Sunday, February 28, 2010

My day at Nancy's class....

Oh my goodness, it's Sunday already? It's been a busy morning and I am just getting online now, I haven't even eaten yet....lol........let's get to my cards, this first one I made using all new Hero Arts products - including their wonderful new Hero Hues notecards and chalk inks!! Love them!!! Wow, the ink colors are SOOO soft and juicy, I think I need all of them, seriously, totally in LOVE:

Heartfelt wishes dogwood

I gave this a soft look by using only the poppy ink color, there are so many variations I want to try with this dogwood stamp!! Just not enough hours in the day to play! Sorry about the bad photo, didn't get too much lighting or something on this.

The next 3 cards you see are the ones that I made in Nancy's class when I went to see her at Stamp Fever! For those of you who don't know Nancy, she is a fellow HA/Blogging buddy and teaches classes at this store. It was SOOO nice to finally meet up with her...what a truly DELIGHTFUL day I had....so much stamping fun and, afterwards, we chatted for a long time before I even left the store....I think we talked for an additional 2 hours before I stepped out.

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This one and the next card uses the beautiful Silhouette Bells stamp, and with the added stamping of text background and embossing, and Tim Holtz inks....these were the wonderful effects that turned out.

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The last card utilizes the poppy silhouette paired with watercoloring, some Tim Holtz Inks, and glitter/shimmer mist:

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And here is a fun pic of Nancy and I:

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Will definitely cherish our day together! Thanks Nancy for a great time, you are such a gem! Isn't it fun getting to meet your blogging and crafting friends? I'm so blessed to have met some wonderful folks thus far, hoping to meet many more in the future!


Supplies:

Stamps, papers, notecards, gems, some chalk inks: Hero Arts.
Memories Artprint brown ink.
Fancy Pants stick pin.
Green ribbon.
Metallic gems.
Tim Holtz inks.
White embossing powder.
Shimmer/glitter mist.
Paintbrush.
Additional materials and embellishments provide by Nancy.

Friday, February 26, 2010

It's going to be a sweet day.....

.....I'm just all giddy as I type this because I know that tomorrow, Saturday.....I will finally be able to meet up with this very SWEET LADY! She is a fellow Hero Arts/Blogging buddy and we have been trying to get together for some time now, and I'm just so lucky and thrilled that I have some time to do so this weekend! If you haven't checked out her blog....you really must, she is one talented lady!

I made her a little card here:

For a sweet friend

I will be taking one of her Hero Arts classes filled with a lot of stamping goodness....so can't wait!

For the card above, I used four different stamp sets - so much fun...and that flower comes from my very favorite and I call it my classic 'go-to' flower stamp from this set HERE!

I colored in my butterfly with Tim Holtz inks - Worn Lipstick and Broken China....wanted it to match the color of the patterned paper somewhat!

Hope you all have a wonderful start to your weekend, I'll check back with you all on Sunday! Cheers!


Stamps: Hero Arts.
Prima pearls.
Tim Holtz inks.
K & Company Patterned Papers.
Papertrey Ink cardstock.
White cardstock.
Red ribbon.
Round corner punch.
Stazon Jet Black ink.
Ranger Diamond Stickles.

Staple it!

Hi all! A card to show you today.....do you like using staples on your cards? I do every now and then and the fun part about this is......the ribbon itself doesn't have to look perfectly straight, play with it....let some loose ends slip and slide and staple away:

handmade with love

For the butterflies, I used Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed to shade.....added some gloss towards the very edges of the butterflies for a darker enhanced black.

Used some coordinated pp's and some bling and other assorted embossed papers to finish off the look.

Sorry so brief, I must get going and run some errands, have a terrific day everyone!!!


Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts.
Ranger Black Diamond Stickles.
Papertrey Ink black cardstock.
Making Memories Patterned Paper.
Misc. embossed papers.
Recollections beads.
K & Company diamond button.
Banana satin ribbon.
Stapler.
Tim Holtz distress Inks.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Signs of Spring...and holding hands...

