I (heart) Valentines!

It’s so close to Valentine’s Day! One of my favorite card making holidays.

Here are a few that will be going out this year:

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I’ve always loved these three hearts from Hero Arts. I embossed them on black card stock with Wow! Fluorescent Tickled Pink powder. The grey layer is embossed with athe Swirly Bird Cuttlebug folder. Sentiment from Hero Arts.

Below is a fast and easy card, also a Hero Arts image. (May be an old image?)

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As you can see, the heart was stamped and heat embossed (two with white, one with black).

And one more, little wilder:

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Also pretty fast and easy. I pulled an ink-splattered background from my stash, stamped this terrific Laurel Burch designed cat (from Stampendous!), added the box of candy (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Birds Accessories) and put it all together.

Next post will feature a beautiful die cut floral from Altenew.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Quick & Easy Hanukkah Cards

I found this Spellbinders menorah die way back in August, a lonely die sitting in a sale pile! But yay for me … it’s the perfect tool for some fast and easy Hanukkah cards. (Since Hanukkah starts at sundown Sunday, I need these NOW! Lucky for me it’s an eight day celebration!)

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I cut menorahs from various white and silver scraps then built some fast card bases. For the blue card, I wanted a fast background, so I grabbed this old triple star stamp from Stampin’ Up! and stamped it a few times using a silver ink pad. A little Ranger Stickles for the lights on the candle and we’re good to go!

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The background here is the envelope liner stamp from Hero Arts. The sentiment is also an old one from Stampendous.

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For this card (above), I used the leftover scrap with the negative space! I wanted a sparkle, so I brushed on Plaid Extreme Glitter turquoise. I love this glitter — nice sparkle without the mess of applying glitter!) Here’s a close-up:

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Thanks for stopping by! Happy Hanukkah to those to celebrate (the festival starts at sundown Sunday, Dec. 6. Get those latkes fryin’!)

 

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a safe, fun New Year’s celebration … and here’s a toast to a happy, healthy 2014!

Christmas went by so quickly — with so much to do (and don’t even get me started on Hannukah, which was so weirdly timed this year) — that I only had time to send out .02 cards. So I caught up on New Year’s, but I put them in the mail so fast, I didn’t take any photos! Also, I didn’t make many, so I turned some of my plain generic cards from my stash into New Year’s cards. Here are two:

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The cool paint dripping background stamp is from Hero Arts, inked with Ranger Distress Inks, spritzed with a bit of water. The Penny Black cityscape was heat embossed with American Crafts’ Zing teal. Yum. All I did was stamp a bunch of Happy New Year sentiments, cut them out and pop them on with dimensional foam. Thank goodness for my stash of un-marked cards!

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Last month I cut up a bunch of paper odds-and-ends and created these diagonal mosaics. I love this technique. So fast and easy, and it feels SO good using up scraps!

Happy New Year, everyone. And thanks for stopping by!

Hearts and Flowers

Can’t stop making Valentines!
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Paper from Bazzill Basics; hearts (embossed with white powder) from Elusive Images; sentiment (stamped in Soft Leaf) by Hero Arts; embellishments are random pieces from my stash. This card actually came together rather quickly.

Have a great week!

Yay! It’s Time for Valentines

Yay! It’s almost Valentine’s Day … close enough to post some V-Day cards. I love making Valentines. I don’t know what it is, but this is my favorite card-making holiday. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

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The resist technique is an oldie but goodie, but I was inspired by a video from Jennifer McGuire for Hero Arts. Check it out. Stamps are all from Hero Arts. The numbers background was stamped using

    VersaMark

and embossed in white. I used some

    Fiskars

heart punches to create a stencil, then inked over with Hero Arts soft inks.

Next is a card using a beautiful and intricate heart die from Hero Arts:

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The background was made with a

    Cuttlebug

embossing folder.

And a somewhat different take using the same die:

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The paper is from BasicGrey and the scallop border punch is from Stampin’ Up!.

We still have a few days left before Valentine’s Day, so stay tuned for more cards.
Thanks for stopping by!

Last Batch for Hanukkah!

Here’s one more set of Hanukkah cards … this time using the dreidel motif! The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, used to play a game. You spin the dreidel and “bet” (usually with candy or pennies) on which letter will come up when the dreidel stops spinning.

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This simple tag uses a sticker from K&Company, glitter from Martha Stewart, adhered with Scor-tape, and a stamp (old-school spelling from Limited Edition.) My handy Tonic tag-and-ticket punch made the top shape.

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This card came about by accident. I found this cardstock that I had cut using a Spellbinders die. It seemed the perfect spot to highlight this dreidel sticker (K&Company). I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter around the outside edge (using Art Institute Glitter Glue). Not crazy about the Happy Chanukah stamp, but oh, well….

Thanks for sharing this Hanukkah medley with me … and have a bright holiday if that’s your celebration!