Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards

I know I said that I didn’t want to spend too much time making classroom Valentine’s Day cards this year, but I sat there thinking between my moments of distraction while working this week, that I could really simplify the process by using designer series paper (dsp) and limit my stamping and eliminate any coloring that would’ve been required with the initial set I wanted to buy/use for this process. I have a whole pack of the Stacked with Love dsp that I used in my previous card that may not get used again any time soon, so I decided I would make the kids’ Valentine’s Day cards with them.

I started by cutting out the card base – using one full 8.5×11 sheet and cutting into 8 equal pieces. I made 48 cards – enough for all the students in Noah and Evan’s classes. Then, I tore out one piece of each design from the Stacked with Love paper stack and randomly cut them into 1 inch strips.

Classroom Vday Cards

Then I used a 1″ square punch to punch out the corners to make them banners.

Classroom Vday Cards 1

I selected 3 stamps from the You Plus Me stamp set and one from a retired hostess set called Hello Love and stamped 4 different designs. Ahh!  SOOO cute!

Vday cards Collage

Classroom Vday Cards 2

In random fashion, I started putting banners together on cards. Each card ended up having 2 banners (some three to use up what was left).

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I could’ve stopped here, but then I decided I need to fill in the white space. I like to over-complicate things in this manner…

I selected 3 other stamps from the You Plus Me set and started stamping them randomly in dead spaces of each card. So much for limiting my stamping time, huh? Here is the final project!

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It hurts only a little thinking these are going in the trash after the holiday in 2 weeks. *sigh*

Did you think I’d stop here? Nope. I didn’t….

I had to add the to/from stamps on the back. But then I thought – “I bet my boys don’t want to write their names 24 times on these cards.” So I pulled out my Alphabet Rotary Stamp and also stamped their names. Here’s what the back of the cards look like with their names:

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I LOVE how this looks!

How did I find time for all this? Well…I cut the initial cardbase over a work break, then cut the dsp strips over a lunch break, then punched out the banners after work. After picking up Liam from daycare yesterday, I threw the banners on the cards. You see, I can only work quickly in 10-15 minute increments sometimes – but I try to be as efficient as possible. Then that night in front of the TV before bed, I adhered all the banners to the cards. This morning after I had completed my 4 hours of overtime and Liam was being a little angel, I got the chance to stamp the fillers. I left those to dry while I went to the store to pick up a birthday present for a birthday party the boys were going to today and with the 15 minutes I had left before we had to leave the house…I finished the backside of the cards. TOO much information? Maybe. But I guess the point I’m trying to get across is – you make time for the things that make you happy in life. This makes me happy. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this! It was completely worth it to me – to imagine this and to make it happen. If you’re interested in any of the products on my site or via Stampin’ Up!, please let me know and I can help you place and order. If you decide to place your own order, I’d really appreciate it if you’d select me as your demonstrator! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Colors Used: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Real Read, Pacific Point (Noah and Evan’s names)

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Simply Sketched with Butterfly Thinlit

Stampin Up has new butterfly thinlits in their Spring catalog this year. OoOoh soooo pretty! It’s also sold in a bundle with a coordinating stamp set, which I made myself hold back on. So this card is made using two other stamp sets. The Pear Pizzazz background is from the For All Things stamp set and the sentiment and twig/leaf image is from the Simply Sketched stamp set, which is now retired.

Simply Sketched Butterfly 1

I’ve seen a lot of cute cards and tried to do my own version – the butterfly is obviously the main feature. I used Wisteria Wonder cardstock for both the cardbase and the butterfly.

Simply Sketched Butterfly 2

Simply Sketched Butterfly 3

At first, I didn’t use a background stamp and it felt like it was missing something. So I peeled everything off and added the woodgrain…which I’m glad I did.  Here’s a picture of the card without the woodgrain background:

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Definitely adds to the card!

The Wiseacre and the Innocent

I made 2 more birthday cards last night…one for my oldest nephew (the Wiseacre) and one for my youngest nephew (the Innocent). Tai is turning 28 and Dexter is turning 1! How many nephews do I have, you ask? I have to count EVERY time, because I’ve lost track and it’s one of those things I can’t seem to remember off the top of my head. I have EIGHT nephews. Including my 3 boys, there are 11 boys in our family. Yes – I cried every time the sonographer told me I was having a boy. And the tears kept coming with my latest son, Liam. It’s really not that funny – it’s not fair to me or Liam to feel that terrible about the baby’s gender while pregnant. Ok…it is funny a little bit. I always say he’s getting back at me for wanting him to be a girl so bad because he’s the most challenging kid EVER.

Ready for the cards? Let’s get right to it then…

Tai’s card is from a set called Balloon Bash. I love what this stamp says on it – and it’s as smart as I can get with any pre-made stamp for Tai. #yourewelcome

Balloon Bash

Cardbase: Crushed Curry

Designer Series Paper: Moonlight Paper Stack.

The confetti on the sides is a stamp from the stamp kit and I used Bermuda Bay ink.

Balloon Bash 2

Dexter’s card is very simple…but I tried to spruce it up.  It’s made from a cute birthday stamp kit called Sweet Stuff. I did some paper tearing  and sponged the paper with some Pacific Point ink and colored the image with various markers.

