Love and Hugs Valentine Card

Love and Hugs Valentine Card
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Recently, a friend sent me a private message asking if he could commission me to create a Valentine for someone.  One we’d agreed upon a price, I sent him a list of all the Valentine-esque sentiments I had in my collection of stamps.  He chose “Love and Hugs” from the Close to My Heart “Words of Comfort Occasions C1524” acrylic stamp set.

:Love and Hugs" Valentine card using products from Close to My Heart, EK Success, American Crafts, and more

I had some leftover XOXO paper I used for this card, and that helped the card come together. I used a frame stamp from the CTMH”True Friends D1406″ [retired] acrylic stamp set and then stamped the sentiment inside. I used my awesome, super sharp microtip non-stick scissors to fussy cut around the shape. They’re so sharp, it made this chore much easier than I expected.

My mother-in-law gave me some colorful ribbon from American Crafts last year, and I used some of the sweet heart ribbon for this card, and then attached a shiny, sticky dot to the center. I found the rainbow collection of shiny dots in the $1 section a few years ago at the JoAnn craft store.

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Using the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (who comes up with these names?!), I rounded the edges of the card and then used one of my favorite paper punches from EK Success to create a lacy white strip of paper.  I think I got it from Stampin’ Up! in 2009 or 2010 but it never gets old to me!  I added some sticky rhinestones to the bottom of the card because it was too blank there.  I also used a sponge dauber to rub some Cotton Candy ink onto the edges of the card.

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I also used three little heart brads because something was lacking on the top right of this card.blog-XOXO Hearts

My friend needed this card by last Wednesday, so I hope the postal service got it to his State in time!  It was fun creating a commissioned card and I was flattered to be asked.  Thanks 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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    • Thanks, Dawn! When I text him the picture, he immediately sent me several “!!!!!!” and that made me feel good. He loved it. 🙂

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