Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Bottom Line

When I chose this stamp set, one of my 7-year-olds tried to talk me out of it.  I don't think she was impressed with the underwear images. : )  I'm glad I didn't take her advice because I've used it twice so far and just LOVE it.  The sentiments are so fun and seriously, customizable underwear??!!  Need I say more? This is my Valentine's Day card for my husband.  I think he'll get a kick out of it.
 I started out by stamping the hearts on the background.  Then I stamped the panties and the boxer shorts.  They are both blank, so I added the red hearts.  So cute!   I added a bit of glitter pen to each of the dots on the heart on the panties, to give it a rhinestone look.  You can see that a bit better in the photo below.
 And the bottom line is . . . I Love You!  Here is the inside:

Open Minded #2--love/valentine
Fresh Brewed Designs #06--hearts
Inspiration Destination #72--anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner #57--love is in the air
{Pin}spirational Challenge #158--inspiration photo

The Paper Shelter #235--be my valentine
Mod Squad--From the heart
Crafting by Designs--hearts
Fantastic Tuesday #123--so in love
Die Cuttin Divas #252--love
Eureka Stamps #179--recycle it  (the white ribbon is recycled, I think from a birthday package from my best friend)
One Stitch At A Time #255--love is in the air
Craftin' Desert Divas--hearts
Sweet Stampin'--all you need is love
Sketch Saturday #398--sketch (I had to rotate the sketch so I could fit my images on)

Suzy Bee's #116--love
Aud Sentiments #148--use a love sentiment
Art Impressions #177--Love, love, love
Crafty Creations #308--hearts
Crafter's Cafe #142--monochromatic
Creative Inspirations #344--hugs & kisses
Unicorn #6--lots of love
Crafty Calendar--love is in the air
Pattie's Creations #119--love is in the air
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Raisin Boat #40--works of heart
Crafting Musketeers #34--monochromatic

Stamps: Raisin Boat "Undies in a Bunch"; PTI "Damask Designs" love sentiment; Repeat Impressions "Love Stencil" and "Valentine's"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large" and "Classic Scalloped Ovals, large"


I just love this little dinosaur and this sentiment is just too fun to use with him (her).  This is a Valentine's Day card for one of my girls, 'cause they are definitely all "cute-a-sauruses".
The two colored circles were hanging out in my bits and pieces stash.  I thought they were going to be pretty tough to use, but I think they work perfectly with this sketch.

Inspiration Destination #72--anything goes
Open Minded Challenge #2--love/valentine
Creative Fingers #102--anything goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #317--love (and I used the monthly sketch)

Brown Sugar Challenge #189--valentine/love
Cards Galore--digi or stamp
The Cutie Pie Challenge--all you need is cutie love
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes

Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs "Prehistoric Pals"; Double Vision background stamp
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"; Verve "Flag It!"; MFT "Blueprints 13"

Bee Mine

Within the past month, I just got this cute little stamp set from YNS and I knew I had to use it for a Valentine's Day card.  It was tough choosing between the cute images, but I finally went with this adorable little bee.
 I wanted to make the wings shimmer, so I stamped a second image and cut out the wings only so I could used the rest of the image as a mask.  Then I spritzed over the mask with glimmer mist.  It's tough to catch it in the picture, but you can see the sparkle a bit.
Oooo . . . and I was even able to use a piece from my bits and pieces stash--that black arrow.  I thought it was a pretty cute addition.

Your Next Stamp #32--sketch
Simon Says Stamp Monday--spritz & spray (the glimmer mist)
Crafty Cardmakers #157--love, love, love
One Stitch At A Time #255--Love is in the air
Open Minded Challenge #2--love/valentine
A Gem of a Challenge #162--Love is in the air
Pattie's Creations #119--Love is in the air
Cutie Pie Challenge--all you need is cutie love

Stamps: YNS "Sweet and Cool"
Dies: Spellbinders arrow


It's time for another What If Wednesday? challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week is a Designer's Choice Challenge, and I am the designer!!  Since it is the Valentine's Day season, I chose to challenge you to add some hearts to your projects.  Here is my card for your inspiration:
 I started out by stamping the "Love Stencil" stamp for my background.  The heart actually has the word "love" underneath it, but I cut it apart so I could use the heart by itself.  Here's a tip for you, I only stamped the top, bottom and side rows of the card since the center portion would be covered by the next layer.  Then I realized that I needed to stamp the middle heart on the second from bottom row, so I added that in.  On the middle layer, I stamped the "Sheet Music" stamp.  For the sentiment, I used markers to color on the rubber since I wanted the letters to be black and the heart red.  But, it didn't stamp dark enough for me, so I used Sharpie markers in matching colors to make it more solid.  and I love how bold it turned out.  On the inside I stamped the "Valentine's" stamp.
I hope you get a chance to play along, I can't wait to see what you come up with.  And don't forget to had some hearts!

