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2/09/2018

CAS Mix up Valentine

Good morning, and I expect you are so tired of seeing Valentine cards. Sorry, but that is what I had to get made this week! If I were on top of things, I'd make these all year long, and share one or two along instead of a bunch at once. Oh well...I'm so glad you came by for a little visit. Just a few more, and I'll get on to some other subject.


Over at February CAS Mix Up the challenge is to use Felt, Cork or Canvas, plus stamping. I've never worked with either Cork, Canvas or Felt, but after seeing some really pretty entries, hunted up a 6x6 pack of DCWV cork and went to work:


 
 
Heart die cut the cork very easily, then cut the same heart with a smaller die using a very lightweight balsa wood that has been here for ages. Again, this is quite thin material, used for making model airplanes I think. (DH bought this wood for us to try die cutting, worked very well, but probably wouldn't be so great with an intricate die).  The 3rd heart was cut from corrugated paper - a cover from a Starbucks latte. Not sure what these things are called, but it's the little holder put around the cup to avoid burning your palm with a hot cup. Used the blank side, cut a heart. Colored with several layers of copic reds, then using my finger, rubbed some gold Novu mousse over it. Not bad for recycling.  Lastly, added a trim with thin copic wire. Folks, this was another experimental play session.
 
Needed a way to add the sentiment, but didn't want to stack any more on the heart layers. Found an arrow die. Cut 2 layers from a business card(more recycle!), used a gold pen to color each layer. [Remember to color the white edges that can be seen when stacking dies]. Heat embossed the sentiment  in gold onto a snippet of cream textured c/stock, punched holes in this with a tiny hand punch. Twisted some more of the copper wire to hang it from the arrow. (the wire inspiration came from this card)
 
Embossed a heart EF, stacked all of it on a white card base, Voila. So I'm off to link up with February's CAS Mix up. Why not join in?

Hope you'll take time to check out the Cards by Friends page...there's a gorgeous new card added.

Thanks for joining me today. Hugs and have a grand weekend. Come again when you can.


43 comments:

  1. A beautiful card Mary and love all the upcycling and different textures using the cork and balsa wood and then the prettily coloured heart from a cup holder, and of course the great design idea of using the wire to hang your gold heat embossed sentiment. Very clever! This would also work for the playground with all your wonderful upcycling. x

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  2. Hi Mary, Another fab Valentine card.

    Hope you are having a nice day and you get a lovely weekend. Sue

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  3. What a SUPER card, love the cork and the corrugated card, the wire is an inspirational add, looks like your play session came out tops. A Fabulous card.
    Faith
    x

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  4. A terrific Valentines Card Mary!

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  5. This is so gorgeous, Mary!! I love the textures with the embossing and the cork!! The layered heart looks so amazing!! Love how you hung the sentiment from the arrow, too!! So beautiful!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  6. Hi Mary

    Beautiful Valentine's card. Loving all the mixed media on your card and I'm amazed your die cut through the different textures , looks fab. Thank you so much for your comment on my Blog, I really appreciate any time anyone spends commenting and it means a lot. Thank you for following me, I'm already following you and have been for a while now lol. Have a lovely day
    Sharon

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  7. Hi mary,
    oh you are very adventurous in your designs and products.
    I have to syke myself up to use things I have never used before.
    Love this wonderful design and that coffee corragated card looks excellent, I love the gold shimmer.
    No not fed up with Valentines cards just love to see them all.
    Lots of crafty love and hugs from my house to yours.
    Jenny L.

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  8. Tis a perfect Valentine and it reminds me that I have some pre cut cork hearts in my stash somewhere too.Hugs Mrs A.

