January 26, 2012

Can't find the paper you like? Make your own!

Hey Ya'll,
Sassy Dude here from Cricut Couple!  Well, today is a very important day for a few different reasons.  For starters, today is my second day with projects using the adorable new Build a Valentine and Always and Forever stamps recently released by My Craft Spot.  It's also Sassy Tutorial Day on She's a Sassy Lady.  So... since the schedules crossed, I thought I would just lump it all together and share a simple thing that was lots of fun to create and that I am thrilled with the way it turned out.  I made my own background paper using the Build a Valentine stamps!
 This is the front of the card.  I made the background paper.  Very simple to do.  The trim is cut in black using the Cricut and the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art Cartridge.  The floating hearts were punched using a Martha Stewart Heart Punch.  You could use your Cricut if you wanted to, but this was just very simple.
 I used Twine from My Craft Spot and ran it from the top of the mat to behind each of the floating hearts.  I added a little stickles to the edge of the hearts to make them stand out a little bit more.
 I stamped the sentiment on the inside and added an extra piece of trim to finish it off.
 This is the Build a Valentine set and the background paper.  I simply took a 12x12 piece of white card stock and stamped the heck out of it.  Hee! Hee!  I picked 4 colors of ink.  I used the solid heart stamp (larger) and stamped all over the page.  I then picked one of the conversation heart stamps for each colored heart.  I used black ink and then stamped over the hearts.  I didn't want them to be totally perfect, I wanted them to be off a little bit.  Perfectly imperfect.  Hee! Hee!
 Here is a closer shot so you can see how the paper turned out.  This was so much fun to do and I will certainly be doing more of this.
 For my second card, I had a lot of fun with this one too!  This is also from the Build a Valentine set.  I immediately had a frog in mind when I saw the "Looking for a Prince" stamp.  The frog and crown are from Paisley, The circles are from CTMH Art Philosophy and the thought bubble is from Phrases.
 I just popped all of the layers and added glossy accents to the eyes of the frog and on the hearts.
For the inside, I used three different stamps from the set to make the sentiment.  So simple!
Now, Kimberly over at My Craft Spot is giving one lucky follower their choice of one of stamp set.  You can choose Always and Forever, or Build a Valentine.  All you need to do is leave a comment and be a follower of Cricut Couple to qualify, so hop on over and leave us a comment.

Thanks so much to Sheila for letting me play today and Thanks to Kimberly for sharing these great stamps with the world and letting me talk about them on both blogs today.  We would love to know what you think of the projects today and we really appreciate you spending time with all of us today!  
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