Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you all are having a fabulous start to your valentine's day. I love the idea of showing all the special people in our lives we love them but I do believe this should not be restricted to just one designated day a year. We have had fun celebrating all weekend and went to a great dinner on Saturday and Chris gave me some beautiful flowers that I've been able to enjoy all weekend (thanks babe!).
Anyways I love making special cards for everyone but it's a special challenge for Chris since I really try to not make it too feminine, I made several candidates but I thought I would share the card that made the final cut.

I used Basic Black, Basic Grey, and Real Red. The background was created with the new letterpress plates and I tried using them with VersaMark instead of regular ink and love how easy it was and turned out perfect. Then a cut a scalloped heart out of grey cardstock with the lots of hearts embosslet , to mat the paisley heart (that was from the Paisley Prints stamp set) that was punched out with the large heart punch. The greeting is from the Be My Valentine stamp set and I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with Paper Snips so it would pop. The final touch was Black satin ribbon and I tied this great bow that looks kind of like a bow tie and used a Clear Crystal Circle brad for the center.
I really think he's going to love it.
Happy Valentine's Day!
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

February Stamp-a-Stack

Good morning,

With all the craziness of the week I haven't had a chance to post the projects for this month's stamp-a-stack until this morning.  This is going to be a great class where we use some of the new items from the Occassions Mini and Sale-a-bration catalogs.  We'll also learn and great fun and easy technique that you'll love.

Have a great weekend.  Can't wait to see you Sunday!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines, Filled with Love

Good morning! Today I want to share 2 quick and easy valentine projects. The first is a card I made for Aidan (my almost 6 year old) who loves all holidays and especially enjoys getting handmade cards (definitely a kid after his mommy’s heart). It uses the Filled with Love stamp set and is a Joy fold card. These are fun since they have the layers that open up and the stampers loved this when we used the same technique a class awhile back. It also uses the Red glimmer paper, Love Impressions DSP, Real Red DSP, and small heart punch.

Take a look here’s a peak at what the card looks like from the side with the folds.

The second project is a super simple tin. I wrapped two different patterns of Love Impressions DSP around the outside of the tin and then tied a piece of Blushing Bride Poly-stitch ribbon. Then I used one of the Love Impressions Rub-ons on the clear window on the top of the tin. These rub-ons are super simple and so cute! The final touch was filling the tin with Hugs and Kisses candy (what is a valentine gift without chocolate).

I hope these projects have given you some ideas for your own projects!
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Sweetheart Valentine

I have been a bad little blogger. Construction was completed on my new stamp studio last weekend (whoo hoo!) so I’ve had the arduous task of moving into the new space. I must tell you it’s always eye opening to see what you really have when you have top pick up each and every item and move it down 2 flights of stairs. While I’m still not fully settled I have the majority of the stamp items settled so I knew it was time to “break in” the studio, boy did I have a lot of fun. One of the projects was for this weeks Stamping 411 challenge. With Valentine’s Day only a week away it’s only fitting that this weeks card takes advantage of our “sweet” holiday.

I started with a card base of Regal Rose and added a piece of whisper white cardstock that I had run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder. Then I added a piece of Real Red 1/8” taffeta ribbon and bow. The greeting is from A Perfect Heart stamp set and is stamped with Real Red Ink on Regal Rose cardstock before being punched out with the Modern Label Punch. The main image uses the Sweetheart stamp set and used Real Red to ink the heart and Garden Green for the flower leaves. To really add some bling I used the large Heart Punch to punch a heart out of the Red Glimmer Paper for the center. This is matted on a piece of Real Red Cardstock.

That’s about it, now check out the sketch we were provided. Pretty perfect and certain to brighten up anyone’s day.

Stay tuned for more valentine’s projects, sure to please!

Happy stamping,

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