Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!  Here are two cards featuring two of the dies from the new Memory Box 2014 release, Queen of Hearts and Sweet Heart, as well as the Love Script which is from the 2012 Memory Box release.


Both cards were super quick and easy to construct.  For both cards, I snipped off the bottom part of the flourish from the Queen of Hearts die in order to leave plenty of room for the sentiment.  

For the first card, I die cut the Sweet Heart from pink patterned paper, and since it is just a tiny bit larger than the heart that is cut from the Queen of Hearts die, it is easy to adhere it behind the heart opening.  On the above card, I used a glue pen to apply glue all around the flourish and sprinkled it with glitter, and then covered the "Love" word with Wink of Stella clear glitter brush before adhering it to the card.  I tied a key charm with some cream twine and used a glue dot to attach it as shown.  Before I glued the top panel to the card, I added a strip of red card stock just for fun.  

On the card below, I die cut the Sweet Heart and the "Love" word from double sided sticky paper.  I removed the liner from the Sweet Heart and adhered it behind the opening.  I then removed the top lining and sprinkled red Glitter Ritz on the heart. For the "Love" word, I removed the lining behind the word and attached it to the card, then removed the top lining and glittered the word with the same red Glitter Ritz.  I finished it off by adding a silver heart charm to the opening at the bottom of the Queen of Hearts die cut as shown. 

I think each card could also be done as a wedding card or an anniversary card ... lots of possibilities!  If you're like me, I'm usually making a card as I'm racing out the door for the party, so quick and easy is good!  Thanks again for stopping by!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy Caterpillar!

Here is a card from the new Poppystamps release featuring the Cute Caterpillar and Beverly Vine dies, and the wonderful Memory Box Flourish stencil for the background.  I also posted this card on the Poppystamps blog, which you can visit by clicking on the Poppystamps badge on the right.  By the way, all of the new Poppystamps and Memory Box dies and stencils (and so much more!) can be found at Ultimate Hobbies in Orange.  Trust me, you'll be glad you dropped in!

I first lightly sponged pink distress ink through the stencil onto cream colored cardstock for a soft background. I trimmed the sides and adhered this to a green card base.  I cut the Beverly Vine from green, cream and pink cardstock.  I added some depth to the pink and cream flowers using a pink watercolor pencil, then used a wet brush to blend the color out.  I snipped off the pink and white flowers and glued them over the corresponding flowers on the green die cut, sprinkling each of them with a little glitter and then adhered the entire vine to the stenciled background.  I die cut caterpillars from black and tan cardstock, snipped off the legs and the feelers from the tan caterpillar parts, and lightly distressed one side of each of the pieces for dimension.  I drew a little face on the head, added a little pink for the cheeks, and glued all the pieces to the black caterpillar.  I then positioned the caterpillar to happily crawl along the stem, finishing the card with a “thanks” rub-on word.   

I have to admit this card was a bit labor intensive, but I just had to go the extra mile, and I was happy with the end result! Hope you are too!  Thanks for stopping by!