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  9. A super valentine card Mary, you have used lots of fabulous materials - I especially like the red heart with the wire trim.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  10. Great recycling session, Mary!! :) Love recycling :D and yours looks amazing! A lot of different materials here, and the clean design make them pop out so well! The arrow is a great add-on!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!Hugs

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  11. Another card full of LOVE!! I love your use of different materials for the hearts and the suspended sentiment from the arrow is such a great idea xx

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  12. Beautiful card and love all the fabulous hearts-recycling too
    Carol x

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  13. Great mix of media - love the layers of cork, wood, and corrugated cardboard (and yes, excellent recycling!). A fabulous Valentine! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

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  14. I could never get tired of Valentine cards when they're as pretty as this. Love the cork!!! I'm going to have to look for some of that now. That big heart and the arrow are wonderful!
    I've got a couple more Valentines cards coming up too so I guess if everyone is tired of looking at them they'll just have to look the other direction!
    LYnn

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  15. Beautiful card, Mary, I love all the different textures. Great recycling too. xx

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  16. Super card and al the different items look really great on the card.

    Kath x

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  17. Hello Mary, lovely card with a brilliant design, love the heart dies, Kate x

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  18. I never get tired of seeing valentines as I usually make them all year round. Love those layered hearts and how perfectly you nailed what sounds like a complicated challenge! Love the little sentiment "sign" hanging from the arrow too - brilliant way to add a sentiment!!

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  19. Hi Mary, So glad you found your cork and made a Valentine with it! Love the balsa wood layer and corrugated cardboard too! Lots of mixed media and a fabulous result, my friend! Love the arrow holding the sentiment too! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up and the shout out!

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  20. Great design, Mary! How I love the cork and wire on this- adds so much texture! This card is not only eye-appealing, but looks so fun to do too. Perfect card for this challenge!

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  21. Your cleverly colored hearts look amazing tied to the metallic arrow, Mary! So sweet and wonderful details! xx

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  22. Hi Mary lovely card my friend its amazing and i loved that you have used cork and balsa,well done xx

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  23. Great design! Love the cork especially! What a fun idea with so much texture and dimension. Love it Mary!

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  24. Beautiful card Mary! Love all the texture and layers from the cork, balsa wood and cardboard. Great job with upcycling!! Love the wire embellishments and you gold arrow to hold the sentiment banner. Wonder results from your playing with products!! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

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  25. , I love your sign post heart, so pretty with all the layers. Love all the textures :)

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  26. Experimental, playing, up-cycling and totally magnificent my friend - this is stunning and so very effective
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  27. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up, Mary. Your cork and wood layered heart is so full of beautiful textures. TFS my friend. Hugs..

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  28. The card you have here is so gorgeous!

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  29. Very pretty Mary! Tis the season for Valentines so you see lots of them. Fine with me. Pt's always great to tell someone you love them. I've bee sick again so have;t been around to comment much. Hoping that things get better. Have a wonderful weekend! And keep going with the Valentines!

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  30. It's a fabulous project Mary. I love the design and all the different textures work so well together. Barbxx

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  31. It's a fabulous project Mary. I love the design and all the different textures work so well together. Barbxx

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  32. Using these elements made for a wonderfully dimensional card with so much texture. Also, recycling is clever too. Great card and pretty embossing folder used too.

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  33. Fantastic design and I love how you used the cork on it. Love all the texture.

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  34. Super card Mary - you reminded me I have some unused cork sheets here as well - it works so well on your lovely card. Good to see that you're still crafting away - sorry I've been missing in action. The Playground takes up a lot of time still - even though I've pared it down to fortnightly etc. etc. I think of you often as one of my fave blogging friends and hope life is treating you and you Hubby well.

    Love and hugs

    Di xx

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  35. Beautiful card Mary, great recycling too.
    Hugs Pam x

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  36. Fantastic Valentines card, like all the layers and texture and that arrow is fabulous!

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  37. Love the way you have done your sentiment and love the layering of the hearts. Great use of mixed media x

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  38. Wonderful layering of hearts - so pretty with one wrapped in wire - and love the sentiment hanging off of the arrow! Thanks for joining us in the CAS Mix up Mary! Julia xx

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  39. What a spectacular card, with all the mediums and textures. You went all out!

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  40. The mix of materials is great. You’ve got mojo!

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  41. Great idea for the CAS mix up challenge. I would never have thought of die cutting those materials!

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  42. This is gorgeous, Mary! Love the hearts in different materials and the sign hanging from the arrow! Fabulous card!

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