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‘My Special Valentine’ Heart Garland

Pinterest! Oh my, the ideas I discover over there. I fell in love with a Christmas garland made from cards. Knew I had to have one, but Christmas had passed and I couldn’t wait a whole year to make one and display it. So I climbed into the attic and got out the box holding all the cards I’ve received over the years. I pulled out the Valentine cards Old Rhody and I have exchanged for the past twenty-eight years and, using my Cuttlebug machine and Sizzix dies, created a pretty garland complete with loving sentiments.

Here’s a short tutorial of what I did:
Each heart hung on the garland consists of two hearts – a front and a back. The heart for the back side of the garland is cut from the inside of the card as a way of preserving the sentiment. If that portion of the card is only paper, cut another heart from card stock and glue the paper heart to it.

Lay the heart that will show on the front of the garland face down, run adhesive just beneath the notch in the heart, glueing the ribbon in place.

Now, glue on the back – the heart with the sentiment – so the ribbon is sandwiched between the two hearts.

This is a view of the back of the garland as I added hearts, working from the center of the ribbon out to either side.

Here is the back completed.

A couple of close up pictures of the front when completed and hung.

I truly love the fact that these beautiful cards from years past are no longer hidden away in a box in the attic, but are hanging on a garland for me to enjoy. Going through that box of cards brought to light lovely Easter cards and Mother’s Day cards, too. So, yes, there are more garlands in my future. But right now, I have a few Valentine cards left over. Perhaps I’ll make some strings of hearts to hang in the window. Heart strings. Ohhh… that sounds like the name of a blog….

A Happy Hello! Card

I enjoy looking at the intricate cards created by design teams and talented stampers. Seeing the beautiful cards makes me aspire to one day being able to create my own elaborate designs. But in the meantime, simple seems to be  what I come up with when I play at my craft table.

I used the Funky Flowers embossing folder by Craft Concepts to emboss the turquoise card stock for this card. The daisy is by Petaloo. The stamp – ‘A Happy Hello’ – is by Stampin’ Up! and the hot pink ribbon is from my stash.

Quick, easy and fun to make!

Stampin’ Up You Are Loved Stamp Set

I love how stamping with VersaMark ink can jazz up a plain background. That’s what we did at Stamp Camp on the pear card stock. Then it’s easy as layering three hearts, each just a little bit different. The largest heart is embossed. The middle heart is cut from a shimmery silver paper. The smallest heart is stamped with VersaMark then white embossing powder applied and heated. Add some pearls and a ribbon to complete this pretty Valentine card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stampin’ Up Gently Falling Stamp Set

Spent another fun evening in the Rubber Room stamping and laughing with friends. The projects Janice had prepared fit my needs exactly — Thanksgiving cards to send. My other goal was to learn how to use my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I’ve had it forever and tried so many times to figure it out on my own but always meeting with total failure. Jan showed me how to use it and it’s so EASY!

Used the Gently Falling Set from the Holiday mini catalog. I own this set but haven’t sat down to play with it yet, so this was a wonderful opportunity. On vanilla card stock with a 1/2″ frame overlay, Jan had us stamp a random pattern of leaves then color in with chalk. (I love the soft colors of chalk.) We did a three dot pattern using the eggplant marker before removing the frame. We then mounted this front piece on eggplant card stock and added a ribbon. The instruction for this card was for it to stand the other way, but I stamped my greetings inside  (on vanilla c/s) to read this way – so fortunately the card front worked both ways.

This next card was supposed to have the pitcher from Studio Sketches on the front. But in my enthusiasm to practice with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I once again stamped my inside greeting ‘the wrong way’, so used the maple leaf from Gently Falling. The leaf is stamped on natural ivory card stock and framed with mustard c/s then mounted on a Top Note die cut shape cut in half. This unit was mounted over designer paper on natural ivory c/s. We added gold brads before attaching it to the card front (mustard c/s).

D’vine Swirl and Flowers Card – Take 2

Last week I posted a card that flopped. I hated it but chose to post it anyway. I’ve used the same tools and made another card but changed the paper. I’m much happier with the results this time. Amazing how much the color and pattern on the paper can make or break a card. I used the BossKut 0692 Petite Flowers die and Cuttlebug’s D’vine Swirl embossing folder. The card is smaller than the one I made last week so I left the wording off the front.

Not Quite What I Envisioned…

We like to put our best work out there for the world to see, don’t we? Basking in the admiration of others is part of the fun of unveiling our latest idea or creation. I think the reason we enjoy this so much, is because of the many times, the unseen-hidden-from-view times, our work falls short of what we’ve envisioned. This happened to me today.

I needed to make a card to give and so after work I headed straight for my basement hideaway just the other side of the washer and dryer. I had an idea. I knew exactly which embossing folder and which die I would use to create my beautiful card. I wasn’t sure of the colors, I needed to riffle through my horde, but I was excited and couldn’t wait to start.

The card I made is perfectly acceptable. But it’s not what I had pictured in my mind when I raced to my craft table. If I hadn’t said anything, you’d never know the execution didn’t live up to my vision, so why am I telling you? Why have I posted it for all the world (well, a few of you in the world) to see? Because on this creative journey, I believe my bloopers and stumbles are just as important as the perfect execution of an idea. I learn from my mistakes. Whether it’s a rejection letter from an editor or unmatched corners in a quilt block, if I take the time to examine the feedback and study where I went wrong, I can improve my results the next time.

On the card below, I embossed the printed paper with die cut flowers already adhered using Cuttlebug’s D’vine Swirl (Divine Swirl) embossing folder. The flowers were cut using BossKut’s # 0692 Petite Flowers die. ‘Thinking of You’ is stamped on paper cut using Spellbinder’s Label Four die. Though I thought the swirly paper was just begging to be embossed with D’vine Swirls, I don’t like how it came out. I’ve included a close up so you can see the embossing. I think that’s what isn’t working for me. The embossing doesn’t show up. So I’m going to use these exact same tools and duplicate this card using a different color combination. I’ll post the results – good or bad.

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