And the Blog Candy Winners Are…

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2013 Stamping Julie Valentine’s Day blog candy!

Please e-mail me with your name, e-mail address and street address so I can send out your prizes.  I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and all the wonderful plans you have for Valentine’s Day to make it extra special for those you love!

Mari Cece wrote:

I will be celebrating my dad and hubby birthday….two of my greatest loves…

Rosemarie wrote:

plans … unsure at moment…  love your site!  hope you have a wonderful valentine’s day yourself.

Alicia Graham wrote:

We usually have a quiet at-home celebration to avoid the crowds. We always write each other letters and then read them together on Valentine’s Day. It’s been a sweet tradition!

Marcie King wrote:

For the first time since 1996, I will  NOT be delivering flowers to others on Valentine’s Day!  Therefore, I will be able to actually enjoy the day.  Already received a beautiful heart necklace from my hubby of 31 years so I can wear it this week and have tickets to a nice dinner with entertainment of an illusionist after.  Really looking forward to the
romantic holiday that I used to dread!

Lynette Gales wrote:

I hope to spend a little quality time with my Honey before leaving to go babysit my new grandbaby for a week! Love your card ideas Julie!

Betty T. wrote:

My hubby made reservations for us at our favorite restaurant.

Karen Lipinski wrote:

Well, I will be attending a stamping sleepover at a friends house and we will be stamping 8 a.m. to midnight. We do this every Valentine’s weekend. Can’t wait…..

Suzie Paul wrote:

Well, after 32 years of marriage, two years ago I was dealt a divorce that I never wanted.  So this Valentine’s Day I’ll be babysitting two sweet grandchildren who will be waiting for their mommy to return after a 4-day business trip.  She was widowed when she was 28 yrs old, and 6 weeks pregnant.  None of us would choose to be in these situations, but we each know that God is in control and promises to provide for our every need! Maybe we’ll make Valentines for Mommy while we wait for her arrival!

Christi wrote:

My sis-in-law gave me some instructions for making some valentines so I made several and am having fun filling them with sweet chocolate goodies and giving them away, tomorrow I plan to give to someone I don’t yet know.  Not sure yet details for our Valentines of our wonderful 29 years marriage! Still an amazing love!

Jo Dee Geer wrote:

Made valentines for all of the widows in my SS class. Made pocket cards with treats for my co-workers.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Julie

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A Valentines Gift from Stampin’ Up! A free digital download.

free digital download

Download it today and get busy labeling with all your favorite Stampin’ Up! colors!

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Enjoy, Julie

valentine pink milk with heart card

Healthy Pink Milk for Valentine’s Day

valentine pink milk with heart card Serve some pink milk to your sweeties on Valentine’s Day!  Just blend a couple of strawberries in milk.  (I used almond milk here.)  To make it sweet and keep it healthy add a dribble of agave or honey.  This is a great way to color your food pink without adding food colorings.

valentine pink milk on cereal Pour it over your cereal or enjoy it straight from the glass.  Or add blended strawberries to your favorite waffle or pancake recipe for another healthy pink breakfast!

valentine pink milk with heart card

And have a healthy, happy, wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Click here for details and video to make this Jar of Hearts I Love You card.


Enjoy!  Julie

blue ribbon valentine card

Blue Ribbon #1 Valentine Card

blue ribbon valentine card

I was busy making congratulation cards with Stampin’ Up!’s Blue Ribbon stamp set when the idea came to me to make a valentine card with this set. Kind of a ‘you’re my #1 Valentine!’ card.  Instead of using the scallop top for the blue ribbon I used a die cut heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits Die set.

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blue ribbon valentine card I also added a rhinestone to the number 1 and backed it with a circle-punched Basic Gray.

blue ribbon valentine card A strip of Real Red cardstock behind the ‘xoxo’ paper pattern from the Love Impressions Designer Series Paper adds a little more dimension and separates the two coordinating patterns.  (This paper is currently on the clearance rack and is only available while supplies last.)

blue ribbon valentine card I created a matching envelope with the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.  So fun and easy!  If you want to learn how I got my pattern straight instead of diagonal on the envelope check out this post with a video tutorial on how to make an envelope.

And I clipped my hubby’s name to the top for a creative way to keep it closed with the adorable heart paper clip available in the Spring catalog.  I stamped and embossed his name in white with the Notable Alphabet stamp set.  Every crafter should have at least one alphabet stamp set on hand for personlizing projects!

blue ribbon valentine card

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I’m enjoying all the fun comments I’m getting on the blog candy post.  It sounds like so many of you have special plans to show the ones you love how much you love and appreciate them!  Valentine’s Day is not just for sweethearts; it’s also a day to show our love for children, grandchildren, friends and coworkers.

Have fun as you make your cards and your treats.  And I hope you found a little inspiration today with this Number 1 Valentine Blue Ribbon card.

Enjoy!  Julie