Mondays with Melissa: Unconventional Hearts

Hello!  My card was created just for you today, sharing my love on this sweet, Valentine week.  I’ve got hearts hidden and tucked in here and there on my card, showing you that you can use hearts in unconventional ways.

I began by using Stamper’s Select White cardstock and the Shape Shifters:  Oval 4 die.  I stamped my bird from the Give Love stamp set in Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, and Hibiscus Burst.  The stem was stamped in Fine Linen ink.

Next, using Spring Moss ink, I stamped my tiny stems.  These are also from the Give Love stamp set.  The flowers were stamped in Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Sweet Blush.  They are from the Warm Regards stamp set.  I adore both of these darling sets!

Limeade Ice ink was used for my leaves, and they are scattered around the flowers.  Isn’t is fun how each new stamped image adds so much personality?

Now for the hidden hearts :).  I used the You Make My Heart Soar stamp set and selected the tiny group of hearts.  I added them to mimic berries and stamped them at the ends of my Spring Moss stems using Hibiscus Burst ink.  I also used a single heart from this set, stamping in Pale Peony ink.  Can you see the hidden hearts?

My sentiment is from the From the Heart stamp set and was stamped in Olive Twist ink.


Lastly I added a bit of sponging in Aqua Mist at the top and Lemon Tart at the bottom.  I love the soft feel that sponging adds.

To build my card, I started with a Harvest Gold cardstock base.  I rounded the bottom corners before adding my block of Stamper’s Select White cardstock, also rounding the bottom corners.

I then added a bit of trim across the bottom of my card and layered on a coordinating piece of patterned paper.

Before layering on my focal point, I added a bit of aqua seam binding, tying it in a bow near the top corner.

To finish, I decided to give my card more dimension, and added a fussy cut bird image with a leaf from the Give Love stamp set for its wing.  I stamped the wing in Hibiscus Burst ink.  I then added Sweet Blush buttons to the centers of my flowers.


Sometimes I don’t have time to sort through all of my dies to find a certain die collection.  That was the case with this card and the Give Love collection.  So, I just used my scissors and it turned out just fine.  So, if you find yourself with a stamp set and no die collection, remember you can still add dimension just by fussy cutting your images.


  • STAMPS:  Give Love, Warm Regards, You Make My Heart Soar, From the Heart
  • INK:  Aqua Mist, Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Pale Peony, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, Olive Twist, Fine Linen, Hibiscus Burst
  • CARDSTOCK:  Harvest Gold, Stamper’s Select White
  • DIES:  Shape Shifters:  Oval 4, Give Love
  • OTHER:  sequins, seam binding, buttons, patterned paper

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

With Love,



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