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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Some Valentine Treat Fun for a Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for our January Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop!  Love is in the air and our talented group of design team members have a Whole Lotta Love Goin’ On as we are excited to be sharing some NEW Occasions Catalog goodies and some Valentine’s Day projects with you this month!

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog!  We are always excited to hear from our followers!

You should have just left stop number 15 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop – the fabulous Annie Lee. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find  the full blog hop lineup below.

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So, for the blog hop today, I started and stopped on at least 2 different projects and designs.  Normally that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but with all the crunching to get ready for Leadership, it meant a little last minute creating.

Thankfully the first project I have to share I was able to get done early!

A “Wheely” Cool Valentine Card

I recently got this Love You More Valentine’s Day stamp set and just love this globe image.  But the part that I really thought was fun with this card was the red flowers on the right side of the card front.

Know what it is?

Yup, a WHEEL STAMP!  Betsy’s Bloom is the name.  It’s been ages since I pulled them out, but they sure do make a striking background for your card sometime using exactly the color you want.

Add a bit of ribbon for a finishing touch (and to cover up if you rolled your wheel a little less than exactly straight, ha ha! Winking smile )

Send a Valentine Treat this Year

I had one more idea that I wanted to create to share today.  It was an idea in my head that I didn’t have time to complete it before heading to the airport so I punched out a few shapes, grabbed some paper, ink, and stamps… and headed to Houston.

Turns out, I got to my hotel and set out to create the idea in my head and I discovered that I left my paper trimmer at home.  Oops!  So, check out the ideas and don’t mind the not quite perfect cuts since I had to make due with my little paper snips for all the paper in the project other than the red Chevrons (Chevron punch) and the Heart (lg Full Heart Punch)!

The idea for this project is a little treat you can send or give to a special someone.  It’s another stamp set from the Love You More set again… I was inspired by the arrow images and thought I would turn a small Hershey bar into it’s own love arrow!

If you want to make your own, all you need to do is:

  • Wrap a chocolate bar with a patterned paper from the Fresh Prints designer paper stack in the new Occasions catalog and adhered the arrow images from the stamp set for my central point.
  • Stamp the same arrow w/ sentiment (“straight to my heart”) on a strip of Whisper White cardstock. 
  • Adhere a thin strip of Soft Suede cardstock (approx 3/8” strip) across the middle of your stamped image.
  • Punch out a set of chevron pieces from Real Red using the Chevron punch and a heart from Real Red using the Heart punch.
  • Adhere the Whisper White strip to a piece of Soft Suede cardstock for matting.
  • Adhere the wrapped chocolate over the center of the arrow so that it covers all but the “Straight to the Heart” sentiment.
  • Done!

So I hope you enjoyed my projects today and check out more great projects on the hop using the links below.

Blog Hop Participants:
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  1. Anastasia R. of Stampin’ Blondie
  2. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  3. Dawn S. of Dawn’s Creative Chalet
  4. Kathy P of Katrina P’s Creative Corner 
  5. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  6. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  7. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters
  8. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  9. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  12. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  13. Kristina M. of Mama’s Sanity
  14. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  15. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper  <— YOU ARE HERE
  16. Tonya B. of Stampin’ with Tonya
  17. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin
Interested in updates from Leadership 2014?
I’ll be spending the next few days in Houston, TX getting filled with new project ideas and updates from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll be trying to share what I can
via my Facebook page and then coming back in the evening and sharing a summary of what I saw. 

So enjoy all the inspiration today and stop back by tomorrow to see what’s happening in good ol’ Texas!

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Super Simple Valentine’s Card

Alright, I’m back with another project using the stamp from the Happy Valentine Heart bundle.  I showed you yesterday a Valentine Treat idea but I wanted to play with the stamp for a card.  This was the first quick card idea I came up with:

And as always, it is super hard to see but I used my 2-way Glue Pen and some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to fill in the little cupid heart.  Maybe this picture will show it a bit better?

Or not… but you get the idea. Smile

I swear I always start getting into a stamp/paper/embellishment right as it is going away.  So, reminder today is the LAST day to order this bundle or the My Little Valentine/Simply Sent bundle.

