173 posts categorized "Valentines"


Sun 19

Vellum Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been seeing so many cards with stripes lately that I was inspired to make my own.  For my card, I went through my scrap bin and cut pink and red cardstock into 1/4" strips.  I tried to use lots of different shades as well as a few metallic papers for interest.

Next, I lined up the strips onto another piece of cardstock and glued them all down.  Gluing them onto another piece of cardstock allowed me to cut the top and the bottom of all of the strips using my paper cutter so that they would all line up.

Here is a close up of the center:


For the central part of the card, I cut out the hugs sentiment using black cardstock and a vellum heart using one of the Double Stitch Loving Heart dies.  Both the Hugs die (in black) and the Double Stitch die (in vellum) are meant to coordinate with each other, so it makes layering the two quite easy.  The vellum is completely optional, but it adds a bit of interest to the card and it makes the word "hugs" easy to read over the stripes.

You could use this card for Valentine's Day, but the design allows you to use different colors and send the card year-round to someone who just needs a hug.

Have a fantastic Sunday!






Sat 18

Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  I have several cards for you today featuring the Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection.  You know how much I love to use gold on my cards and so of course, I have a few of those.  I also have some cards that don't use gold and where I used the Drifting Hearts Stencil with some Glitz Glitter Gel on colored cardstock to make my own backgrounds.  I know - it's a shocker!  I definitely have a signature style for a lot of things but I also work really hard to bring you fresh ideas and content.

The first three cards I have for you today do feature gilded paper and gold foil die-cuts as well as some heat embossing.  I started with my foiled background paper and die cut it with the Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. Once I had that cut, I used the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Dies in the largest size with an embossing sandwich to put the impression into the background panel.

Next, I die cut the Verdant Leaf Loving Heart Die from Gold Foiled Cardstock and Sweet Blush Cardstock.  I carefully glued the Gold Outline to the background panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then using the leaves from the pink cardstock, I inlaid them into the frame and glued them down.

I got super close to the card in these next two images so that you can see that detail impressed into the paper.  This makes a natural impression so that it's easy to line up your die cut with the impression.

Can you see the little scallop detail that's impressed in the background panel?  Next, using the leftovers from the pink cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp Set.  I added that to a foil mat cut just a bit larger.  I used a paper trimmer to do this, so nothing fancy.  You could also use a pair of scissors if you have some with a long blade.  I attached the finished card panel to a Rose Gold Shimmer Cardstock top-folding card base.

This card uses another sheet of those papers from the same kit.  It doesn't say which company the papers are from, so I'm no help there.  This time I wanted to use the Berry Branch Loving Heart.  Again, I impressed the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Die to emboss the detail into the background panel.

For this card, I die cut two of the Berry Branch Loving Hearts from plain gold cardstock and then added a layer of the gold foiled cardstock for the top layer.

It's very cloudy on the day I am taking pictures so I have several for you as I feel it was hard to get an accurate color representation.  The card base for this card is Ink to Paper's Rustic White.  There are very faint words in the background lin columns like you would see in a dictionary and then the more prominent gold foiled leaf and branch and images.

I used lots of gems and pearls to add that special touch to this card.  The Pearls are from Little Things from Lucy's cards in Glossy Eggshell.  The gems are some I've had around for ages and I have no idea if they are available anymore.  I'm pretty sure these were from Close To My Heart.

I heat embossed the"Valentine's Day" sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines and die cut the Love Airy Script word from Gold Foil Cardstock.

Next up, I have this beautiful Gilded Tree Paper.  These papers all came from a kit I got from Simon Says Stamp over a year ago.  For this one, I did not make the Scallop Pinpoint Heart impression as I thought you wouldn't really see it with all of the tree branches or the die-cut Leafy Heart. I know it is hard to see on the others as well.

I used one of the scraps to heat emboss my sentiment and matted that in gold foiled cardstock as well.  All of these cards were very simple to make because I used golded papers and added gold die cuts.  It's also fun to add heat embossed sentiments to the printed papers as long as the pattern is small enough to use.

I thought this would be a nice, not too girly card to send to my father-in-law for Valentine's day so he'll know we're thinking about him, but it's not too lovey-dovey for him.

Next up, I have a couple of cards featuring the Drifting Hearts Stencil.  For my first card, I used Scarlet Jewel Cardstock with the stencil and a palette knife to apply some Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in White.  I carefully removed the stencil once I had the glitter gel applied and set that aside to dry. You want to clean your stencil off at this point before the paste dries.

Once I had it cleaned and dried it off, I repeated the process on a piece of Sweet Blush Cardstock using Bubblegum Pink Glitz Glitter Gel.  It seems like it only took about 15 minutes for these to dry and I did some die cutting while I was waiting, so I don't know for sure how long it took.


I actually had some Magenta Foiled Cardstock and Glitter Paper.  I even embossed the Sentiment using Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder and added a triple-stacked layer of the Magenta Foil Hugs Loving Heart as one did not seem sufficient.  I have to say, this is my least favorite of the group.  It looks like a sugary pink confection that I'll send to my grandaughters for Valentine's Day.  They will love it!  It's cute, but I prefer a more elegant and sophisticated color palette for sure. 





Wed 15

All My Love
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  This quick and simple Valentine’s card was intended for my hubby, but he came by and saw it just as I was finishing up... <grrr>đŸ˜‚  Guess it’s back to the drawing board. 

Anyway, I started by die cutting the Butterfly Heart Frame from Bristol paper.  It was adhered to velum trimmed to the same size, then to an A2 sized gray panel.


I wanted to add dimension only to the heart, so used scraps of Bristol paper to die cut just the heart portion twice. Trimmed away unwanted parts to get the heart ring.


I thought about ink blending the heart cut-out, but saved myself some time and die cut another heart from a scrap of red cardstock.  The sentiments from Big and Little Valentine’s stamp set were white heat embossed on it, then black soot distress ink was sponged around the edges for some dimension.  Spritz the whole card with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.


And that was it!  Thank you for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day!






Tue 14

by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Valentine's Day card for you featuring many new products.

To make this card I started with red cardstock and placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over the paper and sponged Versa Mark ink over the stencil.  I removed the stencil and applied clear embossing powder over the stenciled image and heat embossed it.  This gave the hearts a nice glossy shine.  To make the hearts stand out a little more, I sponged Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress ink over the embossed hearts. Buff the paper with a tissue to remove any ink that might be on the embossed hearts.

I die cut the heart using one of the new Double Stitched Loving Heart dies. From the heart I die cut the Banded Heart Locket Die.

I die cut the branch and used twine to tie the heart to the branch.

I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and adhered it to the back of the heart opening. 


Using foam tape I glued the card front to my white card base.  I did not put adhesive behind the bunny so that I could put the hanging heart behind the bunny.  I glued the branch and hanging heart to the card front and then placed foam tape behind the bunny to adhere it to the card.

To finish the card I stamped and white heat embossed the XOXO.  Then I used foam tape to glue it to the card.


That's it for today!  I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.






Mon 13

Berry Branch Loving Heart and Hello Banner Script Winter Cards for Friends
by Anne Thompson

Here are a couple of winter cards I made to send to friends later this month.  An inspiration perhaps for this month's Memory Box Challenge?


Materials Used:

While I had the die out I cut a few more of the Berry Branch hearts from foiled cardstock to use for valentines.


I cut even more from gold foiled cardstock, dot papers, and other print papers so I have a large supply for my valentines class later this week.  I will have a stack of white notecards, a variety of background papers, pearls and gems in many colors, and my ribbon box so we'll have plenty of choices for our cards.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Berry Branch Loving Heart 94374


Hello Banner Script 94392


Friendship Floral Heart CL 5250


Sun 12

Copic Valentine
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to share a Valentine to you, but honestly, it can be used year-round. 

To make the card, I started by cutting out the big heart:


The heart cuts out a solid white heart (which I will save for another card).  It also leaves a stitched heart decoration that makes an excellent frame for the rest of the card.

I placed a piece of vellum behind the open heart:


Next, I cut out a leafy heart and colored it with a BG45 Copic marker:


To add a bit more interest, I colored part of each leaf with a BG49 Copic marker:


To finish the card, I glued the leafy heart on top of the vellum heart and added my Love sentiment:


Have a fantastic Sunday!







Sat 11

Memory Box Happy Heart Dies & Floral Bouquet Heart
by Vicki Finger

Hello Everyone!  Vicki here with you today! Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project.  The last few weeks have been wild and wacky around here so I needed some creative time pretty badly! We lost my Mother in law unexpectedly last week and had to return to Kansas after we'd just gotten home from Christmas there.  In less than two weeks, we drove 2200+ miles so I just wanted to sit down and make something pretty.  I needed a special card for one of our nieces who sang a solo for her grandmother's funeral and so I got to use pretty pinks and golds to pull this card together.  

