COOL " I was VERY surprised ...I tried to keep a neutral face (which for me is very challenging Smiley ) and started investigating ...trying to figure out if it was a i-want-to-please-you type of phrase or a sincere on ...that was the second option...a few minutes later he was playing with the little heart, bookmarking one of our wedding (we 'll get married in july) inspiration book ..how cute isn't it ?
that's what decided me to make more, I wrote little messages on the back of each heart, following the whole "the reasons I love you" idea...

I am sure you're koala bear is great ... it's always great when it's made with you heart ...don't you think ?
Creating is so rewarding ... and the good point is the more you do it, the better you get .. let me know your BF 's reaction ... Wink
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: joli coeur / valentine DIY bookmark. cute & easy on: February 12, 2007 05:38:49 AM
thank you Winnie ...I made dozen of them now .. Some are a little less "girlie" ...  Grin
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: "You Are a Winner" Valentines on: February 10, 2007 12:39:51 AM
oh ...thank you for sharing AMBAM this is such a wonderful idea !!!!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: joli coeur / valentine DIY bookmark. cute & easy on: February 10, 2007 12:37:55 AM
thank you so much Princess of capri .. I made more of these I will offer them to my "valentine" in a vintage  confiture (jam) jar...
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: joli coeur / valentine DIY bookmark. cute & easy on: February 09, 2007 12:36:19 PM
as far as I am concerned, i would say it's the best compliment you can make to me ...Still, I assume It can be some sort of sacrilegious ... Wink Wink Kiss
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / joli coeur / valentine DIY bookmark. cute & easy on: February 07, 2007 03:45:26 AM

I love you all , members of the great crafster community ... You are such a source of inspiration ...
I made some a few days ago and made a little tutorial for some of my friends .. I thought I should share it with you ... and participate !!!
these bookmarks are so much fun to make .. and they also are the type of kid - friendly activity I like ...

Below are the explanations you can find on my flickr account (http://www.flickr.com/photos/babycakescoco )

They are completely inspired by martha stewart { http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel191756}  :
 incredibly easy & funny to realizable ...I am sure you have everything on hand ..those were quick-try prototypes made with recycling stuffs . and they turn out to be a lot more strong than I expected ... of course it depends a lot of the card board you use ... I already see infinite possibilities ... As a decoration you can use decorative paper, wrapping paper, paint ...

To make the joli coeur page keeper :

 Create a template of a heart (or print martha's @ http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel191756) and trace onto heavy to medium heavy (but still thin) card stock. you'll need 1 heart 100% size and one 80 % size.

 1. design, choose / draw a background for jolis coeurs (I found it easier before cutting ... ) both sides .I like making variations that' why I cut small pieces ... Trace your size A & size B heart shapes .

 2. Cut out very carefully using scissors or utility knife.

 3. add small decoration and laissez votre imagination parler ...just follow your imagination and your creativity ...

4. embellish both sides

5. I applied a layer of glue .It actually protects and strengthes the "jolis coeurs" ... I made 2 of them without coating and they were a lot more fragile ..but it's up to you .You can use a brush , a sponge ...I found it easier applying it directly with my finger. Then glue the higher part of the small heart to the larger one.

6. to make sure they will solidly and properly be sealed I used a very personal technique ... pressing the hearts with my 5 -kg weights..the very same ones I lift everyday (well ... almost) to get this incredible muscled body I am working on for years ... with lots of conviction & little rewards ...

and then TADAAAAAAA !!! you've got really cute bookmarks : unique, not only decorative but also convenient ... Have fun and let me know if you make some ..I would be so happy to hear about it !!!!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: faking the look of letterpress? on: February 07, 2007 03:44:12 AM
than you for the tip Caredee ... i was considering doing the same thing ... But was not sure it could worth it ... txs. Wink
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Another towel cake! on: February 07, 2007 03:41:30 AM
very nice i like it !!!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: vintage tiaras on: February 07, 2007 03:36:57 AM
magnifique !!!! absolutely magnifique !!!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: 1 Flower Girl Headpiece Done on: February 07, 2007 03:34:53 AM
OMG !!! they sure will like their headpiece !!! this one is gorgeous !!! what an artist .. how many hoours did you spend on it ? Did you design it yourself ?

great great work.
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