Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Banner Blast Love Card

Valentines is just around the corner and love is in the air! Do you celebrate Valentines day? It seams to be one of those occasions that people either love or hate. The haters say it is a fabricated Hallmark holiday. I personally love Valentines day. Really, lets be honest ... I love all holidays and any reason to decorate, craft, and bake. If only I had more hours in the day to actually create all the festive things that I dream up and see on Pinterest! 

We wrote out all the Valentines for the kids to take to school on Friday. If you have small children you know this is an exercise in patience. I did get smart last year though and ordered them all personalized stamps from Stampin' Up! so they can stamp their name. 

a bucket of Valentines for each kit to take to school and the dayhome.
I used the Stampin' Up! Monster Hug Valentines for the tags on our treat bags.
Quick, easy and inexpensive!
"S" wrote out each friends name with love and care.
She thought it was super cool to stamp her name.
The kids all wanted to exchange gifts so we all have bought valentines for everyone in our family. We still need to find some time to wrap those. Of course I volunteered to take cookies to the school Friday. Well, I can always bake on Thursday night when the kids go to bed, right?! (Or run to the bakery!!) I told you we needed more hours in the day! 

Thankfully my stamp clubs created a "love" card this month - this will be Arturo's valentine from me! (Sorry Honey if you are reading this!)

Technique Focus:
DIY Faux Chalkboard & Ink splatter

You will need:
~ Basic Black Card Stock
~ Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Pad & Refill
~ Stamping Sponges
~ 70% Rubbing Alcohol (from your local drug store)
~ An empty small container
~ A small paint brush (from the dollar store)

step by step:
~ Cut your Basic Black Card stock to your desired size
     (I used a 4" x 5 1/4" piece matted on my card)
~ Ink your Stampin' Sponge on your White Craft Ink Stamp Pad
     (Just a wee bit of ink - not too much!)
~ Gently rub over your card stock ... gentle is the key!
~ Allow to dry (or heat set with your heat tool, this ink is tacky to the touch and can smear or leave finger prints)
~ In your empty small container, add a small amount of Whisper White Craft Ink Refill
~ Poor in a small amount of Rubbing Alcohol to mix with the Craft Ink. You want just enough to thin the craft ink. If you over dilute it the white splatter marks will not show. You can always add more ink refill if you do.
~ Stir with your paint brush
~ Flick the paint brush loaded with the ink and alcohol mix on your page

The best part about this card is that you can get the banner stamp set and punch  FREE for shopping with me during Sale-a-bration.
There are 13 Sale-a-bration items available for you to earn as a free gift from Stampin' Up! For each $60 product purchase you make you can choose one Sale-a-bration item - Free! So for a $120 product purchase you can receive the Banner Punch and the coordinating Banner Blast Stamp Set - Free!!! This promotion ends March 31, 2014.

I am excited for what Friday will bring. I know it will be full of love and chocolate - how can you go wrong! I wish all of you a Happy Valentines Day! Even if you are a Valentines hater! Remember that it is also random acts of kindness week. So you could always just do a little something special for someone - just because!! 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a creative day!


Banner Blast Love Card Supply List:
Pool Party
Basic Black
Whisper White
Crisp Cantaloupe
Silver Glimmer Paper   124005   $5.95/ 2sheets
Whisper White Craft Ink pad   101731   $9.25
Whisper White Craft Ink Refill   101780   $5.25
Pistachio Pudding
Crisp Cantaloupe
Summer Starfruit
Pool Party
Banner Blast*
Love You To The Moon   
  Wood   133140   $30.95
  Clear   133143   $21.95
Banner Punch*
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch   119275   $20.95
Whisper White Bakers Twine   124262   $3.95
Basic Metal Buttons   133319   $8.95/ 32 buttons

* these products are available only as a free gift from Stampin' Up! duriung sale-a-bration.


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