I have a treat for you guys today. You all know I love a good craft project and I have a few friends who dominate in some specific crafting areas. My friend Beth from college is one such gal. She is a phenomenal card maker and stamper. And with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I asked Beth to share a little expertise and some fun ideas for making your own Valentines Day cards. She’s even offering a giveaway today with some items she’s used to create these amazing Valentines, and later on she’s going to give us an even more in depth tutorial on how to make a couple of these things. So give a happy welcome to my friend Beth, from Southern Inkerbelles:
Well, let me start off saying , “AAAHHHHH! This is my first post as a guest blogger!” Thanks so much to my sweet KD sorority sister, Logan, for inviting me to share a little about what I do. I am not a smooth writer like Logan, but I can do some damage with paper, stamps and ink 🙂
I am the author of a little blog called Southern Inkerbelles. I typically speak to a more focused group of people daily than Logan does. You guys get it all with “Life for Dessert! We have an obsession with paper, ink and rubber stamps headed up by a company called Stampin’ Up! I have been a demonstrator for almost 8 years and I am thrilled to be sharing what I love with you today.
Because I am talking to many different levels of crafters today, I am going to start out slow and then eventually get to the OOOOs and AAAHHHs at the end.
I’m focusing on one stamp set today. Naturally in my line of work, we are all geared toward Valentine’s Day right now. It’s one of the biggest days to send cards. So, here are a few ideas for those of you who want to make something special for someone. And, even a fun project for your kids.
Here is the stamp set that I will be using on all my projects. It’s called Sweetheart.
|Sweetheart ($15.95 for clear stamps and $21.95 for wood)|
Here is my first project with this little ditty 🙂
This is about as basic as I can do 🙂 This is a 3×3 enclosure card. I stamped on the white piece through an acrylic block and then used our large heart punch to get the red heart and adhered it to the middle. The punch makes it SUPER easy, but you can always cut a heart out yourself using the standard scissors method.
|Full Heart punch $16.95|
There is a secret to this stamp set. Stampin’ Up! does a really good job at thinking outside the box. We do so much more than just paper and stamps. Anyway, SU! came out with a product called Sweet Treat Cups and look what they can do!
If you blinked, I just went 3D on you! This little treat is perfect for kids because there is an interactive aspect to this card. With this technique, you can pull the sliding trap door and the candy will fall out. If you don’t do the trap door, you would have to rip the card apart to get the candy. For some that is ok. You just have to know your recipient. To see a step by step tutorial for this project come back later this week and I’ll show you!
For those of you who love to make your kids’ Valentines for their class at school, this is for you.
Run, don’t walk, as fast as you can to your nearest craft store and get some lollipop sticks and slap it on the back of this baby! SO FUN!
Now, to take it a step further, actually quite a few steps further, here is a card I have made using the sweet treat cups.
This is a project for the serious crafter. It takes several tools to create this, but I am hoping that some of you would be up to the challenge. This is no ordinary card. Wait for it….wait for it…
This is what we call an easel card. I love the 3 M&Ms holding it up. A card like this should not lie flat or even hang on a fridge! I’m going mantle! 🙂 If this card has you over the moon, head on over to Southern Inkerbelles on Friday this week for a more in depth tutorial.
I know you are asking how in the world you could mail a card like this. You would need to use a bubble mailer like the ones we sell here.
|Padded Envelopes 3 for $2.95|
|Sweet Treat Cups 12 for $2.95|
Thank so much to Logan for having me today! I hope you will take to time to check out Stampin’ Up! You might find just what you need to get back into paper crafting. One thing I am hoping from my customers this year is they have resolved to do more for themselves. That means, dusting off cobwebs and gettin’ inky!
For those of you who made it through this whole post, please leave a comment. We will have a prize drawing to receive some of the products I have shared with you today!
For those of you who aren’t into paper as much, I am sending Logan a set of our Sweet Press Cookie Stamps. Did you know you could stamp on dough? Be looking for this from Life for Dessert soon.
Thanks to Beth for stopping by today! I had a fit over the sweet treat cups myself and am ordering some to make those awesome lollipops for Tid Bit’s class for Valentine’s day! Beth is going to come back later this week to show us how to make the trap door to open the sweet treat cups on cards and lollipop sticks. And since she’s awesome, she’s going to give away 2 packages of the sweet treat cups and 1 Sweetheart Stamp Set (that was featured to make the cards) to one lucky winner!
Here’s how to enter to win (this giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at 9am this Friday, January 20th ):
- For extra entries leave separate comments detailing each action: You can earn 1 extra entry for each action taken, for a total of FOUR extra entries…1)Subscribe to receive the Life For Dessert feed (it’s in the sidebar on the top right.) 2) Like Life for Dessert on Facebook 3) Share this link on your own Facebook wall, 4) Tweet this link to all of your followers.