145 posts categorized "Valentines"


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


Sun 10

Layered Embossed Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about layering stamped images to get a raised metallic look.  The Have a Heart stamp set has several stamps that are meant to be layered on top of each other, which makes it a great set for this technique.

The first step is to stamp the solid heart with red ink onto white cardstock.  I placed my paper inside a stamp positioner to help line up the images.  I don't know if you can see from the picture, but I also added a piece of removable tape to help stamp in a straight line:



The next step is very important.  You have to let the ink dry completely before you do any embossing.  I let my ink dry and then added a layer of talc to make sure my next step wouldn't stick to the red heart.  I then stamped decorative stripes on top of the hearts using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  Here is what the stripes look like before you emboss:


And after you emboss:


Embossing the stripes in gold gives you a raised texture to the card and adds a lot of sparkle to the card.  I made sure to add some gold metallic paper behind my cardstock to make the gold embossing "pop" even more.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!







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!  








Sun 03

(Heart) Someone with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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A watercolored background sets the scene for a quick Valentine with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script.  Splashy dots (splots?) of Starlite Silver and gem stickers balance the brightness and add a bit of sparkle.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here - hope you have a few minutes for one more Valentine card today.  

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Diecut smooth white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  It's my favorite go-to die for great backgrounds and layers.  I cut several rectangles to make a few extra backgrounds for future projects.

Press the vibrant inks of the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a big acrylic stamp block.  Paint random,  overlapping  strips of diluted colors with a ¾" wide flat brush.   Air-dry the inks for a few minutes, then heat-set them from both sides to minimize curling.  If the dried cardstock is still a little wonky, place it between sheets of printer paper and run it through a diecut machine between the cutting plates.

Stamp the large solid heart -  from the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set -  with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then stamp the lined heart (slightly offset) with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the little dots from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Rotate the stamp, re-ink it  and stamp it again.  

Diecut You Jotted Script from white cardstock and charcoal glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Hope we've inspired you to create some very special Valentines  - and a few extra cards for other special moments throughout the  year.  

Enjoy the rest of the weekend  - see you again on Wednesday!





Sat 02

You Got This with Embossed and Stenciled Bright Hearts by Jean Okimoto


Here's an idea for our February Pink and Red Challenge - embossed and stenciled  Bright Hearts in yummy shades of Angel Pink, Love Letter and Electric Pink.  Add a greeting from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments and a strip stamped to resemble washi tape.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here with some challenge inspiration and an easy way to multi-color an embossed design.  


Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss the circle with Bright Hearts -  use the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I've used the platform, die (face-up), watercolor paper (face-down), rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate on my Platinum.  


Cut three Bright Hearts paper stencils.  Daub the two larger embossed hearts with Angel Pink Memento Luxe. Use a cotton swab for the two smaller hearts. Heat-set the ink.

Ink the other hearts with Electric Pink Radiant Neon and Love Letter Memento Luxe - use Post-it Notes between the colors to prevent smudges.  Heat-emboss everything with detail clear powder.  Although the Angel Pink ink was heat-set it attracted some embossing powder too.

Use well-inked stamp pads for this technique - you don't want to spend all weekend daubing hearts.   The vibrant inks from Imagine Crafts are perfect! 

Stamp the stripes - from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps Set - on gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and dry the ink.   Trim it to ⅜" x 4-½".  

Cut a ⅜" x 3-¾" strip of pink cardstock.  Cut a ⅜" x 3-¼" strip of charcoal glittered cardstock.

Prep dark gray cardstock with anti-static powder and stamp the greeting  - from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to a light gray 5-¼" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add silver gem stickers.

Many of the designs from our Valentine's 2019 Collection are perfect for pressure-embossing and stenciling...it's hard to decide which one to use next.  Have fun with this technique!

Thanks for visiting...






Thu 31

Sending Hugs with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies by Jean Okimoto


Create a row of happy hearts for someone special with the Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies.  Add a greeting with Sending Jotted Script and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments, then bling it with a glittery red heart and pale gold sequins .

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another Valentine design for you.  Here's a basic design that works in other colors too - try pale pink, fuchsia, peach or coral.  Or a combination of those pretty colors!


Diecut two sets of the double-hearts from red cardstock.   Stamp the small solid heart from the Have a Heart set with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Stamp the small heavy-bordered heart with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the other hearts with Nocturne, dry the ink, then cut them with the coordinating Have a Heart dies.  

Stamp "sending hugs" from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set with Nocturne.  Dry the ink, then diecut around the "hugs" section.  Cut a black cardstock heart with the slightly larger die.

Cut Sending Jotted Script from black and white cardstock.  Leave the tiny black dot over the "i" in the die till you're ready to attach it.  It has a tendency to vanish.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut a heart from red glittered craft foam.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Add pale gold sequins.


It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just two weeks away!  Hope you're loving the Valentine's 2019 Collection as much as we are.  There are so many ways to use these very versatile designs for February 14th - and throughout the year.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!









Mon 28

How to Use the Bright Hearts Die
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have seen a couple of people on Instagram ask about how the hearts were colored when you use the Bright Hearts die.  I thought I would break it down for you with some pictures.

First, cut out the Bright Hearts, which will leave you a circular area of hearts.  The die itself works great with the Bright Rays die, which will cut out various wedges of cardstock.  You don't have to have this die to place colors of cardstock behind the open heart circle, but it sure does make it easier!  For my card, I cut out the Bright Hearts from white cardstock and cut the Bright Rays six times so that I could have six different colors of pink:


You could place the wedges behind the open hearts so hat each row was the same color, or you could do as I did and split each heart in half with two colors of pink cardstock.  Here is the first wedge:


Notice how each heart is split in half.

Next, I added more wedges:


I only had six colors of pink paper, so I had to repeat the same colors again.  However, how great would it look if you had 12 different colors and could do a full ombre effect?  I think it would be fabulous!

To finish the card, I added the Love Jotted Script die and popped it up with some foam tape:


I hope this makes it a bit clearer.  Please let me know if you have any other questions!







Sat 26

Heart Board, Love Jotted Script and Bright Hearts by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolor a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer, add a light mist of gold spritz - then emboss it with Heart Board.  Add a Cozy Mug, glittered hearts and a bit of love with the layered Love Jotted Script.  Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bright design to warm a cold winter day.  

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Press the Berry Blaze Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint watercolor paper with random, diluted layers of the vibrant inks.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with water.  Spritz it again with a light mist of Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it - heat it from both sides to  minimize curling.

Cut it with the 3-⅛" x 2-⅛" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer

Pressure-emboss it with the new Heart Board - use the plates and mats recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with a large heart from Bright Hearts and one each of the hearts from the Heart Board.

Cut a Cozy Mug from printed paper.  I used a bright contemporary leaf pattern from Shizen Design.  

Cut Love Jotted Script from a double layer of white cardstock and a portion of a Peony Notecard.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use slivers of foam tape for the handle.

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It's easy to overlook pressure-embossing with our stash of Memory Box dies.  The dies - personally designed by Dave Brethauer and made in the USA - create beautiful textured backgrounds and accents.  They're also great for simple cards - just emboss the front of the card, add a quick note and it's done!

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend, see you again on Thursday...







Fri 25

Love You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a card to share that is perfect for sending just to let someone know you love them. It doesn't matter the time of year!


I started with the cute Bundle Hearts dies and cut them in a pink paper. I glued them to a white piece of paper and then using a ruler and a black pen, I sketched in the lines to create a grid around the hearts. Then I stamped the love you from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments stamp set and added in some heart gems to finish it off.

I love how the grid turned out, especially after I added in the gems, they really made it work. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog!