Filled With Love - Alternate Project - Love Pennant

Paper Pumpkin Alternate Valentine Pennant 2015 Jan
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Paper Pumpkin Alternate Idea January 2015
Love Pennant to decorate your Love Nest 
Today's project is a little love pennant. It can hang on a door knob, on the edge of a frame, or from a hook by your door so you can see it sparkle every time you head out or come home. I added a paper heart to the back for a little love note for Mr Man, and I plan to add it to his Valentines Day gift. *awwwww*
Alternate Paper Pumpkin Project - Use the stamps and one set of treat toppers.
I used a pennant from the Simply Created Build a Banner set, they're canvas with grommets and already to decorate. I stamped two of the Daydream Medallions in the center, using Real Red and Blushing Bride. Around the edge of the pennant I stamped the heart outline in red, and very small heart in pink, using the stamps from the January Paper Pumpkin kit.
Heart Framelits Build a Banner Alternate Paper Pumpkin Jan 2015
Love Note space created on the back of the pennant.
The note space I added to the back will have a little sweet note to Mr. Man, but you could use this as a gift tag on a pretty bag or add notes to your loved ones, maybe a memory of your favorite Valentine's Day. This note also gives a little strength to the canvas banner, and it will hang perfectly flat on its own. When you use them in banners, they hang fairly flat on the long cords, but as a singleton they tend to curl in or out depending on how your thread them. I cut hearts using the Hearts Collection Framelits, some Blushing Bride Cardstock, and the white is actually the cardboard backing from my Designer Series Paper sets. I save it because its easy to cut, but still sturdy, with framelits.
Glittery gold accents, and red sparkle, with pink and cream - classic Valentine colors!! 
For the front of the pennant I also cut out a heart from Gold and Blushing Bride to add color and oomph to the gold outline heart from the kit. I used one of the Paper Pumpkin stamps for the center, and then in the bottom right I added another stamp - Hugs, Kisses & Valentine Wishes. I used two of the kits banners, the hearts and the gold and pink diagonal prints. I cut both using my 1 3/4 Circle punch. I added to that a hand trimmed Blushing Bride Pink banner, and one of the little red banners from the kit. To make this stack of banners a little more stable, I used the handheld stapler to hold them all together - its hidden behind the heart! The Gold clip actually holds the top heart on, but I stuck the other hearts, string, and banner bunch on with the Jumbo Sticky Rounds - these work REALLY well with the canvas banner material and give more area to stick than just Sticky Tape.
Stamped Ribbon Build a Banner Alternate Paper Pumpkin Jan 2015
Love is in the details.
For the ribbon hanger, I stamped some of the kit stamps onto our Natural Ribbon, and tied it with some pieces of the kit's pink twine and some gold ribbon. I used my Blendabilities to color a bunch of rhinestones to match the red theme and sprinkled them liberally over the front.

I think This will make an excellent decoration - once I steal it back from Mr. Man! LoL But really, very pretty in person ((If I do say so myself!!)), you should try it!!
Valentine Build a Banner Alternate Paper Pumpkin Jan 2015
Add a little Love to your Life

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Hey, Typeset Valentine!

Typeset Specialty Designer Paper with Hey, Valentine Stamp Set
Example A and B, reasons why I should not be allowed to Color.
But, if you ignore that, I think you'll like the layout and the accents on these cards!!

The little pirate dude in the Hey, Valentine set (or in this case, the Amor Mio, translated stamp set) made me want to get out my pirate map, so I pulled some of the map print from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper. There are 4 sheets of this print in the Typeset pack, and cut to 4x4 instead of 4x5.25 like I did, you could get 32 pieces out of the pack. It would make an awesome invitation for a Pirate party or Halloween party! I'll have to give that a try...

So, you may be wondering why I have the translated stamp set. My older daughter is in a Spanish Immersion program, and she speaks Spanish. I love that Stampin' Up! offers stamp sets in Spanish, French, and German! These sets really open up a great opportunity to communicate with family and friends.

Back to the cards. Which no one apparently liked in my Instagram/Facebook poll... LOL
Fine. The coloring IS pretty bad. Have your laugh, and look at the good bones of the card:
Map, Map-ish roll, Distressed Edges. Good Start.
Coloring. All Bad.
The So Saffron base was supposed to set off the saffron color used to accent the gold. I distressed the edges of the Very Vanilla piece, and ran the edges of it through my Crumb Cake stamp pad to give a little definition, then I added the roll to the corner for a old-map kind of feel. I added some gold and pearls to distract you from the coloring. Did it work? :-D
Tiny Pearls fit the necklace perfectly!
With some Gold Sequin Trim and a sliver of Gold Glimmer Paper,
its so cute!! If only I had stopped there...
I will definitely try this card again. I'm thinking just black or espresso ink, with alot more distressing, maybe some crumpling... Something BESIDES coloring, unless I can get into some kind of coloring rehabilitation class. Can you tell I am disappointed in my (lack of) coloring abilities?

Ok, here is the other card. A little different, less bling, slightly better coloring.
Less is more. 
The pennant looked good, I think! With more distressing it could have more impact. Not terrible, one I will be trying again.

Do you build off your cardmaking #fails? Or do they go straight to the 'Circular File'?
Happy Crafting!

