My Sweet Sanded Valentine

I needed a card last week for my stamp club and I was getting stuck in a rut with always turning to flowers to stamp with.  But then my friend, Annie, came over and reminded me about the cute designer frames embossing folder set and I saw my Love You More stamp set and suddenly things started coming together.  I won’t tell you how long I futzed with the final elements trying to decide – should the bird have pink or just red, should the stamped frame be at an angle or straight, should the ribbon be near the top or down near the bird…. but eventually I settled on this!  : )

I even broke out the Alphabet Press embossing folder (on sale this week with the weekly deals!) for the background.  I’ve had this folder for a while but keep forgetting to try it out.  Doesn’t it sand awesomely?

And for the finishing touch, I just had to use the “Made with Love” sentiment from the same set to complete the card by stamping it on the back.

Sweet right?

Just a reminder, if you love this set, it is only available until January 27th.  It’s not in a catalog but you can find it in the Valentine’s Product’s section in the Online Store.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used
Stamps – Love You More
Ink – Real Red, Markers: Real Red, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Blushing Bride
Paper – Brights Core’dination cardstock (Real Red), Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories – Alphabet Press embossing folder, Big Shot, Designer Frames embossing folder, Sanding Block, Naturals Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh, and want to see a cute variation that uses all the same supplies, just switching out the sentiment with one from Happy Watercolor?  Look what Saundra came up with at club night:

You may me happy sanded alphabet card

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Using Your Paper Scraps for a Cute Valentine

Alright, I know I’m the queen of blabbering on and on in my blog posts so I’ll try to keep this one brief.   (Wish me luck!)

I got a day recently to spend all afternoon stamping and so I got to work making thank you cards, swap cards for this week’s leadership conference with Stampin’ Up, and just play with my new supplies.  However, I gave myself a challenge to try to use up my left over scraps of designer paper and left behind pieces when I cut out ovals and shapes with my Big Shot.  Basically, get them used now instead of having them sitting around because “they are perfectly good punch outs that I can use sometime” and never use. Smile 

So, this is what I came up with for some of my left over strips of paper after I made the watercolored thank you cards I shared the other day.

The two patterns are the front and back of the same paper and all the strips are the same size, just offset from each other. 

The bird and sentiment are from a limited time Valentine’s Day set from Stampin’ Up called Love You More.  I actually bought it because it has a cool globe image, but I also loved this sentiment and the made with love stamp as well.  see…

image It’s from the set of special valentine’s stamps and kits available through January 27th.  You can check them all out online here.

But back to the card… Smile  you just color in the bird with your markers and punch out…then stamp and punch the sentiment.  I decided to add a little bling by glittering up the “love” and “more”.  Lots of scraps and this and that in this card!

Everything I Used on the Card

  • Stamps – Love You More (available until Jan 27th)
  • Ink – Soft Suede, Real Red; markers: Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Real Red
  • Paper – So Saffron cs, Whisper White cs,  Fresh Prints designer paper stack
  • Accessories – Dazzling Details, White gel pen, White Tea Lace doilies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Alright, I was kind of brief… but I guess I’ll have to try harder next time I don’t want to be a jabber mouth!  Until then…

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It’s the Week of Love!

Yup, its Valentine’s Week and so now is the time to finish up those Valentine’s that you totally meant to make and then got busy and never did.  Not that that would describe anyone writing reading this blog, right? hee hee

Well, to kick off the week, I wanted to share a card that I received as a swap at Leadership last month.  It uses one of my favorite “love” stamps because it is so understated and pretty cute – the tree from Easy Events.

card created by Diane Eichfield

I was finishing creating the cards and treat boxes for my class this last weekend and as I was almost done with the design work, I ran across this stamp.  I couldn’t easily work it into my projects for the weekend, but I wanted to remind others like me out there that have this set to pull it out!

It is perfect for watercoloring or just using your markers like Diane did.  Add to it the More Amore designer paper and a few embossing folders and some cute just exploded all over your card.

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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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