Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and this makes me very happy (Thick Whisper White card base embossed with HAPPY). It’s a beautiful day, blue skies, and fluffy, white clouds, a gentle wind, a perfect day for making Valentines.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Bluebird.
While I’m looking out my window I see the prettiest, little bluebird (die cut with Bird and Blooms) sitting on a tree branch. The tree branch looks just like the ones I’ve been making with a Seasonal Layers die, layered with cardstock and topped with Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.
The bluebird’s chirping draws my attention to something hanging from the tree branch. It’s a Valentine envelope (Love Notes die set) that I made last year! And, the pink paper (Love Blossoms) is even older! How did it last this long?
I can see the note inside reads “Valentine’s Day” (Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set). I have no idea how it was tied to the tree branch with red string (At Home With You stamp set).
It’s a mystery. Perhaps even a figment of my imagination. But, I’m going to continue on with my happy day, knowing that someone saved one of my Valentines that was blowin’ in the wind.
My imagination was enhanced by the Tic Tac Toe challenge squares: Pink, Red, Light Blue.
And by the CAS(E) this sketch challenge:
Have a happy day!
This one is for Frenchie.
A Sympathy Card for a Friend
If you think you aren’t able to form true friendships online, please reconsider. I could give you many examples, but this is just one.
I was introduced to this sweet lady in a Facebook group called “Pals.” We share a common interest in paper crafting, and would see each other through daily comments. Frances became Frenchie, as we became friends. Her comment about her brother passing was the first thing I saw this morning. And so, I made this card with Frenchie on my mind and in my heart.
I’ve had the colors from the Paper Players on my work table all week, not having time to participate in their challenge. So, this decision was right before my eyes.
I used the Aqua Painter to apply the colors, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide to stamped flowers from Petal Palette. I stamped the flowers in Tranquil Tide on Stampin’ Up Watercolor paper, and lifted them on dimensionals. The Petals & More set has the die I used for cutting.
The card base is Dapper Denim, as well as the ink I used for the sentiment.
The design is one I used a month ago, so casing myself made it quick and easy.
The sentiment, “Comfort and Healing to you…” is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. And, the verse inside says exactly what I want to say.
It just so happens that the theme at TGIF is “awesome friends.”
Sending prayers your way, Frenchie!
I haven’t seen many creations using the Sweetheart Embossing Folder. It’s on pages 103 and 210 in the annual catalog, if you want to take a peek. I’m guilty of overlooking it, but not today. I’ve had this Valentine in my head, and decided to make it come to life.
Sweetheart Valentine From the Heart
I wanted the flower to have a watercolored look, and I found the perfect, little blossom in the Petal Palette stamp set. I stamped nineteen (yes, I counted them) in Sweet Sugarplum Ink on Whisper White cardstock. The Petals & More die set has a die for cutting the blossom, so it didn’t take very long.
TIP: If you stamp the blossom in the same direction, the die lines up easily for faster cutting.
Next, I layered the Thick Whisper White card base with Bermuda Bay cardstock, topped with the Sweetheart embossed layer.
The really fun part was putting Mini Dimensionals on the blossoms, and filling in the heart. Can you see how the heart shape is in the embossing folder?
The last step was stamping “From the Heart” from the Petal Palette stamp set in Peekaboo Peach Ink. Then, I used the die from Petals & More that fits the sentiment perfectly for cutting.
I added a Peekaboo Peach Enamel Heart Shape for fun.
This would make a good class project, because it would be hard to make a mistake. And, you could use any color combination under the sun.
My color inspiration today, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, and Bermuda Bay, came from the Global Design Project.
I’m off to make more Valentines! Thanks for stopping by.