I (Heart) Valentines!

Valentine’s Day is my favorite card making occasion, even more than Christmas. Don’t know why … maybe it’s the pretty colors, the cheery heart shapes, or just a great excuse to stay in touch. I love sending Valentines to my girl friends — it’s such a sweet surprise to find these in one’s mailbox.

Here are two quick cards to start the countdown to Valentine’s Day:

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The background paper is by Anna Griffin, the greeting is Hero Arts, stamped in Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe Shadow Ink. The hearts, also Hero Arts, are embossed (the larger heart uses Judikins Pastilles, the striped heart is American Crafts Zing Blush. And although you can barely see it, there are little dots of Viva Pearl Pens in the centers of the flowers and on the heart.

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I love this ombre cardstock from Echo Park. The hearts are all from Hero Arts, embossed in Judikins Pastilles and Aegean silver (the smaller heart) and American Crafts Zing Blush.

Thanks for stopping by … more Valentines to come.

Fabulous Fabric

This alliteration is such fun, I should have saved it so it could be a Fabulous Finds Friday Fabric Flower!

I recently wrote an article for Crafts ‘n things magazine about using fabric in paper crafting. The article is finally out, in the Summer 2013 issue, which came out the beginning of March (and should be on newstands now.) Fabric, I found, is a great way to add texture and softness to paper crafting projects. (I also love the idea of coordinating fabric, stamps and paper!)

Here are some samples I made to go with the article:
This first card is made using coordinating paper and fabric from Anna Griffin:

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I went crazy cutting these flowers — they were so fun and easy. The flower on this card (and the others I will show you) was cut with the large and medium flower from Sizzix die set 654979.

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I cut four of the large and four of the second largest, folded them in quarters and hot glued them to a punched circle base. The smaller flower was done the same way. A button topped it off. The burlap ribbon is from Close To My Heart and the sentiment is Hero Arts (stamped in black and Cup O’ Joe inks.)

Here is an close-up:

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Here is a similar card:

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The background stamp is a pretty print from Basic Grey/Hero Arts and was stamped in Soft Sand, grey (Marvy Matchables), and Soft Blossom. I liked the fabric look of the image.

I’ll have some others in my next post.

Fabulous Finds Friday — Anna Griffin papers

Whether you like country prints or elegant designs, Anna Griffin has a look that fits just right. And now the company has a bright, fresh face with the Riley Collection. See the cute monkey on the top of tent? The collection has several matching components, including sparkly 3D stickers, transparencies, etc.

Anna Griffin riley paper

That scrapbook page is adorable (although it is MUCH too complicated for my abilities!) I needed to dial it down a bit and make something simpler. I used a paisely paper from the collection to dress up this box, and make a few cards to match. In fact, this would make a nice gift set…. hmmm…..

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First, I traced the lid onto scrap paper to make a pattern, then cut out the pattern on the decorative paper. (I could have simply traced the lid directly on the back of the decorative paper and saved a step, but I’ve found it always comes out better if I make a pattern to be sure it fits.)

I cut out a few paisley swirls from a coordinting paper, as well as some smaller elements.  I used Liquid Laminate (Beacon) to attach the papers, let the lacquer dry (always the hard part for me… sheesh, I’m so impatient!),  then gave it one more coat. When it was fully dry, I layered the flowers using a rhinestone brad from s.e.i. (The two bottom flowers are by Bazzil Basics, the smaller hot pink one is Prima. Don’t know if you can tell, but the middle flower has a soft velvety sheen.)

I needed something to put inside, so I made some matching cards and gifts tags:

(Sentiment from Inkadinkado)

(Sentiment from Inkadinkado)

And some matching tags:

pink oval box cards

(smaller stamped flowers by Kaiser Craft; larger stamped flowers, sentiment, Hero Arts; butterfly punch by Martha Stewart)

Find the papers at www.annagriffin.com