Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous day. I have a quick post to share with you tonight... a little Valentine's love I left in the teacher's lounge (at the kids' school) today  :} 
I simply covered a can of coffee with some Twitterpated DSP and card stock. The cute little coffee cup stamp is from one of the stamp sets you can get for free right now during Sale-a-Bration  -- Patterned Occasions (w:129621  c:129624) 

I used the 3-1/2" Circle die to create the perfect background to cover the lid. The heart Embosslit and Punches made it easy to add pretty details. If you don't already have the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, add it to your cart - it has 24 greetings to cover almost every occasion! 

How about a bonus project tonight??? Here's the Valentine card Aaron chose for his teacher:
He likes the images from the Up, Up & Away stamp set... but what kid doesn't like baloons??? 

 Thanks for dropping by!! Love ya... mmmmwaaah!  :} 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chalkboard Art for Valentine's Day

I really wanted to create a card using a hot trend in crafting and decorating right now -- chalkboard art... so I made one for Valentine's Day.  :} 

SMILE!! It turned out so cute!  And I was surprised at how easy this technique is. For my card, I started with Pretty in Pink card stock and a layer of Twitterpated DSP

To create the chalkboard background:
Start with a layer of Basic Black card stock (on this card: 4-3/4" x 3-1/2").
If you want an embossed image, stamp your image in Whisper White Craft ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder, and heat set with a Heat Tool (the image on this card is from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set).
Using a section of a Stamping Sponge, lightly rub / swirl some Whisper White Craft ink in random spots to create the look of eraser marks. 
Using a White Pencil, add lines or images for a hand-drawn look. 

Add stamped / die-cut images to create a focal point. Adhering some of the images with Dimensionals makes layering a breeze. And of course a bit of ribbon and bling are the perfect little details!

So what do you think? Are you ready to try some chalkboard art today?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Not only do I enjoy looking through a new catalog and finding tons of pretties that I must have, I love when I find project ideas that inspire me to create my own goodies! Today's card (and sketch- yay!) is inspired by the card sample on page 12 of the Spring Catalog

I made this card for tomorrow's class at the bakery, so I wanted to simplify some of the details. A layer of More Amore DSP creates a great background over the Very Vanilla card base, and there are so many cute patterns in this paper for me to choose from! My sentiment (Seasonal Sayings) is stamped in Primrose Petals ink, and the Real Red Taffeta ribbon adds a nice feminine touch. 

Using three hearts from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set, I stamped onto Very Vanilla and Primrose Petals card stock. These hearts and the bottom DSP heart are easily die-cut with a Hearts a Flutter Framelit. All four hearts are then adhered using Dimensionals. 

I like how cute and easy this card was to make. Here's the simple card sketch for you, so you can make your own... and many others.  Happy stamping!!  :}

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Monday, February 4, 2013

tickets to my heart

I like making Valentine's Day cards. It's just so much fun using lots of "girlie" colors, frilly papers, and ribbons.  :}
For this card I started with a Pretty in Pink card base, and then layered on Riding Hood Red card stock (distressed around the edges) and Tea For Two DSP

The two card stock hearts are die cut using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit and the Fashionable Hearts Embosslit. For some extra pattern, I die cut the largest heart from Twitterpated DSP with a Framelit from the Hearts Collection.
Three stamps from That's the Ticket and the coordinating Ticket Duo punch make it super easy to add more pretty layers to this card. And of course I couldn't skip the ribbon!!  :} 

I don't make a ton of Valentine's Day cards, so I like to make each one unique. How many Valentines do you send each year?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

family first

Hello again stamping friends... long time no "see." The past two months have been so topsy-turvy for me and my family! One of the great things about this job, is that I can fit it around my life. With Christmas, school activities, Scouts, church, packing boxes and loading UHauls so we could close on our house, and comforting my children consuming our days, I decided to take some time off from stamping. I'm so glad I could be there for my family! And now I'm slowly easing myself back into my crafting obsession.  :}  In fact, I have a lovely Valentine's Day card to share with you today!
This is just cute, cute, CUTE! And it went together pretty fast. I started with a Pretty in Pink card base and added a strip of Tea For Two DSP. Then I tied on some Pretty in Pink stitched grosgrain ribbon. I stamped my greeting (Seasonal Sayings) in Calypso Coral ink.

The Hearts a Flutter Framelits made it super easy to die-cut six hearts... three from the Tea For Two DSP, and three that I stamped first using the Hearts a Flutter stamp set. The hearts are adhered to a layer of Crumb Cake card stock, which is layered over Lucky Limeade card stock, and then attached to the card with Dimensionals.

I hope you are feeling the "love" and it keeps you warm on this chilly day!

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