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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Little Bitty Birds

It's been a while . . . . 
     I've been creating (generally making a mess) in my crafty space, but taking pictures and adding to my blog just hasn't made it to the top of my 'To Do' list. This week I have several cards and projects for Valentine's Day. I usually make something for my sons and husband and then attach a little treat.

     Here are the small cards (2 3/4" x 4 1/4" - one half of an A2 card) I made for my two sons.  I wanted to make sure the cards were masculine, so I started with Kraft card stock and my new PTI Little Bitty Bird stamp set and the awesome Wood Grain Impression Plate. (I love this plate - it's so realistic)

     I started by using PTI's Tag Sale #1 die to cut the Kraft card stock. The tree from Little Bitty Birds was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with copic markers. I then added the sentiment with VersaMark and Cranberry ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The little cream circle was punched out and the tiny heart was added. I then ran the tags through the Cuttlebug with the woodgrain impression plate. Finally one of the bitty birds was die cut, stamped and then added to the tree.

     I wanted to mount the tag onto red card stock, but thought it needed another layer so I hand cut a cream coloured card stock mat for the tag. These were then attached to a Pure Poppy card stock that I had embossed with a Sizzix Hearts #4 embossing folder. A red and brown ribbon was added to the top of the tag with a simple knot.

      I kept the inside very simple. I used cream card stock to cut a Spiral Notebook die, stamped it with the page from School Time in Chocolate ink and added the date from Mini Scrapbooking Series and a little sentiment heart from Tiny Treats:Valentine. This allowed me to add a little handwritten note to each of my sons. 
     One of the cards was sent to my younger son who lives on the East Coast. The other card, along with this 'treat' bag is for my older son, who lives here.

He's very much into healthy eating since he started the P90X exercise program. He told me he didn't want any chocolate for Valentine's Day, so this package contains a few Protein Power Bars!!  
      I used the little dog image and coordinating sentiment from Tiny Treats: Valentine  and mounted that onto a die cut using Spellbinders Pendant - Contemporary Hearts. (I sponged the white card stock with lots of Cranberry ink to create a 'mottled' lookIt was a quick and simple project that I know he will like!!

Card Details:
Stamps: PTI Little Bitty Bird, Tiny Treats: Valentine, School Time, Mini Scrapbooking Series:Tabs & Library Ledger.
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;  CTMH Cranberry, Chocolate; VersaMark
Papers: Recollections Kraft card stock; PTI Pure Poppy & Vintage Cream card stock
Other Supplies: PTI Little Bitty Bird dies, Spiral Notebook Die; Clear embossing powder; ribbon; copic markers; Sizzix Hearts#4 Embossing folder
Tag Details:
Stamps: PTI Tiny Treats: Valentine.
Inks: CTMH Cranberry, Chocolate.
Papers: cranberry and white card stock pieces
Other Supplies: Spellbinders Pendant - Contemporary Hearts; Circle punch; markers.

Thanks for taking time to visit today. Have a great week!


christy compton hall said...

I totally love the style of that tag card! Kinda whimsy, folksy, Scandinavian :) The inside is PERFECT too!

Mad for Paper said...

I love the way you masked the heart stamp with the School time stamps. Looks really great. Red and brown/kraft is one of my favorite color combos.

Lorraine said...

Oh these are adorable! Love the red w/ the kraft and the woodgrain impression. and that bitty bird stamp set (that I never got, lol...). Your sons & DH will love it.

Kim O'Connell said...

That woodgrain impression plate is the perfect backdrop for thse cute little birdies and love the embossed hearts behind it all!

Jen said...

Oh wow! I love this card. Love the size and the use of the tag. But, but, but, I really love the use of the notebook die inside. Genius! I will be giving this a go. Thanks for the inspiration and a magical card!

Anne B said...

I love the card and that treat packaging goes so well with it. You've inspired me to get out my woodgrain impression plate :)

Stephanie said...

Karen......This little cards are just too cute and definitely masculine! The red with the kraft and wood grain IP is just perfect!

steph said...

Super, super CUTE, Karen! Love that itty bitty birdy!

Rose said...

Karen this is too cute !! Love how you embelished the inside ...must try this!!
And I'm sure your son will love the powerbars!!

Karen said...

Karen this little gift ensemble is so cute! Like Rose, I love how you decorated the inside!

Thanks for stopping by my little ol' blog today too!


Chris said...

Great cards! Love the notebook page inside for a special message!

Michelle said...

LOL @ the protein bars - clever! Love that you make things for your husband and boys...that's what mothers and special holidays are for. You always do a lot of neat embossing too.

Jill said...

Wonderful tags, Karen! Perfect color combo, stamp choice, and texture plates! What a nice mom you are! And the inside--great idea! I'm going to steal it one of these days, LOL! And LOL @the Power Bars--another great idea!