Love is all we need … and Crate Paper's Kiss Kiss !

Crate Paper is having a purple patch ( or should I say pink patch ) at the moment . Every collection gets better than the last and long may that continue. I’m a sucker for a celebration and Valentine’s Day is no exception so their Kiss Kiss collection was a gift.
I’ve never shirked from using pink on layouts of my boys , after all , as a parent , isn’t it our job to embarrass them … ?I stopped short at dressing them in pink when they were little though !
I also love hearts and who doesn’t ? A while back I used to have a jewellery company called Hearts Inc. All the jewellery was heart related. The habit has stuck and I love to sneak in as many hearts as I can on layouts.
First up is this layout which is simply 2 stitched hearts on white cardstock , a little texture using gold texture paste and a heart stencil, a few rolled hearts using one of  American Crafts’ Brayers and a whole bunch of Ephemera from Crate Paper’s Kiss Kiss collection. Those ephemera packs are fantastic value and so easy to use. It makes layering a snip . As I always say , you could simply throw them down on your card stock and they’d make a layout all by themselves !
The gold accents cutout sheet from the collection is particularly useful . It has plenty of 6×4 , 3×4 cards and tags to choose from.
Next up is another pink layout again using Crate Paper’s Kiss Kiss collection . It’s not dissimilar to a layout I did a couple of months back which was wreath shaped only this one is … you’ve guessed it … heart-shaped.
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The hearts are cut out from various papers in the Kiss Kiss collection , outlined with a black pen and layered with foam dots. The other thing I love about the ephemera pack is that it includes all sorts of vellum phrases which come in very handy for titles especially as you can layer them over photos and still see the photo underneath. I’ve made a border from strips of vellum onto which I’ve typed some of our favourite bedtime phrases , stapled onto the card stock. Had a pretty disastrous day yesterday as not only did my type-writer ribbon snap but my mini stapler also jammed . Ah well … got there in the end !
And finally , as a complete contrast and just to prove that not all Valentine’s layouts have to be lovey-dovey pink – here’s a monochromatic layout with just a flash of gold. I used just 3 cutouts from the sheet of Gold Accents Cutout paper – easily my favourite in the whole collection. The white ink is by Hero Arts and comes from the 4 pack available in the shop -Hero Arts Shadow Inks – 4 Colour Cubes – Blackboard. It is superb on dark card stock , the best and crispest I’ve eve found
Supplies Used :
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss Collection
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Cardstock & Vellum Ephemera Die Cuts
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Gold Accents Cut Out Paper
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Gemstone Paper
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Forever Paper
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Valentine Paper
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Gold Hearts Vellum
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Be Mine Paper
Crate Paper – Kiss Kiss – Constellation Paper
Hero Arts Shadow Inks – 4 Colour Cubes – Blackboard

Hoping all your Valentines Days are heart-shaped.

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