February 6, 2018


Ages and ages ago, Stampin' Up! had a cute stamp set that featured rows of things: pumpkins, cupcakes, birds with hearts and I don't remember the fourth thing. 

Also ages and ages ago, when I became obsessed with Copic Markers, I stamped a slew of images for future coloring projects. I did do some of the coloring, while others of the bunch are still awaiting my attention.

So, somewhere in the distant past, I colored this row of birds holding hearts on their beaks. The birds themselves were shades of a turquoise blue, the hearts, of course, RED, but the background, I decided would be a sort of yellow-green shade. 

The other day I came across this colored image, and decided that it just needed to be made into a card. What with Valentine's Day just around the corner, that's the direction I took with my love birds.

 The result was:

A close-up of the birds holding their hearts on their beaks.

The background I'd chosen for my birds perfectly matches one of Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist. Thus, that became the color of the base of the card. 

I used a half of a Stampin' Up! doily to garnish the top of the bird picture. I also added some of the new adhesive-backed sequins (page 29 of the Occasions Catalog) as further embellishments.

After stamping "Love" across the bottom of the white portion, I ran it through the Big Shot inside the Falling Petals embossing folder. NOTE: If you want stamping on an embossed piece, always do the stamping first. Otherwise, it is way too much of a challenge to stamp over the humps and bumps of embossing.

A double strand tied in a bow of Bermuda Bay baker's twine adds the perfect finishing touch.

In such a bright and cheery color combination, 
it is a very nontraditional-looking Valentine.



  1. This is such an adorable Valentine's Day card! I think what I like best about it is that the colors used aren't just red (or pink), white and black! Thanks for thinking outside of the box and using colors that, to me, are so much better. I just love your creativity and, even though I don't have all the same stamps, embossers and embellishments as you, I can still get some great ideas for making my own cards. Thank you, as always, for the inspiration!

    1. Vickie, your comment means so much to me! I am gratified -- and feel I am reaching my goal of inspiring others -- to hear this from you. You made my day. Have fun creating! If I can ever be of any help to you, please let me know! Smiles, Linda

  2. That is so cute! I didn't realize they had adhesive sequins (I tried REALLY REALLY hard not to look through the whole book and write up a huge wish list this year). :) Pinned.

    1. I hope, if you do write up a wish list, that you order through me -- if you don't already have a demonstrator, of course. :>)

  3. That is so cute I would frame it and hang it up!


  4. Those heart holding birds are darling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. That is so pretty! I love the embossing.

  6. those birds are so super cute and perfect for valentine or an early spring.
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  7. So pretty, it's modern and cute but still pretty. A perfect valentine card.