2/22/18

Love You

Today is our anniversary, so I thought it was another great day to share more love! Yes, it's a Valentine's Day card but like I said, love should be shared every single day!

This one was SUPER fun to make! It's another smooshed water color panel using the PTI Mix and Mat Heart die - the easy part! Then I die cut 6 hearts from 3 different pieces of designer paper and adhered them mix and match style. I then sewed all 3 to the card and left the strings to hang loose; you can also peek behind the hearts and see a different piece of designer paper - FUN!

I die cut the 'you' several times from black card stock and 1 time from black glitter card stock; adhered them together and added to the hearts. I then stamped the LOVE from Verve's Love Notes, colored in the heart and mounted everything on to fun foam before mounting to the base A2 Scalloped Die from PTI.



I decorated the inside and another one in the books!

TFL; hope you have a great day!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Papers: Reverse Confetti True Love, PTI True Black, Black Glitter Papaer
Accessories: washi tape, Janome Sew Mini, PTI Mix and Mat Heart dies, PTI A2 Scalloped dies

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2/20/18

You + Me Watercolor

Hi there - I still have a few more Valentine cards and treat sacks to share with you.

I made several smooshed watercolor backgrounds, I used a couple of them and I just did not like the direction they were going - in fact, it's very possible one wound up in FILE 13! :(

But once I changed things up a bit, I really liked how the last two turned out - this being one of them. I once again stamped the large heart image (wood mounted, red rubber) overlapping with Oxide inks and added some splatters from the MFT Distressed Hearts set, as well as other random splatters of white, red, and black from various inks. The sentiment is from Verve's Love Notes set (another all-time fave set). I used PTI's Mix and Mat heart dies - I just love the simplicity of this card with all that watercolor wash!



I added some designer paper beneath the main panel, used PTI's A2 scalloped die for the base layer, dressed up the inside and voila, a quick and simple Valentine card.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT day!!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Distressed HeartsVerve Love Notes, Hearts by ???
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Oxide Candied Apple and Worn Lipstick
Papers: Reverse Confetti True Love, PTI Pure Poppy, Ranger Water Color
Accessories: MFT Blueprints, PTI Mix and Mat Heart Dies, fun foam, washi tape, PTI A2 Scalloped Dies

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2/19/18

Love You Graphic

And let's let the LOVE continue! Another Valentine card. I used the SSS Falling Hearts Stencil with 3 shades of distress ink; I then stamped over the entire panel with the xoxo and heart stamp from Elle's Studio XOXO set in VersaMark and clear embossed (you can really tell the embossing where I stamped the LOVE YOU.

I stamped the LOVE YOU in MFT's Extreme Black ink, added a vellum banner with Happy Valentine's Day embossed and used the tiny attacher to attach a few strips of paper. I sponged the edges with Distress Oxide Candied Apple and added some ombre paper to the inside with another fun heart from MFT's Distressed Hearts (peek below).



Pretty simple; thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Oxide Candied Apple, Distress Ink Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, VersaMark
Papers: Reverse Confetti True Love, PTI True Black, Neenah 80 lb. white
Accessories: MFT Blueprints, Heart Enamel Sprinkles, Falling Hearts Stencil, WOW embossing powder, clear embossing powder

Challenges:

2/16/18

Love You

More Valentine's cards! I'm telling you, we have LOTS to get through. But love should be enjoyed every single day, so I hope you don't mind!

I bought these Happy Heart Day quick cards from Reverse Confetti probably a few years ago; I 'uncovered' them while making Valentine's cards and knew they would be so quick and easy to whip up for a card...guess that's why they call them 'quick cards' *snort*! Here's a card I made a few years ago with one of the other quick cards. 

This was another super simple one to pull together using the stamps from Elle's Studio XOXO set. I stamped the sentiment in MFT Extreme Black and the 'all my love' symbol stamp in oxide candied apple.

The heart at the top is actually pink, but I stamped over it with Hero Arts Unicorn ink using another image from the MFT Distressed Hearts set. Yeah...I kinda like that set.



