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Love you much & some blog candy January 7, 2009

A New Years Resolution…I have decided to do more creating for my family.  As you saw in my prior post, I did create my son’s birthday invites.  I will post his favors, the inside of the invite, and much more after the party.  Ethan and I are so excited with all the prepping for his big bash.  I have had such a positive response in regards to  his invites (it was hard mailing them off).  I wanted to put a little note on the back stating “if at any time you decide to part with this invitation, please send back to me” lol.  I did restrain myself and simply stamped my name on the backs.

I do enjoy creating cards for my hubby John.  It brings a smile to my face when I find them tucked away in his car console or in his top dresser drawer.  And, they’re always close by right?  We went out to dinner last Friday and I found this one in his car, and I just smiled (and then inspected it to make sure it was still perfectly intact). 

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I didn’t waste any time creating a card for John.  If you want to get a jump start as well, take advantage of this Stampin’ Up! Valentines Day Bundle special.  The Love You Much set can be used for that special someone, a dear friend, or simply for your childs Valentine’s exchange at school.  And you will definitely drool over the Candy Lane Designer Series Paper (my current favorite). 

Here is the card I created.  I have included several pics so you can see all of the little details.  As you will see, it does resemble Ethan’s invite.

Card front:


Check out the inside of the card:


Next is a series of smaller pics to show you all the possibilities with the images from the Love You Much set:

blog-jan-7-2paper pierce the birds with DSP to coordinate with inside of card

add larger hearts, buttons, and Stampin’ Dimensionals to create depth

circle punch the hugs & kisses sentiment or cut out the double-lined outer circle and use to frame/accent an area







Use Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Tool to the word “love” so you can make fit into punched circles

Use Punches Plus Classy Brass Template to add subtle details to the DSP

Linen Thread french knots to the scallop circle, and stitching throughout card





blog-jan-7-4Add coordinating DSP and ribbon with a tag

created a main focal point with the two sentiment circles

The flower on the tag is from the inside of the large heart








blog-jan-7-6Look at an image and think of all the possibilities….Stamp on several coordinating colors, cut out, and layer to add some “wow” to your projects








What do you think?  It’s a keeper in my opinion.  One that will make me smile when I find it tucked away.

****I’m almost at 500,000 hits.  I can’t believe that!  Thanks for all of your support and wonderful comments.  I will be drawing a winner a week from today.  What’s in store?  How about a stamp set and ribbon?  Just leave one comment and I’ll use to pick a lucky winner.

I’ll be back at the end of the week to share with you more birthday party creations. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


229 Responses to “Love you much & some blog candy”

  1. Mary Jo I love this card! I’ve seen many made with the bundle you have there in USA but I love what you’ve done! Thanks for sharing

  2. bunny Says:

    Congrats on your super hits!! Happy New Year! 🙂

  3. Kathie Tice (aka chattiekathie) Says:

    Cute card! Wow! 500,000?!?!

  4. Lindastamps Says:

    Congrats on all those hits! Love your card! I’ve made my husband a few cards (i haven’t been doing this a year yet) and he still has them sitting on his desk here at home. Makes me smile to see them too.

  5. Leslie Caponey Says:

    How nice to find that your husband kept the card! It sure was a keeper.

  6. Caiti Says:

    Congrats on all the hits!!! Your cards are awesome so I’m not surprsied!!!

  7. Congrats on the hits! Your card is wonderful! Blessings on the new year to you AND your family!

    Nicole Anderson

  8. Alicia Chaparro Says:

    500,000 hits is AMAZING!!!!

    You are so talented! I love making cards for family too.

    Hugs and blessings

  9. StampMom Says:

    Congrats on all the hits and the popularity of your blog — shows you have real talent! Love your cards. 🙂

  10. Heidi Gore Says:

    Congrats on a successful and popular blog. Thanks for offering the blog candy.

  11. Mary P Says:

    I love that set and the desinger paper that comes with the bundle. Your card is awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Tricia Dee Says:

    Great card! Congratulations on 500, 000!

  13. Cindy B Says:

    Congrats on your great blog and so many people visiting! Your card is amazing. Can’t wait to get the bundle, but my cards won’t be half as beautiful as yours.

