Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Craft-a-torium will be closed today to enjoy this lovely day with my sweetheart, and my loving dog.

Hope you are getting a chance to enjoy a love-filled, or at least chocolate-filled, day.

My husband already surprised me early on with a terrific giant, heart shaped chocolate chocolate chip cookie.  He baked it himself while I was at a hair appointment.  That’s what I call love!

My parting Valentine share for this year is this very last card I made for the office charity sale on Friday.  I’m curious to see if it sold…  UPDATE – EVERY card sold in Friday’s charity sale!  Hooray!

I’ll be back to some hand knit craft work after this holiday, then on to birthday themed projects.  Spring is a big birthday season in the family, mine included.  Better spruce up that wish list!  Until next time, have a LOVEly weekend!


Valentine Gallery Extravaganza!

Today is the day my stray cards are dressed and ready to find their new homes.

Each card is spruced up in a shiny little clear sleeve and ready for display at the charity sale for my office.  There are several cards not displayed here, but you can see most.  No two cards are alike.  Several cards I previously featured in detail here or on my other blog.

Cards using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things
Cards featuring stamps from Lawn Fawn
Variety of man cards and all purpose, images from Unity Stamp Co, Stampin’ Up, Stampendous
Cards featuring dies and stamps from My Favorite Things 
Cards featuring stamps from Unity Stamp Company, Stampin’ Up! and Mama Elephant
Floral cards featuring stamps from Papertrey Ink and Unity Stamp Company

I created a couple non-traditional greetings for anyone who may not be feelin’ the love of this occasion.  A Singles Awareness Day card will surely provide someone a card to buy at the sale, if other love notes, chocolates and treats offered won’t interest them.  The anti-Valentine movement has its own needs and I felt I must appeal to all audiences so the charity can benefit the most!

Hope all my crafty friends have enjoyed card making fun this year.  I know I have!

Until next time, keep on craftin’ on…

Love Ya!

My Valentines are finally complete.  Whew.

Yep, I made a lot of them… the charity bake sale at work will have quite a selection, hopefully about half will find homes.  I often feel like they are my little stray pets, and sometimes I treat them like that.  For the card featured today, I think this little stray could get picked up quickly since it has that special cute factor.

I’m including my sweet little panda card in the Embossing Challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.  While this card trades open white space for red space, it is still simple in its construction.  For my embossing feature, I used heat embossing.  White embossing powder heat set on black card stock seems to be the best way for me to get a nice crisp white on black image.  Well, maybe it’d be more honest to say it is the only way I can do it.  My white pigment ink skills are poor.  I always tend to smudge, so instead I simply use detailed white embossing powder on the image stamped with Versamark.

For just a few other details, the products I used include stamps from Unity Stamp Co. (Plenty of Pandas), Stampin’ Up! (Just Sayin’),  dies and punches from Stampin’ Up and EK Success, Femme Frames die from Mama Elephant, and a paper doily (pretty sure it’s actually a Wilton cake doily… I grabbed some in the grocery store one day on impulse to use for crafts).

Look for my gallery of completed Valentines on Friday’s post.  I’ll update the post Saturday to let you know how many homeless, stray cards found new homes.

Happy stamping, everyone!

Inspired by Maile Belles

Papertrey Ink has quite a blog party going on this month.  Lots of new products and a fresh new look.  They are also showcasing their new design team and welcoming back a favorite designer, Maile Belles.  To show my appreciation for her talent, inspired from her projects and Sketched Shapes stamp set, I chose to create a Valentine.

Maile Inspired Valentine 2

I love how Maile splits images and inserts a sentiment.  Having now tried to recreate that look, I have even greater appreciation.  It wasn’t quite as easy as I think she makes it look, for me at least.  Since I forgot to measure the scrap of cardstock I inked up, lining up my pieces took some extra care.  Live and learn.

Welcome back to designing for PTI, Maile.  Can’t wait to see what else you make for the coming months.

Happy crafting, everyone.