I have one more valentine entry before we start thinking about Easter cards! This time I am using a Kokorosa Custom cutting die called a ‘Big Love Heart Background Die. I am calling it a heart collage die! I purchased a similar collage die a while back and I cut it apart to die cut the pieces. See that card HERE. This time I left all the die pieces connected and just ran it through that way. It worked much better and I had main pieces for two cards.
If you look closely, you can see that the left one has the dotted designer series paper (DSP) on the outside border with the real red on the inside which frames the pieces. The card on the right has the real red on the outside with the dotted designer series paper on the inside.
To keep the card from being too busy, I used only three different DSP designs. I could run the diagonal paper all at once but I selectively added the three hearts and the three ‘love’ letters. The DSP is from……
Right O’! And made by Pixie Dust Designs.
It is a 6 X 6 Pad with 24 double sided sheets in 12 designs. I wish it said what card weight it is because it is much thicker than my other DSP sheets. It made the mini mailbox project shown below much easier since I didn’t need to add layers for sturdiness. Can you pick out which sheets I used on the cards? Here they are again:
For the inside of the valentines, I used the Lovely Words Thinlits Dies from Stampin’ Up! The die cuts out the circle leaving the word ‘hugs’.
I used the ‘Embrace Each Moment’ Stampin’ Up! set for the greetings on both cards. The Stampin’ Up! ‘Lakeside Framelits Die cut out the ‘wishing you joy & blessings’ and I stamped the holding hands in grey, stamping off and then stamping on white so it was very light and I could stamp the ‘you will always be my forever’ in red on top of the grey. I cut out the three circles with the Layering Circles Dies rather than try to write over the DSP.
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For my other valentine project, I made a mini mailbox! They are all over pinterest and I wanted to try my hand at creating one. I wrote down directions for three different ones and then took ideas from each and made my own design with a few extras- I called it ‘Paul’s Mailbox’!
It holds two Hershey Nuggets. I didn’t glue the nuggets to the little box so you could eat your chocolates and not ruin the little box. The two sided DSP was great for having a fun inside and for creating a flag by centering a heart from the pink background side to punch with the Mini Banner Punch. The other side then matches the box. You do need to be careful because the DSP is so thick. I am used to breaking the fibers to get a curve with the bone folder but that ruined the paper, so just carefully fold your base with your fingers if you have stiff DSP.
How true – and several others that I really should keep since I do use them. I just hoped to make room by selling all the wooden ones but it would be better to make room by taking them off the blocks and putting them in CD cases.
- Base: DSP, 1 1/2″ X 4 1/2″, score at 1″ and 3 7/8″, Burnish the score lines and form a gentle curve, adhere at bottom
- Back and the Door: DSP, 1″ X 3 7/8″, score each end at 1 1/4 before rounding the ends.
- I made a template out of white cardstock to fussy cut a rounded end; you could also use the 2nd smallest circle framelit to get a nice rounded cut but I was making multiples and either cut the end too much or too little with the framelit so I just fussy cut from a template. It took a couple tries to get the size correct on the template because I wanted the back to fit snugly and not need glued. You can make a strip 1 1/2 X 1/4, scored at 3/4, to glue the back in place but if it fits snugly you can actually use it to push the chocolates out the front! Adhere this strip to the bottom of the mailbox coming in 1/16″ from the back. I adhered so the opposite side of the DSP with the pink background was facing up.
- Looks like a large bandaid!
- Flag & Flagpole: DSP strip, 3 1/4 X 3/16, score at 1 5/8. The diagonal striped paper in the DSP was perfect for cutting a dark red strip that would have the same sheen as the mailbox pieces. I used the Mini Banner Punch for the flag centering a heart from the DSP. Manually, you could use a 3/4 long by 5/8 high square and cut one side to be a banner. Fold the flag pole in half and glue the flag between the front and back close to the fold. On the side of the mailbox punch a small hole 5/8″ up from the bottom and 1/2″ over from the front. Punch a hole 1/4″ up on the flagpole ( I used a paper piercer tool for the holes) and use a tiny brad to attach the flagpole to the mailbox. Your flag moves!! When you put in the chocolates, turn the mailbox upside down and put in the top nugget first, then the second nugget to avoid getting stuck on the brad on the inside.