  14. Lisa Says:

    Congrats to you, I love all of your cards and projects. I also agree with you, it is sometimes hard to part with what you

  15. Lynne Says:

    Congrats on your hits. I understand your desire to create for your family and hope you’ll continue to share.

  16. Shelly Says:

    Congrats!!! It must feel amazing that so many people check you out!

  17. Ilene B. Says:

    Congrats on the hits, but I am not surprised, you are a super talented lady and I LOVE checking out your blog updates when I receive them or anyplace I can find your projects! Keep the inspiration coming for all of us!

  18. Sherry D Says:

    This card really has such a WOW factor to it! When I saw it the first thing I thought is.. ‘yeah, I really need this bundle’!! Thanks for that because I was on the edge and would probably not have gotten it! Glad I stopped by! Congrats on the hits..well deserved your artwork is FAB-ulous!

  19. Paula Says:

    Congrats on the hits and I hopw Ethan has a lovely birthday party! The invites are great and I just LOVE the valentines card!!

  20. Jackie Says:

    What beautiful projects – and a nice resolution! Congrats on your hits!

  21. Karen M Says:

    Cute card Mary Jo. Congrats on your blog hits! 🙂

  22. Liz Says:

    Very cute card! Congrats on 500,000 hits!

  23. Crystal Says:

    Such a cute card! I struggle with Valentines but maybe it is because I try to stick to just pink and red. I need to throw in some brown this year!

  24. mudmaven Says:

    What a great card. Sure to make anyone smile! ~chris

  25. StampinCathy Says:

    Fabulous card. I love the colors and all the details on this one. Congrats on your hits and I know with your creative and inspiring projects it will keep going up and up. Thanks for a chance.

  26. Kathy Brown Says:

    Mary Jo, love your card to John and love the B-day invitation. Your blog is just the greatest. I look forward to another year with you and your blog. TFS all that you do.

    Kathy Brown

  27. Stacey Says:

    Congrats on a huge milestone! I love all your creations and just want to thank you for all the inspiration. This card is so beautiful! I have a hard time giving away cards like these! 🙂

  28. Julie Says:

    Great card. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Linda E Says:

    Great card, as always and congratulations on your hit counter.

  30. Wow! You are so creative! I absolutely love this card, it really makes me smile. I love that you pointed out all the details. Absolutely Beautiful! Great Job!

  31. Jenn T Says:

    I love your website, and am excited to see what you create for your family! I’m going to try to do more as well – I have a wall full of alterables, and I’m determined to do things with them!

    Congrats on half a million!

  32. Melissa F. Says:

    Beautiful card with lots of fabulous details. It’s a keeper for sure. Congrats on all the hits your blog is great.

  33. Kim Roberts Says:

    Congrats! I just love that card. It is so darn cute.

  34. Sara Spencer Says:

    I love the cards you make. They have been such an inspiration to me to keep going with my paper crafting with a new baby. =) I totally need this time for myself and your cards are some of the most beautiful ones I have seen. Thank you!!!

  35. Martie M Says:

    Congrats on 500,000. Love making Valentine cards.

  36. Mary Jo thanks so much for all your inspirations. I met you in York PA and was so inspired. Every time I make aproject I now ask my self what else could I do to make it better! thanks again Virginia Killmore

  37. yvonnew Says:

    I love your card and blog! I’m not surprised of the number of hits 🙂

  38. Kenna Says:

    Congrats on 500,000 hits! I love the card, my current favorite paper is the same as you. I used it for my daughter’s birthday invites this year.

  39. Terri E. Says:

    No question you have so many hits, you are a creative geneous! Thanks for your inspiration. I’m glad I am not the only one to think about asking for the card back if they are going to get rid of it LOL!

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

  40. Lacey Says:

    Thank you for showing close ups of your card. There’s so much going on that it’s nice to focus on all the little details that went into such a work of love. Did you draw the bird that’s on the inside of the card?

  41. LeAnne Says:

    Loving the inspiration and can’t wait to receive my Love You Much bundle! Isn’t it so nice to make treasured goodies for our loved ones.

  42. Shannon Says:

    WOW!!!! This card is stunning. All the little details on it really add some many wonderful touches and tought. You can really tell you poured your heart and soul into it for your husband.

  43. pegg Says:

    Congrats on 500K – soo close! I think you’ve made a great resolution for the new year. This card is incredible with all the details and should be cherished forever and ever!

