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February 2015

An argyle valentine...

I am not sure, but I think this may be my favorite valentine this year – well tied with THIS card (which was a Pals Paper Arts challenge winner!).  I love my argyle stamp set but largely ignore it – for shame!  But when I got it out for another card – click HERE to see that one – I have been thinking about how to use it for a valentine card. 

First I ran the blushing bride CS thru my trusty PTI linen impression plate.  Then I stamped the argyle pattern with black ink and white embossed the lines on the CS.  I just love this color combo!  I repeated the process on white CS and die cut the word love.  I also die cut five loves out of blushing bride so I could stack them together. 9 (640x534)

I wanted the word to stand out yet blend in with the argyle pattern.  And I was pleased with the overall look – I think it tricks the eye a bit and causes you to do a double take.  I added the blushing bride roses from the artesian embellishment kit from SU! and a sentiment from PTI. 10 (640x417)

I hope you like this card as much as I do!  The photo really does not do it justice!  These grey cloudy days make it tough to get a good photo!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow, I have one final valentine to show off!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! blushing bride.  PTI white.  Stamps:  PTI a little argyle and keep it simple valentine.  Other:  memento black ink.  White embossing powder.  Roses from the artesian embellishment kit.

Pals Blog Hop - February...


Welcome to the February Pals Blog Hop. This month we are sharing what we love - our favorite Stampin' Up! products and our favorite crafting techniques.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

Hello all!  I have many favorite SU! products so it is very hard to choose just one!  But I did (I think!).  I love embossing folders – such a quick and easy way to add some texture to your card.  I used two different embossing folders on this project – the ampersand and lovely lace.

Today’s project is a shaker card. I thought it was a great way to show off the ampersand embossing folder.  By keeping the layers thin and not popping them up, the sequins would have some movement but not too much. 5 (538x640)I opted to use a piece of vellum for the bottom layer of the shaker (embossed with the ampersand) and a window sheet (also embossed with the ampersand).  They fit together nicely, achieving what I wanted with limited movement. 6 (640x497)The window framelits created the perfect frame.  A few pearls and I was done. 

The next stop is Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month.

  1. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  3. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Amy Hoptay at Inking of you
  7. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  8. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Rae Harper at
  11. September Gray at
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Becky Volpp at
  14. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  15. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  16. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  17. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  18. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  19. Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  26. Peggy Noe at
  27. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  28. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  29. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  30. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  31. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers

Retro Rubber Challenge #7 part two...

You still have time for the Retro Rubber Challenge

Challenge #7 is the Flashback Valentine challenge!  What does that mean?  Simply dig out an old valentine and remake it!  Be sure to share both pictures on your blog but you only need to link up your remake!

Be sure to play along!  Click HERE to head to the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!  The Pals blog hop is tomorrow!!

Sketchy heart...

As I mentioned last Thursday, I put my washi heart to good use.  I applied the washi sheets to white CS and then die cut with the SSS sketchy heart.  I also die cut the heart out of pink pirouette and rose red.  I put the washi heart inside the sketchy heart and added the bits of rose red for some pops of color. 3 (640x518)I die cut a washi arrow from RC and snipped it apart so that I could have the arrow piercing the heart.  After I figured where I wanted the heart and arrow, I added the sentiment which I white embossed and added a bit of bling.  Surprisingly, I didn’t use the linen impression plate on the pink pirouette! 4 (640x424)That is it for today!  I have some fun cards coming up Thursday and Friday.  And the Pals blog hop on Wednesday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS: SU! rose red, smokey slate, pink pirouette and basic gray washi sheet.  Dies:  SSS sketchy heart and Reverse Confetti arrow.  Other:  SSS February card kit paper hug.  White embossing powder.  Rhinestones.

Fly me to the moon...

Happy Friday!!  This is a quick and easy card that I couldn’t resist making!  I bought this cute stamp and die set from SugarPea Designs called special delivery.  As soon as I saw the set I instantly envisioned this card!  Who doesn’t love paper airplanes? 1 (640x551)I used white CS (although it doesn’t look very white in the picture) for the airplanes and the top layer.  I also used my linen impression plate (surprise!).  I made good use of the SU! confetti heart border punch to make my hearts and glued them randomly to the card.  A few rhinestones to add some sparkle and a sentiment and I was done! 2 (640x387)I am off for the weekend but will be back next week with some pretty cool Valentine’s Day cards for you!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! real red.  PTI smokey gray.  Dies etc.: SU! heart confetti border punch.  PTI linen impression plate.  SugarPea Designs special delivery accents.  Stamps:  SPD special delivery.  PTI KIS valentine.  Inks:  memento black and SU! real red.  Rhinestones.

Two hearts...

