Thursday, January 28, 2016

Love You Banner: Lil' Inker Designs Release

Welcome to day 2 of the Lil' Inker Designs Release Post!  All of the products being shown today are currently available in the Lil' Inker Designs store!  If you are following along in the blog hop you should have come from  Sarah Jay's blog! There are three $15 gift certificates to the LID store up for grabs, so the more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  Banner Collage
I am so excited to share with you a project that is near and dear to my heart.  And to tell you the truth, it all began with a book.  A fiction book.  But it truly inspired me.  I read it sometime last year and so many ideas came to mind.  The book is called Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh.  It is a book about red paper hearts and the way that a couple uses them to share and document their love with each other.  Every time during the year that they noticed something special about their husband/wife/family, something kind that they've done, a way that they've looked, a feeling that they've evoked, a memory that they created together, something that they wanted to remember about the other person, etc they would write it down on a stack of paper hearts.  Then, every Valentine's Day they would string the hearts up with twine and each person would read what the other had written.

This inspired me in so many ways.  Sad thing was that until now they were just ideas floating around in my head.  However, with the release of the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies from Lil' Inker Designs I felt like this was the time to put at least one of my ideas into action.  So now all I had to do was create my own paper hearts banner.

So, to start, I gathered my supplies.

Jen Carter Heart Banner Supplies 6

Jen Carter Heart Banner Supplies 4

I cut hearts out of various scraps of cardstock and used both the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies and the previously released Stitched Hearts dies.  This sped up the process because I could cut two hearts in one pass through my Big Shot.  I also used a spool of twine for this project, not pictured above.  

Then, I chose where to hang my banner.  

Jen Carter Heart Banner Hanging 11

I had a colorful felt ball banner already in my entry way.  I decided that this would be the perfect place to add my hearts banner.  I did add more twine to strengthen my banner because once I started to get all of the hearts up, I knew it would grow heavy and the extra twine would help reinforce my banner.  

The goal:
Jen Carter Heart Banner Hanging 1

Jen Carter Heart Banner Hanging Hearts Closeup 1

The goal is to add a heart each day in February leading up to Valentine's Day for each family member to say something that I love about them, appreciate about them or noticed them doing that was kind for someone else.  By the end of 14 days, there should be at least 42 hearts hanging up on the banner.  The Dual Dotted Hearts Dies Stitched Hearts dies are the perfect size to write little notes on!

Goal #2:
Jen Carter Heart Banner Extra Supplies 8

Jen Carter Heart Banner Extra Supplies 10

I am hoping that my family will get in on this as well and that they will not only create hearts for me but for each other as well.  Which means, I need a station where they can get supplies should they choose to do so.

Right inside my entryway I have this little station and it was the perfect place to put the extra hearts and clothes pins.  I hope that these supplies will be used up and I'll need to cut more!

Now I told you that this was all inspired by a book I read.  Well, the author of the book and her husband made this fun, quirky video to help promote her book and I thought you might enjoy it!

Before I go, I want to share one more card I made using the new Dual Dotted Hearts Dies and a few other new products as well.

Jen Carter Love So Much wm

For this card I cut one of the new papers available in the Love You Paper Pack with the Cover Up Die: Pointella.  These papers are great for Valentine's but they work so well for many other occasions too! I love the ombre of this print!

Jen Carter Love So Much Closeup

Next I die cut the Love You Greeting Die from black paper and back it with another print from the new Love You Paper Pack.  I used a small leftover piece from the background paper to die cut the Dual Dotted Hearts Die and then took a piece of twine and stitched through each of the holes and tied a bow at the top. I like the texture and interest it added and it was simple to do!

I'm going to enter this card in the SSS Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge!

Well, that's all I have for you today but I have a bunch more to share tomorrow.  See you then!

All of the Lil' Inker products that I've used (and more!) are available to purchase right now in the Lil' Inker Designs store!  Your next stop on the blog hop is over to Lea Lawson's blogDon't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate!!

 Stitched Hearts dies
Cover Up Die: Pointella

Paper: Lil' Inker Designs Love You Paper Pack, PTI True Black
Other: Twine


TracyM #6773 said...

I'm going in DOTTY LOVE with these FUN hearts!!!
LOVE your card Jen and think think your banner is going to be WONDERFUL, what a PRECIOUS DAY it is going to be come Feb 14th!!!
THANK YOU for sharing :)

Karen B. said...

What a sweet idea, and I agree the dual dotted hearts are a perfect stepping stone. And your card is beautiful.

Chrissy Larson said...

I love love love this idea and your decor is super awesome, Jen!! That little video got me smiling. I think I might have to give this a go. So sweet!

Danielle Dietz said...

Thank you for sharing that story. I love the addition of the heart to your card. So pretty!

Casey-Diane said...

Love the card!! That love you so much die is awesome!!

D.Ann C said...

Love the ombre background and stitched heart on the lovely card and your fun banner!

cghundley said...

Wonderful design with your
banner! Great idea and your
card is so pretty.
Carla from Utah

Sam B said...

I'm going to have to get that book now - what a wonderful and sweet idea! And I love how you set it up for your own family too!

McStamper said...

Great banner idea. Love the pretty card.

Stacy said...

I love this idea Jen!

Mary-Anne V said...

What a fabulous idea for the garland. Thanks for the book idea.

Margarita Navarro-Rivera said...

Super cool banner!

Larissa Heskett said...

SUPER SWEET Idea!! THANKS for sharing the Video Clip too!! I LOVE your Card such a BEAUTIFUL Design!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Unknown said...

Love both the card and the banner.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So bright and happy! I just love it'

Sue D said...

Cute and colorful banner--thanks for sharing this great idea. Lovely card too.

Carey Nusbaum said...

I love your banner idea! I will have to do this for my classroom! Thanks for the inspiration!

Janelle said...

Thank you for sharing that WONDERFUL idea to bless those you love with the banner. Also I love the new Love Square die, and your card!

Unknown said...

Wonderful idea. Thanks for the book reference as well.

Unknown said...

Love your creative use of the garland to post your valentines and love the stitching on the card!

Kristie Goulet said...

Super creative idea! Love it!

lisa808 said...

Awesome banner/idea. The 'station' is a fab idea too. Pretty card.

Kim Faucher said...

Love the hearts!!!

Christy Q said...

What an awesome banner!!! Love your card as well - the ombre background is beautiful!

Amy C. said...

Your garland and card are adorable!

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Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition! It would be a great thing for families or classes to do together! Adorable card too :)

Denise Bryant said...

Awesome banner and card! I love the heart dies! My list is growing... have to have the set of dies! So perfect for Valentine cards!

Gayatri said...

Love your colourful banner especially with the message on the hearts. Your card is AMAZING! the ombre effect is beautiful. Love your card. Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge!
Gayatri xx

Laura Pryor said...

Your hearts banner project is so impressive and I love the purpose it serves. I'm really impressed, Jen!!!
I think your readers are too!

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