  44. jennifer stevenson Says:

    thanks for sharing this great card. So much detail, but yet not too much! i would love to receive such a card in the mail, it would make me smile too…

  45. Mary S Says:

    Congrats on the 500,000 hits. Your creations are amazing! I love looking at them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Mary Says:

    Congrats on half a million! Your card is beautiful!

  47. Yifatiii Says:

    What a cute card!
    Everyone who know me – know that my favorite themes are:
    LOVE and BIRDS!
    So it’s so wonderful to see how you combine these two themes togther is so adorable way.
    I love it ♥
    I’m wishing you all the love in the all world 🙂
    XO, Yifat

  48. Beautiful Card. I love the hearts. THanks!

  49. Darlene L Says:

    I think your card is a keeper too–love all the small details that give a big punch. As a subscriber I can see why you have so many hits–you are a very talented stamper. Thanks for the chance to win a new set and ribbon–my favorite prizes. dar

  50. Jen Says:

    Wow! That is a terrific card! So many little details and so much time and effort! Love looking at your work!

  51. Karolyn L. Says:

    What a sweet, sweet Valentine. No doubt, your hubby will treasure it always. Can’t wait to see Ethan’s birthday invites. I know exactly how you feel about wanting to hang onto what you make. Many times I’ve given a card to a family member and I always ask them if they’re going to keep it or throw it away. If they say “throw it away” then I grab it and put it back in my stash. One of these days, I’m going to figure out a way to put “temporary” messages inside so that I can “regift” them. LOL Thanks for sharing all that you do with us, MJ. You’re a treasure.

  52. Beth M Says:

    Love the valentine card and all it’s details! Amazing! Congrats on 500,000!

  53. Mary Campbell Says:

    Congratulations on the huge number of hits to your blog. I love your card. It must have taken a while to make. You did a lot of cutting. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  54. Jenae Says:

    You are so inspiring! I absolutely love EVERYTHING you make!

  55. becky cuningham Says:

    Totally agree with you, i’ve been making cards now for about 2 years and my hubby and daughter have received the least of my card making. Seems to go to church folks and everyone else before i sit down to make them one.
    ok, i’m committed now going to make them each a valentine’s
    by Sunday, they deserve it!
    Happy day!
    scs belledancr

  56. Shelby Says:

    Wow! 500,000?!? Congratulations!

  57. Yvonne Says:

    Congrats on the hits! That’s quite an accomplishment. Love the card too!

  58. Cheri Mosgrove Says:

    Cute card!!! And how fun that your hubby still had the other one in his truck! Congrats on the hits and happy new year!

  59. Tricia Says:

    Your cards are always gorgeous. They’re *all* keepers! Congrats on the hits!!

  60. Mona P Says:

    LOVE your card! This bundle is on my wish list!

  61. I am loving this card too! THanks for all the inspiration. I love visiting!

  62. JoAnn Burnham Says:

    Very cute card. How nice that your hubby still had the other one you made him. Congrats on all the hits.

  63. Ohhhhhhhhh…that is totally adorable! I love all of the elements you included!

  64. Colett R Says:

    I really appreciate all the great ideas you share. You are a real inspiration. Thanks.

  65. Katie Peters Says:

    I love your blog! Thanks so much!

  66. Sharon in NE Says:

    Oh MJ what an adorable card! That’s why your blog is so popular…you got talent!

  67. Janet Swofford Says:

    I love your card! If I was so lucky to receive one of your cards I would never part with it! Your creations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your talents with me. And thanks for the chance to win the blog candy!

  68. Sarah Says:

    I also love when I find my cards in my boyfriends room or car… He just recently took his working out to a whole new level and I made him a card for encouragement/ saying how proud I was and the other day I found it taped to his weight machine. I was SOOO over joyed I almost cried. Who knew men could love cards soo much?!

    Love that v-day card! Super cute on soo many levels!

  69. Hi, I love your blog. I am amazed at your creativity! I am looking forward to seeing the birthday invites. I really dropped the ball this year and haven’t sent invites out for ANY of my 3 kids birthdays. I am getting the chance to redeem myself in March, so I am on the hunt for great ideas! THanks!

  70. Denise Says:

    I love your card! So very cute and sweet. I just love the colors.