Crafty Cardmakers #159--Love, Love, Love
One Stitch At A Time #255--Love is in the air
Sweet Stampin'--all you need is love
A Gem of a Challenge #162--love is in the air
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #116--love
Creative Knockouts #127--love is in the air
Craftin' Desert Divas--hearts
Raisin Boat #40--works of heart

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "1134W Valentine's", "1222W Love Stencil" and "6806W Sheet Music"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle and "Blueprints 15" banner

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sweet on You

I bought this super cute Candy Jar Die set from MFT for myself for Christmas.  I had some fun playing with it over the weekend.  I started by cutting the jar portion out of a piece of acetate and the top and base out of silver paper.  I also die cut the jar out of white card stock to help it stand out from the background a bit.  Then I had a moment of genius (at least I think it was!): I wanted to "fill" my jar with hershey kisses, so I crumpled up some tin foil and ran it through my die cutter with the "kisses" die and it is perfect!!  They look just like hershey kisses all wrapped up.  Sooooo Fun!!
 I used a bit of chocolate twine to "tie" my label onto the jar.  The scalloped oval was a recent addition to my bits and pieces stash; my paper slipped while I was die cutting it and flattened out one or two of the scallops.  But I covered it up with my bow and no one (except all of you) will ever know.

Raisin Boat #40--Works of Heart
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow
Creative Inspirations #344--hugs n' kisses (literal kisses!)
Fresh Brewed Designs--anything goes
Eureka Stamps #179--recycle it (the acetate was from some stamp packaging--I never throw it away!)

Stamps: MFT "Candy Jar Companions"
Dies: MFT "Candy Jar"; Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large" and "Classic Scalloped Ovals, large"

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Love & Life

I just loved the sketch at Mojo Monday this week so much that I had to make a second card using it.  My daughter made this flower for me a year or so ago and it's been sitting in my bits and pieces stash just waiting to be used.  I saw it there and it became the basis for this non-traditional Valentine's Day color scheme.  I created my own background using a grid stamp from Simon Says Stamp and Verve's "Surely Goodness".
The white circle the sentiment is stamped on was also in my bits in pieces stash, so two items used up on this card.  Yeay!!

Mojo Monday #433--sketch

Word Art Wednesday #219--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Mod Squad--hearts & flowers
Art Impressions #177--Love, love, love
Time Out Challenge #49--Love is the flower you've got to let grow (quote)
Creative Knockouts #12--love is in the air
Aud Sentiments #148--use a love sentiment
Brown Sugar Challenge #184--Valentine/Love

Stamps: Verve "Surely Goodness" and "Text Objects"; Simon Says Stamp "Grid Background"
Dies: Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Tear Drop Circle"

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I Love You

Here's another Valentine's Day card:
I think I might be about halfway down with them, now.  I guess I'd better get a move on!  The gray circle is from my bits and pieces stash and the rest of the elements were chosen by how they covered it up (it's pretty dark and plain) and yet let it show.  Clear as mud?  And the result was something fun and elegant.

Sweet Stampin'--All you need is love
A Gem of A Challenge #162--love is in the air
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #116--love
Cute Card Thursday #411--in the pink
Aud Sentiment #148--use a love sentiment
Southern Girls--anything goes
Paper Shelter #234--Fancy
Creative Inspirations #344--hugs n kisses
Tuesday Morning Sketches #331--sketch

V's Sweet Ideas #43--Loving Pink

Stamps: Hero Arts "French Script"; PTI "Damask Designs" light pink damask on background and sentiment
Dies: Spellbinders "Victorian Accents" and "Classic Circles, large"; MFT "Blueprints 13"