Saturday, January 31, 2015

Gumball Machine Valentines

Guess who has been a busy bee?! This gal, right here, that's who!!
I have been swamped neck deep in gumball machines!! And I love it!! 

Doing this project was like playing with toys... because let's face it... they are toys!!

I started with these gumball machines/ piggy banks I bought for $1 ea. at my local grocery store. They were pre-stuffed with gumballs... so "Yay!!" to no extra expense to fill them. I removed the manufacturer's label/tag but kept the silver elastic that the were tied to and recycled them. 

I made my own tags using my Sizzix eclips machine and ecal software. For the scalloped and stitched rectangle I used a cutting file called Little Love Notes by Designs on Cloud 9.

For the cut-out text I used the free cheri font with ecal's new stencil function over the "e" and "o". I didn't want to hand place each letter because I was going to be doing quite of few of these... that's just way too much work! I opted for my machine to do all the work instead.

And, then I added a little itty bitty heart (1/4") from the ecal library to the corner of each tag.

Here's a close-up:

It's funny how just changing or adding one small thing can really dress it up!

Did I mention that these are my girl's Valentine treats for their classes?? I think I'm going to be the most popular mom in school! At least for one day! LOL

Happy Crafting Friends!!
~ Mitsy

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