  71. Gail S. Says:

    Congratulations all all of your hits! I love coming to visit you at your blog – you always have some fun things to show us. Love your love card!

  72. deb Says:

    I love the card….I wasn’t going to get the set but I have been seeing a lot of wonderful cards made with it and this one sold me on it…..congrats on your successful blog….your’re awesome.

  73. I love this card. It would definitely be a keeper. And a stamp set with ribbon is great, but the card would be great to have too as I admire your work so much! Thanks for sharing, Linda Crowder

  74. Monika/buzsy Says:

    Happy new year and congrats on your hits! Love the Valentine card… great colors and love the different shapes. TFS!

  75. Susan G Says:

    I can’t wait for my bundle to come so I can play with all the cool stamps in it. Thanks so much for sharing all the small details that make your card so super. Thanks, too, for a chance at a prize, and congratulations on your success. I enjoy every post you make.

  76. Kerry J. Says:

    It’s so nice to see you post!! I’ve missed you but totally understand about priorities!! Beautiful card and thanks for the chance to win!

  77. GeryB Says:

    Wow! That’s a lot of hits! No wonder – your work is fabulous!


  78. Jackie Says:

    I think it’s adorable! Congrats on the hits, too 🙂

  79. Amy Says:

    Congrats on all the hits! Thanks for sharing all the great inspiration and the fabulous blog candy!

  80. Laura N. Says:

    What a stunning card, you can tell that you put a lot of time, hard work, and a lot of heart into that one card.

  81. buzzy Says:

    I am always happy to see that you have posted another of your amazing creations. I’m sure it won’t be longer until you reach that million mark!

  82. Sarah White Says:

    I love your valentine. It never ceases to amaze me how many different creative ways people can use the same stamp set.

  83. Terri Z. from Dillsburg Says:

    Thanks for all you do MJ! I always look forward to reading ‘beauty lies within’…it gets me in a creative mood, even if I can’t always put ink to paper that day. Happy New Year!

  84. Heidi Says:

    You are so talented! Love your work!!

  85. Beth Swickert Says:

    I just love your blog. I think all the projects you do are just beautiful! I love to check every day to see what new card or project you have done. Have a wonderful day and New Year! Beth

  86. Melissa Says:

    It’s lovely MJ and definitely a keeper! Congrats on the 500k hits!

    Many Blessings,

  87. Stephanie Cox Says:

    Congratulations on so many readers! That is great! This is a beautiful card! I love the paper! Thank you for all your hardwork!

  88. young c-m Says:

    Very cute cards! Thanks for continuing to post your creations!

  89. Lindsey Stobbe Says:

    as always, a beautiful card. i really love your style and appreciate the inspiration! thanks for sharing your talent.

  90. kathy amstutz Says:

    Congrats on your ‘almost’ 500,000 hits although I’m not surprised; your work is great! Thanks for sharing your card with us, too!

  91. Avital Says:

    Congrats on your great traffic! It’s not sheer luck, you know… 🙂

  92. Rebecca W Says:

    very cute! that love you much bundle is irresistable!!! hehe

  93. Diana Says:

    I always enjoy visiting your blog for inspiration! There’s nothing like seeing creative projects and be energized!

  94. Amanda Says:

    Cute card! Congrats on so many hits! That’s great.

  95. Terri Says:

    Wow! Fabulous card. I love all of the little details.

  96. Says:

    Half a million hits! Incredible!

  97. Elaine Says:

    Incredible detail on this card! Congrats on the hits – you’re not really surprised are you? You shouldn’t be! 😉

  98. Stunning as always! Congrats on hitting the 500K mark!!

  99. Kim Says:

    Congrats on all the hits! Your card is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win some candy!

  100. Priscilla Says:

    What a beautiful Valentine’s Card. I have to buy this set! :o)

  101. Carolyn S Says:

    That is definitely a wow card, but looks like lots of work.

    thanks for sharing

    ceashark at aol dot com

  102. Lynda K Says:

    Always enjoy your creations. They inspire me to think ‘out of the box’! Congrats on 500,000 posts, altho not a surprise as your work is wonderful.

  103. Becky Says:

    Love that card. Especially how you did the inside. Very cute!