I once again used some extra hearts just hanging out on my desk from THIS die. There is actually a faux stitch line across the top of the quick card, so I used my sewing machine to stitch across and leave the ends loose - I kinda love that look and forget to use it! More designer paper on the inside and washi tape to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT weekend!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Papers: Reverse Confetti True Love, PTI Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy
AccessoriesClear wink of stella, Janome Sew Mini, PTI Mix and Mat Hearts, MFT Blueprints

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2/15/18

Be Mine - Valentine 2018

Hi - I'm back with a card I created for my hubby for Valentine's Day! UGH - I forgot to look and see who makes the heart stamp, it's a red rubber, wood mounted stamp. I'm sorry; I'll try to remember to look and update my post!

I stamped the heart twice; both with Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple. I then added some splatter dots from the MFT Distressed Hearts stamp set and spritzed the panel with water for more of a watercolor look.


From the same MFT stamp set I added Be Mine in MFT Extreme Black ink (and boy is it extreme - LOVE IT). I added some designer paper and washi tape to the inside. I stamped Happy Valentine's Day from Elle's Studio XOXO stamp set and then in the very last photo, you might be able to see where I clear embossed XOXOXO over the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment; LOVE how that turned out!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you are having a great weekend!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Distressed Hearts
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Oxide Inks: Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, VersaMark
Papers: Reverse Confetti True Love, Ranger Water Color, Neenah 110 lb. white
Accessories: washi tape, clear embossing powder

2/14/18

Valentine Overload - 2018

Hey there - long time, no talk! I have been so busy making Valentine's cards and treats; I just LOVE making Valentine items; I swear I am addicted to hearts, love, pink, red - you name it! And since today is Valentine's Day, it's about time I start sharing some of my creations. I waited a bit as I know many of my friends have purchased items and will be giving them out today and I didn't want it popping up on their Facebook or Instagram feed to spoil the surprise for their loved one.

So, let's start with these; they were the last things I made and I kept them super, super simple! I'm not sure where I got the clear bags, but I love the closure, just roll the top down, fold the plastic tabs over and that's it! I gathered up the focal image and just stapled everything onto the side of the bag, then glued a few of the heart pieces together so nothing would come undone.



I have had this jotted heart die FOREVER along with the Love Notes stamp set; I think I have just about every one of Julee's 'heart/love' themed stamp sets! I have also had this MFT Distressed Hearts stamp set and dies FOREVER, I think it's even discontinued, but I did find it HERE.

I wish I wouldn't have stamped the greeting in black, but I did... Live and learn. :D I cut a few of the jotted heart dies from designer paper and used the Hero Arts Nesting Heart die for the vellum hearts, the small red hearts were on my desk from another die (this one); I stamped, cut everything out, layered it up and after taking pictures, I decided to add some clear Wink of Stella and glossy accents to the red heart. The bags are filled with 3 different kinds of kisses and 2 different kinds of Dove chocolates - chocolate overload! YUM!

Thanks for stopping by; I have a ton more items to share and will do so over the next few weeks. Valentine's Day may be drawing to a close, but love should continue every single day!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Distressed Hearts
Inks: MFT Extreme Black
Papers: Queen and Co Heart Throb, Striped Vellum, Reverse Confetti True Love
Accessories: Clear wink of stella, Jotted Heart Die, Tiny Attacher, glossy accents, Hero Arts Nesting Heart Dies

Challenges:

1/26/18

Welcome Little One(s)

We're expanding!! NO...not me personally, but our work family has a couple new babies - one boy, one girl and babies are so delightful!

We're having a little baby shower this afternoon so I made a card for each of the daddies that work for us; they both have older kids so we took the easy route and got them gift cards so they could get things they specifically need!




I used images from MFT's BB Happy Hippos, adding balloons and a bow in her hair for the girl and a bowtie for the boy - so versatile! The images were colored with Copics and cut out with MFT's wonky circles. The images were colored based upon designer paper I wanted to use; pretty clean and simple (CAS).

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT weekend ahead!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT BB Happy Hippos, LCI Welcome Little One (discontinued)
Inks: Hero Arts Intense Black, Distress Ink in Pumice Stone
Papers: Queen and Co Heart Throb, Neenah 110 lb. white, MME Boy Crazy
Accessories: Copics, MFT Wonky Circle Die, glossy accents, white gel pen, fun foam, ink duster, MFT Stitched Scallop Dies, white doily, PTI doily die, MFT Blueprints 15

Challenges:

1/23/18

Faith, Hope and Love

Oh goodness, I continue to struggle with this nasty cough/congestion and I believe half the people in the world have the same thing. :( Lack of energy and just overall feeling rotten has really given me a run for my money!

