I was so happy to have found a little time to craft and to make more cards for Operation Valentine (for children in long-term hospital stays). I realized that all the Valentines that I made with the cute little chickies (in my prior post HERE) really only worked for girls.  So I tasked myself with making some for boys.

20160124_202052-1I know that after the kids give and receive these cards, they are likely to get thrown away, so I wanted to make them all nice (after all, what’s the point of hand made cards if they aren’t special), but I didn’t want to spend hours coloring up images for each one.  The perfect solution was using die cuts. I used the adorable bunny die from the Diemond Dies Easter Die Set with various chocolate colored papers (scraps from my stash) and a hand held hole punch to cut out a shape that looked like someone had taken a bite out of the chocolate rabbits’ ears.  For the eyes of the bunny, I used the dots from the Easter egg from the same Diemond Dies Easter Die Set.

For the card bases, I used pre-cut mint colored card bases that I had picked up as a Hot Buy at Michaels (80 card bases and envelopes for only $5!).  For the card front, I printed out the sentiment, “You’re EARresistable,” in a fun font and used the scalloped frame from WPlus9’s Sunshine Layers die set to cut out the base.

Then I picked a few sequins in chocolate brown, gold, and irridescent aquamarine to add some interest and sparkle. Lastly I took the tiny “xo” stamp from the Paper Smooches “Chubby Chums” stamp set and used Delicata Golden Glitz gold ink to add more of a feeling of celebratory confetti to the area with the sequins.  It may seem like nothing much, but I think those little x’s and o’s make all the difference in giving these cards a fun and finished look.

The following is a quick video share of these cards:

These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Create with Critters Challenge
Whimsy Inspirations Challenge – With Love
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #264





Paper Smooches January 4 Color Challenge – mint, chocolate, gold, and irridescent aquamarine


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