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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.
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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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Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!

Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!
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I’m doing something new – I’ve joined a “Blog Hop!”  No, it’s not a sock hop and no poodle skirt is required.  This post is part of a chain of blog posts written by creative members of our Playing With Paper creative team.

With that, I’d like to welcome you to the “My Favorite {CTMH} Things” Blog Hop!

Today our Playing With Paper team is sharing artwork featuring some of our favorite products from Close to My Heart. If you have come here from Rachel’s blog, then you are on the right path.

For this blog post, I have created a special “V-OWL-entine’s” card for you.  I just love owls, and I’m happy that is has become easier to access adorable owl artwork and craft supplies over the last five years as they’ve become more popular.  The two CTMH products that inspired me for this Valentine are the Limited Edition “Whooo’s Your Valentine Constant Campaign” stamp set and decorative My Reflections “Chantilly” paper, which will be available for purchase from the new catalog starting February 1st!

Happy V-OWL-entine's Day!

Happy V-OWL-entine’s Day!

I’ve been looking at Cricut Magazine and Cards Magazine a lot, and this card was inspired by the design on the cover of the February 2013 Cards Magazine.

Here’s a tip: When using My Acrylix stamps, drop the stamp face down on your craft mat and stick the My Acrylix block onto it to grab it.  Now your stamp will be relaxed, straight and not wavy like the sentiment in my card above.  Another tip would be not to make cards when you have the flu, but I digress! 😉

If you already have the Limited Edition CTMH Whooo’s Your Valentine kit, you have the most important parts for this card because all of the stamps I used were from the stamp set in that kit.  If not, you have until January 31st, 2013 (or while supplies last) to order your $40 kit for just $10!  Visit my blog post “Whooo’s Your Valentine” to learn how.

This is how to make the card: Start with a sheet of 12″ x 12″ White Daisy CTMH cardstock and cut yourself a 5.5″ x 11″ chunk, then fold it in half to make a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base. I used the Rule of Thirds in this card, so you’ll want to cut a piece of Chantilly paper to 3.75″ across by 3.25″ and a piece of Cotton Candy cardstock to 3.75″ x almost 2″. Stamp three little hearts on the left side of the pink cardstock and stamp the Valentine’s Day sentiment next to it, using your Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks stamp pad. Then, tape the two pieces of paper together on the back, overlapping the papers slightly and nip the four corners with a 1/4″ Corner Chomper or something similar. After that, use a sanding block to distress the edges of the pink cardstock and reveal its white inner core.

The next step is to cut the lacy decorative element from White Daisy cardstock with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge. I selected “Fit to Length” and dialed 4.5″ on my Cricut and then cut off the extra piece I didn’t need. Carefully adhere the decorative cardstock and the Cranberry grosgrain ribbon to the card where you see the seam of the two papers meet. Now, it’s time to adhere the card to the card base!

After attaching the front of the card to the base, pull some extra ribbon off the spool and form an “M” and then cross one loop over the other for a beautiful bow. Snip off the excess ribbon and attach with mini Glue Dots.


Ink up your larger owl stamp in Outdoor Denim and stamp onto White Daisy cardstock. Trim with precision Micro-Tip Scissors. Ink the “xoxoxoxo” round border with Cotton Candy ink and stamp next to the cut-out owl. Use a circle punch to cut this out, or cut out a 1.5″ circle with your Artiste Cricut cartridge before stamping onto the cut shape. Punch out a tiny Dimensional Elements heart and tap it onto your Cotton Candy ink pad to saturate it. Make sure and coat the side edges and then set it aside and allow the ink to spread into the chipboard. Once it’s dry, attach a light layer of Liquid Glass. It would be really pretty with some Prisma Glitter sprinkled onto it before it dries!

For dimension, use two-sided foam tape to layer the owl, xoxoxoxo circle, heart, crochet flower and a pretty stick pin.

Outdoor Denim Owl

Outdoor Denim Owl

…and that’s how to make a card like this one I made for a friend.

Now hop on over to Brittany’s blog to see some more Valentine ideas using some of our favorite CTMH things, and thanks so much for reading my blog!

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