Friday 14 February 2014

A Last Minute Valentine for the Take It, Make It Challenge at Craft Stamper

I guess I just had to do "my version" of a project with a answer to the floods of red hearts around and before Valentine's Day.

As we don't celebrate it, it does not mean a lot to me honestly. My HB brings me flowers every now and then anyway and tells me that he loves me quite often - and whenever he feels he needs to. So we don't need a special date for this...and as he is a mathematician (and therefore quite stubborn), he would never ever do it on Valentine's Day - even if it were important to me - , because everybody else does AND because he was TOLD TO by some collective habit and special date. (Do I have to mention that we don't celebrate mother's day at home either?)

As I recently joined the Craft Stamper Design Team I also am free to conbribute to the wonderful Take It, Make It - Challenge which is hosted monthly by the lovely Trish Latimer!

This time "repeat stamping with a small stamp" is the theme and it is a lovely way to create gorgeous patterns which can be used on a large variety of projects.

I used one of the 15 "Ornament & Floral Designs" stamps from Rico Design I once bought and almost forgot about. I stamped with DI "barn door" and "embossing ink" and heat embossed my three rows of hearts using Ranger Ultra Fine clear embossing powder. Then I blended the whole tag with DI "black soot" and wiped back the colour from the clear embossed hearts.

After that I die cut the thread spool and the tailors puppet (using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers dies I recently bought at the large Sizzix Sale for about four Euro!) from light brown manila card and blended the edges with "gathered twigs" DI.

To create the heart I first drew and then cut a shape from heavy card and gave it a coat of white Distress crackle paint which I coloured red (using some Distress paint) after it was dry. Then I rubbed in some "black soot" DI to make the cracks more visible and gave the shape an outline with a black china ink pen.

I die cut two labels and stamped red frames on them. Then I stamped my saying onto the labels after I had cut them to size.

For a finish I added some self adhesive black lace ribbon at the bottom and a moustache on top of my tag. Done!

I hope you like the tag and will join in this month's Take It, Make It challenge over at the Craft Stamper blog soon!

I also enter this tag to Tim Holtz' "12 tags of 2014". 

Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia x


  1. I love your tag. and a great way to use Tims as inspiration without having to have it a Valentines card. My husband and I feel the same way as you. we both show each other our love with random gifts throughout the year and we say "I love you" regularly. so we dont need to be pushed into it on one particular day. Valentines day has become about commercialism and not love.


  2. nur kurz heute --- bin im Hausfrauenstress..
    stehle mir grad ne kleine Pause zwischen Fensterputzen und saugen-
    aber was ich sehe ist meines Erachtes-

  3. I love it Claudia…everything, background, broken heart and quote...wonderful make!
    Thank you very much for congratulations yesterday...I am still very happy!
    Hugs my dear friend!

  4. Very cool cracked heart, and a great double whammy on Tim's tag and the C.S. theme!
    Alison x

  5. This is so fantastic, Claudia. Love the theme - very clever! And I absolutely adore the look of this with the black and the tattered look of the embossed hearts. And of course, the broken heart is sensational.


  6. Ich bin mal wieder begeistert! Die Farbkombination von Schwarz und Rot lässt das Rot so richtig leuchten. Der Spruch ist so passend in Szene gesetzt.
    Alles Liebe, Manuela

  7. Love your broken hearted take on this Valentine Tag. Beautiful job!

  8. A very wonderful hearts tag, Claudia. The black soot makes such an impact with the red and pink. And good for you and your husband for going against the commercialism of Valentine's Day.

  9. fantastically cool... I love it !

  10. Very original! If it's important to you, you must say so and if he loves you, he will do it.

  11. The crackle paint looks great on the heart! Very much like your tag this month. ^^

  12. Absolutely original Claudia! Barbarayaya

  13. A fabulous take on the hearts theme Claudia, brilliant design and colouring. Love your creative mind and talent xx

  14. The broken heart is fabulous Claudia, such a great take on Tim's tag. xx

  15. I love your tag with the repetitive hearts, but the mustache steals the show :) waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  16. Wow!!!!! There are so many things I love about this tag Claudia. The embossed repeat stamping in three different colors are fabulous. And then you have the whole sentiment on labels ... great. An I just love the crackled broken heart on the dress form. So many cool ideas here! Thanks for sharing this!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  17. I'm not really big on Valentines' Day either. Fabulous tag! I really like the background color and the way you did the heart.

  18. Wow ein megamäßig gutes Tag liebe Claudia, der Spruch ist auch so wahr. Klasse Gestaltung, gefällt mir sehr.
    Liebe Grüße und schönen Sonntag

  19. Hallo Claudia,
    erstmal vielen Dank für deinen super netten Kommentar zu meiner Steampunk Karte. Ich habe diesen Stil erst vor kurzem entdeckt ( lernt nie aus) und ich muß zugeben, dass ich mich immer mehr damit beschäftige. Stundenlang könnte ich auf Blogs wie deinem stöbern, dass sind richtige Fundgruben für mich als "Newbie"!! Ich hab mich jetzt auch bei dir angemeldet, um ja nichts mehr zu verpassen...
    Von deinem neuesten Werk bin ich ja auch wieder total begeistert. Ein tolles tag mit, (...wenn auch zebrochen), ...viel viel Herz!!

    Ganz liebe Grüße aus Frankreich sendet dir

  20. Absolutely fabulous Claudia, don't know how I missed this when you first posted it! LOVE your tag with it's broken heart, very poignant! (You will know what I mean right now....)

    We are just the same, just imagine on Valentines day a bunch of roses in our local shop cost £80 when normally the same bunch would cost £15 or so.... to me it is all pretty meaningless and commercial

  21. Fantastic tag, love your repeat stamping of the heart, and the broken heart is fabulous.

  22. Brilliant design. Karen.x

  23. A broken heart never looked so beautiful! I love your tag - great take on Tim's


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