Thursday, January 30, 2014

Simple Adore Card and some last chances

This simple card has just a couple of unique features and it is perfect to send to your Valentine.

Adore A1123 click HERE to order

The stamp set I used is from Close To My Heart It is one of the sets that are retiring in just a few days.  You can click HERE to go to my friend Joy's CTMH website to see all of the retiring items - January 31st (Saturday) is your last chance to order them!  I used Ruby ink to stamp the image.

I stamped the heart and the sentiment on ivory cardstock cut to 3 x 4 inches.  The card base is the same ivory cardstock cut at standard A2 size (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half to make a card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches).  The red linen print layer was cut at 4 x 5 1/4 inches - it is the back of a piece of Christmas cardstock.  You often find that the "B sides" of papers are much more neutral and will work for different holidays and occasions.

Both the stamped ivory cardstock and the red linen layer were punched with this Martha Stewart Mini Heart border punch.  This is an older punch, before they changed to the design with the folding wings.  It is a little more trouble to store but I do like the tiny detail it adds.

I punched a hole at the top of the stamped piece and threaded some satin ribbon through it, clipping the ends of the ribbon at an angle.  The ribbon is Scarlet Jewel from Papertrey Ink.

After the ribbon was added, I had to twist one side to keep the shiny side of the satin showing.  The ribbon is held in place with glue dots.

I took another piece of the same ribbon and tied a small bow.  When I put it into position, I didn't like the way it looked... I flipped it over and made all of the tails go toward the top.

I rounded the top corners of the card base, the red linen layer and the stamped piece with my ancient but very useful Creative Memories corner rounder.  I wasn't happy with the extra space at the bottom of the card - so I chopped off about a quarter inch.

This makes the design look more balanced.  It also allows a little extra space for the funny bow in an envelope.

Do you like the upside down bow?  It was a whim but I think it adds interest to a rather plain and simple card.  I am amazed that I managed to restrain the impulse to add some bling or shimmer.  (true confession - I tried some gold Smooch ink around the outside of an "oops!" stamped heart and I really didn't like the way it looked with these colors...).

There is a very long list of items that are retiring - you should hop over to Joy's site HERE to check it out.  Some of my favorites are going away (but there are lots of great things in the new catalog - ordering from that starts in February).

Last Chance Deal for LOAD 214

It is almost February 1st and I am excited to be participating in another Layout A Day challenge in February.  If one of your resolutions or goals for this year is to do more scrapbooking, the Layout a Day (LOAD) program is a wonderful help in reaching that goal.  Lain Ehmann produces this event and she is a great motivator!  Participate for the entire month and you will end up with 28 finished layouts.  You will also have lots of fun along the way with daily videos, sample layouts and a private Flickr group where participants share their pages and stories.

This time the theme is "Scrapbook Mythbusters" and we will spend the month breaking all the written and unwritten scrapbook rules that might be holding you back from creating pages and sharing your stories.

One of my pages from LOAD 513 - simple, it tells the story and it's done!

I have participated in LOAD several times and even completed the full month last May.  Paper, digital or hybrid scrappers are all welcome.  I really enjoyed working with the prompts - sometimes my pages were right on target for the prompt and other days it was more of a stretch, but the prompts do get you thinking.  The feedback in the gallery is also a very helpful.

This event only happens twice a year.  There are almost 400 people signed up and it will probably sell out.  If you have been thinking about trying LOAD, Lain is a offering a special last minute deal - use the code 28DAYS to save nearly 40% - this deal ends today, January 30th.

Click HERE to see all of the details and sign up. 

It looks like things will warm up just a bit - I hope that Groundhog doesn't see his shadow on February 2nd.  I am ready for some warm weather - or maybe just a visit to someplace warm!

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  1. I love the bow just the way it is. Very clever to add the tails with a simple bow, looks adorable. I bet it looks good either way. Simple but elegant card!

    1. Thanks Jan! I think having the tails go upward makes the stamped piece look more like a tag. This is a fast and easy card - it took the longest to tie the bow and get the shiny sides to show!


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