*As a side note, as I am sure you can tell, I wrote this post in January and forgot to schedule it so I thought today would be a prefect time. Happy Valentine’s Day to all my family and friends!
Now that Christmas is over and all the decorations are put away, it is time to concentrate on the next important holiday, Valentine’s Day. Rob and I will be away during that time so I needed to get things going quickly. I now have six grandchildren and, of course, they are the very important, so I have to send them all Valentine’s. I also send them to my sisters and my mom. Of course, I have to make Rob one too. That is a lot of Valentine’s to send.
The Valentine’s in the photo are the ones I made for the girl grands. Girls love hearts and pink so I thought the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper was perfect for this project. I cut some 4″ x 5.25″ pieces and adhered them to a Basic White card base. I cut the heart out in Blushing Bride card stock using the largest heart in Love & Happiness bundle. This bundle includes the stamp set of the same name, the Bouquet Of Love die set and the Bouquet Of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder. It is called hybrid because the dies and the folder can be used together to cut and emboss at the same time. It does work well but I still find it easier to cut and then emboss buy you can do it either way. After cutting out the heart I put it inside the embossing folder and ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine. It embossed those beautiful flowers onto the heart.
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Conversations stamp set.
I have had a crazy time making Valentines this year. First I had to make 34 Valentines for Madelyn and Nolan to give to their classmates and teachers. I had a fun time making them using products each one would love. Nolan’s were dinosaurs because his life is only about dinosaurs. Madelyn’s were frogs because her teacher loves frogs. I am not going to show you their Valentines because I used all retired products but they turned out really cute. Now I am working on making Valentines for the rest of my family. February is my month I take off from stamping. It is not because I don’t want to stamp but it is because we spend that month in Florida and I just don’t have a place to set a stamping room. Therefore, I spend the month of January making as many cards as I can so you will still see blog posts from me.
I made this card using a couple of different bundles in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. The first thing I did was cut out the big heart in Basic White cardstock using the Bouquet Of Love die set. I love how the heart cuts out the stitched edge on the outside of it. I actually did this for another card but kept the outside to make this one. I adhered this to a piece of Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper using Dimensionals, which I then placed on top of a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock. I took a Basic White card base and ran it through my Cut & Emboss machine using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I like how it adds texture to the card stock instead of being plain and smooth. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink using the stamp set called Sweet Conversations and cut it out using another die from Bouquet Of Love. I love how these die sets can be used together. Lastly I added some Polished Dots around the heart.
This is the Valentine I made for my grandson, Nolan. Nolan is four years old and smart as a whip. He definitely takes after his Dad. He has one of those minds that can see something once and remember it. His big sister, Madelyn teaches him a lot since she is almost three years older than him so he is way ahead of most of the kids in his pre-school. I know. I am his grandmother so I am a little prejudice but it is true.
To make this card I first cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper. This DSP is in the Sale-a-bration Catalog so you can get it for free with a $50 order! There are 48 6″ x 6″ pieces of bright and cheery paper in this pack. It is one of my favorites. I ran this piece of DSP through my Cut “n Emboss machine using one of the dies in the set called Picture This. There are two dies in this set. One cuts out three large rectangles and the other cuts out all these circles. There is stitching around each circle. Before I adhered it to the Basic White card base, I lay this cut piece of DSP on top and drew circles on card base with a pencil so I would know where they lined up. I stamped the X’s and O’s inside the pencil circles using Misty Moonlight and Granny Apple Green ink. Then I erased the pencil marks. By the way, I use a Papermate Clear Point .07 mechanical pencil to do this. I find it completely erases the pencils marks easier than most pencils. You can get them pretty much anywhere like Amazon, Staples or Target. After this I adhered the piece of Designer Series Paper onto the card base.
The Sweet Talk Suite is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. This suite includes the stamp set called Sweet Conversations, coordinating dies called Sweet Hearts Dies, and embossing folder, ribbon, embellishments, little boxes and the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper. This DSP is where I got the hearts with the words on them. I just fussy cut them out using my Paper Snips. I, then, adhered them inside the larger circles using Dimensionals.
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One of the suites I really like is called Sweet Talk. It includes the stamp set called Sweet Conversations, the dies called Sweet Heart, an embossing folder, some cute little boxes, embellishments, ribbon and Designer Series Paper. As you can see, it is a very large sweet and is perfect for making Valentines. One of the nice things about this suite is you can use the dies to cut out some of the hearts in the Designer Series Paper. That is exactly what I did to make this card.
I started with a So Saffron card base. I cut out a thin piece of Highland Heather card stock and ran it through my Cut & Emboss Machine using a die from the Tailor Made Tags. I cut it once on the left side and once on the right side and pieced them together so it looks like one long line. Then I adhered a piece of the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper over that.
Next I cut out one of the Tailor Made Tags in Basic White card stock. I stamped the sentiment from the Sweet Conversations stamp set and cut out all the hearts from the DSP using the various dies in the Sweet Heart set and adhered them to the tag. Then I cut out 3 So Saffron hearts and layered them on top. I used Dimensionals to adhere the tag to the card.
