Sneak Peek: Nuts & Bolts for Valentine’s Day

I love beautiful things for Valentine’s Day – hearts, flowers, modern designs. I’m also drawn to cutesy images that are perfect for fun Valentine’s Day projects. While the Sweet Conversations Bundle (p. 10 of the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog) and Love & Happiness Bundle (p. 11 of the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog) are heart-filled, love-centered sentiments that are perfect for February 14, the adorable robots in the Nuts & Bolts stamp set (p. 13 of the January – June 2022 Mini Catalog) make me smile. I couldn’t wait to create a sweet card with this guy:

Nuts & Bolts, Stampin Up!, Brian King, cute Valentine's Day card

If that little heart-presenting guy doesn’t win you over, be sure to check out the other adorable robots and sentiments in the set. “Greetings, kind human” is the sentiment that sold me on this set, but all of the elements are pretty great! If you make a card for your young kids or grand kids (or great-grand kids?), this set is a must-have. Here’s a look at the Nuts & Bolts stamp set:

Nuts and Bolts, Stampin Up!, 157650“You make my heart go beep” – is there anything more adorable than that?! I stamped my robot with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Smoky Slate cardstock. I wanted to “try something” that worked out well, which meant I didn’t have to “try something else.” Yay! I colored some white highlights along the right side of my robot with a white Colored Pencil and then filled in the rest of the robot with a Basic Gray Colored Pencil. I colored the heart with a Melon Mambo Colored Pencil. Such a fun look – here’s a closer look at my finished robot:

Nuts & Bolts, Stampin Up!, Brian King, cute Valentine's Day card

Behind my robot I added three strips of Melon Mambo cardstock to add a fun design element to my card. The strips help to highlight the pink heart at the center of the image. Sweet, huh?

If you like this mix of Smoky Slate (perfect for robots), Basic Black (perfect for outlines and words) and Melon Mambo (perfect for hearts) as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this graphic for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Melon Mambo

Stamp Sets: Nuts & Bolts  Papers: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Melon Mambo  Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 1)  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Today’s a big day – it’s the last day to sign up for my Product Shares and the last day to purchase retiring products from Stampin’ Up!’s July – December 2021 Mini Catalog. To read more, you can see the summary I prepared for you yesterday (click here) or click on one of these images:

Tomorrow is another big day – the launch of Stampin’ Up!’s January – June 2022 Mini Catalog and January – February 2022 Sale-a-Bration event. Yippee! I hope you’ve made your wish list and are ready to place your order. ♥

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Only One More Week to Sign Up …

Last week, I shared the January Paper Pumpkin Kit with you – it’s a romantic and sweet collection of cards you’ll certainly want to have for Valentine’s Day (and a bonus Add-on of treat boxes that will be available for purchase by subscribers later in January):

If you missed that post and want to learn more, click here. The last day to sign up to receive this kit is Monday, January 10 – and you don’t want to miss out on this one. ♥

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  1. You rocked the Bot!

  2. How fun is this card Brian! Love the layering!

  3. Just too cute! I can’t wait to get my hands on this set and make cards for my many great-nephews, and perhaps my nuts and bolts sweetie too!

  4. Adorable card! I like the three lines behind…great layout!

  5. A delightful color combination, especially the pop of Mambo! Instant smiles!

  6. The layout for this card is OH SO FUN……but the color is OVER-THE-TOP PERFECT.

  7. Smile smile smile. What else can I say? Love the choice of pencils as the coloring medium.

  8. Your card makes me smile. Love those little bots. This one is on my list for sure. Great for little guys as well as big ones. Or even the girls who build robots.

  9. Even though I’m not one who likes “cutesy” cards, I do love this one. What a character! LOL AND, again, that little bit of black border really brings out the beauty of this card. Love it.

  10. Ooooh my friend I love him. My 6 year old grand granddaughter is gearing up to love crafting, I better get this one ,
    Tfs hugs
    Frenchie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  11. This card puts a smile on my face! Happy New Year Brian!

  12. Happy New Year Brian! May it be a wonderful, happy healthy 2022 for you and yours. I love, love, love this card. What a cutie! Thanks for giving me a smile this busy Monday after the holidays!

  13. Even in the new year, you have a unique way of making me want something I said I didn’t need. Oh boy! Is this ever cute!!! Guess it’s on my “gotta have” list now. Great coloring by the way; love the white accents to show light.

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