“Whale You Be Mine?” Heart Shaped Children’s Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day!My four-year-old grandson got really excited when he saw this Oh, Whale! stamp set in the catalog as I was looking through it in December trying to decide what to pre-order.  (If you become a Demonstrator you can also order products from the NEW Catalogs a month before the general public can!  Click the “Join My Team” Tab at the top of the page.)

This would be a simple card to make multiples of.  If you are going to make multiples I would recommend getting the Oh, Wave! Wheel to make your waves and letting the child roll the waves onto the card stock.  Why not let them help!  I am all for creating an independent Crafter!  That way we can work side by side on our own projects!

Crafting also teaches children many important skills, both mental skills and fine motor skills.  Learning these skills is extremely important in advancing their development of other learning skills.  (Is that a good enough reason/excuse to share your love of crafting with them?)
Whale Children's Valentine Card

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Spring 2013 Catalog
 *Oh, Whale w#129129  c#129132
(*Oh, Wave! Jumbo Wheel #130105)
Card Stock:  Whisper White
Mariana Mist
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Marina Mist
Real Red
Real Red Marker
Basic Black Marker
Big Shot:  Heart Collection Framelits #125599
*Happy Whale Clearlits Die #129403
Other:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Paper Snips  #103579

1.   Choose Heart Framelit size you want and cut one from Whisper White card stock using your Big Shot.  I chose the largest one that wasn’t scalloped.
2.  Decide how far up you want your “water” to go.  Line up the straight edge of your Marina Mist card stock to that height on the same Heart Framelit used before.
3.  Stamp the Waves in Marina Mist ink on your “Water”.  Trim the top waves with your paper snips.
4.  Hold your “Water” up on the card and decide where to stamp your sentiment.  Stamp it in Real Red Ink.  Stamp lots of small Hearts in the rest of the “Sky” part of your card.
5.  Adhere your Marina Mist “Water” to your Whisper White Heart with Tombow Glue.
6.  Stamp your Whale in Midnight Muse ink on Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the Happy Whale Clearlits Die and your Big Shot.  Adhere the Whale to your card with either Dimensionals or Tombow Glue.
7.  Find the little white fish that you cut with your Clearlits Die.  Color it with your Real Red Marker.  Add an eye with the Basic Black Marker.  Adhere it to your card with Tombow Glue.
8.  Write any desired sentiments on the back of your card such as the TO:  and FROM:  .
9.  Admire your cute little Whale Valentine card.

You can buy all the supplies to make this Whale Valentine Card in My Online Store.

Happy Valentine Stamping! 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  I hope you have a wonderful day enjoying the people you love!  Here is a lovely My Digital Studio Valentine’s Day card.  I made it on my Mom’s computer using her My Digital Studio program that has not had anything added.  It was kind of hard for me because I have so many more Designer Series Papers, embellishments, and stamps.  It was kind of nice though, not having so many choices.  It was a lot easier to make decisions.  Enjoy!

Happy Valentine's Day!

MDS Valentine

I am posting from sunny California!  I haven’t been able to figure out how to get the photos from my camera card to my Mom’s computer yet, so you will get a card made with My Digital Studio.  I only used things that come with the basic full version of My Digital Studio.  Remember there is a free 30 day trial if you want to test it out before you buy it.

MDS Valentine

Valentine Matchbox filled with Chocolate

I made 5 of these in less than an hour one evening.

