Saturday, February 5, 2011

Non traditional Valentine colors

 It is hard for me to make a Valentine card without using some pink or red! However for this week's challenge at Jitterbuggin', we are to use non-traditional colors- no pink and red, can use any sketch, and as always use our Cricut! I love Cricut Wild Card cartridge and always find great sentiments on it. I have never tried many of the shaped cards on the cartridge and thought this would be an opportunity to try something different. The heart shape card is found on page 67. I used the card feature, frame, and blackout, each cut at 5 inches. The sentiment Be My Valentine is cut at 5 3/4 inches....wanted it larger than the 5 inch cut. I bought the Cuttlebug folder Animals (4 in pack) on clearance some time back and have never used it. When I saw the cute little animals with hearts, I chose to use this as main image in the heart. I lightly inked it after I ran the paper through the folder.

The double-sided designer papers are K&Company. Although the paper used for the front of the card is a double-sided paper, I cut the blackout so that the beige patterned paper would be seen through the heart dots on front of card. The paper you see on the inside of the card is the reverse side of the beige patterned piece. The larger rust color heart is a portion of the heart frame cut that was not used on the front of the card. I also cut the heart frame a smaller size and used the smaller heart beside the rust heart.

Although not pink, I am pleased with the results of my non-traditional Valentine card. I think it has a bit of vintage feel. What do you think?

Hope you enjoy!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love Struck Hearts

This is another new card style for me which I thought would make a pretty Valentine card for a friend. The tutorial for the Triangle Trifold card can be found at Split Coast Stampers. I chose to make the card bigger than the instructions given in the tutorial by using a piece of 4 x 12 cardstock and scoring it at 4 and 8 inches.
The finished card size is 4x4 inches. My heart cuts are from Cricut Love Struck 2010.  The heart on the outside of the card is cut at 3 inches. The Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder was used on the blackout which was also cut at 3 inches. 3-D dots were used only on left hand side of the heart so as not to completely close card. Pearls and ribbon are from my stash of goodies.

Another heart from the Love Struck cartridge was used on the inside mat. Heart and the blackout were cut at 3 inches. The sentiment Love was cut at 1 1/2 inches and positioned on the lower part of the heart. My photo of the inside of the card is not too good. Hopefully you can see how the card is scored and folded on the diagonal of the left and right edges. This was a fun and easy card to make. Hope you will try it!

Bitten by the Bug2 - Love Struck cartridge - more than one heart
The Cuttlebug Spot - Tri-Fold Cards -Valentine
Passionately Artistic -- Fun Ideas for Valentine Day 2011--Be Inspired Linking Party
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Criss Cross Card

This card is my first try at making a Criss Cross Card. I had so much fun with this and I am really happy with the finished card. I followed a great tutorial found at SplitCoastStampers. The card starts with two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock and will be 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 when completed. Directions state to use a 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper for the front of the card. However, my patterned paper is cut at 4 1/4"x 5 1/2' so that the paper completely covers each criss cross shape of the card. The pretty papers are Kelly Panacci K&Company. I love all these papers--just my colors! For a lacey look on the card, I used the Martha Stewart Lace Heart edge punch...cut the strips to fit each long diagonal edge and glued strips to backside of the patterned piece. For complete instructions of making a Criss Cross card, please view the tutorial. 

        Pull Out Insert

This photo shows the pull out insert of the card. I used Cricut Wedding cartridge for the heart and shadow cuts at 3 inches. I had cut the heart before I made the inset. To accomodate the size of the heart, I adjusted the size larger for the insert card rather than using the size given in the tutorial. Lots of Martha Stewart pink inking!
There are many possibilities with this style card. I just love it! In fact, I am making another one and will share with you soon!
Hope you enjoy the card! Thanks for visiting and I appreciate all the kind comments.

So Saturday Challenge #2 - Anything Valentine's Related