123 posts categorized "Valentines"


Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig






Tue 13

You Are Special
by Sharon Harnist

Could you use a little pampering today, to get ready for Valentine's Day?  I'm here to help!  Hello, Memory Box fans -- I'm Sharon Harnist.  I'm new here to the blog and design team and I couldn't be more thrilled!  I've loved and used Memory Box products for MANY years and I am very grateful and excited to begin this journey!


I recently hosted my neighborhood ladies Bunco game night and wanted these wonderful women to feel special and pampered, so I came up with these relaxing bath salts gifts for them!  An internet search for homemade bath salts will yield dozens of recipes for you to try ... I settled on Lavender and Rose Petal.  The easiest part of this project was putting together these sweet tags, to tell the recipients how special they are!  I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set:


To stamp the medium wirework heart on the 3-1/2" x 1-7/8" tags, I used Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.  For the Rose Petal salts, I used Tsukineko Memento Rose Bud ink to stamp the small heart and sentiment.  For the Lavender bath salts, I used Ranger Distress Oxide Wilted Violet ink for the small heart and sentiment.  Then I just tied the tags around the jars with colored twine:


To finish the gifts, I simply made a label to cover the tops of these repurposed frappuccino bottles!


There are TONS of other things you could package as gifts into jars, then just use this versatile stamp set to dress them up and make the recipient feel that much more special!  Thanks so much for joining me today and Happy Valentine's Day!






Mon 12

Double Stitched Hearts with Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Anne Thompson

I have one last valentine before Wednesday and it uses multiples of the DOUBLE STITCHED HEARTS 99929 and the WRAPPED STITCH FRAMES 30117.  


to make this card:

  • Start with a cream notecard.
  • Die cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Frame  4X5.2 from red cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard.
  • Die cut the next to the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from cream cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard, placing it at an angle.
  • Die cut the Double Stitched Hearts (five hearts in different sizes) from red cardstock, Cranberry Distressed Dots paper, and Cranberry Gingham paper.  
  • Secure the hearts to the cream frame, placing some flat and raising some with pop-dots.  (I did not use all of the ones I had cut out.  I saved one for the inside and stowed the others away in the envelope with the die for another project.)


for the inside of the card:


  • Die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from red cardstock.  Adhere on the inside of the notecard at the top.
  • Add a piece of the Cranberry Gingham paper underneath it.
  • Die cut the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 1.8X3 from cream cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment "you are so special" from the WIREWORKS HEART Clear Stamp Set CL5218 on the cream rectangle.   I used Archival Vermillion ink.
  • Adhere the cream frame and inner rectangle at an angle over the red one.  Add one of the Cranberry Gingham hearts to finish it.

Here are the materials I used:


Happy Valentines Day!!! and Happy Crafting!!!

Anne Signature



Wed 07

Sweet and Simple - with the Heart Gift Box and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto



Sweet, simple and special...a Heart Gift Box filled with a Valentine treats!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - Valentine cards are already signed, sealed and on their way,  so let's make some pretty treat boxes today.


Cut pink, red and flamingo cardstock with the Heart Gift Box die.  It cuts, scores and adds a heart window in one quick step. 

Cut screenprinted papers - like these from Shizen Design and available at Impress - with the 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Round diecuts let you rotate the circle until you find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to fill the heart cutout.  Attach the circle behind the cutout.

Fold the box on the pre-scored lines and attach the side tabs.  Punch holes at the top, thread them with gold cord, and add the candy.  Tie a knot and curl the cord with a bone folder or the side of that green plastic burnishing tool.  


Heart-shaped favor boxes aren't just for February 14th...they're great for engagement parties, showers, weddings, Mother's Day brunch, or just to remind someone how special they are.

Thanks for stopping by - have fun making these sweet and simple treat boxes!

See you again next week...or at the CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES afternoon class at Impress on February 10th.  








Mon 05

Heart-y Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I have two quick and easy valentines for you today using three dies and red and white cardstocks.


  • Cut the red cardstock at 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Die cut the Dibble Heart Border on an angle, sort of in the center from lower left to upper right.  Save all of the little hearts that cut out for another project.  (I usually tuck them into the envelope where I store the die.)
  • Secure this panel to the front of a side-fold white notecard.
  • Die cut Ribbon Hearts from white cardstock.
  • Secure the Ribbon Hearts to the red panel with a glue dot.
  • Adhere a small patch of Scor-Tape on the back of a scrap of white cardstock and then die cut the Sentimental Be Mine.  This makes sticking on the little letters and tiny heart "dot" really easy.
  • Add the Sentimental Be Mine  just above the Dibble Heart Border.


For this top-fold notecard:

  •  Cut the red cardstock 4 X 5 1/2.

  • Die cut the Dibble Heart Border  near the top edge on the longest side of the panel.

  • Secure this panel to the front of a top-fold white notecard. 
  • Die cut the Ribbon Hearts from white cardstock.
  • Secure the Ribbon Hearts to the red panel with a glue dot.
  • Adhere a small patch of Scor-Tape on the back of a scrap of white cardstock and then die cut the Sentimental Be Mine.
  • Add the Sentimental Be Mine on the bottom left of the red panel. 

