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Heat Embossed Valentines Crate Card

For Front and Centre Friday, I want to show you how cute Pat’s heat embossed Valentine’s crate card is. She made it for me for my Occasions Open House using the delightful Wood Words bundle (which she got at a 10% discount!).

With a mix of shiny red embossing, crisp Whisper White and rustic wood textures designer series paper her card packs a sweet punch. Plus she showed how awesome the old time crate is on the front of a card! Talk about getting more bang for your buck with this suite. Wanna see?


Adorable right? Did you notice the heart cut out? She wanted a heart with a bit more body so she die cut a piece of chipboard first, then the same wood grain paper to glue on top. Just cutting the heart with the wood grain running in a different direction makes the heart stand out against the background crate.

What are Pat’s steps to create those glossy red flowers?

  1. first stamp the pretty flower image in Real Red
  2. clean your stamp then use stamp positioner to stamp directly over it in Versamark ink.
  3. sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat emboss

Her pretty little leaf and berries come from the Flourish Thinlits dies. Set behind her fussy cut flowers, they’re the perfect finishing touch.



You know you might not want to even use this for Valentine’s. Call me quirky but I thought the shape of the top of the flowers looked a bit like a heart sitting in a flower box. Can you see it too?


Even if you don’t see it, don’t you love how this bundle takes all the work out of creating that “down home” feel? I’ll bet you’ve probably got a soft spot too for those old wood crates that are perfect for decorating, display and packing. They bring to mind nostalgic country fairs, farmer’s markets and fresh fruit stands. See how I dressed a crate up here for a masculine thank you treat holder for a little different look.

Bundles like Wood Words are a fabulous way to save money and get tons of versatility – and coordination. Remember bundles stick around for one catalogue ONLY so make sure you snap this one up and save 10%. Just click here to get your own bundle – and all the supplies to make Pat’s design.



Thanks for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed Pat’s lovely card showcasing the Wood Textures suite. Maybe it’s been on your wish list for awhile and now you’ve seen its versatility, you’re ready to add it to your own stamping goodies. Then you can be designing a heat embossed Valentine’s crate card for someone special too.


Make a Zentangle Valentine with Heart Shaped Cutouts

Today I want to show you how quick and easy it is to make a Zentangle valentine with heart shaped cutouts.

But first, hands up if you’ve got a FEW creative past times to keep you busy.   ME TOO!  In fact I’ve got more than just a few…paper crafting, Zentangle, calligraphy, jewelry making, DIY home decor, cooking.  So when I get a chance to double down on a couple of them, I’m doing a happy dance!

Zentangle and paper crafting, especially with Stampin’ Up! framelits are a match made in heaven. Take a look at the results.


I LOVE to wind down with Zentangle where I’m focussed on what I’m doing, but I haven’t got a CLUE what the final outcome is going to be! In fact, sometimes I zone out so much my family has to poke me to make sure I’m still breathing.

So who’s for saving time, getting utterly and wonderfully relaxed and combining two different artistic pursuits like I’ve done here? Sig you up right? …and the rest is history! (I’ll take full responsibility if you get addicted!)

Oh, and another thing. Zentangle uses practically NO supplies – and the ones you can use are available to order from my online store!  So you don’t even need to get out of your pyjamas! Perfection!

So how do you get started with Zentangle so you can make a Zentangle Valentine with heart shaped cutouts?

  1. Pull out a size .01 permanent black marker and some Whisper White card stock. Don’t have these supplies? Order yours here  
  2. Set aside an hour or two of time (believe me, it will go by in a wink!)
  3. Click here for a guide to doing your first tangle

Now if you can pull yourself out of your blissfully relaxed state (you’re welcome!), let’s get busy paper crafting and use THAT tile to make a Zentangle Valentine with heart shaped cutouts.



  • Whisper White cardstock – 3” x 3”, scraps
  • Real Red cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”


  1. Place your heart framelit over your Zentangle tile and cut out with the Big Shot
  2. Stamp words in Real Red ink on scrap of Whisper White cardstock
  3. Cut out with Bunch of Banner framelits
  4. Fold Real Red card
  5. Attach heart to middle of card with dimensionals
  6. Put a glue dot on either end and the middle of the banner and place on a diagonal over the heart to affix
  7. Place rhinestones randomly

TADAH!!  Your first Zentangle art card!  Feel free to do a happy dance too!


