A Little Bit Of Love…and Scallops and Pearls

I hope you don’t mind one more Cross My Heart card sample.  I know, I’ve been using it a lot this week, but that is just because I went on a creating spree with the set and most of the cards I have photographed right now use it.  But hopefully by now you can see some fun ways to use it!  I have to admit, it was fun to take images from the same set and try to create totally different looking cards.  You should try it some time!

Anyway, here is today’s card:

So, this all started with me heat embossing the sentiment on a piece of Rose Red cardstock.  I don’t remember what I had planned for that stamped image… but the embossing is pretty. Smile

I experimented with my punches and found that the Wide Oval Punch fit perfectly around my sentiment and so away I started with my punches.  I used the Scallop Oval punch to layer behind it and masked my seam with the Natural Trim ribbon… have I mentioned how much I love this ribbon?

Then just a few more touches… like LOTS of pearls.  In the heart in the sentiment and along the scallops on the left edge.  I don’t think I’ve ever used this many pearls on a card.  But I think it works!

So, now that you’ve seen some samples with this set, I’m curious what you think.  Is this a set that you can imagine using or just a cute idea in the catalog?  I’d love to hear what you think!

 

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Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Love Card

Do you have a stamp set that you loved…bought… and now have no idea what to do with it?

Being a word puzzle person, I love these stamp sets that are word search/crossword designs.  I even bought the word search background stamp years ago.  But did I ever figure out how to use it?  Nope!

Well, my mom got the new Cross My Heart stamp set and while I thought it was really cool, I had no idea how you would use it.  So, I stamped a few images and have been making myself play with it.  Turns out, it was more fun than I expected!

This is actually one of the first cards I made with this set.  I was trying to use up some scraps from around my desk and so I just started layering elements together to create a simple little card.

One of the first things I knew I wanted to do was layer paper over the heart box to make it stand out.  So I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White and on Rose Red… then just cut out the Rose Red square to layer over the Whisper White.

Then I realized that the flower image fit really nicely in the small oval punch.  So I grabbed than and a scrap of the Natural Trim ribbon (one of my favorite things from the new catalog!) and did a little layering here too.

I felt like the top of the card was a little wide open, so I added some faux stitching with my white gel pen and accented my flower as well as the edge of the card.

And ta-da!  You have a card with bits, pieces, and scraps that

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Cross My Heart Faux Stitched Card
Stamps:
Cross My Heart
Ink: Early Espresso, Rose Red (marker), Lucky Limeade (marker)
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Rose Red CS, Whisper White CS, Patio Party designer paper
Accessories: Wide Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, White Gel Pen, Natural Trim ribbon, Sycamore Street ribbon (SAB FREE item), Stampin’ Dimensionals

Heart Pressed and Filled with Love

Today I thought I’d share with you one my first cards using the new Heart Pressed letterpress plate.  Most of the other letterpress dies are big, bold patterns that often are the focal point, so it was fun to play with a more subtle pattern.

I used the Heart Pressed die as a textured patterned paper and wanted to let it provide a lot of the interest in the card.  Then I added a few, to me, vintage-y accents for a little extra flair.

Filled with Love Wood-Mount BundleThis is also another example of why the Filled With Love stamp set is such a great set.  You look at the set and think Valentine’s Day, but I think this sentiment could really be used at any time.  Heck, even a birthday card for a loved one!  I really hope this set shows up in the next big catalog.

Don’t forget, this stamp set bundle is only available for another week!  Plus, grab it now before its gone and you’ll get FREE Bitty Buttons too!  Check it out in the online store

Hope you have a fabulous Monday!.

Thoughts of You Recipe:
Stamps: 
Filled With Love
Ink:  Old Olive marker, Melon Mambo marker
Paper:  Old Olive CS, Crumb Cake CS, Melon Mambo CS, Very Vanilla CS
Accessories:  Heart Pressed letterpress plate, Victoria crochet ribbon, Vintage Flower Adornments, Glue Dots, 1-3/4”x7/8” Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Glittery Filled with Love Card

Last night was another fun card night with the gals of my meetup group.  We made three cards and I thought I would share today one of the cards we did.  I knew I wanted to showcase the Filled with Love set and the Bitty Buttons you can get free with the bundle and so I started brainstorming ideas for a layout.  Then I saw a card created by Robin Merriman and thought it would be perfect to start from.  I changed it up a bit so that I could use the super fun new glimmer paper and add in the cute heart bitty button, plus simplify some of the layers to make it a bit faster for the class setting.

I’ve had this stamp set for a while but have been so caught up with Christmas that I’ve been slow to start using it.  However, it is another stamp set that I am crossing my fingers will make it into the main catalog next year.  I love how versatile and modern it is!

Tips for this Card –

When stamping the big hearts on the left side of the card, start by stamping the heart in the middle.  Then you can more easily control how much is cut off on the top and bottom hearts as well as feel like you have reasonably centered layouts of your heart and layered love.

Glue down all your layers before adding your heart Bitty Button.  It just makes it easier to get adhesive on your Love layers.

Adhere your heart Bitty Button with Crystal Effects.  This clear lacquer also makes for excellent glue that actually dries super clear so you don’t get adhesive outlines or wiggly layers like you might with glue dots or double sided tape.  You don’t need very much, just a thin coating on the back of your button

Oh, and the glimmer paper punches like a dream with your standard punches.

So if you haven’t heard, this stamp set is only available until January 24th as part of a special bundle

So, what is all included?

  • Filled With Love stamp set (only available until this promotion ends)
  • Love Patterns designer series paper pack – 12 sheets of 12×12 double sided paper.  6 of the sheets are patterns in Real Red and 6 of the sheets are Pretty in Pink
    This paper pack is exclusive to this promotion and is not in any of the catalogs
  • Free Bitty Buttons!

Check out the flyer to see pictures of everything in the bundle

Got to love free, right?  Especially when we are talking about something as cute as those bitty buttons. 🙂  Anyway, thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Filled With Love Card recipe:
Stamps:
Filled with Love
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Real Red Glimmer paper, Real Red CS, Whisper White CS, Chocolate Chip CS
Accessories: Bitty Buttons, 3/4” Circle punch, Small Heart punch, Crystal Effects

A little love with the Rough Type alphabet

So, the May scrapbooking promotion was the kick in the pants I needed to commit to getting the rough type alphabet stamp set.  I loved the idea of a high quality clear mount alphabet but was initially on the fence.  Well, the incentive of free designer brads was enough for me to just go for it and boy am I glad I did! 

Sure, it takes a little bit to label all of the stamps but once you do, it is so easy and fun to make all kinds of words.  In this case, I was playing and decided to spell out Love.  It also gave me a good excuse to play with my BigShot – both with the polka dot impression folder and my heart die. 

Stamps – Rough Type alpha
Ink – Melon Mambo, Rick Razzleberry, Old Olive
Paper – Melon Mambo CS, Rich Razzleberry CS, Whisper White CS, Cottage Garden DSP
Accessories – Polka Dot Impression folder, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, small heart punch, 1″ circle punch, Heart BigShot die