Category: Valentines Day

Inspire Create Share Blog Hop – Sending Love Notes

Sending Love with the stitched shapes framelits
Welcome!  Its time for another Inspire, Create, Share Blog hop!  This month we are trying to help get you inspired to finish up those love notes and treats for Valentine’s Day!  I have this fun card for you – so please, keep reading and check out more about how I made it.  Then leave me a comment letting me know what you think before hopping off to see what other awesome projects the rest of the gang made for you. 🙂 (more…)

Are You Ready! It’s Sale-a-Bration Time!

Well, today is an exciting day, but it started off with a bit of a big BANG!  That sound was the sound of all of Stampin’ Up’s servers crashing meaning not only could I not get my launch day order in, but I can’t even call in and chat with the fabulous demonstrator support folks.  But, while we wait for the servers to come back up – don’t worry I’ll post here and on my Facebook page when they are back – I can still share a couple project ideas and the catalogs so you can work on your wishlists and make sure you’ve gotten all your favorites down and ready to go.

Like check out this super sweet Sending Love suite that is perfect for all your love notes and special valentine’s treats!

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Beautiful Bloomin’ Heart Butterfly Card (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

Oh my goodness you guys! I’ve been so excited to share this Bloomin’ Heart Butterfly card with you… and I’ve even got a VIDEO TUTORIAL for it too!  I almost forgot how much I love doing videos.  Now to take some time this afternoon to try to record some more!

But in the meantime, can we talk about how pretty this butterfly is…and the secret is to make it using the new Bloomin’ Heart thinlit die!

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Butterfly Card

I first saw the idea to cut out a butterfly from the Bloomin’ Heart die by fellow demo Kirsteen Gill and I knew I just had to try it for myself.  I tried repeating what I saw her do – tone on tone heart diecut over the butterfly, but decided I wanted to make some changes to brighten it up a bit.  And I just LOVE how it turned out.

From Heart to Butterfly in one Quick Step

The secret to this card is that you can fit the outline butterfly from the Bold Butterflies thinlits over the Bloomin’ Heart die cut.  So, you can just exactly cut out this pretty lacy butterfly.  So, die cut heart… to butterfly… done!

I wanted to really show off that floral pattern though, so I layered it over a contrasting color (Crumb Cake) butterfly and then stepped it up even more by adding some flowers cut out of the Blushing Bride glimmer paper.  Don’t they look so pretty behind the Very Vanilla pattern?

Bloomin' Heart butterfly with Blushing Bride glimmer paper

Once I had my butterfly, I put together the rest of the card using some of the rest of the Love Blossoms Suite

  • Add an extra pop of color by adding some patterned paper from the Love Blossoms designer paper
  • Sponge the edges of the cardstock and designer paper using Crumb Cake ink to make it more vintage
  • Stamp a sweet sentiment from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set!  I figured “love, its in the air” went well with the butterfly themeLove Blossoms stamp with Wink of Stella
  • Keep the shimmer going, add some Clear Wink of Stella to the heart for the perfect final touch.  Can you really go wrong with Wink of Stella?  No… I didn’t think so. Winking smile

See how to make this Step-by-Step plus LOTS of tips & tricks too

Want to see how to make it, get all the project dimensions, plus lots of tips and tricks?  Check out this video tutorial I made, just for you!

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I walk you through everything, its like you are hanging out with me in my craft room. Smile

beautiful bloomin heart butterfly card

One Week Left for these Sale-a-Bration freebies

Just a quick reminder too, we are in the last week that these products will be available as a free choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalog:

2016 retiring sale-a-bration items

So, if you love any of these items, make sure to grab them while you can!  Any $50 order will let you pick on to have included for free.  –>  Shop Online and Get Yours here!

There will be 3 new options available starting February 16th (you can see them here), but I didn’t want you to miss out on one of the cuties above!

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Bloomin’ Love Valentine’s Day Card in Pinks

Friday was my day for card classes, I had one in the morning and one in the evening… which was lots of fun, because each class had it’s own personality and style.  But the thing that is always interesting to me when I’m running my classes is to see which cards are the most popular from the group.  I did 3 Valentine’s cards in the morning and then one repeat and 2 more cards in the evening.  When I was planning my cards for the evening class, I decided to pick one from the morning to share as the Valentine’s Day themed card and then do two others.  I picked what I thought would be the favorite, but turns out one that I DIDN’T pick was the surprise hit!  So I thought I’d share here:

Bloomin Love Valentine's Card with Wink of Stella

I think what everyone loved was how simple this card is to put together, but the gorgeous heart from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set just makes it extra pretty!  I got this overall design idea from a card swap I participated in at the beginning of the year.  Sadly, in the chaos of getting ready for my class, the original designers name got separated from the card sample, so if it was you, let me know!