- Handle: DSP with pink background, the handle in the ‘Sliding Door Framelits Dies’ fit perfectly over the heart. It made the handle look like it was a die cut heart but it is really a circle. Fold the handle right at the circle , punch a hole 1/2″ down and 1/2″ over on the front flap of the mailbox, punch a hole in the handle and adhere with a brad. Put a bit of glue on the backside of the handle since you don’t want it to move.
- Heart: Basic White scrap, I found a perfect sized heart in the Circle Card Thinlits die set. Stamp the greeting from ‘Love & Happiness’ stamp set with Real Red ink and then die cut. Sign then mount with glue dots over the brad.
- Envelope: Scrap of white cut 1″ X 5/8″ and scrap of red for a tiny heart. Score the front diagonally corner to corner for an envelope look or use the Kokorosa cutting die which has three sizes of envelopes and three little hearts to die cut. I purchased through InLoveArts but it came in Kokorosa packaging.
Yes, I am beginning to think it is more about having new things to craft with than creating a stash to use. Wait ’til you see my Easter cards!
Let me show you the valentine gift/cards I received:
Joy Meadows made a beautiful valentine card:
The little red heart was a gift from Sharon Fincham last year!
Lisa Christensen had a cute bag of gummies for me:
I love-love-love the heart on the back with the letters from ‘Valentine’ in red on the scripture John 3:16!
I want to make some Easter gifts like this so I measured out the cuts and score lines:
Lisa’s was 12 3/4 X 3 1/2 scored at 4 7/8, 6 1/4, 11 1/4 with the 1 1/2 edge punched with a scallop punch. The front cutout is a 2 1/8″ square. The heart is 3 3/4″. The greeting is a die cut 2 X 1 3/8 with a to/from tag that is 1 3/4 X 5/8. She stapled a clear bag with goodies to the back of the bag, added tiny velcro under the flap and made a red bow for the top.
That is a problem so I adjusted the measurements for a 12″ piece of paper:
- 12 X 3 1/2, scored at 4 1/2, 5 7/8, 10 1/2 still leaving 1 1/2 for the flap.
Another problem for sure, so I adjusted again only this time added glue tabs since I need three cuts of paper.
- Front: DSP, 6 X 3 1/2, scored at 4 1/2 leaving 1 1/2 for the base tab. Die cut a square in the front 3/4″ from bottom and sides.
- Back: DSP, 6 X 3 1/2, scored at 4 5/8 leaving a 1 3/8 for the base tab. The extra length in the back makes the front curve out nicely.
- Flap: Matching card stock 2″ X 3 1/2′ scored at 1/2″
I haven’t made them yet but now I have instructions that fit my paper!
And Jaxson made a card for Papa and Grandma and a card for Ruger. Both had treats inside:
Jaxson is in first grade and loves to draw!
Paul took me to Gabriels in Sedalia and we had a table by the fireplace!
Next up is Paul’s birthday in Breckenridge! I had better get busy on his card!
Thanks for stopping by!
SAL, Such A Lot of words today
Riddle for the day:
Q= How are diarrhea and electric cars alike?
A= With both you hope to get home in time!
Would you like to see what I made for the grandchildren’s valentines? Do you ever see a card creation and say -“That is perfect”- what do I need to buy to make it? That was me when I opened a post of Deb Valder’s at Teaspoon of Fun. She had a pop up card with teddy bears! Yep – had to have the stamp, and the dies! Check it out:
You pull the little heart to pull up the inside of the card. When it is flat it fits in an A2 envelope. The ‘Always In My Heart’ Stampin’ Up! set was the pull out greeting.