  104. Maria Jesus Says:

    it’s a lovely card 🙂

    thanks for the chance to win 🙂


  105. lilian Says:

    congratulations on 500K! 🙂 i really love your blog… thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us! 🙂

  106. -Agnes- Says:

    A truly charming card! I have the same issue you have about sending cards away. What I do is I’m keeping them for a year or two, to be able to look at them occasionally. After that time, it gets easier to part with them.

  107. Kelly A. Says:

    I love this card!! Congrats on the hits!

  108. Kim L. Says:

    Congrats on your half-a-mill mark! Woohoo!

  109. Carey Says:

    OK, not only is this card a keeper but a CASEr (that is truly a made up word). Thanks for all the inspiration you send my way.

  110. Kim Badelt Says:

    Hi Mary Jo,
    I have just started following your blog before Xmas. You do some lovely work, and I really appreciated the level of detail and hints in this post. I’ll keep it in mind for my future work.
    Congrats on the 500,000.


  111. Tori Wild Says:

    Wonderful job with all the fun elements!! Congrats on the HUGE amount of hits!! WOW!!

  112. Lisa808 Says:

    Wow, congratulations on so many visits. Beautiful card–John will love it. Thanks for offering us candy.

  113. Sarah N. Says:

    Mary Jo- I LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff! You don’t make cards-you make works of art! Thanks for the inspiration!


  114. Scrapinnut620 Says:

    Love your work. This particular card I found to be very helpful in showing all the possibilities. “Think outside the box” I love it. You just sold me on the set. Now I have to track down the paper.

  115. Dawn Gross Says:

    MaryJo – Glad to see your creations again! Valentine card is gorgeous and Ethan’s invites are too cute!

    Take care –


  116. Dawn Gross Says:

    P.S. – when are we going to see a picture of your new haircut?! :0)

  117. Congrats on your hits. Love the card – all your work you do.

  118. Jennine Says:

    I am a huge fan and love your work! You are so talented and inspire me. Thanks so much for sharing!

  119. Conniecrafter Says:

    I would say it is a keeper 🙂 I love the french knots around the scallops and I just bought a stamp positioner so I need to give these type of things a try now!

  120. Lori Franklin Says:

    Cute ideas on your cards…would love a chance to win!


  121. Alyse Says:

    I have always loved the lovecard that you made for John, you know the blue one. I saved it to my computer so that I may attempt to CASE it-which I did to limited sucess. Now all I want to do is case your new Valentines card! Its BEAutiful!

  122. Lori A. Says:

    I love this card! How sweet that your hubby keeps your cards. My husband has some of the cards I’ve given him up on a shelf on his desk here at home. 🙂

  123. Charmaine Says:

    My husband keeps my cards as well. It makes me feel like they are so much more appreciated!

    Congrats on the hits.


  124. Alexis Says:

    You card is adorable….I think I might start designing the inside of my cards…I think it just adds ot it! Thanks for sharing!

  125. beth g Says:

    this card is stunning! there are so many beautiful detials. thansk for sharing. beth g

  126. Regan Says:

    so glad you are back with some posts, I LOVE it!!!

  127. jmniffer Says:

    I just ordered the Love you much bundle, I can’t wait to get it and try creating something as memorable as your card. Congrats on all the hits! jmniffer

  128. Jannette D Says:

    Love your card! Congrats on the hits! Love your blog your in my favorites folder. Thanks for all your great ideas!

    Jannette D.

  129. jean stayton Says:

    Congrats on all your hits
    adorable card
    thanks for sharing


  130. Joey Says:

    Your fab-u-lous creations often inspire me and this one is no exception! Here’s to 500k more hits!

  131. Sharon L Says:


    Happy New Year!

    What a great card. I too love that Valentine’s Bundle I can’t wait to see that paper in person.
    Thanks for your inspiration.

    Sharon in Mich.

  132. Those cards are fabulous! Congrats on all the hits!

  133. Betty Button Says:

    love your card, keep them coming for sure. making stuff for your family is an awesome idea.

  134. Susan Says:

    What a beautiful card! Congrats on all the hits – I know I love seeing what you do.

  135. Michelle Says:

    What an adorable card. Congrats on all your hits.

  136. Kristina seymour Says:

    Wow 500,000 thats fantastic. Love the card you made. can’t wait to get the bundle.