Make it simple, and then step it up!

I did step it up a little from the original because you know me… I LOVE my Wink of Stella!  I added some of the Clear Wink of Stella to my flowers in the heart.  Bonus – if you have any spots where the stamp didn’t quite give you 100% coverage, the wink of stella brush helps even out the ink for you!  Then I added a few small rhinestones to the center.  Isn’t it pretty?!

Wink of Stella Close Up on Bloomin' Love heart

Want to make this at home, here are the dimensions you need:

  • Whisper White cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (cardbase), 2-1/2” x 2-1/2”
  • Rose Red cardstock – 5-1/4” x 4”, 2-3/4” x 2-3/4”
  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Love Blossoms designer paper – 1” x 5”

It’s quick easy, and oh so cute!  So give it a try and let me know how it goes.

Last chances to order for Valentine’s Day project is tomorrow.  So make sure to get those last minute supplies – shop at your convenience 24/7 in the online store.

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It’s a Love Thing! Inspire Create Share Blog Hop

Holy mackerel!  Valentine’s Day has snuck up on me and I can’t believe we are less than a couple weeks away!  Good thing is… there is still time to make your Valentine’s Day treats and cards.  And yes, there is still time to order those last minute supplies and get them in time to play before the holiday!  Smile  So, to get you all fired up and inspired for all the love-filled creations, I’m joining up with the Inspire, Create, & Share crew on a Blog Hop all about Love!

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I’m one of 14 stops on the hop, so if you are joining me from Darla’s blog, welcome!  I have a fun project to share today… a Valentine’s Treat Pouch I made as a bonus project for my Stamp Club.  It is fun to make and quicker than you might think!

Love Blossoms Envelope Punch Board Valentine Treat Bag

Jennifer’s Project Tips:

  • It all starts with an adorable owl – The very first thing I designed for this project was the Owl.  If you haven’t used the Owl Builder punch before, you are missing out on so many cute projects!  From owls, to penguins, to reindeer, it is a super versatile punch!
    But even when you are making a simple owl, don’t hesitate to dress her up!  I used the small flower flourish from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and stamped it onto a scrap of Pink Pirouette cardstock before punching out the tummy for my owl.  It is like she is wearing a pretty dress!  Then punch out two of the hearts from the same punch and glue them together over her ear for instant bow.  BAM!  Cute or Super Cute??Valentine's Day Owl Builder Punch
  • Create a custom treat holder with the Envelope Punch Board – I was trying to decide what to put my owl on, when it hit me!  I could use the envelope punch board along with the cute Love Blossoms paper stack to quickly make the treat holders.
    –  Start with a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (good thing this paper pack comes as a 6×6 pack!)
    –  Use the envelope punch board to create an envelope. Start at the 2 5/8″ score line and score and punch as normal.on all sides (video tutorial for the punch board).
    –  fold in 3 of the sides but do NOT fold and press the 4th side.
    –  decorate to your heart’s content!
  • Have fun with layers!  I next created the sentiment – the banner stamp and the sentiment are both from the same Bloomin’ Love stamp set, but did you know? The banner has a matching framelit over in the Large Numbers framelit set!  Or trim by hand.  Either way works.  I stamped my banner first and THEN added my sentiment.  But then don’t stop there, add more layers!  Try wrapping the treat bag with the Watermelon Wonder satin ribbon and then layering your sentiment and the owl.
    – Want extra credit?  Keep it going!  Add a gold metallic doily to the front of the bag and adhere a 2 1/2” Crumb Cake cardstock circle for a shiny backdrop.Valentine's Day treat bag layers
  • But what adhesive to use for what?  I used a few different adhesives for this project so I thought you might like a quick guide for it:
    –  Holding together your treat bag = Fast Fuse, you want something stronger than your average tape to make sure your treat doesn’t come apart!
    –  Layering your Owl = 2-way glue pen, with all these small pieces you are trying to stick together, the glue pen is easy to handle and not messy with your little pieces
    –  Attaching your Owl = I used one Stampin’ Dimensional to keep her in place
    –  Everything else = viewers choice!  Though my preference is for SNAIL or Fast Fuse, basically some kind of tape runner

So I hope you enjoyed my project and found some new ideas for inspiration!  Click the next button below to see what Claudia has created for the blog hop!  The next in your 14 stop hop full of love!

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Twitterpated Valentine’s Card from the Upcoming Stacked with Love Class by Mail

Anyone ready for some Valentine’s?  I had so much fun working with the new You Plus Me stamp set and Stacked with Love paper stack (LOVE that you can get them in a BUNDLE!) that I just had to put together a class showing a number of fun different options you can do using just a few supplies.  Right now I’m up to 8 cards, so that is the offical count for the class… but I have a few more in the works and I’ll make sure to add them as bonus ideas to the instruction set as I finish them. Smile  In the meantime, I wanted to share today one of the cards I really liked from the set:

I like how clean and simple it is and still isn’t a boring card.  Would you agree?