...do those two things go together?? :) This first card below is a mix of fun and whimsical....very soft and dainty colors:

Polka dot spring

I'm loving all of the bright and pastel papers and embellies that are coming out for the Spring, isn't it fun to soak in?! I guess that's why rough and cold winters really make us look forward to this time of the season....and creating cards is so much more exhilarating!

For this next card, I used a photo stamp from the Lizzie Anne Monthly Mix......each monthly mix now has a photo stamp which consists of an actual photo that has been turned into a stamp...pretty neat!

You can view how I got the inspiration to make this card by visiting the LAD Blog!

Being Together

Isn't this image darling! So perfect for Valentine's and just about any occasion for a special friend or sweetheart!


Supplies:
Stamp: Lucky You - Lizzie Anne Designs.
Jenni Bowlin felt butterflies.
Making Memories - Flutter and Flower Patch - Buttons, brads, and chipboard die-cut.
Patterned Papers - October Afternoon and Karen Neuberger.
Scallop shears.
Marvy circle and scallop punch.
Double sided adhesive.
Bubblegum pink ribbon.
Cream cardstock.
White cardstock.
Pink cardstock.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Four words......

.........Making Memories..........I LOVE:

Signs of Spring

I think I could spend all day if I had the time and just sift through all of their new papers and embellies! Fun!

I'm drooling over these canvas flowers and the rose shaped brads!

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Enjoy!

Join me tomorrow over at the Lizzie Anne Blog as I will be showing you a photo color inspired card!


Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink.
Martha Stewart edge punch.
Making Memories - patterned papers, rose brad, glitter round brad, felt leaves, canvas flowers and leaves, die-cut chipboard.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love grows right at home!

Hi all! How is your day going so far....mine is calm now and quiet.....I was able to sneak in this card for my afternoon...I used 5 sweet little images to create this scene:

Sweet Home

I love the little clouds, popped them up a bit for dimension, and played around with the other images and colored them in as well......finished off the look with a tiny bit of a flower stamp at the left hand corner there.

Have a good one!


Supplies:

Stamps: Lucky You - Lizzie Anne Designs.
Papers: Martha Stewart solids.
Assorted markers.
Double sided adhesive.
White cardstock.

Flowers for you....

Here are two cards I made last night, this first card uses some yummy Making Memories papers and embellies you can find HERE called Flutter! I also used a fun floral stamp and sentiment from Lizzie Anne's new monthly mix:

Spring Flower

This second card utilizes all Making Memories products:

MM Spring Quote

Hope you enjoy! I've been dealing with an ill little boy for the past 36 hours and I'm also not feeling well....he has a pretty bad ear infection, inflammation of the throat, and a fever....it hasn't been fun....this is the first ear infection he's ever had, so I'm experiencing it for the first time too. The meds are helping so I'm thankful for that.


Supplies: Lucky You by Lizzie Anne Designs.
Martha Stewart ribbon.
Making Memories - die-cut shapes, glitter dies, patterned papers, chipboards and stickers.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Cream cardstock.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Easter cuteness...

I am back one more time today with another card from the set entitled Lucky You....don't you just love anything that references those two words together?!! ;)

Easter Wishes

This bunny - I just couldn't stay away from and I think I need to ink her up in many more colors....maybe do a whole row of her together, that would be fun! Or you could stamp her many times in a unique pattern and make your own background 'bunny' paper! I added a tiny little cottonball to her tail too!

Do you know when Easter is this year? I have no clue, haven't quite looked that far into my calendar but I'm sure it is just right around the corner...remember that one year when Easter was one month early?! Easter is definitely one of my favorite holidays....another heavily celebrated occasion with lots of sweets and flowers! Can't wait!

Enjoy the card and I will catch you all back on Monday!


Supplies:

Stamps: Lucky You - Lizzie Anne Designs.
Misc. embossed papers.
Making Memories buttons, butterfly and felt flower.
Prima pearls.
Round corner punch.
Martha Stewart Lattice punch.
Light blue patterned paper - October Afternoon.

Buzzin' By

Hey all! Happy Saturday morning! I'm playing here with Lizzie Anne's March Monthly Mix called Lucky You!