  137. Angie Tieman Says:

    What an amazing card, definitely a keeper!! You always blow me away!

    Congrats on the 500,000 hits!!!

  138. What a fabulous card! It is really awesome. I love the different layers and the little details you added. Thanks for showing the detail photos. Your hubby will love this. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing. Love your site!

  139. memellie Says:

    What a lovely card! I love all the details and layers you added to this card! Congrats on the hits, your blog (and your talent) is awesome!

  140. Angie Says:

    This is such a wonderful Valentine’s Day card for your husband! I love all the little details. I have already made one for my husband as well, but I love giving him cards, soI’ll probably be making him some more. I’m looking forward to seeing the birthday stuff. I was blown away when I saw the invites!

  141. Wanda Garrison Says:

    Congrats on your hits. Wow, what a great card. So creative.

  142. Heidi Lien Says:

    Wow, now I have to buy this set also. Thanks for the awesome inspiration. Heidi

  143. Thanks for the detailed creation tips/thoughts MJ and congratulations on the half million mark – couldn’t happen to a nicer or more talented gal! I love seeing your design process up close and personal. – Jean

  144. michal Says:

    Thank you for the great inspiration in your blog.
    Hope to have a chance in winning your blog candy
    thank you for your generousity!!!!!

  145. I so admire your work! You always have such a wonderful twist on all the cards-I love how your designs are very unique!!! Keep up the great work, and I will continue to follow your inspiration.

  146. Katie B. Says:

    Love your projects and simplicity. I adore the card you recently posted using the “A Happy Heart” stamp set.

  147. debra Says:

    congrats on your new milestone! What an inspirational blog you have! Thank you for sharing your talent with others!

  148. Lori Burkitt Says:

    No wonder you have so many hits on your blog. You are one talented lady! You always “wow” me. Thank you for sharing!

  149. IfatArt Says:

    Thank you for the chance!

    I love the “love you much” set. It has great color, stamps.. the whole deal…


  150. Lynn Brown Says:

    Congrats on all of the hits! I love all of your creations and enjoy your blog a lot. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  151. Georgann Says:

    I am amazed and awed by your talent. Your attention to detail is inspiring. Thanks for sharing all your creations!

  152. Chris Hauck Says:

    Oh this card is totally cute! I just love those little birdies…they do seem to be sooooo in love. Hee hee!
    Great job! Keep it coming,

  153. Dawn Easton Says:

    Get out MJ~! LOL…this card is so stinkin’ cute! I love how you’ve done the word LOVE and the little extras….simply adorable girl! Congrats on your blog hits!

  154. Peggy Springer Says:

    Very Creative use of this set! Congrats on the hits!

  155. Elizabeth V. Says:

    Congratulations on your milestone! I love the card…so much wonderful detail and you’ve made it look fabulous!

  156. Deb Austill Says:

    What can I say that hasn’t already been conveyed? You motivate me. I love your designs!

    I have a rule that if someone doesn’t comment on their handmade card, that they don’t get the next one handmade. Thank you!

  157. Val S Says:

    Your Valentine card is fabulous! All the little details on it makes it a keeper for sure! Congrats on all your hits! You have a great blog!

  158. Alison Says:

    I adore this card — so much to see and touch. All that texture makes me want to pick it up and turn it over and peek underneath everything. It’s gorgeous. You should frame it!!

  159. MelissaS Says:

    I just love everything on this card. You included so many elements, but they blend so very well. I think my favorite is the paper piecing on the birds. So cute! I hope your hubby enjoys it 🙂

  160. Wonderful, wonderful card!!! Love all the dimension!

  161. Erica Munroe Says:

    Congrats on your hits! I love popping in and seeing what you have done to inspire us! Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with us.

  162. Deepa Says:

    What a darling card! I love all the layers and textures on it, great job. Congrats on all of the hits!! 🙂

  163. Karen S Says:

    Love your card! The various textures and layers just make it all that more appealing. Cute story about your husband saving his card. So nice when you find them saved. Congratulations on the blog attendance too!

  164. DeniseLynn Says:

    Great card and YES it certainly is a keeper. Valentine’s Day is my very favorite holiday and yes I get picked on a lot for that one … people tell me it’s not a real holiday. Oh well, I love it best anyway. All the hearts and pink and red: what’s not to love!? Thanks for sharing your great card.