Valentine Matchbox

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes  page 157  w#115370  (Happy Valentine’s Day)
PS I Love You  (Occasions Mini) page 8  w#125460  c#125462  (Row of small hearts on Blushing Bride label)
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride
Riding Hood Red
  Riding Hood Red
Big Shot:  Matchbox Bigz XL die  page 221  #114890
Punch:  Decorative Label  page 209  #120907
  Riding Hood Red Pleated Ribbon  (Occasions Mini) page 12  #125569
Sticky Strip

1.   Cut Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half at 5-1/2″.  Place on Matchbox die so the end of each of the main pieces of the die are covered and the papers touch.  Run through Big Shot.
2.  Folding Box Bottom.  When I use this method I rarely need to use adhesive.  Fold all score lines EXCEPT for the really small ones on the narrow ends.  Fold the triangle corners over to the long side of the box.  Do this with both sides (yes, I always wish I had a few more fingers for this part) and fold over one narrow end, then the other narrow end.  Use your bone folder (or fingers) to shape the tiny tabs that you did not score earlier.  (If necessary, add adhesive where necessary.  This usually involves taking the box partially apart again.)
3.  Box Belly Band.  Score all lines.  Put a strip Sticky Strip along the small tab (close to the score line) and in the center of both small side sections.  Put Pleated Ribbon on both small side sections of Sticky Strip.  Stamp on Blushing Bride label cut from Matchbox die using Riding Hood Red ink and your Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Attach to Riding Hood Red Decorative Label punch out with Dimensionals.  Adhere completed label to top of belly band with Dimensionals.  Now you can peel off the Sticky Strip on the small tab and attach it to the other side to complete your belly band.
4.  Fill box with candy (usually 4 of most kinds).  Slide on Belly Band.  Admire before you give it to someone special!

Happy Stamping!


Textured Heart Framelit Valentine

I have purchased quite a few things from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini catalog.  I have been thinking about what is my favorite purchase.  My favorite this week is the new Hearts Collection Framelits.  We are using them on 2 cards for my class on Friday:  White on White Valentine, and the Take It to Heart Valentine.  I am addicted to Hearts and these Heart Framelits are really fun to use.  You can layer with them, turn any stamped image into a Heart cut out, use the coordinating stamp set and cut out the images, and make Heart frames.  I am sure there are more than 4 ways to use these Heart Framelits.  I guess I need more playing time to discover them!

I decided for this card I wanted to try multiple textures together and play with my Heart Framelits some more.  I also used a new stamp from the Occasions Mini catalog-Candy Conversations.  The small hearts are perfect for our Small Heart punch!  Have fun making this one.  Just remember to use your Embossing Folder first, then your Framelit because sometimes the paper “shrinks” some and won’t fit just right.

Textured Heart Framelit Valentine

  Candy Conversations  (Occasions Mini) page 43  #125560
Card Stock:  Whisper White card base
Pretty in Pink
Melon Mambo
Ink:  Melon Mambo
Big Shot:  Heart Collection Framelits (Occasions Mini) page 6  #125599
Big Shot Textured Impressions Folders:
Houndstooth  page 218  #123134
Stripes  page 218  #123128
Elegant Lines  page 218  #119277
Other:   Small Heart punch  page 210  #117193
Scissors with long blades to get a straighter cut

  Cut Whisper White card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Embossing.  Take Whisper White card base and line it up inside the Houndstooth embossing folder.  Run through Big Shot.  Next use the Stripes embossing folder with Pretty in Pink card stock and run through Big Shot.  Then use Melon Mambo and the Elegant Lines embossing with the Big Shot.
3.  Heart Framelits.  Place the largest Heart Framelit that isn’t scalloped in desired position on Pretty in Pink card stock.  Place the next smaller size inside the larger Heart in desired position.  To help them stay in place use a sticky note or blue painter’s tape to hold the framelit and paper in desired positions.  (I just learned the sticky note trick yesterday from my friend Karen!)  Next line up the smaller Heart Framelit in desired position over the Elegant Lines Melon Mambo.  Use the sticky note or painter’s tape again.
4.  Adhere Pretty in Pink Stripes Heart to Whisper White card front.  Next adhere Melon Mambo Heart inside Pretty in Pink Heart.  Use Snail , Tombow, or mini glue dots.
5.  Now for the stamping.  Stamp the Candy Conversations stamp on Whisper White card stock using Melon Mambo ink.  Use your scissors to cut out the Valentine sentiment and arrow.  Adhere over Heart Framelits using Dimensionals (I used Dimensional cut in half.)  Now punch out the desired Heart with the Small Heart punch.  Adhere with a Dimensional.
6.  Admire your Textured Valentine!  You can mix and match the different sizes of Heart Framelits and the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders for a variety of looks.

