37 posts categorized "2019 Valentine's Collection"


Tue 28

Happy Birthday Wishes
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Hope you are all safe and well and hopefully enjoying down time and craft time! I've been playing around with the new Twinkling Jewel and Delicate Pastel glitter paper pads. The colors are so vibrant it makes we yearn for spring and summer flowers!


I used the Double Stitch Rectangle Dies to cut a frame from the glitter paper.  I chose the first and fourth die cut frame ( starting from the largest as shown above) and secured them to the glitter paper. 

The glitter paper pads pair perfectly ( say that 10 times fast!) with Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pads!!! I used the sentiment from the stamp set  Friendship and Kindness, Poppy Stamps. I trimmed the pattern paper to fit just behind the frame. Than I adhered them together and to the card base.

I die cut some butterflies using the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Background Dies and glitter paper. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this a try!

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Mon 03

"hugs and kisses"
by Anne Thompson

This month it's all about hearts on our blog challenge and on our greeting cards.  I made a card for today that uses the DRIFTING HEARTS STENCIL 88614 to create a soft background.


materials used

I began by taping the stencil to a piece of white cardstock with washi tape.  I applied the ink with a brush, varying the amount of ink applied and not covering all of the hearts in the stencil.



Once I trimmed the paper down I brushed more ink on the edges before mounting it to a scrap of raspberry notecard and then onto a white notecard.  I added raspberry ribbon tied in a bow next to the fold.

I die cut the Big Huge Premiere die twice from more of the scrap raspberry notecard, layered it with a glue pen, and adhered it to the front panel.


I wanted to add a large heart to the panel so I chose the center one from the Gilded Heart Circle.


I put foam dots on the back to pop it up off the panel a bit.

I took the phrase "hugs and kisses" from the Big and Little Valentines stamp set, cut off the word "hugs", inked it with the Raspberry Jam ink, and stamped it just below the panel.


And because I can hardly ever make just one, I made two more even simpler cards.  This time I made larger heart stenciled panels which I adhered directly to colored notecards.  Just a simple rinse of the stencil under warm water and I was ready to change colors.

For this one I used Memento Rose Bud ink with a raspberry notecard and ribbon.  This time I applied the ink directly to the paper through the stencil using the raindrop-shaped ink pad.


And this for this one I used Memento Lady Bug ink (applied with a round foam ink dauber), a Holly red notecard, and a satin red white-dotted ribbon.


I love this stencil and know I will use it a lot to make more valentines before the 14th.  I have many more red and pink inks to try!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Big Hugs Premiere 94113


Big and Little Valentines CL5252


Drifting Hearts Stencil 88614


Gilded Heart Circle 94388



Wed 13

Birthday is in the Air
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  This is Trina and I am sharing a CAS birthday card today made with products from the Valentine’s Collection.  


This card came about because I really wanted to use the bike from Neighborhood Heart Frame.  The bike was die cut from X-press It cardstock and coloured in with Copics.  The bike was a bit flimsy, so a second bike was die cut from black cardstock and adhered behind.  The heart balloons were also die cut from X-press It cardstock using a heart die from Have a Heart and coloured in with Copics.  


The sentiment from Best Life Typewriter stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The sky background was created by sponging Tumled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks over a cloud border stencil on an A2 sized white panel.  Drew in the balloon strings with a ruler and black Copic multiliner, then assembled the card.  Crystal glaze was added to the balloons for some shine and dimension.  Once dry, white highlights were added with a white gel pen to finish.


That does it for me.  Happy Valentine’s Eve.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.







Tue 12

Showering You With Love
by Melissa Rusk

With Valentine's Day coming up fast I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for this  week or even a wedding or baby shower card. It would be easy to change up the colors to fit the theme of the bridal shower or baby shower.


I started with some bright pink paper and die cut the Heart Sprinkles die. It's so cute! Then I layered it on a lighter pink paper before putting it on the card.

The stamp set from Birch Press Designs called Wishing You the Best has so many great sentiments to choose from. The showering you with love is so cute, I stamped it on the side of the card and then finished it off with some little enamel heart stickers that I had.

Have a wonderful day!





Mon 11

Gift Boxes--Pretty in Pink (and a few red ones, too)
by Anne Thompson

I decided this past week to recycle some holiday gift boxes for packaging Valentine treats.


I began by using Scor-Tape to mount pretty pink papers on the top and side edges of each of the boxes.  (These papers are from a Papertrey Ink collection.)


