Love / Valentine’s Card

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Hello Again!

I’m excited to be entering two new Challenges with this post:  The Card Concept Challenge #27 and the 2015 SOC Blogger Challenge.  After reviewing the styles on the Card Concept Challenge blog site I decided that my style best fits the “Classy & Elegant” Design Team’s style and so that is the category I’m submitting under.

The SOC Blogger Challenge  was an anything goes challenge so I chose to use this card for both challenges. The Card Concept Challenge #27 theme is LOVE and it really pushed me to go where I had never gone before.  I had never made a Valentine’s Day card or a card about Love.  I’m not really sure why considering I’ve been madly in LOVE with my best friend and husband for 18+ years now.   About the closest I’ve come is making a few Wedding Cards.  So I started by looking at what I had to use and it wasn’t much.  Only two heart stamps (neither one very appealing) both of which I won at a Archiver’s Mania night several years ago, obviously before they closed.  And I had some heart nesting dies.

So I had to think about what things symbolize LOVE to me and that helped me come up with the ideas for my card.  First, I decided that the color Red is a color I most often associate with LOVE so I wanted to use it and white.  I also wanted to use Heart shapes because they are a universal symbol for LOVE.  And I think another universal symbol for LOVE is the Rose particularly a Red one.  So I incorporated all these concepts together and decided on  ‘triple time’ hearts embossed with Red Roses as my design.  I used pearls and ribbon as my embellishments because I thought they would contribute to making the card Classy and Elegant’.   And of course I used Bling: glittery embossing powder, because what is a card without Bling 

So, below is what I came up with when I put all of the above together.  My husband will appreciate my entering this Challenge because now he’ll get a handmade Valentine’s Day Card instead of a store bought one.  As always it’s hard to see the Bling but I took some close ups so hopefully you’ll get a better idea of the card’s sparkle.   

Luv 0292    Luv 2 0344


Luv Close 0314

Some Sparkle Showing

Luv Close Up 0301

Some Sparkle Showing


Inside Card

Inside Card


Materials Used:

Paper: Stardream Metallic Cover – Crystal, Stampin Up-Real Red;  Ink:  Stampin Up -Real Red;   Embossing Powder:  B&J’s Arts – Mystic Fire;   Embossing Folder: Darice – Wire Fence;   Embellishments:  Ribbon – Red Satin,  Stampin Up – Pearls.


 Until Next Time —-  


 God Bless and Happy Stamping!  

Something New – Wedding Cards

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Welcome to my very first blog post everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

As I wrote that line I heard it in my mind as a loud bellowing voice with exaggeration on the end of “ever”, shouted with infectious enthusiasm just like Oprah did on the very first Oprah Winfrey Show. LOL  😆  Now I feel like I should be saying, “you get a car”,  “and you get a car”, “and you get a car”  but of course that’s not true.  Sorry,  no cars being given away on this blog. Cry

But this is the start of something new and what better way to kick it off than with Wedding Cards.   Weddings after all are the beginning of something new –marriage.  I’m tempted to say something here that I would think is funny but my dad just this week said to me,  “you are not funny” and then was sure to add “at all” to the end of that statement.  LOL.Laughing  It cracked me up.  So perhaps I should keep my  ‘funny anecdotes’  to myself ——–for now, just until we get to know each other better.  I put some pictures of cards I made recently in my Gallery so check it out when you get a moment.   On to today’s cards:

Jeniifer 1 stamp          Jennifer

I used the Rubbernecker stamp ‘Jennifer’ and made her a Bride in pink (above).  I used a nifty technique I called double embossing and you can find a video here.   I also made a frame from a Spellbinder die and you can find a video on that here.   I mixed glitter with the embossing powder for the skirt, used prisma glitter for her bodice, hair piece, and flowers and sprayed the frame with glitter mist but the bling of all that didn’t show up well in the pictures. (See warning below.)

Wedding Congratulations Wedding Window Close

Wedding Black Window     When Two

I used an Inkadinkado stamp, Poppystamps window dies, and Martha Stewart punch for the wedding cards in black and white.  I again used a mix of glitter and embossing powder for the image in black and glitter for her dress, flower bouquet, and hair ribbon.

WARNING:  I have not mastered the art of taking pictures of my cards for my blog.  I can’t get the pictures the to show the card’s details well including the “BLING”,  otherwise known as its shimmer or sparkle.  Right now the only way to see the card’s “BLING” in my pictures is for the card itself to be out of focus a little bit.  So I have included some deliberately ‘out of focus shots’ that will hopefully show some of the cards beautiful “BLING”  so don’t think you need glasses or a new prescription when you get to those pictures in the post or my gallery.

If anyone has suggestions for taking pictures for my blog please let me know.  My info is on my ‘Contact Me’ page or click hereUntil next time.

God Bless and Happy Stamping!!


Supplies for ‘Jennifer’ (bride in pink) Card:                                                                                                                       Stamps: ‘Jennifer’ stamp – (Rubbernecker Stamps); PaperStardream Metallic – crystal (Paper Paper), Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up), Spectrum Noir;  Inks: VersaMark;  Embossing Powderpink (Zing) + prisma glitter (Hero Arts); Embellishmentspearls (Stampin Up), glitter dust (thermo web), prisma glitter, pink ribbon; Dies: petite scalloped ovals large – (Spellbinder); Embossing folder: damask (Darice).

Supplies for Black and White Cards:                                                                                                                                                                  Stamps: Wedding/Anniversary Set (Inkadinkado-Michael’s Arts & Crafts), ‘Great Marriage’ stamp (Verses Stamps);  Inks: VersaMark; Paper: Stardream Metallic – crystal (Paper Paper), Black Glossy (Gary M. Burlin & Co.), actetate sheet; Embossing Powder:  black (Recollections) + prisma glitter (Hero Arts); Embellishments: pearls (Stampin Up), black ribbon, prisma glitter (Hero Arts);    Toolseyelet lace punch-around-a-page (Martha Stewart), Sew Ribbon Leaf (green one) (We R Memory Keepers), Grand Gothic Window Die (Poppystamps), Grand Gothic Iron Work Die (Poppystamps).