Valentine’s Day

Fancy Pants Love Story | Monday Card Madness #71

We all have a love story. Whether it be your husband, boyfriend, friend, parent or child, there is someone special in each of our lives and today’s steal, Love Story by Fancy Pants is an amazing collection of love-themed scrapbooking papers where graphic meets fancy and whimsy meets unique. This collection is filled with something for everyone on your love story list.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, rather than a providing a sketch, this week’s challenge is to simply create a Valentine. That way not only will you be one step ahead of the game tomorrow but you will be increasing your chance to win this month’s Monday Card Madness drawing! (If you follow the directions below).

I had an amazing time creating with the Love Story collection and was pretty shocked at the end of my Valentine making binge that I had six completely different looking cards. Oh how I love me a collection that is so versatile!

With the first card that I made, I honestly couldn’t decide which papers to use, so I decided to create a heart window and fill the hole with small strips of different sheets of paper.


Next I couldn’t resist using some of the trim and rubons in combination with the stickers. Oh, and I even pulled out my deco scissors circa 1996! I actually love the little addition to the heart and it felt great putting my old tools to work.


A favorite part of any Fancy Pants collection is the sheet of “cards” that are easily cut up to finish off a card quite nicely.


Then of course you can’t dismiss the darling rub-ons. I think this particular Valentine will be given right to my little 4-year-old snuggle bug.


The Fancy Pants transparencies are always amazing as well. One card I used the hearts transparency die cut as the focus of the card, while another card I actually cut a transparency sheet to card size and it became my card.

Valentine Valentine

If you haven’t made your Valentines for tomorrow yet, then now is your chance! Lots of ideas to help you springboard your own creation and of course we’d love to see what you create.

As far as being eligible for the February random Monday Card Madness drawing, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, March 2nd, 2012.

And now for the final reminder about our Quarter 1 card swap.

Here are the details just in case you missed out:

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

Have a lovely day everyone! And may your Valentine’s day be filled with love! I know mine will be because I love a great How To’sday, and tomorrow we have yet another great tutorial from one of you!

Silhouette Advent Calendar — Love Style

Can you believe that Valentines Day is just barely over 25 days away? (26 if I’m counting right!) If you’re like me and just barely thought about putting away your Silhouette Advent Calendar from Christmas, think again! Why not turn it into a work of love? Don’t have one yet? Then today is your chance to pick one up and get creating a countdown to the day of hearts and kisses.

One of our good friends Staci Jones, recently converted her Silhouette Advent Calendar into a darling creation to give to her husband to count the many ways that she loves him. Granted I’m not exactly sure what Staci has hidden in those drawers for her hunny, but the display is something that would make anyone’s heart melt!

I’m so inspired by her creation that I figure I’d better give my calendar a face lift too!

Not sure what to put inside of your drawers?  Well, if you’re creating your advent for a significant other, then here are a few ideas that you may be able to tuck inside with a little kiss of chocolate.

  • A pass for a free massage
  • An invite to share a bubble bath
  • A love letter
  • A poem, written by you
  • A candle to burn later on
  • Movie tickets
  • Invite to dinner at his favorite restaurant
  • Create a custom crossword puzzle with clues that pertain to your relationship
  • A picture of a tulip with a note saying “I’ve got two-lips waiting for you”
  • A picture of wildflowers with a note saying “for my wild man”
  • A gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor
  • A garter with a special note attached
  • Love coupons
  • A copy of your wedding vows
  • A verse from a favorite song attached to an iTunes gift card
  • A tiny teddy bear with a note attached saying “I can’t bear being away from you”
  • A little monkey with a note attached saying “let’s monkey around”
  • A note telling him how much you appreciate the work he does
  • A gift card to a lingerie store — see what he brings home!
  • A small vile of massage oil
  • A Chinese fortune cookie with the fortune replaced with something romantic

Want to gear your advent toward your children? Attach reasons why you love them and special things that make you smile.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, the Silhouette Advent Calendar is a sure way to make the countdown to any celebration or holiday just that much more special.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday with another Monday Card Madness.