Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy happy! The Expressions card kits came out this week from Express the Moment! You all might have heard me gush before about what a great value these card kits are. This month, I was beyond boggled by Kim's selection of fantastic products for making valentines! Just look at this kit. . . (this is what the kit looks like BEFORE I tear into it and it is all over my crafting table.) :D Look out, this kit is huge, and so is this post!!!

There are so many adorable products from Making Memories in the kit this month. . . there was an entire two-page package of rub-on's . . . One could not possibly use them all! But I gave it a good try! Here are a few card ideas using this months' kit.

My good friend Julie taught us how to make this style of card at a meeting of the CDC last year. The patterned papers in this kit were just soooooo tempting to make this style of card with! This turns out to be an A-2 size card and as soon as the kids go back to school I will do a video tutorial on how to make it. The Expressions kit even has an envelope template this month. It was the perfect size to make a matching envelope for this card!

The kit also includes several adorable greeting card bases - pre cut and scored - all you have to do is pick your embelishments and you have an adorable valentine! I added a pink sticker, some ticket stubs, some ribbon, and I cut out a sentiment for this one. I used some rub-ons as a sentiment inside the card as well!

Here is another on a pre-made card base! I simply layered a strip of the patterned paper onto a strip of this really neat polka-dot embossed paper and added a few more embelishments. The ticket stubs were my favorite. :) Kim also threw in a few clear acrylic hearts - I used one here by gluing it down to a piece of that dotted paper and I added a rub-on on top. Here is a close up of how that acrylic heart worked out.

I traced the heart onto the patterned paper and glued it to the paper using a clear dimensional glaze glue. What a fun 3-D embelishment!

Here is an example of how the rub-ons were used as a sentiment and an embelishment. Did you know that you can add rub-ons to silk flowers? It works! How fun. Also - how cute are those paper clips? I distressed all of the edges of my patterned papers on this card with a brown Tim Holtz distressing ink, to match the brown cardstock card base. Don't forget to also use those rub-ons as sentiments and embelishments inside your cards too!!
The rest of the brown cardstock was used as the base of this card. I distressed a bit of the polka-dot paper using a nail file. (you could also use sand paper, I could not find any in hubby's tool box!) I used a strip of the pink polka-dot ribbon and looped it as an embelishment on this card. The trick to this is using TONS of glue dots to hold the ribbon in place. I added some more rub-on sentiments to this card. See the "Love You" in the heart in the bottom right corner? Cute. :) And there is another paper clip. Love them!

Another adorable piece of the Expressions kit this month was some of these teeny tiny tags! I used some white floss to tie mine to a pink button. You can also see another use of those clear acrylic hearts. The trick to using the clear acrylics plain is to glue them down in a way that the glue does not show. I simply stuck mine to the paper using glue dots and used the button to cover the edges where the glue dots were. The pink buttons were not included in this months' kit - I raided my own stash - but look, there are some more of those TICKET STUBS!!!!! :D

I cannot tell a lie. the Tiny tags and acrylic hearts and ticket stubs were my favorite things this month. So I used them on the 8x8 page that I created from this month's kit. Even still - I have tons of leftover pieces and embelishments from my February kit. Plenty to make more cards and Valentines for next year! But wait. . . there is one more card to show. . .

Here is my use of another card base. I have added some 3-D paper flowers to this one. Kim turned me on to this technique of making these awesome flowers - I searched around and found a great tutorial for making these flowers! They are really fun to make and they are perfect for making flowers on Valentines. I used another button as the center of the big flower - and added a rub-on to the button!

Cardstock, patterned papers, notebook papers, embossed paper for sanding and distressing, stickers, tags, ticket stubs, paper clips, ribbons, acrylic hearts and rub-ons. . . can you imagine what it would cost to find samples of all of these things at the craft store??? Craziness. I am so glad that Kim has asked me to help design cards from her kits so that I can share this great value with lots of other people. The cost of this kit is just $15.00 plus shipping. . . I love my kit this month!!! Don't you want one???
Thanks for stopping by!!! I will be back soon with some more video tutorials!

1 comment:

Kim Rose said...

These cards are amazing! I love the ideas you share! Love how you can scrap lif the ideas using other products too. HUGS!