Getting masculine for valentines

Hi Crafty Pals,

I have been busy checking out different challenges and decided to create a card that can be entered into two challenge blogs this week. Pals Paper Arts (#286) gave us a great sketch

Pals Paper Arts 286 sketch

and Stampin’ Royalty (#315) asked for Cards for Guys.

So as I still needed to make my hus (love you hun!) a card I thought why not try my hand at a combo. The card I came up with was

Guy Greetings and Go Wild Designer Series Paper

I have had the Guy Greetings stamp set for a while, but not inked it up. Like I have said before masculine cards always seem to be difficult for me.

I have been playing around with a new backdrop for my card photos and thought the wood grain looked pretty good with the brown/black tones in the card. Please let me know what you think as after all this blog is meant for you to enjoy 🙂

Without spoiling things for him too much I have also made a cute gift card holder, but no gift card yet!


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: Go Wild Designer Series Paper Pack, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White and Early Espresso

Stamp Sets: Guy Greetings and Better Than E-Mail

Punches/Die Cuts: Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Early Espresso

Have fun getting inky Melanie

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Loving my new stuff

Hi Crafty Pals,

Hooray, my starter kit arrived about 2 weeks ago and I have been busy rearranging my retired paper, stamps and inks to make way for my new stuff.

I bought 2 sets from the Occasions Catalogue and 1 set from the Annual Catalogue as well as some Designer Series Paper, punches and the Fine-tip Glue. So when you add these to my old stamp sets that haven’t retired I am lucky to still have a lot to play with.

I placed a second order which also arrived, I am most excited to try out the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits as I have been eyeing this up since I first saw it.

Once I had got organised I found time to get crafting (after all that is the most important part). I have made a few cards so far

Playful Pals ladybird valentine


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Whisper White

Stamp Sets: Playful Pals and Sprinkles of Life

Punches/Die Cuts: Ovals Collection Framelits and Word Window

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Real Red, Basic Black and Craft Stampin’ Ink

Stampin’ Write Marker®: Basic Black

Accessories: Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and Whisper White Baker’s Twine

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is still on so if you are thinking about treating yourself then as long as your order is over $60 (before taxes and shipping) you’ll be able to order a Sale-A-Bration item for FREE. Check out my next post for a card using one of the Sale-A-Bration items.

Have fun getting inky Melanie

More and more love

Hi Crafty Pals,

Valentine’s has now passed and as usual with any number of cards to do I struggled to get finished!

My son needed 23 for the children in his class and a different type for his teacher so I made them the weekend before, but as I used the retired Poppy Parade Card Stock I haven’t photographed them.

His teachers card gave me a chance to crack open my new ribbon and use the beautiful flower from the Oh, Hello Stamp Set (rapidly becoming my favourite especially the oval background).

Teacher Valentine Card

This card was so simple to make, but the ribbon brings it alive as it has such a nice sheen.

My son helped punch out ovals for his class cards and crank the Big Shot for most of what we needed. When everything was finished he was very pleased with all of his cards, but not so keen to have to write them all. I’m sure he’d love a stamp with his name on so he could just do that instead.


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: More Amore (129309), Very Vanilla (101650) and Rose Red (102544)

Stamps: Oh, Hello (130733 – Clear-Mount and 130730 – Wood-Mount) and Pretty Petites (from the Sale-A-Bration selection)

Punches/Die Cuts: Hearts a Flutter (130159) and Petite Curly Label (from the Sale-A-Bration selection)

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Rose Red (126954)

Markers: Wild Wasabi and Rose Red

Accessories: SNAIL adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Big Shot (113439), Pink Pirouette/Rose Red 1 1/4″ Two-Tone Ribbon (129294) and Stampin’ Dimensionals®(104430)

While my lovey-dovey supplies were out I made another card for one of my boys.

Valentines card using Hearts a Flutter

The Pool Party heart (on the right hand side) is cut from the More Amore Designer Series Paper and is actually hiding a stamp error, I over inked and ended up catching the centre of the heart (grrr), but I think it looks OK and he’ll never know.


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: More Amore (129309) and Very Vanilla (101650)

Stamps: Hearts a Flutter (129252 – Clear-Mount and 129249 – Wood-Mount) and My Little Valentine’s

Punches/Die Cuts: Hearts a Flutter (130159)

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Real Red (126949) and Pool Party (126982)

Accessories:SNAIL adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Big Shot (113439) and Stampin’ Dimensionals® (104430)

My final card for Valentine’s was using a frame cutout idea from a YouTube movie I saw by Anna Keyes where she made a lovely New Baby card.

Valentine card using Oval Framelits


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock: Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650), Real Red (102482), Pool Party (122924) and Primrose Petals (126841)

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (127802 – Clear-Mount and 115370 – Wood-Mount)

Punches/Die Cuts: Hearts a Flutter (130159), Oval Collection Framelits (129381) and Full Heart (119883)

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Real Red (126949)

Accessories:SNAIL adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Big Shot (113439) and Stampin’ Dimensionals® (104430) 

Have fun getting inky

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Love is in the air

Hi Crafty Pals,

Valentines is rapidly approaching and I’ve been busy trying out a few of my new products to create some cards to show our love and appreciation for those closest to us.

I’ve been making cards for my son to take to school, but he also wants one for his teacher and his Auntie J in the UK so red, pink and hearts have been highly visible over the last few days. Apart from those I have mine own to do for for my two lovely boys.

My first card, but not necessarily one I’ll be giving away gave me the opportunity to use my first ever set of Framelits so that made it all the more fun.

Hearts a Flutter valentine








I’ve finally managed to get a watermark on my photo to save me having to add the extra little text each time I use a stamp set.

Have fun getting inky


Paper Craft Crew Challenge 27

Hi Crafty Pals,

I totally missed the challenge last week as I was a bit busy at the weekend so I didn’t get chance to get to my craft stuff for a play.

Since I’m enjoying the challenges I’ve decided to set some time aside each week to do this one and depending on how time goes I may look at trying some others.

The Paper Craft Crew sketch #27 (see below) inspired me to create the following card

Crafter from the Creek PCC #27 challenge

I was excited to see hearts as I had been looking at making Valentines recently so had some of my supplies already to hand (love it when that happens).

Though you can’t see it too well in the photo I did a watercolour wash of Certainly Celery as a back drop for the trees.

I slightly altered things this week as if I’d kept the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set as the rectangle it would have been too big for the card base I chose. I decided to crop it down (keeping the other 2 trees for a different project) so resulting in a square stamped area.


Designer Series Paper and Card Stock:  Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Pennant Parade and Pretty Petites

Punches/Die Cuts: Petite Curly Label, Full Heart and Hearts a Flutter Framelits

Classic Stampin’ Pad®: Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon and Basic Rhinestones Jewel Accents

Keep crafting