Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Challenge #19 Valentines

Love is in the air! It's time to play cupid and make some beautiful Valentines to spread that love. This month, we challenge you to share your homemade Valentine cards or treats. The Raisin Boat Idea Gallery has many examples to help get you started, plus amazing stamp sets you can rent or buy.

But first…

The winner of Challenge #18 is #2, Iley Burkett, with this adorable card. Iley used the Raisin Boat background stamp Checkered Tablecloth:

Congratulations, Iley, you will receive a free Raisin Boat stamp set of your choice! Please email with the name and item number of your set selection, as well as your mailing address. (To view your stamp set options, go to, click on the Products tab, and click on any category or the catalog link.)

Now for this month's challenge...  Use any set you have (you don't have to limit your entry to Raisin Boat stamps), but if you use a Raisin Boat stamp set, it will count as two entries. That gives you twice the chance to win a FREE stamp set of your choice! You can enter as often as you like.

Remember, you can either buy OR rent Raisin Boat sets -- no guilt in using a set for just one project, such as a challenge or any other project. We look forward to seeing your "Valentine" creativity!

Here are "Valentine-themed" creations from the Idea Gallery to get you started:

Linda used Crunch TimePlaying CupidLove LettersAll about YouHeart AttackAlpha Bold, and Gals on Masterpiece Place  to create this fun slider card. The beauty of our stamp set rental is you can easily and affordably borrow many sets at once for a project like this, without having to buy all of them.

 Even sets that are not "Valentine-specific" sets still make fun -- and in this case, mouth-watering -- greetings of love! Here we paired up our new Icing on the Cake set with the heart from Hey, Cupcake! Another new food set is on the way for more Valentine options, so stay tuned...

We decided to show our wild side with the animal print heart in Heart Attack
and the zebra from What a Zoo!

Donna Polley filled our clear box with Hugs and Kisses and add a coordinating tag to match, featuring our Love Letters and Wild About Ewe, Honey sets. Don't miss all of our boxes, bags, bottles and tins for many easy treat possibilities!

Our small pillow boxes fit the Mason jar in Sealed With a Kiss perfectly and give it the effect of a round jar -- just add treats of your choice! Use Brighton Beach White ULTRA cardstock, our sturdiest option, for best results with this free-standing card.

 If you love someone who also happens to love chocolate, send them a big "kiss"!
This greeting features Love Letters for the background and Sealed With a Kiss.

Wouldn't this card BEE great for a bee-autiful friend?
Find this sweet little bee in Wild About Ewe, Honey and the flower in Live, Love, Laugh.

 Our Words Awhirl "Love" script and the heart balloon from Teatime Treats make a simple and striking card -- especially with a few dabs of Pearl Pen for the dots.

Another quick and easy -- yet eye-pleasing and heart-felt -- way to send a greeting to your "lovebug"! Just stamp Love (from Love Letters) and add a love bug brad, then draw a curlicue with a black LePen.

  After stamping the Mason jar from Sealed With a Kiss, we cut it out and taped a small, thin bag (a luggage tag works, too!) filled with butterfly punches behind it. Another piece of cardstock hides the bag on the inside!

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