I wanted to be able to say I'm back to scrapbooking, but I'm not quite there yet. This is equally as exciting for me though, because I haven't been able to do much stamping since leaving Ohio (other than the Christmas cards, that is, but that already seems like eons ago even though the Christmas tree is still up!) I talked to Angie a week or so ago and we talked about the demonstrator meetings that I have missed and she mentioned that the next one would be a big stamping fest with new stamp sets. So I asked if I could join in from afar and mail in my cards for the swap. Only problem is that I didn't start creating quickly enough, because the meeting is Monday and unless I plan to drive out to Ohio tomorrow...they aren't going to make it in time since Monday is a postal holiday! Doh! I guess this will get me motivated to get to the post office anyway, so I can send the card samples to each of the girls in our group. (Sorry they are late, ladies!) But anyway...I just wanted to post these here because I'm so pleased with myself for doing something creative. Now most of these card ideas were just lifted right from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ but I did have to change a few things here or there to make them my own, of course.
The set I used is called Happy Heart Day and was in the preview brochure, and is now on page 66 of the new Spring/Summer 2008 catalog. It's adorable, and can be used for more than just Valentine's Day.
cardstock - Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White
patterned paper - Designer Series Paper Darling Doodles
ribbon - purely pomegranate double-stitched grosgrain
ink - Basic Gray, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi
Card #2 - Happy Valentine's Day
cardstock - Real Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White
ink - Basic Black (ink & marker), Regal Rose, Real Red (marker)
ribbon - Real Red grosgrain
punches - 1.25" circle, scalloped circle
stampin' dimensionals, sponge, blender pen
The tricky part on this card was stamping the Happy Valentine's Day without the tag shape around it. Instead of using an ink pad, I colored the rubber of the stamp with my black marker.
Card #3 - Happy Valentine's Day
cardstock - Pale Plum, Black, Whisper White
ink - Basic Black, Pale Plum (marker), Perfect Plum (marker)
ribbon - eggplant grosgrain
small purple square brad, glue dots (for bow), stampin dimensionals (for heart on tag)
The heart on the tag is just one of the butterfly wings that I stamped on some scraps of Pale Plum cardstock. I'm thinking I should have added some glitter to this one.
Card #4 - Happy Heart Day
cardstock - Regal Rose, Ruby Red, River Rock, Whisper White
patterned paper - Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
ink - Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red (marker), Sahara Sand (mouse didn't look right in River Rock!)
ribbon - Groovy Guava double-stitched grosgrain
CM circle cutter (tsk tsk)
ticket corner punch
hole-punching template (for corners)
Card #5 - Thank you to an unforgettable friend
cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Read Red, Pretty in Pink
patterned paper - Designer Series Paper Cerise
ink - Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise (ink & marker), Real Red (marker), Certainly Celery (marker)
paisley background stamp, celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen (for elephant's toe nails!), circle punches, stampin' dimensionals
This card took the longest, but is probably my favorite. The elephant is actually stamped 3 times, once on the white, and then twice on pink...cutting him out once, and then his ear and arm to pop up with the dimensionals the second time. Took a while, but was worth it, he's so cute!
That's all so far. I am supposed to do one more card from this set...hopefully tomorrow I will still be in the crafting mood. Wish me luck!!