Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 20, 2011: Sweet 3x3 Valentines

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The Bugaboo is fixed - yay! I'm so glad. It was a rough trip - Hayden to Sandpoint, Idaho fighting a monster headwind. My arms ached from holding the bug to the road! Jeff was following me in his much heavier car, and he said I scared him a few times. My mechanic said that bugs are shaped much like the wing of an airplane - at 60 mph, only 40% of the car's weight is on the pavement. (In a way, this makes sense to me; bugs essentially have an airplane engine.) Interesting, huh? On the flip side, I had a lovely tailwind coming home.

Anyhoo, as promised, here are the adorable little Valentines I made for the girls at work. Aren't they cute?

I used a teeny tiny scallop circle die to cut Perfect Plum cardstock to make my handmade flowers; I cut two for each card, then ran them both ways through Stampin' Up!'s amazing Corrugator to break down the fibers so I could peel them apart and get four layers for each flower. (After 16 Valentines, yes, I was questioning my sanity).

For the card, I used Very Vanilla as a base, and the 1 3/4" circle punch to make a stencil for my sponged Pink Pirouette center (I know, it barely shows, but it's a nice little detail in person). The "For You" from the stamp set Great Friend is in Perfect Plum ink, and the heart stamp is in Pale Plum ( hoo!). Do you recognize the heart stamp? It's marked Stampin' Up! but no date and was not die cut. I think it's fairly old - I got it as a single stamp at a garage sale. (There is a small line flower like a doodle under my flower.) I'd love to ID it and see the rest of the set! It's one of my favorites, even if it is an orphan. :)

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