Monday, February 11, 2013

My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #86 - Let Me Count the Ways...

Hello Everyone!
Valentine's Day is THIS Thursday!! Yes, THIS Thursday! And this week's My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #86 is all about YOUR SWEETHEART! Simply create a NEW - no backlinking, please - card, layout, project, gift, etc. FOR YOUR SWEETHEART.  
Hubby and I don't do the BIG COMMERICIAL Valentine's Day thing. We keep things simple and easy. I make him a special Valentine's Day Breakfast before work and tuck in a sweet Valentine Note with his lunch. He brings me a Single Rose when he gets home. And if we do decide to go out we left it for the week after when the restaurants aren't JAMMED PACK.
This year, I made my SWEETHEART a quick card letting him know how much I Love Him using some of  My Craft Spot's Stamp Sets and a Bitty Bag.
I do have to admit that it didn't quite turn out like I had hoped. It might have something to do with the fact that I wanted to keep it masculine and clean - meaning NO SEWING, NO RIBBON, NO FLOWERS, NO GLITTER. And in my attempt to do so I ended up with a color combination of White, Black, Grey, and Red - papers are from the My Mind's Eye Ruby Paper Pad. Love the Papers, just NOT my card - that reminds me an awful lot of Mickey Mouse.
Back to the card....I used the older Deconstructed Sketch #76.
I replaced the rectangle behind the tag with the "Red Chevron" Bitty Bag - available at My Craft Spot.
I stamped the "Let Me Count the Ways..." Sentiment from the My Craft Spot "Always & Forever" Stamp Set and tucked it underneath a button and some "Black Licorice" Twine - available at My Craft Spot.
From inside the Bitty Bag pulls out a tag cut from the Cricut Plantin Schoolbook at 2-5/8". I made a quick outline with a black pen and stamped the "How do I love thee?" Sentiment from the My Craft Spot "Always & Forever" Stamp Set.
I stapled a small piece of My Craft Spot's "Midnight Black" Crinkle Ribbon to the tag.
I then used the numbers from the My Craft Spot "Chunky Alphabet" Stamp Set to stamp the numbers #1 - 4. Each number will include a special reason why I love my SWEETHEART. Now, I don't only love my hubby for FOUR reasons, but its all that would fit in the tag - LOL! And that's what the inside of the card is for.
For the inside, I used the My Craft Spot "Build A Valentine" Stamp Set to stamp the "Happy Valentine's Day" Sentiment.
I hope you have enjoyed my SWEETHEART's Card and that he likes it, as I have mixed feelings about it.
NOW, its YOUR turn! Link up YOUR SWEETHEART'S project to the My Craft Spot Blog by Monday, February 18th 11:59 MST for your chance to win this week's prize.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Whimsie Doodles Inspiration - 4x4 Valentine Messages Notecards

Hello Doodlelicious Fans!
Thank You for joining me today at the Whimsie Doodles Blog!
Valentine's Day is less than ONE WEEK away, have you started on your Valentine's Day Cards? Today I have some really quick and easy 4x4 Valentine Notecards made with the Whimsie Doodles' "Valentine Messages" Digital Stamps.
Mustache_Valentine Messages

The "Valentine Messages" Digital Stamp Collection contains six(6) JPEG images and a quick print sheet for each. I only used four(4) out of the six(6) images included. You can find the "Valentine Messages" Digital Stamp in the Valentine Section of the Whimsie Doodles Store.
Fish_Valentine Messages
To keep the 4x4 notecards simple, I just used some red cardstock embossed with the Sizzix Valentine Set 2 Embossing Folder  - available at ShopPumpkinSpice - and scrap pieces from the American Crafts XOXO 6x6 Pad I had left from other cards.
DigYou_Valentine Messages
I based all of the Valentine Messages Notecards on the sqaure version of the older Mojo Monday Sketch #274.  Yet, each notecard has its own unique look, by rotating the sketch as I went along.
Snap_Valentine Messages

 I tied some of My Craft Spot's "Snow White" Crinkle Ribbon and added a button tied with Red Jute - available at My Craft Spot.
I hope my "4x4 VALENTINE MESSAGES NOTECARDS" have inspired you to create your own.

If you haven't already joined this month's January "FEELING SKETCHY" Challenge, you still have time. You have until Febraury 13th 10pm CST to enter for your chance to be Whimsie Doodles' April GUEST DESIGNER. For FULL details, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My Craft Spot Inspiration - "Be Mine" Teddy Bears

Hello My Craft Spot Fans!!
Thank You for joining me over at My Craft Spot!
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and today I want to share with you some quick and easy Valentine Treats I'm working on for my son's Kindergarden class. Whick also happen to be PERFECT for this week's My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #85 - Valentine's For Kids.
Using my Cricut Valentine's Sweets Digital Cartridge, I cut out these adorable little teddy bears at 3". I'm making these in blue for the boys and pink for the girls.  I used my Peachy Keen PK-754 Critter Faces Med to give each little bear a girly or boyish face.
To the little Girl Teddy Bears, I added a small bow made from some "Posy" Trendy Twine - available HERE at My Craft Spot.
I used some Removable Glue Dots to hold a piece of Dove Heart Chocolate, so the kids can easily take the candy off the little Teddy Bears. Underneath the chocolate, I tucked in a sentiment strip stamped with the "Be Mine" Sentiment from the My Craft Spot "Build A Valentine" Stamp Set.

The back of the Teddy Bears was stamped with the "To:/From:" Sentiments from the My Craft Spot "Always & Forever" Stamp Set.
Now, you can't forget about the I made a small Teddy Bear Shaped Card cut only slightly bigger at 4".  I opted to go with a Boy Bear since I wanted it to resemble my son asking his teacher to be his Valentine - did that make any sense?.
This time instead of tucking the sentiment underneath, I placed a sentiment strip stamped with the "Be My Valentine" Sentiment from the My Craft Spot "Build A Valentine" Stamp Set on top of the chocolates.
I kept the Little KIDS VALENTINE Bears pretty simple because let's face it, they're not going to be looking at the inked edges, chalked cheeks, glittered heart - all they want is the CANDY. So for the Teacher's Bear Shaped Card, I added all those extra details.
For the inside, I used the "Happy Valentine's Day" Sentiment from the My Craft Spot "Always & Forever" Stamp Set.
I used my Xryon 1.5" Sticker Machine to adhere all of the smaller pieces of the Teddy Bears. And of course, it had to have some dimension and layers.
Warning: It is a VERY Top Heavy Card due to the weight of the chocolates, I do recommend using 2 or more pieces of Glue Dots to hold the candy. 
I hope to have inspired you to create some VALENTINE'S FOR KIDS.

Don't forget to link up your VALENTINE'S FOR KIDS at My Craft Spot Monday Challenge #85 - Valentine's For Kids by February 11th for your chance to win this week's prize.
I'd LOVE to hear you think of my "BE MINE" TEDDY BEARS, so be sure to leave me a comment.
Thanks for stopping by!