Happy Saturday morning, girlies! I'm so happy the weekend is finally here. Not much stamping going on around my house these days; I started running on the treadmill after work again, so my days have been spent working out instead of stamping. I think I will appreciate this choice when swimsuit season rolls around again! LOL! Unfortunately sometimes this means I'll be neglecting my blog. But in my search for balance, I'm trying to be okay with this!
Since it's Valentine's day on Monday, I wanted to show you a couple more vintage Valentines, and some of my creations from some cool Papertrey sets by PineFeather Press. Check out the shape on this great old victorian
valentine! Isn't it great?
And the penguins! How freakin cute are they?
Last month I got 2 of Heather Nichol's stamp sets, called "Warm Happiness Too
", and "Little Bitty Bird
". Both of these sets adapt easily to Valentines cards! On this one I tried using Kraft paper in honor of Heather, however I will never have the knack she has with using it! I tried to stamp red hearts on kraft and then brighten it up with my red polka dots. I showered this card with hearts and buttons and glittered the hearts up. Hmph. Not sure if I love it or not, but the birdies seem to be enjoying themselves!
Hope everyone enjoys their weekend and has a Happy V-day on Monday!
These are my favorite cards from my most recent shelter batch. I used 2 of the dogs from Raisinboat's "Puppy Love"
stamp set, and the heart from "Paws to Remember
". These took a little more putzing, as I masked the heart off so that the dogs could be centered in the heart. I had fun doing them, so I really didn't mind the putziness so much.
I used up more old scraps of paper. I swear, I don't know how I ended up with this much paper! When I crank out multiple cards, I do the cards in stages - first I design the card in full. Then I pull out old scraps that match and add all the patterned paper backgrounds to the card. You'll notice I ran out of some of the paper, so I substituted green plaid, or brown polka dots. They are all the same, but a bit "different" because the patterned paper is different. Then I make all of the center images at once. Finally, I attach the main image to the cardstock and add the final embellishments.
I decided that since I dropped a batch of cards this week, I'd add valentines to the mix. I was careful not to stamp them with "valentines day" sentiments, so if they don't sell the cards in the next 2 weeks, they can be used for love cards anytime. So the center of the card just reads "I adore you".
Sympathy card day - cat themed! This one was a stretch, but I did manage to use the goldfish/cat from Raisinboat's "Cattitude"
stamp set to create sympathy cards. I thought it would be okay for a grieving pet owner to remember the good times too!
I also found this paw-themed EK Success punch at JoAnne Fabric for 40 percent off..I decided to splurge and grab it, because I know it will get used for shelter projects.
Using up old Crate paper, along with some more patterned paper from a block that was gifted to me. GIT R GONE! :)
Okay, moving on from dawgs to cats. I did cat-themed thank-you cards, also. These 2 cats are from a Raisinboat
stamp rental set called "Cattitude".
Check out the cards you can make from this set....birthday, thank you, and I even managed sympathy from this set! Sympathy to follow tomorrow.
Another hint - the beautiful thing about renting stamps is that it forces you to get them all done in your rental month. I tend to stamp a bunch of the sentiments off on paper for future use, so that I can use them at a later time with other animal sets! It's an easy way to get extra value from your $5.99 stamp rental!
Aaack, Monday again! Well, I got a ton more animal cards done this weekend, so I'm cranking along here! Today I wanted to show you some of the animal sympathy cards I made for my shelter project. Animal sympathy cards are definitely the best sellers in my shelter basket. I believe it's because they are hard to find in a regular greeting card store anywhere! This is the little curled up dog stamp I was telling you about yesterday...he can be used for sympathy or 'sorry you're sick, or 'ruff day' cards. He's from Raisinboat's
stamp set called "A Dog's Life"
These are super easy to color, so I can crank out a ton at once. The patterned paper is from a big block of scrapbooking paper that a friend gave me as a gift a MILLION years ago (USE IT UP!). The 3-d paw is a die-cut I found at Archivers - I cut a ton out of brown paper and added them as an embellishment. The sentiment is from a Raisinboat stamp set called "Paws to Remember
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