Toile: Valentine's Day Special Issue

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special valentine’s day mini-mag

how to throw a CRAFTING PARTY


candy-free valentine ideas

damask love faves

valentine’s day crafting supplies

Valentine’s Day is my favorite crafting holiday! To make sure I don’t run out of time to share my ideas with you, I decided to put them all together in a special edition of Toile. This issue is a mini-magazine with a few fun ideas to make your Valentine’s Day a crafty & creative one. In this issue, you’ll also be my special guest to a Valentine’s Day crafting party, complete with details and tips for hosting a crafting party of your own. Be sure to click around the magazine, as well! Almost all the images contain live links that will give you more product information.

about the cover Visit THIS post on Damask Love blog for a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to create a beautiful muted marble letterpress tag like the one featured on the cover of this special issue of Toile.

valentine’s day MAKE YOUR


gumball wood stamp $6.75 valentine calligraphy stamp $8.50

I can’t tell you how long I’ve wanted a stamp set like this! The quirky sentiments are so fun to use on handmade valentines. I plan on pairing a simple stamped tag with pencils!

mft wood you be mine stamp set :: $16

Cake Domes Stamp Set $24


the key to crafting is tricking the recipient! make them think you labored over the project for hours, when in fact it was quick and easy. the fastest way to make impressive valentines is with stamps and paper. here are a few of my favorites.

hero arts love woodblock stamp :: $6.50

mama elephant XOXO :: $15

lawn fawn milos abc :: $15

click and see one of my all time favorites using the Lots of Love set! avery elle lots of love :: $15

wplus9 bitty buddy valentines :: $21

keep reading to see how I used these cuties!

Lots of love word dies :: $28

Tiny envelope die


lifestyle crafts nesting hearts :: $25


love heart die set :: $17

click to see how I used the Tiny Envie Die!

i don’t know about you, but I have a three cut rule: If the project requires me to cut more than three things with scissors, it’s a no go.. Amen for Dies that can be cranked out without a serious case of wrist cramps! These valentine’s day dies are just lovely.

keep reading to see how I use these dies!

camellia rolled flower die :: $13

These dies are easy to assemble. Pair them with a framed photo of you and your valentine or use the iPhone die as the focal point of a funny, handmade card.

layered leaves die :: $15

cute cameras 2 dies :: $22

heart doily die

$20 Savvy Stamps Love die :: $12

click here to see this project from the Damask Love archives!

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The chevron twill ribbon from May Arts is my #1 favorite ribbon! Earlier this year I splurged and purchased a spool of every color. I’m so happy I did! You’ll use these ribbons again and again, throughout the year!

metal rimmed tags :: $5.95

fiskars scalloped edge & Pinking shears :: $18

May arts chevron ribbon The Paper Sandbox Etsy Shop :: $1.40/yd


it’s no secret that I love pretty packaging, so it only makes sense that I share a few of my favorite options of prettying up your valentine’s day gifts. These tools will make sure everything you make is lovely.


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Tea TIN CONTAINERS :: from $0.85

BAKER’s TWINE :: $12


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Paper ice cream

Wooden berry baskets are one of my favorite ways to package up edible treats. The basket can quickly be dressed up with a little twine or ribbon. For Spring, you can even add a cute handle with a bit of cardstock for a quick & easy Easter basket.

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These stickers are perfectly sized for decorating bottles of soda. I placed mine onto glass swingtop bottles from Specialty Bottle. The smaller sicker worked great on my favor bags.

scalloped stickers :: from $9 Flag Stickers:: $13

crafted in style personalizable table signs:: $7

personalizable table signs :: $7

with Minted

With a busy travel schedule, there wasn’t much time to organize my Valentine’s Day crafting party, so I turned to Minted for all of the decor. Their customizable Conversation Heart Party Decor collection was “totes adorbs” and I was able to add personalized elements to the party, which fulfilled my constant need to DIY.

personalizable bunting banner:: $28

customizable party signs:: $14 menu tents:: $9

I customized my banner with the names of each guest. When the party is over, let them cut out their name and take it home! personalizable table runner:: $28

the craft-friendly


Your party is all about the crafting, so don’t stress much about the menu. Keep it simple, with little bites that energize your guests. Choose snacks that won’t dirty up fingers because no one wants to smudge their pretty projects! Opt for quick menu items like bottles of pink lemonade that are easy to fill & beet salad! Use a mini heart cookie cutter to give the beets a festive look. Chocolate strawberries were served with little cocktail skewers so that everyone’s hands stayed clean.

easy party recipes

Red velvet in a jar • red velvet cake mix (or your favorite recipe) • cream cheese frosting • valentine sprinkles • piping bag • small mason jars (

Bake red velvet cupcakes according to instructions slice cooled cupcakes in half horizontally and place cream cheese frosting in piping bag place top half of the cupcake in the bottom of the jar and pipe on frosting. place bottom half of cupcake in jar and top with frosting then finish off with sprinkles.