I will link the Stole My Heart stamp set at Teaspoon of Fun at the end with little Sal in the computer. The dies are available as well at Teaspoon of Fun.
We made these pop up cards years ago in club with the cutting and scoring done manually. I found the instructions carefully documented at Splitcoaststampers. If you would like those instructions click HERE.
To see the products I used on these cards, click HERE.
No, Sal, those cards are a vertical card with a full base that opens up. On the children’s valentines, I didn’t make a full base like those, I left enough space before the “Hi there, Valentine”, to write their name with a white gel pen. These are the products I used that I purchased from Teaspoon of Fun:
And here is a video from Deb Valder of Teasoon of Fun.
- Base: Real Red, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Diecut with the large rectangle die in the ArtZy die set
- Stamp Greeting in lower section
- Pop Up Feature: 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Diecut with the large rectangle die in the ArtZy die set
- Pull Out Panel: Basic White, 3 X 4 3/8
- Stamp greeting before adhering
- Top Layer: Basic White, 4 X 5, Diecut with the smaller rectangular die of the set -burnish score lines
- Flip this over and adhere the small rectangle cut out of Basic White to the 1/2″ bottom of the flap
- Place foam strips around the sides and bottom of the pop up feature and adhere to card base
- Scraps of red and white, Cut two circles & heart pieces and adhere to both sides of the pull out panel
- Love Designer series Paper (X2), 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 , Diecut with larger recrtangle; make two
- Love Designer series Paper, 2 1/2 X 1/2, Diecut with smallest rectangle
- Bears: Stole My Heart Stamp Set & Die, Basic White 3 1/2 X 3 1/2
- Stamp in Memento Black Ink, Die cut with die in set
- Copic Markers, cheeks- RV11, Bears-E31, E33, E13, Heart-R24, R27, R59
- Love Flourish: Love Designer Series Paper, 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 (I used the same DSP as the small rectangle)
- Cut two additional flourishes in real red and layer the three
- Heart: Many Hearts Dies
- Outside Heart, Real Red, 2 1/2 X 2 1/2
- Inside Heart, Basic White, 2 3/4 X 2 1/2 with this set of dies you can glue the red directly to the white
Well, Sal, I list those so I have a good start when I make another. My card journaling so to speak.
I hope my journal is useful to some of my followers!
SAL, Send A Love letter
Sal will take you to Teaspoon of Fun!
Years ago I purchased a kit from Stampin’ Up! that is a perpetual birthday calendar. Without years shown and without days of the week and with only the days of the month listed, I can pencil in birthdays and have a nice stamped wall hanging for the office. I held a class when the kit came out; you can see that post HERE.
The kits were unavailable by the time I advertised and collected the fee so I made my own calendar kit as close to the original as possible.
Such a fun memory, however I never completed my calendar. It is hard being a hostess and attempting to stamp a project at the same time, so my kit was put away to prepare for the next event. It is time to work on my PHD (projects half done) so, out came the kit, and I finished it.
The sheets are 4 1/4 X 10 3/4, two could be printed on a sheet of white cardstock – just remember to watch for the number of days in the month.
Thanks, Sal, and February this year has 29 and my printout only has 28. The pdf file does have 29.
The stamp set that went with the kit is The Perpeteual Birthday Calendar. It has fantastic background stamps you will see me use. However, through the years I have purchased so many additional stamps and dies that I had a plethora of things to choose from.
October uses left over pieces from a Paper Pumpkin. November uses a tiny ‘thanks’ from Waterfront, an acorn from ‘Time of Year’, another paper pumpkin piece and Itty Bitty Banners. December used ‘Holiday Invitation’ for the holly leaves.
They are Sal, because I didn’t take time to straighten and size and brighten the color on each one. I just needed to journal them for future reference. I think the calendar would make a nice craft booth product. It is an office decoration more than a necessary birthday reminder since our smart phones do that, but it sure is a quick look vs several clicks on the phone.
Yes, and I do use a pencil since we have had so many folks come and go in our lives.
