Thursday, February 11, 2010

The First Valentines

I have been working on Valentine projects for weeks now. I was involved in two swaps, the first
 I've written about here and the second one we were asked not to post until Valentines Day.
There have also been Valentines to make for family and friends near and far.
Two weeks ago I had an appointment with my dental hygienist, Mindy,  for a cleaning (twice a year...like clockwork!) and I decided to bake some brownies for her. I wrapped them up and then thought I should make a tag. I had an image, from a digital collage sheet, of a woman that I had been wanting to use for a long time. I came up with this design using  a copy of a ledger sheet as a background and some stamped red hearts. The Valentine phrase, "Be my Valentine...or else!", just fit the picture somehow, don't you think?
 I was pleased with the concept but of course had to tweak it a bit and ended up with this finished product which became the Valentine card I sent to friends. I digitally added a cupid and stamped a flourish for Miss Kissy Face to stand on and I changed out the red heart stamp. Miss KF is mounted with dimensional dots.
I wanted to make Valentines for all of my workmates, 11 of them, but knew it would take me forever to do all that layering so I decided to scan the orignal card and then resize and print them out as digital cards.

They are the size of an ATC or playing card. I then made goodie bags for each of them
 with some sweets and added  the card. Unfortunately, the snow kept me home from work this week
 so they won't actually get these until next Tuesday when I go back to the office.

The people who know me well, know that I will always choose a funny, silly card
 over a sentimental one. I always go for the laughs! It's who I am.
On the other hand, this year I decided to go for a more tender card for my husband, David.
I wanted to use the two little children featured in my blog header. After playing around
with the image for a while, I decided to use the blog header itself.
I sized it, added just 2 words and cut it out and
 mounted it on a kraft cardstock 6X6-inch card.

Did you make Valentine cards this year? I used to be one of Hallmark cards best
customers. Now they send me coupons all the time for free stuff...I think they miss me!
I have two more Valentine collages to show you but
 I want to make sure they have reached their destinations first.
I'll be back soon.
xoxo

9 comments:

Vicki C said...

Totally enjoyed my little stroll through all your pretties!

Celestial Charms said...

Joyce,
Both of these Valentines cards are precious. I too, look for the laughs in life, in all forms. How thoughtful to create such lovely gifts for your co-workers. Your have such a kind soul. :)
Maureen

My name is PJ. said...

I had someone make my valentine cards this year. They're fabulous and each one is different. I don't have the artistic know how or the patience!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh, I love your Valentines! Happy Valentine's Day! Twyla

Elyse said...

wow, joyce, your cards are so pretty and your packaging is wonderful. i bought hallmark cards this year. 1 silly, 1 romantic. :) that's me!

happy valentine's day!

xo
elyse

marie said...

Beautiful cards Joyce! Love the idea of making one terrific card and then scanning it for multiples! Your little gift bags are sure to be loved by your work buddies! David is sure to love his too! That header photo is so cute!

Woo Hoo! We got our cable back today!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Love your cards!
Happy Valentine's Day!
*hugs*deb

Diane said...

Joyce, nice to have such a sweet one for hubby!

About my tag book...thank you! It was fun to make!

Diane

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

You bet life is good for you..and a part time (?) job for the "mad money" to be used for your favorite hobby. THAT what I need.

Now you have "made" me join your blog...because it has so many goodies... it will take me weeks to go thru it.

Nice that you have a studio FULL OF supplies and paper and such.. to make your cards and all..
Wow do I ever need a studio...and a REAL storage place for things...they are all over our dining room table at the moment.

THANK YOU TOO... FOR JOINING MY BLOG..it's bursting at the seams ...but that is GOOD.

Rose

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