Saturday, January 19, 2013

Colored Ice Crystals Valentine

Back in November 2012 there was a challenge on a message board that I belonged to to use the Ice Crystal technique on your card. It was a fantastic technique, and makes a lovely and unique background.

Here is the card I made using that can see the 'ice crystals' on the dark blue cardstock behind the main image.

At the time of the challenge, there was talk on the board about trying the technique with colored water on white paper, and whether or not that would turn out. Well, I colored some of my solution with red food coloring (the liquid kind) and tried it still made the ice crystals, but the color dried a faint pink...not something that I was going to work into the Christmas cards I was making at the time. So I put the page away until Valentine's. 

Guess what? That's right, I pulled it out and used it today! There is a challenge over on a new message board (the old one was closed) this week to use a handmade flower on your card. I pulled out my box of flowers and found some great ones that I had received in a swap from Christina. (Thanks!) The red and pink flowers were perfect to use in a row on my card, (layout based on pin here) but I needed something to make them pop.

Enter my perfect pink shimmery ice crystal background! Its hard to capture in a photo, but the crystals really do shimmer and shine, and the coloring made it the softest pink color that is perfect to let the flowers take center stage!

I've been making Valentines for an exchange that I signed up you like to swap and exchange handmade papercrafts? You should come check out the Scrapzee forum, its the friendliest place I've found for papercrafters on the web! 

Oh, and if you're interested in learning the ice crystals technique, there is a great video to explain it here.

Here's the inside...the card base that I'm using is pretty flimsy, so I always line the cards with something to reinforce them. Besides, I needed someplace to use the last two flowers!

  • card base: stash
  • flowers: swap from Christina
  • cardstock: coredinations (glitter), wausau (white)
  • stamps: studioG
I've found a new crafty challenge to play along with, Craft Us Crazy. Their current challenge is Valentine/Love/Red...this card oughta fit!

Thanks for stopping by to look!


Friday, January 18, 2013

Friends With Flair ~ Naturally

Its time to show off your Unity projects with the Friends With Flair on the Unity blog!

I bought a new cut file (surprise!) And wanted to try it out came the Cameo machine.

After I cut the card, it definitely needed some dressing out came the stamps!

I used the snail and ferns from the 'Naturally You' set by Unity, the little snail is so cute with the heart antennae! 

Inside I stamped some more ferns...and that's where the cut file is cuts the little heart corner as a part of the card. You can tuck the front of the card into the heart if you want...I decided not to this time.

  • patterned cardstock: Basic Grey
  • cardstock: stash (green), Recollections (brown), Wausau (white)
  • stamps: Unity
  • cut file: Silhouette America store
  • ink: Memento
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine Banner

I'm on a mission...a mission to convince my two boys that having a Valentine's Day party can be fun! I'm thinking a simplified version of the Christmas Gingerbread House decorating party that I throw...only with lots of heart shaped sugar cookies and a few colors of frosting. 

First step...decorate! Hmm...I know that I had a box of Valentine stuff somewhere...but after looking everywhere that I can think of, its nowhere to be found! What to do? Pull out the papercrafting supplies, of course!

I started with a simple banner for the mantle...

I'm still trying to use what I have...although it was very tempting to head out to the store that has paper on sale this week! I managed to resist the temptation...barely!

I used American Crafts paper...I've read good things about how great a quality paper this is for cutting machines, and I have to agree wholeheartedly! Talk about cutting as smoothly as butter with no!

I actually designed the banner myself, since I didn't see one that I liked in the Silhouette means that I get to share it with you!


The file includes the three different banner shapes and the LOVE letters, the heart that I used is not included, since it is not my file. But you can download it from birdscards here, it is free as well.

Once I had the banner pieces cut and assembled, it was as simple as going to my ribbon stash to find a complementary ribbon to hang the banner...I found this gorgeous dyed seam binding from 3 Girl Jam and knew that it was the one! 

Just some simple knots between the banners and then let the ribbon hang loose to look pretty...I love it when its easy!

Here's another look at the whole thing...I really like the non-traditional Valentine colors!


  • patterned paper: American Crafts (a la Carte)
  • cardstock: stash (black)
  • ribbon: 3 Girl Jam (London Blue)
  • cut file: Me!
I'm linking up over at the 3GirlJam challenge blog: Its a party with ribbon, you have until Jan 31st to should join in!

And over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge blog: Valentines Day/Love & ribbon, you have 'til Jan 29th for this one!

And sharing over at the Hookin Up with HoH linky party, too!

Now I guess I'll have to figure out what to put on the tables and in my frame that I like to have out with seasonal decor!

Thanks so much for stopping by to look!


Pink and Brown Valentine

Over at the Cameo Creations challenge blog the second challenge for January is to use pink and brown...I signed up for a Valentine Card exchange over on the Scrapzee forum, so knew right away what type of card I wanted to make!

The patterned paper came with a magazine, but it was a great size polka dot to use as a background. I even drug out the sewing machine! Sewing on cards adds so much texture...besides, its just fun!

The cut file came from Birds Cards, here. I added an offset to the outside, to add contrast.

I used the hearts from the cutout as a border along the inside layer, I didn't want to cut into a whole new page of brown cardstock, and the piece I had left was not wide enough to cover the inside. Design opportunity! I also used a smaller heart to cover the spot I stopped and started the stitching.

I'll add a stamped sentiment to the inside a bit later...I'm having too much fun cutting right now to clear my desk!

  • cardstock: Recollections (brown), stash (pinks)
  • patterned paper: Hot Off The Press
  • ribbon: The Paper Studio
  • digital cut file:

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