My Valentines

This year I started working on my Valentine’s Day cards much earlier than I usually do, which is good because they were complicated.  Even though they took some time they turned out super cute.  First is the envelope banner Valentine.























Speaking of super cute, my new little cousin Luna Hazel is posing with her Valentine that I made for her.  I used the tiny envelope stamp that was in the Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts September 2013 kit  and stamped it on several 6×6 pattern papers. I used VersaMark to stamp the image because I wanted to heat emboss each envelope to add some shine and to make them not so flat.  I made a total of 25 tiny envelopes for other Valentines.  Then I cut them all out by hand…yes by hand!  I then cut two very short slits on each side of the envelope flap to make a hole wide enough to slide the scrapper’s floss through.  Scrapper’s Floss is made out of tightly twisted paper.  I like it because it is tighter and stays together better than baker’s twine or embroidery floss.  Once I put all the envelope on the scrapper’s floss, I attached the tiny banners to the Bazzill Bling Basics paper.  I embossed the card stock with a heart pattern embossing folder.  I used Zots at both ends to attach the envelope banner to the card.  Then I made mini bows out of Scrapper’s Floss and attached them with a small Zot.  I did not attach each envelope with a Zot; the Scrapper’s Floss is stiff so the envelopes did not more when on the floss.  I stamped “Thoughts of You Warm My Heart” in Going Grey on the pink banner and added a small heart in Melon Mambo.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Envelope stamp (Freckled Fawn + Hero Arts – Sept. 2013 Kit), Filled with Love (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: black, VersaMark, Going Grey & Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Others: Scrapper’s Floss (Karen Foster) and Zots.  

Next is my Valentine’s Day card for my parents.  



First I embossed the background paper with a sprinkled hearts embossing folder.  I stamped LOVE with VersaMark and used a red glitter embossing powder to set it.  I punched out the inside of the “o” with a circle punch.  Inside the “o” I put a larger pink circle behind it.  To finish it off I added a white heart embellishment from a Studio Calico card kit.  I set it aside and worked on the heart stamped paper.  I used heart stamps from both Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter sets by Stampin’ Up.  The white stamped paper needed a pop so I added two stripes of pink card stock. 

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Filled with Love and Hearts a Flutter (Stampin’ Up)

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, and Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up)

Other: Scallop border punch (Stampin’ Up), heart embellishment (Studio Calico), and red embossing glitter.

Lastly is the card I made and sent to my close friends, this one also had a lot of steps to it and took me a while to complete.  Here we go…



To make this card I started out with the jar and hearts part.  I stamped the jar in VersaMark, then covered it in black embossing powder and set it with a heat gun.  Next I found lots of white skinny scraps of paper (wide enough to punch a small heart out).  I looked through all of my spray mists to find colors that went well with each other.  I put all the white scraps in a box and sprayed them with the mists.  While they dried, I searched for pattern papers that went with the colors of spray inks.  The background paper  has an ombre pattern to it.  Since these Valentine’s were going to be mailed, I didn’t want to have to add extra postage due to their weight, so I cut the inside out of the background paper.  Then I used the white pattern paper on top of the cut out background piece.  Next I used the piece that was cut out of the background paper, I cut so it would fit on top of the white pattern paper.  Before attaching it to the white pattern paper, I used the outline heart stamp from the Hearts A Flutter set and stamped it in Pretty in Pink.  The outlined heart image added more detail to the card.  


Now that I had all of the pattern papers cut to size and assembled on the cards, it was time to move on to the jars.  I carefully cut out each jar leaving a smell white edge.  Then I used an exacto-knife to cut two slits on the top of the jar.  If you look at the jar in the picture above there is a heart that has been slipped under the jar’s lip.  I wanted the hearts to look like they were coming out of the jar, therefore I had to cut the jar’s lip so I could slip a heart under it.  I had to wait for the scraps to dry overnight, so that I could punch the heart out without the paper ripping and jamming the punch.  The next day when the paper was dry, I used a small heart punch and punched out lots and lots of small sparkly hearts.  Before I attached the hearts to the jar, I layered them on the jar arranging them neatly in a small pile.  I moved the hearts around to make them look like they were sitting filling up the jar.  Once each heart had a place I adhered them with small double sided tape square.  I continued laying the hearts up and out of the jar on the card.  To finish the card, I tired a bow around the card, and added the “All You Need is Love” banner.  

