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This month is definitely a month of expressing love. We do it so many ways–a simple little three-finger hand sign, a hug, some chocolates, a valentine, a note…or in this case…a page.

Laura has done a beautiful job at sharing some loving sentiments about her daughter!

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[ Designs | February Fourteen (sweet thing) / Hello There Class Freebies (heart + you) ]

 

Love the big title. Love the simple, yet delightful design. Love the journaling going up the side. Love the embossed layered heart. Love that she used one of her daughter’s selfies (putting those to good use!). Just love, love, love all around. :)


Let’s here what Laura has to say:

When Kerri suggested we create love-themed projects this month, I wasn’t really sure what I would make. Then I came across this selfie that my youngest daughter, Sarah, had taken a while back, and with the colors, I thought it would make for a great love themed page. My journaling is all about how much I love her, whether she’s the sweet thing that I know and love, or the sassy, stubborn, challenging thing that I see more often than not in her teen years. She’s not always easy, but I always want her to know how much I love her.

I decided to mix the “{heart} You” and “sweet thing” for my title. I cut both the heart and the “you” three times from my patterned papers. I layered the three sets of “you” letters together, one on top of the other. It thickens the letters up and almost mimics the look of chipboard. For the pink hearts, I ran each one thru a polka dotted embossing folder, layered them together, and then machine stitched down the center to hold them together. The sides of the hearts aren’t adhered together, so it gives some extra dimension to the heart. I also added some pink enamel dots to the top heart, right up top of the polka dots.

It’s awesome Laura! Love it!

  • Dolly (scrapthat) - February 10, 2016 - 7:23 am

    Always love your LOs Laura! TFS :DReplyCancel

No, I’m not planning an all-expenses paid vacation for everyone. Sorry. :)

But all this wintry socked-in weather has got me rather stir crazy. Combine that with the fact that I added some so-beautifully-scenic-in-London-and-other-places Instagram accounts to my feed, and I’m in serious trouble. It just adds fuel to my wanderlust fire.

All I want to do is go somewhere!

Alas. I do a lot of day dreaming.

And I will neither confirm nor deny that I bought plane tickets a couple weeks ago for a really good deal–stateside though. Wish it was London…or Amsterdam…or Paris…….. But in all reality, there are amazing places to visit here in the states.

So of course my mind starts drifting to documenting it.

And that’s where you come in.

My wanderlust works to your benefit.

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You can get the Travelogue and Wanderlust stamps through Thursday and save 20% (while supplies last).

These are two of my most favoritst (yeah, it’s a word) stamp sets ever. Love the tiny little touches of words or icons you can add to your travel memories.

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I loved using it in my Florida album!
(You can see the whole thing HERE.)

Words are my favorite accent and these tiny little friends are perfect!

Now I’m wondering where my day dreaming will take me next… :)

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If you follow KBS on social media, you’ll have read that the XO stamp set was on its way to a sell-out last night…and that it eventually did sell out.

Considering the subject of the stamps and the fact that Valentine’s Day is just next week, I’d contemplated not doing a reorder, figuring they were more of a seasonable style of stamp.

Well, we’ve heard from many of you that have said nay!
You said that this is a set that can be loved year ’round.

We listen to our peeps here at KBS…and we love our peeps too. :)

Therefore, you can now purchase the XO stamps on preorder.

They did sell out within just four days. So if you want in on this next round, you might want to stake your claim on them right away because I’m not sure when the next order will be if (when?) they sell out again. They should begin shipping around the middle of the month.

Additionally, the newest Lincoln series of stamps are getting limited, so if you had your eyes on those…you know what you need to do. :)

Again, we just want to thank you so much for your love of all things here in this little KBS world. Thank you for your support, your input, your friendships….you guys are amazing!

I love just having a simple little decor for Valentine’s Day. Like I say, it’s not a holiday we go overboard with, but it’s fun to show a little love around the home, right?

That’s why I adore this decor by our Miss Maggie…who is in the same ‘love boat’ as me. :)

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Maggie…take it away darlin’!

Hey everyone!

I’ll be honest, Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday ever. I mean, it’s OK…but it’s not my favorite. I do enjoy having little subtle love-themed decorations up in my house this time of year, though…so I made some with a few of Kerri’s awesome digital stamps! Yay!

