February 4, 2015


I went just a little crazy in making my Valentines this year. Just a little. But I had a blast!

The set Cheerful Critters, found on page 14 of the Occasions Catalog, holding their happy little celebration signs, simply BEGGED to be used for a Valentine. Don't you agree?

Since a cuddly little bear seemed appropriate for sending out a loving Valentine greeting, he is the one that I chose. I searched through my scraps of Designer Series Papers for some shade of browns for the bear's body as well as pinks/reds/whites for his shirt. After stamping these features onto the appropriate DSPs, I cut them out to put together and create a whole new bear! I also eliminated the sign he was holding since I wanted to replace it with a sign of my own. 

Besides Cheerful Critters, I used THREE other Stampin' Up! sets. The painterly zigzags, line and heart in the very center came from the Work of Art set on page 165 of the big catalog. The little 
*{love}* came from a retired set. And the black outline heart was taken from the photopolymer stamp set that came with the current Paper Pumpkin kit. The inside sentiment, although I didn't picture it, says "Hugs Kisses & Valentine Wishes", and is also from the Paper Pumpkin kit. Don't they all get along well together? 

Framelits did their part in creating this card also. The two hearts came from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits and, of course, the THREE ovals were from the Ovals Collection. Don't you love how the scalloped oval forms the perfect card? 

The entire card is happily "heart-y" because I ran it through the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from page 9 in the Occasions Catalog. That is dimensional hearts gracing the front, back and both insides. It's wonderful!

I entered this card into the Paper Players Theme Challenge #230 they are hosting this week:

How are your Valentine creations coming along? Just curious: Do you ever enter challenges? Which is/are your favorite?



  1. What a fun shaped card! Your cuddly bear is adorable. Thanks for playing along at The Paper Players!

  2. Awww cute card, Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!
    Thanks for linking up!!!
    Have a great week!

  3. What a great card. I like how you used bits and pieces of diff sets. That is a cute bear too.

  4. extreme cuteness. I hope you will be sharing at my blog hop( you can link up through Sat) Hugs!

  5. I loved the embossed hearts! Such cute cards. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :) Hope to see you again next week.

    Life With Lorelai

  6. What a great way to bring these different sets together and I love the fact that you created a shaped card. So glad you joined us at the Paper Players this week

  7. This is super adorable! So cute!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  8. Thank you for contributing to Motivation Monday!

  9. Hi Linda! This is adorable! Thanks for sharing your cards at the party. Hope to see you again this week. Have a very happy Valentine's Day! Wishing you all things sweet. Theresa @DearCreatives