Saturday, 11 February 2017


I don't do soppy.   With Valentine's Day looming, I am fed up with soppy!
Valentines' Day is dear husband's birthday.      We don't do Valentine's day.
We don't really do birthdays either - not cards or presents but we normally have a nice meal around the date - not ON the date 'cos everywhere is full of soppy!!!

I have made a 'not soppy' Love card - made for no other reason than I was feeling a teeny weeny bit soppy.
The heart stamp was a cheapie from Hobby Crafts - bought it as I don't posess any heart stamps and thought it might be needed.... first time it's seen ink!
I used a Brilliance Ink Pad in Rocket Red for the heart and the splats (which are from a Visible Image set).

The ink splatters across the card were a mix of the Rocket Red ink and Festive Berries DI as I wasn't sure if mixing water with just the Brilliance ink would work!
Mounted the heart on a scrap of vellum cut with a nestie, stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black and added a strip of corrugated red card (which means I can go play again over at CAS Mix Up!)

Unsurprisingly there's lots of soppy love themed challenges around so am linking to -

Crafty Purple Frog - Love is All Around
House of Cards - Love theme
Time Out - Inspired by words
              (and I have used 'Heart')
Uniko - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Hearts
House that Stamps Built -

It's very cold here today. We've had a couple of snow flurries but it hasn't stayed. Changed the bed and done a little bit of housework this morning. Planning now on having a lazy day in the craftie space - in the warm!

Thanks for looking today - have a great weekend whatever you're doing - and if you're doing 'soppy' - enjoy!!  x  


  1. Hello Viv, beautifully designed card, love the contemporary design and that fabulous splashed background.
    Thank you for visiting and commenting at my blog, very much appreciated, Kate x

  2. Super inkiness with the romantic twist Viv. It's lovely to see you at Allsorts this week, thanks so much for joining in our Hearts and Flowers theme.

    Told hubby don't think I can watch - he told me I was a coward as we are going to win !

    B x

  3. Hi Viv...pretty much mirrored your day today! but my valentine is for this space and you may spy the alcohol inks too! It will be a M&S dinner for two for us on Tuesday if they have anything left when I get round to going! Your card looks pretty good to me with all its splats and that lovely heart.very stylish and quite suitable for a male :)...go on surprise him!! Have agood meal whenever it is!

  4. You are rocking this corrugated card challenge, Viv. Another awesome design ... a fantastic mix of elegant and artsy. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  5. I think you must secretly be an old romantic at heart Viv!!! This card is absolutely gorgeous and a great first outin for your heart stamp. Barbxx

  6. This is a great design Viv and love all the different elements.
    Thank you for joining our 'Hearts or Flowers' challenge this week at Allsorts.


  7. I love this heart and the splatters and especially the red corrugated piece! I'd say you do soppy very well in a non-soppy way, Viv! Happy Birthday to your DH! Thanks for sharing with us again at CAS Mix Up!

  8. I really like your not 'soppy' card Viv, its a great design, but I do think its a little romantic with the red heart.
    Yvonne xx

  9. Oh Viv, I love your anti soppy 'rant'! Hilarious. I'm right with you though. Don't do Valentine's in this house either as it's a birthday. Plus I'm not romantic particularly! Your card is utterly gorgeous & would also work brilliantly as an anniversary. I might think about casing it but don't think I would do it justice. Enjoy the meal, thank you for popping back over to my blog, appreciate it xx

  10. Cute!! I love those splatters and the fabulous CAS layout. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  11. A lovely 'not so sloppy' valentine card it. With DT hat on..
    Thanks for sharing your lovely card at Allsorts 'HEARTS AND/ OR FLOWERS' challenge, good luck in the draw. ♥
    [aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

  12. Love all the red elements - a fabulous Valentine card. Great use of the red corrugated cardboard to add texture and a solid straight line to contrast with all the curved lines. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up.

  13. Love your splodges and splatters and the heart is also vey pretty. Thanks for playing at Uniko and AAA Cards.

  14. I absolutely love your card VIv and such a great design....


  15. Lovely contemporary card Viv, looks as if your heart was bleeding all over it!
    Val x

  16. Well Viv, this card is great for Valentine's Day or even an anniversary card . . . well done for going outside your soppy comfort zone!

    Hugs, Sarnie xxx

  17. This is lovely, Viv. I love the splatters and the fancy heart. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.

  18. ha ha ha, I hate that day! it would be a great shock for the industry if People would only promise each other love and faith ha ha!
    But I love your card, no matter if it is soppy or not :)

  19. Fab "not soppy" card Viv , love the red splats etc. We don't do Valentine either, I do make a birthday card for husband and I dispatch him to the village post office the day before my birthday where our lovely post mistress helps him choose a card for me !


  20. Awesome card for hubby - love the splatters. Thanks for jining us at The House that Stamps Built this week.

  21. Definitely not soppy - crisp CAS and great for the man in your life! X

  22. I love your red and white with a touch of black. Your splatters add so much interest and depth. Love the texture your corrugated strip and vellum add to your pretty card too. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up, Viv. Hugs...

  23. I love your not soppy valentines day card :D The layout is brilliant.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog.

    Huge hugs

    Amy xx

  24. Love the grunge touch - takes the soppy right out of there!

  25. Fabulous and lovely card!
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

  26. Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  27. So cool - I love the red corrugated card board strip and the bright contrast between white and red. The red splatters are a great touch. Thanks so much for joining us at AAA Cards! Jenny x

  28. What a great design Viv with the pretty patterned heart sitting on the vellum circular mat, and the piece of bright red corrugated card with your sentiment sitting over the top of it. Love all the splatters and red is so wonderfully bright. x

  29. Fabulous card - I love how the splashes of red pop against the white background and highlight that pretty heart! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

  30. Love the not-pink! Great card!
    Thank you for sharing with House of Cards!
    DT for HOC
    Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

  31. Oh that's fabulous! So creative, gorgeous design! Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Purple Frog!
    Lucy x


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