Hello stampers and happy Tuesday to you. Today I am showing the love with Heartfelt. I really do love Valentine’s Day and I have always done a Valentine’s Day party for my kids. The table would be set with pretty dishes and fresh flowers and of course I would make heart shaped cookies and cupcakes. At each place setting there would also be a cute little bag full of Valentine’s treats. It’s important to show your love to those around you and make them feel special.
Stampin’Up! always has at least one luscious Valentine’s Day set, and lately they have a whole suite of products that make it super easy to make beautiful cards and gifts. Did you know that heart shaped tins are perfectly suited to making mini brownies or cupcakes? I think I will do this for the kids and grandkids this weekend. We made this Heartfelt card at coffee and a card this morning.
The From My Heart specialty designer series paper makes it super easy to make a beautifully coordinated card. I have to say, I’m really appreciated the heart punch pack too. Framelits and dies are great, but punches are quick and easy! Do you see the adorable cupid’s arrow behind the hearts? Love how the silver embossed arrow coordinates with the silver edged satin ribbon.
The striped piece is 1 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ and the heart piece is 2 1/2″ by 4 3/4″. The hearts cover up the “seam”.
If this makes you sad because you don’t have time to get this in time for your Valentine’s celebration, don’t stress. These beautiful heart inspired cards would be welcome any time of the year. Some of the other sayings in this set include “from my heart to yours”, “So lucky to have a friend like you” and “love you lots”. How about “being friends is better than eating candy (but let’s do that too)”
I have a tradition for my coffee and a card class as well. On the class closest to Valentine’s Day there are very special treats. This year I finally baked linzer cookies. These cookies are a classic at high end bakeries and for good reason. They are beautiful works of art that taste as good as they look. I really enjoyed making them and look forward to a new tradition. The recipe is from Canadian baker Anna Olsen.
Here is the recipe if you would like to make them yourself.
Share the Love
While I am a big fan of Valentine’s Day that doesn’t mean that all was well in the land of romance for me. Perhaps that is why I put the focus on the kids. Either way, no matter where you are in life and what the state of your heart is, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spread kindness. Paper Pumpkin is amazing for that. Paper Pumpkin makes it easy to make super cute things and share them with lots of people. You would be amazed to see the transformation on an adult’s face when they receive a random Valentine’s surprise. I love putting as many as possible in a large purse and handing them out at the grocery store to stressed out moms, lonely old people or overworked and underpaid clerks and tellers.
Just a heads up that the March kit will have a bonus stamp set in it, and it’s a big one! Measures 4″ by 6″, so that will be a lot of stamps. Click here to subscribe and get some free saleabration items as well.
Happy Mail in Canada Contest for Gerard
Thanks for joining me today. Don’t forget about the Happy Mail in Canada contest. I am hoping to surprise Gerard with lots of cards when he comes to Canada on March 29. I will once again blog about your card and you will be entered into a contest to win the masculine stamp set of your choice from the mini catalog. Send your cards to Jackie Bultje 81 Delaware Ave, Chatham, Ontario N7L 2W3.
It is once again time for a giveaway! I am going to give away this beautiful stamp set from the January Paper Pumpkin I’ll Be Yours. If you comment on this blog post AND share it on Facebook you will be entered into the draw. In order to share just copy and paste the link of the post OR click the Facebook icon at the bottom of the post to share. If you are having problems doing this you can also choose to leave a review on my Pampered Stamper Facebook page. Thanks so much and good luck. It’s all about getting the word out there. Small businesses depend on good old-fashioned word of mouth. You matter to me.