Build-A-Roo Valentine

Stampin up pinking heart punch valentine

It looked like a crime scene in my Stampin' Pretty Zone today.  Real Red everywhere and a frantic woman bouncing off the walls . . . oh, wait that was me! 

Today I decided to figure out how to combine the new Pinking Heart Border Punch and Pinking Heart Corner Punch (both in the Occasions Mini) to make a large square.  Let's just say it didn't go well.  Engineering isn't my forte.

TIP:  Save yourself the time, frustration and lots of card stock by going to Gretchen Barron's Pinking Hearts Tutorial before attempting this combo.  The key is starting with one of her recommended sizes and cropping the corners first.

I loved Gretchen's Scallop Trim Border Tutorial (it was a snap in my previous project) but didn't realize that she had new advice on using the Pinking Heart Punch.  Once I gave it a try, my breathing returned, I cleaned up a mountain of tiny red hearts and Real Red scraps and managed my first Pinking Heart square for today's card (based on Gretchen's 4" size). 

Honestly, it's a bit tricky . . . you  need to be precise because of the scale of the teeny heart.  My result isn't perfect but I'm excited about the look and will keep practicing.

  • Stampin up build a roo valentine Heat embossing with White Embossing Powder made the kangaroo and flowers really pop.  I tucked a Stampin' Dimensional below the flowers for added impact.
  • The new satin ribbon in the Occasions Mini is stunning.  It comes in nine colors, including the yummy Real Red I used today.
  • I stamped the sentiment in Real Red.  To give it a clean crop, I punched out below the arch with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch and then the top with a 1 3/4" Circle Punch.
  • Stampin up real red epoxy brads To avoid brad legs showing on the interior of the card (a pet peeve), I snipped them off and attached the Real Red Epoxy Brads with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Build a roo stampin pretty Stamp Set:  Build-A-Roo (115948)
Paper:  Sweet Pea Designer Series (117161, Occasions Mini), Real Red (102482), Chocolate Chip (102128), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  VersaMark (102283), Real Red (103133)
Cool Tools:  Pinking Hearts Border Punch (117649), Pinking Hearts Corner Punch (118072), 1 3/4" Circle Punch (112004), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Real Red Epoxy Brads (117270, Occasions Mini), Real Red Satin Ribbon (117286, Occasions Mini), White Signo Gel Pen (105021), White Embossing Powder (109132), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. I think your heart square is super cute! I heard this was a bit tricky. Thanks for sharing the tutorial link.

  2. So fun, Roo is my favorite! Hugs,

  3. Mary, I envy your incredible talent! I always look forward to viewing your site. You have such beautiful color combos and it’s all so inspiring. Keep up the great work!


  4. Love the chocolate and red! Too cute!

  5. This is just so adorable, and great design.

  6. I just showed this to my mother-in-law and her jaw dropped! You are so amazing! XO

  7. Great card and you did a terrific job with the corner/edge combo. Much better than I would have done. Love the pocket of hearts.

  8. Helen M. Schadegg

    Well for someone who isn’t pleased with their results, I sure think you did a wonderful job! I can’t see any spots that don’t match like they “should”. Your description of your work space made me laugh. Sounded like mine! Including the lady bouncing off walls!
    Thanks for the instructions link. I found it very usefull!!

  9. I can relate to the frustration with the Pinking Hearts border and corner punches… Your end product looks lovely, as usual!! 🙂 Love it!

  10. Mary, I totally feel your pain girl – I am soooo challenged when it came to making these frames even with a tutorial, LOL!! I think yours came out fabulous, and that card is stinkin’ CUTE!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  11. Well your final product is a hit! You may not have engineer genes but you read directions well! Love the card it’s adorable!

  12. I love it this much 🙂 Super cute!! I know your frustration as I had a very similar experience with the Scallop Trim Border and Corner, but the end results are marvelous dahhhhling!

  13. Love it, Mary! And smiled whith your story about the trials with the punches…LOL

  14. Darling card. Love how you embossed the kangaroo in white on the brown.

  15. Beautiful job, Mary. Yr the Pinking Hearts Queen!

  16. Adorable! Wish I had this set so that I could CASE it!

  17. Cards by Gina

    What a fun and pretty card! I love the hearts coming from the kangaroo’s pouch! Wonderful touch. Thanks so much for the info about the border and corner punches. I was frustrated last night trying to use both…and I wasn’t even working with the heart ones.

  18. Beautiful! You are so talented! I love how clean your designs look!

  19. Gorgeous card, lots of tips and instructions. You are the greatest.

  20. Very cute card! And thanks for the tips.

  21. Wow! I was nicely able to ignore the roo stamp set until I saw your card – now I think I need it. Your design sense is outstanding.

  22. Your perseverance paid off as this is just, so cute!!
    Your honesty with the difficulties you had are appreciated too. It shows that even super stampers like you find things tricky! Thanks again 🙂

  23. I have been doing FINE with the straight edges once I figured how to “feed” the paper through. Gretchen’s tutorial is super, all the measurements, and up-close PICTURES. The hearts poking from the pocket really POP. Great tip for the brads. lorijane

  24. This card is phenomenal and shows your artistic knowhow. The white kangaroo is genius and the hearts in the pouch…. I wish I’d made this card (or could have.)

  25. JoAnn Burnham

    Your card is adorable. Love the white image on the chocolate CS. Glad you persisted on the border punches. It looks great.

  26. Colleen Kramer

    Your candor is so refreshing! Glad you persevered until you were successful. Love the embossed white kangaroo on dark paper!

  27. This is adorable – love that pocket full of hearts – and that pinking hearts border is a marvel 🙂 In the interest of my mental health I did not order the corner punch!

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