It’s Valentines Day (I know, it snuck up on me too). Unprepared? Here are three last-minute valentines for your sweetie or sweeties.
An alternative Valentine from the Filled With Love Paper Pumpkin Kit (January 2015)
The more I play with these stamps, the more I absolutely love the January 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. Such great designs! So I challenged myself to use colors that I don’t normally reach to… this card features Blushing Bride and Rich Razzleberry inks. If the layout looks familiar, it’s because this was the CASE the Sketch challenge that I participated in last week. Such a simple layout but very versatile.
The striped paper is the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP, which is available as a Sale-A-Bration freebie! It’s so hard to choose a favorite from the Sale-A-Bration catalog — everything’s so awesome this year! But this paper is high on my list of favorites. It’s available in six different patterns:
This image doesn’t do the paper justice. The paper is white on white. The patterns you see above are really glossy white. The idea is that you can add the color of your choice to the paper and the pattern will stay white where the pattern is. Die it with a sponge, spritzer, brayer, ink pad, stamp on it… the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Shaker valentines are super cute and always appreciated!
What kid wouldn’t love this card! This is a shaker card that you can see all the way through to a stamped and colored image inside of the card.
To make this card, I cut through the matte and the card base with circles framelits. I added a window sheet on top of the card base securing it with liquid glue. I then put a shaker frame all the way around the cut circle. For an extra thick shaker frame, I used a second shaker frame of the same size and placed it on top of the first. I then added a second window sheet to on top of the shaker frames. The matted front panel is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals — I used two stacked dimensionals. The paper is a pattern from Meritime Designer Series Paper. I used the same size circle framelit as the opening and nested the next largest circle framelit to cut the border around the opening.
For a rippling water effect, you can also emboss the top-most window sheet with the Fancy Fan Embossing folder.
Here’s a closeup of that technique:
A gorgeous Valentine inspired by the Stampin’ Up design team
The valentine you see above was a CASE from the Stampin’ Up! Blog. I used the Four Feathers stamp set (which is still available along with the matching framelits) as well as the retired Follow My Heart set from last year. The paper is the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper, which was adhered to a black card base. Another small piece of from that paper stack was used behind the stamped panel but slightly offset. The coordinating Stacked With Love Washi Tape was used to adhere the stamped panel to the offset matte. The button is from the Best Year Ever Accessories Pack, which is free during Sale-A-Bration! I love how cute this card is!
I hope these cards have inspired you! It’s not too late to make your own cute Valentines. All you need is 30 minutes in your craft zone and you’re going to come up with something fantastic! I just know it.
Springing a little early in the PNW
Time sure is flying this year. How is it already Valentines Day and on that note, how is spring already springing in the Pacific Northwest?! I have a small obsession with taking spring photos (I can’t help it — spring is my favorite time of year). Here’s a rose bush from right outside my office in Seattle:
And a cherry tree just around the corner from my office:
Already springing in the PNW. #seattle #spring #cherryblossoms A photo posted by Stacey Lane (@aworkofcarte) on
And some Daffodils in Pike Place Market:
My family in Vermont tells me it’s below zero today! Ohmygoodness! That’s miserably cold. Winter is on its way out and spring is coming friends. Stay warm until then and, in the meantime, enjoy the company of your family and friends. :)