Buzzin' by

I LOVE this cute tree with the beehive on one of the branches.....and then all the little bees swirling all around it.....TOTAL cuteness.....isn't it darling! Go check out all the other images from this set, you'll love it!


I can't wait to ink up some more spring time fun! Enjoy and I hope your day is off to a good start!


Supplies:

Stamps: Lucky You - Lizzie Anne Designs.
Spellbinders Nestabilities.
Paper Source.
October Afternoon patterned papers.
White cardstock.
Misc. pink cardstock.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Out on the farm???

I've had this cute house stamp from Hero Arts for awhile now, but haven't inked it up yet...it's called A Simple House.

Moooo....

And since I had this irresistible set of papers from OA with a farm scenery....well....you can just guess what went through my head!!

I also used stamps from this set called Mi Casa...way cute! I added just a few tiny flowers, a small gem on the door - and done....I have my little country charm.

Hope you enjoy it, and hope it made you smile and giggle, I had fun making it! ;)


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: October Afternoon - Report Card and Farm Fresh.

Red crystal gem.

Paper Source Scalloped paper.

White cardstock.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Botanical

The papers I used on this card really remind me of a gorgeous botanical garden that I visited years and years ago....it was situated on the landscapes surrounding a museum in L.A.

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The gardens at this museum called Huntington Library were so luscious, just full of blooming flowers everywhere you walked, totally amazing! But I wish I were able to truly appreciate its beauty, now that I look back....I was sooo young, simply there to do a Fine Arts report for one of my classes.....I'm sure now if I were to re-visit, I would really admire it so much more! If you're ever in the L.A. area, go take a visit, you'll love it! Anyway, so these floral papers just really bring out that nature experience for me....

This Amy Butler paper is actually a 12 x 12 piece die cut and I simply cut out to fit onto the card, I left some of the leaves dangling off a little...

Two butterfly beaded blings, a ribbon, and a Hero Arts sentiment from a set called Huge Hugs finishes off the look!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papertrey Ink cardstock.

Cream cardstock.

Patterned paper: K & Company - Amy Butler.

Recollections gems.

Green ribbon.

Oh, Peek-A-Boo....I see you!!

Hi all! Today is Lizzie Anne's DT Challenge! Our challenge today is based on this sketch below:

It's up to the Design Team to make a sketch with some sort of a peek-a-boo window or surprise! Here is my take on the sketch....I wanted a very summery and colorful feel:

Peek-A-Boo Full Card

The big, red flower is from one of my all time favorite floral sets called Garden Inspirations! The sentiment I used is also from the very same set and is hidden underneath the flower:

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To make the flower open up from the window, I, first, stamped the image twice....colored in and trimmed.....punch a hole on a piece of pp and place over a white cs where you want the sentiment to lie!

SAVE the circle part of the punched hole for later, you will need it to place the flower on top and then to cover up the sentiment 'hole' once you are finished.

You will need one small brad to make the SWIVEL portion of the flower....the flexible brad makes the flower turn any way you want. The reason for the bottom layer of the flower is so that it hides the brad....you can see the brad here in this photo:

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And that's all there is to this fun card! Be sure to mention on the inside of the card that it's interactive and the recipient needs to twist the flower! ;)

Thanks for looking and enjoy! Now hop on over to the rest of the team to see what they came up with, you may see a list of their names HERE!

Have a great day!


Stamps: Garden Inspirations - Lizzie Anne Designs.

White cardstock.

Patterned Paper: Farm Fresh by October Afternoon.

Making Memories Brad and buttons.

Marvy hole punch.

Lemon satin ribbon.

Double-sided adhesive foam.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Black and Yellow....

.....I love to use these two colors together when I'm in the mood for it!! How is your President's Day holiday coming along? I've been super busy juggling my regular Monday routine today, plus having the little one at home too....after all the busy chores were out of the way, we both sat down and crafted together.

Black and Yellow

Does black and yellow remind you of anything? I love to see an elegant, black, A-line dress with a small yellow rose as an accent. Like a pin or boutonniere? Can you imagine that? I think that would be pretty.....

