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.
When I saw the Birthday Wit stamp set in the new Occasions catalog, I couldn’t stop laughing. The humor appealed to me, and I was looking forward to seeing how I could use it on a card. Here’s my first one:
Birthday Wit with the Birthday Friend’s Baker Man
I thought if I used the bright, striped Birthday Memories Designer Series paper, I could stamp the sentiment in black. This made it very easy. All I did was stamp, cut it out, and glue it to the colorful stripes.
I used Thick Whisper White for the card base, and topped it with another piece of white that I embossed with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.
How about that cute, little Baker Man! Do you remember him from the Birthday Friends set?
I stamped him in Basic Black Ink also, and rolled him through the Big Shot using his own die for cutting.
The piece of Basic Black cardstock was punched with the Tear Tape Punch, and serves a purpose. You’ll discover the purpose when you check out the TGIF sketch for this week:
I wouldn’t have thought to add that strip, but it completes the overall design, don’t you think?
Speaking of completing, here’s the rest of the sentiment on the inside:
You can see I used the same striped paper for “celebrate,” which I cut with a die from the Celebrate You set.
This card will go to someone who shares my sense of humor. I’m laughing as I type.
Thanks for visiting with me today. Have a good one!
Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s January Highlights. This month’s theme is showcasing the new products in the Occasions 2018 Catalog. I have so many favorites, but I decided on the Cake Soiree Bundle. Who doesn’t love layer cake?
This cake looks almost too good to eat, but truthfully, I can’t wait to cut into it!
Does this get your vote?
I thought Thick Very Vanilla was appropriate for the card base, with a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. No wonder these color names make me want something sweet! I had fun using the new Simple Stripes Embossing Folder (page 5 in the catalog) on the background.
TIP: Lighter pressure through the Big Shot keeps the stripes from tearing apart.
I heat embossed the cake with White Powder on Very Vanilla cardstock, and used its die for cutting. The “dyed frosting” flowers and greenery were made with Stampin’ Blends in four colors: Light and Dark Old Olive, Calypso Coral, and Pumpkin Pie.
I decorated the top of the cake with “Best Wishes,” stamped in Powder Pink Ink.
How about this gorgeous cake stand! It has two dies, which I used for cutting it from Copper Foil.
I tied lace around the bottom, a resting place for the sentiment, “Happy Birthday.” I used a Bunch of Banners Die for cutting.
“Happy Birthday” is actually the bottom half of the sentiment. I used the top half on the inside. I just covered up the “Happy Birthday” when I stamped “May your day be as wonderful as you.” (see page 12).
I used the same colors of Stampin’ Blends for the inside decoration, painting the rubber stamps. TIP: Stamp quickly, because the alcohol makes it dry fast.
For an added touch, I embossed the envelope flap with one of the Petal Pair (page 23) embossing folders. I think it’s ready to send!
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Welcome to the Kre8tors January 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Occasions Catalog,” featuring projects highlighting the wonderful array of new products. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.
Waterfront is a fabulous new stamp set in the Occasions 2018 Catalog. From the samples I’ve seen, it has to be one of the favorites. It can turn you into a watercolor artist with the sixteen stamps provided in the set.
Watercolor Waterfront Scene for Kre8tors Blog Hop
I “painted” this scene with four stamps in the set, using six colors of ink: Marina Mist (ocean), Powder Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red (sunset) Daffodil Delight (sun), and Crumb Cake (sand). I wanted to place this scene in a circle, and used a Stitched Shape Die for cutting.
Living in San Diego, I know how relaxing it is to watch a sunset from the beach. My comfortable Adirondack chair was made with Thick Whisper White “wood” and a Seasonal Layers Die. Before placing it on the layer of Sahara Sand cardstock, I stamped some sand, embossed it with the Ruffled embossing folder, tied some Linen Thread around, and cut a peephole (Layering Circles Dies) for viewing the sunset.
I needed the Sahara Sand layer to be sturdy, because I wanted to raise it on Adhesive Strips. So, I glued it to Thick Whisper White, and cut another hole, adding a nice, little frame for my scene.
I completed my restful day by writing “thanks” (retired Greetings die) in the sand.
In case you missed the first card I created with the Waterfront stamp set, it also takes place on a sandy beach. The cute, little palm trees are featured on this one.
Watercolor Waterfront Occasions 2018
Thanks for visiting my blog. Now hop on along to enjoy the other fabulous projects.
Laura Kate Mackie
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