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From My Heart to Yours| DancesWithHooves Paper Design

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Some days you feel like crafting.

Some days you don’t.

I had the day off yesterday, and grand plans to make both a birthday card and a Valentine’s Day card for my Valentine (aka husband).  Even though I got up at my normal “workday time,” all the other stuff that I hadn’t gotten to the day before (read: errands :-p ), took twice as long as I’d hoped and I didn’t get back home until late morning… and by that time I was fighting the crabbies from having to be up and down and around town that long (without even a visit to a fun store like Hobby Lobby! HA!).

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After putting all my stuff away, I started my afternoon in the craft room, but it was only through forcing myself.  Instead of jumping into a card design, though, I decided to work on some of the techniques I’d learned in day one of the Coloring Challenge Road Trip Online Edition I’m currently enrolled in at OnlineCardClasses.  So I picked up a cute little image that’s been on my desk for about a month now that I’d colored with some alcohol markers I had picked up at the time at Hobby Lobby, and incorporated Kathy’s (genius) ideas into improving it.  Here’s the before and after:

I lost myself in the process for a few minutes, but then began to get a little impatient (I was fighting a bad mood, still!), so left the room and went and got in a good sweat session… those often help, and help it did, because I didn’t even take the time to change back out of my workout gear to get busy on making this image into a Valentine for my husband! 🙂

I had purchased the new Stud Puffin set from Lawn Fawn a week ago while at one of my favorite stores out of town, but that may have been where I got hung up earlier in the day – I just kept looking at this cute little pair laying there on my desk and felt drawn to it.  And I pulled out a few other elements that brought me joy to add to my collection but I haven’t gotten much use out of yet in the dies.  And then I went to town.

 

I’m particularly jazzed about my moon, which I masked, blended around, and then went back with a colored pencil to try to free-hand some sort of lunar craters to make it look more obvious as to what it is (vs. looking like a fortune-telling crystal ball).

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So far, no glitter yet… but Valentine’s Day is still several weeks away… and I do intend to come back to this in the daylight anyhow to see if it needs any final finishing touches (I finished it up after dark after all in a room where the lighting just doesn’t help for anything other than locating the right top or pair of pants, and even then… lol).

 

Oh, and did I mention acetate?  There’s a reason I save some of the plastic packaging from some of my purchases… and I finally gave that reason a real purpose for the window in this card to allow the front sentiment to “hover” in the open air.

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog today – you make my day when you do! 🙂

Blessings,

Chrissy

This card can also be found in my gallery on SplitCoast; “recipe” below includes keywords specific to SplitCoast Stampers challenges. 

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Title: WT775 From My Heart To Yours
SCS Keywords: WT775, CC774, CAS569, Lawn_Fawn, lawnfawn, Valentine, galaxy
Stamps: Winter Skies (Lawn Fawn), Love You (Stampabilities – outside sentiment), P.S. I Love You (Stampin’ Up – inside sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Night of Navy, Versamark
Paper: Core-dinations White 110#, Night of Navy
Paper Size:   A2
Technique: CAS, ink blending, heat embossing, window card, galaxy
Accessories: Subtle dynamic embossing folder (SU!), Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White embossing powder, alcohol markers (Hobby Lobby), colored pencils (Crayola), White Gelly Roll pen, Martin’s bleed proof white, acetate

4 thoughts on “From My Heart to Yours| DancesWithHooves Paper Design

  1. Absolutely darling! I love the moon, too! And I love the card design with the peekaboo opening. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you so, SO kindly Kathy! Your class is AWESOME – I’m mostly through the day two videos now and am stoked (to borrow a term from the youngins) to test out the way you do watercoloring!
    I’d love to participate in a road trip stop someday – PLEASE come to MN or eastern ND!!! 🙂

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