Friday, February 5, 2010

Who can {Resist} some Valentine love?!

Nichole Heady has issued another challenge this Day 5 of Papertrey Ink's anniversary festivities and I got on it. We've been asked to create using the emboss resist technique (Nichole has a video on her challenge post with a demo of this technique).

When I first started stamping over fifteen years ago, I used to emboss anything I could get my hands on. I worked in a rubber stamping store and always came home covered in ink, glitter, and embossing powder (I never said my creative process was neat!). And like many things that are played with over and over, embossing was put on the back burner for awhile and only fairly recently have I started playing with it again. This is one time I'm glad I can be a pack rat as I saved all my old embossing powders and have only bought one set of colored embossing powder in over a decade (I had a ton of stuff from when I started stamping.....just had to love a 50% employee discount, right?!).

For the background, I dug deep into that stash of stamps from the nineties and pulled out an old All Night Media sweetheart set......conversation heart stamps...too cute! It always feels so good to pull from supplies I've had stashed away. There are nine stamps in this set and I chose four to randomly stamp. This set has come in handy over the years as my son has used them a couple of times, back in his preschool days, for handmade Valentine's. I especially remember him using the heart that says, "COOL" quite often!

So, this is another flat card, but its not for the easy mailing, reasonable postage pile. I left the ribbon and bling off of it and stuck to the brown and red color scheme to keep it more masculine......because its for my Hubby! I've tucked it away and this time around, I am going to remember to not dump my camera's pics onto the family computer!! lol

Are your Valentine's made? I haven't decided if we're going handmade or the pre-printed uber cool character ones this year for my son's classmates yet. I suspect, like last year, that it will be the latter! Hope your week has been a good one and that you have a fun and peaceful weekend ahead of you!

Cardstock: Kraft & Pure Poppy - Papertrey Ink
Stamps: Sweetheart conversation hearts - All Night Media; love - Vap! Scraps (it was a dollar stamp from JoAnns, I think)
Ink: Creamy Caramel & Real Red - Stampin' Up!; Versamark
Other: clear embossing powder - stash


  1. Oh Karen! You are rockin' the challenges!! So glad you are getting some ink!

    Love this resist card and Loved your cute cards from the digistamps...


  2. This is gorgeous Karen! Hubby will LOVE it! HA, make my Valentine's yea right! That's pretty funny girl! Thank God for Shutterfly! lol You amaze me with your stamping techniques- I have never embossed! Let alone 'resist technique!' HUH?
    I'm pretty sad!!!!!!! I know!
    You'll have to teach me!
    So who's the family cheering for Sunday, are you all united for once? lol

  3. That is so cute! I love it. And I didn't know you worked at the stamp store! So cool!

  4. Oh my's fabulous Karen! I hope my pack ratting ways pay off some day like yours and like you my creative process is not what one would call neat! How can creating be so messy?

    I've always loved conversations hearts and love your card, you did a fabulous job!

    No Valentines made here yet, I'd better get going! Have fun making cards with your son. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Sweet Friend!

    Love and hugs,

  5. Thanks for the comment on my layouts. What a pretty card!

  6. SO cute! Great job on the challenge!

  7. Very cute, Karen! I still have to make my card for this challenge and may copy your pretty color combo :) You worked in a stamp store? Oh my,... that would be dreamlike but then, all the money I'd earn would go back to the store owner in no time ;o)

  8. These are great Karen!! I love that sentiment! And BTW, you are not helping my hoarding with a story like this. **ahem** I need to be able to purge! I have a drawer full of EP's also, but I remember your previous post on them and yes, you have a TON more than I do. I want to see something in that florescent yellow! :) PS: Craft Critique is having a Blog Circus for V-Day. You should link up this post.

  9. Gorgeous card Karen. I've never tried the resist technique. Love how it looks! Your hubby will love it.



  10. Wow, Karen! Its so great to see new creations on your blog! I can not belive that its a hole year since I "discovered" you :-) Such good times :-)

    I´m doing some Valentines crads, but only because its this months challenge over at Elle´s studio... Valentine is not that big of a deal in Norway (specially when your single... hehe), so as soon as I have taken photos of my matching chocolate treats, my brother and I will have a chocolate feast!

    I hope you´ll have a great weekend!!


  11. oh karen this is fantastic!!! this has always been one of my favorite techniques!

  12. Karen, this is a cool technique! I must try it sometime!

    Have a fab weekend! :)

  13. Oh, oh, oh! My heart can't take it! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE HERE? You crafty goddess, you! THIS is beyond gorgeous stamping! You win. You are the craftiest craftress of them all! {GREAT STAMP, btw! Ohhh, the wonder!} This is SUPER DOOPER and so was your fun story of hubby hi-jinks! You're such a hoot!

    I hope the TV holds out for you today!


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