I started by pulling up the XO digital stamp set in my Silhouette Studio software and doing a Trace on the Love and heart PNG images.

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I enlarged the designs to fit inside my paper and cut them out – easy peasy!

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My next step was to run this darling little word through my Minc machine to add some beautiful rose gold foil.

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And done!

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I hung this up on the chalkboard wall in my kitchen…and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect little decoration.

Next up! I created a little paper banner with another stamp…here’s how I made it:

The first steps are the same as above – I traced the XO and heart to create cut file.

Because I wanted to turn these design into banner pieces I decided to add the little stringing holes to the designs so that the Silhouette could cut them out for me.

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To do this I simply “drew” little circles right into the designs with the ellipse tool…that was it. So easy, right?

I duplicated the shapes a number of times…

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…cut out the shapes and strung my banner…

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…and I couldn’t be happier! That little XO makes me smile…

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Ahhh…sweet Maggie! It’s darling! The perfect little banner decor.

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And be sure to go check this banner in use on Maggie’s blog where she used it with a darling ensemble for a hot chocolate bar featuring goodies from Heidi Swapp! Here’s a little peek at it to tantalize your tastebuds…literally. :)

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Valentine’s Day. It’s never been a big holiday in our household. But I always like to do a little something for my family. Sometimes it’s candy. Sometimes it’s a little gift. Sometimes it’s heart-shaped cookie.

Just a little something.

And now I’m thinking…what ‘little something’ can I put into a box like these from Nichol?!

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[ Designs | Santa’s Workshop: Toys Only (box+tag).  Stamps | XO ]

 

Absolutely adorable, right? Simple. Sweet. Perfect for a little something. 

Here’s a little something from Nichol:

The gift box from the Santa’s Workshop kit is probably my favorite dimensional die cut ever. I sized my box pretty big so that I can fit lots of sweet treats inside for Valentine’s Day! I cut the bottom of the box from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock and the top of the box from another. I cut an assortment of cardstock and vellum tags and stamped images from the new XO Stamp Set on each tag. I love how the words and phrases mix and match to create such fun custom designs! I used both stamping and embossing and also dye inks, depending on the tags/design. I threaded a bit of colorful twine through each tag, wrapped each box with some pretty chevron ribbon and added a tag to each one.

Simple, easy and oh-so-“love”ly! I love Valentine’s Day! Not only do these make great gift boxes for gift giving but they would make lovely decorations too.

Oh yes indeed! The would make ‘love’ly decorations!
Great idea Nichol!

  • Dolly - February 3, 2016 - 6:09 am

    They are lovely and that cookie…well it goes from ordinary to EXTRODINARY if it gets housed in a lovely box like this!! (though a silk scarf for your DD and a silk time for DH might be nice??) I’m sure whatever it gets used for is just all the more special in these lovely packages!ReplyCancel

less house more home

There’s something about this phrase that resonates with me.

What makes a house a home?

Is it the things in it?

Maybe to a certain extent.

But it’s not the furniture or the big tv or the dishes necessarily.

It’s time spent sitting on the couches talking. Watching a movie together. Eating Sunday dinner.

It’s more about what you’re doing together with those things. More about the comfort.

You don’t need a big home or lots of things…it’s about the time you spend with loved ones–friends and family.

It’s about the memories.

It’s about not worrying that your house may be messy or that you don’t have the most up-to-date furniture.

It’s about spending quality time with one another — or even quality time with your self in the comfort of your surroundings.

It’s the little things that make your house a home.

What makes your house a home?


(this phrase in store now.)

  • Renee G - February 2, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Great commentsk9v5ReplyCancel

That’s how the song goes, right?
Well, it’s the way it’s goes for me today.

February.

So excited to see you, old friend.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen you…maybe a year perhaps?

February is really a month of love here. Not just for the big love day, but hubs and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in this month. 

28 years this year.
Yeah. I know, right?

So of course I needed to make some ‘love’ly stamps for y’all.

Say hello to XO.

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Some really fun options here! I especially love how you can use the ampersand design with the Maxwell stamps!

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And if you mask away the petal and stamp one separately, look how cute the Love Me. Loves Me Not. works with the flower.

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll have seen these couple of sneaks. Looove using it with my Minc with the digital stamps. I’m addicted! And like I mentioned above, it goes great with alphabet stamp sets too!

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Used with Lincoln Outline here.

