Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Valentine and Quick Tutorial

Happy Sunday everyone... well it's not Sunday just yet, but by the time I finish typing up this post it will be.

So... a bit of our typical business regarding obscure holidays... Sunday, February 7th is "Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor Day". Hey folks.. the emphasis is on ALL your fingers.. not just some select ones. And, it's also "Send a Card To A Friend Day"... now that's much more palatable.

After leaving the dentist's office last week my car kept pulling right and I found myself at my local Archiver's. So what's a girl to do? I had to go inside and make sure everyone was working hard and supplies were in place, countertops clean and tidy.. well, you get the picture. While visiting, I found this stamp. I know what you are thinking... 'she still buys stamps??' Well, every now and then I just can't resist some cute little creation and this one qualified. I really prefer digis though because the possibilities are endless. Besides, why cut a few trees down for wood blocks! Save them for our cardstock and designer paper, right?

This hedgehog is a Penny Black image and I love coloring these little critters. They have smile impact...they are guaranteed to bring an instant smile to the recipient. This has a definite orange cast in this photo, but it's truly a perfect Valentine red.

I wanted to use a rectangle nestability on this image so I could have an embossed edge... but one was way too small and narrow.. and another much too large. So here's what I did to get my way compromise. This is so easy, even a caveman can do it.

I lined up my image so the top was where I wanted it in the Nesties.

And ran it through my Big Shot

Then, keeping the edges within the brass frame, moved the image down to cut off and emboss the bottom edge...

to get this...

And here's a comparison of my final piece and the Nesties that I used to trim it down.

Try this... just remember to line up and fit your cardstock within the Nestie frame when you are ready to run it through the Big Shot the second time.

This card was made with the following challenges in mind.

Lucy's Card Challenge - Polka Dots
Corrosive Challenge - It's All About Love
Papertake Weekly - Love Actually
Die Cut Dreams - Red, Black and Love
Stamp Something - Love
Crazy 4 Challenges - Be My Valentine

Until next time.. enjoy your day... happy crafting and be safe in all you do! Don't forget to wave ALL your fingers at your neighbor!


Gina said...

Aren't you just the smartest? Great idea and thanks for sharing. That little stamp is adorable!

Lucy Abrams said...

This is so CUTE - and thank or the great tips.

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

This is lovely, Peggy!

Mummylade said...

Lovely card and thanks for the tip with the nesties. I'm so glad you joined the DCD challenge this week and good luck.

Susie Sugar said...

Lovely card and great tutorial
Thank you for playing with us at the DCD challenge this week we hope you will join us again tomorrow, good luck
Hugs Susie xx

Jilli said...

Fab idea and great card. Love the cute little hedgie and gorgeous colour combo too! Jillix

Dru said...

What a cute card and what a great tutorial. I have had the same problem many times but never took the time to figure out how to compensate for it - thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Dru

Sharon Keanly said...

Hi Peggy, thanks for the tutorial. Your card is absolutely fabulous. Love the PB image and you've coloured it in so beautifully. Thanks for popping by earlier and for the good wishes. Take care, hugs Sharon

Payne Holler Cards said...

ahhhh it's the little things in life - love this tip with nestie!
that little PB image is tooooo cute!
have to remember "it's alllll your fingers" for one of my neighbors LOL! maybe should just wave my whole hand!!!love your posts....

Scrapping Julie said...

awesome tutorial! smart cookie. super cute card too!

Micki Switzer said...

I bet those Archiver's employees were having a party 'til they saw you comin' then they knew they had to get to work.....LOL Love that hedgie's boxer's....

Cindy said...

Peggy, this is just adorable! I love the Hedgies!!

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betty benton said...

Cute card and a terrific idea -- how come I never think of things like this??? I just have to thank everyone for sharing their wonderful idea -- Thank You, Peggy, I'll surely be using this one!

Deirdre said...

Great card - thanks for sharing the great idea.

Thanks also for playing along with Paperplay this week.

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