Off to the Races Valentines with Petaloo and Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year.  I mean, what could possibly be better than a day devoted to love….and chocolate!  Today i have a pair of Off to the Races Valentines to share with you.  Both are made with Petaloo flowers and Graphic 45’s fabulous Off to the Races Collection.

Frilly and Feminine Off to the Races Valentine Tag

Valentine’s Day is one of the few times when you can get away with using a pink and red color palette.  I think I’ve pulled it off on this frilly and feminine Valentine’s Day tag.  The base is a Graphic 45 Staples Long Ivory Tag.  I’ve layered on pretty papers and loads of fussy cut flowers.  Then, to bring things to life, I piled on beautiful Penny Lane Antique Red Mixed Blossoms and Darjeeling Cream Butterflies.

The chocolate pocket is made with an ATC ivory tag that I scored and folded.  It’s just the right size to hold this individually wrapped chocolate.

A Vintage Masculine Valentine with Off to the Races

One of the things I really like about the Off to the Races papers is that they contain both masculine and feminine images, color palettes and prints.  You’d never think that this card was made with the same collection as the tag above.

The secret to a good masculine card is choosing the right colors, images and textures.  These deep brown tones and strong images are perfect for your favorite fella.  Adding metallic embellishments amps up the masculine vibe that much more.  I tapped the silver brads and cameo frame with alcohol ink to match the browns in the papers.

When choosing floral embellishments, it’s all about texture and color!  These Mini Canvas Rosettes do the trick!  I flanked them with Darjeeling Petite Cream blossoms to keep things from becoming too drab.  And burlap string is the perfect choice for trim!

Inside, I’ve used an image from the collection as a pocket for this little chocolate.   The belly band on the right is a fun design feature, and it also allows me to write a personal Valentine greeting to my favorite fella on an ephemera card from the collection.  Isn’t it great when form and function meet?

I hope these Valentine ideas got your mind “racing” and that they’ll carry you “across the finish line” as you create!

Thanks for stopping by!



Product Links

Mini Garden Rosettes x10/Canvas Natural

Darjeeling Petites x24/Teastained Cream

Mixed Blossoms x8/Antique Red

Darjeeling Butterflies x8/Teastained Cream




7 thoughts on “Off to the Races Valentines with Petaloo and Graphic 45

  1. karenladd

    What a creative way to use Off to the Races! I have some of this collection and have to say that I haven’t been able to figure out how to use them…so this is very timely. Now all I need is to go buy some chocolates to tuck inside!

  2. Judy B

    What a great way to start the day, cup of coffee and some beautiful projects to inspire us from a wonderfully talented designer. Love your masculine creation. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Corrine Ann

    Lovely Valentine Cards! I struggle with making masculine cards and I have six men in my immediate family to make cards for during the year! Your Valentine card for a man would work great for a birthday also. Have a happy Day!

  4. Nancy Dynes

    Hi, Kathy!
    I am loving both of these Valentine confections–right down to the sweet treat at the center! You have the masculine card down to a science. I have the worst time with those-lol. You’ve started my morning off in such a lovely way. I can’t wait to get in my craft room!

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