Friday, 7 February 2014

Share The Love

Finally made some Valentines. I was starting to worry that I would not get them done, but then I had a brainwave. It was my turn to make up the card kit for my weekly craft night with Lisa, my next door neighbour. I decided that I would make up 3 kits, for a total of 6 cards between us. All would have a Valentines theme.

These solved my necessary Valentines quota. Now any others I manage to make will be for extended family. Luckily, Lisa was game for that idea, so over I trudged to her place, card kits in hand and we really had fun getting into the Valentines theme! Normally, we do one quick and easy card...the sort you start and finish in 20  minuets...30 minutes tops. After that is done, we just get on with whatever we each brought to work on.

This time, I laid out all the supplies on her dining room table and we just worked on those all night. We had lots of giggles and fun, and we seemed to be full of creativity and inspiration.  Good thing, cuz we both needed to finish up those cards.

Here is my first Valentine made this year. It has snippets of Very Old Stash (VOS), and even has some Never Before Used Stash (NBUS). All the papers are left over from scrapbooking and in a former life, they were 12x12  paper.

Did you notice that I managed to add a bow...and that I even managed to work in a hanging charm. This little beauty was given to me by a pal in England (thank you again, you now who you are). I never seem to know how to work bows and charms onto my cards, but for once it seemed to work! It is hard to part with them though...they are so pretty and I like the look of them housed in the little jars on my embellishment shelf. lol

I had a momentary lapse of  brain cell activity while creating this card. I got so involved in measuring and marking out the straight line to add my glitter paper ribbon to, that I didn't notice I had put it on sideways!!! If I changed the orientation of the card to a vertical fold, then the word paper read sideways. Of course the glitter paper ribbon has an abundance of really sticky glue that could not be coaxed off! So I decided to make it look like a package tied up with ribbon and went ahead and added my new strip the correct way. Whew! Not a perfect solution by any means as I still think it looks silly...but not as silly as sideways words!

I even managed to finish up the inside too. I had already signed it when I realized that I had not taken a photo of the I have had to cover up DH's name. He likes his privacy on the internet.
The top edge of the letter "d" did not stamp evenly. I am contemplating touching it up with a copic fine liner but am so worried I will make it worse. What do you all do when this happens?

Card Base and Envelope - from my stash
Design Paper - snippets of 12x12 Colorbok Bright Ideas pink word background (VOS); and snippets of 12x12 Echo Park Style Essentials Grey Damask
Card Stock - snippets of pink textured card
Ribbon - striped ribbon from my LSS (new); snippet of black glitter ribbon from my stash, manufacturer unknown
Cord - fine silver cord from my stash
Embellishments - Flower from my stash; charm from my friend in England (NBUS)
Image - Wild Rose Studio topper

I am entering this card in the following challenges
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover the front of card base with paper
3. Two Peas In a Bucket - February Mood Board challenge - use Mood Board for inspiration
4. Stamping with the Dragon Challenge - Love is in the air


Christine Harrop said...

Ah Maureen this is lovely. Such a sweet image and the bow and charm work really well. I would be inclined to leave the inside as it is. I have tried to correct mistakes like that and have always ended up making it worse - much worse sometimes! To be honest until you mentioned it I hadn't actually noticed, so probably the recipient won't either. Love and hugs Christine xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Maureen this looks fabulous I love this topper and the bow looks wonderful just how it is! I use the fine liner and hope for the best! Its wonderful that you have a friend to craft with too. Susan xx

Sue said...

Hi Maureen!!! fab cards why don't you enter them in our Stamping Dragon challenge? the theme is 'Love Is In The Air' would love to see you there hugglesssssssssssss Sue xxx

Di said...

Wahoo Mo, this is stunning! LOVE the bow and whoever gave you that sweet charm has good taste :)

About the letter d and touching it up. I don't use Copics but I do use Pro Markers - I think both are alcohol inks and both are likely to 'bleed' a little bit. So perhaps best not to go that route.

