Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Treats for my Sweetheart

I’m one of those guys that really likes Valentine’s Day because it gives me an excellent opportunity to make something for my sweetheart. I was originally planning something much different than this, but due to time I had to change my plans.

Someone recently had told me about a book that shows how to make candy bouquets. I didn’t get an opportunity to view the book but I looked some up online and decided that was what I wanted to make for my sweetheart.

So without further ado, here is the candy bouquet I made for my wife for Valentine’s Day.

Though this project is not 100% Stampin’ Up, I wanted to share it with you all anyway. I got the basic inspiration from this post by Andrea Walford.

I bought a cheap plastic bucket from Walmart for $1.50. Originally I tried to cover it with some of the Sending Love DSP from Stampin’ Up! After much frustration, I finally just ripped the DSP off and scrapped that idea. To get the look that I finally ended up with, I had to paint the bucket with three coats of sheetrock primer and two coats of acrylic paint.

I then decorated it with the Top Note die featuring a sentiment that I created using My Digital Studio and adorned with embossed butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

The majority of the bouquet is created by using the excusive Flower Folds die. The paper and embossing is where I diverged from Stampin’ Up. I wanted to be able to sand the embossing on the flowers so another color would show through. So I used three different colors from Cored’nations cardstock. I did use the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder as well as two from other manufacturers. Though the pictures may not show it very well, each flower was spritzed with Shimmer Mist created by adding our Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint to some rubbing alcohol. A heart shaped candy is then adhered on top with heart that is punched out using the new Small Heart Punch from the Occasions Mini.

There are two candy-filled hearts you see in the front of the bouquet that were created using our new Sweetheart stamp set and Heart-shaped Sweet Treat cups.

All the rest of the items in the bouquet are candies that I purchased from the dollar store or Walmart.
Here are a few more shots of the completed project.

Candy-Bouquet-3 Using My Digital Studio I created the sentiment with the Baroque Motifs stamp set and the Always stamp set.

Candy-Bouquet-4 Using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit I created the butterflies and then sanded some of them to reveal the colors beneath.

Candy-Bouquet-6 Using the new Sweetheart stamp set and the Heart-shaped Sweet Treat cups, I created two little candy-filled hearts.

Candy-Bouquet-7 I created all of the flowers using the exclusive Flower Folds die and then embossed each one. Here I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Candy-Bouquet-8 This large red heart is actually just a large chocolate heart wrapped in foil.


  1. This is awesome!! I bet your sweetheart just loved it :) Just found your blog today and I'm excited to be a follower now!


  2. Oh I like this..I wish I had seen it sooner so I could have made a few of these! Great idea!!! thanks Yvonne

  3. WOW, awesome, incredible, and other superlative words!! What's not to love about this!?!

  4. Wow! This is absolutely amazing! The time and effort you put into this is unbelievable. Your wife is one lucky woman! Hope you both had a terrific Valentine's Day! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  5. Awesome, Jason. You did a fantastic job on the candy bouquet. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Gorgeous! Your wife is very lucky! :)

  7. Love this idea, Jason. I bet your wife felt special knowing you made her a gift by hand.

    I have the Flower Folds die on my wish list for just this purpose.

    LOVE it and Happy (late) Valentine's Day to you & your wife.

  8. This is super adorable!! I bet you scored so many points for this! You are an awesome artist!

  9. This is really a great idea not only for vday, but for birthdays too! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wonderful project. I hope you wife enjoyed. Hugs,

  11. Our Jason is a romantic. I'm sure your wife was thrilled with this beautiful and delicious gift. Congrats on the blog hop, too. Sounds like fun. Hugs, M