Happy Valentine Making!

White on White Valentine or Wedding Card

I saw a Wedding card similar to this on Pinterest not made with Stampin’ Up! products.  I thought I could remake it using only Stampin’ Up! supplies.  I think it turned out well and at least has hearts and flowers on it like the original did.  Oh well,  I am not very good at following recipes well when I cook either.

Happy Valentine's Day

Card Stock:  Whisper White
Pink Pirouette
Wild Wasabi
Big Shot:  Hearts Collection Framelits (Occasions Mini) page 6  #125599
Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  page 219  #117335
Punches:  Boho Blossoms  page 210  #119858
Bird Builder  page 213  #117191
Marker:  Pretty in Pink
Other:  Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots

  Cut out the large heart from Whisper White card stock using the 2nd and 3rd largest Heart Framelits dies.  Cut out the smaller heart from the piece you just cut out using the next smaller Heart Framelit.  (If you need more instructions on using Framelits with your Big Shot, please sign up for my FREE Newsletter.  There is an instruction sheet you can print off for Big Shot Sandwiches with my notes to help you get it right the first time.)
2.  Emboss a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White card stock with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and your Big Shot.  Attach with Snail or mini glue dots to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Pink Pirouette card base scored and folded at 4-1/4″.
3.  Next emboss the small Heart cut out with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Put 3 Dimensionals on the back.  Remove the backing and stick another Dimensional on top of each Dimensional so they are stacked 2 high.
4.  Punch 3 sets of flowers with the Boho Blossoms punch from a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Punch 6 leave from a 1″ strip of Wild Wasabi card stock.  Color a Pretty in Pink circle in the center of desired flowers.  Curl the ends of the flowers up with your fingers and fingernails if desired.
5.  Decide on placement of the Hearts, flowers, and leaves.  Remember how it looks.
6.  Put Mini Glue Dots on the bottom point of the large heart and on the lower sides of the large heart.  Put Dimensionals on the top rounded parts of the large heart and a small part of a Dimensional on the point of the large heart.  Place the large heart as desired.  Place small Polka Dot Heart as desired.
7.  Use mini glue dots to attach small flowers inside large flowers.  Attach leaves with mini glue dots as desired either before or after attaching flowers to card.
8.  Admire you elegant, classy white on white card which can be used as a Wedding, Anniversary, or Valentine card.

Happy Stamping!

P.S. I Love You Valentine

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is only a month away?  Here is a fun little Peekaboo card for Valentine’s Day.  We will be making this at my class next week.

PS I Love You Valentine!

  P.S. I Love You (Occasions Mini) page 8  w#125460  c#125462
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride
Real Red
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die (still available)  #124587
Punches:  Modern Label  page 209  #119849
Word Window  page 209  #119857
Ink:  VersaMark
Real Red
Markers:  Real Red
Garden Green
Chocolate Chip
Other:  White Embossing Powder page 201  #109132
Heat Tool  page 201  #100005

  Cut 2 Curly Label Peekaboo Frames out of Real Red card stock using your Peekaboo Frames die and Big Shot.  Stamp desired image on each flap with VersaMark, then add white embossing powder.  Melt with Heat Tool.  Adhere Curly Label Peekaboo Frames to front of Blushing Bride card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored & folded at 4-1/4″)
2.  Stamp Hearts Circle and then Love you (inside Hearts Circle) behind one Curly Label Peekaboo flap using Real Red ink and Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Color strawberry stamp with markers and stamp behind other Curly Label Peekaboo flap using your Stamp-a-ma-jig.
3.  Stamp “Be my Valentine” in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock scrap.  Stamp row of Hearts in Real Red ink on Blushing Bride card stock-twice.
4.  Punch a Real Red card stock label using the Modern Label punch.  Punch out “Be my Valentine” and both rows of Hearts with the Word Window Punch.  Adhere “Be my Valentine” to Real Red Modern Label.  Adhere Modern Label to card base with Dimensionals.  Adhere rows of Hearts to card base at desired angle using Snail.
5.  Who will you surprise with this fun Valentine?