  165. Melissa Says:

    That’s a lot of hits! Congratulations, you have great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  166. Liz Says:

    I love visiting your blog for inspiration… this card is beautiful! Congrats on all the hits!

  167. This card is adorable and I can see a lot of love went into making it too. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your upcoming 500,000 visit to your blog….guess that must tell you how much we all appreciate your talent.

  168. Julie Lohr Says:

    Just found your blog…nice work. Very creative using so many stamps on one card! Thanks for sharing. Julie Lohr

  169. cassie Says:


    Thanks for always sharing on your blog! Your attention to detail is inspiring!! Thanks for the chance to win too!

  170. Tamarra Says:

    WOW!! Congrats! That is a lot of hits. I can see why, I love you work! You always make such beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing. Tamarra

  171. Toni Says:

    Congratulations on such a significant milestone! What a cute card you showed today. I have to say that the one you found in your hubby’s car is one of my absolute favorites!!!

  172. Sherrie Says:

    Love your card! The inside is adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

  173. Mary Jo, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog to receive an award. Check out my blog to claim it.
    I love your blog. You always amaze me at the creative ways you find to use a stamp. I have been struggling with this set. It just isn’t happening for me with this one. You have done a fabulous job as always!

  174. this card is great! to be honest, if i could create such a masterpiece…which i could not enev compare…lol!…i would not be able to part with it, not even to my hubby! lol!!
    congrats on your milestone!

  175. Margie Says:

    Wow! This is not your typical Valentine! How clever!

  176. Gail S. Says:

    Such a cute card! Thanks for a chance to win some candy!!

  177. Beth Kendzora Says:

    Mary Jo:
    Congrats on your success! Your ideas are amazing!!! Thanks for the opportunity for free goodies!

  178. Beautiful card! I just love your work. Congrats on your blog success. Very fun!!!

    Have a great weekend!

  179. Your projects are so thought out and inspiring thanks for sharing all your creativity. Many blessings for the New Year!

  180. Sarah W. Says:

    Congrats on all of those blog hits! I think I account for several of those, LOL. I check your blog several times per week and always enjoy the cards & projects that you post. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies. 🙂

  181. Rosy C Says:

    What a cute Valentine card!!! Lucky the one who receives it. I am sure it will brighten their day. I love the colors you used for it.

    Congrats on all your hits!
    Have a blessed weekend.

  182. Staci L Says:

    You are still awesome! Have a happy Valentine’s Day!


  183. Brooke Schall Says:

    Love ALL your work!!! I really love all the detail you put on your cards. Congrats on the hits!

  184. Cam C. Says:

    Congrats on your hits!!! What an awesome card. Love all the detail. You are such an inspiration. I visited your blog often and is always amazed at your work. Please post often. Thanks.

  185. annabelle Says:

    Wow, Mary Jo, loved the card, its beautiful. congrats on your milestone

  186. Linda Webb Says:

    Mary Jo

    You do such amazing work!! I was at the Remarkable Stampers Meeting when you came and spoke. I hope to see you again, thanks for the candy.

    Linda Webb

  187. sena Says:

    Super sweet!! I wanna be lucky please!

  188. Kristi Z. Says:

    So glad that you’re back to posting. I check your blog daily!
    :o) Kristi

  189. Heather A Says:

    Wow, what a card! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

  190. Kathleen Says:

    WOW!!! A chance at candy just for coming to see your lovely creations!!?? What a deal! LOVE your work~

  191. bloggingjenn Says:

    Congrats, MJ on almost 500,000 hits! Love this card – your work is stunning as always!!

  192. Lisa Brown Says:

    MJ…your Valentine is amazing! Love all the details in your work…you have inspired me! Congratulations on your blog hits and thanks for the opportunity for blog candy! —Lisa

  193. patty Says:

    Wow, I love this card. I just ordered this set it today!! I am sure that you have received this before, but I just love your creations, so I nominated you for the Butterfly Award. Please visit me for mor info!


  194. Dora J Says:

    WOW that a lot of peeeps CONGATS.
    Love your cards and any ideas for grad announments.
    Thank for the chance at the give away.

