Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stars & Stamps Sketch

The rabbit is a vintage embroidery design that I printed out and colored. The patterned papers and from Rubber Soul. They seem to say "Spring" to me. I didn't put a sentiment on it so it could be used whenever. The Stars and Stamps sketch

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Washi Valentines

Both of these are based on a sketch by Jen del Muro. I came across the stamp stashed in a drawer and knew I wanted to use it. I love washi and origami papers but tend to hoard them, lol. The sketch and the stamp encouraged me to pull out the paper and play. It is difficult to tell but I used a brushed silver paper to mat and on the flower bases. Cuttlebug dies and a Dollar Tree punch.
On this one I did some paper piecing and some torn paper hearts. I had fun layering punchies to create the flower embellishments. The folk art heart dies are from Sizzix. The stamp used on both cards is from Stampabilities.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Valentines from bits 'n pieces

In the recent edition of the Technique Junkies Newsletter there was instructions for a Herringbone pattern background made with strips of paper. I pulled out my envelope liners and wallpaper samples and played. The envelopes were inked up with Distress inks before cutting. The crowned heart is an Inkadinkado image. The sentiment is from a set by Heidi Grace for Fiskars.
My file of handmade backgrounds is huge. The base and the blue piece came from the file. The Cuttlebug cut filigree piece is cut from a wallpaper sample. Using wallpaper made it easy to handle the delicate piece. The medallion is layers cut with Spellbinders dies. The only stamp I used is the star stamped heart. It was a find from The Dollar Tree. Doesn't stamp all that well but I like the image. I had fun sewing on this one!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Inspired by...

Bibbi's blog is such an inspiration for me! She designs for Melissa Frances.

Hand beading on the wallpaper heart. I love the Spellbinders scalloped heart dies. The word is embossed using a Sizzix folder. The leafy gold embossed layer is a stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.
The sentiment is one of my early stamp purchases from Stampa Rosa. I still miss that company!

The background blues on the last 2 cards is The Dollar Tree's Miss Elizabeth line. The narrow gold star is wrapping paper. The 'love' sentiment is a Studio G stamp.
All these cards went off to Operation Write Home. Hope someone feels loved when they get this card!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Valentines for little fellas

Making Valentines for boys is a fun challenge.
Can't go wrong if you include dogs on them, lol. This border punch from Martha Stewart is a favorite of mine when making cards for guys. Fun for layering too. Can't resist using die cuts. The little hearts are cut with a Sizzix Original Gingerbread Boy die. The hearts are the buttons on the chest. I use it way more for the hearts than for Christmas. It cuts cleanly, much better than my heart punch.

Do you remember making Valentines when you were in Elementary School? This image totally brings back those days. I loved making Valentines then as much as I do now.
All the vintage images on these cards are from a CD I purchased on Etsy; Peggy's Vintage Cards, Valentines Vol.1. I edited the last image in PSE. Love how easy it is to alter digital images!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I adore making Valentines. This is the time of the year when Operation Write Home is doing me a favor by taking them, lol. I pull out my die cuts, punches, stamps and paper and have at it. The fun cherub is a Rubber Stampede image with a word stamp from Studio G added. Dies used are from Spellbinders and Cuddlebug. I used Prismacolor pencils on the cherub.
I think there are almost enough hearts on this card ;-) Dies are from Spellbinders and Sizzix. One of the hearts was cut with decorative scissors. Cuddlebug embossing folder and ink to highlight the embossing on the collaged heart. The stamped heart has images from Co-motion and Stampa Rosa, both companies now gone. The dots are pearlized fabric paint.

The stamps on this one are from Serendipity Stamps (the heart and text) and Cornish Heritage Farms (background). Die cuts from QuicKuts and Spellbinders. Corner punch is no longer made.