Supplies Used: 

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter & All Wrapped Up (Stampin’ Up), “All You Need is Love” stamp (Amy Tangerine)

Inks: Calypso Coral and Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up), VersaMark

Other: Pattern Papers (SEI), ribbon, heart punch, glimmer mists: Alaskan Salmon, Vintage Pink, Cherry Limeade, and Mel’s Diner (Tattered Angels), Color Shines: Gold and Peach (Heidi Swapp) 

Hope you enjoyed these cards.  




Banner Blast Birthday


Today I made several cards for an order I am currently working on for my neighbor.  This card is for her granddaughter’s birthday.  I think it turned out super cute!!

First, I cut the raspberry card stock to fit the front of the card.  Then I added the white card stock to fit on top of the raspberry background.  I thought that a cupcake embossed background would make it fun and special for a young girl.  I set the card stock pieces aside and got to worked on the banners.

I wanted to use bright and fun colors so I picked Bermuda Bay, Melon Mango, Tempting Turquoise, and Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the banners on white card stock and cut them out.  Instead of using another bright color, I decided to go with something sparkly.  The silver glitter paper was the perfect fit.  I attached the banners to pink bakers twine using LOTS of mini Zots.  I had planned to tie tiny bows to put on the 4 edges of the banners, but the ends of the bows kept unraveling.  Instead I punched a tiny hole and inserted brads to cover the edges so it would not look unfinished.

The card was still lacking the “Happy Birthday” feel, so I made a birthday cake to go with it.  I filled in the second tier with yellow glitter and cut the cake out.  I stamped a tiny pin wheel, cut it out, and added a teeny tiny gem to the center.  To adhere them to the embossed background, I first used Scotch foam tape.  Since the foam tape is sticky, but not sticky enough to hold (forever) on to the embossed paper, I stuck a Zot to the foam tape to keep it in place.

Hope you like it.  Please feel free to use my idea.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Banner Blast, Make A Cake (Stampin’ Up), Happy 3×4 (Simon Says Stamp).

Inks: Bermuda Bay, Mellon Mango, Daffodil Delight, and Tempting Turquoise.

Papers: Raspberry card stock (Creative Memories), silver glitter paper (Stampin’ Up).

Other: Flower Brads (Making Memories), Cupcake embossing folder (Cuttlebug by Provo Craft), Decorative label, Banner Framelits (Stampin’ Up), yellow glitter (Doodlebug), mini gems, and small Zots adhesive.


The next card I made a few days after, but I decided to put them on the same post because they are almost identical.   This birthday card was made for college roommate, Megan.

Megan's Birthday Card

Green and Gold Birthday

To make this card I did everything that I did above, except the cake.  I thought the cake would be too childish, so I added a few extra mats to the embossed background paper.  Instead of using baker’s twine to hold the banners, I used Scrapper’s Floss (which I have used on one of the cards in the My Valentine’s post).  Below are the 4 tiny bows that are made from scrapper’s floss.

Itty Bitty bows

Itty Bitty bows

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Banner Blast (Stampin’ Up) and Happy 3×4 (Simon Says Stamp)

Ink: VersaMark, Pear Pizzazz

Papers: Kraft, green and white card stock, Bazzill Bling green, and gold glitter paper (Stampin’ Up).

Other: Cupcake embossing folder (Cuttlebug by Provo Craft), Decorative label, Banner Framelits (Stampin’ Up), Scraper’s Floss (Karen Foster) and small Zots adhesive.

Happy Stamping!