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February 2014

Happy Heart Day

Wishing everyone a beautiful Valentine's Day!  Here's to love, peace and happiness. And Spring. Yes, definitely Spring. Soon. And soon would not be soon enough.



To clarify where the hearts come from, the Precious Heart Box Die Set includes two heart dies, as well as the "box" shape.  They can be used separately or to decorate the box; one is straight, one is scalloped. I cut four of the scalloped heart, stamped them with the music image (no matter that it's a Christmas stamp!), pierced them with my Tim Craft Pick and Design Ruler (which has evenly spaced holes for this purpose), then stitched them together.  I did use the Tea Dye Ink to distress the hearts and dye the lace too ~ love that Distress Ink does it all!

The Textured Embossing Folder I used on this card is one of my favorite sets. So often, I prefer one of the folders over the other, but I love both of these designs ~ the Chevron and Flourishes, shown above.  It is one of the Hero Arts design sets from Sizzix. I reach for again and again.

Something Special...

My dear friend, Karen, and I have been friends since high school...and that's a long time.  We don't see one another too often anymore but can always pick-up right where we left off, no matter how long it's been.  That is the joy of having a longtime friendship.  Karen's birthday is February 27 and she loves hearts.  So, each year she gets a handmade card which I fit a heart into.  This year, it's the San Marzano border die from Memory! 

SanM_die_lg_stampassionI started with one of our Mid-Size (A6) cards and patterned layers from Basic Grey's Paper Pad, True Love.  I enjoy using the 6 or 8" paper collections as they are perfectly coordinated, great for card making and work together without being too matchy-matchy. 

Since I cut off some of the luscious distressing from around the edge of the pretty sagey-green layers, I added more with Distress Ink and my ever-present Ink Blending can't tell what was original and what I added.  That's the advantage of having every ink color on the planet!  The green layers are popped off the floral layer with mounting tape because everything looks better when you give it some dimension. True that.

When I was making this, I didn't realize that the label die is one Memory Box retired - sheesh. I'm sure there are lots of substitutes but this one was nice and long -- can't remember its name.  The little bird is a new die and the saying stamp is one of MB's combo images...they all have a small coordinating stamp on the side of the mount - so great getting two stamps in one!  As always, I used my Plus Glue Tape Roller -- at just 1/6" wide, the dotty tape is perfect adhering delicate die cuts.

Happy Birthday to Karen - here's to many more years of friendship for the Goldust Twins!