Valentine - New dies

Today I made a valentine card with two new dies - Grand Madison Window by Memory Box, and Winter Wreath by Die-namics ( I think this wreath die will come in handy as I will be able to adapt it for different seasons by adding snowflakes, fall leaves, etc.

First of all, I used a brick wall embossing folder to create the background on caramel SU paper. Then I sponged and layered colour with Tim Holtz Tea  Dye, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick distress inks

Behind the cream window die, I cut a piece of white cardstock, lightly marked off the four panes of the window and used the C3 Light Grey Copic marker to draw some streaks resembling highlights on window glass. Over this, adhered a piece of clear acrylic for the "glass", then the window die on top,
With a little heart punch I cut out hearts from the same red cardstock as in the card. The wreath I cut from some brown Bazzill in my remnant stash.  I also glued a heart embellie on to a heart with some gold twine, and this dangles freely from the sheer heart ribbon bow at the top of the card.

The verse is from a set by Tattered Angels " Timeless Romance".

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Another Valentine

Here is another valentine  -this one "shabby chic" style for my friend Wendy. I had a nice visit and cup of tea yesterday with her.

The heart verse is a new cling by Stampendous. I also stamped along the bottom edge of the heart with a "grunge" style  stamp; cut out with spellbinders die; sponged with TH Fired Brick and Tea Dye distress inks; finally spritzed with Tattered Angels Irridescent Gold spray.  I also cut out a scalloped layer of red organza to place on top of the red card stock. It gives the heart a nice shimmery finish on the scallop edging. A heart "bling" stone is attached to the bottom.

The beige rectangle layer is a die cut;  however, I stamped it with a Tim Holtz postcard cling stamp on the right side and sponged with Vintage Photo. Attached vintage lace to the bottom and added two tiny silk roses tied with sheer ribbon.

The background papers I had in my stash are distressed, sponged with distress ink, then I machine stitched around the edge.
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Penny Black Valentine

This card is for my sister who loves her cats.   I've had this stamp for many years now, and I think I might have given this to Dana before. Let's hope she doesn't remember. LOL! (Penny Black "Sweet Love" #2292K)

The image is coloured with Copic markers and some Red stickles used to highlite parts on the cupcakes. Spellbinder die. Heart lace punch by Martha Stewart. 

Tag is a die  by Just Rite - "Antique Labels"and verse stamp is by Hampton Art.  I sponged the edge of the tag with Tim Holtz Festive Berries, and am disappointed to see that in the pic it looks more salmon pink than berry pink.  I tried different settings on my camera and couldn't get a true shade.

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Heart Shaped, Standing Valentine Card

I wanted to make a heart shaped, standing card, so after looking through my cricut cartridges, I choose a scalloped heart from the "Love Struck" cartridge. Decide on the size of heart you want - mine is 4-3/4" across at the widest part. Copy it to have two hearts on the screen mat, reverse one and move it over so that it is on top of the first heart slightly overlapping, then use the "weld" feature to make the fold. That part was easy!

Here was the challenge. I didn't take into account that because of the pointed bottom of the heart, the card won't stand. It flopped over, especially after adding all the elements.  So I came up with the idea of using little heart "feet" (spellbinder dies)  Works great!  For some extra stability, I also glued little 1/2" folded tabs on the inside bottom of the card to make a stand- sorry I forgot to take a pic of this.

The stamps I used (verse, key and cupid postage) are from a Tattered Angels set "Timeless Romance".

The key was stamped in versamark on black cardstock and covered with Wow Platinum embossing glitter. This stuff is so pretty with it's extra bling! Then I fussy cut it,  adhered some vintage lace along the edge of the key, and mounted with foam tape on an angle.

Valentine verse is embossed with black EP, cut out and placed on a Spellbinders tag. I also glued on a little pearl heart at the end of the tag.

Cupid postage is also embossed with black EP, coloured with Copic markers, and Red stickles added over the number 14.

Crocheted flower is from Stampin'Up with a silver and pearl brad added to the centre.

I must say, I am pleased with the vintage look of this heart card!

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close-up of Wow embossing glitter


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Happy New Year!

Hubby and I just came in from a long walk ...It's very cold out (-10C) with a light dusting of snow on the ground, yet sunny and no wind.  Outside it sounds so quiet after two days of a fierce northeast wind blowing. However, it feels good to get a bit of exercise after all the holiday eating.

I made a cup of tea and started reading through all the blogging news that I've missed in the past few days.  I was so excited to see that my LaBlanche Santa card was chosen as #1 for Fashionable Stamping Challenges #37 Mask it, and also top three in Party Time Tuesday Colour Challenge #99.

Wow,what a terrific way to start off the crafting year. Thanks to all the design team members on these challenges and congrats to the other winners as well. Very nice work.

Here's wishing everyone lots of creative, happy stamping in 2013!