January 2012 Hip Kit… 2 sweet valentine card by Kimberly Hutchison

Happy Tuesday!!!
I know you have all been patiently waiting for our January Hip Kit DT projects.  :D  Well, today I have 2 sweet valentine cards to share with you that I made with our January Kit.  I think that you will find that all of the wonderful goodies in this package – will make creating amazing projects a piece of cake.

I love the Life Stencil Cards by Fancy Pants.  Each card is like getting two embellishments in one.  You get the word itself, and a stencil card.  So, you can easily make two projects with that one embellishment.  Everyone received 3 assorted cards in their January Hip Kits.  One of my cards said “Love”, and I just knew I had to use the stencil part to make a card. 😀
IMG_1622The stencil card itself was a little too large for my card, so I cut it down a bit.  I adhered a strip of the Dear Lizzy Foxy Fairview paper to the back of the card, and machine stitched around the perimeter.  This gave it a nice little detail.  I added a heart doily from my stash.  I think the doily added both texture and a dainty detail to my card.  Doilies are great to have on hand.  Next time you are at out, pick up a couple packages of doilies in a few different sizes.  Later on this month I will do a little tutorial showing some different ways to incorporate doilies into your projects.  IMG_1623
You all know how much I LOVE woodgrain papers & embellishments!  The Echo Park Kraft Wood paper gave my card a neutral background with a nice subtle pattern.  This worked well because the focal part of my card was so bright.  The Today’s Story – Hello paper has twelve 3”x4” cut apart journaling blocks and cards with little phrases.  I thought the “Love” block would make a really cute card.  The bright color really caught my eye, but other than the love script, it was kind of plain.
IMG_1629I added some corrugated Thickers. This gave my card texture and dimension. The little “so much” sticker from the 5th & Frolic Accent & Phrase Stickers finished the sentiment. I matted the pink card on aqua cardstock – which kept the aqua Thickers from looking out of place. Plus, an extra layer is always appealing.  I added some machine stitching to the “you” and “so much” stickers.  I still felt like it needed something else.  The Studio Calico Darling Dear Vellum Heart & Arrow Stickers were the perfect finishing touch.  I really like the “pop” of black.
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I hope my cards have inspired you to create some valentines for your loved ones.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  We will have another collection of amazing projects to share with you tomorrow – so don’t forget to come back. xo – Kimberly –

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