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Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals

Today I have beautiful Valentines cards for guys or gals in some unexpected colours. Crumb cake? Soft Seafoam? What about Balmy Blue? Probably not the FIRST colours you reach for when you start dreaming up your Valentines ideas right?


But take a peek and see what you think!


Quick & EASY Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals




How did I come up with these colours you ask? From the All My Love DSP. And while I could have used that lovely DSP for my background, the Subtles DSP stack with lots of white was calling my name. Who knew they would work really well for anyone on your special list this Valentines. But especially for guys.


That sweet set of hearts? It’s THE “I gotta have it” die in the Be Mine Stitched framelits. Well OK maybe there might have been more than just one…😉


When you have a die this gorgeous, the rest of the card can be super simple and you still have a stunning design. Here are all of the dies in the Be Mine framelits so you can see them a bit more up close and personal.


Let’s Make Some Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys and Gals


There’s lots – 16! – to choose from. Stitched dies in two fun heart shapes (narrow and full), scalloped shapes, hearts with intricate designs, a pretty rose and a filigree-ish detail.


Plus a super saw-weet stitched scallop edgelit. Did you notice it on my card?


I LOVE to Make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals


The edgelit takes off about 1/4″ of the card front edge so the stripes in the designer series paper show its pretty face. Then all you need is a tiny linen thread bow on top to complete this beautiful Valentine card for a guy or gal!


See a few more of my TIPS below to make this fun inset card.


Design with Jo Tips for Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals


  • Stamp your greeting on the front of the card first so you can get great placement with the hearts
  • Cut one of the hearts shapes directly from the cardfront (and save it for another use)
  • Choose a contrasting cardstock colour for your second heart shape so it shows up well
  • Save all the little hearts that fall out of the middle of the two die shapes for other projects (except for one little guy in the inside – see my pic below)
  • glue your DSP and Whisper White panel to the inside of your card first
  • use your silicone craft sheet, a sponge and liquid glue to adhere your die to the front of your card


Look how pretty the inside is with the reverse side of the patterned paper. And use a small scrap of the same DSP to complete the bottom flap. So sweet!


Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals INSIDE view


Make It At Home


Now it’s your turn to get busy with your Be Mine framelits. Here’s everything you need to get started creating right now!



Beautiful Valentines Card for Guys and Gals

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We Made Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals

How about a couple different colour combinations?


This was our card design at my last Koffee and a Kard class. We all used different DSP and colours although one colour remained our staple…Crumb Cake.


A little stamping, Big Shot therapy, chatter and a few giggles. I’m not sure there’s a better way to spend a morning!


Leave me a comment. Which one of these is your favourite?


Let's See Some Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Pat’s baby dots on a Crumb Cake base?


I LOVE to make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
My big dots with a Balmy Blue card?


NON-Traditional but Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Deborah’s large dots with the subtlety of Seafoam?


Let's Make Beautiful Valentines Cards for Guys or Gals
Leslie’s big dots peeking through Soft Seafoam hearts?


Do you want more ideas to help when it comes to making guy cards? Check out this post where I give you some hints.


Thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope you picked up an idea or two to keep your crafting fresh. Have fun making your own beautiful Valentines cards for guys or gals – and I’ll see you next time!

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Get off to a fab 2019 with this fun card!

Happy New Year 2019!

I pulled out my Journaling pens and the Celebrate You thinlits to wish you best wishes for 2019 – Zentangle style. I love the size of the celebrate. It really takes centre stage.

Have you used word dies as the focal point on YOUR cards? Being a calligrapher, I absolutely love words and letters, markers and writing. So it makes sense my Product of the Week is…

Happy New Year 2019

Over on my Facebook Group this week, I’ll be sharing a cool deal, my Live and tips and tricks for using word dies in your crafting. Why not join in to have some fun along with us?

Using Word Dies in Your Cardmaking

Happy New Year 2019!

With word framelits, lots of the creating is done for you already. You just need to add a little more decoration. But only if you like. This other congrats card is so vibrant all on its own, I didn’t think it really needed decoration.

