Friday, January 9, 2009

Valentine Cards

Good evening yon invisible comrades in cards....I kinda like that. I won't be doing many Valentine cards, but I do enjoy them...just don't have that many lovers (hah hah) in my life these days.

Tomorrow is the monthly Saturday meeting of the Three Abuelas, as Jeri, Elenorah and I call ourselves. Jeri will be getting ready to go Las Vegas for a fun weekend w/hubby, so we have a sub, Laura who is super talented, but doesn't do the PC thing. She is an artist among many of her talents. She enjoys making cards, but doesn't do it as often as she'd like to. So here are the two cards that I'm sharing with them. We will make one and try for the other one. The trouble is we like to chat and eat, so sometimes, we don't get as much done as we plan to.

My little monkey one is a stamp from Stampendous and the sentiment is from Stampabilities. I used a BG stamp for the strip from Hero Arts. They call them design blocks. The cs is SU's real red & pink pirouette and baja breeze. The ribbon is SU's real red. I used a circle scallop from Quikutz. And the monkeys are stamped on a circle using the Coluzzle.Quikutz dies work in the Cuttlebug, just as well as the Wizard Nestabilities, however the "sandwich" is different. The Cuttlebug folder 'spots and dots' was used on the pink pirouette.The McGill punch is used for the sentiment. I used diamond glaze to adhere the red beads on the heart. Red eyelets (very old ones) are in the corners. I colored with Prismacolors Verithin pencils....I believe I now own about 250 pencils...why do I have to own every pencil set I see??? I used them with Gamsol. Stamped the monkeys in StazOn Brown Timber and the sentiment in SU's Brilliant Blue. Used the white signo gel pen from SU for the dots on the scallop. I'm hoping the photo does it justice.

The 2nd card used a clear stamp set from Inkadinkadoo. I only used the heart. And the sentiment is from SU's Always In My Thoughts...such a versatile little set. The base is SU's real red, then the white mat is SU's whisper white which I ran through the CB using the swiss dot folder. The heart is stamped in Pallette's canvas white onto real red and embossed in detail white embossing powder. NOTE: There is no better pigment white ink than this one. It is highly recommended by many bloggers. And I heartily agree! The trusty Nestabilities was used for 2 of the 3 mats and the SU white signo pen. The prettiest part of the card (to moi) is the Cuttlebug corner dies. The fantastic artist Jeri Jimenez uses these frequently, so I had to have them. Caught a 30% sale at HL last week. Used my SU punches for the sentiment layering and stamped in SU real red. For the pieces de resistence, I cut out the flowers from some recently retired SU ds paper and added diamonds, stickles, or liquid pearls in the center of various flowers. I hope those touches show up.

Well, I rarely go into detail about how I make a card. Whew, how do my fellow bloggers do it day after day.

I plan on having a great time this weekend and I hope you do as well. Thanks for stopping by.


marlene said...

Hello hello! :)
nice + simple card!
I have something for you in my blog today! Check it out!


Deb Neerman said...

Sooo cute! LOVE it!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting, Erica.

I'll be back, that's for sure!!

~Hugs, Deb