For the top of this box, I added a WRAPPED CIRCLE 30114 cut from white cardstock with a pink cardstock heart cut using one of the dies from the HAVE A HEART set 30118.  I used foam dots to secure some flowers to the heart.  I also used a white grosgrain ribbon around the sides of the box top and added a light pink bow tie at the front.


I started by papering this box with a shimmer pink cardstock.  I added a smaller piece of pink-white striped paper on the top of the box before placing a large white doily in the center.  I chose a die from the STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES set 30047 ( a set from 2015 no longer in stock--Don't have this die?  Use another Wrapped Circle, a heart, or a punched shape for the center!) and cut it from more of the striped paper, doing my best to line up the stripes when I glued it to the doily.  I used glue dots and foam dots for the white leaves and the pink flowers cluster on one edge of the scalloped circle.  I tucked in a small pink gingham bow and put a small white heart on each corner--these were left from cutting out the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from an earlier card project.  (I have a small yogurt cup on my work table holding lots of these little hearts in white, pink, and red.)


For this little square box, I used a smaller doily and a smaller Stitched Scallop Circle in the center for the top.  What you don't see in this photo are all of the hearts glued on the box top edges, more leftovers from cutting out the Bright Hearts die.

Once I got started I could hardly stop!  Here are some of the red ones...


Here I used the WOODLAND HEART FRAME 94121 on the top.  All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.


This box has a white cardstock Wrapped Circle on the front with a red cardstock heart from the Have a Heart set of dies in the center.  Then there's the little HEART GIFT BOX 99954 on top of that with a smaller white heart to cover the window opening.  I glued on some red and white stamens and a small red rose before tucking a folded doily into the heart box.


For this tall square box I used the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94106 on the top of the box, adding tiny pearls on the hearts, larger pearls at the ends of the spiral vines, and a cluster of flowers in the center. All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

Now I'm thinking ahead to Easter gift boxes and looking at the newest Spring 2019 collection for inspiration!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 09

You are Enough
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a card that is perfect to send to someone who needs a little encouragement. 


The Lace Butterfly die is beautiful and perfect for thinking about Spring cards or encouragement cards. To highlight the beauty of the butterfly I decided to keep things simple and stamp repeatedly the sentiment you are enough from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set in a light teal color. Then I glued the butterfly to the card and added a line of pearls on the body.

This sentiment is one I can see using again and again in cards to friends. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!





Thu 07

Sweet Treats with Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and Heart Board by Jean Okimoto


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Make some Valentine candy wrappers with the Have a Heart Clear Stamps  and the Heart Board - it's sweet, quick and easy!    Create these simple tag-shaped wrappers, add a glittery heart and a pink tulle tie.  It's as easy as that!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful Valentine project for a cold winter day.

Trim white cardstock to 8" x 11.  Score it lengthwise at 3-⅞" and 4-1/8"  - but don't fold it.   Cut it into 8" x 2-½" strips.    

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Stamp it with designs from the Have a Heart Clear Stamps Set.  The Imagine Crafts inks used here are Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Memento Luxe Rose Bud, VersaFineClair Glamorous, Charming Pink and Nocturne.

Fold the cardstock on the scorelines.  Trim the top corners.  Attach candy to the tag with gluedots or doublestick tape.   Add a ⅜" gold eyelet.  Tie it with pink tulle.

Stamp some greetings on white cardstock with the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps

Cut red glittered cardstock with Heart Board.  Attach the larger hearts to the treat wrappers.  

Why not make some treat wrappers for co-workers - or tuck them into backpacks and lunchboxes for a special surprise.  They're easy to make and  will be appreciated long after the candy's gone.  

Thanks for stopping by - 






Wed 06

Glittered Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame with Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


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Glitter a Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame and brighten a cold winter day for a special friend or family member.  Heart dies don't need to be tucked away once  your Valentines are done.  Life happens...send a thoughtful, unexpected card to make someone smile.

Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another reason you'll want the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame.   Use it throughout the year for weddings, anniversaries and baby cards too.  

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Cut the delicate heart frame from dark gray cardstock.  Cut hearts from a portion of a Peony Notecard and Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the 2" inner circle from the light gray cardstock you'll use for the card.

Attach Scor-Tape to a 4" square of light gray cardstock.  Cut it with the large outer frame.  Remove and save the tape liner.  Press the delicate heart frame onto the adhesive - offset to the right.  Press the light gray 2" circle onto the center.  

Press the Peony and Coral Creme hearts onto the adhesive.  Use the saved tapeliner as a press cloth to secure the diecuts.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter is my favorite - we use a lot of it in classes too.  It makes everything look better!

