Saturday, January 30, 2016

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Love & Hearts

Welcome to this month's Stampin' Creative Blog Hop and whether you're starting the hop here or have hopped over from Eimear, then welcome. The theme this month is all that encompasses Love and Hearts. 
With Valentines just around the corner, I couldn't help but think of the love in my life … my husband. I'm a very lucky girl, as he is an incredibly supportive man who I feel honoured to call my husband, so with him in mind, I came up with this ensemble.


I turned to the Memories in the making Project Life by Stampin' Up! Bundle, that includes the Stamp Set, an array of Cards and embellishments to make these projects. I was also fortunate enough to earn some FREE Memories in the Making Speciality Cards from the Sale-a-Bration offering. This promotion runs until the end of March and rewards you with a FREE Gift for every £45 spend (excluding p&p). 

It was the colours within this set, that lead me to using Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder and Basic Grey. The embellishment pack offers so much variety, from watercolour paper shapes, acetate layers, cards, adhesive shapes and letters and some wonderful wooden accents.

Firstly a simple card that says I Love You without actually having to say it …. A real collage of shapes, textures and colour. It was my intention to avoid Real Red for this theme and to use something quite different …. and quite fresh.

Hubby doesn't have a sweet tooth at all, but he still enjoys the odd special chocolate from time to time, so I'm filling a Baker's Box with a selection of this favourites. 

It was tempting at first to use the large wooden heart on the Bakers Box, but it was what it left behind that lead me to this final piece.

From time to time, hubby has to travel for business and stay away. Having done the traveling that I have in my former career, I know that having photo's of your loved ones back home, by your bedside, is a welcome sight, when you wake on foreign lands, so I created this mini photo book for him.

The wooden embellishment surround forms the front of the book and the protective cardboard from the embellishment pack covered with cardstock, forms the back. In between it's just cardstock, scored and folded concertina style to form the pages.

I so love the acetate overlay that seemed so fitting to frame the photo of us on our wedding day.

With us both loving Black and White photo's, I decided to use these within the album. It allowed the flashes of colour to really pop. 

Here I show how the weight of the wooden front and stiff cardboard backing, allow this book to stand up like a photo frame.

Well there you have it …. Love and Hearts and hopefully something here will have captured your heart and inspired you to creating something for someone special in your life.
Be sure to hop on over to see what delights the lovely Lesley has in store for you this month, I'm sure she won't disappoint. 

Happy Hopping

Mikaela x


  1. LOVE the mini book album - you're so clever lady - and what a wonderful little keepsake he can carry with him - I am soooo going to case this idea - I have a few army wife friends, who might appreciate this as something for their hubby to take with them when they're posted away. Fabulous!!!

  2. The photo book is absolutely gorgeous. Victoria xxx

  3. Mikaela I LOVE your projects, the album is just stunning! And what a great use of the SAB pack!

  4. I just adore this, you pull it out of the bag every time,

  5. A very personal and well thought out projects, loving your colour combo too!

  6. CUTE - It's beautiful Mikaela! What a lucky man he is!

  7. I love how you show such fab and new ways to use things like the Project Life kits. The colours are gorgeous and as for the little photo book - priceless! I *love* it. x

  8. Oh my word .....l what a stunning trio of projects that I know your hubby will love. I love that idea of a photo book and using the Project Life kits for other creations. Fabulous as always !

  9. Oh WOW …. I'm overwhelmed by all of your wonderful comments … Thank you!!

    I seriously had no idea what to create, opened up the Project Life kit and allowed myself to get lost in 'play' … I did enjoy it and perhaps that shows. Maybe I need to get 'lost in play' a little more often ;)

    Thank you all for such kind comments, I'm sure hubby will love it xxx