Sweet Stuff Dexter

I don’t know…I have to admit I kind of just threw it together as I went with no thought… I could be MORE creative with this set another time. 🙂

Sweet Stuff Dexter 2

You Plus Me

I’ve made a few Valentine’s Day cards this year using the You Plus Me set. It’s got lots of cute stamps in this set. So I thought I’d change up the color scheme and use the designer series paper (DSP) that I purchased to go with it. This paper stack is a set called Stacked with Love. It’s double sided with different designs and very versatile. I usually don’t use a whole lot of designer series paper, but I’m trying hard to incorporate new technique and designs.

The banners are made using my banner punch using one sheet of (DSP) – there are two designs bc I just flipped over the paper (as I mentioned, the paper is double sided with different designs). I used by Banner Framelits Dies to cut out the larger banners for layering and the only stamping I did on this card was the round sentiment that says “You + Me.” I also used a sentiment on the inside of the card that reads “Be Mine” from the same You Plus Me set.

You Plus Me W1

So simple…it feels like cheating.

You Plus Me W2

The string is just some simple pink twine. I also used my Itty Bitty Accents heart punch and punched out two hearts for the large banners – I thought it needed a little more.

You Plus Me W3

The DSP coordinates with Calypso Coral and is also the color I used for the card base and the sentiment on this card. You don’t need punches or banner framelits dies to make this card (what I used to tell myself before I wanted EVERYTHING in the catalog) – but it certainly makes it look uniform and nice!

Tree of Hearts

When my sister-in-law was here, we made cards (you can’t come to Ohio and not make a card with me!). I wanted to use the Sheltering Tree stamp set again and had in mind a tree of hearts, but once I started choosing colors and stamped, I didn’t exactly execute the way I had envisioned – but as with all projects, it’s a learning process!

It’s not romantic or as whimsy as I had hoped and the little hearts turned out looking more like apples. But just because I don’t like it for a Valentine’s Day card for my husband, doesn’t mean it isn’t a cute card that someone else would love receiving :).

Sheltering Tree Valentine's 1

Sheltering Tree Valentine's 3

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Sheltering Tree Valentine's 2

Card Base/Hearts in Real Red

Leaves/Grass/Banner in Wild Wasabi

Bike in Smoky Slate

Hearts using the You Plus Me set

Trees/Bike/grass using the Sheltering Tree set

Sentiment is from the Perfect Pennants set, cut using the Banners Framelits Dies

Wears in Ohio

My sister-in-law Bethany and her husband Daniel visited us here in Ohio this past weekend. I copied her hashtag “#wearsinohio” for my title. Pretty sure she won’t mind – I’m not as clever as she is ;). So we celebrated her birthday the night they came and exchanged Christmas presents. They are pretty tricky to buy for – so my husband and I both got crafty and made them gifts this year – a special thank you for driving 10 hours to see us!

My son, Liam turns two tomorrow. Here’s a picture of Bethany with Liam:

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This first project is ALL my husband’s idea.  I’ll just take the credit for taking the photos. Daniel and Bethany are both avid Kansas City Royals fans. So Stephen did a photo transfer of the Royals’ stadium on wood for them. I think it turned out great (even though Stephen wanted to re-do it multiple times because he doesn’t like the seams). I think the seams in the picture give it love!

KC Royals Stadium Photo Transfer

They look like they like it here, right? Notice they came in full blown Royals’ gear!

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Bethany mentioned she wanted to learn how to knit while she was here, so we gave her some knitting needles and crochet hooks and I sewed these holders for her (inspired by a gift I got from my mother-in-law several years ago). I taught her how to knit on a 30 minute drive into the city and she started knitting like she has been doing it for a long time!

Knitting Needle Holder

Crochet Hook Holder

Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Holders

Last but not least, some stamping, of course! I made some more tile coasters using my Serene Silhouettes stamp kit. The background stamp is a Penny Black Letter background stamp. It was a quick and easy project. I sealed it with some project sealant and here you have it:

Serene Silhouettes Tile Coasters

Trust me….I’ve been wanting to post these since I first finished each project. I hate holding back!  I hope you enjoyed this post. And I hope Bethany and Daniel love their gifts!

Twitterpated

Who is ready for Valentine’s Day?!?!  While I know I don’t get out much, I know that as soon as Christmas was over, the stores started putting out Valentine’s Day stuff. It’s coming! I had ideas about making the kids stuff for class, but I don’t know that spending hours stamping and making personalized notes is worth it when they just get thrown in the trash when the day is over. That’s a lot of work! Anyway, I’ve been wanting to play with this branch stamp that came with one of my alphabet sets – it’s so fitting for a branch of hanging hearts.  I hand-drew the vines so it’s nothing too exciting, but the other stamps and sentiment is from the kit You Plus Me. AHH – Twitterpated?!?! Who thinks of Thumper from Bambi when you hear this word?

Twitterpated W1

I’ve been wanting to make a “shaker” card, so I tested out a small one in this card – the background is stamped with a stamp from a kit called A Round Array. It says “Be Mine.” 😀 I cut out the opening with a heart die, used some Stampin’ Up Shaker Frame foams to add some dimension, punched out some confetti hearts and adhered the background stamp.

Twitterpated W2

Twitterpated W3

Cardstock and hearts inked in Real Red.

Branch/Vines in Early Espresso.

Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day cards! My 5 year old says “Oooh…it’s beautiful!” which I expected because he loves hearts, but it warms my heart to hear him say it..