Thursday, February 6, 2014

XOXO x 2...Just Us Girls #225, Simon Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart

Second post - and after all the chattering from the previous one, I'll be quick here.

Two more cards for my niece and nephew's day-care teachers:

The first one was inspired by Just Us Girls #225 sketch,


which I 'miniature-ized' to fit on my 3 X 4 envelope/card:


and after making that one, I was inspired to try an 'inlaid' hearts card.  The first version - which currently resides in the recycle bin - I fussed about, with the goal of inlaying the XOXO die. Didn't work: too many little pieces, needed to reassemble the image to create an inlay went astray. Not a technique I should have tried on my own. 

The version here is the second: hearts are inlay, sentiment is out-lay (out-lier? Outie?). It's a subtle card...too subtle. I should have matched up more vibrant patterned papers, so perhaps my SIL can give this to a 'mellow' day-care teacher...


They're also heading to Simon Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart.

Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day! 


15 comments:

Marisa said...

Who is that XOXO die by? Just LOVE it. Hope you are not totally freezing to death out there! We are at -15 with wind chill our here on the Coast and just about dying LOL! That damp cold goes right to your bones!! Hate to think of those biathalon people breathing all that cold air into their lungs!

Nancy said...

Love them both!!! I agree with Marisa...love that XOXO die cut! Great job with our sketch over at Just Us Girls...so glad you played along!

~amy~ said...

Oh, I love them both!

Sharyn Polesel said...

I love both cards and have to agree with Marisa & Nancy...love that XOXO die! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

Happy Dance said...

You have really made the XOXO die stand out! Everything about both cards really puts that die in the forefront. Great job on all these valentines that you've been making. Your sil will be more than delighted. You are the sweetest sil/auntie ever. Those kids must think the sun rises and sets at your command!! Can't wait to see the next round... Bev

Greta said...

The xo die is really neat & I love the look of the first card with pink being my favorite color! I'm sure there's a mellow one in the bunch who will be just right for the second one!

Sian Ridley said...

I like your 'outie' xoxo!! And those colours are just perfect, there's nothing wrong with a bit of subtlety now and again ;) these are both beautiful cards...I don't know how you keep it up!!? :)

Emily Keaton said...

These are both so sweet! I just love how you used that awesome XOXO die in your design :)

Heather said...

Both lovely envelope/cards. Fabulous papers and such pretty colours on the first......your die cuts are gorgeous!!!

Thanks for joining Simon Says Stamp Challenge
hugs
Heather xx

Anita in France said...

Subtle's good, Carol ... these colours and the DP are all rather delicious actually! Wonderful die cut xoxo! Anita :)

KayM said...

Oh both of your cards are just wonderful Carol!! You have some delicious Valentines goodies to play with! Maybe that's why I don't do many. I need more stuff!! haha! Love love these!!

Dana said...

Oh my gosh!! The pattern paper, the die cuts!! Amazing!! You are so talented!!

Shannon J said...

Please never feel like you can't chatter - I love your chatter!!! Cards: um, awesome! LOVE both background papers and the xo die really does add a fun and pretty at the same time touch! I tried going inlaid this week too (telepathy) and my results were similar to yours - destination: recycling bin! How do he superstars make it look so good?!!!

Kylie said...

lol Your post made me laugh. Don't ever apologise for chattering - for two reasons - 1) it is YOUR blog so do whatever feels right for you, and 2) your writing is amazing! I love both cards! I don't think the second one is too subtle or mellow at all - looks good from where I am sitting. Anyone would be happy to receive it. :)

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous envelope cards, Carol! The XOXO die is awesome. Thanks so much for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart!