Wednesday, February 22, 2012

VLVFeb2012-Week 3

Hello again! It has been another hectic week around here with little crafting time but I do have a card to share today. Hooray! My mother recently celebrated her 76th birthday and this one is for her. She loves bright, fun colors and Pink Paislee's/House of Three Soiree designer papers and stickers were the perfect way to celebrate this special occasion. Here's a snap of the inside and the fun little trim is by Paper Studio from the Fibers Fuchsia/Turquoise Pack, love it!

and a close up of the Soiree Dimensional Sticker Medallion which I absolutely adore...

This was such a fun, happy card to make and I used Laurie's wonderful sketch which I found to be a personal fave of mine. Check it out here at SplitCoastStampers.

Gotta run, very busy day but wanted to drop by and say hello to everyone. Hope all of you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Birthday Surprise & Big Wish (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Soiree (Pink Paislee/House of Three); Chablis cs (Bazzill)
Accessories: Spellbinders Std. Cl. Circles Lg. & Lacey Circles; Candles border punch (EK Success); Soiree Dimensional Sticker (Pink Paislee/House of Three); Flamingo Liquid Pearls (Ranger); black & hot pink gel pen (Sakura); pink burlap string (May Arts); button (Buttons Bonanza); Fiber trim (Paper Studio)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm dropping by to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day! This little holiday sorta snuck up on me this year but I managed to finish my cards for my immediate family and phone calls will have to do for the other family members.;) February has been a hectic month around here so I'm thrilled to have my final Valentine finished to give my darling daughter later today. My previous two posts feature the "DH's & DS's" valentine cards. We'll be celebrating with a home cooked meal and a movie, how about you?

My daughter loves hearts and there are plenty on this card which can also be hung on the wall or memo board to enjoy all year long. I started with Spellbinders dies, Heart Circles and Standard Classic Circles, and I used Taylored Expressions Hearts Impression Plate to make heart impressions on the smallest of the dies. You really can't see much of it unfortunately because my medallion covered most of it, lol. The medallion (wish I could take credit for it) is a Circus Valentine Medallion from K & Company and I love it! A button, red grosgrain ribbon & pink burlap string complete the top and a "frame" was fussy cut from a MME Lost & Found dp. I stamped my sentiment from Verve's Heart's Desire set on it then attached a *heart* brad from Paper Studio. I covered the back with another dp from MME and stamped a favorite sentiment from Verve's Love Notes set. I used the "I love you to the moon and back" as we have always said that to one another and I added a special message just for her. At the last minute I decided to add some Flamingo Liquid Pearls to the cream circle on the front and glad I did, it gives it just the pop of pink it needed. Here's a close up of the card and that pretty medallion. :)

I've decided to wait and show my Valentine project tomorrow as inquiring minds want to see it now and I want them to see it this evening when we all celebrate together, lol. Thanks for stopping by and hope you have the happiest Valentine ever!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

VLV Feb Sketch-Week 1

Hi there and no you are NOT seeing things, this is my second post today after an impromptu blog break. I am playing "catch up" and nearly passed out when I realized that Valentine's Day is tomorrow. I am feverishly making cards for my immediate family and the weekly Viva la Verve sketches are perfect for jump starting my mojo. Here's Amber's fabulous sketch and I love the horizontal layout with the three panels. It seemed the perfect fit for a masculine card and I'm including a snap of the inside of my card as well because I truly am *twitterpated* about the awesome stamps that Verve released in January (hubby too!).

I am partial to this card because it is for my main squeeze, my darling husband, and I can hardly believe we are approaching our 26th wedding anniversary in May. Our love has grown over the years and I cherish the commitment we made to one another the day we married, it is priceless. Over the years he has shown his love for me through the traditional gifts of flowers, romantic dinners and keepsake gifts but it is the past two years that have made me love him more. My parents have experienced some "hurdles" concerning their health, both mentally and physically and recently we had to move my Dad in with us. He never hesitated but supported me in this endeavor all the way. There's been some tough days but we've gotten through them together and if it is possible I truly love him more today than the day I married him. I'm a lucky girl!

I'll be back tomorrow with one more Valentine card and a fun project that I made for my husband and children. See ya soon!

Stamps: Twitterpated, Heart's Desire & Love Notes (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (T!m Holtz)
Paper: Circa 1934 (Cosmo Cricket), kraft, red and tan cs
Accessories: Jotted Heart Die & Wavy Hearts Die Set (Verve); Layering Doily Medium (Taylored Expressions); Nested Lacey Pennants-flag die (Spellbinders); Prima Musical Pebble; black crochet trim (Hobby Lobby); black pearls (Kaisercraft); 3D foam dots (Therm O'Web)

VLV Feb Sketch Week 2, Sankari Style!

Remember me? I'm back and happy to be here today to share a card I made for the current VLV Sketch Challenge. For my regular visitors please let me apologize for being away so long, two weeks is a long time in the blogosphere ;), and explain. I've been logging time at the hospital due to a family member's recent illness. All is well now and I'm sorry to leave you hanging like that. As my title indicates I'm here with a sketch and heavily inspired card by the lovely and talented Sankari Wegman, who happens to be one of my fave Verve Diva's. If you click the link you'll see that I not only love her sketch but I CASE'd her use of "hearts" on this card. I've long admired her work and this CASE is my way of letting her know that she inspires me in so many ways.

I used MME 'Love Me Do' dp's and a stamp from Verve's newly released Twitterpated set. The hearts were fussy cut from the 'Heart of the Matter' dp and the edges inked in black as well as the hand cut flags. I chose two sizes of black buttons and red burlap string to finish them off. The heart in the upper right corner is a die cut from Verve's Wavy Hearts die set (also a new release) and a black gel pen created the stitches while I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut banner by The Cat's Pajamas.

Thanks for stopping by today and with more Valentine cards to make it just might be a double post day,  who knows. Have an awesome day wherever you are!

Stamps: Twitterpated (Verve)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Love Me Do (MME)
Accessories: Wavy Hearts Die  (Verve); Easy Rosette 017-banner die (TCP); red burlap string & black silk ribbon (May Arts); black gingham ribbon (Offray); buttons (Buttons Galore); red rhinestone heart (PS)
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