Valentine Cards: February De-Stash Challenge

 Today I am linking up with the collaboration group for a fun craft room de-stash challenge.  I haven't been motivated to do much crafting lately and thought this was a great way to force myself to sit and create.  With the post going live today-- on Valentine's Day I thought it would be perfect to show the cards I made for my husband and boys. 



Beverly | Across the Blvd
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet

I always have tons of papers on hand and I had a few "old" stamps sets that were totally new-in-the-case that I really wanted to try using.    



I rarely start crafting with an exact idea in my mind but when I am cardmaking I do start with the fold I want, the stamp set I plan to use and at least some vague idea of a color scheme. 





I wanted more of a traditional card base for my second card.  I lightly stamped little hearts all over the background and added some shiny brads for interest before adhering my ribbon and cut out hearts to the front. 



For my third card I made a middle fold card and while I had intended to only use my heart stamps for these cards the printed background reminded me of clouds and sheep and once I saw that I couldn't get it out of  my head so I pulled out my fun sheep set and made him the focal point of the card. 

It would have been even cuter with flocking added to the sheep but I seem to have run out of my flocking powder.



For my last card I went back to hearts and had fun using my die cut machine to cut out two sets of hearts and trim.  Using dimensionals I popped all the hearts out against the background and trimmed them with the reverse colors/ prints.  It was a bit tedious but I love how it turned out!




Make sure to check out what all my fellow crafters made! 


Linking up with: Spread the Kindness, 






Comments

  1. You made some lovely cards! I am sure it was fun to do some crafting again.

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    1. Thank you! It was; it prompted me to buy a few new supplies and get crafting some more.

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  2. Aww! These are so cute. What lovely cards. x

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  3. Lovely cards and even better using materials you already had. I know I'm most creative when I do that. Soft spot for the sheep. It really didn't need the flock powder. It looks perfect as it is. #mmbc

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  4. Your valentine cards are so lovely and pretty, Joanne! I think we've all been in a slump at some point. I know I've lost my mojo off and on during these times. Just take it one moment at a time and inspirations will come.

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    1. I have taken year long breaks before so I know it will come back at some point. It seems like it slowly is; especially for paper crafting.

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  5. Such beautiful cards, you have been busy. And how lovely to be so resourceful and make them from your stash.

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  6. They are all so cute and beautifully done. Thanks for mentioning the flocking. I have a bottle of it and never remember to use it. Wonder if I can find it though.... I've been moving stuff around my craft room since I last used it.

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    1. I can't find mine anywhere but I know I had a few bottles in a couple different colors.

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  7. I just love handmade cards - so beautiful!!
    & that sheep!!!!! Sheep are my favorite!!!

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  8. Gosh, these turned out great Joanne. I always LOVE hand made cards!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  9. Very pretty Valentine cards! I love that you put so much thought and detail into your cards. Very special cards for your family! Pinned.

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  10. Your cards are so pretty! That little sheep is just darling! It would be cute for Easter cards, too! Pinning -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. It would be perfect for easter too. It's a really cute set with a few different sheep that I can't wait to play around with more.

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  11. 'Forgot to mention how much I love your nails! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  12. These are all so clever, Joanne! I've toyed with the idea of making cards, but I have way too many crafts going now!

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    1. Thank you! I've been paper crafting since I was in high school and began making cards for family and my husband then. Every time I think of giving it up I'm told "you cant!" And they're right; I would miss it far too much.

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  13. You created the cutest cards! I love the colors and brads on the second card, and the hearts on the last card are too cute! It's such a great idea to make you own Valentine's Day cards. That makes them even more special. I may try that next year! Pinned!

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  14. All these cards are beautiful! You are super talented!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  15. Those are the best to receive, handmade ones.

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    1. Thank you! I think so too. I got my mother in law into making them and I just love seeing what she puts together.

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  16. You are so creative. These are works of art Joanne. The card itself is a gift.

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  17. What a beautiful range of cards - I hope making them as helped you get your creative mojo back.

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    1. It has! Thank you. Now I just have to find/make the time to sit and work on some more. I have lots of ideas.

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  18. These are all so cute! You are so crafty!

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  19. Your cards look great! It's a wonderful way to personalize them for the recipients. Fun way to use up scrap card stock from your stash.

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  20. Those are beautiful cards. You did a great job on them!

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