Here's a photo of the three dies:


I really like the simplicity of just the two colors.  By anchoring the Ribbon Hearts with a glue dot, the string of hearts is left dangling to cast interesting shadows on the card front.  Remember those little hearts that punched out of the Dibble Heart Border?  I bet they'd look cute scattered about inside this card!  These dies also work perfectly for this month's blog challenge theme of Hearts.  Have you submitted an entry yet?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 04

Hanging Hearts
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a little Valentine's Day inspiration. Is that mini clip just too cute holding the die cut hearts?!?

Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base. Trim and adhere the Red Gingham paper from Lawn Fawn.




Cut a piece of White cardstock a bit smaller than base panel. Using a favorite embossing folder, place White cardstock inside and hit it with a rubber mallet instead of running it through a machine. This way you get small areas of raised embossing instead of an all over look. 

Wrap red and white twine three times and adhere to panel back. Adhere this panel to card base.




Stamp sentiment from the Wireworks Heart set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Die cut the word "valentines" from the Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day set in Red. Adhere to card front.

Die cut two of the Double Stitched Hearts from Red and Gingham cardstocks. Clip to twine with a Mini Clip.


Make sure to join our Hearts Challenge this month HERE.


Happy Crafting,







Sat 03

Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set, Have a Heart, Heart Rays and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto



Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set.  It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card.


I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. 

Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with 1.5" x 1.7" heart.

Attach the watercolored diecut rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of white textured cardstock.  Cut both the rectangle and card front with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Save the largest Heart Rays watercolored heart.  

Attach the saved heart in the opening you'll discover (oops!) on the backside of the cardfront.  This sounds silly and complicated, but it'll be a sweet surprise when the recipient finds that watercolored heart inside the card. Really.

Attach the hearts to the card - use foam dots to add a bit of lift on the right side of the background heart.  Add pink gem stickers. 



Hope you're joining the February Hearts Challenge - Memory Box has so many great heart designs for you to chose from!  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!








Fri 02

Have a Heart, Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


The Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and the Have a Heart die set are more than just Valentine designs.  They're perfect throughout the year and will quickly become go-to products for many occasions.  Use them for friendship cards, thank-yous, showers, weddings, baby cards and anniversaries too.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with another Hearts Challenge inspiration card today.  February arrived so quickly - here's another way to use our heart-themed designs for Valentine and year-round greetings.


Stamp the large Wirework Hearts image  on pale pink cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.8" x 3" Have a Heart die.  Cut a gray heart with the same die - it'll add dimension to the stamped heart.

Stamp and emboss the greeting on flamingo cardstock.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut flamingo cardstock with the 3.4"x3.7" Have a Heart die.

Attach  a 1" x 4-⅞" strip of pale pink cardstock to a top-folded 5-½" square gray card.  Attach strips of tape from the Sugar tape set - available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.


Have a few extra minutes?  Make a bunch of these cards in your favorite colors and have them ready when you need a special card.  Add a greeting later.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!







Wed 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto



A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!

Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.


Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday too...








Tue 30

Heart Gift Box
by Anne Thompson

One of my favorite dies from the latest Memory Box release is the HEART GIFT BOX 99954.  It is the perfect size for a small gift or candy treats for your valentine.  I used it on the front of a notecard and on a tag.  

First, the card.



  • Assembling the box is easy since all of the fold lines  are pre-scored during the die-cutting process.  
  • I decided to add a small piece of acetate to the box window.  I glued it in place and trimmed off the extra.  
  • I then added a piece of skinny Scor-Tape to the outermost flap on the printed paper side.


  • All I had to do next was remove the covering over the tape, fold everything (be sure to tuck in the tiny tab at the bottom), and secure the flap under the front side of the box top.


  • I added some Scor-Tape to the back of the heart gift box and stuck it in the center of the heart on the notecard.  
  • I found some pretty tissue paper and tucked a couple of small pieces into the box.  
  • A white satin bow was the last thing I added to the front.
  • Remember the small heart that cut out to leave the window?  I added it inside the notecard.


I will give this card to my mother on Valentines Day with a cute little crystal sun catcher tucked into the Heart Gift Box.

Here's the tag.


  • I assembled the box in the same way I did before.
  • I used a large white tag and I added a strip of Cranberry Gingham paper down the center.
  • I used Scor-Tape to secure the heart box to the tag, lining up the edge of the box with the edge of the tag.
  • I threaded a pretty red and white striped ribbon through the hole in the tag and tied a bow.

I plan to attach the tag to a valentine basket for my Secret Pal.  I have the perfect little pin to tuck in the heart gift box for her.

I have started making up more of these little boxes to fill with candies (in tiny food-safe bags) to use as table favors/place cards for an early February luncheon.  Wouldn't these be sweet for a bridal shower?!  A sweet sixteen party?!  A wedding?!  I can think of so many more ways to use these little boxes.  Do you have your Heart Gift Box die yet???  You are going to want one!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature