Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Card in a Box Valentine

Earlier this month I came across a neat looking pin on Pinterest. It was a picture of something called a "card in a box." I was definitely intrigued. The pin led me to this blog post on the Serene Stamper's blog. I printed off the directions and got to work. I forgot to share this after I made it and I hope you don't mind seeing another Valentine project well after Valentine's Day. You could create any theme you wanted.

I took several pictures to show that I was able to fit the folded box into an envelope sized for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card. Now I didn't write any notes on my sheet and I cannot remember for sure if I modified any of the cuts to make it fit. Something is niggling in my brain that I might have. So, I'm mentioning it, should you attempt this and wonder how I got it to fit in the envelope. 

I used Doodlebug papers and a Close To My Heart stamp set that was only available last year for a Whoooo's Your Valentine promotion. I cut the hearts using Spellbinders dies. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to head back to my crafty corner one of these days in the not too distant future. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you are having a good week so far. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Heartfilled Happy Birthday Card

Happy Valentine's Day! Unfortunately for me, I was never able to head back to my crafty corner to make any other Valentine projects. :( My friend, Barb,! She's been busy creating lots of lovely projects. You should go check them out, here! That's just one post!

I do have a card to share that I made a while ago, but haven't posted. And, it's full of hearts! I watched Kristina Werner's Friday Focus video here and just really liked the idea of stamping a bunch of hearts. So, I did!

The heart stamp is from Lawn Fawn I believe. Although it doesn't matter, any small heart will work. 
I used Close To My Heart inks: Crystal Blue, Cotton Candy, Sunset, Pear and Dutch Blue. I colored the piece of vellum with a Chromatix (American Crafts) marker and was tickled at how well it coordinated. The Happy Birthday is heat embossed in white and is from the Happy Birthday set (retired) from CTMH. 

I also wanted to thank you for the well wishes for my girls. Amy was right as rain the next day and has been fine ever since. I did end up taking Jessica to the doctor earlier this week as she woke up feeling awful again on Monday morning. Her bug had developed into a sinus infection. She is now on antibiotics and is doing much, much better!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hope you have a lovely day!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

Thank you very much for the kind words you shared about Amy's giraffe. You are very sweet and I appreciate your comments so much.

I made these cards a few weeks ago and meant to share them before now, but life got in the way. Hope you like!
This first one is from a set called Love Grows Here by Taylored Expressions. I found it at Archiver's, just before their going out of business sale started. They had a card using this image on display in the store and I loved what they did. This is my simple version. I used colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits to color the image. I added some Wink of Stella glitter pen to the hearts, but it's very subtle. The paper, tag and twine are all Doodlebug. I popped up the image and the tag with foam dots. On the original card in the store, they had sponged clouds on the background and I really wanted to do that, but I was too afraid I would mess it up, so I instead sponged distress ink on with the image in the Spellbinder's square die. One of these days though, I will get brave enough to practice sponging clouds!

This next one uses Lawn Fawn's Science of Love stamp set and dies, again purchased at Archiver's (I sure am going to miss that store. :( sniff ). I wanted to link the set to their website, but it is down as I am writing this. This link will take you to the blog post showcasing the set.  This is the card though that inspired the one I made. I put my own spin on it and am very happy with the result. 

The sentiment was stamped with some old, old Close To My Heart alphabet stamps called Sans Small Uppercase. I added some Stickles in the heart on the sentiment. Again the background paper is Doodlebug and I colored the images with colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you are keeping warm wherever you are.
It's currently 2 degrees outside right now. 
But, the sun is shining, so it's a good day.