Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Sunny Valentine’s Day

It’s so great to have sunshine again, the perfect weather for happy sunny thoughts. Elizabeth at Creative Breathing http://creativebreathing.blogspot.com/

sponsored a Dolly Dingle Valentine swap that I wasn’t swift enough to join, but my friend Nancy at My Crafty Little Page   http://www.mycraftylittlepage.blogspot.com/ invited me to a side swap that she was hosting. There were five of us, I think. I only had to make one for Nancy while she made one for Elizabeth and then one for  each of her swap partners…so what was Nancy’s total number of Valentines…too much like a math word problem to me. Here’s the one she made for me! Isn’t it cute?100_1157

She layered a very vintage BINGO card with a lacy heart and German scrap. She stamped a bright heart and added a bit of an old dictionary page that reads “Be my Valentine”.  It has a gold foil cupid to carry the message and it hangs on a red satin ribbon.  I love the look of that old German scrap…and the sweet faces are just the best.

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I like them so much, in fact, that I had chosen similar vintage German Scrap for the Valentine she would be receiving…the children could be little German cousins.

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“Love makes the World Go Round” is the theme of this tri-fold card…I used an old yellowed book in German along with a 50’s era school map and sheet music so Nancy could  sing along with the theme.

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And I even decorated the back so it could be free standing and viewed from behind.

Back side

It was a really fun swap and I’ll try to be more alert and timely next year, but I must say that I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out.  Have a lovely day… count your Blessings and hug someone extra tight.

7 comments:

My Crafty Little Page said...

Me too!!! Love how the way it turned out. I really, really love this and of course it will decorate our shared assisted living room - haha. I have the little girl to match the little boy for you. I was outbid on a boatload of French Children's books today at the auction I sat through until the end just to bid on them! Ack And they were vintage, too! Sobbing just thinking about it. I should have called you and we could have split. Now I think of it. Live and learn. Hasta luego, amiga y Happy Valentine's Day y thank you for the most fabulous valentine! xo Nancy

Creative Breathing said...

Nancy has become a paper artist hero for me. I always look forward to her innovative ideas. It is so sweet to see the "other half" of my Valentine from her. I have the little girl. The vibrant colors just make me swoon. Have a Happy Valentine's Day! Elizabeth

thestonerabbit said...

That's awesome that you two both selected German cutouts for your Valentines! I love the one I received from Nancy and certainly see that yours is wonderful, too! How neat that you created it to be free standing!!

Hope you're having a great Valentine's Day!


dana

Marydon said...

This is just lovely! So glad I got to see it.

TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

Casey said...

Looks so great...You became a great Artist..thank's for sharing you this.

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Deanna said...

Hi dear! I love the Valentine card. It is so adorable. I left a comment on Dana's blog that I was going to break down and buy myself a Cricut...lol!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Deanna :D

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