Thursday, February 14, 2013

Rue Des Fleurs Valentine Card

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I am posting a Valentine Card I sent to my good friend, Maria. Maria and I are both kindred spirits in that a) we love making cards and crafting, and b) we used to be on the same SU Inks Team.

Nowadays, we exchange cards and naturally Valentine's Day is a great day for card lovers!  I hope lots and lots of young and old couples, friends and family members and professionals, students - everyone receives or gives a Valentines to someone special today !!! 

And as always, if YOU know someone who could use a nice surprise - give them one with a kind gesture in the form of a little something you made.  It could make their week!

OK - here it is.....featuring Stampin' Up!'s RUE DES FLEURS Stamp Set.  I know I got this back nearly a year ago {really?}...but I was kinda waiting for a special day, so I used it - hurray!

I also used a new embossing folder I picked up last week, Cuttlebug's PINKING STITCH.
I really love it! My lace doily is by Wiltons, the baking people. Its a nice coaster size, about 4 inches.

 I made this paper bow. Just following on the "pinking theme" and cut 2 narrow strips of cardstock,
one was rolled and pinched into a sorta-rose shape, lol! The other strip, folded into a loop. I glued the loop down into position and glued the rose down, pressing into place. 
Now, the stitching in brown is real - that's crochet thread. I always love to use crochet thread. 
You get a nice effect quickly. However, I faux-stitched lines onto the pink cardstock with
a white gel pen.  See - there is a teeny-weeny gem on the corset's bow! 

 HOW I STAMPED THIS.....was a little nerve-wracking!  The CORSET and its bouquet of 
flowers is ONE image - the STICK adorned with a rose is another separate image. 
I stamped the corset using an ink pad in Melon Mambo. I used a marker in Espresso 
and inked the HANDLE of the stamp set's  " UMBRELLA".....and masked the corset, then
stamped the handle overtop.  They are a close fit, but I needed to fill in some more flowers
at the top of the corset where a tiny 'gap' happened. I aligned the handle and the corset perfectly
when I practiced it, and was slightly off-set when I did the real stamping - of course!

Well, there it is.....the pink satin bow was a piece I had stashed, so I feel very 
good about this card!   I have already heard Maria "loved it", so that was well worth it!


Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set
Cuttlebug's Pinking Stitch Embossing Folder with Border

Other: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso INKS; White Gel Pen; Naturals, Pink CARDSTOCK; Crochet Thread, Big Shot Machine, Glues, Satin Ribbon and Gem Embellishment. 


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