Saturday, February 7, 2015

Train Valentine and Envelope

Hello, everyone! Before I share today's card, I would like to extend a warm welcome to my lovely new follower - Margaret - thank you for joining me!

Today I've made Brian's Valentine card!  He loves trains so I found this adorable freebie retro Valentine image at Old Design Shop (thank you, Julie!).  I fell in love with it - it reminds me of my childhood, like the Valentines I would receive in elementary school. So I turned it into a card with all kinds of added goodies!  I tried to keep it masculine, so hard for me!

The patterned paper is a freebie this month from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage and I inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and mounted on black cardstock.  Of course I had to include some kitties, so the first one is a Purr-ority Post stamp from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Party Cats set and I inked around the edges with distress ink.  The second kitty is Poppystamps Walking Cat, which I die cut twice, in turquoise and black, to create a shadow effect.  I did the same with Poppystamps Simple Banner, which I believe is retired now. 

I added lots of other fun vintage images. The Love bingo card is from Designs by Denise and was a freebie at one point.  The fun Valentine's Day tickets were a freebie from Papercrafts, and the postcard was a freebie from Vintage Field and Garden.  For embellishments, I added a heart-shaped paper clip; a heart button; butterfly, lock, and key charms; and a bow made from embroidery floss.

As an added bonus, I made a matching envelope!  This is also a freebie at Old Design Shop (thank you, Julie!).  I added the same Purr-ority Post stamp from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Party Cats, this time printed in blue.  I stamped some wood-mounted stamps in black, and I'll add the to/from details later.  

I would like to support these fun challenges:
Allsorts Love is All Around 1/3
Artistic Inspirations AG with Twist of Hearts UE
Brown Sugar AG 2/2
Buckwell's Crafty Challenge Love/Red 2/3
Bunny Zoe's Hearts UE
Butterfly Challenge V is for Valentine 3/3
Card Mania Add Some Red 2/3
Craft Your Passion AG 3/3
Crafts 4 Eternity With Love 2/3
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper February UE
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage February Linky Party
Creative Fingers AG 2/3
Creative Inspirations Love is in the Air UE
Cute Card Thursday Crazy in Love UE
Cuttin' and Stampin' Masculine 1/3
Cuttlebug Mania I Heart You 3/3
Dies R Us Hearts 3/3
DL.ART February Linky AG UE 1/day

Dragonfly Dreams Love is in the Air UE
Fussy and Fancy It's All About Love UE
Inspiration Destination AG UE
Inspiration Journal Love is in the Air UE
Inspired by Stamping (hearts theme) UE
Kitty Bee Valentines/Love 1/2
Love to Scrap Love is in the Air 3/3
Loves Rubberstamps AG UE

Lunagirl Moonbeams Vintage Red 1/3
My Craft Creations Feb.2-14 AG UE
Natalie and Amy's All about the Love 3/3
Not Just Cards AG UE
Papertake Weekly AG 4/5
Party Time Tuesday AG 3/3

{PIN}spirational Photo Inspiration (I was inspired by the heart theme) 3/5
Poppystamps February My Love UE

Scrap and Craft  Valentines/Love/Romance 2/3
Scribble and Scrap AG 3/3
Send a Smile 4 Kids For the Boys 1/3
Simon Says Stamp Monday H is for... Heart 2/5
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday All Things Bright and Beautiful 2/5
Sister Act (Cards Only) AG UE

Suzy Bee's Bloomin' AG Add Something with Wings (butterfly) UE
The Pink Elephant Inspiration Photo (inspired by the banner) UE

Wags n Whiskers For Someone You Love 1/2
Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment 3/5
Your Scrapbook Place AG Optional Masculine 2/3

Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!


  1. Love the way you did the dies with the shadow look! CUTE card and yes, it's great for a guy. I swear I got one with that little guy in the train when I was young. Brings back so many memories! A delightful and cute card Kitty.

