Monday, February 7, 2011

Welcome to the CSD Be My Valentine Blog Hop!

Welcome to CSDivas first members "Be My Valentine Blog Hop"!  If you are coming from MARYANNE'S blog, then you're on the right track!! If you started here to find out about the blog hop, then please go back to SANDY'S blog to start hoppin!!!

 I'm so glad you stopped by from Maryanne's blog.  I hope you're having fun hopping along with the rest of us to view some fantastic projects.  Before I show you my project, let me share some things you should know first:

"Creative Scrapbooking Divas is a place for Divas to inspire, create and enjoy the process! We encourage members to create, try different things, challenge themselves and enjoy the process. At CSDivas, we have monthly challenges with RAKs offered, great comradarie and, we like to Spotlight our members and their fabulous creations.  Most of all, we want our Diva members to have fun!!!"

The "Be My Valentine" blog hop is all about the Valentine projects!  We will showcase an assortment of projects from layouts, cards, treat bags, to altered projects, etc - just in time for Valentine's Day.  You can visit 14 Diva blogs with awesome creations and most of them are offering an RAK.  Here's the list of blog hops:

SANDY: Scrapbook Blessings
DENIN:  Pumpkin Spice
BRANDI: Joyfully Creative
PAM: Dreamers Klub
ANGELA: Tealfully Cuttin Up 
MARYANNE: Scrappy Gifts
LORI: A Scrapmoms Musings
KATIE: Katie's Nesting Spot
ANN:  Ann Lenth
BRENDA: Brenda's Joy
ALECIA: Freak Alecia's
STEPHANIE: Today's Magical
CHERYL: Tickled Pink
LUISA: Creative Designs by Luisa
Also, CSDivas is offering a Grand Prize!  Who doesn't like the chance to win a prize!  Of course, these are separate from each blog challenge or giveaway, (if there is one offered).

Now, onto my project!  

For this hop, I decided to create something a bit different.  This is an altered McDonald's french fry container!  Yup, that's right--an altered fast food box!  How cool is that!  But, I have to give credit to Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail.  She is sooo talented and I thought that this would be a perfect item to make to hold a gift, love notes, candy--whatever your heart desires.
Step 1.  Gather 2 types of patterned paper, a French Fry container, trimmer, scissors, and adhesive.  Please don't use cardstock-it's too thick.

  Step 2.  Open the FF container and flatten it.  Place on a sheet of patterned paper and trace.  Cut out.

Step 3:  Put adhesive around the edges of the  designer paper.  With the outside of the container facing down, press the paper onto the inside of the FF container. 

Step 4:  Crease at all the folds to reshape the container

Step 5:  Repeat the same process with the paper you're using on the outside.
Step 6:  Reshape the container and glue the tabs to the back.  Press against the creases to shape and form the box.

Step 7:  Add trim (lace, faux pearls, ribbon, etc) to the edges if you'd like.  Create tags and embellish to your liking. Add love quotes, photos, etc.   Add tags to the inside of the container and you're done!  

My CHALLENGE for you is to create a Valentine project (it must be new) by altering some sort of box/container and it MUST have a Valentine theme.  You may use non-traditional colors.  If you want to try the french fry container--that's great!  I can't wait to see what you create.   

Each day I willl challenge you to create something for the chance to win a prize from me. (Hint:  it's a bunch of scrapping goodies!)  You will get a ticket for each project you complete!  I hope you'll play along.

For the chance to earn a Grand Prize at CSDivas post your creations in this discussion thread: VALENTINES BH -LORI'S CHALLENGE ENTRIES.   The due date to upload entries at CSDivas is Thursday February 17, 2011
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. That gives you plenty of time (hopefully) to post your projects.  

Now let's hop to KATIE's blog HERE to see her awesome creation!!!  Thank you for joining in on the Fun!


Brenda said...

ohhh how pink!!!!

Angela said...

This is a super fantabulous idea! thanks for sharing and a challenge I will have fun doing I love to upcycle things!!!

Luisa said...

I love your altered french fries container Lori! It´s soooo girly!
The tags are a great gift, just add some kisses and voila!!!

Pammie Kay said...

I like it alot. What an excuse to eat some fries! I love the paper you used..sweet!

bcriminger said...

Love that! I've seen people trace french fry containers and make them that way as well! I've got to go looking for a box!

AngelaR said...

OOh This is a good one! I love it! I'm gonna do it today ... what a quinkidink that I'm craving french fries lol ... Looking forward to this one and I love the prize you have, those stamps are soooo cute!!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

I love altering and repurposing things that might otherwise have ended up in the trash, great challenge Lori! I really like how pretty your fry container came out, gives me an excuse to stop at McD's :)

Antonella said...

oh my - a french fry container - hwo fun is that?!? what a great project - love the notes tucked inside too... hugs, antonella :-)

Sandy said...

Wow Lori! This is awesome. I gotta try it!

JustYolie said...

I love your altered project!! Wonderful!

karensk said...

I,ve never seen a french fry wrapper look so good. I t even looked better in the close ups.

Thanks for sharing
karen k3 at ameritech dot net

Love Bears All Things said...

I love this idea. I've seen the patterns for these before but this is the first time I've seen someone recycle an actual FF container.
Mama BEar

Denine said...

What a sweet project! I love it! Who knew French Fries could be so CUTE!! :)
Love the idea.

bless her heart said...

Oh, a good excuse to get some french fries! My kids and I will have a lot of fun with this one! Great idea! - Stephanie

Scrappy Gifts said...

Thanks for this challenge! I'm addicted now to fry boxes! I made a Valentine one and an Easter one =D
Wish I had thought of better embellishments though. Love your tags for the inside too!