Take it to Heart Valentine

I have been working on the computer a lot the last few days. If you will notice there is a new Newsletter Sign-up box in my sidebar!  I have even tested it out and it works!  I am always really happy when something finally works-especially technological stuff!  So if you haven’t already subscribed to my Newsletter, please test-drive my form and let me know if it works (or doesn’t work) either by commenting or emailing me.  You will be directed to a page with a form asking you to choose your user name and password which you will need to get to the members-only My Newsletter Project Pages.  My Newsletter Project Pages has all the projects and templates I have given to my Newsletter Subscribers.  I am still working on separate links for some of the projects, but those instructions are included in the Newsletter Links.

So finally, here is my post for today.  I have started making Valentine’s cards.  We will be making this at my class next week.  It does use the new Hearts Collection Framelits from the Occasions Mini catalog.Happy Valentine's Day!

Stamps:  Take It to Heart  (Occasions Mini) page 14  w#125520  c#125522
French Filigree page 151 #113742
Ink:  Rose Red
Card Stock:  Regal Rose
Rose Red
Whisper White
Big Shot:  Hearts Collection Framelits  (Occasions Mini) page 6  #125599
Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder  page 219  #116824
Snow Burst Embossing Folder (still available) #124096
Other:  Dimensionals
Dotto OR blue painter’s tape

  Cut Regal Rose card base:  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Ink up French Filigree stamp with Rose Red ink.  Lay stamp on table with inked rubber facing up.  Lay folded card base on top of rubber in desired position.  Use a Clear Block or wood part of a stamp to rub card stock.  When finished, lift card base off stamp.
3.  Stamp Bicycle image on Whisper White card stock with Rose Red ink.
4.  I have had trouble with the Framelit moving when I put the top cutting pad on.  So I have come up with a couple of options to keep the Framelit in place.
Option 1:  Run a line of Dotto on the card stock where you are going to place your Framelit.  This should hopefully keep your Framelit in place while running it through the Big Shot.
Option 2:  Place your Framelit on the card stock where you want it.  Tear off a piece of blue painter’s tape about 1″ or so.  Tape it to your jeans once or twice to remove a lot of the adhesive.  Now tape it to your Framelit and card stock-keeping the tape away from the center of the Framelit.  Run through your Big Shot.
Big Shot Sandwich:  (top to bottom)
Cutting pad
Framelit and card stock
Cutting pad
Multipurpose Platform Tab 2 (both tabs closed)
5.  Now let’s get out our Big Shot and try out the Heart Framelits.  Let’s practice on our plain card stock first.  Choose the 3 Heart Framelits you will be using.  Choose the largest of the 3 and cut a Rose Red card stock heart.  (Remember-Option 1 OR Option 2 and your Big Shot Sandwich.)  Use the middle sized Heart Framelit and cut it out of Regal Rose card stock.  Now get your stamped bicycle image.  Choose the Heart that fits over it best.  (Use either Option 1 or Option 2.)  Now run it through your Big Shot.
6.  Take your Large Rose Red Heart and emboss it using the Petals a Plenty Embossing Folder.  Emboss your Regal Rose Heart with the Snow Burst Embossing Folder.
7.  Layer the 3 Hearts together using Dimensionals.  Use Dimensionals to attach the Layered Hearts to the card base.
8.  Admire your pretty Valentine.  Who will you give it to?

Happy Stamping!