I was able to spend most of Monday in my craft studio with a good friend and we got so much accomplished. She made a journal and I made a bunch of Valentine cards. I decided to use some challenges as my inspiration as well as some of my favourite techniques.
The first cards I did are for the Simon Says challenge for this week. It should have been really easy "anything goes" but, I needed a jumping off point. I looked back through some of the cards I made last year and some of the techniques I've taught and decided to go with making my own patterned paper. I used this layout before but with patterned paper.
For these cards I started with ivory coloured paper and used an script stamp by inkadinkado and frayed burlap ink to create main background. I then inked the paper with distress inks (antique linen, spun sugar, vintage photo & walnut stain) and added some decorative edges with basic grey "flourish corners" stamp set and walnut stain ink. I did the same technique for the image piece and used the Eiffel Tower stamp from crafty secrets as my main image. The "I Love You" and "Be Mine" are from Flourishes and the Je t'aime is from crafty secrets (all are stamped with the walnut stain ink). I added a little more pink to the image with ribbon and pale pink rhinestones. The image piece is popped up with foam dots.