Galentines with Aimee Ferre!

Today’s post is written by the talented, handcrafted lifestyle expert, Aimee Ferre! Follow along as she shares her unique designs and style while creating a beautiful gift for a special gal in her life. <3

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During the cold month of January, with cloudy and dark skies, I start feeling restless for brighter and warmer days. Just when I think I can’t take one more day of gloom, February peeks her head around the corner and offers feminine shades of pink and red for Valentine’s Day. The love and sweets that she offers act as a “hold me over” until spring returns. I do love Valentine’s Day, but I have to admit, I love Galentine’s Day even more!

One of my favorite gal pals lives several hundred miles away. Her marriage last year took her all the way to Los Angeles to finish schooling. It’s my daughter Elsa. Now as an adult, she is a favorite gal pal even though we are so far apart.

When my three daughters were little, I always had “Cupid” come and bring them valentines and sweets in handmade boxes and fabric bags. It’s become a tradition I don’t want to ever let go of, no matter how old they are. So, this year, I thought of designing a beautiful care package to ship off, and not just in a red, white, and blue Priority Box from the United States Postal Service.

I want to send something like we sing about in the My Favorite Things song, “brown paper packages tied up with strings.” That’s what I was going for, with the addition of sweet ink stampings covering the outside of the box, giving a hint of the treasures that could be inside. I couldn’t wait to begin designing Elsa’s Galentine’s package with my Close To My Heart stamp sets!

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My Acrylix® Air Mail by Aimee Ferre:Galentines with Aimee Ferre #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhaimeeferre #aimeeferre #galentine #valentine #love #candybox #treatbox #diy #cardmaking #papercrafting #airmail #snailmail(Outlined images coordinate with Thin Cuts metal dies.)

I am drawn to the large heart candy boxes of yesteryear with the oversized satin bows. For the past several years, I’ve made variations of these candy boxes for girlfriends. Sometimes I’ve hosted a swap where we all bring items to exchange and put in the heart boxes, and some years I provide the treasures inside. This year, I loved the way I could really embellish and personalize the heart boxes, the stationery, and even the shipping boxes using the Close To My Heart stamps and Thin Cuts paired with a few other materials.

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This air mail sparrow card used Mint, White, and Ballerina cardstock. I stamped the designs with Glacier, Candy Apple, and Smoothie Exclusive Inks™. I glued Julep sequins pieces inside the stamped hearts and on top of the “cloud.” The cloud was made from a small sampling of loose quilt batting that was then machine sewn on using a straight stitch all the way around the edges of the cloud. I used 3-D foam tape to stick on the air mail sparrow. The envelope was sealed with the “Sealed with a Kiss” heart that was hand trimmed and glued halfway onto the envelope flap.

I found a 12″ heart box from the local craft store made of brown paper mâché and a smaller paper mâché heart box perfect for a bag of favorite candies or small jewelry piece. (You could also recycle any commercially made heart candy box.

Using a good quality paint that has primer included in the mix, I painted 2-3 coats on each box. Hardware stores now offer sample paint containers of whatever color you want for a few dollars, so I chose a color that went well with the Close To My Heart exclusive colors I planned on using: Ballerina, Glacier, Candy Apple, and Smoothie.

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On the smaller heart box, I stamped the two leaf sprig stamps from the Air Mail by Aimee Ferre set directly on the box. I love that the banner in this stamp set is left blank to hand letter a recipient’s name or a sentiment inside. I stamped the banner in Candy Apple red, used the coordinating Thin Cuts metal die to cut the shape out, and attached it to the box with 3-D foam tape.

Once my large box had a base coat, using coordinating colors, I freehand painted some simple folk-art designs on the lid. To beautify the inside, I lined the box with parchment paper.

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Every Valentine’s Day, I bake my famous fortune cookies dipped in chocolate to share with friends and family. I knew Elsa would feel close to home if I baked her a few to include inside along with some favorite candies of dark chocolate truffles, peppermint white chocolate pretzels, and, her favorite, sour gummy hearts.

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I painted the rims of plain white paper baking cups with watercolors and stamped the bottoms using various designs from the Air Mail by Aimee Ferre and Snail Mail by Aimee Ferre stamp sets. Some of the cups I trimmed off a half inch to create a layered tutu look when nested inside each other. I even machine stitched a couple cups together at the bottom using coordinating thread.

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I nested cellophane bags of sweets in the paper baking cups. Once the box was filled, I tied it up with a red and white striped ribbon. Using the scalloped heart stamp that coordinates with one of the Thin Cuts dies, I created a gift tag and tied it to the box.

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Plain white or brown shipping boxes can be decorated as well. Make opening the package part of the excitement and experience of receiving their package. Measure the rectangular box flaps on the side that you plan to put the address label on, and then cut 4 sheets of cardstock one inch smaller all the way around to mount on each of the inside box flaps. It makes opening up the package a fun surprise!