See the details on these bundles in the online store

But I think this stamp is kind of adorable so you may see it pop back up in the next few weeks between now and Valentine’s Day.

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Happy Valentine Heart Card
Stamps:
Happy Valentine Heart
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Raspberry Ripple cs
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accent embossing folders, Full Heart punch, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Happy Valentine Heart Treat Topper

Anyone else out there a sucker for a good deal or at least cute things for a small price tag?  Anyone?  Smile

Well, I don’t normally do little treat bags and toppers but when I saw the limited time Valentine Bundles that Stampin’ Up! was offering, I thought the Happy Valentine Heart was so cute and it was so cheap that I just had to go for it.  I mean, seriously, $5.95 for a stamp and 50 treat bags?? Everyone I know is going to get treats this year. hee hee

So, this was the first project I created with my new goodies:

 

Like I said, I hadn’t played with these 1”x8” cello bags before so I was totally winging it.   But I think it turned out pretty cute.  Wanna see the topper up close?  Well, here you go –

I used my Window Frame framelits and some Core’dinations cardstock (I swear, I didn’t realize how much I love that stuff until I keep trying to grab it for my projects and I get sad I haven’t ~gasp~ ordered any of the new colors!  Guess what I’ll be fixing on my order on Tuesday? Winking smile)

I made the topper so you could get to the treats without needing to destroy the topper.  I even made a video so you could see how I put this all together.

REMINDER – This Bundle is only available through tomorrow (1/21)

 

So, have fun and enjoy this project.  Let me know what you think too!  For my first project like this, I had a lot of fun. Smile


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Happy Valentine’s Day To You!

I’m a little late in posting today, but I wanted to be sure I wished all of you a very happy Valentine’s day!  I created this card specifically for sharing today.  Stampin’ Up! and the crafting I’ve done since I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! has introduced me to my second family of amazingly creative and supportive crafters. 

So, thank you for visiting my blog and for all the wonderful comments and support you share with me.  I hope you have a great day with friends and family!  Sending hugs your way!

Fun Fact about this card:  This card started as an “oopsie” card from one of my past workshops.  Someone tried stamping on the pink base and it looks like they later accidentally dropped an ink pad on the card as well.  Oops!  But I thought the Chocolate Chip strip and embossed dots layer could be used for another card and when I saw this Ice Cream Parlor DSP, I thought they just worked. 
And see, if I hadn’t have told you, you never would have known. Smile 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hugs And Kisses Valentine Recipe:
Stamps: 
Love You Much
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Paper:  Chocolate Chip CS, Pink Pirouette CS, Whisper White CS, Ice Cream Parlor DSP (sale-a-bration item)
Accessories:  Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Big Shot, Melon Mambo grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Quick and Easy Glimmer Hearts Valentine

If you’ve read my newsletter, you got to hear me go on about how I love the new Glimmer paper and how I have all my fingers and toes crossed that we will see more of this in more colors!  Its true, I love this stuff!  So, I had to share it with others in my workshops so they could see it too.  I’ve seen so many cute projects with this paper but one of the techniques I think is so fun is this peek-a-boo design. 

In this card, I cut a strip of the Real Red Glimmer paper at 1-1/4” x 3” and then cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3/4” x 3”.  I then punched out three hearts from the Whisper White paper and then adhered it to my strip of Glimmer paper.  I free hand punched the hearts by punching the center heart first.  Then I lined up my punch along each short edge of the white strip and tried to horizontally align the hearts.  Add some Blushing Bride designer paper and a Basic Grey mat for a fun and quick card:

Tip:  Due to the texture of the Glimmer Paper, glue stick does not hold very well to it.  So, for a project like this, I would use your tape runner or probably more easy would be a liquid glue like the Multipurpose Adhesive.  These stronger adhesives will hold up much better long term.

Glimmer Hearts Valentine Recipe:
Stamps: 
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Real Red Classic
Paper:  Real Red CS, Basic Grey CS, Whisper White CS, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Blushing Bride DSP (Hostess set)
Accessories:  Small Heart Punch, Multipurpose Adhesive

Want to make this card yourself?  Order the supplies online here!