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February 1st, 2011

feminine valentine day card I made several of these feminine Valentines Day cards, using a number of left over embellishments from the Sweet 16 Scrapbook I made earlier this year.

The card is made with two shades of pink card stock and pink scrapbook paper with a lined design. I have used a die cut from the Sizzilts 3-Die Set: Medium Decorative Labels #4 set, and cut on the Sizzix Big Shot.

The stamped sentiment is stamped with black ink and heat embossed.

As I mentioned earlier, the pink flowers, pink center embellishment and the glittery rose colored chipboard swirls are leftover from my Sweet 16 Scrapbook

February 2nd, 2010
pink popup ball decoration for Valentines day
pink popup ball decoration for Valentines day

Valentines Day is approaching so I decided to see what a Popup Valentine Ball would be like.

I made these pop-up ball using the Sizzix BIGZ Dies 3D Ball PopUp.

Its cut on the Sizzix 655268 Big Shot Cutting-and-Embossing Roller-Style Machine.

Additionally, you need a Sizzix extended cutting pad to handle the length of the Bigz die.

I made a similar popup ball ornament at Christmas. The video demo is here: Popup Photo Cube Using the Biggz Die.

I decorated this with ruffled lace at the top and bottom. I found it quite challenging to work with the lace as it seemed difficult to get the top and bottom parts of the ball to fit together properly and to “stay stuck”.

Other embellishments are circles punched from a paper doily, a pujchy art flower, and small flowers created with heart shaped punches. I gave the heart shaped flowers a rhinestone center.

I hung the popup Valentine ball ornament with a pink ribbon.

January 28th, 2010

valentine card with stamped lilac This hand made Valentine card uses Valentine themed scrapbook paper and a paper doily of the kind that you buy in packages at the Dollar Stores.

The stamped image is a lilac by All Night Media.

I stamped it with black pigment ink then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. (The Ek Success EKHG01 Coloriser Heat Tool is getting top rankings. Apparently it has two heat settings. That would sure make it handy for embossing on vellum).

I colored the lilac with Twinkling H2Os.

The image is blocked on red metallic paper.
I added a small gold heart sticker and glued in place a short length of pears.

I have made a few other cards using this design but converted them to a birthday theme.

January 27th, 2010

I Love You Valentine card This hand made I Love You Valentine card is created with a lot of help from the Cricut 29-0001 Personal Electronic Cutting Machine.

I cut the I Heart You shape with the Cricut Font Cartridge, Mini Monogram.

The background is scrapbook paper, but I customized the solid pink paper by stamping with a Hero Arts stamp using a darker shade of pink for the ink.

The inner border is cut with a border punch.

The two hearts at the bottom are cut with the Provo Craft Cricut as well, and the string of pearls is something I found in my stash.

I think this hand made I Love You Valentine is going to go to my granddaughter.

February 11th, 2009
hand made valentine with bleached design
hand made valentine with bleached design

I made these romantic bleached Valentines a few years ago. I was experimenting with the technique of bleaching stamped images.

The rubber stamp I used came from Outlines Rubber Stamp Company.  I’m a huge fan of Outlines stamps and projects. They’re a little similar to Holly Berry House but not quite the same.  Their instructions for making this bleached Valentine are at this link.

I’ve never been a big fan of bleaching but sometimes you like to mess around with something different.

Bleach removes color from paper.  You paint it on with a (cheap) paint brush or water brush that you have filled with bleach.  The amount of bleach you apply determines the degree or fading. In these Valentines, the bleach is used to remove spot colors from the heart and face and from the large flowers.

To use the bleaching technique, it is crucial to use a paper that responds well with bleach. Otherwise, you will get a nasty mess. The only way to know if your paper will work is to test in advance — or buy the paper that Outlines sells specifically for that purpose. Test the stamping ink as well to ensure it doesn’t run when you add the liquid bleach. Outlines recommends Colorbox, which is a pigment ink.

You can also stamp using bleach instead of ink.  Provided your paper is the right kind, you will get a whitish stamped image. The bleach tends to dry your rubber, so that will be a consideration.

I like the faded look that the bleach gives to this Valentine. I think you could probably get a similar look using decorator chalks but I have not tried with this particular design.

How about you?  Do you stamp or color with bleach?  Drop a comment and let me know your thoughts.

February 10th, 2009
gift card holders with Valentine theme
gift card  holders with Valentine theme

These gift card holders, two with a Valentine theme, were inspired by a make and take at Scrap Arts, a scrapbook store in North Vancouver.