All the supplies can be found right here.  Order yours now so you can be a stress-free card creator too!


If you liked this card, you will LOVE this thank you and these Christmas ideas.

My number one TIP? Make a photocopy of your original tile onto another piece of regular Whisper White cardstock. Then use it again and again. It will look totally different depending on the framelit you choose AND where you place it. Talk about EASY!

So whether you choose to make a Zentangle Valentine with heart cutouts like I have here, or a birthday with the large numbers or letters, or something totally different, you’ll have mounds of gorgeous cards, be happy, stress-free and dancing the happy dance continually!

Simply Lovely Cards with Heart Shaped Cutouts

Simply lovely cards with heart shaped cutouts will make special Valentines this year. But are you saying, “Hey Jo, Valentine’s doesn’t do it for me”? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I didn’t actually design this with February 14th in mind.  I was thinking more about a congratulations, friend, anniversary or wedding card. But when I looked at it again earlier this month, I thought “Why not”?

Another (not- so secret) secret?  This card has – wait for it – NO STAMPING! With gorgeous ribbons, designer paper, embossing and word and flower die cuts, there’s really no place FOR stamping! It’s still ultra fab and easy to put together for a soft vintage feel. Take a peek.


Isn’t the dry embossing scrumptious? This is the Softly Falling embossing folder – without a snowman or Christmas greeting in sight! Yes, you can use it for so much more it’s such an all-round versatile background. Here I’ve embossed it directly onto the card front for maximum impact. Seriously if this folder isn’t in your supplies, you want to snap it up now!

So let’s talk ribbon. It’s probably pretty safe to say I’m a bit of a ribbon fanatic. You should see my hoard – ummm, supply. The texture, shine, weights and colours are just too much to resist. So while you could have only ONE ribbon here, why not TRIPLE it up? Finely woven Fresh Fig, Natural Silver Trim and Very Vanilla Lace, all cut to different lengths and layered straight across the card add pretty details without bulk . They’re attached with mini glue dots and lie perfectly flat so the card will go through the mail lickety split.

Are you a bit of a ribbon fanatic too – or maybe just like it? Check out this totally different design featuring ribbon.


The Lovely Words thinlits take centre stage with the subtle shimmery white heart cutout. This framelit was on my first order back in June. I was so excited to see some new die cut words this time WITHIN an oval, a circle or heart. And don’t think you need to always use them in the frame. They’re super easy to cut out for more versatility. Check out my watercolour friend card to see what I mean.

The heart cutout has a couple supporting cast members from the detailed Flourish Thinlts. The background flower is cut from the Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP and the detailed flower from Fresh Fig cardstock. (TIP1: there isn’t a coordinating framelit so I glued it onto a Powder Pink cardstock scrap and fussy cut it myself.) Popped up with a dimensional and accented with a silver Metallic Enamel Shape, it’s just enough to finish off simply lovely cards with heart shaped cutouts.

TIP2: If you need that cool little brush to quickly get out all those pesky little pieces from a detailed die, Sale-a-bration is the time! Add it in to get to a $60 order and you get to choose from exclusive free stamps, papers and notecards. See more info here!

So what do you think, do you MISS the stamping?


Now it’s your turn. Pull out your Big Shot and dies and get crafting with words, ribbons and detailed shapes like I did. No word dies? No problem. Just click on the images below to have one on your doorstep in a week!


It’s always refreshing to get out of our comfortable box. Get creative without stamps and inks every once in awhile. In this case create simple lovely cards with heart shaped cutouts to celebrate February 14th – or any other special occasion.

Make a Pretty Reverse Fold Love You Card – VIDEO

With Valentine’s and wedding season just around the corner, why not make something a little different – a reverse fold love you card? Check out my video and let’s make your cardmaking fun and fast with a card like this!  Simple, elegant and quick, you can make up a batch of these in no time and send them to family and friends. And don’t forget about your sweetie! He (or she) will think it’s super special.

reverse fold love you card

Anyone who is a paper crafter knows exactly how we can go down that “more is better” rabbit hole right. And when we do that, our greetings can sometimes take a few hours to make, not mere minutes. We add a little more colour, a few more framelits, some ribbon and pretty soon our afternoon has vanished – and we still have to do the envelope. Yup, we had fun, but if we’ve got a stash to make, we can’t always take such a long time.