March 7 we will be celebrating 17 years of being in this house! That is a record for us! All but two of the neighbors on either side of us, across from us and behind us are new from when we moved in.
Yes, we closed on the house on his birthday so that will be a fun celebration as well.
SAL, Stamping A Lot of unfinished projects
Riddle for today:
I am an odd number. Take away one letter and I become even. What number am I?
What a great way to start the 2024 year of stamping with Christine Dillon as our hostess for the shoebox event. We take turns each month designing two cards and making card kits for each person to construct at the event.
Christine used the Delicate Edge Dies to create the black borders on either side of the foiled Designer Series Paper- the foil isn’t showing in the picture but it is beautiful. The Deco Labels Framelits made a perfect greeting with a second cut to be a frame of the greeting. The little gold metallic butterfly was an ideal embellishment.
Her second card was a valentine card:
The Sunshine Wishes Die was used for the heart and love word. What a great combination of red and black to match the red and black in the Designer Series Paper. I love the layers of white on red and then layered on the Designer Series Paper. I left the inside blank so I could add a greeting later.
I do have a lot of buttons, Sal, and need to remember to use them. Thank you, Christine, for a great shoebox event.
SAL, Smiling A Lot
I was looking at digital stamps at ‘Whimsy Stamps’ – ‘Wee Stamps’ and found a perfect one for my little granddaughter! It is called Winter Friends.
Yes, I found a Designer Series Paper – DSP, with all those characters and it was fun to add her name and her age and a happy birthday banner being held by the penguin and polar bear! The backside of the DSP was just the stars so I layered that plain piece under the image to keep the card from being a bit too busy. The card is 6 X 6 so I can have all the characters included. We have an envelope punch board so we could just custom make the envelope to fit the 6 X 6.
I printed the image on cardstock and then cut it with the Window Frames #4 die. I cut a second Window Frame in grey cardstock and cut it in half to frame the image.
- Base: Textured White, 12 X 6, scored at 6
- Layer 1 (X2): Fresh Freesia, 5 3/4 X 5 3/4
- Layer 2: DSP with animals, 5 1/2 X 5 1/2
- Layer 3: DSP (back of the animal DSP), 5 1/2 X 2 1/2; place in middle 1 1/2 on each side
- Inside Layer 2: DSP 5 3/4 X 1 1/2
- Digital Image: Print on 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and then cut with Window Frame Die (fourth from smallest)
- Frame for Digital Image: Grey cardstock, 4 1/4 X 4 1/4, with Window Frame Die #4, then cut in half
Coloring with Copic Alcohol Markers
- Hair: Y06, Y13, E00
- Pink on Coat, scarf stripes, boot stripes, gloves: RV23
- Green on Coat: YG13
- Face: E00
- Blush: RV10
- Scarf: C5
- Boots: E31
- Berries: R27
- Leaves: YG17
Use Lt Smokey Slate on the edges of the rabbit and then lighten with the color lifter alcohol marker.
Other products used:
- Happy Birthday: Birthday Chicks Stamp set
- Inside: Winter Wishes Reindeer Stamp set from Sweet November Stamps
- Banner: Bunch of Banners Framelits – Stampin’ Up!
- Name: Rosette Dies
- Age: Playful Alphabet stamps – Stampin’ Up!, stamped and cut with bitty banner punch
- Snowflakes: Snowfall Thinlits Dies – Stampin’ Up!
Here’s Joey learning to ski!
And you can see why I didn’t try to replicate the colors of the coat on the digital image!
On the Whimsy Stamps site you can click on <Digital, then <Digital Products By Artist, then <Wee Stamps
Little Sal in the computer will take you there!
Thanks for stopping by!
Q: Why couldn’t the bike stand up?
A: Because it was 2 tired
My dear grandson, Emmitt, turned 6 in January and he loves dinosaurs and Broncos- just like Papa! He wanted a Russel Wilson jersey for his birthday, so we found a shirt for him and then I got out my dinosaur dies and DSP- Designer Series Paper to make a u-fold box card for him. The dinosaur heads got replaced with Bronco heads to combine two themes. My inspiration came from Amanda Bates of the Craft Spa.