I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day and that you could spend time with someone or something you love. Rob and I are enjoying our time in Florida. There is nothing like a little sunshine, sand and water to soothe your soul and relax you.
Here is another Valentine I made this year using the Lots Of Heart stamp set and the coordinating dies called Many Hearts. This bundle is in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog and you can save 10% by purchasing them together. You know, you can always use hearts year round and not just for Valentine’s Day. Hearts are great for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or any other time you want to show someone you care.
When I designed this card, I found a piece of Well Suited Designer Series Paper that I had cut a piece out of. I decided to cut off that section and was left with a odd shaped piece so I ended using the corner of it. I adhered it to a piece of Basic Gray cardstock that was also a leftover and fit perfectly.
After that I stamped the heart in Cherry Cobbler ink using the plaid heart in the Lots Of Heart stamp set. The best way to ink up and stamp this heart is to use your Stamparatus. That way if the solid area does not come out totally covered in ink you can ink it up again and re-stamp it in the exact same place. Then I cut it out using the coordinating heart die. The Many Heart Dies include a die that cuts out the outline as well as the inside heart so I used that die three times. I cut the plaid heart out and then two more out of Basic Gray cardstock. I layered the outline of one around the plaid heart and the other to use by itself.
The sentiment if from the stamp set called Meant To Be which is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.
This is one of the cards I sent to some of my family members. My sisters and my mother have always sent Valentines to each other. It is a really nice tradition that we have been doing for years. Sometimes my sisters even send me hand made cards, which are always my favorites!
This is a very simple and easy card to make. I used the stamp set called Meant To Be and the matching dies called Stitched Be Mine. The colors I used are Whisper White and Terracotta Tile (one of the 2019/2021 InColors). I first stamped three hearts and cut them out using the coordinating die. I layered these on top of a piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock I had cut out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies. I used Dimensionals to pop them up. The sentiment was punched out using the Classic Label Punch. The Designer Series Paper is called Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP. All of these products are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog
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Here is one more Valentine I made using the Meant To Be Stamp Set and the matching dies called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. I am sure you can tell I have a lot of Valentines to make. I send them to all my children, my grandchildren, my sisters and my mother. I always thought Valentine’s Day was a great day to show everyone you care about that you are thinking of them. As they say, in my opinion, Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. Anytime I get in a card in the mail, it always makes me smile whether it is associated with a holiday or not.
To make this card I first ran a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock through my Big Shot using the Quilt Top Embossing Folder. Then I stamped the sentiment in Berry Burst ink and cut it out using a heart die and then the border to go around the heart. I cut the little border hearts die once in Whisper White cardstock and once in Berry Burst. I layered them together off center so it would look a little 3D. Lastly, I added the little hearts and the flower doohickey to the top of the heart. I know that is a very technical name!
You still have a couple more days to get making some and send them to people you care about.
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This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting. I used products from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. The stamp set is called Meant To Be. It has matching dies called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. These dies are so much fun because some of them are very different. Some only do stitching and others cut out. Here is a video that Stampin’ Up!® did showing you this stamp and die set.
The colors I used to make this card are Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron and So Saffron. I wanted to show the club members that you don’t have to just use the usual Valentine colors and that this set can be used for more than just Valentines.
The background for this card was cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Dies. I am warning you now. You are going to see a lot of cards made with these dies. They are awesome and my favorite thing in the Occasion Catalog.
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The of the great things that Stampin’ Up!® now does is to add dies to a set that do something different than just cut out an image. Yes, of course, they cut out the images in the matching stamp set but they have also been including dies that do something different.
I made this card using the stamp set called Meant To Be from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. This stamp set is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It also has a set of matching dies called Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. The fun thing is they also added some special dies to this set. If you look at my card you will see the stitched scalloped edges on both sides of the All My Love Designer Series Paper. That was done by a die in this set. The other special thing is the heart itself was cut out using two separate dies. One cut the stitching around the heart and the other cut the heart out. Actually, there is a second thing that die does. It cuts the heart and cut a stitched scallop around the heart. I used it in this card (bottom right in Whisper White). Isn’t that fun?!
The colors I used for this card are Lovely Lipstick and Whisper White. I popped up the heart with Dimensionals and used a piece of 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon in Lovely Lipstick.
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This is a nontraditional Valentine’s Day card I made using Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach. I suppose the name Flirty Flamingo is appropriate for Valentine’s so I think that makes it ok to use.
I used the stamp set called Sunshine Sayings to make this card. This set is in the Annual Catalog and has matching Thinlits called Sunshine Wishes. You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. This is one of those stamp sets that didn’t catch my eye right away. Then I started seeing samples of it on Pinterest. Then Jackie, my Stamp Off buddy, started posting her samples and she talked me right into it. Now I use it a lot, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up.
You better start making your Valentine’s Day cards soon since it is only a couple of weeks away. Valentine’s (like birthdays) was made for cards so it is definitely a must do thing. I send Valentine’s Day cards to my sisters and mother so it is not just for husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends. You can send one to people you love (like family)!
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