February 1, 2011


Good morning all!! WOW! The weather is beautiful here in California today and is supposed to get into the 70s for the rest of the week, which is really strange since February is usually really cold and really rainy for us! Hey, I will take it -  I am ready for Spring, LOL!  Love is in the air and Spring weather makes it all the better :-)  So, I just had my Club gals here a few weekends ago and we did a fun layout for Valentines or for any occasion involving love really.  I wanted to share with you one of the layouts they got to do - they always get two double layouts, and we have a blast!  It is always difficult to get a really good pic of the double layouts so I have taken some detail shots of this one so you can see some of it up close!! We used all kinds of fun things on this layout and my Big Shot got a workout cutting all those letters ahead of time, heehee, but the end result was worth it, I think!
The title is cut out of the yummy Red Glimmer paper (item 121790) found in the Occasions Mini - I have to tell ya, I am addicted to this paper, I just loooovvvve how it sparkles :-) I used the Serif Essentials Alphabet (item 113464) with my Big Shot - oh, how I love these big letters! I thought it would be fun to also use the negative of the letters - you know, the piece that is left that shows the outline?  So, that is what the Ten is spelled out with - and then, you get double alphabet letters out of each letter that you cut! Plus, it looks cool :-)  The Designers series paper is also from the Occasions Mini and it is called Love Impressions(item 121780) - soooo fabulous!!!! I love all the different textures on this paper plus it is so versatile you can use it for lots of different occasions, not just Valentines Day! The cute little envie is cut from the Scallop Envelope Big Shot Die (item 113462) - isn't it cute??!! We filled it with ten loose hearts punched with the Full Heart Punch (item 119883) - these are for the ten reasons or whatever they want to journal on
them! Here is a closeup shot of the envie so you can see it better!  The patterned hearts are actually adhered down to the back of the envie but the rest can be pulled out for writing on, adding small pics, or they can be left just the way they are :-)  To add to the cuteness, we used the new Occasions Mini stamp set called Valentine Defined(clear item 123057), which I originally purchased for these adorable little flamingos, but of course I have now fallen in love with all of the images, lol! We stamped these fun lovebirds on Whisper White card stock, then ran them through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (item 117335) and then mounted the image on two circles cut with the new dies in the Occasions Mini:  the 3 inch circle die(item 122125) and the 3 1/2 inch circle die(item 121811). 
 I love how all the circles and scallops we have nest together - just makes layering that much more fun!!  And, if you look at these circles, you will notice that the larger circle has also been run through the Big Shot and embossed, this time using the Square Lattice embossing folder(119976).  The smaller circle has been stamped on using the XOXO stamp from the XOXOX stamp set (clear item 121973) also found in the Occasions Mini - super cute and fun!!  I really had a good time designing this fun layout, and judging from the squeals and smiles I got from my Club gals, they loved it too!! They are such a fun bunch, I really look forward to seeing them each and every month - it is definitely a highlight for me!!! Today I am going to spending lots of time in my stamp room prepping for my February classes, which are now posted on my website - if you want to take any of these classes, or sign up for a workshop, contact me now and we can get you all set up! And, if any(or all, lol!) of the items used in today's project share are on your have to have list, you can order them online in my online store!  Thanks for stopping by, I will be back tomorrow with another fun project to share so until then, happy stampin'!!!
Layout Recipe:
Paper - Real Red, Going Gray, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink card stock, Love Impressions Designer Series Paper
Inks - Real Red classic stampin' pad
Stamps - XOXO, Valentine Defined
Tools - Scalloped Square Bigz Die, 3 and 3 /12 inch Circle Dies, Serif Essentials Dies, Scalloped Envelope die, Scalloped Edge punch, Small Heart punch, Large Heart Punch, 2 3/8 inch Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch circle punches, corner rounder punch
Accessories - Whisper White satin ribbon, Basic Black thin ribbon, silver glitter brads


Yolanda said...

Very cute cards! I really like what you've done. I am following you from SC. #295. yolanda-tryingtobecreative.blogspot.com

Diane said...

Those are awesome Alex!!!