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Happy Valentine’s Day with Dymo [Sponsored]

[Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Dymo, and I am the social media manager at Photo Play Paper. However, regardless of the source of the products we use, we always strive at Craft Critique to provide you fun and creative projects that will inspire your own crafty endeavors. Enjoy these Valentine’s Day projects!]

Valentine’s Day is coming, and that means cards and gifts. But it doesn’t have to mean fuss! With the right tool, like the Dymo Organizer Xpress label maker, and a few creative shortcuts, you can whip up gorgeous cards and tags to tell share your Valentine’s Day message of love.

Dymo label maker

The Dymo Organizer Xpress is an updated version of the black embossing tape label maker that most of us have long been familiar with. Only now the tape is available in a rainbow of colors, in addition to black, and it’s easy to get a consistently clear impression without breaking your hand!

Strips are a great way to create a quick, colorful design on cards, layouts, or any paper craft project. And bonus – they match perfectly with the strips from the label maker! These strips look like the are randomly placed but if you look closer, they are actually arranged very carefully to balance the color placement. The circles at the top, for instance, balance out the stripes in the same color scheme at the bottom of the card. The black chevrons at the top balance out the black of the label strips. The floral placed near the top balances the flower sticker on the bottom.

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Doodlebug Design Inc.

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

Doodlebug  had a fantastic offering of yummy papers in their double-sided card stocks, die cuts, and their new storybook albums. The “Story Book” albums come in two sizes (12″x12″ and 8″x8″) and the colors are: bubble gum, ladybug, tangerine, limeade, swimming pool, bon bon, and beetle black (from right to left).

They even had new tiny “Story Book” key chain albums that are just as darling as the larger albums.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, is the “Sweet Love – Essentials” kit, a coordinating assortment of papers and embellishments.

The “Birthday Celebration – Essentials” Kit.

The “Cake & Ice Cream – Essentials” kit.

The “Ladybug Garden – Essentials” kit.

Check out the really cool features in the “Nifty Notions – Essentials” kit.  This one is so much fun and has a lot of possibilities for scrapbooking projects.

The “Bon Appetit – Essentials” kit.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the new additions to the “Oodles” line. The Braddies below are balloon and sweet cakes.

From the Braddies collection:  Bumblebee, and Ladybug.

Another look at the Braddies, here are bobbins and scissors.

Another fun find was these pieces from the “Boutique Brad” collection are the “Cake & Ice Cream” package.

It was difficult to leave their booth, with all the new papers and kits.  They do offer some great ideas on  their Idea Gallery page on their website for using their products in your projects.  Just click on the “Idea Gallery” icon to get to that section of their website.

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Valentine Day Carnival

Have we ever got a sweet treat for you this Valentine’s Day… check out these blogs for the cutest in crafting!

Helen made this gorgeous Valentine card using the Cuttlebug.


Shaz has some great Funny Guy Valentines on her blog but her Chuck Norris ones are the best.


There’s still a little time to whip out this Valentine Table Runner, good thing Heather included a tutorial.


Slava shares some beautiful love themed jewelry on her blog.


This is a great project for your party, Valentine Leis with Darla.


You won’t want to miss what Carol did with Fantasy Film.


Using a digital kit, Kelleigh makes a valentine goody box.


Louise shares her vintage valentine mini.


Fused glass makes Penny’s heart project special.


This card from Mary Jane includes a cool embossed background.


What makes a Valentine card sweeter? When you include Valentine Cookies like Elsina did!


Lots of great projects from Sheri, including a crepe paper banner.


Check out what Dell did with the Romance Cuttlebug folders.


There’s a great card sketch over on Jana’s blog.


Showing her love of the Red Sox, Susan shared her new quilt.


Elaine used her Just Rite Stamps to make this cute Valentine Treat Box.


Tons of homemade Valentine gifts on the Family Crafts Blog.


There are great Vintage Valentine decor and projects on Pam’s blog.


Cute BoBunny papers make Barb’s card a treat.


Using her scraps, Siobhan makes up a quick and easy card.


Copic markers are the perfect touch on this card from Jude.


Jenny added just a touch of glimmer mist to her project to make it super sweet.


These roses on Ann’s blog uses quilling techniques and has so many more applications.


Lots of Valentine lovelies are over on Claudia’s blog.


Make your own edible gift using Hershey’s Kisses, Sarah will show you how.


Slave thinks lovely chocolate themed bath soaps make a lovely gift and we agree.


Charlotte has a great Upcycled craft on her blog.


Large Heidi Swapp flowers were added to this Love Banner from Kelly.


Don’t miss Angela’s cupid inspired projects, including some soldered art pieces.


On Laura’s blog, there are plenty of valentines to be inspired by.


Wassau paper is used on Lisa’s layered card.


Everyone needs a Chocolate Lover’s survival kit, dontcha think?


Joan shares several great valentine ideas on her blog.


Krisit’s card for her husband uses Micro beads.


Learn to make an embossed doily with Martha’s tutorial.


Valentine plushies make a cute gift for anyone.


Lois used a board book to make a something sweet for her granddaughter.


Sweet stamped cards from Meghan.


Krisina is showing off a cool CD case on her blog.


This Valentine banner from Debbie includes Jenni Bowlin Bingo cards and lots of little touches.


A mini album of Love Poems like Lisa made would warm anyone’s heart.


There is still plenty of time to do Sue’s refurbished heart tutorial.


A great way to save money would be to make your own Valentine embellishments like Tina did.


Kritsyn’s swap card with an XOXO theme will inspire your next project.


This mini album features a unique fold and it filled with love from Brandy.


Need some fat free chocolates? Missy’s plush chocolates are the perfect compromise.


Monika’s Twilight New Moon themed Valentine card will surely be popular this year.


Postcard Art featuring vintage image from Shelly features lace and stitching.


Cassandra’s Valentine tags use punches and doilies in a neat way.


Repurpose bottle caps with Kandi on your projects.


Catherine’s Valentine signs would be a great craft for your door to welcome those you love.


Fingerless gloves made from old sweaters by Edie will keep your lovely’s hands warm.


Eileen’s sweet flower box made with Sizzix Scoreboard would be great for other holidays too.


Shayna has some unique Valentine gift ideas posted on her blog.


Megan’s canvas tote would be a very functional gift for someone special.


This card from Julie includes a cool little basket that can be filled with a little treat.


There are so many projects you could add Jess’ puffy felt hearts to.

So get to it! Go get crafty!

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