Gold Hearts

I think I have just about finished my Valentine’s cards.  Before I get too excited about getting something done ahead of time, I still have 25 Valentines to prepare with my 3rd grade daughter (we don’t buy store-bought Valentines in this house).  And my 7th grade daughter wants me to prepare her Valentine birthday party invitations and thank you notes (yes, I have a Valentine’s baby).  So there’s still a lot of Valentine’s Day stuff to do.

Tiny Love HeartsI thought I’d try something a little different for me and set the top vellum layer at an angle.  I embossed the pretty Pool Party heart with gold embossing powder and cut out the “love” thinlit with Red Glimmer Paper.  A simple card, but I think the gold adds such an elegant touch.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Red Glimmer Paper, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Embellishments:  Regals Designer Buttons, Gold Baker’s Twine, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Expressions Thinlits dies


Lots of Hearts

I pulled out an older set, Hearts a Flutter, and decided to play with it this past weekend.  I used one of my misters with some Blushing Bride ink diluted in rubbing alcohol and misted my white card base.  Then I stamped some of the heart shapes randomly on the card.  I die cut the word “love” using one of the Expressions Thinlits dies out out of the Red Glimmer Paper.  A pretty quick and simple card.

Lots of HeartsEnjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!


Last Valentine’s Card (?)

Last Valentine's Card

I needed one more Valentine’s card that I could easily stick in the mail, so I made one more card yesterday.  I think this may be my last one.

I used the sketch over at Retro Sketches for this card.

I really didn’t stray from the sketch at all, which shows how much of a rules follower I am.  🙂  It also shows how quickly I had to make the card to get it in the mail in time.  That’s one great thing about sketches — they can save time thinking of a layout.

So are you ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow?  I finished my second grader’s gifts for her classmates yesterday.  And I finished my kids’ treat sacks yesterday.  Now all I have to do is do some baking today.  I’ll post some pictures tomorrow.

Have a great Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Basic Black
Paper:  Pool Party, Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla, More Amore specialty dsp
Embellishments:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Hearts Collection framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, Color Spritzer Tool


Forever & Always

When I saw the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World, I immediately knew what I wanted to make (and that very rarely happens).  I adore the colors in this picture and the clean, fresh image really appeals to me.  Cath picks some of the best inspiration photos.

Forever & Always

I embossed the woodgrain stamped background with white embossing powder.  That’s for the chair in the picture.  I dry embossed the little x’s at the bottom with the Needlepoint Borders embossing folder.  That’s for the big cross-stitches on the pillow.

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Loving Thoughts, Woodgrain
Ink:  Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Versamark
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Hearts a Flutter framelits, Needlepoint Borders embossing folder, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Pearl Basic Jewels, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Full Heart Punch

A Clustered Valentine

Doily Lacy Valentine

I’ve got another Valentine’s card for you today.    I used some of the Core-dinations cards stock on this one.  It’s my first time to try it out.   I decided I really like it for two reasons.  The first is that its texture on one side reminds me of the textured card stock Stampin’ Up used to offer (I miss that stuff!).  The other reason is that when you sand an embossed image, it really shows up.  Very fun!

I clustered some of my favorite elements on this one — I adore the scalloped heart in the Hearts a Flutter stamp set, the flower trim, pearls, and tickets.  Here’s a closer look:

Doily Lacy Valentine close-up

Thank you to all of you who left comments yesterday with ideas for how I could use yesterday’s card.  Y’all had so many good ideas that now I think I need to make more of this card!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That’s the Ticket
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Versamark
Paper:  Pool Party, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Pool Party Core-dinations, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Delicate Designs Folders, Pearl Basic Jewels, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon

A Valentine Treat

Valentine treat

Here’s a simple little treat that would make your Valentine quite happy — who wouldn’t love to get some chocolate?  And when it’s wrapped in a pretty little package, it tastes even better, right?  🙂

To make the topper, I just cut a piece of Pool Party card stock with one of the Labels Collection framelits, and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  I then folded it in half and added a couple of embellishments.

Enjoy your Wednesday, and may it include a little chocolate treat!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Real Red
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Real Red
Embellishments:  Small Heart Punch, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Labels Collection framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Real Red 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

It Doesn’t Get Much Easier than This

Ok, this card is so simple I almost didn’t post it.  But sometimes I need a super quick card and my brain needs something really easy.  Well, that was me yesterday.  Maybe you can appreciate that too.

Super Simple Banner Card

To get my banners straight and evenly spaced, I lightly drew a line in pencil along where I wanted the top of the banners to go.  I then used my grid paper to center my card and stamped the center banner first.  Then I stamped the other two banners equidistant from the center one.  That probably sounds more complicated than it really is.  🙂

I wanted to show you that the Hearts a Flutter set is not just for Valentine’s projects.  The banners in this set are so versatile and can be used for lots of projects.

Well, enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Pool Party, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
Embellishments:  Floral Fusion Sizzlits, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pearl Basic Jewels, Black Embossing Powder

A Valentine with a Little of This and a Little of That

Loaded ValentineHere’s another Valentine’s card for you with lots of pretty new products in the Spring catalog.  I can’t decide if my favorite new product is the flower trim or the honeycomb embossing folder, but I’m pretty sure it is one of the two (at least today).  🙂  Do you have a favorite new product?

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, That’s the Ticket
Ink:  Real Red, Pool Party, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, More Amore Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  5/8″ Flower Trim, Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Ticket Duo Builder’s punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Finishing Touches edgelits, Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Color Spritzer Tool, Sycamore Street buttons (available Jan. 22 with Sale-a-Bration)

Love is in the Air — PP127

I was recently asked to be a guest designer on the Paper Players blog.  I’ll be designing cards for their weekly challenges for the next six months along with their talented designers and other guest designers.  I’ve been playing along with their challenges since I found their blog a few months ago and I love their challenges and what their team creates each week.  I’m really looking forward to this assignment!

So here’s the challenge for this week:

I knew I wanted to use hearts, and I just love the crisp look of Real Red and Very Vanilla together, so that is what I used.

five lovely hearts

I hope you’ll check out what the other designers did with this theme, and that you’ll play along at The Paper Players!  Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Field Flowers (sentiment)
Ink:  Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake (for sponging around top layer)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Embellishments:  Brights and Subtles Designer Buttons, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 3/16″ Corner punch, Real Red 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Dauber

A Purple Valentine

Purple Valentine

This card is dedicated to my dear West Texas friend (miss you, Cheryl!), who is a lover of purple.  I kinda struggle with incorporating purple into any of my projects, but I was determined to use Wisteria Wonder on a Valentine’s card.  I thought of Cheryl while I made this, and kept telling myself, “Cheryl wouldn’t be struggling with this if she were using this color.”

I got this color combination right off the Color Coach.  It’s one of the combinations listed on the Wisteria Wonder card.  I used this week’s sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog.

So is there any color you struggle with using?

Enjoy your Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Subtles DSP stack
Embellishments:  Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Large Scallop edgelits, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Small Heart punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, 3/8″ Designer Printed Brads, Subtles Designer Buttons, Pearl Basic Jewels, Wisteria Wonder Baker’s Twine, Wisteria Wonder 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon, Delicate Details Lace Tape, 5/8″ Flower Trim