Welcome to another CASEing Coast to Coast stamping adventure and the first of 2023. Karen Hallam in CA and myself, here in PA, have been enjoying our virtual monthly get-together for several years and are looking forward to another one. This month it was Karen’s turn to choose our direction and she (appropriately) chose a Valentine’s Day theme. HERE’S Karen’s uniquely creative card…I love the non-traditional colors which gives it such a modern look.
I already knew the card layout I wanted to make. So that made choosing the stamps and papers a little easier. Looking through my stash, I kept coming back to the Meant to Be stamp set & Be Mine Stitched dies (ret. SU) along with the retired Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper. The stamps and dies are definitely keepers.
Materials & Measurements
- Cardbase: Real Red cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 7″, scored at 1 1/2″ & DSP panel cut at 4 1/8″ x 1 3/8″
- Front bottom: Real Red cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ & DSP panel cut at 4 1/8″ x 2 3/8″
- Front panel: Real Red cardstock, cut at 4″ x 2″ & Basic White cardstock cut at 3 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ embossed
- Inside panel: Basic White cardstock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″
- Adhere DSP to the top panel of card front and to the bottom panel.
- Adhere the embossed panel to the rectangular Real Red panel.
- Position the embossed panel unto the top panel and glue.
- Line the bottom panel up with the bottom of the card.
- Glue the bottom of the rectangular panel onto the bottom panel to bridge the top and bottom of the card.
- Using the Be Mine Stitched dies, cut one stitched scallop heart from Real Red cardstock and one from Basic White cardstock.
- Glue the Real Red scalloped heart to the left side of the embossed panel.
- I stamped the sentiment from the Arrange a Wreath stamp set on the solid white heart and gluing only the left side and inserted in the heart frame.
- To embellish the heart, I cut a flower from the DSP and added a small pearl.
- The inside sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and was the perfect Valentine sentiment.
- A few strips of DSP/cardstock added to the bottom and another hand cut flower added just enough “pretty”.
- I also added another subtle embellishment to the envelope front to tie everything together!
Now I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to my stamping friend, Mary Anne Schnettegoecke for the card layout. Mary Anne sent me this adorable Christmas card and I absolutely loved it. After the holidays, it immediately went on my desk just waiting for the right opportunity to use it…and here it is!
Thanks for taking another cross country stamping adventure with Karen and I. If you haven’t already been out West, please visit Karen’s blog HERE for all the details of her awesomely colorful Valentine Card.
I hope your week is going well. I’ll be back tomorrow with my first card as a Design Team member for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. I hope you’ll check out the challenge.