Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Valentine's Day card for Len

I made this card last week, whilst my mind was whirling around over Dudley and his 'grooming experience'. It did help to have something relaxing to focus on - and using new toys is also such fun:
I used:

- 5.5" x 4.25" card blank, side opening, made using Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock

- then die cut a panel of Neenah 'Desert Storm' using a NBUS Lil' Inkers 'Perfect Palette Heart' die

- used the same die to die cut more hearts from the 'Desert Storm' card and also from white card

- glued the die cut panel onto the card front - then it was time to play

- first of all I stacked up 'Desert Storm' hearts, three high, to insert into some of the apertures - making sure the top layer was a stitched edge one

- glued those four stitched edge layered hearts in place on the card front

- then made up five dear little white hearts by using just two stamps from the NBUS matching Lil' Inkers set of stamps called 'Heartthrob' by first stamping the solid colours (blue, plum and red) and then the scribble stamp using Memento 'Tuxedo Black'

- glued the now stamped white hearts in place onto the card front

- I had a band of empty hearts apertures across the upper part of the card so I in-filled those with plain 'Desert Storm' hearts to level the card front off

- die cut the word 'Love' using Impression Obsession's 'Love' die from a couple of snippets of SU's 'Real Red' card, glued on on top of the other and then glued the word to a strip of Desert Storm card before using it to cover the width of the front panel

- at this point I could have stopped but felt something was missing - so I die cut another two little red hearts using the 'Love' word die (I already had two one from the fall-out waste) and popped one on each of the four 'Desert Storm' coloured stitched hearts - at the same angle as the heart cut-out in the 'Love' sentiment

The die and stamps are lovely together - loads of ways to use them and plenty of little sentiments in the set of stamps as well.
Image result for lil inkers heartthrob
It's very clever how the overlapping 'make a heart' stamps themselves work, and there are a good few patterns in the set to choose from - but to be truthful it's also a bit tricky to get them totally placed where you want them onto the die cut little heart shapes. I used small clear plastic stamping blocks, having unsuccessfully tried to work out if I could use the Misti.

Sorry to see Lil'Inkers go, as I've said recently. I could only get hold of one set of stamps otherwise this would have made a nice Playground prize to go with a matching die like I used. Oooer, sorry I dangled that one - folk in the USA might have less of a problem finding the last Lil' Inkers stock than we do over here.


  1. Super card, Di. What a lovely set of stamps to created the patterned hearts. xx

  2. Lovely design, the style of the hearts is so unique!

  3. What a great card Di, and I must say I love those stamps. As you say it's a pity they are going out of business

  4. A lovely card - the hearts are fabulous.
    Kath x

  5. Oh, this is such a fun card Di, and I love the way you can customize and decorate the heart shapes. What a unique stamp set with so many possibilities. I'm sure Len loved it..and glad that it gave you something to help ease the terrible grooming episode with poor Dudley. I know that I would have been just so angry and upset had our Toby gone through that, but thank goodness that you arrived early and caught her "in the act".
    Glad to hear that Dudley is back to his old energetic self however, and I do hope you find a groomer that you can trust.
    I do like those extra tiny hearts that you added at the end by the way as they add that little bit of color and ties all the red together. Just lovely!

  6. What an unusual and lovely card - great way those stamps turn into hearts and as you say a great set of stamps and dies to have - shame they aren't available any more though.

  7. A lovely card Di and those heart stamps are a great way to create lots of different patterns x

  8. Aww . . . a card full of hearts. I'm sure Len appreciated it.

    Hope he bought you a card too! And showered you with flowers per chance?

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. A fantastic card Di, A great stamp and Die set too.

    Sue xx

  10. So lovely Die love the set you used to create your card for Len enjoy your day and hugs to Dudley xx

  11. Love how you did this card - those stamps are so effective.

    Sorry to leave a short comment the other day but I was on my phone and it was the first time I have managed to comment due to a problem I seem to have - found a workaround, but didn't want to leave a long message in case it just disappeared!

    Hope Dudley is continuing to recover from his ordeal.

    L x

  12. Lovely Di and I'm sure it went down a storm with Len (sorry, have storms on the brain!)
    When I first saw this stamp set I could only see a kind of joke bandage for a finger!!! VERY clever that they turn into hearts.
    Vicky xx

  13. Great stamps Di and love the finished look with the plain colour and scribbly stripe over the top and interspersed with the sweet stitched hearts with the litte red hearts in the corner, and the large 'love die makes a great feature in the middle. A beautiful card! x

  14. I love this card, Di. Wonderful use of all those little die cuts. Adding the tiny, red hearts was a stroke of genius!

  15. A lovely Valentine card for your husband. Well, he might not say lovely. But it is a great masculine card. [Bunny]

  16. You made such a great, fun card for your hubby and I like all those different hearts, including that die-cut LOVE element! I was so sad to see Lil Inker close as I have many of their stamps and dies and they really made quality products.

  17. Hi Di this is a gorgeous Valentine's Day card. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  18. Love the variety of colours and designs in your hearts - what a great masculine Valentine card!

    I hadn't heard Lil Inkers were going - it's always a shame to see a small company go.

    Glad to hear in your previous post that Dudley is recovering from his bad grooming experience. I was heartbroken when the groomer I was using (and really liked) was retiring. It's hard to find a new one I like as much. Good luck with your search.

  19. Fabulous work with your new stamp set, it's great how you mixed the pieces to made a fabulous custom design! Surely this card made your hubby smile and you had to keep mind away by the bad groomer! Hope that Dudley now is again the little mischievous, playful and sweet doggie that we know!
    Big hugs and a lot of cuddles to Dudley!

  20. You made a great card and Len can be proud of his 'lover'!!
    Making hearts in this way is such a clever idea!
    Lia xx

  21. What a great Valentine for Len with your new stamps and dies Di! I am loving the stamp set, so cool the way those images make a heart on the die cut. I also love the "love" die cut. I'm sure Len cherished his Valentine. Hugs, Brenda

  22. Wonderful card Di and I bet Len loved it. It's a super stamp set and I bet you'll have a lot of fun with it. Hope Dudley is back to his normal happy playful self xx

  23. Oh how clever & cute! Glad you could get one stamp in the sale. I don't have many of their products, but she was an innovator & I'm really sorry it's another option gone. Hoping Dudley is continuing to recover & will soon be back to his old young self!

  24. Absolutely gorgeous card and so clever with that cool stamp set! I am hoping to get round to blogging Darren's valentine's card soon, that's hearts too! Hugs my friend. xxxxxx


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