I use either Whispers pens or fine liners OR you could revisit the inkpad you used to stamp the sentiment and just pick up a little bit of ink on the end of a cocktail stick. That way you'd get a colour match - have a try on a piece of scrap paper first.

Hugs, Di xx

Sarah said...

What a cute image!! I love the bows and heart charms. I am forever getting blank area from stamp impressions (I fail to balance the blocks correctly!!) and have a letraset fineliner especially for that purpose!! xx

Bonnie said...

How fun that you and your neighbor stamp together! What a pretty Valentine! Love that bow!

SARN said...

Hi Mo . . . well, you may have made a mistake, but I think the finished card looks wonderful.

Love the ribbon/bow treatment.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Carol L said...

This card is absolutely precious! I love that sweet image, and your bow is perfection! I love how you tied the ribbon on one corner to pull everything together beautifully! And congrats on actually using that great charm :)

Mrs A. said...

I think leave as is . If you look at the heart the tails don't join and it kinda follows. I have tried touching up in the past and it shows. hugs Mrs A.

brenda said...

A lovely Valentines card Mo and such a pretty bow arrangement to the side.

B x

scrapn_momof2 said...

Darling card!!! I love the charm...a pretty touch.

I take a fine point marker to my stamped images or sentiments when that happens to me as well and go very light handed. Haven't messed one up yet doing that. :)

Gibmiss said...

Hi Maureen
Fabulous card... Love the layout and the image.... Fabulous....
My type of card....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Redanne said...

I just love the design of your card, the image is so sweet, love your bow and charm too. I would just make a mess if I tried to touch it up, so I would leave it, it does not detract at all from the sentiment. Hugs, Anne xx

Kandy's Krafts said...

What a cute image and I love your use of embellishments. Thank you for sharing at SDD Challenge.

Jules said...

Hi Maureen

How delicious is this?!?!? I love it .. .. especially your ribbon/charm feature. Just perfect!

I wouldn't worry about your inside sentiment. I wouldn't have even noticed if you hadn't said.

It is so easy to spoil creations at the last minute by trying too hard to make everything perfect!! I like quirky differences!

Have a good weekend.

Love Jules xx

Sandy said...

So very sweet - I just love meeces to pieces! Everything about your make is just as pretty as it can be - those balloons look fantastic!
sandy xx

Brenda Brown said...

How pretty is this? And your bow and charms work perfectly adding fabulous dimension. Xx

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Such a pretty card! And I can't tell you how many times I have done that with paper!!!

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous card, such an adorable image and lovely papers - your bow is perfect with the little charm hanging down.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Greta said...

I absolutely love this card! I never can use charms, but you did perfectly & I love the knotted ribbon in the corner!

Kathleen said...

This is totally fabulous, sweet image and the bow and the embellishments are out of this world.

Kath x

Debs Willis said...

What a fabulous card, love the image & the bow & charm really finish it off beautifully!
I try to avoid touching up, as I've messed up more than one Peugeot that way. But if I do, I use a five liner pen as others have mentioned.
Debs x

Rebecca said...

Hi ScrappyMo your card is soo sweet! The 2 little mice are adorable and i love the bow!

Love From Rebecca xx

Carol said...

This is so sweet Maureen, gorgeous design and I love your bow. Carol x

Pia S said...

I've noticed you don't use ribbon very often, but wow do you know how to arrange it beautifully when you do!!! Adorable card!

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
a very pretty card indeed. Love that super image and your fab design.
Wow that paper looks good too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Mo. Love the bow and charm. Glad you percyveered too!

Sassy Raggedy said...

Beautiful Maureen, I love the way you framed the cute image. Just wonderful..Hugz, joann

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

LOVE your gorgeous Valentines Day card! Love your ribbon treatment and charm. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments - they made my day!!

Jocelyn x
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Dawn's Stamping Garden said...

So pretty, Mo! Love the mousies!

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for February with your beautiful card - hope to see you again soon. x