Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Valentines Part 2

Whew, I'm finally back to bring you Part 2 (see Part 1 here if you'd like) of the cards I made yesterday for the Hero Arts Blog Friendship and Valentine's Challenge. Almost didn't make it. I think everyone in the greater metro area was at the grocery store at the same time! Pure chaos. So glad that is done.

I really like this purple circle card that I made with Lucy's Monochomatic Challenge in mind. I have my scraps organized by color and there are a lot of them! But I am definitely working on reducing them. In fact, all the purple papers on this card were scaps! The craft thread for the handstitched circle, some of the gems on the flowers, and the purple embossing powder were also things I had been "hoarding" in my stash so this works for Anne's Hoarders Challenge, too! Speaking of hoarding, I wish I hadn't bought into the idea that I needed lots of colors of embossing powder. I tend to use white, clear, and black the most, so once my colors are gone, I don't think I'll be replacing them. That could take years, though!

CG158 Hugs And Kisses

I really like this Crossword Valentine, too. This new background stamp is just so versatile! I really like it stamped in white on kraft. I have had some questions about my handstitching (see the "xo" on the punched heart), so here is the secret: Bazzill In Stitch'z! I have their piercing tool and mat plus some templates (wish they would make more). I just pierce the paper, then handstitch it. Pretty simple, but it does add some time when doing more intricate designs (example 1, example 2) or multiples of the same card. Even a little bit of handstitching adds a really a nice touch to a card. You can always just trace or draw a design of your own, pierce it, and add stitching that way, too.

S5290 Crossword Background
CL141 ClearDesign: Fanciful Swirl Alphabet
The stamped hearts came from two other Hero Arts clear sets -- too lazy to go check which ones right now.

This last set is super-simple. Jennifer McGuire had mentioned cutting notecards in half recently, so I did just that. I paired them with the new chalk inks and a few stamps for some cute but quick Valentine's.

Guess that is it for now. I still have a lot of non-card making things to do before Monday. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Thanks for looking! Comments are appreciated!

dustypenny (aka Joy)


Cheryl said...

wow gorjus work hun love the first one such wonderful detail and those colurs really bring out the design well hugs cheryl xx

Lucy Abrams said...

SO many lovely cards Joy, so creative. Love the purple one, great way to use up scraps. :) I also have mine sorted by colour, but I've been very lazy recently and now have a huge unsorted pile... need new storage. :) Hope you've enjoyed your weekend.

Jill said...

Your valentines are just beautiful! I love the stitching on the monochromatic challenge entry!

Dawn said...

You have been very busy again Joy. All of these are lovely. Good work on organising your scraps and using them.... us hoarders have to work so hard to use all that lovely stuff.

Vanessa said...

THese are all fab, Joy! Love your monochromatic card! And I love the crossword stamp - one of the stamps I ordered some time ago and it hasn`t arrived yet...


DominoDebi said...

Love the little note cards, and your monochromatic challenge entry is fabulous!

Anne said...

Hi, Joy! What beautiful creations! I love the first card that you made from scraps and using PURPLE embossing powder! You really made those items sing! :-)

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