Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pre-Paid Valentine

Hello everyone!  I have a Valentine to show you today...my first of the season.


I really like how this turned out!  The image is a Blockheads stamp from a set called Nature Medallions.

The stamp has a bee in the middle of the circle, but I transformed this into a Valentine theme by covering it with Martha Stewart Tinsel Glitter and a punched heart.  It's not visible here, but the heart is propped up with a foam dimensional dot.


Of course, I had to add my beloved pearls...a trio in all four corners.  Heaven!


This card measures 4.5" square.  I am linking up to the Die Cutting Challenge over at Moxie Fab World, and to 52 Card Pickup.

I've had such a busy week!  My 10 YO is a Girl Scout for the first time ever, and we just began Cookie Selling Season.  Each Girl Scout is given 100 boxes of cookies to sell, and in two days we've sold 66 boxes!!  So excited.  :)  Just by going to the bank yesterday to change a $20 dollar bill into ones, I sold 7 boxes to the women who work there!  Made me feel so happy.  My daughter and I sold cookies at a table in front of her school yesterday, and I accompanied her with a wagon full of cookies, going door to door on our street in the freezing cold.  (Numb fingers make it hard to count back change.)

Another thing keeping me busy:  making cards for submission to two different magazines.  I wish I could say the ideas are just pouring forth, but no.  If I make one every couple of days, I'm lucky.

Add in a major housecleaning these past few days, and I'm bushed!!

Yesterday I had errands to run, too, and while out I found this Anna Griffin kit of papers and embellishments for $7.99 at Tuesday Morning:


I also scored on big deals at AC Moore, one of the big box craft stores in my area.  I don't have a picture of that stuff to show, but I did get a Spellbinders set for 40% off, a Fiskars stamp set for 50% off, some Hambly Screen Prints, pearls, and canvas circles.  Oh!  And at TJ Maxx, I found this Inkadinkado Circles & Dots stamp set for ONE DOLLAR. (it sells for $7.49 on their website)


One more thing before I end this very long post (my apologies!):  my Paris Collage card earned a shout-out at Just Us Girls the other day.  Yay!

If you've made it this far, THANK you for visiting me today!

Colleen

Stamps:  Nature Medallions - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla - Stampin' Up!
Ink:  Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain Distress Inks - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Punch:  Heart to Heart - SU
Other:  pearls - Queen & Co.; Fleur de Lis Square die - Spellbinders; Florentine Gold Tinsel Glitter - Martha Stewart; glue pen

25 comments:

Bonnie said...

Yay for the shoutout! That is a gorgeous card! I love this Valentine too. What a great stamp set and the glitter and heart take it to a whole new level. Yum, GS Cookies are a favorite in our house.

Linda Callahan said...

Love your Valentine! The camouflage glitter is genius! And I'd like to have you as my personal shopper - you scored some major buys!

~Tammy~ said...

I love how you transformed your card into a Valentine! Clever! So elegant!

Congrats on your shout out! Way to go with scoring the crafty goods!

Anonymous said...

Boy, I am exhausted just reading about all your activity! Congrats on the valentine collage news! Cookie sales, gee I have some funny stories about selling them too when I was a kid and other selling strategies! I would love to go shopping with you! I never have time to go to these stores when in Des Moines. After I hit Michaels and Barnes & Nobles with lunch in there, the day seems to be shot. Maybe I figure out a different strategy for shopping. Those are some fun finds! Now this valentine is soooo cute! I love the heart in the middle but those pearls throw it over the top! It is so fun and what a great card with those stamps! Now, please take a much needed break and just relax for a bit - you are making me feel so guilty!

Chris R. from Iowa

Emily Keaton said...

SO elegant, Col! I loved seeing your bargains, too. :D!!

Lisa said...

Love this Colleen, it's not the "usual" Valentine and that's what makes it so special! What fabulous bargains you've gained girl ;) And those girl scout cookie sales...you're on a roll!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHH! I love that glittered background for the heart--and that distressing and bordering with the pearls....AMAZING:) LOOOOOOOOOOOVE! And hoooooray for a great deal! Can't wait to see what you make:)

Marisa said...

Love the nestie you used to frame the focal image on the card. Very elegant and a great colour combo.

Well done on the cookie selling :) I'm into the "Fall collection" (i.e. mint) and get them every year. Good luck with your submissions.

Linda R. said...

I love this card. The design is wonderful. All framed up pretty. Great job on selling those cookies. I always have to buy a couple of boxes. LOVE THEM...

Hugs, Linda

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!!!

Patrice said...

You've inspired me!! I'd love for you to link up with my cardmaking meme, 52 Card Pickup.

http://www.oldbackporch.com/2012/01/52-card-pickup-week-3.html

You hit the jackpot at Tuesday Morning!

Marlena M. said...

Well,you scored a great deal and more! I really love your square fancy card. Awesome design Colleen. ;)

PiecesByEmily said...

Colleen, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this card. Such a creative idea to cover up the bee with tinsel glitter, love the pearls in the corners, and last but not least, the Fleur de Lis Square die. I have to have it now :P

Bumblebee said...

Love the card, such a good idea to make into a valentine, and I love the frame you've used.
I can't believe your daughter has 100 boxes to sell on her own, that's crazy!!! You need to share your fundraising tips!!!

wendyp said...

This is stunning! Love that delicate medallion stamp!!!

Where is there a Tuesday Morning still around here? I tried to go to the Mt. Laurel one a few weeks ago and it was shut down.

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous card Colleen!! Love the neutral colors and then the red heart in the middle. That tinsel glitter adds a great little sparkle too.

Elizabeth Cooper said...

Beautiful card! The pearls add such an elegant element to your lovely design.

Stella said...

You are such a lovely mum to help your daughter selling cookies. And the both of you did quite well :) (If I lived around I would have bought them too; and not just one box....)
Looking at your card I immediately said; oooooooh. Yes this is right up my alleye. I love the "old"look and that centerpiece is stunning!!

And your shopping??? Great bargains. Well done sweetie!
XX

Pauline said...

Wow! I am a bit jealous of your wonderful bargains! I can't believe you picked those stamps,up for $1! That's about 60p!! Well done on your bargains, I can't wait to see what you make with them!
Love your valentine card too, a great CAS design, but with a lot of interest, that tinsel glitter is so pretty!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Colleen I just love this medallion. How pretty it is. I love what you did to make it more festive for Valentines day. Just gorgeous. Hey I want to go shopping with you-all our Tuesday Mornings are gone-sounds like you scored on some great deals!!!

Annette said...

wow this is so beautiful.I love that die cut frame and fun stamps...so pretty together..

Benzi said...

Every time I see one of your Blockhead images, I want it. This is a gorgeous Valentine card. Congrats on your shout-out at Just Us Girls and it's always nice to find some new goodies. You're just full of good news today. :-)

Andrea Ewen said...

How beautiful Colleen...love the gorgeous earth tones, the soft soft sponging and of course, the perfect pearls! That splash of red is just striking! Way to make these stamps look awesome!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Very elegant Colleen! Love your colour choices and use of the Fleur De Lis mat. Really beautiful!

Cath said...

Hey Colleen! Thanks for linking this up to the Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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