  2. this is so adorable vintage little train. so cute. lots of details...thank you so much as well for letting me such a sweet comment at the PETALOO blog, thanks my friend>
    hugs bibiana

  3. Terrific card! Love the addition of kitties. The train is so cute! Thanks for playing along with us @ Cuttlebug Mania!
    Belinda DT

  4. What a brilliant valentine card for your son!! So rich of beautiful vintage embellishments! Great work!

  5. I just LOVE these 'old' Valentine's! This is what they looked like when I was a kid (Oh my did I just say that out loud? LOL) Fabulous creation ... he is going to LOVE it!!!
    Thanks for joining our February Linky Party at Crafty Secrets Blog and thanks also for playing along in the 'Hearts' challenge at Dies R Us! You are certainly a busy crafter!!!
    Crafty Secrets DT and DiesRUs Blog Leader

  6. This is fabulous Kitty, such a fun image and lots of lovely details.

  7. What an awesome project. Thanks for playing in the Creative Fingers challenge Penny (Creative Fingers DT)

  8. Such a lot to look at on your card. Love the very vintage feel to it. Thankyou for fluttering by with another super butterfly for my #23 challenge. hugs Mrs A.

  9. Oh wow, Kitty, this is fabulous!! I love the vintage train images!! The layers and details you added are perfect!! Love, love this my friend!! Soooo awesome!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. Cute card! I love trains…so fun! Loving the vintage look, too. And thanks for pointing us to the free digi - Wish I had seen your post about five minutes earlier - I just packaged up the Valentine cards for my grandsons! LOL!

  11. Super cute card, love that vintage looking valentine train, yes remids me of getting valentines in school too.

  12. Beautiful card for Brian, Kitty , love the gorgeous added goodies, your papers are beautiful as well as the{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

  13. What a really super creation Kitty, perfect for our love challenge.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts this week.


  14. Outstanding job done Kitty! Love this vintage valentine creation! The image is super cute and so much to see in this creation. And the envelop is too cute!

  15. What a beautiful vintage style Valentine card. There is so much detail, and it's really like going back in time, looking at all the lovely elements.
    Liz - Butterfly Challenge #23, Guest Designer. xx

  16. Super cute vintage Valentine...I just love working with Crafty Secrets products, don't you?? Thank you for joining us at "Crafty Secerts" for our "February linky party"...hope to see you there again!!
    Diane CS DT

  17. Gorgeous card!
    I love how you made the card and envelope.
    very nice

  18. so cute
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

  19. great job!! a lot of fun details. thanks for sharing in the Cuttin' & Stampin' challenge
    Cathy DT

  20. Love both this gorgeous card and its accompanying envelope. Love the great retro feel to both. Brian will adore it I know.

  21. Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  22. Beautiful and sweet card!!! Thanks for joining us at Card Mania :) Good luck!!! iluszka DT

  23. Such a fun card with a lot of lovely details.
    Thank you for playing over at Buckwells Crafty Challenge - Veerle DT

  24. So cute and really fun! Love the vintage images! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  25. Fantastic design, so cute and adorable, I love it!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  26. This is so much vintage. I love it.
    Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination.
    Hope to see you again in a next challenge.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  27. Wow, such a fabulous retro card!!! Great details and a whole lot of fun. Love it! Thanka for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  28. Sweet card, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxx

  29. This is fabulous, and I'm sure your guy will love the train !! I also find it very challenging when it comes to boy cards . . . just not as much fun, without adding all the flowers and girly items!! Thank you for joining us at the Love To Scrap challenge blog.

  30. Great card. Love the image. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.


  31. Fabulous card and so many cute details, like that kitty stamp especially. your hubby will love everything about it and that envelope too!

  32. Gorgeous card! Love image and all cute details. Thanks for sharing your lovely creation for the Craft Your Passion Challenges - hope to see you again soon, hugs, Helena

  33. This is SO cute and perfect for boy theme valentine!! Wonderful card for the Your Scrapbook Place challenge this month! Cheers Holley

  34. Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us on {PIN}spirational Challenge. Can't wait to see more of your beautiful creations.
    Naz DT xxx

  35. This is one of the best designs you've made, my friend! It's so vintage and adorable and filled with lots and lots of layers! GREAT job!