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You could write personal messages, poems about friendship and love, write memories or sweet sentiments on each of the flaps. You could even include fun photographs. I used a mix of hand painted folk-art designs and hand stamped artwork from both of the Aimee Ferre stamp sets to decorate the flaps.

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I love the 3 small parallelogram stamps that are used to create the “Air Mail” border. Space them out carefully. I used Candy Apple and Glacier ink as the coordinating colors to create this border.

Brown paper packages, sweet treats, and hearts can all say, “fries before guys” to those gal pals that are some of the sweetest relationships in your life. I hope you find yourself thinking of those powerful women who influence your life for the better, and then create something special for them that will keep them close to your heart.

Hugs, Aimee Ferre

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A Valentine for You: FREE Card Patterns!

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We have an early Valentine for all our loyal readers—three free card patterns for you to celebrate along with us and share the love!

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We’ve taken these patterns, which originally made their debut with the White Pines Workshops on the Go®, and created new cards using our Whimsy Fundamentals creative collection and some cardstock—and we just love how they turned out!

These timeless patterns can be used for every celebration and occasion with the right combination of papers, Complements, and sentiments. If you’re not sure how to mix and match these products, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation for you! For effortless coordination, simply choose one of our creative collections from our idea books and stick to just those products within the suite when making your cards. It really is that easy!

Download the patterns below and share some love this Valentine’s day with a handmade card from the heart! <3


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For even more timeless cardmaking patterns, check out our newest how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™ volume 4, which just debuted this January! If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, patterns in this book.





4¼ x 5½ You Make a Difference Card (Vertical)
Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ Like an Artist Card (Horizontal)
C1685 My Acrylix® Inspire Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ You Make My Heart Happy Card (Vertical)
A1192 My Acrylix® Happy Heart Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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Crafting with Kids: Valentine Boxes

Help the kids get ready for the downpour of warm fuzzies from their friends this Valentine’s Day with a trendy valentine box! Every piece of this adorable box is simple enough for a child to recreate it. Of course, with the creativity of the kids on board, the two of you will probably be able to come up with something uniquely your own. Put your heads together to build your note catcher.

Valentine Box and cards

First, pull out a Designer Creations cupcake box. It’s made of designed kraft paper and has a clear plastic window for quick and easy monitoring of the love note stash. Make your box even more irresistible by trying a few of these artistic techniques:

• Cut a 3″ long slot in the top panel of the box, making it just the right size for receiving notes from other kids.
• Use your Cricut® machine to cut out hearts to stamp on. Many of your heart stamps will coordinate with shapes on your Close To My Heart Cricut® cartridges. See the stamp carrier sheet to find info on which cartridge to use and at what size to cut out your heart in order to match your stamp.
• Get creative when decorating your hearts. Check out the look we achieved using the Brushstrokes stamp set for a background and the XOXO stamp set for a sentiment on one of our large hearts! Those small hearts you see were stamped on scrap cardstock and trimmed out.
• Draw fun borders on your hearts with a journaling pen.
• Use Shimmer Trim to create glimmering bows to top off your project.

These 3″ x 3″ cards are also a lot of fun to make with the kids—and so very simple. The little ones will love to help with the stamping, and they’ll end up with cute valentines to share with their friends. It’s also a great way to use up your extra supplies!

Once you’re feelin’ the love, it’s time to turn your thoughts to teacher. This same cupcake box is also ideal for tucking away treats, so you could place a mouthwatering cupcake in the round base insert and let your child deliver the sweet!

Valentine Teacher Box

Deck out your box to match the sugary delight inside by using some of these ideas:

• Trim cardstock pieces on which to stamp sentiments. You could use your Cricut® machine for this step, but it also provides a great opportunity for your young helpers who are good with scissors!
• Make the trimming even easier by finding a printed heart shape you can trim out and stamp on. This one came from a Picture My Life™ Heartstrings scrapbooking program card.
• Stamp sentiments on your cardstock shapes. Here we’ve used the alphabet stamp set from the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to spell the word “Teacher.”
• Add a few embellishments of your choice. We love the look of the Heartstrings Complements combined with the pink glitter gems!
• Once again, use your journaling pen to create unique borders on your heart.
• Use Shimmer Trim to complete your look

You’re sure to melt a few hearts this Valentine’s Day with these lovely creations. We hope you have a heartwarming time making papercrafts and memories together!

3-D Valentine Card Box
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, M1054 My Acrylix® XOXO, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2644 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1686 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Art Philosophy
1 ½”, 2″ Shift (p. 26)

3″ x 3″ White Daisy Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3″ x 3″ Pixie Happy Valentine’s Day Card
C1604 My Acrylix® Forever in My Heart, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5773 Pixie Cardstock, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad

3-D Valentine Teacher Box
M1052 My Acrylix® Mini Valentine, C1608 My Acrylix® Brushstrokes, B1476 My Acrylix® My Fave, Z3046 Picture My Life™ Heartstrings Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box, X7193C Heartstrings Complements, Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z3017 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection (stamp set)

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