Valentine Card from My Sweetie

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Feb 15, 2007 in Cards

My husband was so sweet for Valentine’s Day – he sent me a dozen roses and made me a card.

Here’s the card he made himself:

Okay – well…I helped him design it. :)

Back in December, I held a Men’s Night Out class where the guys came and made cards for their wives/girlfriends for the whole year. We made a card for Valentine’s Day, birthday, Mother’s Day, anniversary and an ‘I Love You’ type card that can also work to get the men out of the doghouse.

I had 9 guys show up and they really seemed to enjoy it. We had the football game on in the background and my husband served manly food like pork and sauerkraut, beer and cigars.

I kept the card designs really simple and used lots of tools like punches, staples and the heat gun.

Here are some photos I took during the class:

And I’m sure the men are enjoying it even more now since they don’t have to go to the Hallmark store and they’re also earning lots of brownie points for making the cards themselves.

This was the first card I received from that batch – didn’t he do well?


Stamp Club Shoebox Swap

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Feb 15, 2007 in Cards

Even though the weather was frightful yesterday, my committed stamp club members trudged their way to my house last night for a shoebox card swap. It was so much fun and I’m so proud of the cards everyone did!

I thought I’d show off their work today:

This card is by Cheryl Lacke:

I love the vintage effect of Cheryl’s card and the great idea of tying the ribbon through the circle clip – great job, Cheryl!

This one is by Fran Brennan:

I really like that Fran’s card was simple but clever. I also adore the way that she used the slide mount together with the camera stamps – fun card, Fran!

This card is by Marie Skinner:

Marie’s was by far the most complicated of all the cards, but the effect is beautiful! I must admit, I made a few mistakes that varied my card from her original design. She used white craft ink for the flower square and I accidentally used Cool Caribbean instead. And I also reversed the color of the two flower stamps in the background – hers looked much better than my attempt! Beautiful card, Marie!

This one is by Christen Iannucci:

Everyone just fell in love with Chris’s choice of patterned paper! And I love the curved, cut edge of the piece as well as the lovely swirl stamp she used as the main image. Great job, Chris!

This card is by Denise Mennella:

Denise’s card is simple and classic – I love it! She used origami paper behind vellum for a nice effect. I also made a mistake assembling this card (I’m the WORST at copying cards from other people!). Her floral and vellum piece was actually in the upper left corner and her sentiment was in the lower right. But since I smeared my sentiment after stamping it…I had to do a little variation. But since it was such a wonderful design, I think it worked out okay. Great card, Denise! (By the way – there’s a link to the right of my blog for Denise’s blog if you’d like to see more of her work)

This card is by Jennifer Coles:

Jennifer is one of my downline demonstrators and I think she did a fabulous job with this card! She managed to use all of the In Color colors together in a beautiful, harmonious way. And I love the way she layered the flowers on top of each other for a nice 3D effect! Great job, Jennifer!

And here’s the card designed by Angie Chadwell:

Angie stepped outside of the box a little bit and created a card that was a different size from all the rest. I love the torn and inked edges and the little acorn at the bottom. Again, I messed up her original design when I tried to get just “Give Thanks” from the stamp with the ink pad. So I improvised and added a lot more inking to the bottom to help the other words blend in. Wonderful card, Angie!

And this was the card that I used for the swap:

I can’t take too much credit for this design – I pretty much CASEd it from a swap I received at Stampin’ Up! Leadership. The original design was from Kathy Hilden from Shelby Twp, Michigan and was absolutely beautiful! I modified the design to make it a bit simpler for the time constraints of a shoebox swap. So I should really say “Great job!” to Kathy Hilden – thanks for the pretty card idea!

We all had such a great time and loved the opportunity to work with stamp sets we don’t normally use, to create card styles different from our own and to go home with a bag of beautiful cards designed by our very best friends!

And…now for the most embarrassing moment of the evening…

I love to pick up furniture at yard sales (as my friends well know) – and I like to use mis-matched chairs in my dining room. I purchased a set of two wooden chairs with needlepoint cushions a few years ago for just $1 each and I used them regularly.

One of the chairs fell apart and a few weeks ago, my husband and I ‘repaired’ it with some wood glue and small nails.

Wouldn’t you know I was sitting on that very chair last night, working on my very ast swap when the chair completely collapsed underneath me and I fell to the floor in a heap! I was so embarrassed! But, in true stampaholic form, I managed to save my card from ruin and calmly put the cap back on the blender pen I was using before I picked myself up from the floor. Sigh…at least everyone had a good laugh, even if it was at my expense… :)

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