Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Mad About You is Close To My Heart's December stamp of the month and what a great set to get ready for those lovey cards for Valentine's Day (even if it's a bit early, it's never too early for love!)

This is a Blog Hop so that means over 50 different consultants are creating projects with this stamp set, so you should have plenty of inspiration. If you're already hopping, you came here from Traci Godbee's blog. Keep reading through my post to see where to hop to next.

With all that's going on during this holiday season, I opted for a few cards, and with this great stamp set it was fun and fast. And with the Art Philosophy cartridge, I didn't have to cut anything out. Piece of cake! Check out all the images in this set in the right-hand column of my blog. The outlines around images signify coordinating Cricut cuts. Awesome!

Here's one of my cards created with this set...

I decided that I would include this card as one project for my Cards & More Club next week, but as I got to thinking about it, all my members are women and this card is rather feminine, so it probably wasn't going to work as a Valentine. Well, unless... okay... no.

So I made the very same card with more masculine colors and I will just let them decide which one they want to make. Lucky me, I now have two cards for Valentine's Day and guess what I think I will do? My husband likes to buy me those silly Shoebox cards, no matter what occasion, so I will give him the feminine card above to give to me (he'll love not having to go buy one anyway) and I'll give him this one...

Both cards were constructed the same way. Here's a quick look at how easy they came together.

Stamp large heart image with Versamark and emboss with either Clear Detail or Pearl embossing powder. For the feminine card, I used Pearl. For the masculine, I used Clear Detail.

Fill a spritzer with mostly water, some re-inker (I used Smoothie) and a dollop of Pearl Paint, shake up, spray lightly, then wipe off the hearts with a damp paper towel to wipe away spritz to reveal the emboss.

The spritz looked a little bright, so I used a little Bamboo on a sponge dauber to tone it down a bit. I added some ribbon and pattern paper from the Elemental paper pack

The ticket shape is cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge and this stamp image fits perfectly. I masked out two of the three so I could stamp different phrases, while keeping the double border. The mask is simply a piece of post-it-note.

Just stamp the image and peel up the post-it paper to reveal just the border.

Here is another look at the masculine card again so you can see the effect of the masked tickets.

Now continue on the Blog Hop and head over to Teresa Scrivens' blog to see what fantastic idea she's come up with. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the Blog Hop!


  1. Gorgeous cards! Especially love the blue card.

  2. Great cards & I have to agree with the previous poster - - I especially love the blue one!

  3. These cards are great! Love the masculine take especially. I really like your hearts.

  4. OMG these are so gorgeous! I love your use of Elemental papers!!

  5. very nice cards!! I've been pulling out my embossing supplies lately too! great job

  6. very nice cards!! I've been pulling out my embossing supplies lately too! great job

  7. Both cards are just beautiful! I love all the detail and directions. Thanks!!

  8. I love these cards! Just beautiful - thanks for the tutorial!!

  9. Really nice to see the same card design in different color schemes.

  10. LOVE love love the resist technique.

  11. Cute, cute, cute! Love the tutorial.

  12. I love how these turned out! Especially the masculine one.

  13. Love both cards! great techniques used!


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