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Buzzing Into the New Year

Well, we sure started the new year out with a bang into some cold temperatures in the Midwestern United States!  Hopefully, everyone made it through warmly and safely.  School was canceled here Monday and Tuesday, so I had some extra time on my hands which I used to make some Valentine’s Day cards for the first graders I work with.

Valentine for Paper Temptress

 

For this Valentine, I used Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic for the card base.  It really sparkles in the light!  I cut out and embossed Cryogen White cardstock using my Spellbinders Heart Squares die.  The bee stamp and sentiment are from Heidi Grace’s Cheerful Bee clear stamp set.  The bee and sentiment are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using a Yellow Blaze Sharpie.

Valentine Envelope for Paper Temptress

Valentine Envelope for Paper Temptress

 

A glutton for punishment?  Perhaps… but again, with the time on my hands I’d rather be crafting than cleaning, right??  And this is how the custom envelopes came to be… This particular envelope uses paper from the DCWV Stack 8.  I cut the paper down to 5.5″x5.5″ and then used We R Memory Keepers’ Envelope Punch Board to create small enough envelopes for my little Valentine’s Day cards, which are 2.2″x3.2″.

 

These Valentines are quite small so I had to make a decision whether to put them in an envelope at all or just fold them over and close them with a sticker.  The envelopes won out; I am under no illusion that they won’t wind up in the trash, but the cards and envelopes were also quick to make and I hope that the kids get a little bit of enjoyment out of them!

 

 

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