Be My Valentine! Just Two Midwest Girls Scrap Challenge

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hello dearies!  I'm really loving sharing these Just Two Midwest Girls posts with you on Fridays now.  It's another reason to celebrate the end of the week  And this week has been quite a trying one...For this week's challenge, we are piling on the love.

Yep, Valentine's Day, that Hallmark holiday that we all know and love, is coming up!  While really it's another excuse to sell chocolate and flowers, you have to admit that for paper crafters, it's an excuse to use lots of pinks and red, hearts, glitter, and anything that says the word 'love.'  So for this week's challenge, Heather and I are challenging you to use your stash to create Valentines-inspired projects!

Card measures 4x6
For the challenge, I created three cards and three altered envelopes.  Both Heather and I used the Devoted collection from Carta Bella.  (I am sooo in love with Carta Bella paper because of how thick it is and totally want to buy every sheet ever made. ever.)

Card #1: Sweetheart-how to:
  •  Fold card to 3 1/2 by 6.  This will leave 1/2 inch short on the bottom.
  • Add a border sticker to the bottom of the card.
  • Spray mist the front of the card and outline the edges with pen.
  • Add a banner to the top (the one above is a sticker).
  • Add a sentiment to the bottom middle of the card.  (If you'd like, split up the sentiment like I did so some of it is popped up and some is flat).
  • Finish off with embellishments in the bottom right corner and on top of the banner.  (Use pop dots to add some dimension).
Card measures 5x5

I used both of the techniques on this card before and I really loved them.  My hubby gets so excited when I create cards using a technique that he claims is 'his idea,' which is the cutting of a die cut out of the front of the card and popping it up through the inside of the card.  (Well ya didn't patent it, did ya?)

Card #2: Eternally Yours-how to:
  •  Fold a card to 5x5.
  • Die cut a shape out of the front of the card.
  • Adhere patterned paper to the card front.  (You can use pop dots to add even more dimension to your card).
  • Using a square ink pad, create 'rays' by stamping with the corner of the pad repeatedly.
  • Add a border strip to the bottom of card.
  • Use pop dots to adhere the die cut shape to the inside of the card. 
  • Finish off with a few embellishments.
Card measures 3x6
I really wanted this card to look like an envelope, even though it really opens from the side.  (like magic, right?)  It actually opens on the right side, like a normal card.  And wanna know another secret?  The paper on the front of this card is actually the display paper from the packaging.  You know the display that shows you a preview of all of the papers inside the kit?  Yep, that's right!  Take that scraps!

Card #3: Happy Valentine's Day-how to:
  • Fold card to 3x6.
  • Adhere patterned paper to card front.
  • Cut a tag in half and adhere to bottom right of card.
  • Add a border strip to bottom of card.
  • Fold and adhere a tab to top of card so half is on the inside and half is on the outside.
  • Finish off card with a few embellishments.
Envelopes measure 3x3, 3x3, and 5x5
I've had this package of Maya Road envelopes for quite a bit of time.  They're kraft colored and I super love them.  So, I altered them by adding pretty paper and embellishments.  I'll be back tomorrow with the how-to on these envies.  In the meantime, you can drool over this photo of them.

**Play along and win!!**

So the winner of this week's challenge is Mandi!  Mandi, thanks so much for linking up your project!  I'll email you with the deets for your gift card from Two Peas.  Now let's see what you've created.  Remember: your project can be a new -or- previously created project.  Here's how you can share your project (please also leave an email address so we know where to contact you if you win!):
  • Add your link to my blog in the comments below.
  • Add your link to Heather's blog in her comments section.
  • Add your link to our new Facebook page!!!

You have until February 13th at 8PM (C.S.T) to link up your projects for a chance at a $5 Two Peas gift card.  (perfect for all those new CHA arrivals!)  And remember, we have a new button on the right that you can add to your blog. >>>>>>>>>>>

Kelster Jean

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  1. These projects are just too cute! Our hubbys are so alike! Michael likes to say he "invented" a lot of things and whatnot....

  2. Long live Carta Bella papers! And Valentine themed stuff because it's always sooo pretty!

    Also, I'm totally loving your use of the packaging for that 3x6 card

  3. Those cards are pretty sweet. And you're right, as a paper crafter Valentine's Day is totally my excuse to bling out the world and use way to much pink!


    Here are a couple of V-Day cards I made! :)

  5. Here are my cards.


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