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Watercolored Valentine Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m excited to share this watercolored Valentine hearts card with you.  I stamped this gorgeous double heart image from Art Neko’s A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet onto watercolor paper and watercolored it with Daniel Smith’s Pyrrol Red paint.  Yes, I just used one color of paint.  The vibrancy of the red changes depending on how much water you add while you are painting.

After the hearts were dry, I cut out the image and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with some diagonal stripes.  I wanted to mimic the black and red strips in the corners of the hearts.  To give the stripes inside the hearts more impact, I colored the alternating stripes with a black Sharpie marker.  The white striped panel was adhered to a layer of black cardstock and then to a red card base.  I stamped the sentiment from A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet and affixed it on top of the hearts.  Some white buttons with black and white baker’s twine were added to each of the hearts.

This was a fun experiment with watercolor paint, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I’ll have another painted card to share with you next week.  Enjoy today with your special Valentine!



Love Mailbox Valentine


Hi all, it’s Holly posting today.  Valentine’s Day will be here in a couple weeks, so I’m making some cards for my family.   This sweet silhouette features a little girl stuffing her Valentine cards into a mailbox.  Isn’t that cute?  This silhouette stamp is from the A405 Valentine and Love sheet at Art Neko.  You can see the word “love” across the bottom of the mailbox.  I added a glittery red heart sticker to the top of the mailbox for a pop of color.

Did you know that Art Neko carries ribbon in the store?  This beautiful heart ribbon can be found HERE.  I wrapped it around my card and tied it into a pretty bow.  I stamped the sentiment from the A157 Valentines and Love sheet and then cut the words apart so I could fit them directly above the ribbon bow.  Almost all the supplies on this card are from Art Neko, including the cardstock.  I’ve listed all the items below for easier shopping for you.

A405 Valentine and Love sheet (silhouette image)

A157 Valentines and Love sheet (sentiment)

heart ribbon

glittery heart stickers

red cardstock

black cardstock

white cardstock



Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everybody – the weekend is almost here and it’s time to forget about work and follow your heart! It’s felt like a very long week here and I’m glad it’s finally Friday – I can follow my heart and find some stamping time. My project today is a CAS (clean and simple) card using the Follow Your Heart sentiment from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, along with a few other bits and pieces from Art Neko.

follow your heart, sentiment from Art Neko's Bookmarks and Sentiments


The little heart-shaped tins come in packs of two (currently at $1.00 for the two tins) and are so easy to decorate and alter. I didn’t include a photo of the unaltered tin, as you can see that on the website. In the past I’ve used alcohol inks applied with a felt pad, and I know that this works very well on a tin surface. But I wanted this heart to be uniformly matt and a solid colour, so I used a Sharpie. The photo shows it after one coat – by the time I added a second coat it had a beautiful satin finish which I hope you can see in the final photo.

Little heart-shaped tin from Art Neko, suitable for altering


After allowing drying time between each coat, I decorated round the window aperture with some Liquid Pearls, and added a sparkly heart sticker to finish it off.  I filled mine with some little resin hearts for a calorie-free treat, but of course you could use candy – or even some small jewellery as a gift for a special friend. The tins are also suitable for storing small embellishments, because of the window in the lid.

heart-shaped tin from Art Neko


Thanks for coming by to check the blog this week. I hope that you find something to do this weekend which will make your heart happy!

Card using Follow Your Heart sentiment from Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, with some simple stencilling and ribbon


Foil Art Whimsical Love Note (and bug)

This week I am sharing a card with a foil-art base and a whimsical love note, along with a little love bug and a fun steampunk heart – there is a key which comes with the heart stamp, and I have included that on the inside of my card.


For the foil-art base, I die-cut some hearts and a lot of arrows from an old cereal box and stuck them to a piece of card. Then I covered it with small strips of metal tape, and added some detailing with a tracing wheel borrowed from my sewing box. To finish, I rubbed it with some black acrylic paint and rubbed a lot off again before it had dried. The foil also looks wonderful with alcohol inks, but I wanted to keep a fairly plain look.

My little whimsical love note uses a sentiment (and the bug) from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. I used markers to stamp the sentiment on cream card, and stamped the hearts again so that I could cut one out, heat emboss it with clear embossing powder and pop it up. The little bug was stamped with black ink, embossed with clear powder and then sponged with some red ink. After cutting it out, I used a large stylus to shape the body a little.
I used a “Weathered” embossing folder on the little note, added a punched border to look like a page from a notebook, and distressed it by splattering some watercolour over it.

I also added silver embossing powder to one of the arrows, and after two layers of silver I sprinkled it with some Chinese Red and some Chunky Metallic Seasonings, and added it so that it’s pointing towards the “love” sentiment.

I originally wanted to do the steampunk heart in a metallic colour but I don’t have any fine detail embossing powders other than clear and black, and the stamp is so detailed that I decided the best option was to stamp and emboss in black, and then add my metallic feel in the form of a luster rub.
I also stamped the key in the same fashion, and added it to the inside of the card. If you like the steampunk look, there is a great sheet of stamps called Steampunk Fun. I hope to have a card using the feather stamp to share with you soon!

foil art background with love sentiment and steampunk heart


Thanks for coming by the blog this week – I hope you’ve enjoyed sampling the creativity on show. Have a good weekend!!


Sugarplum Valentine Hearts

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sweet CAS (Clean And Simple) Valentine card with these adorable hearts stamped in a sugarplum ink.  Look closely inside the three hearts.  See the tiny little hearts inside the big hearts?  I love that!  It’s so cute!

I found this sweet little heart stamp on the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet in the Art Neko store.  I stamped it three times with a sugarplum ink and then cut them out with a square die.  I cut out some white squares with a larger square die and matted each of the hearts with foam tape.  I carefully lined up the three heart squares on my card and glued them down across the top.  Then I stamped the sentiment, also from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet, with the same sugarplum ink underneath the row of hearts.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of these cards in different colors?  You’re not limited to just red or pink.  You could use blue or green or even brown to make this a masculine card, and you could go with bright colors like purple or orange if you wanted to make these for your kids.  You could even have fun making each of the hearts a different color and going with a black ink for the sentiment.  Stamping is all about having fun!


Love You Always


Happy New Year!!  Can you believe it is 2017 already??  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m already looking ahead to the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.  I’ve got several Valentine cards ready to go, and this is the first one that I am sharing with you.

I started by stamping this beautiful flower frame from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps plate.  The sentiment, from the same plate, fits beautifully inside this flower frame.  You could stamp it so the flowers are at the top, the side, or the bottom.  I chose to put the flowers on the left side and I stamped the sentiment accordingly.

The red and white polka dot paper actually comes from a Christmas set!  LOL  You can buy this Santa stamp and papers in a special bundle at the Art Neko store.  I love the bright red color of this glossy paper, and it’s perfect for a Valentine card.  I adhered it to a white card base and then I cut out the flower frame and glued it to the red and white polka dot paper.  Some red rhinestones were affixed to the centers of the flowers for that little touch of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first post for 2017.  Come on back to see what the design team is working on for you this year!



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