Snips and Snails and New Tools


I did a few small things this week, no big projects.  But it’s Handmade Monday again and there is only one more before Valentine’s Day! Plus it’s the 52nd one, which means we’ve been doing this for an entire year. I got in almost at the beginning of it, so I’ve been doing this for just short of a year too. I’m sure everyone has made all sorts of cute things with hearts and things, and I can’t wait to go see what they’re doing.  Click the link and check it out after you’re done here.  🙂

I posted a candle in a cup I did using Penny’s method, so if that interests you, please check it out here.  It turned out so well, as you can see from the photo here (I did finally light it!) I’ll share it again!

I get so many good ideas from other bloggers.  Penny, at Planet Penny has such a fun blog, and in addition to good ideas and beautiful things to look at, it’s always fun to read.

I have also been working on a little jar for a young boy for Valentine’s Day.  It’s a little difficult to make things for boys for this particular holiday.  Girls are easy, jewelry and well, everything just fits.  I ended up making something not all that Valentine-like but it came out cute enough to share anyway.  I didn’t take photos as I went, but it wasn’t rocket science so, I’m really just going to share a photo of the best part.  The jar is a plastic jar that shaving cream comes in, then Mod Podged with green tissue paper.  I put the boys name on one side and “Stuff” on the other –both cut with the Cricut of course because I could never cut letters out by hand.

I then made a little snail with Sculpy and made him some antennae with copper wire I had in my jewelry making box.  I used 2 little beads for eyes.  I made the shell and body separate so I could paint them different colors easily, using acrylic paint.

I attached him to the lid with hot glue, but he came off once, so I cleaned the hot glue off of everything and reattached him using hot glue and then put white glue around the edges.  Hopefully he will stay put.

He is so cute, I’m thinking of making some more and maybe painting a little smile on his face!

I also made a Valentine’s Day card.  I’m not going to mention who it’s for in case they see this (and this person does sometimes read my blog!).  I’m not quite done with it, but I wanted to share what I have done so far because I thought it turned out not too bad.  I really didn’t have much in mind when I started except that I had a bag full of red hearts of various sizes I had cut with my Cricut and I had a new tool (which I will tell you about in a minute) and some red ribbon.

I started with a precut white cardstock (the kind that comes in sheets with 2 cards per sheet and you feed them through a printer–I have a package of them for making cards on the printer).  I used my cool new tool and cut out a heart “window” toward the bottom.  I had a piece of red woven something that is, well, I don’t really know what it is.  It feels like something between paper and fabric.  I can’t remember where I got it, but it’s been in my “stash” for a long time.  I glued it behind the heart “window” and then decided to try cutting a heart out of it with my new tool.  That worked, altho it left the edges fuzzy and I had to trim it a little.

Then I just added hearts until I liked the way it looked.  I put the heart from the “window” inside one of the bigger red hearts, and let everything dry.  Then I made a bow with some organdy ribbon and sewed it on.  I hope I can mail this without crushing the bow too badly.

Oh, my new toy, er, tool is a Fiskar’s Squeeze Punch.  They are a little pricey, but they were on sale so I bought a couple of different ones.  I love them because you can cut “windows” OR you can cut shapes.  Just one more fun thing, and very, very easy to use.

Only one more week until Valentine’s Day, so I had better get these things in the mail!


  1. Caroline says:

    You have been busy, love the Valentines card and the recycling of the jar is such a good idea.

  2. Handbagsbyhelen says:

    Love the heart cut outs.

  3. Jill says:

    The Valentine’s card is lovely – I do like your new tool. Lovely snail too – great colours. Hope you have a good week.

  4. Jam Dalory says:

    The card is really pretty and i’m loving the little snail, very cute. x

  5. Wendy says:

    I love the candle in a cup idea. Your snail is just so cute and I hope the Valentine’s card recipient doesn’t read your blog this week!!

  6. The candle looks lovely, well done.
    I love new tools, it’s great to have a play. The hearts are great and look lovely on the card, mmm I wonder who it is for.

    Jan x

  7. Helen says:

    Well done on the recycling 🙂 love your heart tool too… Might have to invest in something similar to that!

  8. diane says:

    Lovely card and the snail is so fun!
    The candle looks very romantic 🙂

  9. Lau W says:

    Oh love your punch Fiskars and the card is romantic !
    Your snail is so cuuute ! And the cup with the candle is a super idea, love it !
    I’m happy, snow is here (just one or 2 days but it’s cool !)

  10. mcrafts says:

    Love the candle in the cup – you have been busy! The little snail is so cute too. Mich 🙂

  11. fatmonica says:

    I love the candle in a cup and the hearts but my favourite has to be the snail!

  12. Joanna says:

    Oh how I love that Teacup Candle!! The snail and jar are cute too!


  13. Susie says:

    Thank you all for stopping by. I think I need to do more Sculpey animals!

  14. Lovely candle & a great little snail (I adore that pearly blue shell!)

    Ali x

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