“my heart beets for you” salad • roasted beets, cooled & sliced • goat cheese crumbles • candied pecans • mesclun salad mix • dried cranberries • 80z plastic tumblers ( • mini heart-shaped cookie cutter

use cookie cutter to cut heart shapes from beet slices toss together all ingredients in a large bowl. divide salad into tumblers and serve salad dressing of your choice on the side for guests to add on their own.

creamy, one-pot “hearty” mac & cheese • 16oz elbow macaroni noodles • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar • one can condensed cheddar cheese soup • 2 eggs, mixed • 4 tblspn of butter • seasoned breadcrumbs • 1 CUP whole milk • 80z sour cream • 8 oz paper soup cups (

cook macaroni AND LET drain in A colander. add butter to empty pot over medium heat and allow to melt. Add shredded cheese and milk until all are well mixed Add condensed soup, sour cream and slowly add egg while stirring. add in noodles to cheese mixture and let simmer for 1 hour., STIRRING OCCASIONALLY

setting the


Stock your party with basics that will allow your guests’ imaginations to run wild. For this party we used glitter cardstock, patterned papers twine, ribbon, paper punches, alphabet stickers and stamps. I also wanted each guest to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit so, I created simple aprons featuring iron-on fabric hearts. You can pick up aprons in packs of three at most craft stores, and with a coupon they are very affordable.

We R Memory Keepers changed the card-making game when they released this envelope punch board. I use mine on a daily basis to quickly create custom sized envies!

glitter cardstock available at Michaels :: $1

we r memory keepers envelope punch board :: $20

for the

craft table

alphabet stickers :: $5

Give your guests plenty of supply options for crafting. I stocked my party with my favorite basics that can be used in many different ways. Set up stations around the room for die cutting and paper trimming to help keep everything organized. Here’s a peek at some of the supplies I used to make my party a crafty good time.

MAMBI card pad available at Michaels :: $6

martha stewart heart punch :: $9 If you don’t own a heart shaped punch, you must get one immediately! I use this punch year-round to make stickers and simple embellishments.

assorted baker’s twine :: $12

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the washi tape valentine cards from minted had the exact crafty look I needed for the swag bags. I chose a coordinating, crafty photo from the Damask Love Live workshop and customized the “Happy crafting” sentiment on the front. on the back of the card, I wrote a message to each party guest that I hope will inspire them to make this valentine’s day a crafty one!

click here to customize your own washi tape valentine


projects for your


conversation heart candy boxes

Conversation hearts are a staple for valentine’s day gift giving, but I hate the way they taste! this project has all the cuteness of the original but none of the flavor. Fill them with any treat that you wish and your valentine will be stunned by your crafty knowhow. visit THis post from damask love to see a step-by-step tutorial on assembling this adorable package.

WHAT WE USED featuring: lifestyl e crafts & clear & simple stam ps

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Die cut two heart shapes from pastel cardstock. lifestyle crafts nesting hearts :: $25

2. Stamp conversation heart sentiment onto one of the heart shapes. 3. Assemble the box using instructions from THIS Damask Love blog tutorial.

modern alpha stamp set :: $24

happy valen-twine’s day favors

With the holiday season behind us, we are all watching our waistlines and trying to avoid all those valentine’s day sweets. to help with that goal, here’s an adorable and simple candy-free valentine’s day favor that any crafty girl will love. the clear pillow box will fit three mini spools snuggly and the free printable makes this project affordable as well!


featuring: baker’s stock & clear & simple stamps

INSTRUCTIONS mini wooden spools

clear pillow box



2. Stamp pillow box insert with the pattern of your choice, or die cut the pillow box insert from patterned paper.

clear pillow box insert

baker’s twine



1. Wrap baker’s twine around mini spools

3. Insert three mini spools into clear pillow box and add printable tag (available in the Printables section).

clearly simple goodie bags

This cute package is a classic. with just a strip of cardstock and some creative paper punching you can create a cute mini favor that holds just enough candy treats to make your valentine smile. you can use any edge punch, but I prefer the martha stewart doily lace punch because of it’s simple, elegant look. It is by far my most used paper punch!


featuring: lifestyle cra fts & clear & simple stamps

INSTRUCTIONS 3” flat treat bags


martha stewart doily punch

1. Trim a piece of cardstock 3.25” x 11” then score at 4.25“ and 5” :: $12

2. Punch a circle in the front flap with the 1.75” punch. 3. Create a frame by punching a 1.75” circle from colored paper then punch a scalloped circle around the 1.75” circle 4. Adhere frame around opening.

