Masculine/Feminine Mini Valentines

Happy Tuesday! I have 4 mini Valentine’s Day cards for you today with feminine and masculine feels. I decided to make these mini so I could throw together some last minute ones that would be fun to give away to friends or to attach to a gift. Here are the “male” versions of the cards: >>

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I started by cutting a kraft A2 card base in half and attaching the washi/glitter tapes. Next, I stamped the (adorable!!) tiny heart in smokey gray alongside the tapes and finished each off with a sentiment – a stamped sentiment on card 1 and an embellishment sentiment on card 2. I added a little piece of gray string as well to card 1. And that’s it! These were super simple and left the ability to easily add another sentiment on the inside. Here are the feminine versions: >>

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For these two, I used the white card base cut in half. For the first card, I started by stamping the arrows along the left side and then stamped the heart next to the arrows in gray. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom right hand corner in black and finished it off with a wrap and a bow of metallic cord from Target with a piece of pink ribbon.

For the second card, I started by stamping the pink polka dots on the background. I stamped my sentiment onto a trimmed piece of white cardstock and mounted it on trimmed navy cardstock. I wrapped the metallic cord around the top of the card base and tied it into a bow with a different piece of pink ribbon and then adhered the sentiment to the mini card with dimensional adhesive. And that’s it!

Mini cards are a lot of fun to put together – I love using tiny canvases!! I hope you all have a wonderful week and an incredible Valentine’s Day!

Stephanie

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Valentine’s Kids Craft

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Today I have a little kids craft for you that I made with my 3-year-old daughter, Abbey. She loves bringing in “gifts” to her classmates at pre-school and we take every opportunity to do so! For Valentine’s Day, Abbey wanted to paint something, so we came up with these cute little Butterfly Lollipop Valentines. I tried to let her do these by herself as much as possible and I think she did really well!

We started with some thinner cardstock (easier for little hands to cut), scissors, and a pencil. We folded each piece of cardstock and drew one wing next to the crease in the paper. Then we started cutting them out.

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Once unfolded, they are perfect little butterflies! I got out the finger paints and let Abbey paint one side of the butterfly only.

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When she was done, we folded the butterfly back together and smoothed it out. After reopening it, it was a beautiful symmetrical butterfly.

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After painting, let the paint dry completely. Once dry, take a craft knife and make two small slits along the inside crease of the butterfly. Then slip a lollipop through the slits and you’re done!! You can also use pencils, or anything else that will fit through the hole.

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These turned out so cute and Abbey was so proud of them. On the opposite side of the butterfly, she stamped a “Happy Valentine’s Day!” stamp and wrote her name. We made about 12 at one time.

These were the perfect little Valentines for a pre-schooler to make and really get involved and do most of the work (which is how my little one likes it!). I hope you give these a try! What pre-school Valentines does your little one like to make?

See you next week!

Stephanie 🙂

Stamp Slicing Tutorial

Hi and welcome! Today I have one card for you with a mini “tutorial” on a technique that I like to call “Stamp Slicing.”

Now there are a few different techniques that you can use to accomplish what I am going to do here, but I think stamp slicing is the easiest for the larger stamps. I will be using this adorable tree stamp from the Go Green stamp set by My Cute Stamps, and what I would like to do is easily use multiple inks while stamping: the heart in red, the leaves green, the trunk, brown.

Other techniques you can use here are using stamp markers and coloring in each different part (this is probably the easiest technique with smaller stamps), or masking, where you cover part of the stamp with a sticky note between inks. For this particular stamp, stamp slicing was the quickest and gave me the best turnout. Let’s get started!

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After laying out the stamp onto a cutting surface (I used a cutting mat, not shown), I cut around the trunk first with a craft knife, careful to avoid slicing the raised part of the stamp (where the ink goes). The cut does not need to be pretty so long as the raised part is in tact.

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Next, I cut out the little heart from in between the leaves. Again, the cut does not need to be pretty, but be careful not to slice the raised parts.

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So now I have 3 separate stamps that I can easily place on my acrylic block and press onto ink pads only inking the parts I want!

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I actually ended up using a stamp marker for the leaves here because I liked the color, but in a different card, I simply pressed the leaves right onto my ink pad and it saved a ton of time.

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When I was all done with my stamp, I pieced it back together like a puzzle and stored it in it’s original packaging! Here is the finished card I made with the stamp:

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Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next time! Stay healthy!!

Stephanie 🙂

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Healing the Family

Sick little ones this week are putting off the craft room time!! My poor things should be healed and happier soon. I will be back on Tuesday. Hope everyone is having a healthy week!

Stephanie

SC Copper Mountain Card Kit

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Well I finally got to crack open my January Studio Calico Card Kit, “Copper Mountain” and it is so much fun!! This month’s kit came with craft dies as well which was a special treat for me, as I finally got a traditional die cut machine. I bought the Big Shot from Sizzix and its been nothing but ease from the start. It has been a blast trying out new dies too and my daughter has been having fun helping me turn the handle! 🙂 So here are a couple cards I put together this week using the Copper Mountain kit. >>

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Now this kit came with a die for the whale as well as a matching whale stamp, but I opted to just use the die in this first card. I die cut the whale in pattern paper with the craft die and my Big Shot, and then I cut the anchor using a digital die with my Silhouette. Lots of layered stamping and a gorgeous strand of gold string later… and I’m done! Isn’t that gold string amazing? I definitely need more of it. Here is the next card: >>

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For this card I used the whale stamp and created a pattern on white cardstock. When adhering the cardstock to the kraft card base I left space without tape to allow my tag the ability to slide in and out between them. I attached my sentiment on the tag and let play a little hide and seek with the card. I thought this was a fun little twist on this trendy pattern.

Be sure to check out the entire Copper Mountain kit and check out the Sneak Peeks of February’s kits, Sugar Rush. See you next week!

Stephanie

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