I used designer series paper for the background, die cut the dinosaurs from the DSP, and colored the Bronco heads to match as best I could. The Happy Birthday is from the Birthday Chicks dies. Emmitt’s name is from the dies in the Ribbon Rossett set and the ‘6’ is from our Large Number Framelit set.
- Base: Thick White, 8 7/8 X 4 1/8, Score at 1 3/8, 2 3/4, 6 1/8, 7 1/2
- Bridge: Thick White, 5 7/8 X 1
- Background Scene: Horizon DSP, 4 sides are 1 1/8 X 3 7/8, back is 3 1/8 X 3 7/8; Amanda started with a blank white piece 7 5/8 X 3 7/8 and created her own background then cut it at 1 1/8, 1 1/8, 3 1/8, 1 1/8, 1 1/8.
- Box Sections:
- 4 1/8 X 1, score 3/8 ” from each side
- 4 7/8 X 1, score 3/4″ from each side
I only needed one box section but used both and then the dino can look like he is in the grass.
Have a wonderful day! I am off to make valentines.
SAL, Stamping A Lot today
My grandson turned 7 on Christmas Eve, 2023, so another card was needed and since I was busy getting out Christmas cards, Paul took on the task of constructing the card! He was home recuperating from major back surgery so he was glad to help out. I made a castle card for Emma’s 5th birthday in September so all the details were on the blog post from that card- Beautiful Princesses.
Yes, Sal, links are in blue as well as your words which aren’t a link.
Take a look at Paul’s card. I took a picture of the back because it shows his signature which makes it so special.
I purchased two additional die sets from Karen Burniston:
No, Sal, but if you look at the knight die you see that his helmet is down in front of his face. The Princess/Mermaid set has a die with a face that perfectly fits the knight. Karen Burniston explained using the princess head die for the construction of the Knight so I knew ahead of time what to purchase.
Paul only needed me to pick out the cardstock and designer series papers and a few extra dies and stamps.
- Base: Crumb Cake, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
- Inside Layer (X2), Green designer series paper , 3 3/4 X 5 1/4
- Front of the card uses the same green DSP but I made no measurements
- Castle Base (X2), Dark Grey, use a partial on the front and a full base on the inside
- Cut 3 long brick walls and 2 small walls in light grey cardstock and sponge with dark gray ink as you hold the die in place
- Do the same for the pieces you need for the front
- A moat and the pathway are fussy cut from designer series paper
- The sky is designer series paper stamped with birds from Stampin’ Up! ‘High Tide’ stamp set
- The inside ‘7’ on the shield is from Stampin’ Up! ‘Memorable Moments’ stamp set; the shield is fussy cut with a shape similar to the shield on the front
- To make the knight’s armor look shiny silver, Paul used a metallic silver sharpie
- The dragon looks to be cut from Garden Green with a front of Granny Apple Green
- For little pieces you need orange scraps, red scraps, white scraps and black scraps
- Additional Dies: SU Happy Birthday Thinlits die, SU Stitched Stars Dies, Layered oval die
- The lettering for Jax’s name on the flags is from the ‘i-crafter Ribbon Rosette Funny Add-on’ dies
I will put the youtube videos here for future reference. I hope to have a grandchild interested in making cards some day.
This post should conclude all my cards through December 2023. Now I can move on to journaling the ones in January and the January Shoebox event with Christine as our hostess so come back soon to see those.
Well, January 4 is Amber, January 7 is Joey, January 8 is Jonathan and January 9th is Emmitt, then I have two friends at the end of January.
Only Joey and Emmitt’s are new designs so you won’t be completely overwhelmed with posts.
Thanks for stopping by!
SAL, Send A Lot of love
Click on little Sal to go to Karen Burniston’s site.
He doesn’t want to be spotted!