They are easy and fast to make, and are a great way to personalize a gift card — whether for Valentine’s Day or any other day.  The gift card goes in the opening in the front, and the holders open up so you can write your personal message inside.

They’re simply rectangular envelopes cut and folded, then covered with colorful scrapbook paper. A one-inch punch works well to make the semi-circle at the top of the envelope, and of course you can decorate them any way you want.

Here is a video tutorial demonstrating how to make these gift card holders.

February 10th, 2009

hand made acrylic valentine card This hand made acrylic valentine card features the currently popular transparent acrylic look.

The back is partially covered with a rectangle of two-sided scrapbook paper from K & Company’s Die Cut Mat Pad.

The front border features two bands of torn Bazzill card stock. The darker rose color is glued to the back, the lighter pink to the front.

The die cut “I (Heart) You” is cut with the Cricut Machine
machine using the Cricut Mini Monograms Font Cartridge . I’ve glued a small button to the dot on the ‘I” and I’ve added some glitter using a clear glitter glue.

The stamping uses Hero Art’s “Happy Valentine’s Day Stamp” and the brackets are from the Hot Off the Press Thinga-ma-jigs collection. I’ve stamped with black Stazon ink, since Stazon, as far as I know, is the only ink that will dry on the acrylic. Stazon is a solvent ink, so I don’t recommend using it unless necessary.

This hand made acrylic valentine goes together fairly quickly. Obviously, you could use any suitable die cut instead of the I HEART You shape, or you could use a similar design for a card for any occasion.

February 2nd, 2009

valentine card made from coffee sleeve This Coffee Sleeve Valentine Card was a project for a kid’s craft workshop that I did on Saturday.  For that reason, its designed and decorated very simply, but obviously you could make it as sophisticated as you wanted.

I like this Valentine craft project because it uses recycled sleeves from Starbucks and other coffee houses. I’m a fan of anything recycled.

I suppose you could also call it altered art if you wanted to make it more elaborate. I wouldn’t go so far as to call this example “art.”  LOL

The “I Love You” embellishment on the front was cut from the Cricut Machine using the ; Mini Monograms cartridge.  The hearts inside the card are cut with the Cricut Cartridge: George and Basic Shapes

Here is the video tutorial for this hand made Valentine:

The great thing about scrapboooking is that it can lead you into so many other paper crafts as well — including experimenting with ideas and items that you find in your home or in your daily activities.

January 31st, 2009

Jeffrey Ruddell from Craft Stylish has this amazing post showing how he makes Valentine boxes from an onion. Most accurately, he makes onion ‘pages” and uses them to line and cover a box made from card stock.

Hard to believe, but these things are truly beautiful. He uses the yellow and red outer skins of red and yellow onions, crushes it and attaches it to paper. The color tones and over all effect is quite wonderful.

I don’t know about the odor. It seems to me onion skins would smell — but of course, perhaps the odor is part of the charm. Jeffrey is doing this tongue-in-cheek to speak about a holiday he doesn’t especially enjoy.

I think they are too pretty to throw out. I think if I ever did this, I would look for a way to cold laminate the onion skin paper so I could keep it indefinitely and perhaps use it as an embellishment for a scrapbook.  I usually turn to clear shelf liner when I want to cold laminate an organic item such as dried flowers, leaves, and — I suppose — onion skins.

What do you think?  Would you try making onion skin Valentines?

January 26th, 2009

valentine with eased sentiment Scrap Arts, a local  scrapbook store in North Vancouver had a make and take on Friday evening.  This  Valentine card to the left was one of the items we made.

It’s a simple enough card to make, but the way the sentiment is created is somewhat unusual.

The designer spelled
Happy Valentine’s Day on the computer then printed it onto Avery file folder labels.  The printing is at the top of the label; an expanse of white is left underneath.

Using scissors, we snipped down inside each alphabet, snipping down to the bottom of each alphabet but leaving a band of paper intact underneath. We trimmed away the excess paper from the lower case letters, but left the upper case letters as they were.

We glued the sentiment onto the curve of the brown card stock, using a technique similar to the sewing technique known as “easing.”  We made tiny creases at the back where necessary so the paper would curve.

As you can see, it curves quite nicely.  I have never seen this technique used before. I think it is rather attractive and will probably try it again with other cards.

The little heart shapes are cut with a punch and applied using a combination of ordinary glue and 3-D tape to gives some of the hearts dimension.