February 3, 2016


Hey, it's time for another Valentine! And, guess what! For a change, I made a paper quilted card! Yeah, I know. I never do that, do I?

Anyway, I thought a loving Valentine quilt would be cute and cozy. Not a really tough design, but I do like how it turned out.

I used the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack on page 17 of the Occasions Catalog for my quilt strips. The strips are 1/4" wide. And the center square is made with the 3/4" Square Punch. 

The finished card doesn't have a whole lot of dimension. Mainly just in the little heart that I popped up with a Stampin' Dimensional and the Basic Rhinestone in the center of the heart. That's it for dimension. The rest of the card is utterfly FLAT.

Just a little close-up of the "quilted" portion of the card:

I first of all finished up the quilt piece, then layered it onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, and topped it onto a Blushing Bride cardstock base. 

For a few days, the card -- in that state -- just sort of took it leisurely on my work table. Because I wasn't sure where to go from there.

Obviously, I knew I wanted it to be a Valentine. But I had such a narrow space on the bottom of the card to finish off, and nothing was clicking. I tried planting a few Paper Seedlings, but nothing was taking root.

A few days later, I came down to my Creation Station and took another look at the unfinished Valentine. 

As I was searching through my Framelits for something that would work, I came upon my "Hello You" Thinlits set. I liked the idea of planting the "you" on the bottom of the card. But that didn't seem to be enough -- by a long shot. 

Hmmm. Hmmm. Hmmm.

My gaze landed on a newer set I had acquired: Bloomin' Love, found on page 17 of the Occasions Catalog. By using a Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker, it was easy to magically change the LOVE YOU stamp into simply "LOVE". And that worked great with the diecut "you". 

Still too bare though. I decided to use another stamp from this set since it coordinates with the DSP I used in my quilting. Thus, the little Rose Red heart/flower was born.

It STILL needed something. 

Finally, finally, I hit upon the little dotted line from a Paper Pumpkin kit of a few months ago. It was absolutely PERFECT! Yay!

And, another little thing I really like about my final decision. The bottom is quite whimsical and asymetrical, while the quilted portion is completely linear, totally in order. To me, a nice contrast!

Do you ever get stuck on a project like I did? How do you handle this? Do you keep on pushing until the card is done -- maybe not to your liking, but done anyway? Or, like me, do you let it rest for awhile, maybe even a few days, and try again? Do you ever just give up in frustration and toss the "failure" in the round file?

Let us inside your creative head!

Love YOU


  1. I love your card. The quilting is beautiful.

  2. This is wonderful, it reminds me of my grandmothers quilts she used to make. Just lovely!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Oh My Heartsie Girl

  3. What a cool idea, it looks gorgeous! x #fridayfrivolity

  4. This is a simply gorgeous card...love the quilted look you went for, and I shall keep it in mind! Is there anything so delightful as playing with pretty papers...{{happy sigh}}
    Loved my visit with you today, dear Linda... Stopping by from Five Star Frou Frou!

  5. That's such a good idea and it looks lovely!

  6. You made such a pretty card and perfect for Valentines Day. TFS this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  7. I'm always amazed at how beautiful you cards and crafts come out! Your very talented! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party! I hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

  8. This is a gorgeous card!! Love the quilted thing... I HAVE to try that myself really soon....

    #FridayFrivolity - pinning and tweeting! :)

  9. Oh my gosh...I just love this! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  10. Such a lovely card!! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

  11. My mom loves to do little projects like these, have to tell her about this one i'm sure she'd love it!

  12. What a lovely card! I like how you made the strips look like quilt squares, and the more whimsical design at the bottom is perfect!

  13. Saw this on Pinterest. I think I'm going to give it a go. If I do, I'll link your card up to my blog.


  14. Oh my, that is a wonderful swastica valentine card...uhm...is that right?

  15. This is really cute. I love paper, but never got into card making really (except for cutting apart Christmas cards and gluing them onto a plain paper card to reuse...). But now that I have a Cricut--- oh, the cards that I can make!! So much fun!

    Liberty @ B4andAfters.com

  16. What a great card - I just love it. My daughter is a quilter, and trying desperately to get me involved. How special would it be if I could make this card for her. I see you said your strips were 1/4" wide, but was the length of each piece? Thank you again for the inspiration. Dottie SU Demonstrator Lincoln CA

  17. I love this card!
    I also wonder what the length of the strips are.
    Thanks much for sharing this pretty card.

  18. This card is truly beautiful. I enjoy seeing your creations, there are beautiful.