Category Archives: Valentine-Love

clean and simple monday

This weeks clean and simple challenge was to make a card based on the sketch shown in this card by CindyB.

 I really love the simplicity of this sketch and did three cards.  Here is the first:

No stamping on this one.  I just took some wonderful Theresa Collins music paper and placed two hearts that I cut using Sizzix dies on top of it.  Rhinestones were added to the hearts for a little bling.  The music paper was mounted on a small piece of red with a tiny bit of scallops showing through on the bottom.  The sentiment is computer generated on vanilla cardstock.   

Thanks for stopping by today – check back tomorrow and Wednesday for my other two cards using this  sketch.  I hope you will join us this week for the Clean and Simple challenge!

A new year…a new look!

Hello friends!

Welcome to my newly revamped blog!  I’m very happy you stopped by today to check it out.  I’m still going through some of the technical details in getting everything to work right, so bear with me over the next few days/weeks as I get it all together!

What I like about the new blog is the revamped background – it has such a pretty watercolor feel to it, and since watercoloring is my favorite stamping technique I was just drawn to it!  I also like how the categories and tag cloud are displayed.  Please let me know what you think!

Now on to stamping!  The challenge at SCS was to make a tiny card, using limited supplies.

I used all scraps to make this little cutie – which measures only 3.5″ x 2.75″ and kept the color palette a simple yet classic red, white and black.

BUT… is a goal of my to use any new crafting toys shortly after I get them and this tiny card uses two of  my latest purchases.

The embossed area is just a portion of a new cuttlebug folder – part of the Romance Package of cb folders currently being offered at the Home Shopping Network (  This particular folder is similar to other “word” cuttlebug folders, this one wi th a love/romance theme.

The other tool I used is the new (well, new to me) ek success border punch – called  Parisian.    I don’t know how long this punch has been out, but I just picked it up yesterday at my LSS and love the design.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will visit again soon!

Clean and simple…….collage?

Is there such a thing?  I’ve seen cards that have a collage-y feel, yet also retain a clean and simple design and this was my first attempt.

Ok –  I have to admit there are probably too many layers or textures for this to be a true clean and simple design, but not bad for a first try!

The only stamping is the design in the background from PTI’s guidelines set.  The dp and brads are  from Basic Grey Urban Praire line and I used a combination of nestabilities labels 8, a sizzix oval die and slice machine for the word and flower.   

I plan on working more  on  clean and simple collage designs and will post my efforts on the blog!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Inspiration comes from many things

One of the great things about doing challenges is that you are exposed to so many different things – most of which would never cross your path during the normal day to day activities.  The colors of this card were inspired by a piece by Mindy Wilson shown {here}.  I love the blue and chocolate color palette, its one of my favorite color combos.  I did not want to simply recreate something similiar to her piece, yet instead be inspired to use the colors to make something of my own.

I remembered this patterned paper from SEI’s Winter Song pack, which contains many holiday patterns along with several other patterns that can be used year round.  I love  this pretty blue and chocolate pattern.

I double matted the frame and double mounted the sentiment.  The flourishy things were cut using my Slice machine from the Basics 3 design card.  Chocolate pearls were also added.  The frame was created using nestabilities rectangle dies.

The sentiment was computer generated (I guess the term now  is “digi stamp!!) and was written by David Viscott.  It was printed out on solid blue paper which was also found in the SEI Winter song pack.   The chocolate paper is SU. 

If you want this sentiment, it is a Word document and I have posted it {here}.

Thanks for stopping by  – look for inspiration everywhere!!

Locket of Love

Now that the Christmas holidays are over, everyone seems to be doing Valentines/Love cards – me included!  My DH’s birthday is in February, so I need 2 “love” type cards for that month.

This card was created for SCS clean and simple challenge.  I wanted it to look like a vintage  love letter with a locket enclosed.

I stamped the script (from A Stamp In The Hand) in cocoa on vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges with cognac ink.

The heart/locket is actually two separate stamp images – the top heart was stamped in chocolate, sponged in cocoa, then cut out and popped on top of the other scalloped heart.  Both heart images are from Fiskars. To make it look more like a locket I added a jump ring, heart charm and ribbon made of sheer chocolate ribbon.

The main panel was matted on chocolate textured card stock from DCWV, and a mustard-y paper from Michaels.

The “true love” sentiment was stamped in chocolate – it is one of those dollar stamps from Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by!