1.14.2010

Have you ever cut a gagillion little hearts and then changed your design plan?

You know, like when you are trying to make a bunch of cute little tags for wedding favors and then you discover this other cool thing that your Cricut can do....AFTER cutting and silver leaf gilding 60 hearts?  You've been there, right?  PLEASE tell me you've been there and I'm not alone in this!  HA!

SOOOOooooo...that left me with a LOT of red hearts with gorgeous silver edges.  Just Say'n.

BUT...when I put those into a little pile they looked REALLY cool all together, which, of course sparked a seed of an idea that sat in a small ziploc bag until full inspiration hit.

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Well....between THIS fabulous BBB2 Challenge (I do so love challenges with lots of freedom) and the fact that I was wicked stressed, exhausted, and stuck on hold for a long time.....I got JUST the inspiration I needed!!!  While on hold, I took out those fun hearts and I began creating the base for my card...it all came together from there!  SO FUN!

red hearts card

I layered the gilded hearts all over the card for the background.  Sally (the Cricut) cut them from the Accents Etc. cartridge.  Now, the challenge also called for some purple and I think it is just WAY fun to combine red and purple, so I tried a couple of things.  I stamped a cute little tag with smokey plum ink and tied it on with a thin lavender ribbon.

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As you can see...that SO didn't happen.  HA!  Yes, I did all of that and then took it off because I hated it.  I kept the little tag and ribbon to use on something else because they are super cute, just not for this card.

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Instead, I decided to add this glorious tissue paper flower that I created awhile back when I was just playing one day.  It is made with layers of tissue paper and then spritzed with smoke glimmer mist for the sparkle.  LOVE GLIMMER MIST!!!!  I added some silver stickles for even MORE sparkle and topped the center with a small clear dew drop.  Then, I pulled out some sheer purple ribbon and it all came together and made me SOOOOOOOO happy.  So happy.  Just say'n.

I added a tiny little white sentiment that just seemed to suit the card perfectly and smiled BIG!  It is truly amazing too me just how therapeutic crafting is for me.  For reals.  My mood was turned around completely when I finished my card.  I love that.  It is so nice to have something I can always count on.  Happy Things!!!

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And thus, this fabulous little Valentine's Card.  It's a happy card.  Wouldn't you say? 

28 comments:

Denise said...

I like your card! All those hearts... totally worth the time. I have a daughter that I give all my "extras" too... maybe I should be holding on to them...

Scrappy Girl said...

I love all those hearts...they look so cute!

On the January blues...I can't wait to find my way to the end of this tunnel! LOL!

Heather Bares said...

love it!!!!

Jamie said...

Love, love, love it!!!!!

Brenda said...

awesome!!!lovin that flower you did too!! I cut out 500 acrylic hearts welded together for one of my managers (she is a wedding planner) back in Nov, and I am still finding taces of them when I clean!
hugs
Brenda

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

That's just fabulous! You must have a craft store worth of supplies, girl! LOL... I think I covet them too!

Tracy

A Scrappy Design said...

What a great idea! I have several containers of "I changed my mind" die cuts that need to be used but I just haven't been able to find the time. Hmm, maybe I should send them to you! :)

Pink Heather said...

Fabulous, Jingle. I love all the layered hearts.

Diana Fisher said...

Amazing!! What a great idea for a card!!!! :)

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

Oooooh - it turned out FANTASTICALLY!! I totally agree, crafting can be SO theraputic.

Susie said...

It looks AWESOME!!!

Tracy said...

Yes I agree it is a Happy Card.

Heather P. said...

Oh wow, this is just fabulous!!!! Love all those hearts!

Crayola58 said...

Wow, what a great card. I love all those lovely hearts and that beautiful flower. Thanks for playing along with our BBTB2 challenge.
Carole

shelly said...

luvin this big time! you definetly made me chuckle with the story behind the hearts and yep been there done that..well not 60 gilded hearts you may be alone on that one ;) you put your cuts to awesome use though woo hoo!

DonnaMundinger said...

Wowee! So glad those hearts didn't go to waste. How gorgeous! Good luck in the contest and thanks for entering. xxD

Ginny said...

I figured w/ vday coming up, you'd be able to use the hearts for something. Very cool card!

I can't wait to see what you are doing instead of all those hearts though. That is a lot of work to just change your mind, lol

Grove Designs Co, aka Kriskropmemories said...

That card is stunning! I love it.

Electra said...

Some lucky person is going to get a masterpiece for Valentine's Day!

LollyChops said...

I have jars of things I have a cut a gazillion of that I ended up not using (until another project). I actually love having those jars of cut shapes around cause I use just grab a few of them and use them when inspiration strikes me!

Beautiful card Jing!

Carolyn King said...

ohhh..that looks soo coooll! Great job.

Sorry to hear about your housing problems....hope that you find a solution soon! hugs!

Jeri said...

Wonderful use of all your hearts. Very unique. Good luck in the contest.

Crissy said...

I love those hearts! They are amazing! Oh and the story about the crazies below you....hilarious!!

xoxo
crissy

Bella and Aidee Mom said...

This is fab..Thanks for playing along at BBTB2...Krista

Jana said...

I heart your card. So much so that I used your idea and made some ATC's. <3

Leah the Orange said...

ah, a penchant for punchin' repeated shapes over and over and over... i LOVE the card, J, and no wonder you felt inclined to comment on my little thunderstorm stars card! :)

so you didn't answer me, dagnabbit.
wanna hang out? i'll make tea.

tomiannie said...

So darn cute! Great way to use those -- the effect is fab!

Heather said...

Oh yes! I LOVE this!! I love the story on how you were inspired to do this design.

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