Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Valentine's Day Cards

My second post of the day please scroll down for my Paper Smooches Sparks card.


I've been working on Valentine's Day cards to send to friends and family. I used the sketch challenge from Simply Stampin' for some inspiration. I made two different cards based on the sketch, but used the sketch in two different ways.  On one of the cards, I used the colors from The Friday Mashup.  I really used some dusty and I am almost positive retired Stampin' UP! images.
Here is the first card....
I chose to to create an embossed panel of windows and have fun with stamping the images inside the blocks by not being precise and offsetting some of them. The stamps I used for this card were from the Stampin' UP! Sets: Fox & Friends, Sealed with a Kiss and I {Heart} Hearts. I created a ribbon banner down the center and finished off with some brown buttons.

Next up is card that flips the sketch and uses colors from The Friday Mashup.
The top three hearts you see were all created using background stamps. Heart one used a retired set called Checkerboard, heart two uses the center from Medallion, and heart three uses a background stamp from Love is in the Air (which I am sure is retired).   On the bottom row heart one and three are from I {Heart} Hearts and heart two comes from the Polka Dot Punches set.  I pat myself on the back since I challenged myself this year to ink up stamps I have yet to play with or ones that have been begging to get inky again. :-)

The backing paper is a light pink polka dot from Stampin' UP! from a few years back.  To complete this last Valentine I added some Stampin' UP! Riding Hood Red twill ribbon and buttons. 

Here is the sketch from Simply Stampin' which I put my creative twist on.

My color inspiration for me second card came The Friday Mashup!
"Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red & Early Espresso"
Thanks for popping by! Enjoy the rest of your day!
Card 1
Stamps:  Stampin' UP!
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, 
Ink: Stampin' UP!
Other: Punch: Stampin' UP!, Ribbon: Stampin' UP: Buttons: Hobby Lobby, Embossing Folder: Stampin' UP!

Card 2
Stamps:  Stampin' UP!
Paper: CS: Stampin' UP!, DP: Stampin' Up
Ink: Stampin' UP!
Other: Punch: Stampin' UP!, Ribbon: Stampin' UP!, Buttons: Hobby Lobby


Annette said...

awesome Valentines cards...I love how you did the little owls in the windows and those pretty hearts...great cards..

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Gorgeous cards and so different even though you've used the same colours and sketch! Lovely.

Thanks for joining our challenge this week

Kasey ~ in Oz
Friday Mashup DT

Mary Pat Siehl said...

great valentines day cards!!!!!!!!!

Emily Keaton said...

Tee hee!! These are SO cute, Tammy! I recognize so many of those SU images ;). Great colors--love how you used them!

Susan Joyce said...

Cute card. Love that you have inked up some retired S/U sets. Thanks' for playing at The Friday Mashup this week.

Jen W. said...

So cute! Love these totally different takes on the sketch! That owl is cute and I love the ribbon treatment on the first card. :)

Elizabeth Allan said...

Tammy I really like how you used the sketch for both a vertical and horizontal design. Two beauties!

Ruth M said...

I really like how you used the sketch both ways - fab idea and it worked so well! Thanks so much for sharing these lovely cards with us at Simply Stampin' Tammy!

The link you left on the Simply Stampin' Challenge blog wasn't working so I took the liberty of adding a correct link so others can come and check out your lovely cards!

I really hope we see you playing along with us again soon! Ruth x

Alison xx said...

I love both your cards and they are perfect for this week's sketch, but my favourite is the heart one such a clever take. Thank you for joining us at Simply Stampin' this week. A xx

kelly said...

Two fabulous cards Tammy! I love the way the owls looks like he's having a sneaky look at you! and a great idea to use hearts as the panels on the second card.
Thanks for joining us this week at Simply Stampin', hope you'll join us again soon!
Kelly x

Stella said...

Cute nad gorgeous; the owls made me smile...the hearts made me stare...:) Wow!

Anonymous said...

Cute card you've made here! Simple, cleand and many hearts. I like:)

Smiles from Sandra :)

Stamps and Paper said...

Love both your cards but like they way you have flipped the image on your second card...


Teresa Kline said...

super sweet cards...thanks for playing along with us at the Friday MashUP.....I am having a huge blog candy giveaway, check it out here...

enjoy *~*

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Love both of your card! So different but soooo unique in their own way! ;o)

Holly said...

Both of these came out great! I love how you used the color combo. Thanks for joining us at the Friday Mashup this week.

Lisa said...

Great cards, I love how very different they are even though you used the same sketch! Wonderful take on the Friday Mashup challenge, we're so glad you played along with us!

Niki Rowland said...

I love them both but particular the heart one! Great take on the sketch for both cards. Thanks for joining us this week at the Simply Stampin Challenge, Niki xx

Rita said...

What a fun use of the background stamps! I love all those pretty hearts. Thanks for joining us at The Friday Mashup.

Tan's Hobbies said...

Both are amazing, Tammy!! Love, love, love your card!!! The owls are super cute :)