Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Love by Candlelight

MFT Valentine tea lights (4)
I was digging around in my stamp room a few days ago, looking for something and came across a package of battery-op tea lights I forgot that I had.  It got me to thinking about a way to use them, and after seeing another idea on Pinterest, I got this idea to make these little boxy tea light holders!
I found a simple box pattern in the Silhouette store, then used my High-Rise Lowercase Alphabet Die-Namics to cut out the letters.  On the opposite side from each letter, I used my heart-shaped Nestabilities to cut out a heart, then adhered vellum to both sides and stamped a few hearts from the Lovey Dovey Sentiments stamp set before assembling the boxes.
MFT Valentine tea lights
I embellished the boxes with a few hearts from the Hearts a Plenty Die-Namics, some buttons, baker’s twine and silver cord.  Here are some additional views that show the heart cut-outs and the papers I used (My Mind’s Eye “Love Me”)…
MFT Valentine tea lights (2)
MFT Valentine tea lights (3)
Around the top of each little box I added a scalloped border using the Small Scallop Border Die-Namics die.  However, my first box I just cut four little strips of the scallops and adhered to the four sides…. and it did NOT look good!  The edges didn’t match up and it looked terrible to me.  So I decided I needed to cut one long strip and score it to fit around the perimeter of the box top.  Trouble was, my strip needed to be 7 1/2 inches long, and the die is only 6 inches.  So here’s what I did!
I started with a 7 1/2” x 1 1/2” long strip, and scored it at the halfway point…
then I scooted over to my Cuttlebug and folded that strip in half…
and cut the folded strip!
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Then all I had to do was score the strip in two more spots….
and glue to the inside of my boxes!
Now…. as soon as I get my mind set, I might finally put away the last few Christmas decorations on my front entryway table, and decorate for Valentine’s Day with this to display!
Feel the love! From Millan.Net Happy stamping!
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Barbara said...

So stinkin' CUTE!!! Great idea for making that strip longer!

dpkennedy said...

Fabulous creation! Very clever and oh so sweet!