Oh my Gosh - Lucky Day!

I was just checking my blog and received a comment from Glenda at Chocolate Baroque stamps that I won the give-away on her blog of the new "Artistic Expressions" stamp set.

I'm so excited - this set has a great selection of design elements! Thanks so much Glenda
for drawing my name.


Woo Hoo!

I was quite surprised to read tonight that one of my recent valentines was chosen as a winner on
Party Time Tuesday challenge blog, and the prize is a set of "Wee Stamps".

Woo Hoo, this certainly made my day!!!

Thanks for choosing my card, and congrats to the other winners too.


Valentine Card

The challenge at Gingersnaps Creations is to do a faux technique:

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I did Tim's "distress crackle" technique on the key to give it an antique look. First, I sponged Tea Dye and Pumice Stone on the image, then applied the crackle glaze. Once dried, I sponged Walnut Stain over the top of the crackle and on the edges. It's too bad I didn't take a close-up pic - looks neat!

All the stamped images - postcard frame, heart, key and verse are from a set by Tattered Angels, "Timeless Romance".

Also used were Spellbinders scallop and regular heart dies, fancy tag die, a TH Adage ticket, faux silk ribbon, heart embellie, machine straight and zigzag stitching,  Biscotti Perfect Pearl mist over the background, heart and lace, and Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick distress inks.

For the "faux lace" at the bottom, I cut a strip of thin paper from a Martha Stewart edge die, and pleated it.



Gingersnap Creations Rogue Redhead Challenge -  Faux Technique

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes

Inspiration Journal - Put a heart on it

Fashionable Stamping - Monochromatic plus one colour (Reds/Brown)

Valentine Tag

Sir Tim has decided to take a new direction with his tags - instead of doing twelve tags at Christmas, he will be doing one a month now. Here's his blog post and link to his valentine tag.

Also the challenge this week at Studio L3 is  "Who Loves Ya Baby?" using at least one Tim's product or technique, and is sponsored by  www.SimonSays.com

So last night, I made this tag:

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I  cut a tag using the TH Alterations Movers & Shapers tag die from Ranger manilla cardstock. For the background I followed Tim's technique, but instead of using the paint dabber on a rubber stamp, I painted the dabber on the raised areas of my Cuttlebug "Heart Blocks" folder before inserting the tag. When I ran it through the Bug, the paint transferred to the manilla cardstock in the debossed areas. Then I followed the rest of his technique with the distress inks, wiping of the paint resist, and misting.

Now for all the other details:
-Bingo Card is an acrylic stamp by Stampers Anonymous done in black with sponging in Spun Sugar, Pumice Stone and Fired Brick distress inks. I placed a metal heart embellie over the #14 on the card.
-Cupid is a Quickutz die with red stickles. His arrow is pointing to the #14.
-Heart is cut from Spellbinders Scalloped Heart die. White layer is an older Impression Obsession stamp "Friends Heart"
-The "L" playing card and date verse at the bottom are cardstock accessories from a kit by My Mind's Eye "Love Me".
- I used a Tim's clip ring to hang one of his Ideaology Bauble pearls, and a silver love word charm that I had in my stash.
-Printed sheer heart ribbon, and red ruffled ribbon are threaded through the top.
-Silver german foil lace at the bottom.



Studio L3 #36 Who Loves Ya Baby?- Tim product/and or technique

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Monochromatic plus one other colour- Red/Black

Clean and Simple Valentine

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays (clean and simple challenge blog) is Love ya always - simple paper piecing.

Clean and simple style is quite a challenge for me! I have a hard time with all that white space, and just want to add embellies, layers, ribbon, etc.  Here is my card:

For the background, I scored a line on my Scor-Pal one inch from the bottom on the white layer before putting it in the Cuttlebug Heart Blocks embossing folder. Place the paper in the folder so that the heart design just reaches the scored line (leaving the blank space at the bottom for the stamped verse, Stampabilities  #QR1053 "My Heart to Yours")

I cut several different sized hearts from a Sizzix die in plain and patterned paper scraps, then stitched them together.  The hearts are mounted on foam tape, and the smaller inside hearts are folded upwards to add dimension.

This is a very quick card to put together!



The challenge at Stampacular Sunday is a  Valentine colour challenge using white, red, pink, dark grey.

I was playing with the Cricut at a friend's house and we made these shaped cards, which I think are
really different from the usual square or rectangle cards.

The stamp is a Tim Holtz one from his Valentine "Love Struck" collection which I fussy cut and layered on red cardstock, sponged with TH "Tea Dye" distress ink and red stickles on the hearts. The heart is a scalloped punch sponged with "Aged Mahogany",  the little cupid is a Quickutz die,  and strip of scalloped edging. I found these four inch paper doilies at the Michael's store in the cake decorating section, made by Wilton. They are the perfect size for cards!  Background paper is from my last year's stash - sorry I can't say who makes it.



Stampacular Sunday Challenge #150 Valentine Colour

Paper Take Weekly -Anything Goes - with optional heart or love theme

Party Time Tuesday #54 - Valentine

Little Red Wagon #119 - Cupid's  Arrow

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Love is in theAir