Sometimes even the best laid plans don’t work out quite as expected. Take crafting, for example. Over the holidays, I had dreams and visions of whipping up lots of craft projects using Sizzix’s fabulous line-up of holiday dies…….only to find myself running out of time before I could even get started. Of course there’s always next year. But that got me wondering. Could I find a way to use my new holiday dies for something other than the Christmas holiday?
One of the dies I couldn’t wait to get my hands on last month was Brenda Walton’s beautiful Poinsettia Swirls. Although poinsettias are usually limited in use only to December, I thought maybe, possibly, they could be used for something else. And so I gave myself a challenge. Why not use these adorable poinsettias to create a few things for the next big holiday, Valentine’s Day?
I love getting multiple uses out of my crafting supplies, so it was super fun to challenge myself to find some extra ideas for this die. By just looking at this little Valentine set, you might not even realize that this is a Christmas die, right? Amazing what changing out colors and papers can do.
For my project, I used the beautiful flower, leaves, and swirl from the Poinsettia Swirls die to make a card and matching parchment paper treat bag. Because although Valentine’s Day is all about love and sentiment, it sure doesn’t hurt to throw in a few sweet treats, too! After all, who doesn’t like chocolate and candy on Valentine’s Day?
I’ve really been having a love affair with the color gray this past year. Love it paired here with pink and red. I started by die cutting the flower, leaf, and swirl from pretty pink and gray patterned papers from Pink Paislee’s Secret Crush collection. I cut one of the largest blossoms and two of the smaller flowers and layered them together for a nice full image. By adhering only the very center of the flowers, I was able to bend up the petals a bit to create some depth and dimension. For a bit of extra detail to the flower, I die cut the largest leaf image and machine stitched down the center vein, folding the leaf ever so slightly before tucking it under the petals. A pearl button and tiny heart top the flower off.
The one part of the flower die that really makes the flower look like a poinsettia to me is the center trio of berries. So I opted to remove the berries and suddenly, the poinsettia doesn’t have to be a poinsettia anymore.
Both the flower and swirl were added to a Secret Crush insta-frame and layered onto my pieced background. A pretty border die cut from the Interlocking Ovals Decorative Strip Die in pink polka dotty paper adds an interesting detail to the background of the card.
For the matching sweet treat bag, I used the same pink and gray papers, but changed up the look slightly by using only a single smaller blossom for the flower design along with a pair of different leaves. And once again, I eliminated the center berries, and topped the flower with vintage buttons instead.
And while I had my supplies out, I created one last card with my scraps.
This time using only the swirl from the Poinsettia Swirl die.
Funny thing though…
Why is it when I’m trying like anything to use up my scraps, do I seem to generate as many new scraps as I use of the old? 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope I’ve given you some ideas for stretching out your scrapbooking supplies. And wishing you all a very wonderful day!