Heart Happiness stamp set

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Hello Peeps,

Left and right I hear different stories with regards to Valentine’s Day. Some think it’s just a bunch of commercial nonsense. Others believe it should be Valentine’s Day every day and others still kind of like it. I definately belong to the latter group, although I also like the idea of each day being Valentine’s Day. I think it is important to acknowledge the people in our lives from time to time and let them know how special they are to us. If Valentine’s Day serves as a reminder to that, fine. The fact that commercial enterprises play into that, is natural. But the feeling people get about being obligated to express feelings they don’t have, is going a bit too far and I don’t believe it is in the spirit of the day. Anyway, I made some Valentine’s Day projects that I would like to share with you.

Treats

One of the most imporant groups of people, in my opinion, is teaching assistants and teachers. They get a little treat, several times a year, from me to let them know how much we appreciate them. This year it was a little box made from a piece of 12″x12″ Whisper White cardstock on to wich I stamped a stamp from the Heart Happiness stamp set (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 20) with Real Red ink to create a background pattern. I cut the paper in 6″x4″pieces. Along the long side I scored the pieces at  1 1/4, 2 3/4, 4 and 5 1/2″. On the short end I just made a single scoreline at 1 1/4″. I cut up to the 1 1/4″scoreline along the score lines on the long side and cut away the little 1/2 x 1 1/4″ rectangle entirely. Next I added adhesive to the `1/2″ flap and glued it shut to create a tube. I folded in the sides and the back flap and added adhesive to the inside of the front flap in order to close it up and create the bottom of the box. I filled the box with 3 chocolate hearts and closed the top while pinching in the sides. Using a mini clothes peg from Action I secured the top. On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the striped heart in VersaFine Onyx Black in and the medium sized solid heart with Real Red ink.. After fussy cutting them out I adhered the little heart to the striped heart using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional and added them underneath the clothes peg. Cute, right?

Masculine card

I made 3 more cards. Two of them are very similar, but I’ll start with this one.

In my work space I have a tin containing projects that I’ve started. It contains extra stamp prints, backgrounds that I’ve made as an experiment and cards that I’ve started but don’t know how to finish. In that tin I found a pretty background I had made using watercolours. The colours beautifully matched some stamped images I had made with the Heart Happiness stamp set that I also had laying around. Now all I had to do was add some cardstock and tie a ribbon in order to complete a card. I used a rectangular die from the CreaLies CLNestXXL nr. 36 set to cut the cardstock to size. To add a little sparkle, I put a layer of Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the green heart. A perfect masculine Valentine’s card.

Simple cards

The last cards are very similar. Again I used the Heart Happiness stamp set (page 20 of the Sping/Summer Catalogue). It is such a fun set. Using just 2 of the hearts you instantly have a cute card. I stamped the striped heart using the Melon Mambo ink.and stamped the floral heart in VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I used the watercolour pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit (page 15 of the Spring/Summer Catalogue). The pencils colours are: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry. Onto the Whisper White card base I repeatedly stamped the cluster of hearts with Rich Razzleberry ink. I adhered the pink heart with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue and the floral heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second card, the floral heart is created in the same way as the card with the pink heart. Only now the striped heart is stamped with Wild Wasabi ink. In the background I used the plus signs from the Oh So Eclectic stampset (Annual Catalogue, page 133). I thought the Blushing Bride colour was nice in combination with the rest of the colours. After fussy cutting the hearts, I attached them in the same manner as in the first card.

Sale-a-bration second release

Speaking of the Oh So Eclectic stamp set … as of  February 16th some new products will be added to the Sale-a-bration rangechoose from, when you order for €60 or €120. One of those additions is a stamp set called Eclectic Expressions. It matches the Oh So Eclectic set beautifully but is also great as a stand alone set. It includes several watercolour type images and some more graphic elements. and is combined with two commonly used sentiments namely Thank you and Happy Birthday. The set is available as a wood mount set (the stamps are affixed to a wooden block once and are always ready for use) or as a clear mount set (the stamps are used in combination with clear blocks and are removed from the clear blocks after us to be stored away). In my opinion this is a versatile must-have set with which you can make a great number of combinations. If you want to place an order and earn this set, please get in touch with me or leave a comment below. Sale-a-bration is a temporary event and after March 31st this campaign will be over.

See you next time,

Leonie


Magical Unicorn Card

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Hello Peeps,

One of my daughters friends birthdays was coming up. My daughter has known her since daycare and now, in primary school, they are still friends, eventhough they aren’t in the same class. This girl LOVES unicorns so when I saw the Magical Unicorn stampset, I had to buy it, to make a card for her.