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Countless Sayings Masculine Valentine

Masculine Valentine 

You & Me. Forever.
"Short, sweet, says it all." the man in your life comments! LOL

But really. This chevron pattern just makes me think 'manly'. Looks kind of like diamond-plate, which makes me think of my Love's toolbox, and the garage, aka "his space". I think you could give this to your Mr. Man and he'd be OK with displaying it proudly. In the garage.

I had an extra chevron embossed Brown Sugar card front, and I looked in my handy dandy Color Coach to find a color that would stand out nicely against it. Brown Sugar is one of those colors that really goes well with almost everything, but one of the suggestions was Cherry Cobbler! Perfect for a luvvvv card. So I got out my heart punch and made a nice heart. then I couldn't decide how to set it off on the card base. I had wanted to use Gorgeous Grunge and CASE a card I liked, but the chevron base really didn't work with that. Plan B. I stamped the Forever stamp from the Countless Sayings 2 polymer set, and while I was putting it back I saw the You & Me stamps, and woo-hoo!! Card layout decided. Gah, that's always the longest part for me. Color and layout.

I laid out the stamps on my D clear block and stamped them in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla. I trimmed the vanilla out to roughly the same size as my block. I added the cut out heart scrap because it framed the You and added more emphasis there, balancing out the Forever heart by Me. ;-) Don't want it to be all about ME...

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Work of Art Confetti Heart Valentine

Viewers choice from Instagram and Pinterest was... This one!
I've seen the heart shape made with the {Stamp set of the Year, IMO} Work of Art set on Pinterest quite a bit, you can make ALL Kinds of shapes with this set!! This is definitely one stamp set you will want to have. So fun!!

Today I share the heart shape. ;-) The SUPER EASY heart shape. A super easy card, actually.

I used a Rose Red A2 card base, and Pink Pirouette layers. I punched a red piece with the Confetti Hearts Punch and layered it over a pink slice. On another pink piece I made the heart shape from 3 of the stamps in the set. The swoosh, the scribble, and the block-ish one. Yes. Those ones. You'll know what I mean when you look at the set:

See? The heart is stamped in Rose Red - but I stamped off before putting it on the pink! Its a really dark color stamped directly. You just angle two swooshes into a V, and then add the scribble twice to the top, and in the center I stamped the block-ish one in Blushing Bride. I added the heart and the You stamped in Rose Red, darker because I did NOT stamp off!

Voila! Easy and, I think, quite pretty!
Thanks for playing, tomorrow I'll do the runner up card! ;-)
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Masculine Valentines Stacked with Love

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Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack - Masculine Card Ideas
The new paper stack, Stacked With Love, in the Occasions 2015 Catalog is perfect for Valentines Day! And the modern black and white patterns will carry you through the year too! Nice thing about Double-sided paper!

Today I used it to make some masculine Valentine's Day cards. I say masculine, because they are not all frilly and white and pink, but they could be used for the ladies as well! They are striking in the black and white with a pop of red. If the layout is familiar, I cased my Masculine birthday card HERE. Once you get the measurements, and remember to cut long strips in stead of individual tags, it goes pretty quick!! Still, a little bit involved, if you're just looking for a quick card this is not it! #justsayin
Varying the size of the pennants would work better on larger cards.
On this A2, they were a leeeetle large.

On the first card, I forgot to check my measurements and cut the pennants, all 10, into 0.75" wide by 1"-2" length. It made for a very large accent piece over the Woodgrain embossed Basic Grey panel. I used Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp, which certainly lives up to its name on this banner. Ummmmm. Next!!

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Back to the layout this time. Measure twice, Cut once, right?
Ok. This is more like it!! The pennants are only 0.5" wide, for a total width of 2.5" - much more manageable on an A2 card! I cut the STRIPS this time, longest in the center is 3", then two at 2.75". and then the last two at 2.5". To assemble them, I used a scrap of card stock with a strip of snail adhesive, cut it to 0.5" x 2.5", and carefully lined up my strips over it. The banner is 0.75" x 3" and I added a button instead of a brad. The faux thread is a sliver of paper through the button holes. I used the Woodgrain Embossing folder again, and I think this card came out much better. What do you think?

I still had lots of paper to use from the pages from the Stacked with Love pack, so I decided to try two more cards.
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The Chevron Embossing folder kind of
looks like that metal Diamond Plating, very manly! LoL
I used the Chevron Textured Embossing Folder on Basic Grey cardstock, I like the pattern against the Basic Black card base. I changed the order of the strips to give more of a black and white emphasis, with only small amounts of red in the pennants. The bolder sentiment - from You Plus Me stamp set - really stands out on this card.

Birthday Themed, the colors still work for more of a manly look.
For the last card I went with the Zig Zag Embossing Folder, over the Basic Black base again. I changed the layout to landscape, and added a Clothespin covered with a bit of the Stacked with Love paper. Using just the Non-Valentine themed paper (I do like the arrows though, and had them point down to the sentiment) I went with the black and white with red theme. I used the sentiments from Crazy About You stamp set - such a great size for the words!
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I still love this layout. I'll have to try it with some softer papers, and see how a more feminine take on it comes out.

Happy Monday!! I hope you'll partake in the spirit of the Martin Luther King holiday, and volunteer in your community, or at the very least, do some small acts of kindness for others today. :-) Together we can make a difference, just as working together Dr. King and his followers made a difference. We may not change the world as they did, but even small acts have ripples into eternity.

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