Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A special handmade Valentine card for special friends

I was so excited for the Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings Photopolymer Stamp Set because it has 4 versatile sentiments that fit many occasions. The "A Friend Loves At All Times" sentiment is perfect for a special Valentine and goes so well with the many Valentine / Love / Heart related items in the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog.

This card features the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper as well as some punches from the Annual Catalog.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo (1 row of hearts) and Pirouette Pink in my color scheme.

I used a lot of hearts - Hearts Border Punch, Sweetheart Punch, the heart from Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and the heart die from the Circle Card Thinlits Die.   I used the Sweetheart punch to punch the big heart from the Stacked with Love DSP and then cut a small heart in the middle with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack heart.  This made the perfect frame for a heart in the embossed background.

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of paper that is slightly narrower than the Note Tag Punch and then punched the end shape.  This is layered on Cherry Cobbler that also was punched with the Note Tag Punch but I did use the technique to make a longer tag. 

I used some other goodies to add Valentine flair - Tea Lace Paper Doilies that I sponged with Pink Pirouette ink, a Red Glimmer paper heart, Basic Rhinestones, and Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine.

I am entering this card in 3 challenges:

I am entering this at SU-Only Challenges blog for
Challenge #115 - Valentine Wishes
It also fits the The Card Concept Challenge #27 Love in the Clean and Layered Category 
Love and Valentines are the big theme this week so I also entered the Stamping Royalty Challenge #264 Love/Valentines challenge.

Wouldn't it be awesome to win one?  It's been a long time since I entered a challenge.

Be sure to stamp something today!
Rubber hugs,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Celebrate Today stamp set from Stampin' Up 2015 Occasions Catalog

I made this card for a swap with members of an online demonstrator support group, SUDSOL.  It features the Celebrate Today stamp set with coordinating Balloon Framelits Dies and the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper from the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  I stepped it up with Calypso Coral Pompom Trim and Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim.

I stamped the pennants and stars with gold Encore Ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.    I created a sky look with Whisper White Craft Ink that I applied with Sponge Daubers onto Soft Sky cardstock.  I covered most of the cardstock with varying intensities of the ink by "stamping" randomly with the dauber until there was no ink left and repeated that process until the cardstock was almost covered with circles.  The product list is below.