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!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

S'more Amore for Valentine's day!

Ready for some yummy treats? Our newest Valentine's set is ready for you! S'more Amore includes a delicious donut, mouth-watering s'more and marshmallows ready to roast. Use this set to make cute Valentines - for boys or girls - birthday wishes for the young and older, and camp cards.

Here's a few cards I made using this new set. Let's start with the donut. One or many, they look good enough to eat!

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You can even package them up in a box. I put six in a box that I created using my We R Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I used some tissue for the packaging and added tabs to the bottom of each donut that slide into six slits. When the box opens, the donuts pop up!

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Now for the s'more. You can really have fun with this one. By adding liquid applique and some Pearl Pen, this image just becomes so touch-tempting tasty! Our flame embossing folder is a perfect background for the s'mores and marshmallows, too.

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Have a little fun with this set for those gals you know that would get a kick out of this one...

 Here's a few more cards to enjoy using the marshmallows on a stick. This would be fun for camp notes to kids, Valentines and more. I like using the brick background with it, too.

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Click here for a list of products used.

Thanks for stopping in and looking. You can find all of the products used for each of these samples in the Idea Gallery at Smiles, Bobbi