Valentine Crafting Kit for 2023--My Creations



Using the Valentine Crafting Kit that I am offering from the January-April Stampin' Up! mini catalog, I have created all of these projects.  I let the Designer Series Paper (DSP) be the basis of my projects--let the DSP do the work, I say.

I used the Country Bouquet stamp set and coordinating punch and the ink pads that coordinate with the DSP.  I'll link all these products at the end of this post.

A preview of some of the projects you'll see in detail below.


Here was the kit I started with:



For my 3D projects, I followed instructions I found on Splitcoaststampers.com in the Tutorial section.

For these Two Pocket Treat Holders, I used these directions:  

Two Pocket Treat Holder Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers




On Splitcoaststampers, they called this a Diaper Fold Pouch.  


I have trouble getting an even fold on mine.  See my video from December 19, 2022, available on both Facebook and YouTube for my trick on making this pouch.


And my final 3D project, I used a full 6" X 6" piece of County Gingham  DSP.  This Splitcoaststampers tutorial uses a smaller piece to start.


My accent was made with narrow scraps and a punched heart from the DSP.  While it doesn't cut this heart precisely,  it leaves an even border around it.



For my cards, I used a variety of card sketches and only products in my kit, from the Country Floral Lane suite.

This first card is based on one of my (current) favorite sketches, and I've made it into a Z-fold card as well.





Next we have a few cards using a 3-3/4" X 5-1/2" panel as the first layer and a narrow piece of DSP as an accent.  



These first 2 use punches for the focal point.





On this last one, I fussy cut the large heart stamped image and added a square of DSP behind it.  I may add a sentiment before I send it, but then again, maybe I'll leave it as is.



Next, my card was CASE-d (Copy and Share Everything) from a card I saw at OnStage in Vienna, Austria in November 2022.  The presenter showed a card using the twig element from the Country Bouquet stamp set to create a wreath.  I used a 3" X 3" white square.   This will be great for any and all occasions -- fall, Christmas, spring, birthdays, etc.!

The DSP panel is 2" wide.  You'll have lots of options with the kit.  Try using the Country Gingham DSP.




Here's a new sketch to try.  I layered DSP and cardstock panels for the background of my bouquet of hearts and leaves I punched from the DSP.

The sentiment piece was a scrap from cutting other layers.  



The panels are:
2" X 5" and 2-1/4" X 5-1/4" (The Mint Macaron panel.)
1-3/4" X 4" and 2" X 4-1/4" (The Sweet Sorbet panel behind the hearts.)
Notice my ribbon, too.



And another new sketch!  I love this one--it uses scraps of DSP!
The top and bottom panels are 1" X 3-3/4".  The center panel is 2-1/4" X 3-3/4".

I've shown this sketch without and with a 4" X 5-1/4" panel as the background layer.

Notice my use of the ribbon in the kit.  Use just a small piece and adhere it behind a panel.










Here's another idea using narrow pieces of DSP.

The layers I used here are:

Mossy Meadow:  3-3/4" X 4-3/4.
Basic White:  3" X 4".  

The strips of DSP are:
1" X 3-3/4".



Here's a tip for stamping this 2-step heart image.  Stamp the darker color first, whether it's the flower/heart image or the leaf/twig image.  You'll find it easier to line up the second stamp this way.


OK--last card--for now.  In a recent blog post, I shared what I call a Faux Step Card.  

(See that post with directions here:


Well, I'm hoping my projects, sketches and the links I've provided inspire you when using not only your Valentine Crafting Kit, but any DSP and stamps.

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