Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts’ latest blog hop — this one featuring brand-new products from the brand-new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Mini Catalog. I’m stop #24, so you may have just visited RunningwScissorsStamper and enjoyed Heidi’s projects using the very manly Plane & Simple.
Here I’ll present some projects made with one of Stampin’ Up!’s affordable single stamps, Be My Valentine. What a challenge! My first impulse was to ink it in StazOn and stamp it on my upper arm, but reason prevailed. (You’re welcome.)
To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects — check back next week for the complete stories! Click to enlarge the photos, please.
- I started simply, with a classic valentine. But wait — a black heart???!!! Maybe the message is, “Be my valentine, or else!” Lots of Iridescent Ice blings up this card, and the dots add some playfulness to this Edgy Valentine.
- My second project, Here’s My Bitty Heart, uses a simple monochromatic scheme to convey a sense of class. I love how the bright Real Red box and button light up the Cherry Cobbler heart and ribbon. It’s easy to cover the sentiment with ribbon; just use regular tape on the back to keep the ribbon in place while you knot it (or knot it first and tape in place). May I suggest some pearl stud earrings in this box?
- I’ll admit that I love the look of vintage and collage paper crafting, but it’s very hard for me to execute! I fuss over every detail — shouldn’t “shabby chic” feel sort of thrown together? I seriously admire stampers who carry this off so (apparently) effortlessly. Anyway, I wanted to get away from an overly feminine approach to this stamp. Stamping Marina Mist on Bashful Blue gives this stamp a sort of denim feel, and I played that up even more by applying lots of Log Cabin Smooch Spritz on the heart (that explains the big blob!) and adding shades of brown. Here it is, your boots-and-lace Cowgirl Valentine.
- OK, I eventually had to succumb to the pink ink with this stamp. This card was totally fun to design. (It’s 4¼” square, so it fits in a standard, medium envelope and doesn’t require additional postage.) There’s plenty of bling here, from my expected Iridescent Ice embossing, plus silver embossing and rhinestones — just what you’d expect for a Queen Valentine!
I enjoyed having you with me — I hope you were inspired! You’re now on to the next (and final) stop on the hop, Krystal’s Cards and More, to enjoy her projects using the last set in the mini, Mother of Mine.