Welcome, stamping friend, to the February edition of the Blogging Friends Blog Hop!
This month, we’re all about sharing the LOVE! Of course, February 14th is Valentine’s Day, but you don’t need to wait for just 1 day a year to show someone – or a lot of someones – how much you love them, and appreciate having them in your life.
This month, the Blogging Friends appreciate our Anna Conetta Masciovecchio, who reached out and got the inspiring Stampin’ Up! demo TAMI WHITE to be our Guest Blogger for this month! Woot! Thank you Anna for doing this, and of course many thanks to Tami for agreeing to share her creative genius with us, and you, stamping friend!
A quick note of housekeeping – to tour the hop, all you have to do is click on the ‘Continue’ button at the end of the post. That will take you directly to the next blog in the line up. (and in case of technical gremlins causing havoc, some of us have listed the full lineup of participants at the end of our blog posts).
So, if you’ve been going along smoothly, you should have arrived here from the blog of Danica Ferrante – weren’t her projects terrific?! She always inspires me!
My first project uses the beautiful Falling in Love Suite of products:
For my focal point, I used the So in Love Thinlits Dies to die cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. This particular die cuts out the little heart shapes (I think they’re hearts – some say they’re petals), and leaves the middle solid, for stamping!
I used the Falling for You stamp set for the sentiment, stamped in Blushing Bride ink. I then used my retired Crop-o-dile to punch small holes in each side of the die cut (I did make a straight cut on the right side; the die actually cuts a banner-type end), and looped a piece of 1/8″ Ribbon in Gold through each end. I then attached the die cut to a panel of falling hearts (petals) patterned paper from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals; I attached the ribbon to the back of the DSP using Tear & Tape, to hold it in place.
I attached this panel to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, then glued that the Blushing Bride cardstock base. I wanted some small hearts, so I pulled out my Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies, and used the tiny heart die from there, along with my Big Shot, to die cut 5 hearts from Gold Glimmer Paper. After attaching those to the card front with Dimensionals, I used my Wink of Stella Clear pen to add some sparkle all around the edges of each of the layers.
You can *just* see the glimmer from the Wink of Stella in this close-up picture. I find that my camera has trouble focusing on close up shots when I use this DSP, as it has a kind of bokeh effect to the pattern, which confuses my camera as to what to focus on! (okay, I’m sure it’s me that has the issues – I just don’t know how to use the manual functions on my camera – I’m a ‘point & shoot’ kinda gal!).
My next project uses the fun Love Notes Framelits Dies:
I saw this idea from another talented demo, Martha Inchley, and I just had to try it out – adding my own spin on it, of course!
I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, making sure that it is larger than the hearts edgelit. I then die cut across the width of the paper, alternating the pattern up & down, so that the hearts are ‘staggered’ -not all directly in line with each other.
After die cutting, I attached the panel to a panel of Real Red cardstock, then trimmed the die cut panel to fit. I then used the small heart die in the set to die cut hearts from the Gold Foil Paper, and randomly attached them on top of some of the die cut hearts.
I then die cut a small rounded envelope from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack, attached a small foil heart inside, and a gold arrow die cut behind it, and attached it to the card front.
This card looks amazing from lots of different angles!
I made sure to pull up the die cut hearts – they look like they’re all a-flutter! 🙂 ♥ This is one of my cards I’m featuring this month in my February Bundle of the Month Club.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects – if you have some time, I’d love to read any comments you’d care to leave! And if you don’t already have your own Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and would like to purchase the products used in these projects, you can click on the links below for ordering them.
Now, you’ll want to head over to Jessica Mink’s blog, to see her fabulous creations! Just click on the ‘Continue’ button below, and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Until next time – happy stamping!