Hello! Thank you for joining us for tonight’s Paper Adventures Team Hop. The theme is ‘hearts’ – Valentine’s Day and beyond. I hope you all had a wonderful love day on the weekend – celebrating whatever love means you to (a partner, a lover, a friend, your family, a hobby).
We welcome Leonie Stuart as our guest designer for today’s hop. We love Leonie’s beautiful style – thank you for hopping with us today!!! Click on the next button below to jump on over to Leonie’s blog and see her heart filled creation. The full list of team who are joining in with this hop are also at the bottom of this post.
Although the connection to hearts didn’t need to be about love, it’s such a great way to use hearts! They aren’t just a Feb 14th card opportunities – you can tell someone you love them all year round! The Be Mine Stitched Dies are my absolute favourite in the heart options. What’s not to love? Layering sizes, different heart shapes, coordinating accents and of course – stitched detail!
I’m sharing two cards today. The first card is an anniversary card for my parents. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary this week – what a wonderful amount of time to say you’ve been someone’s best friend for!
Both of my cards today started with the background layer as the inspiration. Mr Papercraft is absolutely wonderful and lets me buy my own crafty gifts all year long. So, this year for Valentine’s Day I bought myself some alcohol inks. When new crafty supplies arrive, it’s important to have a good play and see how they work. Alcohol inks are the best fun!!! (Dear Stampin’ Up! product team – if you’re reading this, please release SU alcohol inks! I would buy them all!!!). I purchased some of the recommended Yupo paper to use for this ink technique, but I also pulled out some retired Stampin’ Up! Glossy White cardstock – and it worked perfectly! I knew there was a reason to keep all my SU supplies!
I’ve layered the hearts on this card using Basic White, Gold Foil, Basic Black, Vellum, Melon Mambo and (retired) Berry Burst to coordinate with the alcohol ink (Fushia & gold). The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set – a great staple for all the important occasions.
The second card is for a newly engaged couple to celebrate their love and happy occasion. For this one I wanted to use a colour that is different to the usual red & pink associated with hearts, so I mixed together several alcohol inks in blue & teal tones with a silver accent.
One of the best parts about playing with alcohol inks is you can never quite predict how they’ll move, separate and intertwine, so you’ll get a unique creation every time. For this card I’ve used Pretty Peacock, Bermuda Bay, Just Jade and Basic White to complement the coloured panel.
The sentiment is from the Pretty Perennials stamp set – I feel I will never tire of the gorgeous fonts in this set! The accents are from another favourite product at moment – Opal Rounds from the Jan-June Mini Catalogue. You need to get these into your stash, they are divine and finish cards with such a pretty touch!
Next up on the hop is our guest designer, Leonie Stuart…
Happy heart month!