Cut the little flowers from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the little hearts  from a scrap of the Peony Notecard.

Prep dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Cut an 11" x 4-¼" piece of light gray cardstock.  Score and crease it 4-¼" from one short end.  Create  the visual impact of a square card - without the extra postage.

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale peach sequins - or clear sequins colored with a Sharpie.

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Hope you'll try this glitter-and-go design.  An adhesive-covered background is the fastest, foolproof way to attach delicate diecuts and add glitter at the same time.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!






Tue 05

3-D Valentines...Circle Frames, Hearts, and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

3-D Valentines for gift tags/home decor/ornaments...

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These were so much fun to put together!

I started with some papier mache-ish circle and heart ornament forms that I purchased ages ago at a local craft store.  The circles are about 3 3/4" in diameter and a little less than 1/2" thick, and they already have the gold cord attached for hanging them up.  The first thing I did was to color the edges and overlap a bit onto the front and back of each shape using a red Memento marker.  That way none of the kraft paper showed once I added the decorative papers and die cuts.


Let's look at these two first, inspired by this month's pink and red challenge.


I used the same dies for each of these:

For the one on the left, I covered both the front and the back of the circle form with white cardstock Wrapped Circles.  It was important to use Scor-Tape to attach the papers to the cardboard form.  On the front I used the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame cut from a nice red cardstock, attaching it with glue dots under each of the hearts.  I then added tiny pink roses between each of the hearts and popped up the central heart from the die cuts with three more tiny roses on it.  I added a pink bow and another rose at the top, on the edge near the gold cord loop.  

For the one on the right, I used a shimmery pink cardstock for the Wrapped Circles on the front and the back.   I added the red cardstock Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, popped up the center heart, and added tiny red pearls at the ends of the vine spirals.  I tucked some red stamens and three tiny red roses under the center heart and  popped on two larger roses.  I then finished it with a large pink satin bow next to the gold loop at the top.


For the one on the left, I cut Wrapped Circles from red/white dot paper.  I added the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94114 cut from white cardstock.  A cluster of flowers in the center, some small white pearls  on the frame, and a white satin bow finish this one.

For the one on the right, I cut Wrapped Circles from red cardstock for the front and back of the form.  I then cut the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from white cardstock before cutting it again with the Wrapped Circles die and then placed it on top of the red circle.  I used a few red pearls to emphasize the hearts and a larger one in the center before adding a few red stamens and a red/white polka dot bow at the top. 


This heart-shaped one was a little different.  I didn't have a heart die that was exactly the right size or shape, so I traced the cardboard heart on the back of the red dot paper.  I cut it out a little bit smaller than what I traced to make it fit, one for the front and one for the back.  What did work really well with this shape was the center section of the NEIGHBORHOOD HEART FRAME 94102.  I cut it from white cardstock and added a cluster of white flowers, some red and white stamens, and a white satin bow on top of the gate.  Because I'd already used a bow, I decided to attach pearls around the outer edge, graduating them from largest to smallest on each side of the gold loop.

No forms to work with?  Die cut (or punch) circles or heart shapes from cardstock and layer them up to make a thick base.  Or use cardboard from cereal boxes or packing boxes or fun foam.  You can always cover the edges with narrow ribbon or cording. 

Valentines Day is coming soon!  Now if I can just stop eating the candy I've already purchased to go with these ... 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 04

Showering Love
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone!  Trina here and with Valentine’s only 10 days away, I am sharing another Valentine’s card made with products from the recent 2019 Valentine’s Release.  No surprise, my card is inspired by several challenges, in particular this month’s Memory Box color challenge of Pink and Red.  Here is my card.


Started by black heat embossing the sentiment from Wishing You the Best stamp set with clear glitter embossing powder on a white A2 sized panel trimmed from Whisper White cardstock.  Die cut the heart frame from Neghborhood Heart Frame die three times - twice from Bristol paper and once from black cardstock.  Mounted the two white ones together and offset the black piece for a shadow effect.  Adhered the frame below the sentiment.


Took one of the heart cutouts and blended on Rubellite and Pink Diamond dye inks with a mini blending tool.  A DIY heart stencil was created next with the Heart Sprinkles die and acetate.  Real Red dye ink was then applied with a sponge dauber through the stencil.  Cupid from Cupid with Swing die was die cut from Bristol paper and adhered to make him look like he’s sprinkling the hearts.  The heart was inlaid back into the stacked heart frame.  Highlights were added to the hearts with a white gel pen to finish.


Pink and red is the color challenge this month, and you have until February 27th to play along.  Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!