I am super excited about this card!  I was planning to play along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week and so set to work making a Valentine’s card. 

I recently purchased this cool sketch heart from Simon Says Stamp and was going to combine it with my SU! washi sheets.  So I attached my washi to some white cardstock and cut out the heart.  But I couldn’t get it to look like what I wanted.  (side note – this heart will appear on a card next week so all was not lost!). 12 (518x640)So I grabbed the rose red and pink pirouette CS and cut out the hearts and ended up combining them like I did.  Love it!  I used my SSS sketchy banners die to add the sentiment and then a little bling.  I used my PTI linen impression plate to emboss the basic gray CS.  I love that linen ip. 13 (640x426)So a relatively easy card with maximum impact I think!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop over tomorrow!!

Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber flashback valentine challenge!  Click HERE to head to the site!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic gray, rose red and pink pirouette  Stamps:  PTI KIS valentine.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate.  SSS sketchy banners and sketch heart.  Other:  memento black ink.  Rhinestones.

X's and O's...

Happy Wednesday all!

A quick and easy valentine card for you today!  I received my Simon Says Stamp February card kit the other day and fell in love with all the goodies.  The sad part is that you won’t get to see everything I made with it because I don’t have enough days to post it all! 3 (546x640)I started with a piece of dsp.  This pattern is difficult to see in the photo.  I opted to pair it up with the light brown and black CS.  I used black for the sentiments to coordinate with the black rub on stickers.  I black embossed the sentiment and wished later I had black embossed the X’s and O’s.  I added a bit of bling with the rhinestones because I couldn’t help myself! 4 (640x477)Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow!  And don’t forget the Retro Rubber challenge!  I bet a lot of you have some old valentine cards that could stand a re-do!

Supplies:  SSS February card kit and stamps.  Black embossing powder.  Memento black ink.  Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #7...

It is time for another Retro Rubber Challenge!  Challenge #7 is the Flashback Valentine challenge!  What does that mean?  Simply dig out an old valentine and remake it!  Be sure to share both pictures on your blog but you only need to link up your remake!

I am going outside the box a bit on this challenge.  I couldn’t find an old valentine but I found this birthday card instead.  It had a lot of hearts on it so I decided it would qualify!  I can remember making this card like it was yesterday.  If yesterday was 5 years ago.  It took me about 5 hours to make.  Seriously.  And look at it.  Not my best work! 11 (522x640)

Here is my re-do: 9 (554x640)I kept the colors, the stamp set, and the hearts.  That is it.  But I love my new card!  I used the retired SU! valentine defined stamp set and the P.S. I love you stamp set for the card. 10 (640x558)On my first card I used a darker green but I pulled out the SU! certainly celery ink and used that instead.  I love that color! 

This is a pretty quick and easy card but it is one of my favorites that I made for this valentine season!  Be sure to try your hand at this challenge!  Click HERE to go to the Retro Rubber challenge blog to get the full scoop!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! certainly celery and rose red.  PTI kraft and rustic white.  Ink:  SU! certainly celery.  Memento black.  Stamps:  SU! valentine defined and P.S. I love you.  Other:  SU! heart to heart punch.  SU! wooden elements.  Rhinestones.  Peppermint twine.

Will the groundhog see his shadow?

Happy Groundhog’s Day!  Last weekend we were in the 40’s and the snow was gone.  We woke up to 4 inches of snow on Saturday.  Sunday it was minus 10!  What a difference in one week!

Today is my niece’s 15th birthday!  Happy Birthday Macy!  If I had been thinking I would have posted a birthday card for her today.  Except – I haven’t made the card or bought the gift yet!  Aren’t I the terrible Aunt?!!

For the next couple of weeks I will be posting Valentine’s cards.  Tis the season (for sweetheart candy!).  Is it bad that I define the holidays by my love of the candy related to that season?  Oy!!

Today’s card is all about nontraditional colors.  I rarely use crisp cantaloupe and occasionally use calypso coral so I combined them on this card and am quite pleased with the result. 1 (549x640)I ran the cantaloupe paper thru a PTI guidelines impression plate.  I used the PTI rustic wreath and ran it through some cork to get a bit of a different look.  I used my expressions thinlets and die cut LOVE several times in both colors.  A bit of twine and pearls and that completes the card.  At the last second I decided to add a sticker from my February Simon Says Stamp card kit to the upper right hand corner.  As I said, I was pleased with the end result! 2 (640x373)Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! calypso coral, crisp cantaloupe.  MFT cork.  Dies:  PTI rustic wreath and guidelines impression plate.  SU! expressions thinlets.  Other:  SU! crisp cantaloupe twine and linen thread.  Pearls.  SSS February card kit stickers.