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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Love Is In The Air Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Love is in the Air blog hop hosted by Paulette from Around the Block with scrapalette! You should have arrived here from Brenda.

If you didn't, you can go to Around the Block with scrapalette, start at the beginning of the hop and enter to win blog candy. Our projects are all about love and Valentine's Day.

My project is a Be My Valentine card.

I racked my brain trying to come up with a great idea that wasn't too involved and finally hit upon this.
"Don't be Koi" <- Get it? Koi = Coy?

Lovely play on words don't you think? hehe. I couldn't resist once I hit on this. My kids groaned, but it's Valentine's - it's supposed to be sappy! {Yes, I know, my wit is astounding!}
(inside: Be My Valentine)
I really liked how the fish, when put together just so, frame a heart shape themselves. I added the heart underneath to help guide the eye and dress it up a bit more.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a lot of pictures as I was cutting and assembling this card and I forgot to get a shot of the inside.

This is a standard A2 (4.25"x5.5") card in pale pink with the background cuts from Elegant Edges in red and white. The font "Don't be Koi" is from Paper Lace. {Did you know it had a font!?? Because I did not until a friend at a recent crop mentioned it - I love it!} The pink heart is from George, and the fish - Koi fish - are from Pagoda.

Here is a closeup of the Koi fish - I cut them out of some glitter paper I bought at Michael's. My poor Cricut - I should have used the deep cut blade, but the paper wasn't THAT thick - I thought. However, I made it work. I did a touch of Stickles on the red hearts and used a white Gel Pen on the wording to make it pop a bit more and added touches of the gel pen around the matting and the red hearts. The gel pen really does add a little more dimension to a project when you use it for highlights. The edges of the two mats and the card base are inked with the Cat's Eye Chalks in red and dark brown.

Leave a comment with contact information to be entered to win some Valentine's blog candy. I can't tell you what it is - it's a Surprise! I'd love it if you followed me as well, but that isn't a requirement to my blog candy. Winners have two weeks from the announcement to claim their prize. After that, it goes back into the prize bag - so check back here to see if you won!
~Drawing Closed!~
~Winner Posted~

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

File Folder Swap

I am participating in a File Folder Swap. I will post more information, including steps, when I post my finished folder. However, I wanted to share the Folder I received from my swap partner. She is amazingly talented! I love this piece of art and I really don't want to use it - I would rather display it and show it off!

This is the front of the folder. The flower is made from what appears to be dictionary pages (I love dictionary pages!). There is a beaded stick pin in the flower.

This is how it looks when you open up the folder. Beautiful pages!

I pulled all the inserts out of the pocket so you can see all the beautiful papers and how many inserts are actually there.

This is the back of the folder! I just love this! I can't remember if I told my partner that I like butterflies or not, but I do!
This was such a perfect fit for me. The papers, the style, everything about it. I am really bad about knowing paper lines and I scrap with what I like, but I was at Archiver's over the weekend and found the papers she used. They are from BoBunny. I love them so much that I bought a set to use on other projects.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!