That’s what’s so great about this card. It’s got a fun little surprise, uses almost NO supplies (LOL!) and goes together in under 10 minutes.  It’s very similar to this Valentine’s Day card, yet completely different!

So where’s the surprise? This card has a cut-away for the heart and the rest of the card front is folded back and glued in place. Your greeting will fit perfectly in behind the heart.

reverse fold love you card

What are the supplies…a little card stock, a couple nested framelits, some specialty designer series paper (this Bundle of Love is beeyouteeful!) and pearls and you’re all set! Here are the measurements:


Blushing Bride cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Very Vanilla cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
Bundle of Love DSP – 2 1/8” x 5 1/4”

Take a look at my video to make this pretty reverse fold love you card yourself.

Everything you need to recreate this card is here. Simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have it shipped right to your door.

reverse fold love you card

Did you see how quickly this card goes together on my video?  You can achieve the same results just as quickly.

Cardmaking should be fun, not painful. Don’t get me wrong…there is certainly a time for intricate and involved, 4 hour, 6 layer cards. Just not when we’ve got a deadline to meet – and lots of people to greet. That’s why I love cards like this reverse fold love you card – it’s pretty, it’s fast, and your recipients will love it too.

Happy Valentines Day Handmade Card

It’s time to think about a happy Valentines Day handmade card. It’s not too soon right? If you’re like me, you have the BEST intentions to send out lovely heart happy notes and cards to friends and loved ones (not to mention your sweetie) for Valentine’s Day. Only we get so busy with our post-holiday cleanup and to-do’s we never get around to it.

In our own defence, it DOES sneak up on us pretty quickly. So how about this year, we get a jump start on them? My card today is a mix of a sneak peek from the fabulous new Occasions Catalogue and pretty specialty designer paper from the Annual catalogue I haven’t used yet. Sound familiar?

You already know one of my favourite – and ultra easy – folds is a reverse fold front card. Not only do they have great contrast, they’re also just a teeny bit interactive for your card recipient.

When you create one of these, your focal point gets to POP!, half of it on the folded back card front and half showcased against the vanilla background card. It almost seems to have movement itself when the card is opened.  It’s a lot like this fun birthday one I shared several months ago.

happy Valentines Day handmade card

Do you recognize that gold foil paper? Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve had this package of Bundle of Love specialty paper since the Annual catalogue first came out in June and it’s been quietly aging in my craft room.

But I think it’s old enough to use now and just begged for a happy Valentines Day handmade card. Each sheet in this 12 pack has gold foil designs on one side and either light blue or light pink on the other so there are lots of options…girl and boy baby, valentine’s, anniversary, sympathy.

A bright a shiny gold foil scalloped oval (from the MUST-HAVE Layering Ovals framelits) frames the beautiful font greeting that fits perfectly onto the heart framelit. Set off with the gold naturals ribbon bow, it’s simple and sweet.

Don’t you just LOVE bundles? Matching stamps and framelits like this Sure Do Love You stamp set and Lots to love Box framelits. This one isn’t just for Valentine’s either. Special someone’s can get a lovely spring greeting…or birthday wishes…or maybe even wedding projects.

There’s a cute and fabulous box great for notecards or goodies. (PSSST…I’m working on one right now for my Zentangle class coming up in mid-January…more to come soon.) Bundles are a perfect example of how to stretch your purchases to apply to many different occasions…at a 10% discount.  Here’s a wagonload of items made using this fantastic bundle.

happy Valentines Day handmade card

While the bundle isn’t available until January 3rd, you can stock up on everything else right now by clicking on the image below to place your online order.

happy Valentines Day handmade card

Valentine’s is a light-hearted and fun holiday. Right smack in the middle of the coldest part of the northern hemisphere’s winter, almost everyone could use a pick-me-up. And you’ll be sure to bring a smile when a card like this full of good cheer. arrives in their mailbox. And there’s no way you also won’t be grinning as you create this happy Valentine’s Day handmade card with them in mind!

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