  195. Stephanie P Says:

    I love this card!!! Of course, I love every card of yours I’ve ever seen, so no surprise!!!! I learn so much from you, TFS! Congratulations on 500k hits!

  196. Jennifer Engle Says:

    Oooh… 500,000 congrats! I really like how you use layers to your card with the stamped images… I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the tips and the opportunity!

  197. Nancy Says:

    This card is just too cute! Wow, 500,000 hits, congrats!

  198. mary Says:

    Mary Jo: Your creations are lovely and your colors are always just so “wow!” Would love to win some stamps so count me in.


  199. Amy-Jo Says:

    Love the card! I’m still waiting to get my bundle. Congrats on the hits!

  200. sarita Says:

    cute card!! and great blog! thanks for the opportunity to win some blog candy

  201. Lynnette Says:

    I admire your lovely creations. Thanks for sharing your creativity and talent with all of us.

  202. Aubien Says:

    I love your cards! Beautiful!

  203. Allison F Says:

    Congratulations on all the hits! As usual, all of the cards are gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my hands on that paper.

  204. Kelly Schroeder Says:

    MJ, love your blog. Your hubby is definitely card-worthy if he keeps them around! Nothing is worse than making a card for someone and watching it get thrown away (been there, done that – and I didn’t even think the card was that bad LOL!)

    Your blog is inspirational, thanks for sharing! I’d like to enter for the blog candy as well.

  205. Karen from Ontario Says:

    Very cute cards…love the stamp set.
    thanks for a chance to win some treats.

  206. jackie M. - Oregon Says:

    What a wonderful card! When I thought I love this stamp set, now I know I adore the set. You really outdid the other samples I’ve seen. Thank you for your blog and congratulations for the milestone.

  207. Sheri Says:

    Congratulations Mary Jo! It’s all due to your hard work and creative spirit. Thank you for sharing your inspirations and the rewards.

  208. Georgia Says:

    What more can I say then what has been said…only ditto ditto ditto to all the above…again Congratulations…your blog is great and I love this card…you are soooo creative!!

  209. Rachel M. Says:

    Congratulations! You’re work is truly amazing!

  210. Debbie N. Says:

    Love your blog and all your creations! Thanks for the chance to win.

  211. Lynda K Says:

    Great card, Mary Jo! TFS

  212. Kim Says:

    Congrats on the hits! I love all of your creations! Thanks for the chance to win!

  213. Anita Says:

    Wow, congratulations on the almost 500,000 mark! I’m sure you will well surpass that because you are very talented! I love what you made with the Valentine bundle – definitely a keeper! And the favors for you son’s 5th birthday party… all I can say is WOW!! Can I come to his next party!?! Hahaha

  214. Kari V. Says:

    Congrats on so many hits!! You have a wonderful blog! And you are so talented!!! Thank you for all the great inspiration!!

  215. Lisa V Says:

    congratulations on all the Hits. You are very creative

  216. Jodi Says:

    I love your work. It’s super cute. Your birthday cookies reminded me of chocolate coated oreos for some reason….

  217. Swedie Says:

    You have some cute Valentine ideas.


  218. samantha Says:

    Great for your! people viist your site because your work is so eye catching. i will be scrap-lifting the birthday ideas you showed this week for my son’s party. great work, keep it up.

  219. Well done on winning Shelli’s Challenge, Your work is wonderful. Have fun picking a stamp set.


  220. Tandra Boyer Says:

    Congrats on winning MJ! You rock!

  221. […] this card I made here……won The SoShelli Creative Challenge this past weekend   How […]

  222. Britiney Says:

    Congrats on your .5m blog hits! I always love your work!

  223. Sherri Says:

    Beautiful card Mary Jo. Congrats on your hits.

  224. Sherry D Says:

    MJ you are so Inspiring! I’m lovin’ this card and tickled pink that you won an award for it..well deserved! Congrats on the 500k hits too!!

  225. Judy Jackson Says:

    A beautiful card — wonderful possibilities with the Love You Much stamp set!!

  226. debra Says:

    You always share such inspiring ideas and this is no exception! Congratulations on your milestone!

  227. Sheri Says:

    GORGEOUS card! Love all the details. Congrats on your 500k hits!

  228. Simply lovely card! You are quite talented and you inspire me. Thank you for sharing your talent with me.

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