Our Circle Journal Group decided to do a Valentine Swap! We were to make a Valentine for each person who participated......then mail them off for everyone to enjoy for Valentine's Day!!
Here's THE STONE RABBIT posing with the seven Valentines I made. . . .they were ready to go to the post office last Monday!
As bloggers, we are used to taking pictures of most everything that goes on in our lives....right? Well, this card making journey was no exception!
I started with one of my favorite kinds of card-stock. . .good old DICK'S gift boxes!!!
I cut out a heart for each lady, then added a "ruffle" trim from muffin cups I found in the health food section of our grocery store....they are a "natural" color. Mod Podge held the ruffle in place til it dried. However, I helped it stick by placing the hearts beneath heavy glass baking dishes....I utilized that "smashing" or "weighting" technique throughout the gluing processes of creating my cards.
Next, I added little ribbon hangers to the backs of the hearts (taped the ends to the card stock), then Mod Podged red paper to the fronts and black paper to the the backs of my Valentines!
Then I added a vintage key to each heart that I had embellished with red stones!!!
At the top of this photo you'll see the "layout" I decided on for the rest of the card. The sayings that will go on the hearts and the vintage images were been printed on lightweight card stock, then backed with the heavier card stock from the paper box.
I attached (with Mod Podge) the outer boarder of red foil hearts ...then glued the little girls in place.
After the foil borders and girls dried, I placed the saying and a glittery heart on some black paper background. Using double stick tape, they were attached to the cards.
A "pocket" to hold a pull out vintage rabbit image and "Be Mine" heart pick (cupcake pick from The Dollar Tree) were added to the backs of the cards.
The pockets were created from the hang tags (price tags) I use on the items I sell in local craft shows.
THE STONE RABBIT thoroughly enjoyed this Valentine project and so did I!!
One of the best parts of this project was seeing my cards all finished. However, the VERY BEST part has been receiving the amazing cards my fellow card making friends created! This is definitely a time when it's much better to receive!!! :)
Nancy's card (MY CRAFT LITTLE PAGE) came first!
Wow....she is such a papery artist! I LOVE the vintage Valentine pick she added to the heart...and of course, the Scotty dogs and cherry paper. . .a real Mary Engelbreit-ish look!! She is so great about "layering" her papers and images!!!
Here are the sweet touches on the back!!!
Thank you, Nancy, I LOVE it!!
The next one to arrive was Shelia's (of NOTESONGS).
It's a big heart FILLED with some of my favorite vintage images of bluebirds and sweet little girls and lots and lots of hearts and just the right amount of GLITZ!!
How PERFECT that she added a darling vintage Valentine image of a little girl playing the piano....I think it looks just like she did as a child!!
This is such a great card, Shelia...thank you so much!!
Beverly's card (HOW SWEET THE SOUND) arrived next!
LOOK at what she did!!! I had NO idea she was an artist! She drew this amazing picture then added a gorgeous silver heart charm necklace !
Beverly asked each of us our favorite color. I have two....yellow and pink! She used yellow for my card's background. What made it even more special was the design in the paper...daisies...one of my favorite flowers!
I love the punched detail she added to the corners and the trim of the card!
Here's the inside!!! :) Thank you, Beverly....I love your card!!
Jeanne's card (BACKYARD NEIGHBORS) also came on the same day as did Beverly's!
She used the cutest little Valentine girl and kitty image on it! Of course she knows my fondness for my own little cat. :) She also added a sparkly bow with a glittery heart button, then sprinkled hearts all around! Of course, she used awesome PINK paper!!!
Here's the inside of Jeanne's wonderful card. Another sweet heart and a wonderful poem!!!!. Thank you, Jeanne! This is such a special creation..I love it!
I thought LaVerne's card (RIVERSIDE STUDIOS) would never arrive since everyone had received theirs but me....and then it came! AND wow...what an amazing card she had created!
This is the front before you untie the red bow. . .
then it opens to this beautifulness!!! Just LOOK at all of the detail she added...the heart doilies, cupid with a crown, the vintage card and my initial!
Here's the back of the card....actually...it could be the front, too, because it's just as lovely as the other side!!!
Thank you, LaVerne. This is truly a work of art!! I love it!
As of Friday morning, Kathy's (WRITER'S REVERIE) and Grace's (PINK IN THE CITY) cards haven't arrived....I'm hoping they come in today's mail!! I'm really looking forward to seeing them and adding them to my Valentine tree! I will update this post and share them just as soon as they get here!
NOTE: The mailman just came by....NO cards for me today! :(
UPDATE!!! My gorgeous Valentine from Kathy of WRITER'S REVERIE came Saturday !! Isn't is somethin'?
Here's front! She created a papery tea cup and an amazing heart shaped tea bag (that was tucked inside the cup when it arrived!). Such a clever idea!!
Here's the back!! Wow...just as pretty as the front!
Grace's card will be placed with the others as soon as it arrives!! Aren't they an awesom group?
I hope all of you had a fantastic Valentine's Day!! I know these sweet cards added to the specialness of that day for me!
Please visit Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, for lots of bloggers who are ready to share their pinks with you this weekend!