Tips for making this card:

  • Mix and match the patterns from the Stacked with Love designer paper stack to create interesting patterns on your card.  This card uses 3 papers:  the Coral linen paper under the sentiment, the red stripes, and the XOXO piece – all from the same pack of paper.
  • Use your stamps to add extra touches like the hearts and arrows, which come from the You Plus Me stamp set.
  • Keep things from looking too boxy by tearing the left edge of your sentiment.  It is a subtle touch but keeps everything from being too squared off!

Here is a quick peek at the 8 cards I’ve already finished using this same stamp set and paper pack:

The class includes the following supplies:

  • Stacked with Love designer paper pack
    all required pieces for the 8 class cards will be precut for you plus you get to keep everything not used in those cards
  • 20 white notecards and envelopes
  • Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers pack
  • All precut cardstock needed for the 8 class cards
  • All additional ribbons and accessories needed for the 8 class cards
  • Photos of all the cards plus instructions for each card
  • (optional) You Plus Me stamp set – save $3 from the catalog price when you add it with your class registration!

Kit by Mail Option:  Instructions, all supplies, plus extras – all for only $25 plus shipping if required!
SAVE & add on the stamp set we use for all the cards for only $16 clear or $23 woodmount.  That is $3 less than the catalog price!


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Instructions Only Option:  Already have the supplies and just want the instructions?
I will have them to send out next week and you can order yours for only $3.95.



If you are in the Seattle area, join me for this class in person on 1/17 at 7pm in Redmond,WA  (register here)

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Seasonally Scattered Valentine’s Box & NEW Product Shares!

You’ve probably seen my projects and others using Seasonally Scattered and many of them were focused on the Thanks and Merry sentiments.  You know, because they fit so well for fall and for winter.  But before the stamp set disappears in a couple days (last day to snag it is Jan 5th!) I wanted to share this project I created for the Convention Display boards this summer.

You may have seen this project on my blog from a long while back:

Seasonally Scattered Love Card blog post

And with that card I did heat embossing and sponging, but I had an idea to do something similar but wanted to really make the “LOVE” sentiment POP!  So I started working and I kept grabbing for things I hadn’t used in a while and this box came out:

See?!  Now do you see why I can’t believe this set is not continuing on for Valentine’s Day?

Anyway, I had lots of fun making this box and you could totally use bits and pieces from the box to make a card or make your own special box for someone you love.

Tips for making this project:

  • Use the kraft gift boxes for your base.  They are very inexpensive easy to pop together, and very sturdy for your box.
  • Start by heat embossing your LOVE image onto a piece of Watercolor Paper using versamark and black embossing powder.
  • Use the Aqua Painter and your Real Red ink pad to color in the paper EXCEPT for the “LOVE” sentiment.
    NOTE – when picking up color with your Aqua Painter, make sure to pick up the color from your ink pad LID and not the surface of the pad itself to avoid diluting your ink pad in one spot.
  • Cut out the sentiment using the Oval framelits and then cut out a bigger Oval from the white crepe filter paper.  Fringe the edge of the larger oval and layer behind.
  • Stamp around the edges and heat emboss another piece of watercolor paper for your top using just the scatter design portion of the LOVE stamp.  This gives you the coordinating look on top.
  • Add a spiral flower using the Spiral Flower die (use glue dots or liquid glue to hold your flower together) and add some watercolored scraps of the filter paper to the middle of the flower for filler.

  • Did you know? You can color the Vintage Faceted buttons with your Blendabilities to make them custom fit your projects?  That is what I did here with my Cherry Cobbler blendabilities!

And there you have it, a great little box for that special someone for Valentine’s Day or any time of the year.

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Try it all out first with my Product Samplers!

The details are up!  In 2 days (or as I get the shares filled), I’ll be placing the order for everyone’s samplers of the newest papers and accessories from the spring Occasions catalog!  This is a great way to try it all out without breaking the bank paying for full packs of everything.  Then once you see it in person, you can decide which items you love and which you are good with just a couple pieces. Smile  It’s a win-win!

2015 Occasions Catalog Full Product Share

BONUS – this year I’m offering a bonus to everyone who signs up for the “I Want it All” sampler and you get a bonus sampler of the coordinating Sale-a-Bration Paper, Ribbon, and Buttons!  That’s a whole lot of goodies for only $26 (plus shipping if needed).

2015 Occasions Catalog Product Share Bonuses

Check out my Product Shares page for more details

Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com to reserve your spot today!

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Project Supplies Used:
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