I can't get enough of this Engraved Flower from Hero Arts! I keep using it over and over.....once again, I simply stamped it with Black ink and left it as is.....

The sentiment is from an older set called Great Flourishes Messages.

Have a great day!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Patterned papers: October Afternoon - Hometown.

Round corner punch.

Prima.

Papertrey Ink black cardstock.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Something old.......something new.....

.......something borrowed.....and a sweet birdy blue:

grow old with me valentine heart

Ok, so I was just sooo inspired this morning seeing so many Valentine's cards all over the blogging world, that I just had to 'forsake' leaving the house and soaking up some sun....and instead stayed in and crafted! Hehe...........

The 'something old' on this card is the Lizzie Anne set called So Much Love! I used it earlier in my first post today....and the 'something new' is the sweet pink hearts digital papers called A Little Love.

I always love combining older sets with new papers and stamps, don't you?

Enjoy!


Stamps: So Much Love - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Digital Papers: A Little Love - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Martha Stewart solid paper.

Assorted markers.

Double sided adhesive.

So much love....

Today...I played with and layered some fun fabric flowers for my Valentine's card:

be my valentine fabric flower

I love something just as simple as this card, making your own flower and I hand cut the stem and leaf as well.

The sentiment and tiny heart stamps is from Lizzie Anne's Valentine set called So Much Love! Another one of LAD's Valentine's collection that I really love!! I will use it for many years to come! There are a lot of cute images in this set...go take a look!!

Enjoy and hope you have a sweet Valentine's today!


Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs - So Much Love.

Martha Stewart papers used for the leaf and stem.

Misc. embossed papers and cardstock.

Round corner punch.

K & Company Fabric Flowers - Handmade collection.

Friday, February 12, 2010

For the Bride and Groom....

Hi all! How is everyone doing? I've been having so much fun making Valentine's cards, and wedding cards....you can just really feel the spirit of romance surrounding you when it comes to this special time of the year! In light of this, I thought I would make another Wedding Card for the Caardvark's challenge:

Mr. and Mrs.

My main colors are chocolate and deep purple, with a very tiny hint of tangerine, and green! I used my favorite wedding sentiment from Hero Arts called Best Wishes.

Hope your day is great! I enjoyed some time outside today, we are having some unbelievably beautiful weather in Southern Calif.! It is almost like SUMMER today! I can't believe it, one minute, we were drenched in heavy rain and storms, and today.....and the rest of the week, we will be smothered by sunshine.....love it!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Cardstock: Light cream and Mocha.

Patterned Papers: K & Company - Tim Coffey and Handmade.

Orange and Rootbeer colored Rhinestones: Recollections.

Prima Flower.

Deep, purple ribbon.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fleur Bleue....

There is lots of fun stuff going on at Hero Arts this whole month!! Have you been able to check out the monthly challenges that has been going on?! This month's challenge is Flowers and St. Patrick's!

And there have been fun showcases of BOLD looking flowers and ROMANTIC looking flowers! Such eye candy! I haven't made a St. Patty's day card yet, but I thought I would do a 'romantic' floral card:

love is sweet

My focus colors are black, light tan, and 2 shades of blue....love this mix of colors....it's very serene to me!

I used the Engraved Flower Cling stamp and just simply inked it with this deep navy blue ink onto cream cardstock....I liked it just the way it was on the cs and really didn't want to add anything else!

Enjoy!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: K & Company/Amy Butler and October Afternoon - Hometown.

Martha Stewart Edge punch.

Prima Pearls.

Misc. light tan cardstock and embossed papers.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Super CAS.....

Today's card features some bright and bold flowers and it varies just a tad from yesterday's card, except there I go using the red ribbon again....I must be hooked on that ribbon for some reason:

Be Happy Flowers

It is clean and simple and I LOVE multiple stamping of images, I simply took the small flower image and stamped a clean line straight across the paper.....the bee and sentiment is added and everything is colored in!

Hope it puts a smile on your face and makes you happy!!



