Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blogger's Challenge - Valentine's Day!

Hey there all my stampin' friends! Today on my blog is officially Emma day!
Our Blogger's Challenge theme this week is appropriately enough, Valentine's Day, and I'm showing you the card I made for her this year. We will be celebrating early because this Sunday, she and her skating team will be skating in a competition in Hershey, PA. So today, I'm taking her to see the new movie "Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief". She and her bff, Bethany made orange Camp Half-Blood t-shirts and clay bead necklaces to wear to the show - to say they are superfans of the book series is an understatement! I'll try and get some pictures and share them with you later on.

Now, for her card. You may see an unfamiliar image as my focal point - it's actually from a very long retired stamp set called From the Heart. I just {heart} this little girl image and since my girl is growing up so fast, I thought I'd better use it while she will still appreciate it!

I used Barely Banana for my card base and stamped it all over with the polka dot heart from the I {heart} Hearts stamp set in the same color. The sweet little paper ruffles were made with the Tea Party Designer Series Paper. I used part of a technique that my good friend Jan McClurg taught us at the Phoenix Regional last month. I cut a strip of paper 1 1/4" x 12" and punched all along one edge with the Eyelet Border punch. Then I ran it through my Crimper several times to scrunch it all up. To make the ruffles here, I ran a piece of Sticky Strip along the card front and just pleated it across the adhesive until I got to the end. I trimmed the excess off with my Paper Snips. I used another piece of Sticky Strip for the top layer and then added the piece of Chocolate Chip Double Stitched ribbon to cover the edges and make it look finished.

The focal image was stamped in Black Staz On ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and colored in with Stampin' Write Markers. It was then layered on both Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana. All the layers were sponged lightly with Close to Cocoa ink as was the card base and paper ruffles. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up over the ruffles.

My greeting comes from the stamp set Three Little Words - which you can get Free during Sale-A-Bration! I stamped it in Close to Cocoa on Very Vanilla. It's punched out with the Small Oval punch and layered on a piece of Pretty in Pink punched out with the Large Oval punch. It's sponged as well and attached with another dimensional.

Now here is where I would say that I hope she likes her card, but I know she will like it because someone (me) left it laying out on my studio counter and she already saw it! Oh well, she said she'd be surprised when she opens it! Love that girl!

I love it especially when she spends time with me in the studio. I was working on my card for Saturday's Stamping 411 Sketch and she came in to stamp with me. She used the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Good Neighbors to make this lovely creation!

She hand drew the sun, grass and flowers; mounted it on the Chocolate Chip card backer and added the ribbon hanger herself - so cute! I think Grandma is going to be the recipient of this particular piece of art! And we know she will love it!

I'm glad you stopped by today to visit and I hope you like the card! Be sure to stop by the other Blogger's Challenge players blogs and see their creations as well. You'll be in the Valentine's spirit in no time! Have a great day and come back tomorrow to see the card I was working on for Stamping 411!
~~Robin

22 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Robin...both of you create such beautiful work...You should scan her drawing and make more copies...
    I especially love her art-work and your ruffles...How do you get the ruffle so nice?

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  2. I thought your barely banana layer was DSP because you stamped it so perfectly! Love the lace paper technique and how elegant this card is. It's just so cute and makes me smile!

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  3. Happy Valentine's Day to you! Love the double ruffle and that was a great stamp set (still have mine, too!)

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  4. Aww...how sweet is it that you get to stamp with your daughter?! Love this image and the "lace" treatment was the perfect detail!

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  5. How cute, love the Pleated Paper Lace! Emma did a wonderful job on her project too!

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  6. The double pleated paper is very pretty! Just right for a card for your daughter. And Emma's piece is cute! Grandma will love it! My hand would be tired from making all that grass!

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  7. Beautiful Robin!..Love your image..I don't remember that set..bet the other stamps with it are just as cute! Your daughters art-work is so cute..I bet Grandma will LOVE it! {SMILES}

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  8. Happy Emma Day!

    Everyone at our house read the first Percy Jackson book. You'll have to let us know how the movie is. I'm sure we will see it soon too!!!

    Emma's valentine is beautiful. I love the double ruffle, and the focal image is so sweet. Just like Emma!!!

    Tell Emma her project is a hit!!! You've got a future demonstrator there!!!

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  9. Isn't it just too sweet with the kiddos come to stamp with us?? Love it!!

    Your card for Emma is too sweet and great job on the paper lace!! That stamp image is too cute and must be before my time because I do not remember it at all.

    Emma's creation is just prescious!!! I know her grandma will just love it as my kids grandma would love one from them!! She did an awesome job on it and I know where she gets her talent!!!

    Take care Robin and I am happy to hear you are having mail service again!! Watch your mailbox for something special!!!

    Luv ya girlfriend!!

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  10. What a sweet card. I love the ruffles (may have to try that out).
    Your daughters project was really cute too. Hope she does well in her skating meet.

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  11. Very cute card, love the ruffly paper on it. I love the hanging your daughter did, it's gorgeous!

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  12. Ohhh....I remember that image! It IS from a long time ago....and I think it may have even been a SAB set and then made the catalog. (SAB was run differently in those days!) You created such a wonderful card with it that I wish I still had that set! Love the ruffles....mine still need more work, but just love the look! And your Emma must have inherited your creative talent. She did a wonderful job!

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  13. Love your little girl card...they do grow up SO quickly! She did great with her artwork, too! A future SU demo!

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  14. Both of these cards are gorgeous, yours and your daughters. Your ruffles are so cute and effective.
    Your daughter has a talent.
    Thanks For Sharing

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  15. Fantastic card. Love the ruffles at the bottom, and your daughters project looks great as well.

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  16. What a sweet card! Love the look of the eyelet edged pleated designer paper. And, Emma's project is just adorable!

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  17. I love the lace on the bottom of the card.

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  18. Your valentine for Emma is beautiful, love those double ruffles. Stamping is so much fun when you share it with you daughter. I have stamps dated 1985/86/87 from when my daughter and I first started stamping. I've kept every one. Emma's artwork will be so precious to her grandmother.

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  19. So cute! Great idea with the ruffle of DSP--thanks for sharing that idea!

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  20. Oh these are both so cute! Love the images and your daughter did a great job too! TFS!

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  21. These are terrific Robin! How nice that you and Emma can stamp together! I knew the set that you used right away...it was one of my firsts! (I love the little guy in the set.) Beautifully done! :D

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  22. Be still my beating heart....I love it. So precious and sweet!

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