Valentine’s Card Sketch #2

Hello! Back again with Valentine card sketch #2. It’s another quick and simple one but has layers so it can still appear that you spent lots of time. (Find Sketch #1 here)


This one is sure to give you plenty of mileage as the center band can be thinned or widened and moved up and down the page for a different look.

This one follows the sketch pretty closely and I even managed to add in a little stamping as well.

This version widens the band and has some fun, random colors mixed in. And I’m just gonna throw this out there too – I really miss the fabulous heavy-weight quality of Crate Papers in their pre-American Crafts days. The designs are still so fab of course but it seems like they just keep getting thinner and thinner with each release. 😦 Does any other company have thick paper? Maybe that’s why I’ve switched over to cardstock and stamping!

And here’s the final card, with the layers shifted around a bit and hey! some more stamping too!

So that’s 6 cards all ready for the big love day. Hope you find these sketches useful and if you make something using one, I’d love to see! Leave a link in the comments.

Enjoy the weekend!


Inky Purple Valentine

Have you starting planning for Valentine’s Day yet? I am sharing this inky, purple heart ornament on the CardMaker magazine blog today, as well as a few tips for crafting home decor items.

Colorbox Pigment Paintbox – Love
IZINK – Silver, Opaline
Designer Foils – Silver Fog
Design Adhesives – Burst of Blooms
Glitter – Silver
Embossing Powder – Clear
Dies – Spellbinders (Lace Hearts)

Lots of love,

Brights + Florals


Have been feeling super inspired and energetic lately despite being sick with a nasty head/chest cold and less than ideal sleep. There is no better feeling than getting a ton of stuff done and still having time left over to make something pretty just because.


This card was actually inspired by one of my daughter’s tops. I’ve been wanting to use the colors in it forever. Oshkosh uses some of the prettiest floral fabrics on their clothing – almost as pretty as the liberty of london prints really. Can’t help buying up every pretty top we find even though the girls don’t wear them as often as I’d like 🙂

Also, first snow came to Central Iowa yesterday!

Keep warm and cozy,

Ink – Colorbox Dye Ink (Guava, Cornflower), Colorbox Pigment Ink (Berry, Canary, Celadon), Top Boss Watermark & White Emboss. Powder
Stamps – Hero Arts (Background, Sentiment); Papertrey Ink (Rosie Posey, Mini Blooms)
Dies – Papertrey Ink, Spellbinders

Linking to these challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC119: Embossing
Sketchbook Saturday #108
Paper Issues – Grateful For You