I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of extra card stock scraps hanging around. I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to card stock so I end up keeping a lot of scraps that I should probably let go. I think Marie Kondo would be horrified if she came into my stamp room. In case you are unaware who Marie Kondo is, she is a woman who downsized and shared her method on how to do this. I actually used her method when we moved from New York to Tennessee. You are supposed hold each item you own and ask if it brings you joy. If it does not, then you need to get rid of it. It actually worked well when I packed my clothes but it did not work well in my stamp room. Someday I might need that 1/2″ x 4″ piece of card stock you know! Plus by the time I packed up my stamp room, I was tired of organized packing and at the end some of the things were just thrown in boxes.
Anyway, I decided to use some of my card scraps the other day. I chose Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody (all Brights!). Each strip of card stock is 1/2″ x 4″. I layered them onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock. I layered this on top of a Basic White card base. Next I took another piece of Basic White card stock and cut out the rectangle using the Scalloped Contours Dies. I then took the heart die from Bouquet Of Love and cut that out. I stamped the word from the stamp set called Create With Friends (which is retiring on May 3rd) using Memento Black Ink. Layered this piece on top of the card base using Dimensionals.
The Marie Kondo method of cleaning things out may work, but if you are like me, everything in my stamp room gives me joy!
I have had a crazy time making Valentines this year. First I had to make 34 Valentines for Madelyn and Nolan to give to their classmates and teachers. I had a fun time making them using products each one would love. Nolan’s were dinosaurs because his life is only about dinosaurs. Madelyn’s were frogs because her teacher loves frogs. I am not going to show you their Valentines because I used all retired products but they turned out really cute. Now I am working on making Valentines for the rest of my family. February is my month I take off from stamping. It is not because I don’t want to stamp but it is because we spend that month in Florida and I just don’t have a place to set a stamping room. Therefore, I spend the month of January making as many cards as I can so you will still see blog posts from me.
I made this card using a couple of different bundles in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. The first thing I did was cut out the big heart in Basic White cardstock using the Bouquet Of Love die set. I love how the heart cuts out the stitched edge on the outside of it. I actually did this for another card but kept the outside to make this one. I adhered this to a piece of Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals, which I then placed on top of a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock. I took a Basic White card base and ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I like how it adds texture to the card stock instead of being plain and smooth. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink using the stamp set called Sweet Conversations and cut it out using another die from Bouquet Of Love. I love how these die sets can be used together. Lastly I added some Polished Dots around the heart.
In the June – December Mini Catalog that just retired, there was a stamp set called Merriest Moments. It had a set of coordinating dies and embossing folder called Merriest Frames Hybrid Embossing Folder. It was called that because the dies cut out the embossed image as well as the stamp images. It was beautiful. Stampin’ Up!® has now included another Hybrid Embossing Folder called Bouquet Of Love and it is gorgeous! I used the embossing folder to make the background on this card. Here is a photo of it.
The bundle that I am talking about is called Love & Happiness. It includes the stamp set of the same name and the Bouquet Of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder. If you purchase them in a bundle you can save 10%. The stamp set is all sentiments about weddings, anniversaries, engagements and valentines. The dies include a couple of label dies to cut out some of the sentiments, two heart dies and some flowers and a leaf. The large heart die cuts out the heart image that the embossing folder makes.
To make this card I first embossed a piece of Blushing Bride card stock and another piece of Basic White. Look how pretty that background is! I cut the heart out of the center of the Basic White piece using the large heart die and then colored the leaves and flowers using Stampin Blends and Markers (Blushing Bride does not have a Blends so I had to use a Marker). I layered that on top of the embossing Blushing Bride piece. I stamped the sentiment (from a new stamp set called Sweet Conversations) in Fresh Freesia and cut it out using one of the label dies. I layered that on top of the heart using Dimensionals. Lastly I add some new embellishments called Polished Dots.