Guest Post

Guest Post: Single’s Awareness Day

After begging and pleading with people for guest posts, I suddenly had a flood of them (but not too many so none of you are off the hook) and this one needs to go up today as it seems most appropriate after I acknowledged the married ladies who might not have super romantic husbands yesterday. Today, Karen who you may know from the comment section, has graciously shared a little about her Valentine’s Day traditions as a single young lady…

Happy Single Awareness Day!

I have a confession to make, out of the 30 Valentine’s Days AKA Singles Awareness Day, I have seen, I have had a “boyfriend” for one of them, and that is when I was 10 so I’m not sure how much that counts, but I’ll take what I can get. By the time I hit high school I was absolutely fed up with the holiday and would make all the typical bitter comments about it being a made up holiday by the card, flower, and chocolate companies.

All that changed my senior year of high school thanks to a friend looking out for me. That year I got a singing Valentine from Henry (not to be confused with Henry Banks!). Now, considering that I was not the most popular girl in school, my getting any kind of Valentine let alone a singing Valentine was going to cause quite a stir especially as people tried to figure out who Henry was. And at that point my snarky side came out and I would just play 20 questions about who Henry was.

When I went away to college, I would still have something waiting from Henry and it would always create lots of questions as to who Henry was. When FB came out I then posted the pictures of the flowers I received from Henry creating even more questions from all my FB friends. If I couldn’t have a boyfriend having people asking all kinds of questions and providing minimum answers became my way of enjoying Single’s Awareness Day.

roses from Henry

The last 2 years I have not been able to receive gifts from Henry for a variety of reasons, but later during the year it has been made up to me. But I continued to post things on FB to garner questions. This year I posted lyrics from the song “Taylor the Latte Boy”. And Rose took the bait and asked a bunch of questions causing me to just giggle as I would respond. After a couple of response I came up with the idea for a guest blog so here it is.

flowers from Henry

Now what I’m sure you a

re all wondering is who Henry is. Henry is the Crown Prince of Haragrace from the story Where to Begin by my best friend. Don’t bother looking for that story on Amazon; she never finished it, much to my annoyance as I have half the manuscript in my possession. But Prince Henry was courting my character in the story, and my best friend in turn would send me Valentines from him.

Valentine’s Day is day about love, but it doesn’t have to be Romantic Love. My best friend made sure that I felt loved on that day for 10 years and that has helped to change my perspective on Singles Awareness Day, as a day to show everyone in your life a bit of love.

monkey from Henry

A note from Rose—I sure did fall for it, and not just a little; when she mentioned “boy” in her post, I flat out asked if this was a cougar-type relationship! 

Thank you, Karen, for coming to post.

Just for Fun

Make your own Valentine’s Day Gift Box!

Today, I have with me Monica Weaver, the creator of Add A Little Dazzle and she’s going to show us how to use stamps and paper to make a fabulous gift box for Valentine’s Day.

Not to worry, if you are anti-crafty, like me, she walks us through it every step of the way.

So, here goes:

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Supplies List

  • Stamp: Itty Bitty Banners (#126257-clear) or (#126255-wood)
  • Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink (#126980), Basic Black Craft Ink (#102192)
  • Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (#100730), Rustic Red Metal Sheets
  • Accessories: Crystal Effects (#101055), Sticky Strip (#104294), Mini Glue Dots

    (#103683), Basic Rhinestones (#119246), Big Shot (#113439), Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder (#120175), Bitty Banners Framelits (#129267), Sanding Block (#124304), Trinket Keys & Satin Ribbon (SU Clearance Store), Heat Tool (#100005), Clear Embossing Powder (#109130), Embossing Buddy (#129053), Stampin’ Sponges (#101610)

  • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Metal Earring Hoops, Paper Stump, Toothpicks, Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint, Mini Chocolate Heart Box 1.75 oz. box

Instructions for Vintage Wallpaper Metal Embossed Mini Chocolate Heart

Box:

Step 1 Cut a 4″ x 4″ and a 5″ x 5″ square of Rustic Red Metal Sheet. Note: You can make two heart boxes from one sheet of metal.

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Step 2 Take the lid of the heart box and trace it on the aluminum side of the 5″ x 5″ piece of Rustic Red Metal Sheet with a pen.

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Step 3 Take the inside heart out of the candy box and trace it on the aluminum side of the 4″ x 4″
of the Rustic Red Metal Sheet with a pen.

 

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Step 4 Place the pieces from Step 2-3 inside the Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder (red side facing up, one at a time) and run it through the
Big Shot. Note: Don’t worry about the edges that hang outside the impressions folder. Note: The important thing is for you to flip the folder over to the back side to make sure the heart is in the folder area.

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Step 5 Cut out each metal embossed heart. Make sure to cut about 1/8″ outside the line. Note: Start with 1/8” extra on the smaller heart. You may need to cut it down close to the exact size of the heart, but it is better to have more metal than less. Don’t cut the heart down until you get to Step 13.

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Step 6 Cut a 4”x 4” and 5” x 5” piece of Sticky Page and attach each heart to the corresponding piece. Take the white backing you peeled off and attach it to the piece shown. Cut out the two hearts. Note: If you don’t have Sticky Page, place Sticky Strip around the outer edges of the heart and peel the red film.

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Step 7 Take the larger metal heart, peel the red film, center the lid of the heart box onto the traced heart, press down, and attach.

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Step 8 Take the Paper Snips and cut a slit in the center of the heart as shown in the picture. Then wrap the metal around the edges of the heart.

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Step 9 Take your Paper Stump and go over the edges to flatten the metal sheet along the back of the heart.

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Step 10 Take your Sanding Block and sand in a circular motion. Take a Lint Free Cloth and lightly go over embossed piece to remove
metal residue.

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Step 11 Pour some Crystal Effects on a plate, dip toothpick in Crystal Effects, and place the drop on the metal as shown in the picture.

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Step 12 Take a Basic Rhinestone and place it on top of the drop of Crystal Effects. Follow this process for the lid. Let it dry.

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Step 13 Take the smaller heart, sand in a circular motion, peel the red film, and attach to the inside of the box. Go over it with a paper stump to attach the sides securely.

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Step 14 Take piece of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and use a Stampin’ Sponge and Metallic Silver Acrylic Paint to paint both sides of the ribbon. Set ribbon aside and allow it to dry.

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Step 15 Take a piece of Whisper White
Cardstock, rub the embossing buddy over it,
Stamp your sentiment of choice from the Petite Pairs Stamp Set, pour clear embossing powder over the image, remove excess, and set with the Heat Tool.

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Step 16 Use the Itty Bitty Banner Framelits or the oval punch to punch out stamped image. Punch a small hole at one end of the tag and distress the edges with Basic Black Classic Ink.

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Step 17 Take the earring hoop, place the tag in the hoop first and then run a Trinket Key through the hoop. Place a Mini Glue Dot underneath the key (to hold it in place) and attach to the tag as shown in the picture.

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Step 18 Take your ribbon, wrap it around the heart box as shown, tie in a bow, and cut off excess ribbon. Attach the hoop to the bow. You are done! Have a dazzling Valentine’s Day!

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A huge thank you to Monica for coming by and sharing her talents with us. If you’d like to see more of her projects and supplies, be sure to visit her website Add A Little Dazzle at http://www.addalittledazzle.com. She’s also on Facebook giving out wonderful ideas almost every day: https://www.facebook.com/AddALittleDazzle?fref=ts