Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Will You be My Valentine?

Hello all on this frigid Wednesday...I think that the weather got confused...4 days ago I was walking around without a coat on and now its 20 degrees outside?!?!?!?!?! Thankfully, I only had to go out for a quick appointment today and was able to come home and hide under my nice flannel blanket! lol.

Today I have four valentines cards that I put together. Valentines day is not a holiday that I have a great deal of supplies for, but I do have a few stamp sets and last week I had to make a run in to Michaels and several of their Memento Dew Drop four pack ink sets were on sale for 5 dollars each, so I grabbed the set that had some pinks, a gray and another black ink. Side note - I am loving memento inks, now that I have finally started breaking down and adding them to my craft arsenal - they are SOOOOOOO much better than any other brand I've tried so far and I really like the dew drop sizes. It makes it so much easier to use multiple colors for using multiple small stamps on one acryllic stamp block (as I did for these cards.)

Anyhow, since I don't have any valentines papers and our printer was out of ink when I put these together, I simply grabbed a wedding stamp set I had from Hampton Arts and pulled all of the hearts off. I placed three of them together on one block stamp and then used my "Angel Pink," "Rose Bud" and "London Fog" memento inks to ink the different stamps. I then stamped the hearts at a diagonal up the page over and over and over again until my entire sheet of white cardstock was filled - another side note - Georgia Pacific's standard white is working great for stamps, and only 6 dollars for 150 sheets of 81/2 x 11 cardstock. After I finished stamping the hearts, I used two inkadinkado stamp sets, one for valentines day and another a general sentiments set, to stamp the images and sentiment for 4 cards. I used several spellbinders dies to cut out the images, sentiments, and coordinating color cardstock and then cut down the handmade patterned paper to size and matted it with additional colored cardstock. I also used some ribbon from my stash and some pearls from Q&Co. Now I just have to get them packaged up and in the mail!


  1. These are GREAT! And I love that you made your own patterned paper! You'd never know that it wasn't store bought. I love my momento black ink and I REALLY considered getting those Dew Drops a while back when I needed to invest in some colored inks. I went back and forth between those and the Papertrey Ink $2 cubes and finally went with Papertrey. I'm very happy with them, but I've heard great things about the Dew Drops too and they're easier to get a hold of, for sure.
    Hero Arts just came out with some new shadow ink cubes at CHA and I'm about to order a four pack (that's how they come) to try those too, because I've heard really good things about those shadow inks and they're in colors I don't have yet. I love that you can get these small sizes of ink pads. They seem to last for me and you can get a much larger variety at that price point.

  2. I haven't tried the PaperTrey inks, but when the dew drops were on sale for 4 for 4.99, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to grab a few more. I bought a black dew drop last October when hubby to me to a small craft shop in Fredericksburg that I'd been wanting to go to for 2 years! I was hooked. They are such a great quality and made a HUGE difference in the images I stamped! I want to grab a few more, but I'm trying to balance slowly starting my Spectrum Noir collection with adding to my ink collection and I eventually want to get a heat embosser took as well, so I'm slowly waiting on sales and coupons to get the supplies as cheaply as possible!