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Mon 25

Valentine Treat Pouches
by Anne Thompson

I made some cute little valentine treat pouches using the Christmas Plaid papers and several of the dies from the Valentines 2021 collection.  Each pouch is made from one 6x6 double-sided piece of paper--perfect for using any of the Memory Box 6x6 paper pads. 

You use a simple diaper fold to create the pouches--there are lots of tutorials and videos online and examples on pinterest.  I followed the instructions on the Splitcoast Stampers blog:  Fold your paper in half on the diagonal to make a triangle.  You then take one of the lower corners of the triangle and fold it over to the middle of the other triangle side.  Take the other lower corner of your triangle and fold it over to the middle of the opposite side.  Take one layer of your top corner and fold it down to create your pouch.

I found it was helpful to use a bone folder on the creases.  Sometimes the paper did split a little (and shhh... I just covered those spots with hearts).  I also secured down the folded over pieces with double-sided tape.  The heavier paper makes for very sturdy pouches.  

The fun part is then decorating and filling each pouch.  I made four for this post.

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Whatever hearts I cut from plaid papers I also cut from white or off-white cardstock and off-set the plaid papers on top.  I made a bunch of hearts this way first, using some of the same papers on the pouches and adding in some other plaids that coordinated well.  Then I attached those doubled-up hearts to the pouches using Glue Dots or double-sided tape, at least one larger one inside the pouch peeking out and several on the outside.  I added ribbon bows and pearls or red gems to some of the hearts.  I die cut the sentiments "Sending LOVE" and "HUGS" from white cardstock and used a glue pen to adhere them to more of the plaid paper scraps which I then mounted on another layer of white cardstock before tucking them into the pouches.  For the "BIG Hugs" one, I just attached the sentiment to the large heart tucked in the pouch.  I added some foil-wrapped chocolate hearts to each pouch to finish up.

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Think I will make more of the small ones for candy treats or tea and some bigger ones using larger squares for holding other treats like hot chocolate, s'mores fixings, microwave popcorn...so many possibilities!  

Happy Crafting!

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Comments

So clever and attractive!

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