A Little Note – AHSC #95

I have Daffodils on my mind and with a bright sunny day and a granddaughter entertaining herself in the cow pasture I took a minute to see what the sketch was at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog.  My first thought was
“a bow?!”  I am seriously bow challenged – love them, but can’t tie one to save my life (except on my sneakers).

With Miss B still outside I decided to go to work with this sketch…so the base spoke square to me (my new favorite size 4.5 X 4.5)  Polka Dots?  My brand new Brushed paper packet was sitting on my desk – hmmm, yep Polka Dot B&T.  Now for the image?  Since I’m thinking Daffodills, I guess A Little Note will fill that bill.  I also grabbed some contraband ribbon and a button (Vicki at the Wizard’s Hangout has a great little tutorial on how to tie a bow).  OK, with all my supplies prepared here’s what I came up with.

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It just seems so cheery, now I need to get out my “Happy Mail” list and spread a little cheer.  Would you like to be added to my Happy Mail List?  Leave me a comment with your contact info and I’ll get you added.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Squared

Here’s a few more of my weekend card craziness!  I love brightening mailboxes and who couldn’t use a little love?  These two mini cards pack a big ‘pun’ch!  They measure just 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 (I love square cards).

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Both cards were stamped using the retired “Pun Fun” stamp set which reminds me of the goofy sayings that came on Valentines when I was a kid instead of the Barbie, Sponge Bob and Disney Princess of today.
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For my first card, I started by running Lagoon cardstock through my Big Shot with the Heart Embossing Folder.  One of the greatest things about our white core cardstock is that you can sand it and get just a touch of a distressed look.  To finish I added a strip of Heartstrings B & T and a square of Cranberry to mount my image which I had colored with the ShinHan markers.   The Aqua Dots seemed like a simple accent to give it a little bling.
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My second card was made with the retired Lollydoodle papers (have I ever mentioned that I have a paper hording problem?) and instead of hearts I used the Dots Embossing Folder to match the dots of the paper.  I once again colored the image with the ShinHan markers and topped the cupcake with a sprinkle of Red & Pink Sparkles (retired).

The inside of both cards was finished with one of my favorite stamp sets Doodled Designs which is perfect to enhance one of our M-sized stamps.

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Thank you for stopping by…I hope it’s encouraged you to think outside the box when it comes to Valentines!

Laughing Lola Strikes Pose on Paper Trail

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop where Laughing Lola has taken center stage to kick off the release of the new Autumn/Winter Close to My Heart Idea Book & Catalog.  If you are hopping here from Karen’s Inky Fingers, welcome…if you are starting here don’t worry we are a circular hop and if you follow the links you will eventually end up right where you started.

Lola was my maternal grandma’s name and I think I fell in love with the paper as soon as I read the name.  It actually is a paper with all my favorite colors and I found myself admiring it and not wanting to cut the beautiful papers.

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I finally decided that I would make smaller cards (4 1/2 X 4 1/2) because that would allow me to play more with the paper.  I chose to use my newest favorite stamp set Paisley Perfect (C1556) and hand color with a blender pen one of the large paisley flairs.  The sentiment seems to fit me perfectly…a touch of class and a lot of sass!

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I also wanted to showcase the new “M” size stamps in the catalog.  I love these eight mini stamps and have so many fun ideas for them.  The A True Thank You (M1029) was stamped in black ink and then colored with lagoon ink using the blender pen.  I am having a special on these stamps during the month of August so check out my Facebook Page   to learn more.

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My final card is one of a set of monogrammed stationery for a very special lady in my life, my mother in law.  I purchased the “V” stamp – also a mini and priced at just $2.95 I find it to be a fun gift to include with a set of cards.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your walk down the Paper Trail and now you can hop on over to Field’s Finery to see what Lynne has in for you!

I hope you’ll come back in a few weeks and check out my 1,2,3 Craft! page…I’m pretty sure that I’ll still be playing with Lola!