Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Romantic Valentine's Day Recipes ~

~ Yes, I have definitely been hit by cupid this year!!! I'm loving all of the Valentine's Day themed cutting files I'm getting my hands on! These coordinating recipe pages all use cutting files by Carrie's Creations: the Love Words line, which I got as part of her Love Pack. I am excited about the variety of words, arrows, clippies, and dramatic heart shapes I was able to coordinate in these pages. I also cut a Valentine Muse (background on the 3rd page) for the first time, which cut smoothly, as all of Carrie's files do! Using the same papers, font, and color theme made several pages come together very quickly. All of these recipes are tried and true, so feel free to lift them if you're in the mood for some easy yum~yum this Valentine's Day!!

Hugs to you,
Jessica in Kansas

Sweet and simple Valentine's Day cards

~ Tis the season...for love, hearts, and Valentines!!! These elegant cards were simple to put together using a sketch required for a swap I had committed to. I used Jan Bryson's Itty Bitty Valentines cutting file for the hearts and sentiment, which worked out perfectly for this card. The scalloped border wrapped in silver ribbon was created using a border punch by Fiskars. The shimmery silver, burgundy, and purple cardstock are all from The elegant patterned paper is from ScrapWorks. I was challenged to avoid the typical V-Day colors of pink & red, which wasn't as easy as I had thought it would be!!!

Love is in the air,
Jessica in Kansas

Butterfly Purses

~ Paper and purses and butterflies, oh my!!! How cute are these paper purses in the butterfly theme?!! Shirley Clark designed this cutting file, and I couldn't wait to try it out. I just happened to have some butterfly themed cardstock by DCWV and found plain cardstock in coordinating colors. I embellished the handles with ink, doodling, adhesive gems, and some fun butterfly confetti pieces I found. The butterflies were cut from the file, assembled, and embellished with gems, color dots, Stickles, and hand-drawn antennae. A touch of velcro keeps the purse closed. Super cute...and super easy!

I can't wait to fill these little packages with goodies and brighten the day of a couple of my girlfriends!!

Thinking of spring,
Jessica in Kansas

Custom address book

~ I had been wanting to make a custom address book for quite some time...and I finally did it! I purchased a journal, wrapped the front and back covers with some fun patterned paper by My Mind's Eye, and added tab dividers that I created using Stampin' Up's Round Tab punch. I then used my Klic-N-Kut to cut the Fancy Frames and Border Strips, designed by, out of coordinating papers. "Addresses" is handwritten on a piece of ric-rac with a fine Sharpie marker. I finished it off by adding Stickles in various colors to some of the dots and the ric-rac. This is just what I needed to collect all of my papercrafting friends' contact information!!

Happy Wednesday,
Jessica in Kansas