Thursday, February 13, 2014
Valentine Card and Candy Favor Tube - Anniversary Celebration Day 4
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! We have so much snow here that I wonder if the florists will be able to make deliveries. The snow is pretty but I think everyone is getting tired of the winter-that-will-not-end! I hope you are surviving the winter weather if you are also in the path of the storms.
Are you having fun watching to see what is added to the Anniversary Giveaway boxes each day? Since I wasn't able to do a celebration last year there is a lot to put into these boxes.
Today I have added a Martha Stewart stamp set to each box. This is a set that has been around for several years. I think it is a particularly cute one and it will be perfect for spring cards and projects. I used it to make the Valentine card for today's post so you could see some of the stamps in action.
I did find that when I was separating my stamps, I had to take great care not to rip any of the images. Each of the rings and borders will separate cleanly along a scored line but it would be easy to rip in the wrong place (ask me how I know!). I have seen these sets on sale at several places like Marshall's and Tuesday Morning. If you find a set just be careful the first time you use them.
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
Do you like to stamp? Do you prefer wood mounted stamps, cling mount or clear? Do you prefer stamping and then cutting out the image with a die or cutting a shape and then stamping on it?
Here are the details about the card I made with the stamp set. You can see that I still have some of the red and white linen lined paper that I have used on a few other cards lately. It coordinates so nicely with the plaid lines in the stamps.
I found that the largest circle from the Nestabilities Small Classic Circle dies was a great fit for the large round stamp. Do you see the washi tape holding the die in place? Many of you mentioned this as one of the ways you use washi tape!
I also cut the largest scalloped circle from the Small Classic Scalloped Circles Nestabilities set to back my stamped image. Since I always try to conserve my supplies, I carefully centered this cut on the front of another card base. You'll see how I used this scallop window card base in another post.
To add to the "cute" factor, I put a white dot on each of the scallops of the circle. Then I decided to add some stitching to the stamped circle as well since the space between the images seemed too empty.
In the end, I "stitched" around all of the shapes. I don't worry too much about getting perfect lines. If I am adding pen stitching to a card it is generally a more casual type of cards and I want it to look hand done. The Uniball Signo pens are the best I have found for doing this pen stitching.
I needed a sentiment for my card so I pulled out this great CTMH Holiday Tags stamp set. I love all of the little labels and you can stamp the words inside a label or just use them on their own. The cuts coordinate with the Artiste Cricut cartridge.
I didn't have room for a label on the front of my card so I just stamped the sentiment on a small piece of cardstock and then trimmed it to about 1/2 x 2 inches. I had yet another little trimming (love those "leftovers") that would fit across the card as a paper ribbon. I punched the holes with an old Stampin' Up punch for ribbon threading.
The paper strip and label fit nicely across the bottom of the card. I used 1/8 inch Scor Tape to adhere the ends of the strip, the center can slide back and forth. Lots of foam squares lift the scalloped circle for some dimension on the card front.
Here is the finished card. Another simple card that is easy to make to suit all sorts of occasions by changing the center motif and the sentiment.
There was something missing - Valentine's Day requires chocolate! I was tickled to see how nicely the chocolate kisses fit inside this Clear Treat Tube from CTMH. The pattern they make as they tilt back and forth is really pretty.
I was able to use the tag and the sentiment stamp to attach to the candy tube. This tag is on the Artiste cartridge on page 33, accent 2, shift and is cut at one inch. The stamp set has the cartridge, page number and size for each coordinating cut printed right on the storage sheet- very handy!
I probably should have added a bit of filler inside at the bottom...then I realized that I could use some washi tape to cover the gap!
The tube looks cute with one last kiss stuck to the cap!
My friend Joy Tracey is a Close to My Heart consultant and she is offering a special deal right now. She will send you a beautiful "Friend" stamp when you place an order with her. See the details on her blog, Obsessed with Scrapbooking, HERE. You can find her CTMH site HERE. The offer ends on the 14th so you'll have to hurry!
Tomorrow is also the last chance to get the special deal on all of the 2013 Scrapinars from Layout a Day. You don't need a coupon code for this deal - just click HERE to go to the Special Valentine's Deal page. Individual Scrapinars are just $7 or you can buy a bundle of all ten for $29 - just under $3 a class.
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I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!
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