Simply adorable! These cute little Valentine's will be perfect to send to my nice and nephew in California. I just live these whimsical little animals in the Love you Lots hostess set. Using precut notecards and these simple, outline stamps make quick projects, too. And using the notecards means that you can get 2 cards from one sheet of 6" x 6" designer paper, too! (Here, I used the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack).
The elephants were stamped in Basic Gray, the hedgehogs in Soft Suede, and the ladybugs were stamped in Basic Black. A Real Red Stampin' Write marker added a bit of color to the ladybugs and the flower. This is the perfect set for a quick 'thinking of you' card.
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Cutting and Measurement
Base: Whisper White Note Card 5" x 3-1/2"
Layer 1: Real Red cardstock 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Sending Love designer paper 4 1/2" x 3"
Layer 3: Layering Shapes
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp outlines onto Layering shapes.
2. Adhere layers 1 & 2. Wrap and tie ribbon as needed.
3. Adhere layers 1 & 2 to Base.
4. Add stamped shapes to base with dimensionals.
5. Add metallic enamel shapes as needed.
I first hear about paper piecing from my mother. She was learning a new quilting technique and was thrilled to discover how fast paper piecing was compared to other methods. I really hadn't made the connection to paper crafts though, until I saw some on Pinterest. It opened up a whole new world of design for me.
This last weekend at the beach, I spent a lot of time working with the Beautiful You stamp set and a variety of designer series papers. I like them all, but the one using red and white Sending Love paper one is by far my favorite. She'd make a perfect Valentine's card for your mother, sister, or best friend.
Paper Piecing is a two-step process. First, stamp your image on cardstock. Then, stamp the same image onto designer series patterned paper. Carefully trim the parts you wish to keep, in this case, the dresses and hats, and adhere them directly to the image on the cardstock. I used Tombow liquid glue so I could have a little maneuverability to align the pieces just so.
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" Whisper White
Layer 1: Real Red 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" Real Red
Layer 2: Whisper White 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 3: Real Red 5 1/8 x 3 7/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 5: Sending Love Designer Series Paper
Layer 6: White and Silver 3/8" metallic ribbon
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp images in Basic Black Archival Ink onto Layer 4 and onto designer paper. Cut images out of designer paper and adhere to cardstock images.
2. Adhere layers 1-5 and wrap ribbon around them, tying a bow in the lower right hand corner.
3. Adhere to base.
Those of you who know me, know that my decorating is pretty minimalist. I don't collect anything so I don't have collections or displays around the house. And any time I buy something, I hear my dad say, "It will only gather dust." In fact, I showed my sister this pretty pendant light from Pier 1 last night, and her reply was, "It's pretty, but how will you clean it?"
So, other than Christmas, I don't do a lot of seasonal decorating. However, I found these cute bottles at the store the other day and I thought they'd make cute Valentine's party decor.
It didn't take long. I ran a few Love Notes hearts through the Big Showww.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=143263&dbwsdemoidt and wrapped some Sending Love designer series paper around the milk bottle. And I was thrilled to find a new use for the mini pompom trim! I even colored a paper straw by sponging on some Real Red ink.
Now...to go find the peanut M&M's that didn't fit in the bottles!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought my club on Sunday would like to make a few Valentine's cards with the Sealed with Love bundle. I know from experience, the didn't want a whole class devoted to them, so we split it up between Valentines and birthdays.
This design is from my good friend, Selene Kempton and thee color combination of Real Red andPool Party were a big hit. It was a fun to pair two colors that no one had thought of doing before, and a welcome change from the traditional pink and red candy hearts.
Did you notice the succulents in the Sending Love hearts? Succulents are HOT right now. And I just got my Oh So Succulent bundle yesterday. I can't wait to start playing with that one soon!
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: Pool Party 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4”
Layer 2: Real Red 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
Layer 3: Whisper White 5 x 3 ¾”, embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Embossing Folder
Layer 4: Sending Love Designer Series Paper,
Layer 5: Real Red Ribbon from Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack
Layer 5: Pool Party Card Stock, 2 ¼” Scalloped Layering Circle
Layer 6: Whisper White, 2” die cut Stitched Shapes Circle
Layer 7: Sending Love wood embellishments
This weekend, the Hubs and I decided we'd drive to Charlotte and surprise the Lad and take him to dinner. This needed a bit of coordination between us and his girlfriend. We arranged to call her when we got to campus, and we parked right next to his car and waited until they came downstairs. The look on his face as he realized who was parked next to him was priceless! We went to Pike's Soda Shop, a hip vintage soda shop and had a great time catching up on their winter semester so far.
Their specialty drink that night was Guinness and Coffee float. Of course, I had to try it. That is, I got to try it after the 3 others at the table tried it first. It was pretty good. Not every float comes with a 'sidecar' of leftover Guinness, either! The kitchen oops, and made two of them. The Lad and his Lady shared that one.
I never go empty handed, but since we were being spontaneous, I hadn't planned what to take. Luckily, I had some Valentine's treat bags that I'd made for my card class on Sunday. Each one held a Lindt Strawberries and Cream white chocolate truffle. Even the waitress commented on how cute the bags were!
That bring me to my video today. I was challenged by a group of demonstrators to start making and posting videos. It's been on my "to do" list for quite some time and I realized, I just had to start. It's not perfect; the hubs and I have some kinks to work out in regards to lighting and camera angle. But, it's not bad for my first one. I hope you enjoy it.
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