Stamps: Hero Arts - Be Happy.

Papers: Reflections and Making Memories.

Round corner punch.

Red Ribbon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tweet...tweet

Nothing like the little, itty bitty cards for a fun Valentines! This card measures only 4" x 4" and is perfectly easy:

Tweety Love

I made this for someone who truly loves the very little things in life....she is sooo 'uncomplicated' and enjoys the small stuff that makes you happy....isn't that great?!! Love it!

This bird die cut only comes one per pack, so it would be hard to mass produce this exact card - I would've had to have more packs....guess I could have just bought the stamp! Oh well! It would have been cute to make a lot of these at once!

Enjoy!



Patterned Papers: Night Light, Cotton Candy, Cherry Hill, and Farm Fresh - by October Afternoon.

Reflections cardstock.

Hero Arts Stamp - CL360.

Red ribbon.

Double sided adhesive.

Monday, February 8, 2010

In the mood for.....

......some chocolate and pink bubblegum, mixed in with some peppermint, so I came up with this little card:

Light of my life

I really love THIS paper and especially THIS one too! So I thought I would combine the two to see how this card would turn out....think it would be a great Valentine's for a man to give to a woman!

I wonder if my husband would think I'm a little nutty if I gave it to him and asked him to give it to me this Sunday.....lol! I'm sure the answer is without hesitation, a 'YES'!!

I'm hoping to make some more fun loving and mushy Valentine's cards before the week is done! Enjoy!


Materials used:

Papers: October Afternoon Daydream - Rainboots.

Amy Butler Lotus Tea Box.

Prima.

Cream Cardstock.

Heart Stick pin (unknown).

Bubblegum ribbon.

Martha Stewart heart edge punch.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Caardvark's CARDS challenge....

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! Have you heard about the fun and really exciting news over at Caardvark's? Scrapbook Trends CARDS Magazine is the sponsor and has a very special treat for the winner of this challenge...the challenge is to make your very best WEDDING card.....you may hop on over HERE to read the details.....

Here is my card for the challenge:

happily ever after

It's a super opportunity for everyone involved and I encourage you to give it a try! I've used some of my very favorite stamps, papers, and embellishments from a variety of different vendors.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Best Wishes and the Flourish Stamp is from Papertrey Ink.


Hope you will join in on the fun! Have a great day!


Materials used:

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Ocean Tides and Dark Chocolate.

Patterned Paper: K & Company/Amy Butler's Lotus Faded China Word Stripe Embossed.

Butterfly Die-Cuts: Making Memories Flower Patch.

Inks: Memories Ink Brown and Dark Teal.

Stamps: Hero Arts (CL360) and Papertrey Ink - Fancy Flourishes.

Scallop Shears.

Prima, white and blue polka dotted floral.

Large, light turquoise ribbon.

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's really quiet here....

.....sooo quiet on a Friday evening, the calmness is almost eery.....and yet, it's pouring rain outside...pouring mad.......both of my boys are asleep and I'm enjoying some peace and reflection right now....and as I reflect......I thought I'd pull out a photo of this little guy:

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And I'm thinking to myself......it has been terribly long since he has graced the front of a scrapbook page! His presence on a scrapbook layout has been missing for a while....and I wonder what happened. I started out as a scrapbooker way before I started making cards.....to do both has really taught me so much!

I miss it....I miss taking lots of pictures of him and getting them laid out into a story! Or maybe I have many photos of him, but none that I've really liked? I don't know...........but I do know, I miss and yearn to scrap again.....and to see how much he has grown.....into such an intelligent and handsome man.......

I have made this a new goal for this year, hopefully, I can turn that goal into a reality again! ;)

Thanks for listening to my thoughts!! Maybe soon....or maybe in a few months, you will see a LO from me...this I will certainly strive for!

Love Quotation

A delicate and simple card for my Friday.....I'm using more of these thoughtful sentiments from Lizzie Anne's Card Quotations:

Love Quote

It seems like forever since I've used my Labels One Nestabilities.....so I used it for my card base with some more October Afternoon papers....are you getting tired of looking at OA yet? I still have a few more sets to go through....you poor things....I will try not to bore you too much with it, but they are the cutest papers! I can't get enough of them! I have some pretty BG, Making Memories, and K & Company papers to play with too down the road....

