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Happy {heart} Day!


Myvdaycards2013 (click on the pic to enbiggan)


If you happen to follow me on Instagram (my feed is over there in the side rail), you may have caught a few peeks of these in progress last weekend… I had a bajillion + 1 ideas for {heart} day, and there just weren't enough hours–crikey!

But, I thought I'd share the end results in a group shot, even tho today is indeed Valentine's. Cuz I don't think you should ever restrict speaking your love to just one day in the year…

I needed some teeny, tiny hearts to pull off a few of these and as luck would have it, several sets I had sitting on my work desk had perfect little hearts… 

Also wanted to mention that through today and tomorrow only, I have a code to share that will give you 14% off at Ellen Hutson!  Just type (not copy-paste) the following promo code: bemine

Have a love-dovey Valentine's day! ;)



The red cardstock used on the card in the center is a dyed, 100# weight from my stash.





(click on the pics to enbiggan)


Can't help it. I just like 'em. When I saw this one by Savvy, he had to come live at my house. *grin*

After testing him with black ink, then brown, neither of which struck me as perfect for this particular design, I tried Memento Espresso Truffle… It's a cross between black and a rich dark brown. And it's totally AWESOME. Gave me 'zacly the look I wanted! 'Nuff said.

It's hard to tell in the pics, but he's stamped on a panel of White Linen, a paper I am really lovin' lately. A LOT.

Instead of coloring him, I flicked tiny droplets of Mister Huey's from the end of the nozzle in a few colors that I've been fond of lately. The trick with the flicking? Tap the end of the nozzle (the tubular thingy) inside the bottle to remove as much mist as you can–you don't want it to be drippy, UKWIM? Then, with your work area protected, of course, hold the nozzle over the area you most want to get some speckles and bitty splatters, and just tap it against your other hand. It helps to start further away than you think you need to be, and then get closer.

You know the rule:  Start with less (in almost every situation I can think of, LOL!), then add more if you need it. Cuz, it's [almost] always easier to add more than to try to remove excess. 



After the droplets were dry, I used a Quickie Glue Pen to go over them lightly and added Prisma Glitter.

I loved him as is but was tempted to add (aren't we always???!!!) a greeting to the front of the design, but I had this feeling the little letter he's delivering said enough.  You know, it could say ANYTHING on the inside–"thank you", "happy birthday", "thinking of you", "sending you love"…

Sometimes, you just gotta trust those little voices inside your head… and those gut instincts… and just sit on your hands. So… I did. 





Feather Light…




Lots of ideas come to me when I'm stuffing my face, oddly enough… no clue why… *snort* Anyhoo, that's when this one came to me. The mind is a very curious thing… Go figure!

Musings: I'm fascinated by the feathers trend… not sure if it's cuz I like birds, and puttin' birds on things… not an altogether impossible theory… LOL!



The feather made me think of quill pens, and pretty hand-lettering, and some kind of "heavenly", or angelic aura… And by golly the idea that popped into my head is exactly what you see here.


And… abnormal. Hah! I don't normally work with pastel colors; typically my eye seeks out bold, bright hues… and my hands always reach for the same in the ink pad drawer, LOL!

I was also playing with my Mister Hueys mists… they are unpredictable–which sometimes drives me batty, but I love the look and, well, they're fun. Spray bottles are fun! And… a little messy… Aaaaah, but that's what gloves and full body aprons are for, eh?! *chuckle*

BTW, speaking of gloves… I have a video tutorial over in the CLASSroom, which you can see HERE.

And, Clean & Simple 2 just started today and I love what my co-teachers and our guest designers have shown–if you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late to join the fun!

Hope your Mundane was awesome!




The solid heart image used in the above design is one of my favorites, by Alesa Baker for Impression Obsession

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