Thursday, February 2, 2012

Valentine's Day Projects

I have a some great projects to show you today.  My friend Donna came over on Monday and we spent the day stamping.  I had such a good time - I haven't been able to do that in awhile.  (Too much playing piano and transcribing...)  So I REALLY enjoyed a "day off" to play!
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Here are the three projects that we made.  Details are below.

Donna wanted to learn how to make this Diamond-Fold card, so I came up with this one.  I love the colors, which came from the Twitterpated DSP (Occasions Mini Catalog) that we used.  Here is my card closed:
The main flower is from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and it is punched out with the coordinating Blossom Punch.   It is embossed with white powder on Basic Gray card stock.  Can you guess what we used for the layers in the center of the flower?  The red image is also from the same stamp set - inked with VersaMark, then Riding Hood Red dye ink, and then sprinkled with clear emboss powder and embossed*.  I think I punched it out with the 3/4" Circle Punch.  But then I was trying to come up with something that was the right size to add some layers of cardstock behind that center image.  None of the punches looked quite right, so I started thinking about what else I might have.  And I came up with using the Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die.  It was a perfect fit!
(*This is a great tip if you want to emboss something in a color that you don't have the powder or craft ink pad for.)

And then the card opened:
I also used Regals Collection DSP Stack, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, and Pear Pizzazz card stocks, Red Glimmer Paper, Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Glimmer Brads, Boho Blossoms Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Large Oval Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Sweetest Stem Embosslits Die, and Stamping Sponges.

This one is Donna's.  She did it just a little different.

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Our next two projects were ones that Donna wanted to make that she had found on another blog.  They're from Flowerbug's Inkspot (LeeAnn G).  She has some wonderful creations there!  You should definitely check it out!

This first one is a penguin made from punch art.  We tweaked the card just a little (and I made it a little more generic with the Best Wishes), but it's pretty much the same as the one HERE. I changed it up by adding a couple of embossing folders - the Perfect Polka Dots and the Snow Burst (which was in the Holiday Mini Catalog but you can still order it).  Don't you just love his jaunty hat set on the side of his head?  We thought he was pretty cute!

The other project is this great treat pouch.  LeeAnn was kind enough to post step-by-step instructions on her blog, so if you want to make one of these, you can go to her link HERE and make one of your own.  This is such an elegant-looking project.
Here is a close-up which gives you a better image of the front.  Wouldn't you love to present your Valentine with something special in this adorable holder?  You know they say that the best things come in small packages...Smiley from

I hope you've enjoyed today's projects.  We certainly had a lot of fun making them!  I can't wait until we have a chance to get together again and stamp!
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Until next time...
Jayne Stenstrom


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