I don't like quite the commercial side of Valentine's Day but I definitely love the crafty side of it :) Every year I try to make a hand-made Valentine's Day card for my bf. Just for him and always from the bottom of my heart :) He seems to really appreciate all my cards I make for him it since the day when he once sat down to make a hand made birthday card for me all by himself. I let him use all my crafty toys and whatever he wanted to do with his card he could :) After 30 min of hard mind racking and trying to be creative he said he was at a loss for ideas and felt overwhelmed by all that scrap booking equipment surrounding him ("I don't know how you use all these ideas and techniques to make one card! It's too hard!"). Eventually, he made me a stamped and embossed card with a somewhat kinky picture message and a sticky gooey embossed heart inside ha ha ha - it was definitely one of a kind card. I loved it as for me it was the funniest card in the world I've ever received and it came from my scientifically-minded bf, who perhaps is not the most crafty person in the world but I love him anyway.
Back to the cards. Materials I used: Spellbinders Scalloped Heart dies, Noolibird stamps, Lemonade circular sentiment stamp, Martha Stewart heart lattice punch, backing papers from Panduro. I really enjoyed making those Valentine's cards. Love the blood-red vibrant colour contrasting with the white card.
I coloured the image with a red pro-marker and used some of my glass painting relief paste to add some 3D effect to the stamped badge :)
I coudn't resist trying out my new love stamps so here's another card with a gorgeous Noolibird stamp, heat embossed in red, shaded with chalk and embellished with a red and white relief. Love the backing paper for this one too - sort of xxx stitch pattern on it.
(I thought I'd edit this blog post and add this photo here as it matches the love theme :)) This year I decided not to go commercial on the St Valentine's Day. Instead I came up with an idea of giving my bf something different than chocolates (we both are supposed to be dieting!). Here is another part of my Valentine's Day present for my bf :) They say: the way to a man's heart is through his stomach - so here it is, my bf's favourite chicken and sweetcorn pie in a limited LOVE EDITION :)))
My bf is a big fan of this dish and he never lets it last for more than 24 hrs (I always make 2 ceramic dishes) and surprise! surprise! Guess who is always making frequent (and secret) trips to the fridge?.... well.... it's so called a Chicken. Or I should say "The Chicken" - our imaginary creature that lurks at our home and which always gets blamed for eating things away or for things disappearing from the fridge. I suspect this chick has got my bf's name ;)
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