Easy Valentine’s Day Card to Make

You may be aware that my hobby is cardmaking. It’s something I love to do, and find very relaxing.  I also make cards for a local gift shop, and also donate a lot of thank you cards to the oncology ward at our local hospital.  (If interested, you can read more about it here.)

Since we’re running a Valentine’s Day event, I thought this might be of interest to some.  It’s a very simple card, that just about anybody could make without too much effort.

2013-01-12-429reducedThe textured background you see here has been achieved using a Cuttlebug machine, which as a cardmaker, is a great asset.  But if you’re only making cards here and there, it’s definitely not worth the investment (from $59-$150 depending on what country you live in).

You can buy textured paper in craft shops, department stores, and places like Spotlight (in Australia), and I assume Michael’s in the US.


The music themed tape going across the page is called ‘washi tape’ and you can pick it up at any of the above mentioned stores for around $3.  It comes in all sorts of designs, and is very easy to use.

I’ve taped a piece across the card, and tucked it in underneath the textured card on each side. Then added the ‘topper’ sheet to the folded cardstock of the same colour.

Using a die (or punch), cut out some hearts in a variety of colours.  Again, these can be bought in a packet from the same stores. They’re using only a few dollars.

Next I stamped the dancing couple into one of the hearts.  This is only a portion of the stamp; it actually shows their entire bodies, but I thought it more effective like this.

The stamp is from Gina K Designs, where I buy most of my stamps, and is only $7-95 for this versatile duo set.

You can use any stamps you have on hand – this is one I use a lot.

The ‘love you’ greeting is also from Gina K Designs, and is from the True Love set. After stamping the greeting, I also added a rhinestone to the heart.

You can use any stamps for this card, I just happened to have a very large stash of stamps, so usually have something appropriate to use, no matter the occassion.

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card I made – this one was designed to be a fun and lighthearted card.  It was also very easy to make.


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how I made the first card.  If you would like to learn more about cardmaking, visit my cardmaking blog:  ideasforcardmaking.net/




Historical Romance Author Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner


Margaret says: Without romance the world would be a sad and lonely place.




ARoseInNoMansLand She stared into Mark’s eyes, drawn by their fierce blue, unchartered depths. “I…I love you,” she whispered, knowing full well the words were better left unsaid.

“My lovely Amy. I have nothing to offer. The first time we met, you were like a ray of sunshine brightening up my dull, jaded existence. The more I saw of you, the bigger the danger you posed to my peace of mind—that’s why I treated you harshly. I’ve fought my feelings for you,” he went on passionately. “Kept telling myself it was only lust I felt, but—my God! A man going to war shouldn’t tempt fate by lying to himself.”

He pulled her into his arms and held her close for a moment, then lowered his head, as if he couldn’t help himself. “Open your mouth, my lovely girl,” he whispered. “I want to sleep tonight with the taste of your lips on mine.”

Her arms slipped around his neck.

He feathered tiny kisses all over her face, until their lips finally clung together for one heart-stopping, sweet moment.

For a longer excerpt click here.

Valentine’s Day Contest

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romantic-valentine-wallpaperRunning now through Feb. 14, 2013. Winners announced in the Feb. 15 newsletter.

At Books We Love we LOVE our newsletter subscribers. This month, three lucky subscribers are going to win the three prizes pictured. One Chocolate Tower and one Godiva Tower. We’re also giving away a sweet bundle of five romance ebooks.

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Introducing Romance Author Louise Reynolds

LReynoldsPersonal message from Louise:  I wish everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Whether your ideal day includes a beautiful box of long stemmed roses or the same sweet fistful of wildflowers you get every week, it’s wonderful to remember that love is all.



First Kiss from Her Italian Aristocrat by Louise Reynolds

Published by Destiny Romance, a digital first imprint of Penguin Books   Australia.

Her Italian Aristocrat cover

She leaned towards him, standing on tiptoes in those ridiculously sexy shoes, and ran her palms up the front of his shirt until she grabbed the lapels of his coat and jerked him towards her. Her lips parted, two lush pillows already swollen by his kiss. The soft pink tip of her tongue ran slowly across her top lip. And then returned via the bottom one. She was in total control and she knew it. He stared at the intriguing shadow of her downcast dark eyelashes on the pale, freckle-dusted skin. In a nanosecond, she raised her eyes and gave him a quick, sexy smile, before she yanked harder on the lapels and her lips met his.

No brutal assault, this was a playful, sexy tease of a kiss, as those provocative lips parted and danced across his in several soft promising buffs. He shuddered, feeling desire build deep inside and she seized the advantage, taking her kiss from playful to scorching in one powerful surge. Her tongue tangled with his, challenging him, teasing him. He might die a happy man there and then.


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