Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Love You X's Two...(A Valentine's Hop!)...

It's time for another Holiday Hop, and today we're showcasing Valentine's Day! Get ready to be inspired as a group of talented card-makers show off their paper-crafting skills with fabulous ideas for Valentine's Day using Stampin' Up products!

If you've hopped over from the fabulous Cards by Gina, I'm stop #9. Be sure to read to the end of this post for the full line-up of blogs on our hop!

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For today's project, I thought I'd see what I could come up with for a special V-Day treat combining two of my absolute favorite card-crafting tools: my Big Shot and my punches. I have two projects that are meant to go together, which is a perfect theme for the year's best love day, yes?

I haven't used Melon Mambo since before the holidays, and what better color is there for a fun valentine? I used Stampin' Up's wonderful XL Matchbox die to create this sweet little box. To make it extra special, I punched a heart in the top and adhered some clear acetate for a peek at what goodies are inside. This box will definitely be filled with a sweet treat, but for now I've left it empty so that the surprise message at the bottom of the box is revealed. To finish off, I simply added a bright bow and a few punched-out hearts. (Bean Tip: Use a sponge dauber to sweep ink against the edge of paper elements to add visual interest.) Now on to my matching card!

For this card, I wanted to really see what I could do with SU's Movers & Shapers dies. I chose to combine the Heart and Modern Label shapes, running the card through twice to get the desired position. I then covered the inside of my card with coordinating Melon Mambo DSP for a bit of contrast. The cute images from A Happy Heart were exactly what I was looking for, and I loved being able to pop out my punched shapes. To finish off the card, I tied on the ribbon and added the same hearts that adorn the matchbox. Voila! A bit of a treat for someone sweet!
BEAN NOTES: (Unless otherwise noted, all materials are Stampin' Up)**
Treat Box:
A Happy Heart Stamp; Melon Mambo and Basic Black Classic Dye Ink; Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper; Melon Mambo and Whisper White Cardstock; Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon; Heart to Heart and Full Heart Punches; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sponge Dauber (generic)
HAPPY BEANS: Clear acetate (generic)

A Happy Heart Stamps; Melon Mambo and Basic Black Classic Dye Ink; Melon Mambo Designer Series Paper; Melon Mambo and Whisper White Cardstock; Melon Mambo Grosgrain Ribbon; Heart to Heart, Modern Label, and Full Heart Punches; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sponge Dauber (generic); Mini Brads (generic)
HAPPY BEANS: Movers & Shapers Die; Magnetic Heart and Modern Label Movers and Shapers; Big Shot

**To order these or any other current Stampin' Up products, please email me HERE.

Now, hop on over to our next blog, Lourdes Torres and her Cozy Crafty Corner for more Valentine's goodness. Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions along the way. Thanks for hopping by!

If you missed any of the blogs on our Holiday Hop, please feel free to drop by and check out any of creative crafters below:

1. Kalshelia Lloyd -- www.stampinfabulousity.com Stampin' Fabulousity
2. Ann Schach -- www.stampinchic.com The Stampin' Schach
3. Margaret Moody -- www.margaretmoody.typepad.com Margaret Moody
4. Debbie Pierce -- www.stampinsunshine.com Stampin' Sunshine
5. Carla Bazhenow -- www.carlas-scraps.com Carla's Scraps
6. Mary Fish -- www.stampinpretty.com Stampin' Pretty
7. Kim Lampone -- www.kjskorner.blogspot.com Stamp, scrap, get kreative
8. Gina Shaw -- www.cardsbyginashaw.com Cards by Gina
9. Regina Mangum -- www.thestampinbean.blogspot.com The Stampin' Bean
10. Lourdes Torres -- www.cozycraftycorner.blogspot.com Cozy Crafty Corner
11. Kris Kilcoyne -- www.kweenbee.typepad.com Kween Bee Kreations
12. Liz Hughes -- www.diypapercreations.com DIY Paper Creations
13. Melanie Collins -- www.oopsadaisy.typepad.com Oops a Daisy
14. Mike Funke -- www.stampin-style.com Stampin-Style
15. Anne Beale Yancey -- www.mukibug.com Mukibug
16. Martha Stewart -- www.SeasonsOfStamping.com Seasons of Stamping
17. Jason Casper -- www.stampindad.blogspot.com Jason's Stampin' Pad


Kris Kilcoyne said...

Clever way to use A Happy Heart. I especially love the heart image peeking through the circle on the bag.

emily said...

what a great way to use the matchbox die!

Kim said...

LOVE the matchbox die with the heart cut out!! Adorable card too!!

Martha said...

Beautiful projects. The movers and shapers works out perfectly. Love your designs!

Carla said...

So love your projects. Love those cutouts, too. Hugs,

Mike said...

Great projects - I keep forgetting about 3D and yours are the best!

Mary Fish said...

Bean . . . you hit another home run. My favorite details . . . the liquid pearls on the hearts and sentiment inside the box. Very "out of the box." Hugs, M

lisa808 said...

So pretty.

Liz Hughes said...

I love the matchbox, it is adorable! What an awesome project - I'm inspired!!

Angela Fehr said...

I just saw your Tuesday Trigger and had to come over to say that it is the most beautiful project I have ever seen. I am so inspired and it is fabulous!

Margaret Moody said...

I love both of your beautiful creations, Regina! The matchbox is precious! Love the hidden message inside! The card is just too, too cute! Love the use of the coordinating paper and the peek-thru windows! Another outstanding job! Lots of hugs! MM :)

Inking A Colorful Journey said...

I just love how you used the Movers and Shapers dies! Those things are so fabulous and I haven't used them nearly enough. You have given me some WONDERFUL workshop ideas! Thanks so much!

Ann Schach said...

Wow! These are fantastic! I love the colors and your use of the Movers and Shapers dies!

Lourdes Torres said...

Cute projects Regina. I love the card made with Movers and Shapers! I have been waiting to by that die set and now you convinced me! Congrats!

Cards by Gina said...

Your projects are always so unique and beautiful! I love everything you do! You are tremendously creative. Nothing is ever the same that you create! Congrats on your win today, too! You certainly deserve it!

suzieque said...

I love how you made a card to match your 3-D item! Wonderful projects! I just received my mover and shaper dies, I can't wait to use them. Great Job!!! Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Your little matchbox and matching card are both adorable. Looks like I need to buy the die.


shelly said...

so pretty! thank you for sharing.