And when you use words as your focal point, the rest is just gravy. Yummy, luscious gravy. Like:

  • the Swirls & Curls embossing folder on thick Whisper White
  • a bold Basic Black frame – and card
  • or the sparkly gold glimmer Starburst punch framed with a stitched circle shape
  • the swirly metallic gold thread popping up like fireworks
  • how about the metallic sequins dotted around for added glitz?

Here’s everything you need to make this fun card to celebrate a Happy New Year 2019 too! Or what about a great birthday card for a fab friend? Or a congrats for your kid brother who just graduated?

Happy New Year 2019 Zentangle Card

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Happy New Year 2019 with Zentangle

My mom always says, you want to make sure to start the year off right. Don’t do anything on New Year’s Day that you don’t want to be doing all year!

So that means, shelve the laundry and dishes and the snow removal. And amp up the paper crafting! Make your own Happy New Year 2019 TO ME card to get your 2019 started off on the right foot!


2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite

Today’s sweet card showcases another 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite. I know that’s a mouthful isn’t it?

While my first card yesterday from the new catalogue featured the Beauty Abounds bundle, the very FIRST card I made from new Occasions items was this pretty one.

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

This suite is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful fonts for the stamps, to-die-for papers, pretty ribbons, stunning colour combinations. Not too much more a gal could ask for in a pretty springtime set of goodies!

Let’s take a closer peek at a couple of the items. The Forever Lovely photopolymer stamp set…

Once again the mix of brush lettering and type fonts win my vote for fabulous greetings. So that’s why this card features only one stamp!


2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite

A portion of the set is two step stamping for the larger floral image which gives variations in the colour intensity. You’ll see that in a future blog post😉!

You can see the sweet mix of colours on the All My Love Designer Series Paper. This one is probably my favourite…so far!

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Here are all of them…

It really is DEE-licious! Such pretty colour combinations. And great for so many occasions with florals, hearts and other tiny patterns. I couldn’t resist adding it to the envelope flap for a special touch.

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Design Details

If you’re enjoying this card layout, it’s one of my fall back designs. You might remember this easy one layer card with a similar feel.

In the heady rush of new supplies, you might be shocked to know not everything on this card is brand new. The beautiful Tin Tile embossing folder is carrying over from the Holiday Catalogue so you’re going to see even more of this wonderful design in upcoming posts.

But both the ribbon and adhesive sequins ARE coming your way in the Occasions catalogue. The cute tiny iridescent flowers I “borrowed” from the Gingham Gala suite of products. And soft and flexible pretty ribbon from the All My Love Suite. Using both these embellishments take minutes off your design time with their easy coordination.

And who can’t use MORE time?

2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

Here are all the supplies I used which you’ll be able to order January 3rd.

All My Love Suite

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2019 Occasions SNEAK PEEK All My Love Suite

I am so enjoying creating with the new products. So get prepared. There’s lots of fresh ideas that’ll be coming your way over the next little while. So that means, keep my blog page handy. Or even better. Click here to sign up to get every blog post delivered right to your email inbox!

But now you have a 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK: All My Love Suite, maybe you’ll you’ll stop right there and not need any more ideas😂 – HAH I didn’t think so🤗!

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

Today’s card features a 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies card! And when I say butterflies, I mean BUTTTERFLIES!

You are going to Love Love LOVE this new bundle! A set of gorgeous thinlits with beautiful detail and tons of duplicates to make your paper crafting even more fun and quick.

Let’s take a peek.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

It’s back to basics for me with a classic black, white and So Saffron yellow colour combination for these beauties available January 3rd. The dotted background comes from the Subtles 6″x6″ designer Series pack.

Here’s the full set of dies.

And a close up of these lovely butterflies.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

I love the size of this die. I’ve actually cut off two of the 5 butterflies to showcase on my card today. Some of the perks I see to these dies?

  • 20 dies in total
  • two large dies (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″), one more detailed which overlay perfectly
  • each large die could work beautifully on its own
  • lots of smaller butterfly dies – in duplicates – to complement or use individually
  • a couple floral dies to add interest and depth to your designs

Design Details

The small greeting comes from the Beauty Abounds stamp set also available to order January 3rd. Just lovely with lots of versatility.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

I snuck another of the new items on my card too! You’ll see one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits for my main Whisper White panel. These are a breeze to work with and will show up tons on future projects I share!

