Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is over and now I get the opportunity to post a few cards and projects that have kept me busy the past week and a half. It’s so hard to refrain from posting when I’ve been so excited.

I want to start by saying that I have the most supportive, empathetic, sweet and patient husband, EVER – for me. Everyone claims they have the “best” husband but everyone has different needs. So I don’t want to say that my husband is better than anyone else’s – just that Stephen has been and IS my true companion in life. He’s been taking Liam to daycare this month, which allows me to work an extra 45 minutes every morning. I can’t expect anyone to have any idea how helpful that has been – but it’s made a tremendous difference in my day and how much overtime I can accomplish during the week – it add’s up! And during a few extra hours when he happens to get home early, he’s thoughtful enough to do build me things for my craft room!

I told him my handmade magazine holders were just fine, but he kept planning to make me this and I LOVE it! You can see how my paper was stored before to the right when he had only completed one paper tower. I butted up my punch holder to it and it is perfect.

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Here’s the finished set up (minus a few shelf boards):

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My upline, Cindy, told me to not store this units anywhere in direct sunlight because the paper color may fade, so one night, Stephen helped me rearrange my entire office/craft room.

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I got these basket-like magazine holders from the dollar section at Target and I think they separate everything nicely. My old gray rotary cutter is at the bottom. On top of that, a paper trimmer I got from Christmas (from my husband, of course).

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Alright! Now – to share my two latest Valentine’s Day cards! The video tutorial can be found here. Dawn makes a template out of window sheets, but I made mine out heavy cardstock that I had on hand. She also used Stampin’ Up! white craft ink. I opted to go with StazOn white ink. I’m not sure why – but it works. I have to admit, I just didn’t pay enough attention to the details when I watched her video. Mine is not nearly as great as Dawn’s but it still turned out well. Here is the first card I made for my friend, Karen.

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I started with a piece of white cardstock and sponged it with Pool Party ink in a x-like form. I took a picture of while doing a second card for my husband – here’s what I mean:

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Then I sponged the rest in the main color. On this card, it’s Perfect Plum, which is also the color of the card base. I used heart framelits to cut out hearts in random places on a piece of heavy card stock in random places (3 to be exact) and started sponging the hearts in random places, at first more transparent and than more opaque to get the “bokeh” effect – like filters on a camera.

On the card I made for my husband, I used Tangelo Twist and Real Red. The sentiments are from the You Plus Me stamp set.

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I’ve been working so much – my husband has not gotten a chance to get in my craft room to make a card for me. While I was working yesterday, he came in and made a card behind me while I was working my overtime. I think he did a great job! He used a stamp from the Painted Petals stamp set to create the dotted background and used some framelits to cut out the hearts. Isn’t he the sweetest?

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Here’s a card I got from Karen. It’s sweet card made using the banner punch:

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and a box card I got from my friend Jessica with a packet of hot cocoa:

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and some treats we got from my mother in law – made using the January Paper Pumpkin Kit. I got her a 3-month subscription for Christmas. I think they are such great gifts! Check out the website if you’re interested in these pre-packaged sets. It’s everything you need in a box for a cute monthly project if you don’t have time or money to invest in all of Stampin’ Up!’s products. Sometimes, it’s cards, sometimes its treat bags like these:

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If you ever want any of these products and need help, please let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post.

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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.

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

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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!

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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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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.

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So simple…it feels like cheating.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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..