EK SUCCESS 1.75” circle punch :: $11

EK SUCCESS 2” scallop punch :: $15

5. Staple filled candy bag to the front flap then fold over cardstock to cover staples. 6. Punch closure flap edge with doily punch.

elegant classroom

valentine envies

Remember those classroom valentines you handed out as a kid? they were little flat notecards with cute little images. for this project, I’ve taken those classroom cards and given them a grown up look. the project scrap dies from lifestyle crafts along with the 3x4 card punch make these super easy to create.! The envelope punch board is perfect for making a custom envie for your creations.

WHAT WE USED featuring:

lifestyle crafts & we r Memory keeper s

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Punch out cards with card punch project scrap dies :: $10

stacked heart dies :: $25

2. Embellish cards with Project Scrap and heart shaped die cuts 3. Create an envelope for your 3x4 card according to Envelope Punch Board measurements.

envelope punch board 3x4 card punch :: $20 :: $29

4. On a scoring board, add score lines that are 1/4� above the scored lines of the envelope, this will give some width to your envie and leave room to insert a treat.


and candle ensemble

I love making candles, so naturally I included this project in my crafting party line-up. To save time, I mass produced the candles ahead of time so my guests could focus on decorating them and adding a matchbox tag. the matchbox was created with a brand new die from clear & simple stamps and stamped with an adorable sentiment from their foodie fun sentiments set.

WHAT WE USED featuring:

Clear & simple stam ps & specialty bottle

INSTRUCTIONS matchbox die set $12

4oz candle jar :: $1

1. Make candles before your party according to THIS Damask Love tutorial. 2. Die cut matchbox from patterned paper then stamp with “you’re hot” sentiment. 3. Assemble matchbox and add tag die to the back.

foodie fun sentiments stamp set :: $24

pucker up lemonade favors

even though the winter temperatures are upon us, you can give your valentine a little bit of summer by packaging up a yummy bottle of pink lemonade, decked out with a handmade tag that features the perfect sentiment. You can mass produce these without much trouble, just remember to use a funnel when filling up the bottles, otherwise you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands!

WHAT WE USED featuring: am

use studio & specialty bottle

INSTRUCTIONS traditional tags stax :: $25

1. Die cut tag from cardstock and stamp with “Pucker Up” sentiment 2. Stamp and cut out lemon wedge. 3. Adhere lemon wedge to tag

swingtop bottle from $2

4. Fill up bottle with lemonade and tie tag into place

squeeze the day stamp set :: $37

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The Candy Box Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers is easy to use and creates adorable treat boxes that are perfect for Valentine’s Day CLICK HERE for purchasing information!


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Trim the top off of a muslin treat bag to create a raw edge. Fill it up with heart shaped chocolates, then close with twine and this adorable hand stamped that features Amuse Studio stamps. CLICK HERE for to purchase the stamps or HERE to purchase the muslin bag.


Coming Up Roses

The Hybrid Camellia Rolled Flower Die-namics from My Favorite Things makes beautiful roses. Pair them with the Layered Leaf dies for a stunning embellishment that takes no time to create. I like to crinkle the petals and rub a bit of ink on the edges for a distressed and natural look! CLICK HERE to purchase these pretty dies.

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donut love Favors I “donut” know how I made it this long without creating a cute donut themed Valentine’s Day favor! Visit the “Printables” section of this issue of Toile to create your own donut tags, then visit Damask Love on Sunday, February 9th to see just how quickly these donuts are to make yourself!

cute & quick valentines clickable supply lists

camellia flower die

stacked tag dies

layered leaf dies quick & cute valentine stamp set

burlap ribbon

stacked tag dies

muslin bags

heart paper punch

cute & quick valentines CLICKABLE supply lists

candy box punch board

visit the printable page to download

solid pink baker’s twine


Twine Valentine favors HAPPY valen-twine’s DAY

HAPPY valen-twine’s DAY

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click here to download

paper punch donuts

click here to download

shop this issue PARTY DECOR: Minted


STAMPS: Clear and Simple Stamps

PACKAGING: Think Garnish

Papertrey Ink

Clear and Simple Stamps

My Favorite Things Stamps

Specialty Bottle

Amuse Studio

Pretty Pink Posh

DIES: Lifestyle Crafts

LeBox Boutique

Clear and Simple Stamps

Paper Source

My Favorite Things Stamps

PAPER Clear and Simple Stamps

Papertrey Ink

My Favorite Things Stamps

happy valentine’s


As always, thank you for spending a little time with me and giving me an excuse to share all the crafty ideas that are swarming around in my head! Here’s to a happy, crafty Valentine’s Day! I’ll see you over on the blog for more creativity.

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