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Friday, January 29, 2016

Love is in the Air
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

My parents' got married on Valentine's Day 62 years ago and I always like to send them a handmade card. I saw a wonderful Valentine's Day card idea on Pinterest that I thought would make the perfect anniversary card:

Stampin' Up! bird valentine card:
Original Pin HERE

...and here's my version:

Inside View

I added an embossing folder to the white background, added extra background layers onto an oversized card (5"x7"), used a metallic paper in two shades of gray for the leaves and birds, used gems for the eyes and red glitter paper for the hearts. I hope it makes their anniversary day a little happier when they receive this card in the mail.

I also have several friends with birthdays this month and next, and here's a variation of a card I created thanks to another recent pin:

From this pin below (original pin HERE)...

Ready to make it? Little Moments with You card/ Peek-a-Boo Front Fancy Fold:

to this:

While I had all of my dies, metallic thread, embossing folder and stamp sets out, I made several variations with different double sided papers and metallic threads!

I also wanted to start making some Valentine treats for my co-workers. I found this pin below:

Be Mine Hershey Kisses Window Box by Connie Stewart - Video Tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com:

...and modified it to this:

My son's fiance and I are looking for possible wedding favors and this one is in the running. It qualifies as easy and economical to make!

The easy construction is as follows:

* Take a 5" square of DSP
* Score along one side at 1.5", 3" and 4.5"
* Use a Nestibility and center it along the 3" score line to create the cut out
* Use a bone folder along all score lines 
* Cut a 2.75" by 4" piece of of acetate, fold in half and pinch along the fold along the 4" length
* Adhere the acetate to the inside with glue dots or a dot of Crystal Effects in each corner
* Apply double-sided sticky tape along the 1/2" tab and inside along the 1.5" x 4" length where the 5 kisses will reside.
* Adhere kisses along the sticky tape and adhere the 1/2" x 4" tab to close the triangular box.

To my friends and family reading this post:

Please feel free to send me your
wedding favor pins and ideas ^_^

Friday, January 15, 2016

Bloomin' Hearts
and the Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I just placed an order for SU goodies and the one item I can't wait to use is their Bloomin' Hearts thinlet die....so I've been finding examples of Pinterest projects using it and here are some of my favs:

2016 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek: Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Wedding Card #stampinup www.juliedavison.com:
Original Pin HERE

Bloomin Heart Thinlits!:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Bloomin' Heart Card-iology by Jari:
Original Pin HERE

JanB Handmade Cards Atelier: Bloomin' Heart Wedding Card - SU:
Original Pin HERE

Anniversary or Wedding Card, Stampin Up Love & Laughter:
Original Pin HERE

Bloomin Hearts Thinlits Dies | A Work of Carte:
Original Pin HERE

New Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue Sneak Peek - Bloomin' Love:
Original Pin HERE

Mum Birthday Card:
Original Pin HERE

Bloomin Heart, Bloomin Love, Papillon Potpourri, New 2016, Stampin up, flowers, butterflies:
Original Pin HERE

Sneak Peek Boomin' Heart Thinlits Bloomin' Love 2016 - 5 (1). Valentine Card!  Or any day love.:
Original Pin HERE

Two of My Projects this Week:

A Baby Card

A Birthday Box Card

I like how these cards fold flat to fit into an envelope! If you do a Google search for box card tutorial (click HERE), you will see more examples and loads of tutorials. I made this larger version (that will require a custom-made envelope) with an 8.5" x 11" sheet of DSP:

Along the 8.5" side, score every 2"

Along the 11" side, score at 5.5" then
cut along the 2" score lines up to the 5.5" score line

Trim 3 of the 4 panels to 9"

I added a support square to the outside surface of the back panel at the score line to keep the back panel in the up position.

Friday, January 1, 2016

and the Very Best of 2015 Pins


Statcounter.com lists my most popular 2015 Pinterest pins for this site and I thought you'd enjoy seeing them...so here goes:

Embossing Folder Goodness:
fs222: by MyPrecious - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers:
Original Pin HERE

A Triple Stamped Card:
Love this technique - go watch video.:
Original Pin HERE

Now for a brilliant tutorial to get a full sheet of embossed paper when the folder is too short to catch all of the paper:

Brilliant Tutorial to get a full sheet of embossed paper when the folder is too short to catch all of the paper!:
Original Pin HERE

Here's a simple gift wrapping idea that could be used for Valentine's Day coming up:

Cute package:
Original Pin HERE

...and lastly...check out this frequently pinned idea for your Christmas cards next year:

Alex's Creative Corner: Cardinal Punch Art:
Original Pin HERE

This Christmas, I received the card below from one of my very talented card maker friends using a modification of this SU bird punch cardinal:

Click HERE for a card I made in 2014 using this same cardinal idea along with my favorite 2014 Christmas card ideas.