“Wood” You Be My Valentine

Playing along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge and here is Mary Fish’s sketch for this week.


I am continuing with my Valentine card making in hopes that I will have a special something for everyone by the time the holiday rolls around.  This one is probably going to my husband as he is the only “boy” I have to send a valentine to.

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I do seem to have some trouble with masculine cards, maybe since we are primarily a family of girls.  Daughters, nieces and great-nieces abound in my family.  Although, I do have a new son-in-law but I don’t think he would want a Valentine card from his mother-in-law!

The front sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree stamp set and the inside sentiment is from Suite Sayings stamp set.

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I used a die from the Treat Bag Framelits set to create a row of hearts on the inside and lined them with the DSP I used on the hearts on  front.  This DSP is from the Love Blossoms stack in the Occasions catalog.

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The little hearts on the front of the envelope are from Hello Life stamp set.  It is really great how even a set not meant for a specific holiday can be so useful when making holiday cards.

I am really under the wire to get this post in so sorry for the short and sweet.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message and comment and I will be happy to answer.

Have a wonderful day,



“Love-ly” Valentine

Happy Saturday.  Even though it is somewhat gray and dreary here today, it is always so pleasant in the craft room!  I am participating in two challenges with this card today.  The Global Design Project’s Color Challenge and for the first time I am entering in the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge.

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When designing for a color and sketch challenge, I find that most of the though process is already done.  The only thing you need to come up with is an actual design.

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With Valentine’s Day the next big holiday, I thought these colors were the perfect opportunity to start my Valentine’s cards.  I started with my Whisper White card base and added a layer of Crumb Cake.  From there I matted a piece of DSP from the Love Blossoms DSP Stack in the Occasions Catalog.  This little 6 x 6 stack packs a BIG punch.  All of the designs are great.  I knew I would be using this collection a lot and have already ordered a second package and may not be done yet!  The little sentiment is from the Hello Life stamp set.

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The heart is cut using the retired Hearts framelits and embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder for a little detail.  I stamped and cut the flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set and coordinating punch.  Before punching, I colored the flowers with Red Rose ink and a blender pen.  I also colored a few Garden Green and cut the petals apart for leaves.  The centers were colored with the Crushed Curry marker with some small pearls added.

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I haven’t added a sentiment yet because I am waiting for my new order to come this week with the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope that you get to spend some time crafting this weekend.



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Polka Dots, Butterflies & a Give-Away

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No challenges associated with this post, however, just a happy set of notecards.  I really had a good time making this set.  Polka dots truly make me happy!  I will need to remember this when I’m having a bad day…just pull out some happy dotted DSP and everything should around…I will let you know if it works!

Since I am waiting on my order from the new Occasions catalog to arrive, I pulled out the polka dotted DSP from the Designer Series Paper Stacks.  The colors are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizzazz.  All of these colors also have coordinating 1/4″ cotton ribbon. These are note sized cards using the Whisper White note cards.  The only stamping are the sentiments from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I use these sentiments all the time.  The envelopes flaps were given a little DSP to complete the set.

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After stamping the sentiment on a 2 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ piece of white cardstock, I used a die from the Butterfly Thinlits to cut the butterfly.  Then I gave the butterfly a little bling by adding a few rhinestones for the body.

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I would love to share this set .  Please leave a comment and I will randomly choose a winner to send this set to.  They will surely brighten your day!

Thanks so much for checking in on my post today and I wish you a Happy, Polka-Dotted Day!



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Congrats – It’s 2016!

Happy New Year!  I love starting a new year. The calendar is brand new and there are so many exciting possibilities to look forward to.  It is sort of like starting the new school year when we were children with new copybooks, pencils, crayons, etc.  Can you tell that I loved school!  There are no resolutions for me.  I just try to do better than I did last year.  So on that note, I am going to try to be a better blog poster!

I am getting this post for the Global Design Project in just under the wire.  The challenge was to case the designer.  Here is Bibi Cameron’s terrific design.

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I choose to copy the circle with a sentiment aspect of this beautiful card.

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This card came together very quickly.  I was a little disappointed that I did not use the Festive Flower Builder Punch for any Christmas projects.  It just sat on the shelf all season long.  Luckily, it is being carried over to the new Occasions catalog so I am determined to use it more.  It is not very evident in the photo, but I used Shimmery White cardstock just for the flower and the embossed area and it really gives it a beautiful sheen.

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The sentiment is from the Cottage Greeting stamp set in the Annual catalog.  I seem to be using these sentiments a lot lately….I love this font!

The inside sentiment is from a set, Suite Sayings, available in the new Occasions catalog.  I have paired the sentiments from these two stamp sets on several cards recently.  They really go together so well.

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As always, I spiffed up the envelope too.  To me, this just customizes and completes the project so nicely.

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Thank you for stopping by and looking in on my project today.  I wish you a wonderful New Year and many happy hours of crafting!




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