Plus the envelope flap is decorated with one of the Sale-a-bration items you can get for FREE starting January 3rd. It’s called Botanical Butterflies and I predict it’s going to be one of the hottest SAB gifts with your $60 CDN purchase.

2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

All of the items I used today will be available January 3rd when the 2019 Occasions catalogue begins.

Beauty Abounds Butterflies

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2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies

While you’re eagerly awaiting the new catalgoue, if you love butterflies, check out this other springtime card featuring a butterfly die.   Or one of my very first posts which showcased this sympathy card.

And make sure you check back tomorrow when I’ll feature more upcoming goodies from the new catalogue. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Occasions Catalogue SNEAK PEEK Beauty Abounds Butterflies card!

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

Let’s see how to make cards with zentangle designs that are over-the-top WOW! 

I pulled out all the stops for this classy – and fun, layered card.  But shocker! There’s not a stitch of stamping on it!

So you’re going to want to pull out those framelits and get busy along with me!

STUNNINGcards with zentangle designs

Before we get to the details on this bold card, did you see yesterday’s post?  I announced my NEW features you can get in on in my Facebook Group.

  • Weekly showcased products
  • Steals of a Deal
  • Regular Facebook Lives (Wednesdays at 4:30 MST)
  • Friday Flashes (a quick tip)

So over in my VIP-ers Facebook Group you’ll find this week’s Product of the Week, the fabulous First Frost bundle.  


I love how easy this beautiful bundle is to play with.  Not just for Christmas…it’s for all occasions!  Just like on today’s project.

Let’s take another peek and see where I’ve used it here.

USE UP your zentangle designs with framelits

So is this what you’re thinking right now?

…well, it’s not the die-cut words…

…I don’t see any stamping…

…the ribbon isn’t from that suite…

…those colours are not what I was expecting…

Where is it?

zentangle designs make card making EASY!


It’s ALL in the embellished layers.

  • the zentangle leaves are a framelit from the set of Frosted Bouquet Framelits
  • my background tag, also from the framelits is cut out of the Tin Tile embossed silver foil (isn’t that TO DIE for?)
  • don’t miss the mat shadowing the silver tag either!
  • the silver berries are the detailed thinlit in the dies
  • my two black flower buds are peeking out too

Make Cards with Zentangle Designs

I’ve shown you lots of ideas for how to make cards with zentangle designs.  Like these fun Christmas ones I started with, to this pretty butterfly card to these ho-ho-holiday gift tags.

But in each one of those, the zentangle was the MAIN part of the design.  On my card today, it’s an accent piece.  And I think is an ideal fit for the rest of the card.

After all, black and white is always right, isn’t it?  Classy, cool, contemporary and perfect for all occasions.

What do you think?

Want some details to make cards with zentangle designs like this one?

  1. Create your zentangle
  2. Then copy it onto Whisper White cardstock (yup, cheat like I do and get lots of mileage from one design 😉)
  3. Select a framelit and place it on top, moving it around until you like what you’re going to cut out.
  4. Add it to your card design.

Here’s the back of the tag.  See how I cut the black label in half and glued it on? 

make cards with zentangle designs

Then I glued down all my Frosted Bouquet die cuts.  Last, I added Stampin’ dimensionals on top both to anchor the dies and to affix the element to my card.

This is what it looked like before I added my words.  (I had to think twice on whether I really needed them! LOL!)

I LOVE to make cards with zentangle designs

Want another idea?

This was a birthday card for my friend Karen.  Much the same idea but just a tad different.

Zentangle designs for cards? YES! Gorgeous cards!

So pull out some of your zentangle pieces.  See which framelits fit perfectly on top.  You might be surprised!  

And if you’re not a tangler, pull out your designer paper and use it for accent pieces too!

Here are all the supplies I used on today’s card.  

Zentangle Designs make AWESOME cards

So the next time, you get a bit stumped for ideas, look at your framelits from a new angle.  Grab a completed tangle and just maybe you can make cards with zentangle designs too!

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