In the most recent Valentine's Collection from last month, there are two styles of hearts that coordinate with the other hearts in this collection.  There are Happy Hearts, which is taller and more elongated while Loving Hearts are shorter and squattier and adds a pretty scalloped detail around the opening.  The choice of hearts for the exterior depends on which heart you choose for the interior.  

In this case, I die cut the Happy Heart largest die which leaves a cutout with stitching all the way around.  I cut the same heart from a scrap of Cream, White and Gold Striped paper to go behind the focal image heart, Floral Bouquet Heart which I die cut from Gold Foiled Cardstock. The gold in the focal image matches the background paper perfectly. 


I am pretty frugal with my scraps and keep them if they are big enough to cut anything out of such as a shape or letter or what have you.  This is one of those scraps.  

This card is really straightforward, clean in style and easy to replicate.  I don't always have time to do something elaborate.  I felt like the die-cut Love Airy Script needed a little sprucing up, so I attached some Gold Foiled Hearts around the image to tie it all together.  Before then, it just kind of faded into the background.  I made a card very similar to this for my niece, but I forgot to photograph it.  

I have some amazing planned projects for you in the weeks to come now that the pace of my life is getting back to normal.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to tag us on Social Media (#memoryboxco) if you try something in a similar design. We enjoy seeing your projects!  









Thu 09

Add Layers of Texture with the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder by Jean Okimoto

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The new 3D Heart Bouquet Embossing Folder adds texture, dimension and a great backdrop for the Scribble Rose Trio and Tall Sketch Heart.  There's a lot happening on this card - let the pink, gray and white balance the mixture of textures.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a soft, subtle design for Valentine's Day. Switch the greeting and it's ready for weddings, baby cards or a thinking-of-you message.

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Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" rectangle of watercolor paper.  Give it a light spritz of water on the back side.  Pressure-emboss it with the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder.  Trim the corners with a corner rounding punch.  

Cut Tall Sketch Heart from light pink cardstock - save the skinny offcuts from the top left corner and the right edge/bottom point.  Cut it again fron dark gray cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - on the pink heart with Brilliance Starlite Black.

Cut the Scribble Rose Trio outline from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the solid background from light pink cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed outline die.  

Round the corners of a top-folding white A-2 card and attach the embossed layer. Add the heart and rose diecuts.

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Try this design with fuchsia and gray diecuts too - or red and black - for a different look.  Hope you've been inspired to create an assortment of Valentines this year.  Make a few extras and have them ready for other occasions and everyday greeting too!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's LOVENOTES class at Impress!  Thanks for the pretzel chips Jan and Jenny!  Hope you liked the cards and enjoy making them for the special people in your life.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for once helping everyone fill those shopping baskets.

In the Seattle area and need birthday card ideas?  See you at Impress on January 11th for the BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN - SO MANY CANDLES class.  Create cards, laugh and share the joys of growing better, not older.

Thanks for visiting...






Tue 07

Cherish- Adore
by Michelle Bala


Hello again! Michelle here,  sharing a slimline card I created using Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out craft die, Leafy Heart craft die, Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines craft die and Big and Little Valentine's clear stamp set.


The slimline card measures 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. I trimmed the top panel and used the Double Stitch Loving Heart dies and cut three windows. I splattered some gold paint over the panel. After I die cut the Leafy Heart I used the same gold paint and brushed the leaves.  I adhered the die cut Leafy Heart to the middle heart window. Adhere the top panel to the aqua card base using foam tape. 


I colored the die cut butterflies with Copic Marker shades BG13 and BG18; W5 and W7. Adhere the butterflies to the card. I added some stickles clear glitter glue to the butterflies and Leafy Heart. I inked up some cardstock with the same teal markers and embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thank you for stopping by!

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Tue 07

Love You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you which features only some of the wonderful new products from the 2020 Valentine's release.  

To create this card I stamped the Friendship Floral Heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and colored it with colored pencils.  Then I placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over my card and sponged hearts under the stamped flowers.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the hearts and the edge of the card. Next I spattered the card with blue and white ink. When the ink was dry I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat, and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.  

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I die cut the Love Airy Script from black cardstock and glued it to my card front.  Next I stamp the word you on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  


I hope you enjoy this new release and can see the versatility of all the products.  Even though it's a Valentine's release I feel this card would be a great card for many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your week!