Gilded Valentine

Hello and happy Sunday or should I say Super Bowl Sunday.  We are not big football fans so besides just tuning in to the game (mostly for the commercials) nothing much is happening here…except cardmaking!

I am entering this card into these two challenges:


My colors are spot on for the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge.  However, I did a loose interpretation of the Freshly Made Sketches sketch…hope that was OK.  I think that is what is known as “creative license”.  If not, it still sounds good!

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Front and center on this card is the beautiful flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  I absolutely love this flower.  I especially like to emboss it and color it using ink pads and a blender pen.  You can see another example of this on this card here.  This time I heat embossed it using gold embossing powder and colored it with Real Red, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz ink.  I then cut it out with my paper snips.  The sentiment is from the  Bloomin’ Love stamp set.  This is another set that I have used so much and can see using way beyond Valentine’s Day.

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This little sentiment, also from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set, has not seen any ink yet so I used it here.   I just added a little glittery goodness to the inside by punching the little heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Pack and adhering over the stamped heart.

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I wonder if this card is more feminine or could it be for either gender…especially given the sequins.  I would love to hear your opinion on this.

Thanks so much for checking in today and if you are a football fan, I hope you have a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday!



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Friendly Valentine

I’m not participating in any challenge today…but I am busy making my Valentines.  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I really enjoy holidays that are just about expressing an emotion.  Thanksgiving is another one that I truly enjoy.  No big hype or months of planning…just a day to let those special people in your life know that you care and are grateful for them.

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I really enjoy sending cards to friends.  Most times they are an unexpected surprise and I know that they are appreciated.

These little “love” notes are just that…little.  They are note card size and really sweet.  Again, I used my favorite DSP, Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack.  For a small 6 x 6 pad, this paper packs a BIG punch.  I am particularly drawn to the floral prints.   The coordinating stamp set, Bloomin’ Love, is another bang for your buck.  I love the florals in this set and can see using this beyond Valentine’s Day.  I punched the heart with the Sweetheart Punch twice and layered it.  The floral in the heart was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then it was adhered with dimensionals.

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I used a retired sentiment for the inside, since it said exactly what I wanted.

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I stamped the front of the envelope, as well as the envelope flap, with floral stamps from the same set.  I try to find different ways to decorate my envelopes.  I must be honest here, though.  I really like this paper and did not want to waste it on the envelopes since I am sending quite a few of these cards out.  So stamping them was a perfect solution and still adds a special little touch.

I hope you liked these “friendly” little notes….after all, it is the little things that matter!

Thanks for looking on my post today and have a wonderful day.



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A Very Valentine

Good Sunday to you.   I had such good intentions to get my challenge cards done in a timely manner this week and that just did not happen.  So yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down for awhile to craft and decided to make one card for a few challenges…which is quite a challenge itself.  Here is who I am playing with…..

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So needless to say, this card really had to go the distance for me.

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I think I covered all the bases here.  I cased the Heart from the #GDP020 Case the Designer, choose the vertical column on the right (heart, pink, bling) from the SIP#32 Tic Tac Toe and followed the PPA color challenge.

The absolute star of this card is the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies.  To be honest, I was not completely sold on this at first but I did love the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and these were offered as a bundle as well as individually.  I can NOT pass up a bundle and I am so glad I didn’t.  This thinlit is perfect not only for Valentine’s Day but also weddings, anniversaries, birthdays….

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The inside sentiment and the images on the envelope are from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.  As you can see, this bundle had everything I needed to create a pretty special Valentine card.

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Hope you enjoyed this card.  I am really going to try to get my act together with these challenges, however, this last minute “fire drill” turned out pretty well.

Thanks so much for looking in on my project today.  If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.  I do appreciate your comments.



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Happiest of Birthdays

Well today we are digging out of 2 feet of snow thanks to Jonas!  But at least it is bright and sunny…really bright with all the white stuff on the ground.  I look at it like we are one less snowstorm until Spring!

Today I am entering in two challenges.  A sketch challenge for Mojo Monday and a theme challenge for StampInkPaper.

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I chose to make a soft feminine birthday card mostly because I simply love the DSP from the Love Blossoms Paper Stack and thought that this particular pattern was so pretty.

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The beautiful flower, I think it is a cabbage rose, from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set in the Occasions Catalog takes center stage on this card.  I heat embossed it with white embossing powder and then colored it in using Blushing Bride, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz ink and my blender pen.  I also heat embossed the sentiment which is also from this set.

Here is a close up of the flower

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The inside sentiment is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  I think the font coordinates very nicely with the sentiment on the front of the card even though they are from two different sets.

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And to pull the whole card together, I just embellished the flap of the envelope with DSP.  I just decorate the flaps when using designer series paper that I particularly love for two reasons.  First, it can be seen from the outside and before the envelope is torn open and secondly, because I am usually trying to hoard the paper and get a little stingy with it because I don’t want to use it all up.

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Thanks very much for taking a peek at my project today.  I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.



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