Anyway, the two paper and diecut collections I used are Farm Fresh and Cherry Hill!

Hope your Friday is the best!


Papers and diecuts: October Afternoon.

Labels One Nestabilities.

Swiss Dots embossed paper.

Round corner punch.

Lemon satin ribbon.

Crystal light blue gems.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dandelion Frame

So I'm back with my 2nd card for the day.....I figured why not since I'm whipping out my 3rd load of laundry right now and thought I might as well be productive in-between...lol....multi-tasking...gotta love it..

Dandelion wishes

I embossed the dandelion frame in white embossing powder and used some yummy Tim Holtz inks.

Used my favorite butterfly from the Antique Engravings set and added my remaining embellies to include the sentiment, some gems and pearls....a journaling note, some glitter, and a transparency covering the sentiment....doesn't really show in the photo, but it sits just above the sentiment.

Enjoy!!

Have a beautiful day!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: October Afternoon - Night Light.

Tim Holtz distress ink.

Hero Arts White embossing powder.

Ranger Diamond Stickles.

Prima Pearls.

Basic Grey transparencies and journaling tag.

Lotsa Polka....

I wanted to make an unconventional looking baby card with lots of fresh and funky colors, so I chose some fun mix of papers and embellies to create this:

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I used 3 different collections from October Afternoon: Report Card, Hometown, and Ducks in a Row.

I like these colors because they are great when you don't know the gender of the baby yet, so it's perfect for both girl or boy. And it's colorful to me, so I think the parents will like it too?

I have one more baby card to make too!

Thanks for stopping by, can't believe it is Thursday already, wow!! No school for the little one tomorrow!! It's a non-student day again....he'll be happy to sleep in that morning! ;)


Materials used:

Papers/diecuts: October Afternoon - Hometown, Report Card, and Ducks in a Row.

Buttons: Making Memories.

Martha Stewart Baker's Twine.

Paper Source.

Prima pearl.

Scallop Scissors.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Savor

I finally got to ink up this beautiful Silhouette Grass stamp from Hero Arts:

Savor

I was pleasantly surprised at how big and long the stamp was....I really like it! Embossed in black powder and I love these Amy Butler papers from K & Company.

I also used some Basic Grey papers called Sugar Rush...isn't that a sweet name???

Thanks for looking!


Stamps:
Hero Arts.

Papers: Sugar Rush by Basic Grey. K & Company - Amy Butler.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

Martha Stewart Black embossing ink.

Green ribbon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tropical

This card infuses so many of my favorite colors....some in which I will make up here, let's see....how about eggplant, rustic charm, lavender spice, sweet tangerine, and old papaya?

Tropical

I cut the little leaf stem by hand......and the rest of the card is pretty much just lots of layering and positioning.

I used some older Hero Arts stamps: Essential Messages and Butterflies (3 images)!

Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by on this Tuesday!!


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Prima Flowers.

Bright, orange ribbon.

White cardstock.

CB Embossed Papers.

Round Corner Punch.

Ranger Diamond Stickles.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Red Heart Challenge

This card I made for the Red Heart Challenge that is currently going on over at Caardvark's!

hugs and kisses red heart

Keeping this very simple, I made solely one heart that was red, and the remainder of the card, I chose to work with fun, lighter pastels!

The Hero Arts sentiment is from a set called Valentine Sayings! Love this set and will be using it a lot more for Valentine's cards!

I had that tiny heart edged punch from Martha Stewart for about 1 1/2 years now.....and had never opened the packaging!!! What took me so long? Sooo glad I stumbled upon it and used it here! ;)



Have a good one all!





Papers: Making Memories, Kraft, and October Afternoon.


Buttons: Making Memories.


Round corner punch.


Stamps: Hero Arts.


Martha Stewart Heart border punch.


Marvy heart punches.

Cuttlebug papers compliments of Ivy.