Sunday, February 1, 2015

(Clean and ) Simple Love

     The idea for this card began percolating in my mind last weekend when I found the "Love" embossing folder which had been a .50 cent find at an estate sale a few years ago.  I brought it home, added it to my collection of folders and never used it.  It's larger than most of my folders, square instead of A2 size and I simply forgot about it because it ended up in the bottom of the folders box due to its larger size.

     Let me show you the card and then we can talk details.  I think it's fun that my "background" is also a focal point -- the sentiment.

I saw this sketch (#310) at Sketch Saturday
and based my card on it.
Inspired by Stamping provided some inspiration, too.


     Just so all of you will believe that this was a true "Git 'er done" card (love that expression - thanks, Lynn!), I'm going to share with you the amount of time it took to do each step.  I embossed the background piece and used chalk and chalk marker to highlight the letters of "LOVE" (3 1/2 minutes.)  I trimmed that to fit the card front, then I die cut all the hearts in one cut (2 min.)  (Spellbinders die set)

     I used two different embossing folders to emboss the two white hearts (2 minutes) and layered the red and white hearts together, using a dot of craft glue on the back of each one (1 1/2 min.)  I put the layered heart in the middle of the embossed background with dimensional dots, and put the entire thing onto the card front (1 1/2 minutes.)

     I had put out some flowers and brads for embellishments but as I looked at the card, I decided that I didn't want anything else since the embossing was so lovely.  So, total time = less than 11 minutes!   That may be one of the fastest cards I've ever done.  :-D

4 Crafty Chicks
AAA Cards
A Gem of a Challenge
A Vintage Journey
Aud Sentiments
Crafter's Cafe
Cut It Up
Di's Digi Designs
Hiding in My Craft Room
Jo's Scrap Shack
Just Us Girls
My Sheri Crafts
Outlawz PAM
Scrapy Land
Simon Says Stamp
Sister Act
Stamping Boutique
Time Out

     For those of you who may have been following the "Window Seat Competition" between Honey and Molly, here's how I found them at bedtime last night.  I think they've completely resolved the entire issue.  :-D

     Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


  1. Oh WOW Connie!!! Of course there's nothing better than a git 'er done card sometime but you nailed this one! That embossing folder is so pretty and the hearts (I NEED that DIE!!!) in the center just look like they belong there! I LOVE IT!
    Glad Honey or Molly have settled the argument on their spot now. They look pretty contented!

  2. Such a pretty card! Love the embossed background! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #10!

  3. Oh I do love the embossed background, it is gorgeous and beautiful hearts! Certainly nailed this card Connie.
    Thank you for sharing a photo of Honey and Molly.
    Linda xxx

  4. Very pretty background and focal point. Love the embossing, it really pops especially with the chalk. It feels good to use a product or tool that you have not used but had stashed away, huh? =)
    Thank you for playing along this week in our challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  5. Fabulous card and perfect for this weeks challenge at Just us Girls. Thanks for joining us.

  6. The background is gorgeous - a lovely card
    Hugz Tinz

  7. I L-O-V-E it! Hope this isn't the last time you use that great embossing folder!

    Thank you for joining us for our National Braille Literacy challenge at Cut it Up!


  8. Hi. Not sure if you have used any stamping on your card. If you have then you are eligible to be entered into the Challenge at Sweet Stampin', if you have not then sorry your card does not count. I hope you have and then you can be entered. Good Luck. Debbiex

  9. What a effect beautiful effect from this folder! So elegant. Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

  10. What a gorgeous embossing folder especially with the chalk you added! Perfect heart for the center of the card. Always nice to be able to do a quickie card and have it turn out so well!

  11. Really nice, I like your card. So glad you could play along at AAA Cards

  12. This is a great find- love the folder and love the way you highlighted the letters.

  13. Great makes since my last vsit NanaC! I'm sorry I'm still not up to speed as I'm still full of cold, one leaves & anoher enters! I absolutely love that embossing folder! What a find! I adore what you've done with it too!
    Dawn xx

  14. Beautiful embossing folder and I love how you've used chslks to highlight the sentiment. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  15. That's a beautiful embossing folder and what a steal for $.50. Gorgeous card and yet so simple. As for the kitties..."I'm a sucker for happy endings"!!!!! Just too cute!

  16. Yes, it's the embossing folder that makes this card just perfect. Thanks for joining us in the Choose your own Sketch at Sketch Saturday. We hope you'll join again next week!

  17. Love how you have chalked up your project. Just gorgeous. TFS and joining us at Jo's for Funday Friday

  18. oh my! what a find, Connie! LOVE that EF and don't recall ever seeing it previously - it certainly is elegant. Your use of red tones really brings out its beauty, too. Love your inspiration for the card design!

    Thanks for playing in the Scrapy Land Challenge using die cuts! I hope to see more of your pretty projects in the next challenge, too! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  19. What a wonderful find for 50 cents. Love that folder and you made such a pretty card with it and the heart. Your sponging really made those letters pop.

    Honey and Molly look very content. Such cuties.

  20. Wow!! This card is really amazing NC!! LOVE the embossing with the L-O-V-E letters!! You just can't beat that now can you?!! :) I love it when it all comes together like that!! HUGS

  21. What a lovely card, Connie! The texture is beautiful and I adore the sponging! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  22. Wonderful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week! Hugs, Deb

  23. lovely card and ideal for 14th of February :)

  24. What a wonderfully unique card Connie! Love the sponging and embossing together. So glad you joined us at Just Us Girls this week...hope to see more of your work again soon!

  25. Hi Connie, Have removed your card from the Sweet Stampin' challenge as you requested.

    Loving all the different embossing on the hearts & the highlighting of the letters xx

  26. Wow the kitten/ them. Great card, the embossing letters are so pretty. Thanks again for playing at 4 Crafty Chicks!

    Leanne DT
    4 Crafty ChicksAwesomeness!

  27. Very cool card. LOVE that embossing folder, so unusual. Love all the texture too. Great take on the challenge, thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Just Us Girls!

  28. How creative Connie. I love this. hugs, joann

  29. Gorgeous card Connie! So elegant and pretty, and I love how you've added the heart.
    Your cats are adorable Connie, I have a beautiful tabby called Molly :)
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  30. wow this card ,the design is wonderful and I just love how you created the background
    Thanks for joining us at Auds Sentiment Designs...AND GOOD LUCK
    Tracey x

  31. Hi Connie, what a wonderful card! You've come into CAS styling and it looks like you're comfortable. The bkg is so textured and romantic. Thanks so much for sharing with us, I love to see what you enter. Hugs, Victoria~ AAA CAS Cards Challenge

  32. So very pretty, Connie ... the bold hearts are fabulous against that delicate, flourishy love embossing folder! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  33. Very striking card. Love it.
    Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments.
    Ann xxx

  34. Love it NC, you always do lovely work. I am very glad you joined us this week at TSB. I hope you had fun!!! See you back very soon to play in another fun challenge. :)


    The Stamping Boutique Design Team Member

  35. What a super embossing folder, I just love finding a hidden gem at a car boot sale. Your card has a striking design, so lovely. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

  36. Beautiful card, very romantic! :) Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge. We already have a new challenge running, it's a fun CASE challenge -I hope to see you playing along!

  37. Gorgeous card! Thanks so much for adding it to our Love is in the Air challenge at A Vintage Journey!

  38. Gorgeous card...Thanks for playing along with us at Di's Digi Designs Challenge this fortnight.
    Wendy xx

  39. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for participating in our STAMPING BOUTIQUE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper


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