Happy Valentine's Day.......better late than never!
I think Valentine' Day gives us a chance to create the cards we didn't quite get a chance to do during the Holiday rush and even better, they can also serve as Thank You notes for Holiday gifts. I spent the week in Kennebunkport for Winter vacation (home for one day for a special dinner with my Sweetie). After having several days of extreme Valentine creating/giving I am finally back and connected to the web for the day. So, now I can share some of my creations. First of all, let me state how fun good old fashioned embossing is! I know many of us stampers, are familiar with embossing, but if it has been awhile, pull out those powders and heat tool have fun. Of course a new stamp always helps, like this one from Judi-kins.
Here are a few that I started 'sort of slowly' with and there are still more that I am not posting, even one with a raw silk cover for my fiber friend. Friends make the best Valentines. Friends and family. Here you can see my new doily lace border punch from Martha Stewart. I love this tool and cannot believe I have not used a border punch before.
Making the pop-up heart was so easy, and impressive. Of course, I am always a sucker for any of the Basic Gray papers. After I finished these little gems, I was ready to venture into the serious Valentines for the three super stars in my life. My husband and children. I decided to make these triptych style cards that are pretty much a booklet.
Trying to remember the orientation of the valley and mountain folds, which was confusing at times...to make three inside panels. Each one stamped on, windows cut out, pop-out made and more embellishments.
I used the ties to secure it closed like a book or to tie open to display on a table.
I had brought all my supplies up to Kennebunkport where we were staying and had everything spread out on the dining room table. Everyone left me alone, they could see I was in Heaven, and I wouldn't allow any peeking. I was so busy making these triptychs and time was running out, so that by time I finished them, all they got from me was a simple "love Mom". Oh well, I am sure they felt the love.
The outside of my son's Valentine....what else do you do for a teenage boy? I could have gone crazy with the grunge factor. But time was running out. What am I saying? I could have gone crazy with more and more embellishments on all of them.
But I had to get a grip.
The image below shows a window with a heart attached inside hanging down, it was moving when the picture was shot so it is a bit blurry. The stamp on the left is from Paper Source
More masculine style with lots of black ink.
I guess my family is used to my creations and every now and then they will try to play my crafting games (sometimes I do force them). Last Saturday morning before we left for Maine, my husband got up early and went into my studio and created a card for me. How sweet! Check out how well he did! Yeah, I must be rubbing off on them.
I hope everyone had a day full of love. Remember if you don't have a special someone in your life right now......it can sometimes be just the right thing to make something lovely like this for yourself. I have a friend who made one of these triptychs at my house last month during a "Craternoon" and a few days later I im'd her and asked what she was doing, and she said she was admiring her Valentine. Love is all we need.