|Valentine from Little Birdie Blessings|
This is not to say that my hubby has been remiss - not at all. Hubby and romantic type Valentines are not in question here. I'm talking about those hand-made goodies we did when we were in school - eons ago! Sometime they came in a box with non-commercial characters and clever puns . . .
Sometimes they were do-it-yourself crafts with paper doilies and cupid silhouettes like this one . . .
WAIT! That's not a vintage Valentine - it's a Valentine I just received this week in the mail from LaVerne at Riverside Studios . . .
A tri-fold handcrafted treasure!
And, this one from Nancy at My Crafty Little Page . . .
With a little french twist!
Or, how about this little retro sweetness from Shelia at Note Songs . . .
It transports me to my childhood!
Let us not forget Dana's little masterpiece from The Stone Rabbit . . .
I just love that splash of black to set it all off!
And, how about this elegant bit of nostalgia from Jeanne at Backyard Neighbors . . .
The formal vintage roses are so appealing!
While Grace at Pink in the City power packs her design with plenty of whimsy . . .
OH! I almost forgot - NOT! Here's a handmade beauty from our own Beverly here at How Sweet the Sound on Pink Saturday!
Not only hand crafted but hand sketched!
You see - I had the pleasure of participating with these ladies in a Circle Journal in 2012 - and here we are in 2013 continuing our crafty, scrappy, pen-pal efforts with a Valentine Card Swap!
I spent a few weeks brooding over how I would put mine together - had a few false starts, too.
But, always, at the right moment, an image would pop up here in Blogland - and - gathering all the inspiration, I came up with a teatime themed Valentine that looked like this on the front:
They featured a hand-stitched teabag with a tea tag from Sweetly Scrapped's free images, and a little card tucked into the teacup with a Valentine Tea poem! I had such a grand time creating these - even though I made a mess out of my living room with all my scrapping do-dads all over the place for a few days!
And, it was often challenging to keep my curious little Emma out of the ribbon!
Hoping to do another swap for Easter, too! Hmmmmm . . . the creative juices are flowing . . .
Thank you, Ladies, for allowing me the honor of participating with you in these artistic ventures. I have learned so much from you all - so inspired - such a joy - to be sharing all good things and beauty with kindred spirits. I've displayed them so festively on my living room hutch desk . . .
Boasting my Burma Shave sign from the 1940's of a vintage couple on a wintery Valentine sleigh ride through a romantic cardboard village - also circa 1940's.
Valentine Blessings Multiplied!!!
Sharing Valentines for Me this week with Beverly on Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound!