Happy Valentine’s Day

I love the versatility of Stampin’ Up! products. When I first saw the adorable critters in the Bonanza Buddies Bundle, I knew these little birthday-celebrating buddies could also be a perfect Valentine’s Day friend. The little koala bear looks like he’s made to hold a heart and wish you a wonderful day. I never got around to sending Christmas cards, so I spent a weekend making a bunch of Valentine’s Day cards. While I couldn’t make enough to send a Valentine to all of my favorite people, many of my favorite people received one. Here’s the card I made:

Bonanza Buddies, Heartfelt, Stampin Up!, Brian King, Valentinesand here’s the inside of this card:

Bonanza Buddies, Heartfelt, Stampin Up!, Brian King, ValentinesI used several patterned papers to build the simple background for my card and coordinated the dotted heart and the heart in the koala’s hand with the background paper. The hearts were cropped with the Stitched Be Mine Dies. I used Flirty Flamingo, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Poppy Parade.

While many of my cards featured Brights and Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers, I used two other papers worth noting. One was designed for Valentine’s Day, and one was not. Here’s a look at the two papers I used outside of the Brights and Subtles 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Papers:

From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper, Stampin Up! 151189 See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog, 149443When I make a lot of cards, I like to line them all up before I mail them out and capture an infinity photo of the project. Such fun to see them all together. Here’s an infinity shot of these Valentine’s Day cards:

Bonanza Buddies, Heartfelt, Stampin Up!, Brian King, ValentinesThe scalloped, stitched panel on each card is cropped from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. While I free-hand stamped the hearts on the Thick Whisper White panel on the front of my card, I used my Stamparatus to stamp out all of the koalas (and didn’t have to line up the die with my stamped image every time) . Here’s how I did that, saving myself a lot of time:

  • I lined up a piece of cardstock in the corner of my Stamparatus.
  • I stamped the koala with Smoky Slate ink.
  • I carefully cropped the koala with the coordinating Bonanza Die.
  • I added the paper back to the Stamparatus.
  • I cropped a bunch of koala outlines with the Bonanza Die on blank Very Vanilla cardstock.
  • I placed the cutouts in the template on my Stamparatus and stamped the koala. Everything was perfectly aligned to allow me to stamp him over and over using the template I created.

I free-hand stamped the nose and eyes on each koala – it was easy to line up since the stamp set is photopolymer.

I love the simplicity of the card so much that I also created a simple tag that accompanied small gifts to some of my most recent customers. Here’s a look at the tag:

Bonanza Buddies, Heartfelt, Stampin Up!, Brian King, ValentinesIt’s a similar design as the card – I just cropped the tag with the tag dies in Bonanza Dies, added a sentiment from Meant to Be and tied a Satin Real Red Ribbon to the tag.

Here’s a list of all the products I used for these projects:

Bundles: Bonanza Buddies  Stamp Sets: Bonanza Buddies, Heartfelt, Meant to Be, Heart to Heart, Label Me Bold  Papers: Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes, Very Vanilla  Inks: Smoky Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride  Accessories: Bonanza Dies, Stitched Be Mine Dies, Real Red 3/8″ Double Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! ♥

Thanks for stopping by today!

Brian

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33 Comments

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day Brian! I always enjoy seeing your infinity shots and this cute Koala is so sweet, its fun to see him over and over again!

  2. Pure cuteness. I have this little guy properly displayed in my craft room. Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Oh shoot ! I thought I was the only one that got that adorable card ! GIGGLE ! CUTE CUTE CUTE !
    Happy Valentine`s Day ,Yogi !

  4. Such an adorable card! Such an adorable card! Such an adorable card!……..(said ad infinitum like your wonderful photo~thanks for always making us smile) Happy ❤️ Day

  5. I love the fun card and tag, Brian. I’m always in awe when I see your infinity shots. Great job! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

  6. So cute! Happy St. Valentine’s Day, my linked by ink friend!

  7. Sweet cards…Happy Valentine’s Day my friend..give Jeremiah a hug for me!

  8. I love all your designs, Brian, but I really LOVE your creativity in using Bonanza Buddies for a Valentine card

  9. Super cute Valentines!! I must order that bundle!! I love mass producing die cuts as you explained – I use my Take Your Pick Tool to pick them up out of the Stamparatus after they’re stamped😉 Happy Valentine’s Day, Brian! You are a blessing to so many!!

    • Thanks so much for your kind response, Elisha! I use that, too – the spatula end of the tool is far more useful than I ever imagined. ♥ Hope your Valentine’s Day is wonderful!

  10. Adorable! Happy Valentines!

  11. I received my card yesterday. I love it. Thank you and Happy Valentines to you.
    Love the stitched from, and the bear he is so cute.

  12. Oh Brian – did you really make all those cards and tags in one weekend? Well, of course you did – why would I ask such a question? It would take me a month to make that many and how dedicated you are to all of your customers to make so many. I love both the cards and the tags, that little koala is a heart catcher if ever there was one. Thanks also for your infinity shots. I’m always amazed by them. Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for sharing.

  13. I love the sweet Valentine and tag! I too use the same technique to stamp onto a diecut image and love how it works every time. Thanks for making your customers feel so special.

  14. It’s darling card and I love it! You gave a lot of people a big smile with this card!

  15. I was one of the lucky ones to receive this card, and it put a smile on my face. Thank you so much! It is properly displayed with my other “Brian” cards. Happy Valentine’s Day, and thank you again!

  16. These are just as cute as can be! Just like you! Love the infinity shot too. Happy Valentine’s Day!♥️

  17. I don’t know when you changed it, but I love the new blog topper and font headings! And I have seen that heart on several projects and have looked and looked for the stamp. I never would have guessed it came from the paper! Now if only they would make a stamp like that… Thanks!

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