Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Love Is In the Air

Welcome to the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Joanne Cantrell from a tiny little town in Southern Illinois smack dab in the middle of the United States. I hope you enjoy my cards.

Our theme this month is Love Is In the Air.  That means that everything you see as you hop around will be Valentine-y… Not all red and pink hearts, but somehow will express the idea of LOVE! And may I just add… you will LOVE all the projects you see!!!

I have decided to go a bit non-traditional with my lovey-dovey cards and used a bit more masculine color palette.

I know! These colors do not scream Valentine’s Day. But, on top of these non-traditional colors, I also used stamp sets that are not typically used for Valentine’s Day cards but have great sentiments perfect to be used for expressing love! I’m such a rebel! LOL

Here are the cards I offer you for this month…

Definitely not your typical love cards but so manly… Let’s take a closer look at each of these cards.

This card features a sentiment and images from the ENJOY LIFE stamp set (148190). While it is masculine, at the same time it is also feminine and can be used to send a note to your mom or best friend… maybe even your mother-in-law!

I stamped the grass and weeds – are they weeds or are they flowers? Maybe flowering weeds? – using Soft Suede ink. The butterfly and sentiment are stamped in Mossy Meadow. The wooden butterflies are from the set of Butterfly Elements (149711) in the SALE-A-BRATION brochure and you can get them for FREE with a $50 order.

I didn’t want to just add a bow or lines of the Linen Thread because I feel I do that all the time. And, the card didn’t seem to need a blob of the thread… so I did a little curly-que down the side of the Soft Suede layer.

I ran a line of SNAIL down on edge and then just twisted the thread and pushed into the SNAIL. I didn’t have a long enough piece so I cut some more, then some more again. 🙂

The next card I made is a cute little one!

This card uses the Animal Outing Stamp Set (146597/146600). It is perfect for the man in your life as well as for a kiddo you happen to love to the moon and back!

The Mossy Meadow background layer was embossed using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143704). I added some Linen Thread (it’s a favorite of mine – can you tell!) and a few leaves using the Leaf Punch (144667).

I stamped the Kangaroo and the sentiment at the same time using Soft Suede ink. I used the Dark and Light Crumb Cake Blends to color him in. The heart was cut out of a small scrap of Real Red cardstock using the heart die from the Wood Create Framelits (143730). To make the pouch, I placed the layer on top of my piercing pad and used my open snips (please be careful doing this) to cut a slit about 1/4″ below the koala.

And flannel-ly, here is the last card…

I know I am not the only one loving this Buffalo Check background stamp. I am so exited that is it has carried over from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.

The sentiment is from Petal Palette stamp set (145785/145788). Probably not the set at the top of your list for a masculine card, huh!?! I love taking sets and twisting them up a bit!

For a card that looks so simple, there is a little bit going on.

I used the Pocket Framelits to cut out the pocket and tab. The buttons come from the very masculine True Gentleman suite. The only thing that I should have done but didn’t realize it until it was too late was stamp the pocket with the stitches from the Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set. I think it would have made it pop just a little bit more. And, I probably would have made sure the lined squares were going in the right direction before I cut the pocket out. But, hey… there is always next time!

Since, I am in such a loving mood… how about a tutorial for this card?

Well, that’s it from me today. Keep on hopping through the blogs to see more LOVE-ly projects!

Until next time… keep it simple, Stampers!

🙂 Joanne

2 thoughts on “Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop – Love Is In the Air

  1. Wonderful cards Joanne! I can’t really pick a favourite, I was going to say the first one but then the heart the pouch on the second guy and then the almost hidden pocket on the last one, all so clever!! Thanks for being a part of the Ink & Inspiration crew!

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