Happy Saturday! Welcome to the A Lovely Blog Hop
, hosted by the sweet and ever lovely Jill from Every Day is an Occasion
! I am so thrilled to be hopping along with these fabulously talented ladies and I hope you will hop along to see some of the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
Valentine inspired projects! If you just joined us, please click HERE
to start from the beginning If you came from Kelsie Ann from Cut Craft Create
, you are in the right place!
What I have cookn’ for you today is a two part project! The first part is a super easy and clean way to express your Valentine cheer . . . Homemade soap! If I knew it was this easy, I would have been doing this for years! I actually had the kiddos help in making a few batches. The second is a super sweet and simple two piece box cut from Samantha Walker’s
stash of amazing Silhouette designs
I will be announcing the randomly picked winner via my blog and Facebook page 2/14/2013! Who does not love WASHI TAPE? These four amazing designs are from Paper Issue’s Esty store and could be yours!
Hot Pink Quatrefoil Washi Tape
Yellow Chevron Washi Tape
Grey and White Polka Dot Washi Tape
Are Those Aqua Birds on That Wire Washi Tape
Now on to the tutorials!
For the soap: I found the 2 lb scored clear glycerin soap brick on Ebay. It is made in the USA. It was around $7, but shipping was about the same. YIKES! However, a little goes a long way, so you get your money’s worth. I found a how-to example on Pinterest, but I decided to document how I did this, since I was using different tools.
First I cut up the glycerin soap only using two scored rows and chopped coarsely (the original tutorial said it breaks apart easily with your hands, that was so not the case with my brick. That stuff was hard as a rock!). I found that two rows makes one batch using my mold. I then added the chopped pieces to a glass measuring cup and microwaved it to melt it down in 3-4 ten second intervals stirring it each time (you really need to babysit this part, but what is 40 seconds of babysitting?).
I then pulled out my silicone heart mold I found at IKEA for $1 and poured the melted soap into the mold at a little under a half. I then added Recollections Berry Red Course Glitter for one batch and then some $ Bin find heart shaped glitter for the second batch. You need to move quickly, because it sets up fast. Once glitter was added, I then allowed for it to harden just for about a minute and then topped off each heart with the melted glycerin.
It takes about 15 minutes to completely set. All you do is pop them out of the mold and they are done! Easy peasy!
For the box:
You can find the Pair of Hearts cut over at Silhoutte, click HERE
! It imports to your screen with both boxes fitting on one 12×12 piece of card stock (I used the stock size that it was imported in and was super happy with the size- it was nice not to have to mess with re-sizing for a quick project).
When doing a test cut I found that I needed to make sure to use a thicker design paper due to needing more structure; I used Crate Paper, Little Bo Peep
. I placed the side of the paper I wanted to see on the outside of the box facing up. I did do “multi-cut”. Once cut, I folded the box, using a bone folder. I then inked the edges with Close To My Heart White Daisy
I then formed the box and glued the two flaps to secure it.
Once glue dried, I filled the boxes and closed them up (one box held 5 pieces of Bliss chocolates and one box held 4 heart soaps.) I then attached the boxes together.
I then attached the button on the button chain to the box for more security with Glue Dot minis.
There you have it! A sweet and chic Valentine treat!
Thanks for sharing a piece of “wishing you a very sweet and squeaky clean Valentine’s Day” pie with me and be sure to head over to see what sweet, and I do honestly do mean sweet (I have had the honor to meet her) Courtney, from Courts Crafts Corner has to share!
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