Today I have a card for you that combines digital files, quilled roses and leaves, stamping and punches! With a plethora of tools why not?
Well, no, but I decided to learn.
You could change out the music sheet to a Christmas song, use poinsettia flowers and a Christmas greeting for a unique Christmas card!
Or put the recipient’s age on the front to be very thoughtful.
I started by downloading a digital file with the Happy Birthday song. I purchased it on Etsy from Karol the owner of Noteselection. I could size the file to what I needed by just shrinking 50%. It is a hair shorter on each side of 4 X 3 3/4. So 4″ minus 1/16 and 3 3/4 minus 1/16.
I saw the piano example at cat’sinkcorporated.blogspot.com which got my creative juices flowing!
- Base: Black, 4 1/4 X 11, scored at 5 1/2
- Inside: Basic White, 4 X 5 1/4, stamped with the birthday greeting in the ‘Quite Curvy’ Stampin’ Up! set and the notes in ‘Music From The Heart’ Stampin’ Up! stamp set
- Birthday Song: 4 (minus 1/16) X 3 3/4 (minus 1/16); Etsy download at 50%
- Piano Top: Glossy Black Cardstock, 4 X 3 3/4; hand cut a curve starting at 1″ up from the bottom right side
- Piano Keys:
- Glossy White, 10 keys punched with the word window punch, cut little bit off side for square key
- Black Glossy, 7 keys
- Use a tiny bit of glue on back of each white key. Start at 1/8″ over on white keys placing one key on the right side and one on the left and then fill in the remaining 8 keys.
- Layer the black keys on top of the white keys appropriately for a piano. Note: this is glossy paper and don’t try using a black marker on the edges of the black keys because it will smudge and get all over you and the white keys.
Yes, Sal, so the edges didn’t get colored on the next try. With the black on top of the white you can’t even tell. I should have thought of that to save some frustration.
Let’s look at how to make a quilled rose. I enjoy quilling videos by Meredith at ThePaperCraftery:
Meredith folds her roses forwards, Anu of ‘Crafts with Anu’ uses a 10 mm strip and folds backwards so the direction doesn’t really matter. I found folding backwards worked easier for me.
For the leaves I wanted to learn how to use a quilling husking (knitting) board.
These are the patterns I used for the small and large leaves:
No, Sal, I did my usual of getting every quilling tool I could find on Amazon when I decided to learn to quill. I still have a few tools I haven’t used but overall I had what I needed when I decided to make this card. It did take a bit of practice but I guess that is why we have a trash can on the table!
SAL, Such A Lifetime of Learning
Sal has a link to Meredith’s site:
December’s Shoebox Event spotlighted Joy Meadows as our hostess, after which we played Christmas games and ate pizza!
Joy had a snowflake birthday card for us to make. The snowflake was glued at the very top and opened up for even more ‘sparkle’! It fits a 6 X 6 envelope.
Here is a picture of the back so you can see the fold lines.
These are two of the products Joy used:
“This 12 piece thin metal etched die set, Snowflake Card Creator is designed by BiBi Cameron and is part of the BiBi’s Snowflakes Collection from Spellbinders. This die set features a large snowflake and its shadow that will cover a 6″ x 6″ card front. There is also a poinsettia, small blossoms, Holly, Fir, berries, and more.”
“This 31 piece etched die and clear photopolymer stamp set, Snowflake Wishes, is designed by BiBi Cameron and is part of BiBi’s Snowflakes Collection from Spellbinders. The stamp set features 27 stamps with a variety of sentiments that coordinate with the die sentiments and banners, believe, wishing, and sending. There is also an extra blank banner if you do not want the word above it.”
The top snowflake was cut from sparkly white glimmer paper and the blue (Joy’s favorite color) was another glimmer paper with a silver glimmer paper to cut accent pieces. Just lovely! Thank you, Joy.
Little Sal has a link to Spellbinders but these sets are also sold at Scrapbook.com for the same price.
SAL Share A Lot of warmth
Because then it would be a foot!