I enjoyed using a colour combination set by a challenge blog last time, which is why I used this colour combination from the My Favorite Things Challenge: Stone Gray, Blueberry, Berrylicious en Bubblegum. However, because I don’s have any MFT ink, I adjusted it to similar colours Tim Holtz Distress ink: Pumice Stone, Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass en Spun Sugar. The blue isn’t as bold as the original combination but I still think the card looks very cute.

On a piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up, I stamped all the images from the set. Next, I used the second largest rectangle die from the CreaLies CLNest XXL nr. 36 set to cut 3 panels. By playing with the placement of the clouds and using both sides of the panel, I was able to create 4 layers of paper using the Puffy Cloud Border dies. I used Distress Ink in the colours Tumbled Glass and Spun Sugar and my mini ink blending tool to give the cloudy background a magical look. I coloured the images using all four colours and my waterbrush. Eventually I decided not to use all the unicorns as it would be too busy. I fussy cut the images and ran them through my Xyron Stickermaker to give them a sticky layer on the back. After that I played around with the placement of the elements and choose where to stamp the sentiment, which I did using VersaFine Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress In in Blueprint Sketch. Next I attached the images. Some are flat to the page, while others are attached using foam tape to give some more depth to the card. I attached the panels to one another using my ATG gluegun. The front panel is attached using foamtape. To finish it off I used my Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to add some sparkle to some of the elements. You can’t see it that well in the photo’s, but it’s very pretty in real life.

She was very happy with the card when she opened it at the school gate. It’s fun to see the reaction to something that was made so specifically and especially for someone.

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to read them in the section below the post.

See you next time,

Leonie


Gift Card Holder

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My niece, who just had her birthday, wanted a gift card for her favourite clothes store. As it happens, I have the perfect die set to make a fun card for such an occasion. And on the topic of clothing, the Loads of Fun stamp set by Lawn Fawn would be ideal to decorate the card. Unfortunately I was unable to attend her party in person, so I didn’t see her reaction to the card, but I’m assuming she liked it.

This was the front of the card.

And this is the inside. The gift card is underneath the flap.

To start of with I cut a panel to the same size as the card. In to this I cut the largest flap of the Lift the Flap dies. I stamped and masked the Dryer Sheets, next the Suds and finished by stamping the clothes hamper. Then I stamped the sentimant. The top part is in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, just as the images and the bottom part is in Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink. On the front of the card I stamped the images and only used a mask for the clothes hamper. I drew the washline with a black pen so I could stamp the clothes on it. Next I coloured everything using my waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Watermelon Wonder and Rich Razzleberry. I adhered the gift card to the inside of the card and glued the panel on top of it. I cut off any overhanging paper using my scissors. I put a few drops of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue on the bottom corners of the flap because I noticed it kept wanting to open. Finally I put some Wink of Stella clear glitter over the bubbles in the washing machine.

 

What a fun way to give a gift card, don’t you think?

See you next time,

Leonie


Happy Hippo’s Pop-Up Box Card

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Hello Peeps,

Today I’ll share the card I made for my niece. She just turned 15 so the card couldn’t be too childish. I hope she liked it. In any case, I thought it was cute.

I started by cutting an A4-sized piece of Whisper White cardstock by Stampin’ Up in two. I used one of the halves to die cut the base of the box and the in between bit out of twice, using the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up dies. I stamped all the images of the Happy Hippo’s set and the letters I, L, S and E and the numbers 1 and 5 from Quinn’s ABC’s and 123’s on the other half of the cardstock using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and my MISTI. Next I coloured all the images using a waterbrush and Stampin’ Up ink in the colours Smoky Slate, Tip Top Taupe, Strawberry Slush, Daffoldil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz. Then it was time to assemble the box. To do this I used my red line tape and my tim Holtz/Tonic scissors. That thing is ideal because it has a Teflon coating on the blades so nothing will stick to it. I decorated the box by adhering the differen elements using a dot roller or foamsquares. I did miss something on the front panel so I drew the line and flags with a black pen and coloured the flags in the same way I coloured all the other images. As a finishing touch I applied some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the frosting on the cupcakes, the partyhats, the ribbon on the gift, the balloons, the cake, the letters and numbers It doesn’t photograph well, but in real life it looks very pretty and subtle.

 

What kind of card would you send a teenager? Where do you draw the line between cute and childish?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below this post.

See you next time,

Leonie