Hello stampers. It is still January, but I have learned from experience that now is the time to start getting ready for Valentine’s Day, and Sure Do Love You will help you do that in great style! If you have cards that need mailing or if you need to make a lot of them for your child’s class, then you need a little more time to prepare. I used to do a Valentine’s tea party when the kids were all still home and that was such a lovely tradition. It was so nice to set a pretty table and buy them all special treats and to sit around the table to show them how much they were loved. This Painted with Love suite will help you set a very pretty table indeed. I might just have to theme my coffee and a card class that week for Valentine’s Day.

 

This is such a beautiful suite. The paper is richly coloured and textured, so much so that you want to touch the brush strokes they look so real. Valentine’s Day is so much more than just giving a card to your sweetheart. I like to use this day to show everyone that they are special and that they are loved. So many people now suffer from anxiety and depression and a small act of kindness can go a long ways.  I know that I will use the leftover paper to make pretty cards with the narrow note cards and envelopes and then some Ghiradelli chocolate treat holders which are always popular or some homemade cookies to give to random people that I will meet on my errands on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t take much to make the world a better place.

 

Painted with Love designer series paper really makes this Valentine's Day card shine!

 

The paper in the Painted With Love collection is really unique. It has gold foil accents on one side and brushstroke imagery on the other side. We have never had anything like it before and I love every little bit of it. Some of it is so bold and vivid that you only need a little bit of it on a card, so this paper pack will go a long ways!! I am offering a Suite Share with the paper, cardstock and ribbon for only $16. In the share there is a third of a pack of dsp (4″ x12″) 12 sheets of cardstock in calypso coral, melon mambo and powder pink as well as one yard of gold tinsel trim and one yard of pink tinsel trim.

 

I used a baby wipe and reinker to create an "ink pad" to make the multi coloured sentiment on this pretty Valentine's Day card.

 

To make this wonky, artsy sentiment I created a pseudo ink pad with a baby wipe. Just fold the baby wipe in four and then add some drops of reinker. I used mainly rich razzleberry and berry burst and then in the spaces between I added powder pink. I put the baby wipe on a silicone mat to protect my table. The other two hearts are cut out of the Painted With Love paper. The background hearts were stamped with versamark on powder pink cardstock. The gold hearts are stickers from the Painted Love Gold Vinyl Stickers. I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and behind it I adhered a large bow of powder pink mini tinsel trim. All the coordinating items in this suite make it very easy to make beautiful cards.

 

Look at the beautiful detail in the Painted With Love paper

 

After I made my pseudo ink pad with the baby wipe I made lots of solid hearts and also more of these pretty “sentiment” hearts. When I lifted up the baby wipe I noticed that there was a nice puddle of ink on my silicone mat, so I used that as an ink pad to make more multi-coloured hearts. The three colours rich razzleberry, berry burst and powder pink work really well together!

 

Funky hearts with baby wipe "ink pad"

 

The hearts in the top row were made with a colour wash. I first heat embossed with white embossing powder for the words and then used an aquapainter to quickly swoosh over the words with rich razzleberry, berry burst and powder pink. I had to do it quickly and lightly because I was using regular whisper white cardstock. It worked out perfectly. If you used watercolour paper or shimmer white paper you wouldn’t have to be so careful.

 

This red and black Valentine's Day card combines Sure do Love You with Petal Palette.

 

This red and black card uses the paper from the Petal Palette suite as well as the leaf punch and some vellum cardstock. Super simple, super cute. Finish it off with our Silver Baker’s Twine and you have just the right look. I cased this card from Cindee Wilkinson. So nice to get inspiration from other stampers. The paper is actually called Petal Passion and it is also great to use with our new Blends.

 

Petal Passion paper

 

By now you may have realized that there are a lot of beautiful things in the Occasions catalog and you want so much but it all adds up so quickly. Have you considered getting the starter kit? While this would officially make you a demonstrator, it does NOT mean that you actually have to demonstrate anything to anyone. You can simply get the kit for the great deal that it is and do nothing further. You could also get the kit and then use your 20% discount to get more items in the next 6 months. Or, like some of our most successful demonstrators, you could decide to share what you love with your friends, family and neighbours and start a great business. No matter what you decide, you can take advantage of the amazing deal with no guilt whatsoever. Stampin’Up! gives this offer in the hope that you will get hooked but they realize that most do not. Either way you will have a nice stash of beautiful products for a great deal. Here is the link if you want lots of products for a small price.

 

So much product, such a small price- you choose what goes in it too

 

There is another way to get product for free and that is to host a workshop. Right now you can get an extra $35 in hostess products when your workshop gets to $330. I would love to have you and a group of your friends in my stamp room for a workshop or private class. We all need to take some time to have fun in our lives and stamping is a lot of fun!!

 

I have an extra Paper Pumpkin stamp set and it is looking for a new home! If you comment on this blog post and share in some way, either by pinning one of the images, or sharing a link to this blog on your Facebook page, you will be entered into a draw for this lovely stamp set. Anyone in the world is eligible, how awesome is that?

 

Paper Pumpkin Valentine's Day set

 

I love the images in this set. It is even more versatile with three different fonts. It is hard to see the images clearly here so I also stamped them for you.

 

Heartfelt Love Notes Paper Pumpkin

 

I made a very simple card using the elements from this Paper Pumpkin which is called Heartfelt Love Notes. Sometimes simplicity is best. What do you think?

 

Heartfelt Love Notes Paper Pumpkin alternative

 

Happy stamping, be sure to use your stash to spread a little love and make the world a happier place.

 

 

 

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