  36. I'm happy to see you in my challenges again at! This is so adorable! ~ Karen

  37. I remember seeing this valentine as a child, now if that doesn't date me! So fun. Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.


  38. both projects are so nice, love them both, the one on top is so lovely made, love the cute little diecuts you used. On the second one, love the stamped postage of the cat, both are lovely, lots of hugs, cuddles and a treat if possible for your lovely furbabys, Marion

  39. Such a super fun card!!! LOVE the use of vintage Valentines and I adore the gorgeous bright colors! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  40. Adorable card! I love that vintage train image! Too sweet!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  41. Very cute card! Thanks for joining the Cuttin and Stampin challenge.

  42. What a super cute card! I love the kitty postage...and the inked edges on our Valentine paper really make this work with your cute train image! thanks so much for sharing with us at the Crafty Secrets February Linky party!
    Kathy Clement/DT Leader, Crafty Secrets

  43. What a cute card! Love how you incorporated even more cuteness with the Party Cats stamps! Thanks for joining the Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!

  44. Thank you so much for joining in Buckwells challenge 5 with your lovely crafting – we hope we’ll see you again soon, Hazel, DT - thank you also for entering this for my Patterned Paper February challenge x

  45. Great minds think alike, I thought Valentines Day was a great place to have party cats as well. I love your vintage card, it's so cute. Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Secrets Valentine LInky Party.
    Cheers, Elizabeth Lincoln

  46. So much to see on your traincard! Great you could join our anything goes challenge at LOves Rubberstamps! Hope to see you soon,
    Hugs Blankina

  47. Hi
    great card
    thanks for joining us at cuttlebug mania
    greetings Lisbeth DT-Cuttle bug

  48. Lovely card, gorgeous image and colorsI Thank you for sharing with us at Scrap & Craft and Good Luck!\
    Lady E Scrap & Craft DT

  49. Squee! This is such a fun vintage card with matching envelope nonetheless. It does remind me of the VD cards from grade school. It is so much fun. Love that it is Purr-riority Post! But, of course!

  50. Cute card. Thanks for joining with us at Card Mania Challenge. Good luck. Vesi DT

  51. This card is amazing. I love all the ephemera and the way you highlighted the valentine. Thanks for joining us at Your Scrapbook Place.

  52. What a great vintage card, love all; the elements and the envelope

  53. love the vintage feel of this! thanks for joining us for our aloha friday challenge - valentine's/love at kitty bee designs!

  54. So vintage! Reminds me of cards from the 50s and 60s....hey is that old enough to be vintage?? LOL Thanks for playing along in the Crafty Secrets Challenge!

  55. Super cute vintage card. Love it.

    Thanks for playing along this week at Brown Sugar. Good luck.

    Lynn, BSCB DT

  56. Lovely and funy card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  57. Kittyyy you made it again
    more and more challenges wooohoooooo you ROCK dear
    and I want to say
    cool card for a little boy
    my son love train so much ..this is great for a little boys or big boys who love Locomotive
    and I love the matching envelope too...
    the blue color on your card is really pop..
    great card sweety

  58. A wonderful card and envelope. I love the vintage elements and fabulous image.
    Thank you for joining in with the Scribble & Scrap challenge and good luck x

  59. Wonderful! I love vintage style! All details are beautiful!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

  60. Super cute card, great image & design!
    Glad you could join us for the challenge at Your ScrapBook Place, hope to see you come back soon!
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska ~ YSBP~DT ~

  61. Very cute vintage valentine! Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays :) -Esther

  62. Lovely card. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again next time

  63. Great card you have made. Thank you for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams, hope we see you again soon...
    Love and Hugs ~ Lady Anne xx
    Dragonfly Dreams
    Anne's Paper Dream's Blog

  64. Oh my, such gorgeous vintage in a modern day set up! Thank you for playing with us at Your Scrapbook Place and best of luck!

  65. Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper