A non-traditional valentines’ day card

scsbc_jan As part of my SCS blogging group, each month one of the members issues a challenge to the group.  For January, we were challenged to make a Valentine’s Day card without using red, pink, or white.  What a challenge!  I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that you could do such a thing. 🙂 Thankfully, when I sat down to start this challenge, I pulled out my scraps and turned up this Apricot Appeal DSP piece and suddenly my creative juices started going. 

There are three things I’m really happy about on this card.  First, I’m using embellishments!  I love brads and buttons and ribbon and gems, but I tend to hoard them.  I end up not using them because I’m afraid I’m going to use them up.  However, I finally had that aha moment when someone else pointed out that there are always new and cute embellishments coming out, so if use up what I have, I can always get more!  The second thing is the base cardstock – Mellow Moss.  This is one of thos colors that I always looked at and then quickly moved past.  However, this time, it was perfect and I realized that I don’t need to always avoid that color.

Finally, this is my first card that I’ve ever done stitching.  It all started because I had the bashful blue paper and thought “this needs something”.  So, I decided to go with paper piercing since I’m trying to learn when best to use it.  Unfortunately, I created the double row of piercings and hated it!  I realized that I have a box full of thread from back when I did counted cross-stich, so I figured what the heck!  I think it is a neat touch to the card and will have to try it again sometime.  I love when mistakes turn into new, even better things.

Love You Much, Fun and Fast Notes
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Mellow Moss CS, Bashful Blue CS, Very Vanilla CS, Kraft CS, Apricot Appeal DSP
Accessories: Antique Brass brads, Heart Trio punch, Keytag punch, Mat pack, piercer, Scallop edge punch, stamping dimensionals, Ticket corner punch

15 responses to “A non-traditional valentines’ day card”

  1. Great job, Jennifer! I hoard embellishments, too, but have recently become OBSESSED with using buttons. I love your color palette here, as well as those darling images. You rocked this!

  2. hi jennifer this turned out awesome. i love the colors and the stitching really pulls it together. i was a hoarder at one time also, i have really been trying hard to use them anyway!

  3. This is a wonderful card – I love every aspect of it. I am so like you when it comes to hording embellishment, but like your philosophy and will have to start remembering that. I haven’t tried sewing yet, but after seeing this, will have to give it a whirl. I really like that mellow moss color and the stamp set – it’s on my image swap list for our blogger group 🙂 Have a great one !!

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