Tuesday, February 12, 2008

You still have a few days before Valentine's Day....

So, as you may know by now....I am a procrastinator. Not normally by choice, but usually because I have multiple speed bumps on my way to the bunker (in the name of small children living in this house). Adorable as they may be....they often lead to me running around at the last minute to get things done. So....here are some remaining valentine cards. I finally got them in the mail from Loveland (big deal if you live or have lived in Colorado) because the DH had a job up there this morning. Lucky break. =) Maybe you haven't mailed or made your valentine's yet (hoping I am not alone) and these will give you some inspiration.

First up is the gift the twins gave to their classmates yesterday for their valentine exchange. They don't have school tomorrow because of Parent Teacher conferences. (for 3-year-olds, really? maybe I will save this for another post.) Needless to say I was whippin' these suckers out (at the count of 10) on Sunday night. Totally missed Brothers and Sisters, but thank God for tivo. Anyway, I hate to give out a bunch of candy because everyone else does and because I really really really don't like paying the dentist a bunch of money to fix holes in my kids teeth which are bound to fall out anyway. (sorry Dr. B!) So, I made up these little matching games and packaged them in the takeout boxes. I love these little boxes, but Stampin' Up! in their infinite wisdom, decided to discontinue all the boxes - but I'm not bitter or anything. =) I am sure if you did a search you could find them elsewhere on the web or find the pattern at least. They have the pattern here and I bet you could whip them out in a jiffy with a Scor-Pal (really really want one). Sorry, most of this is retired, but it was all I had that was the right size. I used Very Punny from Sell-a-bration last year. I stamped the images in stazon and colored them with my SU markers and did a little watercoloring on the fish because the Turquois looked too dark. I then punched them out with my 1 3/8" circle and backed them with the coordinating color punched out with the SU scallop punch. Sounds quick until you multiply by ten. Background/marker colors are as follows: Orchid Oppluence, Green Galore, Close to Cocoa, Pretty In Pink, Tempting Turquois, Summer Sun and Real Red. I typed the note out for the box on the computer and attached it with a red brad using my cropodile. (Mine's pink because I like pink better, but they also come in green.)

I think I was getting burned out on Valentine's by the time I got to the boys' cards....I just couldn't get my brain going. Anyway, this is what I came up with. The love bug is from Olive You (retired) and the background heart is from All Through The Year (current). Stamped on Paper Trey Ink white paper (they're coming out with new colors did you here?) Then I added the plaid strip to the side (unknown) and stamped the bug again in Stazon. I use stazon because it doesn't tend to run if I watercolor or use my markers. I punched him out with my Giga Scallop punch from marvy uchida and then backed him in real red and gable green. I added the googlie eyes....because let's face it....kids love googlie eyes. *chuckle*

This little cuties was simple and fast. I used some of the Heidi Grace paper that I received from my contest winnings (love free stuff) and it is actually raised which you can't really see in the picture. Very cute. I added a piece of wide grosgrain ribbon and then punched a heart out with my smallest heart punch and stamped it with "be mine" from Fancy Flexible Phrases in black. I used my pink stickles to dot the edges. (Note....do this after the whole card is assembled...trust me on that one.) I also added a little blingy heart to the hanging heart which I found at Michael's on clearance in the jewelry department. The base of the card is sahara sand which I stamped with Simply Said in real red and regal rose. I used my galaxy glitter pen in pink to add some dots and texture and my white galaxy pen to outline the heart in the middle with dots.

I used Paper Trey's set Green Thumb to make this card. (I bought this set because of the boot...ridiculous I know...but I have grown to love all of it!) I stamped the strawberries in real red and the tops are glorious green on PTI white cardstock (it's my favorite). The "love you" is from the set SU sold last year for the American Heart Association A Light Heart again in real red. I used the "thank you berry much" stamp from the Green Thumb set and colored only the "berry much" with my marker and stamped it. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. The chipboard "L" is from Joann and I covered it in Glorious Green Craft and embossed it in irridescent ice. The whole thing is mounted on real red. Voile!

My favorite valentine card that I made. For the DH. I used the Wild About You set. The card base is wild wasabi. The heart is created out of two leaf petals from the Blossoms and Basics chipboard set. I sponged them with Purely Pomegranate ink and then glued them together with a glue stick to make a heart. I don't know about you....but I am always looking for new ways to use the massive amounts of chipboard I have accumulated. I again used my small heart punch and punched out a scalloped heart in Pretty In Pink and added Be Mine in Pomegranate. I used my pink stickles around the edge. The rectangle was cut out using my new spellbinders nestablities(insert giddy here) and embossed the same way. Not sure if you can see the embossing but if you click on it you should be able to see it. The ribbon below that is the satin pomegranate from the last mini catalog. I added a little bow in the pink gingham that I adhered with a glue dot. The alligator is from Wild About You. I stamped him in Wasabi and then cut him out. I added a little prima flower to his mouth with a jewel in it and wire for the stem. The head in the corner is partially covering my prima flower with a heart jewel in the middle (again from Michael's). The head is courtesy of my helper. How can you be mad at that? Here's a picture with no head in it. Not as fun huh?

That's all for now. Thanks for reading and happy stamping!

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