3 quick and easy Valentines card ideas

January is drawing to a close and perhaps your thoughts are turning to Valentine’s Day? Why not send your hearts desire something a little more personal this year than the over priced commercial tat filling the shop windows. You don’t have to be crafty to make these quick and easy valentines card ideas. Plus you can write your own special message inside!
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Spoonflower design competion, Love is in the air

Do you know Spoonflower? It’s a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn’t normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Love is in the air.
The brief was to:

‘Create a love-inspired and weather-centric design! Clouds, wind, rain, sun, birds and bees! With Valentine’s Day and National Wedding Month upon us, love is certainly in the air! Designs must include elements of weather and love.’

I went with a bight blue Summer sky filled with heart shaped balloons and bubbles. That pop and spell ‘love’. What I like most about this design is the simple colour pallet limited to four colours. What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.

Browse other gifts from Zazzle.

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Valentine’s fabric collection

Feeling romantic? Or creative? How about both? These designs are part of my Loved up collection and are all available as fabrics from My Spoonflower and WovenMonkey stores.

If however you have not the tome or inclination to make something from these wondrous patterns. Never fear they can also be purchased on a range of lovely products, from greetings cards to duvets and all that’s in between. You can find a wide selection of products with these designs on from my Redbubble, Society 6 and Zazzle stores.

I love how this collection has captured a real 90’s essence and they look so fresh when printed.



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Free cross stitch pattern ‘I’m Batty for you’ Funny Valentine

I’m not one for soppy cards and hardly celebrate Valentine’s day. But I do love a good play on words and I love to give my Husband silly cards for any occasion. So with that in mind, here is a cute Bat themed Valentines card. ‘I’m batty for you’.

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 Free I’m batty for you pattern

It’s not very large just 50 x 50 on 14 count aida, so it’s perfect to stitch up in a night and make into a card. Personalise it with your own choice of coloured boarder. You don’t have to stick to the green I’ve chosen.im batty for you

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Many thanks to the talented Jeni Lynn Ingram who model stitched this design for me. If you would like to work with Jeni you can contact her via the Facebook group Embroidery Model Stitchers and Designers.

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Want to personalise your card more? Grab your free alphabet chart here.
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Free cross stitch Valentines Heart Pdf pattern

Well Christmas and New year came and went, I have neglected the blog for a while, so it’s time to get back into the swing of things and start planning for the next celebration. With that in mind here is a lovely pattern for a Valentines heart. Quick to stitch up using only full count stitches and one colour. Click on the pop out to download your free copy. Enjoy.

I love patterns like this, as they look great stitched up and framed in hoops. Yet it’s small enough that you could also use it for card making, applique, or other gift ideas.

It’s easy enough to customise as well. Change the colour to suit your style or try using different threads. I’d love to stitch it up with a variegated colour thread. Or add text to truly personalise it. Great to turn it into a wedding or anniversary gift.

You can use my FREE alphabet chart to do just that, as it comes with Capitals, lowercase and numbers.

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Here is your Free cross stitch Valentines Heart Pdf pattern

Love this FREE pattern? Don’t forget to check out my patterns pages, with a great range of Free Patterns for Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

Handmade Mother’s day heart keyring gift and gift box

Here is another piece from my Mother’s day craft class I taught last week. A Handmade Mother’s day heart keyring gift and gift box. This is a smaller designed gift box and felt heart shaped key ring decorated with seed beads.

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 I topped my gift box with a paper rose which can be made simply by cutting a circle out of matching paper and then cutting a spiral to the centre. You then wind up the spiral and stick it when your happy with the shape.

handmade pink paper box with paper rose on top

I also used a scrap of the paper to make a matching gift tag using a punch and an eyelet. I think it really finished it off well.

handmade pink paper box with the lid off with silver tissue filling and a paper tag

To make a folded paper box you can find the instructions here.

To make the heart keyring:

  • Cut two heart shapes from red felt.
  • sew a smaller heart shape using chain stitch in the middle. You can read a tutorial of how to do chain stitch here.
  • Then sew seed beads around the chain stitched heart. I used alternate red colours.
  • Then cut a loop of red ribbon and pin this inside the two heart shapes at the top.
  • Blanket stitch around the hearts to secure. You can read a tutorial of how to do blanket stitch here.


Banana Valentine cross stitch pattern

I just wanted to share with you my latest pattern in my Etsy shop. It’s a banana Valentine with a play on words. Perfect for those that don’t like anything to soppy or hearts and flowers. I will be stitching this up for the hubby this year. It’s only small so there is plenty of time to get it made for Valentines day.

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