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I’m back!! With a super quick Valentine’s project!

See, I knew I shouldn’t have gotten on that blogging every day roll I was in a couple of weeks ago! My computer crashed! I finally got a new one, but am still getting things caught up and organized. And trying to FIND all the disks to reinstall all my software! However I really wouldn’t have had a whole lot to blog about – I’ve been doing tons of creative “stuff”, but most of it can’t be shared yet! {wink} – Doesn’t that sound mysterious, lol! It’s really not. I made a bunch of things for the first issue of Scrapbook News + Review (I’m on the staff so this is my shameless plug – you’re going to LOVE this magazine!) and some random things I just want to hold onto for various calls and such.

I HAVE, however, replaced my Christmas kick with a Valentine’s Day one. Which is odd – the holiday itself is rather depressing for me, a single gal and all, lol, but I am just in love with creating in pink and red and hearts for some reason! So here is one more item I’ve made to decorate my house and show the love of my life (who turns 7 next week!) how much I love HIM!
I have more, but need to get better pictures.

This was a 50 cent wooden heart plant stake type thing I found at Hobby Lobby. This took less than a half hour, including drying time on the paint! The paint, ribbon and buttons are from Making Memories and the flowers from Heidi Swapp. One of my secrets for getting this done so quickly was the glue I used. Can I just RAVE about Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue? This stuff really grabs onto embellishments and holds almost immediately. Dries clear and FAST. Love this glue!! A little goes a long way and its hold is similar to E6000 (it smells too, but not nearly as bad as the E6000 does) in that it will take metals and all kinds of things and hold them strong. Seriously – if you haven’t tried it yet, do so! I have buttons everywhere and never use them and one of the reasons is it’s just a pain to get them to stay put long enough to dry where I want them. On layouts I usually can get away with Glue Dots, but on altered items I just don’t have the faith that they will stand up and take a little abuse. I’m so glad I pulled them out and tried them with this glue! The pictures are of the front and back – which are pretty interchangable, but I plan on putting this in a plant hanging in an opening between my living room and dining room so both sides will be visible.

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