Some Bunny Loves You Valentine's Card

by Joanne James1. February 2015 07:30

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players, where this week Claire has the following challenge for us:


I also used Rita's sketch layout over at Freshly Made Sketches for my card this week. Now this week's card caused me some mild consternation, as anyone who knows me knows that I've never really had a pet and so I have been known to get myself into all kinds of trouble with friends for under-estimating the depth of their feelings towards their two-and four-legged friends. I am not intentionally insensitive, it's just that I don't 'get it' - so the idea of creating a Valentine's card for or from a pet sent me into quite a spin! Both James Juniors have had goldfish as pets previously, but since I used fish on my card last week I thought today's card needed an alternative, altogether more fluffy friend - so this is what I came up with:

I created a custom sentiment using my 'Back to Basics' alphabet stamps and added a selection of banners using patterns from the 'Stacked with Love' DSP stack. For the heart-shaped centrepiece, I stamped a pair of adorable bunnies and coloured them in with my Smoky Slate Blendabilities. Do you recognise the bunnies, or should I say, bunny? The bunny on the right is from the 'Baby We've Grown' stamp set. I stamped him once, then having masked him off with a post-it note, I then stamped him again onto a piece of window sheet and using the reflection technique transferred this image onto my cardstock, overlapping the legs slightly. The tiniest drag line on the ear resulted in a cute fold-over look, so I left it, as it made the bunnies a little less symmetrical. Don't they make such a cute pair? I finished this centre piece by framing the bunnies in a Real Red heart-shaped frame cut using my Big Shot and Hearts Framelits and added a tiny punched heart with a rhinestone to the centre. If I had a bunny rabbit, I would be happy to send him this Valentine - job done! I'm also linking up with SUO Challenges today too, where the theme is 'Valentine's Wishes' - very appropriate.

Before you reach for your ink pads, do visit the other design team members to see what interesting ideas they've had this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing your projects in the gallery this week.

I'm looking forward to a quiet day today: the hockey pitch is frozen as a result of the sub-zero temperatures we've been having this past week and poor Ben is struggling to shake his cough and cold that he's had for weeks now, so he is going to have a rugby-free week too, as running around a freezing pitch for a couple of hours is certainly not going to improve things. Rebecca and I will be completing the masterpiece that is her ancient Greek theatrical mask, the result of two weeks of paper mache and modelling clay - all being well it should be dry enough to paint. We may even manage to squeeze in another family movie afternoon; last week we watched Malificent for the first time, which was hugely enjoyable and an interesting alternative take on a classic.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

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Comments (28) -

Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
2/1/2015 5:38:58 PM #

Well I'd say you took up the pet challenge very well!  Your card is fun and adorable!  Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/1/2015 7:56:39 PM #

Thanks Jen! I think I may have over-thought this one, although I'm nevertheless pleased with the results!

KarrenJNew Zealand
2/1/2015 6:06:19 PM #

I think you did a wonderful job with the pet challenge, Joanne!  Those little bunnies are just too cute and you used our sketch beautifully as well.  Fun and fabulous card.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/1/2015 7:58:19 PM #

Thanks Karren. I had a card all worked out, then decided that it was not really 'lovey' enough and whilst it featured an animal, it was not definitely one that could be considered a pet, so moved to plan B. Plan A will be on the blog tomorrow instead!

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
2/1/2015 7:56:53 PM #

Your post about pets made me chuckle! We get carried away and treat our daughters dog ( a miniature chihuahua)  like it's our grandbaby, and sometimes even I wonder if we are crazy!

Your bunnies were the perfect choice for the challenge,and I love the technique you used.They look so sweet framed in the heart!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/2/2015 11:15:14 AM #

It has been something of a revelation to me just how people treat pets truly as members of their family and in some instances almost like royalty! I am generally a very sensitive person and have now learned that pet-lovers are quite a secial 'breed' in and of themselves Laurie - I'm sure the chihuahua appreciates your affections Smile!

Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
2/1/2015 9:45:52 PM #

Joanne I am thoroughly impressed on how you stamped a mirrror image bunny. I've tried that several times and it never came out nearly as good as yours. Such a cute, cute card! Perfect sentiment, too!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/2/2015 11:16:03 AM #

Thank you Sandy - I hadn't tried it with this stamp before and am quite pleased with how it looked - one bunny on its own seemed lonely!

Julie Gearinger
Julie GearingerUnited States
2/1/2015 11:45:53 PM #

Love your bunnies along with the sweet heart and sentiment!  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges Smile

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/2/2015 11:16:36 AM #

Thanks Julie - a very cute Valentine for this week's challenge!

Christy Q
Christy QUnited States
2/2/2015 3:34:39 AM #

Super cute! I love how you paired the bunnies and did some masking to get the look that you wanted.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/2/2015 11:17:21 AM #

Thanks Christy - I'm really pleased with the finished effect and it's always nice to get more mileage from stamps by using them for different things.

Debbie Mageed
Debbie MageedUnited States
2/3/2015 2:31:59 AM #

I am learning a lot this week at the Paper Players! A reflection technique? I have to try that one! Your card is wonderful and no one would ever know that you don't "get it." Love your card!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/3/2015 8:53:20 AM #

Thanks Debbie! Glad you liked this week's card - the reflection technique can be fun; it's a great way to create a mirror image or 'reflection' of something. I have got some video if me demonstrating this technique, although I made the video some 8 months ago and it is still awaiting editing - eek! If I ever get around to it, I'll let you know! xx

Narelle Farrugia
Narelle FarrugiaAustralia
2/3/2015 10:32:33 AM #

This is just the sweetest card! How much fun is that shaker and those cute little bunnies? Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/4/2015 9:54:06 AM #

Thanks Narelle - I'm thrilled that I was Amy's pick for this week!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
2/3/2015 2:28:05 PM #

Joanne, this is one of my favorite cards ever!!!!!!!  Oh my, this is just adorable!  Those little bunnies are precious!  So happy you won at FMS!  CONGRATS, My friend!  XX

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/4/2015 9:54:58 AM #

Oh thank you sweet friend - it's a cutesie Smile I was thrilled to be a winner over at FMS this week too with this card - woohoo! xx

2/4/2015 10:35:43 AM #

This is just the sweetest card, love  all the details and colours

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/5/2015 7:07:06 PM #

Thanks Dorte - so glad you like it!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
2/4/2015 7:33:10 PM #

Aw! This is absolutely so sweet, Joanne! I love the single rhinestone on the's perfect!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/5/2015 7:11:17 PM #

Thanks Ann - I'm glad you like my finishing touch! It was almost a pearl Wink

jaydeeUnited States
2/8/2015 5:29:37 AM #

Joanne, this is so adorable.  I love the little heart between your critters and the DSP banners behind your focal point add so much interest and texture to the card.  fabulous

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/8/2015 9:31:50 PM #

Thanks Jaydee! The heart was a last minute addition; the bunnies were touching hands but it looked like something was missing, hence the addition of the heart!

Julia Quinn
Julia QuinnAustralia
2/8/2015 6:46:29 AM #

gorgeous bunny card!  Love the mirror images and you have done it perfectly!!  Great stamping with the alphabet stamp set too - so glad you joined in the challenge this week at SUO!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/8/2015 9:33:24 PM #

Thanks Julia - this card is a definite Valentine, so seemed perfect as my choice of 'love' cards for the SUO Challenge!

Connie Babbert
Connie BabbertUnited States
2/8/2015 1:58:47 PM #

This is so stinkin' cute!!!  I love the double bunny and the greeting!  Thanks for playing along with the Valentine Challenge this time on SUO Challenge!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/8/2015 9:34:02 PM #

Thanks Connie - glad you like my mirrored love bunnies!

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