I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You
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I have more Valentines to share, but I’ve been so busy making “thank you” cards that I haven’t finished blogging about February’s Valentine-themed cards. If I had more time, I’d blog about all the cards from 2010-2012 you’ve never seen. I take a picture of every card I make, and only blog about 10% of them because sometimes it takes longer to blog than to make a card. It would be a weird (and wonderful) feeling to be caught up sharing all the cards and projects here on my blog. Someday, right?

This is the Valentine card I made for my awesome husband. It’s amazing how creative and inspired one feels when they’re loved and cherished enough. I’ve definitely made a lot more cards because of his encouragement over the years.
blog-Valentine's Day Card 2013

I started with a sheet of “Sweetheart” paper from DCWV and cut it to size for my 4″ x 6″ card.  I attached it to a folded 4″ x 12″ piece of black textured cardstock that I sanded with an old Revlon nail file.  I think I found these heart gems in the $1 section at Michael’s – I love them because they’re already in the right shape, so all I have to do is life the heart off the backing and it sticks right onto my card.

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I used stickers from the “Yours Truly” collection by Echo Park: the sentiment below and the hearts at the base of the card.  Behind the sticker sentiment that I popped up with double-sided foam tape, I used half of a doily shape I cut from pink paper with my Cricut Artiste cartridge from Close to My Heart and ribbon from CTMH’s Designer Ribbon Red Collection (ON SUPER CLEARANCE RIGHT NOW!!).  Below that, I used a coordinating lacy strip of paper I cut with the same Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I love using the “Fit to Length” button on my Cricut Expression machine to make this the correct width for my cards.  I’ve had a Cricut for 4 or 5 years and only learned what this button 10 months ago!  It would have saved me a lot of wrong guesses and scraps I didn’t use if only I had learned that earlier.

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I used some heart stickers and red adhesive gems for the bottom part of the card.

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 Here’s a final picture of the card.  Thank you for reading my blog!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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