Just so much fun to be had in this cute little bundle.

Aaaaand, you can save 10% today and tomorrow only!

  • Dolly - February 1, 2016 - 8:41 am

    it is awesome to see some of my favortie cutting files are now in stamp form!! TFS!!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - February 1, 2016 - 2:08 pm

    40th Anniversary 2/21/16. Holy crap!
    Congrats to you!
    Love & AlohaReplyCancel

  • Barbara - February 2, 2016 - 6:02 pm

    Hearts are always my favorite of anything!! I may have to order these!!ReplyCancel

Love is in the air. The love of sunshine. The love of slightly warmer temps. The love of a spark of color. The love of love.

The big love day will soon be here and I thought it would be fun to make Valentine’s Day version of the Jingle All The Way.

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A quick little somethin’-somethin’ to make with just a frame, some shiny gold vinyl, and a few wooden hearts…and a little paper and sequins too, of course.

Here’s the main pieces of what I used. Click on the image to take you the website. Frame from Michaels, Hearts from Amazon, and the variegated paper is Teresa Collins. (I bought my paper from Scrapbook.com.)

love heart frame frame     love heart frame wooden hearts      love heart frame tc paper

Additionally I used gold sequins and wooden arrows from Studio Calico and clear sequins from Teresa Collins. There are hearts that come with the SC wooden arrows that I contemplated using, but they were too small for an 8×10 ‘canvas’. They’d be great in a 5×7 frame though. The shiny gold foil I get from SignWarehouse.com HERE. It doesn’t ‘look’ shiny smooth in their photo, but it is. And then, of course, the All You Need Is Love phrase from Seasonably Said.

Unlike the Jingle All The Way, which requires a deep-set frame, this project needed some depth, but not the same depth needed to house bells. It was only housing thin wooden pieces.

Because I bought the frame before getting the hearts, I decided on a double matted frame from Michaels, which still ended up working great, because I just kept the mats and removed the foam tape between the two sections. But you could probably get away with a single matted frame…I think. :)

I used my Silhouette to cut my title from the gold vinyl. Before cutting, I did widen the image just a little to take up a little more of the frame width-wise. If you have a Cricut or another digital craft cutter, you can still use the Seasonably Said kit as long as you can use SVG, DXF or PNG files for cutting.

If you don’t have a cutter, you can print it in black onto a transparency–either at home if you have the supplies or take the PNG image to a copy center and have them do it for you. Even more awesome? If you happen to have a Minc, use that toner-created image (laserjet or copy center) with some gold foil and run it though your Minc. If you don’t know what a Minc is, be sure to check out this post HERE. Also, THIS post shows you an example of where I printed it on a transparency.

I’m addicted to the Minc. It’s true. I totally admit it and completely fine with it.

Once my image was cut, I weeded away the excess vinyl, laid down my transfer tape, picked up the image, and placed it on the outside of the glass. (For a vinyl how-to, check out THIS post.)

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Next, I poured in a few arrows + hearts (there are a lot in the bag), added some sequins and arranged them how I would like for them to be. I’d seen some other plain wood hearts that you’d paint, but I wanted ones with that burnished edge because it just added that ‘oomph’ to the hearts. The plain ones were too boring for me. :) It might be even cool to paint a random heart or two a white-washed white or pale pink.

Although not shown in this photo, I added adhesive to the back of two sequins and placed them upside down next to the all so that when I laid my paper down, they stuck to the paper.

And oddly enough, those clear sequins are danged staticky! They kind of float in the frame without any adhesive assistance. I also made sure that all my sequins were turned upside down, so that they reflect more light. You know, shiny side up and all when looking at it on display.

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Once I got them arranged as I liked, I trimmed the variegated paper to 8×10–cutting more off the fairest side and leaving more dark pink on top. I laid in the paper and the two mat pieces (with the foam tape that came between them removed).

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I added the back and voila! Piece of cake! I just loved the pale pop of pink color combined with the earthy burnished-edge wood and shiny gold and sequins all surrounded in a lovely white frame.

It’s happy.

It’s love-ly. :)

  • Sally - January 29, 2016 - 7:40 am

    Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C - January 29, 2016 - 8:10 am

    Love this!ReplyCancel

  • rhonda - January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    OH my heck! so stinking cute!!!! Love love love it!ReplyCancel