Love Week: Sweet Treats with Jen McMurtrey

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without sweets, so let’s package them in style for the final day of Love Week! Jennifer McMurtrey is with us to share not one, but three different wonderful ideas that are sure to “wow” any special person who you gift this holiday!

Happy love week, friends! I so enjoy this time of year and all of the cute products Elle releases to help us celebrate the ones we love!

Today, I have three different ideas for you to try when creating Valentines for friends and family. Each of the projects are fairly simple to create, and only took me a couple of hours. Granted, now that I know what to do, I could mass produce them pretty easily. Let’s take a look at what I put together using the January 2022 kit and add-ons along with stamps and dies from my stash.

Supplies | January 2022 Kit, Love Notes Die Cuts, Light Pink Cardstock Label Stickers, Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers, Love Chipboard Stickers, Love You Paper Stack, Warm Solids Paper Stack, Large Heart Jane Alphabet Stamp, Love You Stamp, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp – Solid, Medium Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Holiday Tags Metal Die, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die, My Heart Metal Die, Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up – Extra Frames Metal Die

First up is a cute treat bag that I created using January products, the Love You Paper Stack, and My Heart Metal Die. For the base, I used the gray patterned paper and added elements using pink and red patterns. When building the bag, I used white copy paper for a practice run so I wouldn’t waste any of my patterned papers, which was very helpful!

Once the bag was assembled, I added red paper trim around the top and adhered the machine-stitched hearts to the front. When adding the handle, I simply used a narrow strip of paper glued to the
inside of the bag. Last, I tied twine to the handle and glued Love Chipboard Stickers and Heart and Star Chipboard Stickers to the ends.

In anticipation of making these projects, I had been scouring Pinterest for a couple of weeks looking for ideas and found a simple pattern for a treat bag that uses one piece of paper.

Next is a sweet treat box that I plan to fill with candy for my youngest kiddo. The base for the box was created using white cardstock and a Lori Whitlock Silhouette cut file that I’ve had forever. After assembling the box, I used more of the Love You Paper Stack along with a piece from the Warm Solids Paper Stack.

On the lid, I added pink and red grid patterned paper that I cut using the Pocket, Frame, and Flip Up – Extra Frames Metal Die. Beneath the bow, I stamped the sentiment on a Light Pink Cardstock Label Sticker and then stamped Abby’s first initial on a Love Notes Die Cut heart using the outline and solid Medium Jane Alphabet Stamps. Last, I tucked the “XOXO” die cut from the January Kit in with the other embellishments.

The box ended up being super cute and I am excited to give it to her on Valentine’s Day.

Last, I created a small candy holder that I designed using a 3 x 4 journaling tag for inspiration.

This last project was a bit of trial and error because I did not have a pattern to follow and was making things up as I went.

First, I used a My Heart Metal Die on the 3 x 4 inch journaling tag from the January Kit to create a window for the candy. Next, I cut the “XOXO” patterned paper from the Love You Paper Stack slightly larger than the journaling tag and glued the two pieces together. Using the thickness of the candy bars as a guide, I scored the paper along the top inside edges so it resembled a matchbook when closed.

After stamping the red “XOXO” sentiment from the Love You Stamp on the bottom edge of the front journaling tag, I punched a hole on the bottom edge of both papers. which I reinforced using the hole reinforcer from the Holiday Tags Metal Die.

As a finishing touch, I stamped a “P” using the Large Heart Jane Alphabet Stamp and cut it out using the accompanying Metal Die. After looping the twine through each of the holes, I strung the die cut letter on the strand with a gray Love Notes Die Cut circle and tied the two sides together. I think this ended up being my favorite of the three projects because it was super simple to make and is a great way to use the journaling tags. If you are making a lot of these, be sure to check out the January 2022 Printables, too!

Thank you for sticking with me to this point! I hope that today’s three designs have provided you with a starting point in creating sweet, personalized treats for your loved ones. If so, please share what you
create and tag us on social media using the hashtag #EllesStudio, or post your project in our Facebook Group so we don’t miss your amazing projects!

Thank you so much for joining us this week for Love Week here on the blog! We hope you’re inspired to create something handmade, whether a layout, pocket page, cards, or treats, for those that you love!

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