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A stitch in time …

What could be more timely than a few hearts using American Crafts’ Stitched range from Amy Tan … and on Valentine’s day !

Valentine’s Day happens to be a year to the day that we acquired our new kitten Jenny . What better way to celebrate that a layout showing her cute little face over the year that she’s been with us. I love geometric patterns and triangles lend themselves to creating a geometric heart .  I used a 2.5″ square punch to make sure every piece was a uniform size , cut diagonally to make 2 triangles . This design requires a total of 20 pieces less however many spaces you decide to fill with photos. When you’re printing your photos , bear in mind that you’re only going to be using one triangle’s worth of image  … I learnt the hard way !

It’s also a good idea to map them out on a sheet of cardsock laid onto a grid mat so that you can align them accurately ( since when have I ever done anything accurately ?! ) Can you spot a few other patterned paper pieces from the Hey Little Magpie shelves – it’s a great way to use of scraps and leftovers mixed in with new stash.




I didn’t think it needed anything more than a black title – keeping it simple .






Next up is a layout using some of the lovely patterned paper in the Amy Tan Stitched Collection all of which are perfect for Valentine’s layouts . I particularly love the gold shaped paperclips too. I can see those sneaking on to quite a few layouts in the future.






A few more of my favoured triangles and a scattering of frames from Gossamer Blue’s On My Desk collection. You can never have enough of these in your stash collection . They’re prefect for layering and you can see through to the papers beneath – an added bonus. Funny how it isn’t until you come to look at the photographs you’ve taken that you notice how skewed some elements are – must have lost my glasses at that point !






And finally , something I’m really into at the moment and easy to achieve – a layout with a drop shadow effect. My title is cut into a 12″ x 12 ” piece of card stock on the Silhouette Cameo but the brave could cut this by hand .






You then use the letters raised on foam dots ( American Crafts make my favourites – easily released from their backing as they’re all separated – lazy I know but hey ! ) offset a little to create a drop shadow effect  ,then back your top card stock with a contrasting piece of card stock behind.






This is echoed in the matting of the photo – this only requires 2 adjacent strips of black card stock , offset in the same direction by the same thickness.





The photo is taken through some French windows so it seemed apt to use an acetate photo overlay that had the same panelled effect. Underneath that is a piece of white card stock embossed with the Amy Tan Stitched Love Spun embossing folder – the sweetest cross stitch heart design ever and oh so subtle. A couple of stamped images using gold ink on black card stock make perfect embellishments. I love this set of Technique Tuesday stamps – they’re so versatile. I’ve only used the heart stamp here but there are 9 designs in total in the set – all kinds of flair sized icons – stars, ampersands, arrows hearts … they’re all here. I’m also still getting great use out of the pack of Crater Paper’s Notes and Things rub-ons. Again , they’re so versatile and there’s loads in a pack.


Here’s hoping you’re all having  a lovey dovey Valentine’s Day  … preferably with a massive heart – shaped box of chocs.



American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched Collection

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Dobby Paper

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Continued Paper

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Repeat Paper

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Gold Shaped Paperclips

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Hooked Paper

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Love Spun Embossing Folder

American Crafts – Amy Tan Stitched – Day Dream Clear Stamps

Technique Tuesday – Clear Stamp – Flairific

Acetate Photo Overlays

 American Crafts Adhesive Foam Dots




  1. SandraB

    What a great trio of layouts. All different but equally inventive and fresh. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Natty

    That heart layout is so striking, and made even more so by the bold and bright papers you’ve used – just perfect!
    Plus once again, love how you have framed your pics, especially in that last layout. 😀

  3. Julie taylor

    Lovely layout using all the triangles to make the heart & I may have to scrap lift your last layout, I too have a child studying for GCSE’s, great idea

  4. Sheena x

    Love how it looks like Jack is peeking out from behind the triangles on your 1st page Claire x