Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Love

Hello everyone!  I hope this fabulous Friday is treatin' ya well!  We're looking forward to warmer temperatures this weekend, and everyone I know is VERY excited about that!!  This weekend will be a busy one with Valentine's Day being on Monday.  Have you made your Valentine's yet?  I have a pretty good stack of them going, and with any luck those will take me as far as I need to go.  I have two cards to share today, and I used the same layout for both.  I just changed up some of the card stock colors and the die cuts, but left everything else the same.  For the first card, I used the Puppy with Valentine die from The Scrapping Cottage, and I strayed from my usual tendency to cut with white card stock and color with my Copics.  I cut everything with colored card stock, then shaded by sponging the edges with various colors of Stampin' Up! ink.  I added some rhinestones to the puppy's collar, and used a technique I picked up from Barry, who is a fellow designer on The Scrapping Cottage team.  Barry shared a tip to bring a pretty sparkle to your projects by using a glitter Gelly Roll pen.  Instead of trying to color or fill in an area with the glitter pen, Barry suggests that you lay down a line of color, working in small areas, then take your finger and blend the glitter around.  This is such a beautiful effect, and so much easier than dragging out the glitter and a glue pen.  
 I used the technique that Barry shared for both of these cards along the edges of the die cuts, including the puppy, kitty, and conversation hearts.  The Conversation Hearts are a mini die that is also available from The Scrapping Cottage.  I used Stampin' Up card stock, designer paper from Making Memories, and Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' Up! for both cards.  I cut the circles and scalloped circles with my Nestabilities, and did a little bit of air brushing with my Copics around the centers of each circle.   
You can see the sparkle a bit better on this card.  Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned, and with any luck, maybe it will include some happy stamping!!! 

13 comments:

Catherine said...

Soooooo cute, Lorie! (Of course, I'm partial to the puppy, but the kitty is a cutie, too!) That is a great technique for a more subtle shimmer (one I usually employ by accident - LOL!).
((((HUGS)))) & Happy Friday to you!

Gina at Gigi's Creative Designs said...

Oh My Gosh these cards are adorable! I love all the papers you used. So dang stinkin cute!

4kids4 said...

Adorable cards!! Such cute images...and I love that new technique...I'll be shopping for a glitter pen this weekend! TFS!

~Sharon C.

Brigitte said...

WOW, your 2 cards are AWESOME!!! Just love the colors and the animals are just the cutest!

Barb said...

Lorie, both cards are absolutely adorable! I really like the technique of sponge shading the edges of the colored paper. Very much a 3-D effect. And the glitter is just right! Thanks for more inspiration! Hugs!

Glora said...

Oh Lorie, these are adorable. My girls would go nuts over these. They LOVE cats and dogs. SO super sweet! Hugs- Glora

Sheena said...

Awe..super cute cards!!

~Paola~ said...

awww...they are all soooo adorable Lorie! Such darling VDay cards!*tfs*

AJoy said...

These two are so cute! I love their products too!

April

Susan said...

Oh what wonderful Valentine sweetness you've created in these! Both are lusciously adorable, but I'm partial to the kitty cat! The airbrushing adds such a special touch, and I love all the different papers and layers and scallops! Super cute! {HUG}

Carol L said...

These are both wonderful, adorable cards! I just love the dog and cat images, and the different dp you used! Those tiny hearts with sentiments are adorable, and I never saw them before!

Janice W. said...

Oh Lorie!
These are cute as can be! I love them both!
Love and hugs, Janice

Lisa said...

Both are so cute. Like that sparkle idea.

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