card making :: bloomin’ love

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I have to admit that sometimes I don’t like all of the stamps that are included in a stamp set. If I’m lucky there’ll be a couple of components that stand out to me enough to make it worth buying the entire set, and in this case it was the little flowers and banner that caught my eye. I used the flowers to do another one of my favorite techniques: creating a stamped background image on a card.

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card making :: heart outline card

IMG_5424bHere is a simple card design that can be put together in minutes using pretty patterned paper, a dab of paint, and Q-tips.  Craft stores usually have shelves full of pretty paper adorned with all sorts of patterns, colors, and textures.  Most of the time they are in a 12″ x 12″ size which is ideal for scrapbooking, but here is a way you can use one sheet to create two different cards.

Many card making tutorials start with cardstock as a base, but that may not be practical for everyone especially if you aren’t planning to invest in a large amount of supplies for this hobby (or if you’re only making a few cards for a special occasion).  Using patterned paper (or any paper sold by the sheet vs. in bulk) is an alternative and you can create some really pretty card bases.

For step-by-step instructions, click here.

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card making :: dollar bin finds for making valentines

You know what I’m talking about.  You stroll into Target thinking “I’m just going to get x, y, and z and zoom out of here.”  Said nobody ever, right?!  What’s worst is they put those dollar bins right in the walkway so you have to look because they’re right there, right?!  Well I’ll be the first to admit that occasionally you can find some really good deals there, and for things that are actually useful.

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For example, they’ve got some super cute crafting supplies for a mere buck that can help you make some pretty cute valentines.  And even better?  You can use the cards beyond Valentine’s Day for other occasions such as a birthday, an anniversary, congrats-on-becoming-engaged, and so on and so forth.  Here are three quick and easy designs you can pull together with some dollar bin finds and just in time for Valentine’s Day (which, by the way, is on February 14th!).

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it’s all about love

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day after all.  Here are some gift ideas for that special someone in your life … for tomorrow or any day.  🙂

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valentine’s day is coming

The proof is in my candy bowl at work!

Thanks to Emily for the idea of using (and for supplying!) the conversation hearts.