LOVE TAGplorations – Day 5 – February 12, Sunday

Hi! I’m here for the 5th day of the LOVE TAGplorations event.  The event will last for 7 days, with the final day being Valentine’s Day. The STAMPlorations Girls will be showcasing love-themed or Valentine’s Day tags or projects which include tags. You can play along too!

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I have a CAS, tagged, Valentine’s Day card to share with you today.

 img_7202_edited-1This makes me think of a balloon, celebrations (like the Patriots winning the Super Bowl) and my husband who is a career military officer and, in my opinion, a hero. I think that this might be his Valentine’s Day card.

 I sponged red ink onto the white card base using the Zen Hearts ARTplorations stencil.

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I cut a tag using the CUTplorations Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.

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I have a discount code for you. Shery, of STAMPlorations, has generously given me a code to share.

Use COUPON code

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at checkout and receive 20% OFF at STAMPlorations!

I also die cut a stencil using the CUTplorations XOXO Word Die.  I sponged a pinkish-red ink through my homemade stencil onto the tag.

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I finished by hole punching through the card and the tag and adding some red and white twine.

I had a lot of fun making this tagged card! Make sure you stop by and check out the STAMPlorations Girls’ superb creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Grace & Peace,
Melissa

P.S. Here’s that coupon code for you again.

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FYI:

*Commenting and linking up is from February 8 to February 14, 11:55 p.m. Pacific

*Winners announced on March 10 in the February Challenges & Hops winners post

Prizes:

– (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)

– (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder

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Precious Freedom

So! I had a ridiculous number of ideas for this week’s CASology Week 158 Challenge: Precious.

Here’s another card for this week’s challenge.

IMG_9755editedAs soon as I saw the cue word last week, the ideas came flying into my mind that I thought my brain might fry! So, I decided to sit down and and put them into a cute new sketch book that I purchased at IKEA a few days previously. I paid about 2 Euro and some change for it and I’m enjoying using it. 🙂

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I quickly sketched 8 different ideas for CASology’s cue word! Although I sketched 3 other cards first, “Freedom” and the star card idea were really the very first idea to pop into my head. IMG_9888editedI made a lot of cards this past weekend, avoiding the heat, but did not get to this one until last night.

Then I got a peek at this week’s sketch from CTS. I changed my layout a little bit so that this card was also inspired by this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch.

IMG_9757editedI put off making this because I thought it might be a little fussy to make, especially when it was about 85 degrees F in my stamping nook! However, I was surprised at how quickly and easily it came together. I spent a lot of time stamping in my damp bathing suit!!

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I’m going to play this card at CASology’s Week 158:Precious and CAS(E) This Sketch #135.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Melissa

Places I’m Playing:

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In the Garden – 2

I’m excited to share another watercolor project with you today.

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I used the colors from this week’s Colour Me Challenge #59: SU’s Pool Party, So Saffron & Real Red.

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 I used an emboss-resist technique on this card, stamping in VersaMark, adding clear embossing powder, heating and then painting the image and the background. I’m going to play this card over at Addicted to Stamps & More’s Challenge #132 – Make your Mark  and even though I don’t have any Neat and Tangled stamps I love the inspiring cards in their watercolor challenge, so I’m going to try playing over there for the first time!

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

Places I’m playing:

GRAB OUR BADGE!I Get Creative

P.S. I wanted to share some beautiful poppy paintings that my father painted with you. If you want to see more of his fabulous work please click here or look for the link to his online gallery on the right side of this blog.

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P.P.S. I’m super pleased to tell you that this card was chosen for honorable mention at Addicted to Stamps and More! Thank you for the recognition ATSM! 🙂 Edited Sat March 28: Just discovered that this card was chosen as an honorable mention over at Little Tangles. Thank you so much! 🙂

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I’m excited to share a watercolor project with you today.IMG_1417I used an emboss-resist technique on this card & it’s sister.

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The layout was inspired by this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch.

I used the colors from Colour Me Challenge #59: SU’s Pool Party, So Saffron and Real Red.

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I’m also going to play this card over at Addicted to Stamps & More’s Challenge #132 – Make your Mark and Happy Little Stampers’ CAS Challenge: Embossing.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO
Melissa

Places I’m playing:

GRAB OUR BADGE!I Get CreativeCAS(E) this Sketch

 

 

 

P.S. I wanted to share some beautiful poppy paintings, created by my father, with you. If you would like to see more of his fabulous work please click here or look for the link to his online gallery on the right side of this blog.

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