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F is for February – and for Feel the love….

Well, look at what we have here – it’s Valentine’s Day!

Almost…

Yeah, I know, we’ve barely gotten out of the thrill of the New Year. Now is the time to remember that special someone in your life. If you are anything like me, your fingers would be tingling at all the ideas you have this year for Valentine’s Day.

How would you appreciate your love?
What words would you say?
How would you say it?
What gifts can you give?

Let’s be honest, this can be tough…without a solid handcrafted Valentine’s Day card.

Well…I’ve got you covered! Just after the New Year’s Day, I started thinking about the perfect handcrafted Valentine’s card I could help you design this year. My formula came right away – a fusion of my hands and your heart.

Let me explain.

Valentine’s Day is a special day for so many. This is one day you most likely aren’t celebrating with all your family and friends. Ideally, you have one person in mind. Maybe a few cards can go to a few friends and family, but there is that special someone whose thoughts make your tummy flutter and your heart race.

Now, this is the person you want to hand one of my handcrafted cards to this Valentine’s Day. This person is most likely your spouse, partner, or lover. They may even be a crush (and who says one person can’t be all of these, uh?). Oh, all the love our heart feels!

Now, let us express this, not just on any paper, but on the finest paper, carefully picked by yours truly. All my inks, markers or water colors are chosen with purpose and every card is an art on its own. It all begins with a blank slate and a heart full of love.

As for my process, all of my cards are 100% handmade by me. Every little detail was worked on and brought to life with care. Some things shouldn’t be left to the machine. Especially love. That is why I stamp the images myself and build upon the canvas that becomes your own custom handcrafted Valentine’s Day card.

The unique thing about my cards is that you can choose a sentiment for the inside or you can request a custom sentiment. Yup, you get to choose. Have you been to my Etsy shop recently? You can see examples of these sentiments up there.

These are inspirations, not limitations. You have the opportunity to make your own card the way you want. By requesting a custom order and choosing your preferred style, you can trust me to help you bring your thoughts to life. Remember, I am just a message away. Slide into my inbox for a conversation.

Let’s make this Valentine’s Day the best one so far.

Hello 2019…

Well, 2019 is finally here and I can’t say I’m all that upset to be leaving 2018 in my rear view window. It was quite a year…and I’m looking forward to a much better 2019.

Let’s start with revisiting one of my favorite stamps by Catherine Scanlon. She doesn’t produce a lot of stamps, but when she does I am always thrilled. I pulled it out again because I wanted to create a card with a circle theme. I follow Amy Rysavy and each month she throws out a new theme to inspire a card design. For January it was circles. I think this stamp qualifies, don’t you?

I’m having a hard time getting into all of the Valentine’s Day cards that have been flooding my Instagram feed but I think I will try again today. This card was a nice diversion from that but my Etsy store is screaming for new items, so I guess I better get busy. In the meantime, here are a few more pics of the circle card for your viewing pleasure. 😉

Tis the Season for… Wine Bottle Tags!

I have recently become addicted to making wine tags.  I bought a wine tag die from MFTStamps a year or so ago and never really used it much.  The other day I needed a congrats type card or tag for a bottle of champagne that I was giving as a gift and I didn’t really have time to make up a full on congrats card. So I grabbed my wine tag die and quickly stamped and embossed a really fun tag to adorn the bottle and also convey my sentiments.  Of course in my rush I forgot to photograph it so I don’t have a picture but I do plan to recreate it soon.  Fast forward to the night of the party and the recipient of the champagne with the wine bottle tag was so impressed with it and said to me, “oh you need to make more of these – these are really cool!”.  So that got me thinking about all of the different occasions where people might bring a bottle of wine to a party or give as a gift, and how great would it be to have a tag for the occasion.

I have since been on a mission to create a whole stock pile of wine tags for the holiday and various occasions.  Here are a few of my favorites.  I am taking orders for the holidays.  If you are interested, please email me at cheryl@cpjsolutions.com.  You can also purchase in my Etsy store.

 

 

 

Father’s Day Card – water color, texture & gold

There is a lot going on with this Father’s Day water color card I made last night but I really love how it turned out.  The beautiful swan stamp is from UnityStamp company as well as the sentiment from a really great stamp set called Grow in Grace.  The sentiments are awesome in this set!

I started out by stamping the image onto Strathmore 140 lb. water color paper and brought it to life with my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors. I enhanced the details a bit with a copic fine tip marker and I feathered in some additional white highlights on the swan with my prisma color white pencil.  I really love the texture in the background with the embossed craft paper and I think adding a gold embossed gilded edge gave it a really nice touch.

Painting the image was the easy part…I often struggle with how to put the card together once the focal piece is complete.  I did not have any thoughts about what the finished card would look like when I started this project…so it was trial and error. I decided that the standard A2 size (4.25 x 5.5 inch) card was not big enough.  It was just too cramped and I didn’t want to cover up much of the focal point so I decided to go with a slightly larger card base.  This one is 4.5 x 6.5″.  This meant making a custom sized envelope which I actually love doing and using an envelope punch board makes it super easy.  I stamped the same swan image on the front of the envelope in a light brown ink which ties it together nicely with the card.

Making larger envelopes means having some 12 x 12″ card stock on hand because the standard 8.5 x 11 is too small.  I LOVE making custom envelopes.  Rather than using plain/solid colored card stock, try using some of your patterned papers that have subtle images.  You’ll love the results!

Giveaway Winner!

Hello everyone.  As promised, today I’ve drawn the winning name for the free set of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers.

 

Carol – congratulations…I will get these mailed out to you.  Please email me or PM me your address.  I hope you enjoy them!

Milene…thank you for playing!  PM me your address – I’d love to send you a card.

Back to my studio…I’ve got some cards in the works that I will be sharing with you soon.  Stay tuned!