Happy Monday morning Friends. We have sunshine, but the wind is really whistling around the corners of our house. Our predicted night temp has changed from 12F to 8F now. Brrrrr...I know that lots of you are having even worse. 8F is pretty cold for our SC Upstate area though.

I'd like to extend a big welcome to some new followers, and thank you so much for helping me reach a goal of 200 followers.
Verna at VA's Creative Clutter - a very brand new blogger who is gaining followers rapidly
Jenny at Jenfa Cards
Holly at KopyKat Creations

Please do yourself a large Monday favor and say Hi to these very awesome cardmakers. They each have some amazing cards to provide you with lots of inspiration. Thanks ladies for becoming followers.

I finally finished the Valentine card that I started while we were in Fla. (got the image part colored & messed up on part of it).**

- image is Red Lead Paperworks on Xpress paper, colored with copics & spica glitter pens. The hanging heart had letters, which were colored in with a white signo pen & got messy;  I used a .03 black multiliner pen to try to outline & fix which just made it worse. Tried a fine point sharpie over that...yep, just got worse again. SO...I restamped the heart part of the image,-a snippet of white; cut it out & Versamark inkpad over that, then used some Sparkle n Sprinkle Winter Berry EP to emboss it. Liked that, so while it was still 'hot', I sprinkled more of the EP and gave a 2nd coat. Good way to fix a boo-boo. I used an embossing pen over the apron trim and sprinkled some SnS Crystal Ice Semi-transparent glitter over the pink that had been colored. Not sure if this shows up in the photo.

- diecut with S/B labels 4, smudged edges with DI Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose. Faux mat cut from a white snippet, removing the interior part of the cut piece. Used the embossing pen around the edges, Winter Berry EP over that - adds some pretty glitz.

- hearts were also snippets from punches that had just been in the desk pile. Smudged on some Tombow glue, dumped SnS Diamond Dust semi-transparent glitter over that.

- Roses were leftover from a Halloween pkg that had white & black paper roses. Sprayed these with Dylusions Bubblegum & Cherry Pie sprays that had been diluted with White Linen. Added the red rhinestone heart.

- MS heart punch from a blue snippet that was exactly the right size to fit the width of the card, and cover up the join. This had some of the SnS Crystal Ice glitter added to it, but it's not showing up in the photo.

- top dp sprayed with Dylusions Bubble Gum- diluted with white linen, Postbox Red-diluted with water only, Cherry Pie - diluted with water only. Sprayed Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold over that, let the piece dry well. Then stamped a Northwoods heart stamp over using Memento Love Letter (Red). Bottom dp is Basic Gray Kneehighs 6x6 pack.

- ribbon trim some sticky back ribbon from a $1 pack collected along my travels.

Since I have a few snippets used, I'm going over to the Snippets Playground for Week 106 since I haven't had a chance to join in the fun for a few weeks. I hope you'll come along for a lot of fantastic inspiration and friendly chat. I'll be back in a bit to share some more of the pretty cards we received. In the meantime, thanks for your visit & support, and stay warm! Many Hugs.

**Edited: I just discovered since I've used some of the Sparkle n Sprinkle glitters & EP, that I could link up with the SnS Monthly Challenge here . Wow, there's some really pretty cards already submitted, in case you have time to take a peek. I bought a lot of the glitters & EP's on our last visit to the shop, so I want to learn how to use them much more effectively. And more often!


  1. After all that, it came out just perfect! So cute with that adorable image and love the layout you used. The tiny hearts behind the image are so cute.
    Hope y'all are staying warm up that way. Sounds pretty cold - and we're suppose to be down to 19 tonight. Guess it's that time of year.

  2. Aw, I remember Valentine's like those, Mary! How sweet - especially with all your added touches. Stay warm! I am in the process of covering plants, but I think it might be a lost cause. Take care. hugs, de

  3. Isn't it something how we become so good at fixing booboos. Fabulous job with this darling card. We are getting very low temps tomorrow and Wednesday (8 degrees but today it is almost 50. Go figure.

  4. What a fabulous card Mary. Next on the calendar will be indeed Valentine's Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  5. Adorable Valentine, Mary! I love those old-timey images for Valentines! I hope it warms up for you soon. I know it's much, much colder in other areas, but I'm the same as you, even 8 degrees is brrrreally cold if you aren't used to it! Hugs, Darnell

  6. So pretty Mary - and love the creative Boo-boo fix! Sometimes that makes the card!

  7. Oh, how adorable! It reminds me of Valentines I used to get as a little girl. You've colored it so pretty and I do see the wonderful glitter on the pink hearts. Just a super creation, Mary.

    We'll be 5 degrees tonight. Much too cold for me.

  8. This charming little Valentine reminds me of those we used to fill out when we were kids! This is just adorable Mary, and I love this precious image! Well done!

  9. this is so sweet and the image is adorable; love your attention to detail. happy new year.

  10. Oh how pretty Mary - like other folk have said, it takes me back a few years :) Love the sparkle!

    Hugs, Di xx

  11. Awww, this card is adorable Momma Mary! It reminds me of the ones I used to give out as a child. lol No one would have known you boo boo'd if you hadn't told us. I was looking all over before I read and didn't see any boo boo's. So you did a great job in covering it up! Glad to see one of your amazing cards again! Hugs!!

  12. Aww cute!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  13. Hello Mary, what an absolutely brilliant Valentine - I just love it. I love the tiny hearts on the bicycle.

  14. What a cute, vintage card, Mary! Your coloring always amazes me. I'm hoping to do more coloring this year. Said that last year and didn't really get to it.

  15. Aw what a cutie of a card.

  16. What a sweet vintage image...Love this pretty little card. You are very organized to be making your Valentines cards already...good for you girl!

    I have been keeping busy on a massive purge of our garage, and that turned into a huge thrift shop donate project. We filled the back seat and floor of the truck with boxes of old craft supplies to donate. About 8 on the agenda is to purge, sort the opposite wall. Then I can asses what is left and try to fit it all on the one side I finished today...My aim is have storage on one side only and free up and organize the opposite side to be a workshop for Mr Scrappymo! He installed some pegboard as we shall hang most of his tools.
    This is all a great idea as he is a bit bored and needs his "room" too...but it is seriously cutting into my visiting and crafting time! lol

  17. I love the card Mary, very pretty image and dp's, and the shiny hearts finish it off beautifully. x

  18. Wow. What an amazing card. Tons of details!

  19. This is such a pretty Valentine card. Love the vintage looking image and all the added details. No one would have ever know you made some boo-boos. So glad you shared it with us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month. Hope to see lots of your entries.

  20. Love this vintage image. Lots of lovely sparkle here, Mary!
    Great save on that hanging heart. Don't you just hate it when that happens...but you saved it so no one will ever know!

    Sweet card.

  21. Your card is gorgeous Mary, love the retro image : )

  22. Stunning card! Mary, the way you have used EP is so nice. Love your sweet and vintage looking card!Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at Sparkle N Sprinkle. I hope you'll join with us again in our new challenge as well.
    Eret x