Truth? I've taken naps during lunch time several times over the past few weeks. Brutal!

I started a bunch of cards in early January and I'm not sure I'll complete them in the SAME MONTH! But this one I finally did get around to finishing using Verve Visual's January sketch inspiration (see photo below), or see the sketch HERE.

I dabbed on some distress oxide inks directly to a rectangle stamp block, spritzed with water and pressed to the watercolor paper - such an easy way to get an ombre background. I used one of the newer mix and mat dies from PTI and then cut the entire piece out with a stitched rectangle die.



I stamped the flower from Verve Visual (Beautiful Things) and colored with Zig Clean Color Brushes and Copics, die cut some leaves from both Verve (Beautiful Flowers) and Hero Arts (You're So Lovely), added some seam binding and lots of designer paper from Queen and Co. and called it good!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Verve Visual Beautiful Things, Penny Black Faith
Inks: Hero Arts Intense Black, Distress Oxide Inks
Papers: Queen and Co Heart Throb, watercolor paper, PTI Scarlet Jewel, vellum
Accessories: Shimmer Mist, MFT Blueprints 15, Copics, Verve Beautiful Flowers die, Hero Arts You're So Lovely Die, SSS Stitched Rectangle Die, Seam Binding from Verve Visual, washi tape, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Mix and Mat Heart Dies

Challenges:
  VLVJAN2018

1/15/18

You're not old...you're vintage!

I have been so so so sick; no words for how sick I have been. It's been difficult to work each day and by the time I get home, it's typically a breathing treatment and bed! I started an antibiotic Friday night and Saturday morning I was definitely chipper, but that DID NOT last long. Goodness, I sure slept a lot this weekend!!

Anywho, one of my boss's - my main boss - turns 87 today!!! Yes, tis true AND he comes to the office just about every single day, even on the weekend sometimes. That's pretty amazing if I do say so myself. I really wanted to make him a birthday card; he's typically traveling on his birthday so it was rare he was going to be in the office today. But, re-read the first paragraph, I knew I was pretty limited and it would need to be easy. This really old MFT set 'Just My Type' was perfect for the occasion (hopefully this link works, it's to the stamp and die on Pinterest)!



I used some scraps of paper, distressed everything - including the balloon - with Old Paper distress ink, stamped the pieces and quickly put it together. I used some new to me inks from Altenew (Sea Shore) and man did they work GREAT!! After I had the card completely assembled and had taken pictures, I added glossy accents to the balloon. I love how the twine is tied to the balloon and then to the typewriter. :D

That's it, easy peasy lemon squeezy!! Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: MFT Just My Type (discontinued), PTI Scene It Celebration
Inks: PTI Dark Chocolate, Altenew Sea Shore, Old Paper Distress Ink
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Kraft, dp by MME
Accessories: MFT Just My Type die, glossy accents, twine, MFT Blueprints 15

Challenges:
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1/9/18

Thank U - Pink

Same card as posted HERE and HERE; just done in pink this time!

I pulled out the little chick delivering an envelope, Reverse Confetti Cuts THANKS, the U from Verve Visual's You and I set (looks like it may be discontinued - sorry), the thin stripe background stamp from Impression ObsessionTHIS and THIS die and some paper scraps - I have those galore - and set about making a few different color combos. Today I wanted to show you the blue one; next up will be the pink one - they are all identical; the green one just had a smaller piece of pattern paper for the front. ;)

Here's a group shot I shared on Instagram.

I had the toughest time finding a way to make the 'thank' part work - as you can see from the Confetti Cut, I only used a small portion of the die; I finally ended up cutting it from vellum and layered it (slightly offset) on to True Black (2 cards) and Smokey Shadow (1 card). The U was stamped with the thin striped stamp mentioned above. The chick was colored with Copics, I added a white highlight and glossy accents to the heart of each. Super fun, super simple.





Thanks for stopping by!

HUGS!


WHAT'S IT TAKE?
Stamps: Stamping Bella Valentine Chicks, Impression Obession Thin Stripe Background
Inks: Versamark
AccessoriesConfetti Cuts Thanks, Verve Visual You and I die, Valentine Chicks dieglossy accentswhite gel pen, MFT Stitched Rectangle Die, PTI A2 die, Copics, washi tape (inside), MFT BlueprintsWink of Stella clear

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